The Vinyl Room at Coda
A little while ago Coda – the music shop on The Mound which specialises mostly in folk and roots music – got in touch with me to ask about stocking some of our records in their new vinyl room, which they opened on Record Store Day.
I was running around like a blue-arsed fly on Record Store Day itself, so I didn’t get the chance to pop up and have a look, and due to parking in that part of town being mental I had to stay with the van and didn’t even get to go in when we dropped off stock the day before.
Yesterday, however, on my way back from a meeting with Charlotte at Venus Flytrap Tattoo (and yes, that means exactly what you think it does) I popped in briefly for what was inevitably an expensive visit. I just can’t walk away from this fucking stuff, dammit! According to Rose, who runs the place, the vinyl room was pretty ravaged after the previous day’s feeding frenzy, but it still looked pretty good to me. The vertical display racks worked particularly well, showing off the artwork as much as possible.
The first stuff I saw when I came in was the Sparklehorse and Fennesz album (above, and which I promptly purchased), Josh T Pearson’s album and a weird compilation called Gallus Songs of Glasgow, and that pretty much sums up why the vinyl room was so good. Talking to Rose, she said that they had no real idea what to put in there, so they just filled it with stuff they liked. It means the collection is all over the place, but it also gives it proper character.
Given Coda specialise in folk stuff I suppose their expansion could have been a little ham-fisted or perhaps too reliant on commercial indicators, but instead they’ve just gone for stuff they themselves find interesting and the results are ace. There is some truly weird stuff in there, as well as some excellent stuff, and also a decent amount of the stuff you’d expect. The selection is also pretty extensive, considering it lives in a relatively small back room off the main shop.
The nice thing about talking to Rose was the very obvious sense that she cares about music, and I hope the vinyl room proves to be a success. You should check it out, if you get the chance.