April 29, 2017
A mecca for jazz, krautrock and psychedelic music.
Every week, we pick out one must-visit spot from a different city around the world with photos and a little bit of history. Think of it as a kind of 1000 places to see before you die but for record shops.
For every smokey kniepe in your kiez, there’s a record shop on the block that likes to keep its profile low and its quality high. A prime example being Galactic Supermarket Records, the inconspicuous used-vinyl mecca, located just north of Frankfurter Tor.
Galactic Supermarket Records
Location: Petersburger Str 89, 10247, Berlin, Germany
Go For: Incredible second-hand vinyl especially jazz, kraut and psych
What’s the story? Whilst the shop is strong on all things cosmic – the clues in the name – the 35,000-odd inventory is a phenomenal journey through all kinds of music history.
The shop is expertly organised into key genre sections and then further divided into sections by artists or sub-genres as diverse and enticing as ‘Belly Dance’ and ‘American Indian Folk’.
The jazz, krautrock and psychedelic section are particularly eye-watering – be careful with your savings in here! Be sure to check out the mezzanine section in the back room and to say hi to Bobby, the shop’s delightful pet dog.