Smells like a Record Store!

The countdown to Record Store Day has begun. The new Diggin’ Melbourne guides are being compiled and stores are frantically stocking the shelves. New maps should hit Melbourne streets around April 12/13/14. Don’t sleep.

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Final call for 2016 Diggin’ Melbourne listings

Record Store Day is almost upon us again (Saturday 16.04.16) – and that means new Diggin’ maps for Melbourne and Sydney! If you are a record store owner or manager, it’s time to ensure your current listing is up-to-date and your payment is made before March 18. If you are a new store and we have not contacted you already, please contact us asap if you wish to participate in the 2016 Diggin’ Melbourne Map. With limited spaces available in this year’s edition of the map payment by the due date is essential.

New maps will be available in the week leading up to Record Store Day, and our website will be updated soon to include all new store listings and news about what will be happening in your neighbourhood for Record Store Day. Lots of exciting new stores in the CBD and Collingwood/Fitzroy areas. Some new stores are already featured on the Store Guide pages. Watch this space for more updates.

PBS106.7FM Record Fair

PBS-Record-Fair-A3-800pxMelbourne’s community radio stations have always been a rich source of musical knowledge and inspiration, and increasingly they are becoming a source of records!

PBS 106.7FM has just announced their inaugural PBS Record Fair on Saturday November 21! 40 stalls jam packed with dealers selling the finest collectables as well as thousands of bargains. There’ll be something for everyone. LPs, 12”, 7”, CDs, Posters, T-Shirts, Music Memorabilia and more! It all goes down at Collingwood Town Hall. Profits go back to PBS, so do your thing to support community radio.

$7 early bird entry (9am) / $5 general entry (10am) pbsfm.org.au

A little bird told me there will be fresh heat from Northern Africa… funk, afrobeat, highlife and more. Plus there’ll be loads of those soul 45s you here on PBS, and so much more. Dig.

3MBS Record Fair

3mbs-350The bi-annual 3MBS Book & Music Fair is back this weekend (Sept 5 & 6). The 2015 fairs will be held at the home of 3MBS, at the Abbotsford Convent (for those not familiar with the Convent, it is next door to the Collingwood Children’s Farm). 3MBS has a massive amount of material for sale this year, much of which has been kindly donated by the 3MBS community and listeners. The fair also hosts independent and interstate record dealers, bringing an incredible amount of diversity and some flavours you might not expect to find at a 3MBS fair. And it’s not just records –  expect a massive selection of Books, CDs and sheet music as well. See the poster for all the details or visit the Facebook page. Happy digging!

 

Black Gold by Martin

As mentioned in previous posts, Black Gold is a fanzine created by ‘Martin‘, documenting his epic search for all the pre-1983 releases on No-future records” in Melbourne – with a copy of Diggin’ Melbourne acting as his “gloriously meticulous” tour guide. We were lucky enough to receive a couple of copies in the mail last week and shared them around at the map launch. We all had a laugh at Martin’s awesome zine – which he describes as “more of a stream of consciousness than a blow-by-blow review”.

After reading through Martin’s fanzine I wanted to share a little more information, and some tips about the Diggin’ Melbourne map. If you’re visiting Melbourne, please note: THE MAPS ARE NOT TO EXACT SCALE, and the scale of the store maps often varies to include surrounding landmarks. Case in point being Martin’s day in Williamstown (see below). Whilst we encourage using environmentally friendly modes of transport, there are some places you just have to drive to, and the Williamstown/Yarraville area is one of these. What appears like a few millimeters on a map can actually be a few kilometeres. Always refer to Greater Melbourne Map to get your bearings and assess your best mode of transport… Sorry Martin – and thanks for bringing this to our attention.

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If you enjoyed reading that (and you’re not already in the car driving to Lost Ark), you’ll definitely enjoy the rest of Black Gold. Although, as Martin points out about all the stores in Melbourne, “two thirds of them don’t really deserve a mention so they don’t get one”, proving that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

blackgold-examBlack Gold is definitely one for the punk collectors out there, but still essential reading for anyone on the hunt for records in Melbourne. We’re not exactly sure where you can get a copy today – but as soon as that info comes to hand we’ll share it here. If you’re desperate to get a copy, email us at digmelbourne@gmail.com and we’ll put you in contact with the main man Martin.

Big thanks to Martin for sharing this with us, and apologies for making you “walk for an hour and a half in the baking sun”. Welcome to Melbourne!

Black Gold “Diggin for records in Melbourne”
By Martin. 2015.
Available at specially selected record stores in the near future. (see previous posts for a cover image)