Our Favourite Aussie Record Stores


Doesn’t matter if you’re out rambling around your own neck of the woods, or got your head in Google Maps making your way across a new city—a record store is always a good spot to end up.

Like most places worth going to, the best record joints are usually tucked away on a nondescript street, with an unassuming storefront and an accompanying website that looks like it was last updated when floppy disks were the tech du jour. That’s why we sent the Bat signal out to the Monster Children staff and collaborators, asking them for their favourite hometown haunts on the Eastern seaboard, all for your listening pleasure.

 

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The Sound Exchange – Long Jetty, NSW

I love this store because the owner is an absolute trip, he looks like Ozzy Osborne (post-Dehumaniser). The place is heaving with records, it’s almost intimidating. However, you ask the owner if he has Shabooh Shoobah or anything by Robert Cray and he’ll find it amongst the dusty piles of records in under five minutes. He’s been to almost every great Aussie gig imaginable and is awesome for a chat. – Lincoln

 

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Red Eye Records – Sydney CBD 

HOW IS THAT WEBSITE! Really good for new and old stuff. – Dale

 

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 Greville Records – Prahran, Melbourne 

The selection is insane and the owner is always up for a chat. You could spend four hours here easy. – Dale

Rare Groove – Nobby’s Beach, Gold Coast

Eccentric owner, pretty sure he lives there, great vintage selection. Again, could chat all day. – Dale

The Vintage Record – Annandale, Sydney 

Phil is the man. After a few years of going here, he’ll keep records aside he knows I’ll like or just randomly pick a few for me based on previous purchases. Always up for a chat. It’s our local spot and never disappoints. – Campbell

 

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Egg Records – Newtown, Sydney

To be honest I wish I owned more records. The next chance I get to buy some, the first place I’ll be going is Egg Records in Newtown. The place has a serious collection of just about everything you need from punk to hip-hop. They also have a sick selection of t-shirts, books and all the collectable shit! – Dougal

 

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Oh! Jean Records – Fitzroy, Melbourne 

Oh! Jean Records sell rad new and used vinyl—they’ve even got a specialised NZ section. As well as having a great selection, they also share the space with a great little takeaway coffee bar, so you can kill two birds with one stone. In regular times, Oh! Jean hosts emerging musicians and acts like Camp Cope and Jess Ribeiro for gigs in-store, so here’s hoping we see more of that real soon.

 

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Lulu’s – Thornbury, Victoria

Lulu’s is opening back up November 13, and we’re champing at the bit to get back in there. They’re so much more than just your straightforward record slinger; as well as selling high-quality vinyl, they’ve also got a diverse range of tapes, zines, books, and assorted trinkets. Don’t plan for a quick in-and-out visit to this place. They ship Australia wide for free, too.

 

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Skydiver Records – Collingwood, Victoria

Were you looking for slunky, floating ambient house and techno minimalism? Or maybe some exquisite oddball reggae meets electro disco? Right this way, sir and madam, because Skydiver is an electronic music lover’s wet dream, and that’s probably because it was founded by three friends and DJs. They’ve got a tasty little selection of new and secondhand records & tapes spanning house, techno, disco, Italo, synth-pop, new beat, new wave, cosmic, ambient and more, and show love for local acts always. Drop by.

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