Archive for May, 2014

Shop lay out went well today at Cafe Voltaire

Loads of vinyl, small + fly posters + still some CDs. Looks the part ! 

Avalanche at Cafe Vol

Vinyl and poster sale starts tomorrow at Cafe Voltaire

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Avalanche @ Cafe Voltaire Wednesday 21st May – to crate dig or not to crate dig ?

crate diggingThe most interesting development in this “vinyl revival” from my perspective has been how people look through records and to some extent why they look through records. Yes we have new vinyl but you don’t need Avalanche for that.  Every man and his dog has jumped on that bandwagon. Visitors want to come and buy “Tigermilk” from Avalanche and regulars want to support the shop and that is very much appreciated but what has exploded is the number of people browsing vinyl and in very specific ways.

When we got in the big collection of 3,000 LPs I discovered something very odd at least to me. I’d apologise that they weren’t sorted into any sort of order and people didn’t care. In fact given there was a big section at the back of the shop with everything priced and categorised by genre they preferred to stick with the never ending boxes at the front.  

Now people are definitely split into two camps. There are those that simply like digging though all the records never knowing what is next very much the way the kids love looking through the posters and there is a new phenomena in which couples or maybe friends look through the vinyl and give each other a running commentary on what they were doing with their lives at the point in time they bought/listened to the record they have just found. I’ve seen people do this for an hour. I’ve seen mums and dads reliving their youth with their kids. 

My own inclination of course is to get everything priced up and in their correct sections but then within reason I’ve always believed in giving people what they want. So for now it will be the boxes and then maybe more organised boxes and then we’ll see ! Certainly within the month i hope to have things knocked into shape I’m just not sure yet what that shape will be.  

£10 vinyl + poster sale

Every album £10 – p+p £3.95 for one, £4.95 for two, £5.95 for three or more. No charge if you want to arrange to collect.

Payable by PayPal to

I’ll remove titles as they are sold

Low – Christmas

Bill Callahan – Have Fun With God

Julianna Barwick – Nepenthe

Ed Harcourt – Time of Dust

First Aid Kit – The big black & The Blue

Guided By Voices – The Bears For Lunch

Maximo Park – Too Much Information

Cadence Weapon – Hope In Dirt City

Errors – Have Some Faith In Magic

Jesse Garon & the Desperadoes – A Cabinet of Curiousities

Adrian Sherwood – Survival of Resistance

Corin Tucker Band – Kill My Blues

Shearwater – Fellow Travellers

Neu ! – 2

The Replacements – Songs For Slim

The Pastels – Slow Summit

Fun While It Lasted – Various (pic disc)

The National Jazz Trio Of Scotland – Standards Vol. 2

Zoey Van Goey – Propeller Wings

Linden – Bleached Highlights

James Iha – Look To The Sky (blue vinyl)

The Civil Wars – The Civil Wars

Animal Collective – Centipede HZ

A Hawk And A Hacksaw – You Have Already Gone To The Other World

Beatles – Let It Be

Never Mind The Cossacks Here’s The Ukranians (RSD14)

Pussy Galore – Pussy Gold 5000 (RSD14)

Melt Yourself Down – Live At the New Empowering Church (RSD14)

BMX Bandits – The 53rd & 3rd Years (yellow vinyl)

The Who – BBC Sessions 2xLP

Rufus Wainwright – Out Of The Game 2xLP

This Many Boyfriends – This Many Boyfriends

Vaselines – sex with an x

TV21 – Forever 22

Twilight Sad – No One Can Ever Know The Remixes

Pixies – Bossanova

The National – Cherry Tree

Low – C’Mon

The Glove – Blue Sunshine

Damien Jurado – Brothers and Sisters Of The Eternal Son


Fly posters 60″ x 40″

Sent Folded – £6 for any number – payment as above so can be collected

Delgados – The Great Eastern   £10

Emma Pollock – Watch The Fireworks   £10

Phantom Band – The Wants   £15

Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse    £15

Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea    £20

White Stripes – Get Thee Behind Me Satan   £15

Nirvana – In Utero 20th Anniversary   £15

Foo Fighters – Skin and Bones   £15

King Creosote – Bombshell    £10

Fratellis – Henrietta    £12

Fratellis – Whistle For The Choir    £12

Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger    £15

Jake Bugg – Shangrila    £12

Paolo Nutini – Scream    £10

Oasis – the Importance of Being Idle    £12

Oasis – Stop The Clocks    £12

Kasabian – West Ryder Lunatic Pauper Asylum    £15

Them Crooked Vultures    £15

Primal Scream – Glasgow SECC    £15

Primal Scream – Screamadelica    £10

The Family Rain – Under The Volcano    £8

Pixies – Field Day (text only)    £8

Kings of Leon – Mechanical Bull    £15

Stranglers – In Celebration of 40 Years Apollo gig poster    £15

Metronomy – Love Letters    £10

Paul McCartney – Ram reissue    £10

Band of Skulls – Sweet Sour    £8

You Me At Six – Sinners Never Sleep    £8

East India Youth – Total Strife Forever    £8

Kodaline – album cover    £10

Elbow – The Take Off and Landing of Everything    £10

The Civil Wars – album poster    £10

REM – Monster    £10

Deaf Havana – London Clapham Grand    £8

Franz Ferdinand – Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action    £10

Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes    £15

Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow    £12

Stereophonics – Glasgow Hydro Arena    £10

Calvin Harris – Ready For The Weekend    $8

Mark Ronson – The Bike Song    £8

Faithless – The Dance    £8

Seasick Steve – Man From Another Time    £8


30″ x 20″ or smaller

p+p £3.95 in a tube for one or more

The Libertines – What Became of the Likely Lads    £5

Belle and Sebastian – The Third Eye Centre    £5

Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse    £4

Biffy Clyro – Machines    £4

more to come !