Oh, for the love of travelling. I have been in New Zealand (or Enn Zid, as I've been calling it recently) for the past few days, being all worker bee like in a foreign country. Yeah! But what it also means is that I've transformed into a zombie from early wake ups + two flights in the one day + three hour time difference. Boo... Despite my right royal tiredness, I want to write about my little jaunt yesterday in Auckland to the resident indie cool hangout, Real Groovy Records.
This was fun! I had been visiting packaging suppliers all morning and found some free time in the afternoon to explore Auckland a bit, including some of my favourite designers. But this record store was enormous! A huge section at the front for DVDs and books, then big racks of records and CDs out the back. My favourite section, by far, was the sale racks. People of AKL, what are you doing not snapping up all this stuff? I found the following in those racks:
- Denim - "It Fell Off The Back Of A Lorry" CD Single - $4 (this includes 'I Will Cry At Christmas', a wonderfully cheery festive track I included on last year's Christmas selection)
- Elastica - "The Menace" CD - $4 (it is probably shit but I want to chortle at 'How He Wrote Elastica Man', featuring Mark E. Smith himself)
- Menswear - "Nuisance" CD - $2 (I felt a bit embarrassed buying this but then I thought, "you know what? It's $2, which means it's about $1.60 in Australian dollars, and I am probably really going to enjoy listening to it")
- Boyracer - "In Full Colour" CD - $2 (haven't heard this either but I couldn't pass it up for the price)
There's gold in those sale racks! What wasn't so good was the selection of classic NZ albums - I would have loved some Verlaines CDs or some really good Flying Nun records but they weren't to be found. Sigh. Or maybe I just didn't look hard enough. However, there is a new Verlaines record out at the moment - it's called 'Potboiler', I believe. I should have probably bought it. Oh, I also bought the Fire Engines' "Hungry Beat", which I'm pretty excited about because I love them so much.
If you're ever in Auckland, make sure you go there! And if you are ever in New Zealand, go to Wellington because I thought it was much prettier than Auckland and has a train that runs right by the beautiful bay.