GUIDE TO DOWNTOWN SLC: RECORD SHOPS
BEATRICE'S PICK: DIABOLICAL RECORDS
I’m not “into vinyl”. I don’t own a working record player, nor do I have intentions of getting my hands on one anytime soon. I appreciate the historical significance of LPs and certainly agree that some stuff really does sound better on vinyl, but it’s still not a hobby of mine. So you may wonder how I have any business going around choosing my favorite record shop. Like, “Who does this bitch think she is?!” I love Salt Lake, small businesses, live music, and interesting people, so as a stranger to records searching for a favorite record shop, all I’m really looking for is a good time.
Diabolical opened mid-2013 on 700 South as Granary Row was booming, with a mission to familiarize Salt Lake with lesser known artists, and make their records more commercially available. They buy, swap, and sell records and cassettes of all genres. The shop relocated in December and can now be found on that little street-within-a-street (Edison) across from Bar X.
The space also serves as a badass little venue, with free shows every Friday night. Diabolical not only supports and promotes local talent, but hosts plenty of touring bands who stop through Salt Lake as well. If you’re like me and generally spend Fridays wandering with no particular plans, this is your answer. A little bit of psych rock, cold brew from my friends at Blue Copper who often set up shop outside, and conversation with some of the coolest kids in town. Don’t feel too self-conscious if you're not fully versed in the language of vinyl either.. It’s just a neat place to hang out.
ANGIE'S PICK: RAUNCH RECORDS
Oh, Raunch. The best description I can give this spot is “a fucked up place to get some shit,” which is the phrase seen on the stickers owner Brad hands out to customers. Contrary to this tag, Raunch is actually a rad place in which musical gold can be found when it comes to vinyl, tapes and CDs. Upon entering the shop, you are greeted with loud, eccentric music- usually punk, screamo, metal or whatever Brad is diggin' for that day. Regardless, the music played within the shop is, as the name suggests, raunchy. Cool.
When it comes to Raunch’s vinyl selection, you can find gold if you are willing to dig. In the past, I’ve come across vinyl classics such as Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Toto and endless Stevie Wonder (if you can't tell, I’m favorable to good 70s grooves). In my most recent visit, I walked away with an Earth, Wind & Fire record for the winning price of $3.95.
There is a wide variety to fit your vinyl hungry needs. From the mellow moods of Simon and Garfunkel to the intense shrills of Sin Orden, you’ll find the reggae feel goods of Ras Michael to compliment the top tier heavy metal of Motorhead. If for some reason your record thirst isn’t quenched, Raunch offers a broad collection of skate gear, band posters, old magazines, pins, buttons and pipes (yes, they sell pipes for the stoner vinyl junkie in you). At the end of the day, there’s some special shit for everyone at Raunch.