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The Vinyl Bars of Shimokitazawa

I visited several vinyl bars in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo in January 2016

The second bar we visited, the first one we stopped for only a sip of beer, was called the Reggae Bar. Reggae music playing, a few Japanese already there, drinking their beers. I was quickly impressed by their vinyl collection. The whole wall beside the bar was filled with LPs. Row after row after row, from floor to ceiling. And much more than reggae it seemed.

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Shimokitazawa, Tokyo

I stayed in Shimokitazawa in Tokyo in January, 2016

The girl working at the record store was extremely helpful, following me through the store, finding all the records I asked for. I did not know what bands to get, only asked for certain categories. I ended up with six LPs with Japanese bands. Some rock, both old and new, and some older jazz. If I only had an LP-player in Japan, I wanted to listen to the records straight away, would have to wait almost two weeks before I got.
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Looking for a record store in Reykjavik

I looked for a record store in Reykjavik in April 2013

When I visited Reykjavik, Iceland in April 2010, during the volcanic eruption in fact, I found this really cool second-hand LP store. Serving both as a store and a hang-out, it also featured sofas and a television. This was during the worst of the financial crisis on Iceland, I had a very interesting discussion with the owner and his friends about the crisis and its impact on the Icelandic population. I really wanted to return to the record store in Reykjavik

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