Johannesburg’s music connoisseurs flocked in numbers last weekend to the launch of the new Aware Record Store in Braamfontein, which chose Record Store Day for its opening day of trade.
Situated at shop number five in the new inner-city development at 70 Juta Street, Aware Records stocks new and old vinyl as well as new and old CDs and will also be taking orders for customers who are battling to track down a particular product.
When the Mail & Guardian arrived at 10:30, a DJ was spinning some vinyl in the store as customers flicked through the racks.
The real treat though was the quality of the stock. I managed to pick up several early albums by The Fall on CD as well as the first Violent Femmes album and an early Pop Will Eat Itself EP on vinyl. A colleague found a record by Soweto Afro-rock outfit Harari and a brand new version of Antony & the Johnsons I Am a Bird Now. The stock is definitely geared towards the more adventurous listener so don’t stop by hoping to pick up the new Rihanna or Beyonce record.
For orders email [email protected], otherwise pop in between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday or 10am to 2pm on Saturday.