Catch Bad Neighbour Records vinyl store residency at Boom Gallery every Saturday and Sunday.
Geelong wax lovers have a new record shop with dozens of records to set their needles on.
Previously operating as an online record store, Bad Neighbour Records has teamed up with Geelong’s inspiring Boom Gallery for a special weekend vinyl store residency within the venue.
Located within the Big Boom Space at 5 Rutland Street, Newtown, the pop-up is honest and unpretentious. The simple, funky space is the first thing you see as you walk in. The humble set-up is kitted out with a communal table, custom-built wooden shelves highlighting feature vinyl, black tubs to dig through and a listening station to explore the new releases. Surrounding the record store is a stunning collection of artworks and installations from a collection of Boom Gallery’s temporary art exhibitions.
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The brainchild of Geelong-via-Tasmania hospitality veteran, disc jockey and just all-around legend Sam Zaid, Bad Neighbour Records was initially created to celebrate the lesser-known vinyl. Whether it’s brand-new music, bands known only by a few, or even just music that’s been lost in time, the BNR pop-up is now making it a whole lot easier for music lovers to be brought together by a shared love for vinyl, while also supporting the assiduous middle man that’s often overlooked – the independent record label.
Purchasing from indie record labels only, BNR is supporting the people critical in getting music from the artist to the listener and keeping a largely-stagnant music industry turning.
“It’s a part of our ethos to support those that are passionate about music as much as we are,” Zaid said. “This is honestly the way we find out about all this amazing talent that needs to be better shared with the world.”
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Championing rare and independent records, sourced both locally and internationally, the pop-up is all about encouraging people to broaden their listening habits and explore new artists and genres.
You’ll find both new releases as well as reissues, remastered LPs and a selection of pre-loved goodies here, resulting in a very heady mix of genres. While the stock is ever-changing, examples of the musical gems you could find include like Ty Segall, Ausmuteants, Limes, Hierophants, and Thigh Master if you’re into indie/alt/rock, while punk titles have included the likes of Low Life, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Cococoma, and Nots, among others. Also curating a collection of blues titles and Australian titles for those that want to support local, stock also ranges to more unique electronic, cold wave/no wave/noise and soundtrack titles.
More recent additions have seen the likes of Head Talkers, MC5, The Coathangers, Black Emperor, Jungle Giants, Alfa Mist, Men At Work and Burial.
While audiophiles can simply pop down for a dig and a chat, music fans are also invited to bring down their own collections for a spin and wax lyrical about music with the BNR team who are super friendly and have expert knowledge on all things music.
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Since opening back in October, the BNR vinyl residency has become one of the coolest spots for music fans. With a hefty library of rare vinyl and new arrivals in-store weekly, Bad Neighbour Records is a must-visit to secure those one-off pieces for expanding your record collection.
Open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm for those who enjoy an earnest rifle through vinyl.
Check out the pop-up at 5 Rutland Street, Newtown and give them some love on socials here.