Christmas 2014: Top six record shops in Edinburgh and Glasgow
Featuring Monorail Music, Underground Solu’shn, The Living Mountain, Rubadub, Coda and Missing Records
In both Edinburgh and Glasgow, there are plenty of independent record shops to hit up for all your festive needs. Nick Herd pops into six of the best
Good ol’ Monorail, one of Glasgow’s most well-established record shops in the hub of Mono. Have some organic cake and a craft pint from the café then peruse the wares of Stephen Pastel’s sprawling selection of new and old indie, rock, punk, metal, experimental and everything in between. You can’t really go wrong here, and the staff really know their stuff too. Plenty of local and touring live shows take place in the space too, plus Good Press (under the same roof) is an excellent spot for picking up local ‘zines, gig posters, cassettes and illustrations.
12 Kings Court, Glasgow, 0141 553 2400, monocafebar.com
While this Edinburgh shop specialises in dance, they do cater for all sorts. House, techno, dubstep and hip hop feature, plus there’s a surprising number of world, rock and experimental selections in stock too. There’s also plenty of hardware and software for budding DJs and bedroom producers and it hosts occasional in-house performances. Don’t forget to browse under the shelves for second-hand ditties and check their eBay store for off-shelf items.
9 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, 0131 226 2242, undergroundsolushn.com
The Living Mountain
Buried beneath the crypts of Edinburgh’s Summerhall, you’ll find Lindsay Todd’s (House of Traps, Firecracker Recordings) vinyl and tape stash of avant garde, musique concrète and leftfield dance. An essential visit for those into musical obscurities and one of the few (or perhaps only) places in Scotland carrying stock of this nature. Check the Facebook page for opening hours as it’s appointment-only for the most part.
Room 2, Hope Park Church, Summerhall, Edinburgh, 07932 553388, facebook.com/thelivingmountain
The spiritual home of Glasgow’s dance contingent since 1991 and the gathering point for the city’s infamous Numbers crew. Run by (and for) proper heads, they serve wax and DJ gear to fans of techno, electro and house all over the country. If you’re into MASSIVE CHOONS and seeking unparalleled dance music wisdom, then this will be your go-to shop, a location which has played a vital role in making Glasgow’s musical mark.
35 Howard St, Glasgow, 0141 221 9657, rubadubrecords.co.uk
It’s easy to forget, or perhaps even write off, Edinburgh’s specialists in folk and traditional paraphernalia on the Mound, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find an interesting array of old re-issues plus a great jazz and world music section. An essential visit for the folkies, for sure, but you might be surprised at what else they have on offer. Heartily recommended for old and young nerds alike.
12 Bank Street, Edinburgh, 0131 622 7246, codamusic.co.uk
Something of a Glasgow gem under the train tracks on Union Street, this. Second-hand specialists with bargains aplenty if you’re willing to delve deep into their troves and stacks. Leaning more towards the metal and punk contingent, Missing Records caters for those into the rougher stuff (musically speaking), but also has a killer array of horror and trashy DVDs.
247 Argyle Street, Glasgow, 0141 248 1661