Record Shops

You gotta love Tokyo record shops. Yesterday I was in Shibuya and Daikanyama checking out some record ships with my friend Patrick. Before meeting up with me, he was in Harajuku checking out the new Elevator Records shop (previously known as Caprice). In Shibuya, we went to Apres-Midi Selecao, Maximum Joy and Zest, and then in Daikanyama to Bonjour Records. The really nice thing about these shops is that they are so well curated. The goal here is not to stock as much as possible, but rather to present people with an interesting choice of records that are carefully selected. In some of the nicer shops, like Bonjour Records, you’ll find little cards next to every album written by the staff that gives info on the artist and album. I just wish I had more money to spend at these stores.

During the outing I made one purchase, at Maximum Joy, which was the Milky album by Momus and his ex-wife Shazna, TRAVELS WITH A DONKEY. Patrick picked up the new Yukari Fresh single, “Horsey Marie”, which I’m absolutely in love with (I listened to it at least 10 times on my iPod today).