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Post subject: Record Stores in Brussels  PostPosted: Mar 06, 2013 - 11:19 AM
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I am currently in Brussels for a couple of days and I would recommend the following two record stores:

1. The Collector http://www.the-collector.be/

This is just off the Grand Palace and has two floors rammed with vinyl of all genres. There is a particularly large collection of blues and soul on the first floor. The prices are not cheap but the quality and variety is excellent. I normally buy a few records here any time I am in Brussels. They have 3 or 4 turntables with headphones, so you can listen to a record before you buy it, which is a great feature and they also sell a decent selection of music books.

2. Jukebox Shop

I was very fortunate to find this record shop as it is next door to the hotel that I booked - The Exe Grand Place (Eurostars Hotel Group). The nearest train station is Midi and you can take a tram to get here, it is also walking distance from Grand Palace and the Central Train Station. This is smaller than The Collector, but is a treasure trove of vinyl from all genres. I noticed a lot of vinyl from France and Belgium and they sell a few turntables.

Also, there was small stack of vinyl in a film/art store in The Galleries (this is an indoor shopping arcade that runs into Grand Palace. They do a lot of alternative sounds i.e African and Asian. For example I noticed an LP "The folk sounds of Sumatra" for the princely sum of 38 euros.

Finally, the owner/worker at The Collector gave me a business card for another store (I havent visited it yet, perhaps I will on next visit) that sells turntables:

Le Gramophone, Rue Ernest Solvay, 28 - 1050 Bruxelles Tel: 02 5140146.

When I get home I will upload a couple of photos that I took.
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Sep 21, 2013 - 06:46 AM
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Just returned from Brussels this week and I came across another excellent record store called Doctor Vinyl.

I was in a bar the night before, in a studenty area of Brussels - close to Saint Catherine, and this bar was playing loads of local music, Technic, funky, instrumental and other stuff that seemed to have a bit of a Reggae vibe to it. I was sat at a window table and as I looked out I could just about make out the sign of a record store at the bottom of the street - Doctor Vinyl.

I went along the next day and found that this store mainly specialises in Technic - and isn't something that I would normally take too much of an interest in however I enjoyed the tunes in the bar the previous night, so I dabbled in listening to a few recommended Belgium artists such as Skynet and Billy Palmier - which were very easily listening, funky tunes, so I bought their records. Very friendly staff at this store and when I return I will definitely pick up a few more Techno records - I definitely have a much better appreciation of this genre after this latest trip to Brussels.
 
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Booking a hotel right next to a record shop. Now that's a smart move! Wink I look forward to seeing your pics.
 
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