Melbourne’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.
The 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!
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.
If you enjoyed reading that (and your 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!
Black 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
To celebrate the release of the 2015 Diggin’ Melbourne map we are throwing a Launch Party at Belleville on Thursday, 16th April. Aside from the new maps, we’ll have vinyl crazy DJs from featured stores (especially those stores that cater for the DJ) dropping in for 60 minute sets. Joining us are Jimmy James of Strictly Vinyl fame, representing Dixons, Johan Elgstrom from Bounce Audio, Ms. Butt repping for Northside, Geezy (Mellowdias Thump) doing it up for Wax Museum Records, and a couple of guests – bringing you an evening super dope sounds and vinyl obscurities.
If you’re a fan/user/addict of Diggin’ Melbourne please come celebrate with us. The needle drops at 7pm, and the sounds continue until late. You can even get your fried chicken fix at Belleville – so come for dinner. If you’re not familiar with Belleville, it’s located in Globe Alley just off Little Bourke St, close to the corner of Swanston St. and Chinatown.
Keep an eye out for Beat magazine this week (out Wed. April 15), who will be doing a special Record Store Day/Diggin’ Melbourne feature – including a full listing of the 54 stores featured in this years map, along with interviews and a run-down of everything that’s happening on Record Store Day.
For our dedicated website users – note that the store guide has already been updated an includes all the new stores as featured in this years map. Get the jump on everyone else and raid the crates before Record Store Day arrives.
+++ If the postman is on the case we might even have a special surprise for the select few at the Launch Party. Earlier this week I received an email from a mysterious character by the name of Martin – a certified vinyl freak. Not only did he visit every store on last year’s map – he made his own fanzine about his adventures, entitled Black Gold. Fingers crossed we’ll have both Black Gold and Martin in the house on Thursday night. Check the cover below – that’s some Mingering Mike kinda shit right there! Right on Martin. We’ll do a proper post on this when it drops.