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I just moved here and I'm struggling to find any. Anyone got any suggestions?
... good luck with this! Unfortunately they've basically all closed down. Polar Bear, Avid, Vinyl Frontier and Fopp all bit the dust over the last couple of years. I think it's HMV and Virgin all the way :(
The upside is that HMV do specifically stock local music, and I think Videosyncratic on Cowley Road might do too. But yeah, good old "alternative" record shops are pretty much over in Oxford.
and theres none.record fair at town hall first saturday of every month
...which is even more of a musical wasteland, by the look of things. Still, nice wee town. And Oxford's bookshops make up for the lack of record shops. Never mind. To be fair, Virgin and HMV will probably stock everything I want CD-wise, but I was hoping for some vinyl.
It sold instruments and records/cds under various names.
Now its called Wow Pound and sells pregnancy tests for £1.
They call that progress.
I'm surprised it is still going... but glad it is.
also rapture records in witney is excellent
It's like trying to find one in Reading or Maidenhead or any number of London satellite/carbon copy towns.
in Reading? There were two of them.
Otherwise, you have to buy records online, Oxford is drrrry :( but y'know, you can always order stuff through HMV and Zavvi.
But it's been cut in half and filled with rubbish so doesn't really count. I so used to love going to both of those and Rusty's Records and buying Nirvana bootlegs. Them were the days.
There's some pretty good live stuff on. The Academy (nee Zodiac) is a nice venue, and they've done it up recently. There are plenty of other places - the Bully, the Jericho, the Cellar...
I saw Calexico last Friday and they were great. Other bands I've seen reasonably recently in Oxford are Ulrich Schnauss, Metronomy, Jim White, Bat for Lashes, the Fall...and a few more.
avid closed last year I think which was a shame, had lots of old vinyl. the record fair is alright depending on what you're looking for although it was possibly made up by the local indie stores so may have become worse since the last time i went.
is the jericho tavern on a friday any good?
there aren't any. all the good indies got closed because of astronomical rent in the city centre
which is about 10 miles up the road from oxford,has the only independent record shop left in the whole of oxfordshire called"Rapture".....witney is where i live....its basically a market town in the cotswolds.
they are a small shop but the guys in there have an amazing ecclectic taste.....if you like alterntive stuff they have a section of great alternative CD's....even stuff they get you don't see reviewed or looked at on this here site.....as a result my record collection is completly fucked up...but in a great way.
and the people who work there no their thing......great bunch.
at Truck this year?
I liked them.
..they do Vinyl.....recently got the "jail" album on vinyl from there....witney is only 20 mins away by car and worth a butchers if you want to support this rare breed of a thing.....the great indie record shop.
we've got a couple of good uns if you don't mind a drive out. It's about 50 mins by car down the A40. Don't get the train, there isn't one direct and it'll take a couple of hours.
Badlands- My local, small but a good selection. Guy behind the counter very helpful and will put stuff on for you to listen to and will chat for ages.
Rise- much bigger, lots of new vinyl, loads of alternative, local and non local
Vinyl Vault - Collection of old vinyl to rifle through.
The Record Shop - not actually been yet, only found out about this very recently. Website looks pretty good for vinyl.