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March 13, 2017
March 13, 2017
Shinola’s audio team is headed to South by Southwest this week. We’ll be down in Texas eating tacos, listening to great new bands, and showcasing The Runwell Turntable in select locations (see list at the end of this story). If you plan on attending SXSW, check out our Audio Director Alex Rosson speaking with HP for A Tale of Future Cities. And while we're in town we plan to hit up a few vinyl record shops on our short list. See our roundup below:
Open seven days a week since 1987, this record store has been voted the best by Austin Chronicle readers every year since then. When Waterloo Records opened its doors, Austin was not the bustling town it is today. Computer industries arrived in the mid-‘70s, but it wasn’t until the turn of the decade that the people started really moving into town. Austin's reputation as a premier arts town, especially in both music and film, was just beginning and South by Southwest still lay five years into the future.
While times have changed, Waterloo Records hasn’t — besides expanding from a 1,200 square-foot building to today’s 6,400 square-foot space. Enjoy one-of-a-kind customer service and their 10-day return policy where listeners can enjoy the record after purchasing, and are free to return if they don’t like what they hear. Don’t leave Austin without checking out this iconic record shop. 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703; 512-474-2500
Clifford Antone opened the doors to Antone's Record Shop in the summer of 1987 after the success of his internationally known nightclub, Antone’s, best known as Antone’s Home of the Blues, in 1975. The record shop quickly became the place to hang out before seeing whatever show was to take place later that evening.
Still in its original location, just north of the UT campus, Antone's Record Shop maintains one of the largest selections of used vinyl in central Texas. With a heavy emphasis on Blues and Texas artists, you can expect to find some hidden gems. After Clifford died in 2006, long time employees Mike Buck, Forrest Coppock and Eve Monsees came together to continue the tradition that Clifford started. 2928 Guadalupe St #101, Austin, TX 78705; 512-322-0660
This record store’s new location gives way more space for vinyl inventory and collectors to look around. Spend hours digging through what they offer, or ask any staff member to help you out. This place is known for its wide variety of affordable musical offerings from jazz and blues to indie, soul and everything in between. What sets this store apart from the rest is its local section where you can discover up-and-coming artists, and watch live performances when they bring in local bands to perform. 4304 Clawson Rd., Austin TX 78704; 512-462-6008
Run by Gabe Vaughn and Josh LaRue, Breakaway Records opened almost 10 years ago in a small space on Austin’s East Side and then later moved to the hip North Loop neighborhood. Breakaway started out of an “all-encompassing love of music (and specifically music on vinyl) and a desire to make great records available to fans, collectors and casual shoppers alike,” according to the owners.
The shop name comes from an Irma Thomas song called ‘Breakaway’,” Originally the shop was more soul music-focused, but over the years has evolved into a more well-rounded shop. There are also new artists, new compilations of obscure and forgotten music from America and around the world, and lots of rock, jazz, and soul music of all types. This shop also boasts a good selection of new and used LPs, 45s, cassette tapes, VHS, stereos, receivers, tape decks, turntables and speakers. Breakaway even sells their own custom stainless steel 45 adapters. 211 West North Loop Blvd., Austin TX 78704; 512-538-0174
Live shows and the juice bar set this shop on its own level of awesomeness, and young locals all know about this hot spot. In 2013, Matt Shook teamed up with local producer/DJ and fellow record collector Andrew P. Brown to start a record shop inside the JuiceLand location at 45th and Duval in Austin. The shop has a carefully curated selection of hip hop, electronic music, beat music, bass music, jazz, psych rock and more. With strong roots in the Austin music scene, there’s a large variety of homegrown acts and favorites as well. 4500 Duval St., Austin, Texas; 512-662-1029
Come say hello to The Runwell Turntable:
3/10-3/19: In the heart of downtown Austin at the Driskell Hotel, all SXSW badge holders are welcome.
3/10-3/19: Guests of the Hotel St. Cecilia can come play records with us. Shinola bikes will also be available.
3/16: During the South by San José concerts at Hotel San Jose.