By Richard Eriksson on April 13, 2004 - 11:40pm
Caterina talks about a great record store on 4th street (actually, the whole of 4th street is fun walking down, because it also has a great video store too, Videomatica):
Zulu Records is the closest thing Vancouver has to Aquarius Records,
a San Francisco institution. Both of them are little stores -- no Tower Records here! -- and what sets these record stores apart is their passionate staff who know everything there is to know about cool obscure bands, and who write up extensive reviews and recommendations for every album they like. Aquarius sends out an exhaustive email review every couple of weeks, and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Who cares if the major labels bite the dust! I want these little record stores to survive the mp3ification of recorded music.
I've been to Zulu Records a few times to pick up stuff I didn't think I'd be able to find at the big box stores, like Icelandic electronica outfit Mú. Zulu has—the last time I was there, anyway—some old school video games you can play. And I don't mean Street Fighter old school. Think Pong old school. It's a great record store where the staff picks actually come from the staff, and staff who are so busy hunting down obscure stuff that they barely have the time to recognize that Britney Spears exists. I second Caterina's recommendation.