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Zulu Records: Vancouver's Best Record Store

Zulu Records: Vancouver's Best Record Store

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 . 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.

Submitted by Andrea (not verified) on January 14, 2006 - 11:36pm.

Has anyone been to their shows in Toronto?

Just wondering.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 12, 2006 - 3:43pm.

zulu records is for uptight nerds and trendy losers who want reissues and sonic youth type of stuff but when it comes to real digging this place has shit all and the real heads know.

Submitted by Bandcouver on April 16, 2006 - 12:57pm.

Yes, Zulu is a marvelous place to find Cds etc. of local indie music acts. It also has(as mentioned)a fantastic selection of vinyl in all sorts of genres including Collectable rock and roll albums from the 50's to the 70's and beyond. Yes, I have found the odd past employee there to be rather snooty and anti-social if you're not on the same page as them ,but, most of them are gone. I did wonder why they were hired in the first place if they were going to be that miserable.
That sort of behavior can only work against your business.
If you want people to be aware of your music, then help them find out about it and offer some suggestions. Don't be an ass and alienate them. It's common sense.... Another place to check out if you're more into Collectable rock and roll and older releases is Neptoon Records ( Main and 20th Avenue-southwest side . Red Cat Records ( Main and 27th Avenue-southwest side ) is also a fine place for indie and altenative music, and a few pleasant surprises along the way, along with Scratch ( Richards, just of Georgia-southeast side )
Contrary to popular belief, there is a show on the actually radio ( remember using a radio...)
that airs and supports Vancouver and Victoria indie acts called Radio Bandcouver. Friday nights (until furthur notice. An earlier timeslot may not be too far off ) 9-10:30pm on Co-op radio 102.7 FM. Heard online from Co-op's signal can be heard clear to Chilliwack on a radio. Tune in sometime. There is someone who cares on the radio.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 6, 2008 - 5:16pm.

I always like breezing through the old CDs and records at this store. With the major lables trimming back their catalogues (with chainsaws apparently), the second hand stuff is cool.

I like their mix of the eclectic schools of music and the stuff that made independent lables great

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 28, 2008 - 7:35pm.

Zulu is a haven for scratched up "Junk" records and new music CD's (Elctronica, hip-hop and other formats that collectible record collectors don't want). In the rare occasion that you find something half decent, the price is twice what the LP is worth in the guide. AND the Employees are all STUCK UP and SNOTTY at Zulu.... The best? I would agree it is Neptoon Records on Main & 20th for a HUGE selection of 60's Psych/rock/soul/jazz/blues in Mint shape. These guys are really fussy about condition.... Audiopile on Commercial is still far better than Zulu's weak selection of overpriced thrift shop records!


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