|Tower Records in Osaka|
This time around, Osaka was the last leg of my journey following a visit to Tokyo (which you can read about here). My flight back to the UK (via a tedious stop-over in Dubai) wasn’t until late at night giving me a few hours to myself during the day.
|Afro Juice records in Osaka|
|The entrance to the building where Newtone, Afro Juice and Rootdown are|
|Newtone Records in Osaka|
I did head up the stairs and pop in to Newtone Records for a little nosey around. It was a compact, yet well stocked and organised store. Their main focus seemed to be on a lot of house, dance, electronic stuff, with both new and used vinyl. There was a small section towards the front of the shop with a few rows of more rock and indie-orientated releases, but overall Newtone Records’ speciality was cutting-edge electronic and dance stuff.
Voxmusic was another store in this area that I had read was worth
visiting. Consulting my map I headed towards where it was and
soon spotted the sign on the side of building. Entering the lift to go up
to the 5th floor, as the doors began to close a man started to say
something in Japanese to me, but before I knew it the lift had closed and
deposited me at the top of the building. When I got there Voxmusic was nowhere to be seen. The only shop unit was closed and looked empty. When I got back to the
bottom of the building the man was stood there waiting for me. Asking
if I was looking for Voxmusic, he kindly told me that it had moved and pointed
me in the direction of where it now is. How nice of him. It did make me wonder
why they still kept the sign up outside the building though…
It was starting to get late in the afternoon by this point, but I did
find the building where Voxmusic now is, but didn’t have time to go in as I
was on a mission to track down King Kong Music. But first a little detour to
Flake Records as it was sort out on the way, but sort of on the way.
Situated on the very edge of this area across one of the busy roads is
Flake Records. Another store that was hard to find and I was about to give up after numerous walks up and down the same road until I eventually spotted a
on the street pointing me in the correct direction. I really liked Flake Records. A narrow shop with racks taking up
the majority of floor space, tidy display shelves on the walls, and the counter
running along most of the back wall. The shop mainly stocked new releases on
both CD and vinyl with an emphasis on modern pop, hip hop and indie-rock - the
kind of stuff Pitchfork reviews. If I lived in Osaka I could see myself
shopping here for new releases.
|The building where Voxmusic is|
|The entrance to the building where Voxmusic is|
|Flake Records in Osaka|
|Outside Flake Records|
|Records display inside Flake Records|
|Ishizue Music Osaka|
|King King Music in Osaka|
|Inside King Kong Records|
|Inside King Kong Records|
There was all sorts here and all neatly organised in to sections and genres, from rock, pop, hip hop, through to jazz and classical. There was also an impressive CD section and loads of LazerDiscs including some expensive Beatles ones. They also had a decent sized section of old Japanese music. Result I thought, they’ve got to have the elusive Takeshi Terauchi Rashomon album here. Although they did have a few of his records, it wasn’t to be. I even asked the man behind the counter who confirmed my suspicions. Much like Recofan, not only was in rammed with a gargantuan amount of viny, everything seemed fairly priced to boot. If I’m ever in Osaka again and I’ve got a bit more time and money I’ll definitely be going back to King Kong Music.
Making my way back to my hotel, I accidentally found myself walking past Time Bomb Records. A store that I had seen mentioned on a couple of blogs, but didn’t
really have any intention of going in. Curiosity took the better of me though and I
thought I would go in for a quick nosey. It was a large open plan store divided
by a partition going down the middle separating it in to two halves. The shop
mainly stocked rock n’ roll, rockabilly and punk, while at the back I spotted a
few racks of indie rock and krautrock; although it was definitely the former
styles of music they obviously specialised in.
|The entrance to Time Bomb Records in Osaka|
As I was leaving I saw a western looking man mysteriously being escorted out of a side door. Was he one of the elite record collectors that travel the world snapping up the rarest of the rare vinyl?
Read my previous posts about Record Store shopping in Japan below: