Remember when buying music meant venturing to a specialty store and chatting at length with the well-informed folks behind the counter? Thanks to the vinyl revival, those days are well and truly back. Take Brisbane's newest record store, for example.
At Sonic Sherpa on Logan Road at Stones Corner, you'll find music knowledge in abundance — and a strong local focus too. The store is latest venture from two industry veterans, after all. Simon Homer used to own Skinny's Music, the beloved Elizabeth Street shop that closed down in 2007 after 30 years of trading, and Steve Bell has a sizeable street press background as the former editor of The Music and Time Off.
You might not find them ringing up your latest purchase, but you will find their labour of love buzzing with their passion and experience. That includes shelves overflowing with a wide variety of old and new records, a hefty collection of music books, DVDs and CDS, plus a crate dedicated to Brisbane artists.
Sonic Sherpa will also be shilling their wares outside of their poster-clad walls, courtesy of pop-up shops at markets and music festivals. And, the grand old tradition of in-store appearances, signings and performances is also on the agenda. Anyone who can remember the bustling bill of bands Skinny's saw through its doors — The Dandy Warhols, System of a Down, You Am I and Regurgitator among them — now has even more reason to stop by.
Find Sonic Sherpa at 12/360 Logan Road, Stones Corner, or visit their website and Facebook page for more information.