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.
With Record Store Day fast approaching (Saturday April 18), we are in the final stages of finalising this years Diggin’ Melbourne and Diggin’ Sydney record store maps. Both Sydney and Melbourne have again expanded the list of stores – with Melbourne now busting at the seems with 54 stores, and Sydney has broadened their range to include 33 stores from all sides of the city – and even out to Katoomba. There are some exciting new stores for the dedicated!
The Melbourne maps will hit the streets in just a few days – giving you plenty of time to plan your RSD attack! We will once again be collaborating with Beat magazine to present a Record Store Day supplement – listing all the Diggin’ spots plus a full list of Record Store Day activities at all the participating stores. The Beat supplement will be published on Wednesday April 15.
And that’s not all – we are also having a launch party for the 2015 Diggin’ Melbourne map on Thursday April 16 at Belleville in the CBD, with guest DJs and friends. Watch this space for more info. Watch the streets for the new maps – they look like this…
There’s so much action coming your way on Record Store Day it might be an idea to get out there before it happens. Check this – we have a new store in the city called Vinyl Alive, two new shops on Smith Street in Collingwood, Plug Seven (pictured below) and Eureka Rebellion Trading, Vinyl Space opening in upcoming days on Johnston St and a new Goldmine Records on St. Georges Rd in North Fitzroy + other new stores/listings include Prime Cuts in Reservoir, Metal Mosh in Frankston and more to be announced! Full details coming soon.
Pictured above and below: Plug Seven Records in Collingwood – one of the new listings for 2015. A massive selection of vinyl spanning rock, punk, reggae, soul, jazz, latin, funk, hip hop and more + a back room full of bargains. Tell ’em Diggin’ Melbourne sent you!
Want more? We’ll be updating the Diggin’ Melbourne website in upcoming days. Follow us to get notification + a head start!
With Record Store Day 2015 almost upon us, it’s time to update the Diggin’ Melbourne map. If you’re a new store or know of a new store not currently listed, it’s time to send us the details. We already have some exciting new CBD and Collingwood stores to add! Don’t miss out on your chance. Submissions and payment for the 2015 Map close very soon. Please contact Northside Records for more details – tel. (03) 9417 7557.
We will once again be launching the map in the week leading up to Record Store Day (Sat. April 18), along with a Record Store Day collaboration with Beat Magazine to be distributed on April 15. The Diggin’ Sydney map is also launching their 2015 edition in conjunction with RSD. Watch this space for more details.
Furthermore, we’re having a launch party for the 2015 Diggin’ Melbourne Map and website; featuring DJs from local stores, special guests (TBA) and good times. Thursday 16th April. Venue: Belleville. Thanks to theofficeofpublicworks.com for their support.