• kompressorkanonen over 13 years ago

    kompressorkanonen edited over 4 years ago
    Oslo is the capital of Norway, a sparsely populated country near the North Pole. "So what’s worth seeing in Oslo", I hear you cry, and the answer is: "Not much". So you might just as well go record shopping. Trying to keep this guide as up to date as possible - should be correct as of August 2013.

    Please be advised that some of these shops only accept cash, so bring your purse.

    Filter Musikk is the only shop for dance music. They also sell instruments, studio equipment and DJ gear. Lots of new stuff and quite a bit of 2nd hand gems. Has just about all dance music-related genres, 99% vinyl. Selling here on discogs as well.
    Address: Skippergata 33 (city centre)
    Phone: 22 82 85 80
    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11-18, Sat 11-17

    The Garden is right next door to Filter and sells most types of music - new records on the ground floor, 2nd hand in the basement, all very neat and organized. They have a shop in Tønsberg as well, which is an hour away by car.
    Address: Skippergata 33 (city centre)
    Phone: 407 23 937
    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11-18, Sat 10-17

    Tiger does alternative music in all styles. Both CD and vinyl, all new.
    Address: Hammersborggata 18 (city centre)
    Phone: 22 20 73 50
    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12-18, Sat 12-17

    Big Dipper moved recently, and their new shop looks very nice indeed. Somewhat similar to The Garden, selection-wise. Very little 2nd hand.
    Address: Møllergata 1 (city centre)
    Phone: 22 20 14 41
    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10-18, Sat 10-17

    Shadowland is essential for anyone who's into synthpop, EBM, industrial and/or goth. Mainly new records, both CD and vinyl. And of course, it's run by a Swede. They share the premises with some guys that sell rock paraphernalia (mostly clothes), not sure what said venture is actually called. Anyway, sweaters and records on display in the storefront window, which is conveniently located between a kebab house and a bar.
    Address: Torggata 36 (city centre)
    Phone: 22 20 22 55
    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10-18, Sat 10-17

    Neseblod Records is a must-visit if you're into hard rock/metal, punk or hardcore. I'm not, but this place is impressive nonetheless. Lots of rare cassette demos and T-shirts, and CD's and vinyl galore. They recently moved to the old location of legendary early 90's record shop Helvete, which was run by Euronymous. There's also a black metal museum in the basement, so you may very well bump into blackpackers on a pilgrimage.
    Address: Schweigaards gate 56 (Gamlebyen)
    Phone: 22 71 78 22
    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12-18, Sat 11-17

    Bare Jazz - these guys are your friends if you like trumpets and stuff. Some vinyl, but mostly CDs. It's also a cafe, and really rather cosy indeed.
    Address: Grensen 8 (city centre)
    Phone: 22 33 20 80
    Opening hours: Mon-Tue 10-18, Wed-Sat 10-24 (!)

    Cruisin Records does rockabilly, roots, blues and 60's stuff, apparently. I've never actually been inside, but I guess you can't go wrong if you're into any of these styles, the guy who runs it is a bit of a legend.
    Address: Kongens gate 2
    Phone: 22 42 64 92
    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12-17, Sat 12-15. Occasionally closed on Fridays and Saturdays, or so they say.

    Platekompaniet is Norway's leading home entertainment chain store. The two-floor shop at Oslo City could be worth a visit for the sheer volume of CDs in stock and infamous theme-based price reduction schemes. They've stocked some vinyl now, too - but as you'd expect, their DVD and computer game sections have expanded during the last few years at the expense of music. That's the way things are going, folks.

    Bostadveien 40 (Majorstuen)
    Phone: 22 46 93 53
    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10-21, Sat 10-20, Sun 12-21

    Stortingsgaten 22 (city centre)
    Phone: 22 42 77 35
    Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10-21, Sun 13-21

    Byporten shopping, Jernbanetorget 6 (city centre)
    Phone: 23 36 20 50
    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10-21, Sat 10-20, Sun 13-18

    Oslo City, Stenersgate 1 (city centre)
    Phone: 23 16 35 00
    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10-22, Sat 10-20

    Råkk & Rålls Nåstalgi is Oslo's biggest 2nd hand shop by far. It's located in a massive three-floor space where you can also procure various nostalgia items (furniture etc.) It's a bit messy, but definitely worth a visit. There's sometimes a listening booth, too.
    Address: Akersgata 39 (city centre)
    Phone: 22 36 04 88
    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10-19, Sat 10-18

    Lucky Eddie is a bit off the beaten track and sells a bit of everything including 2nd hand records (it's essential for comic collectors). Tram no. 17 (Grefsen) is your best bet to get there. Plenty of both vinyl and CDs in all genres.
    Address: Trondheimsveien 63 (Sofienberg)
    Phone: 22 19 40 10
    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10-17:30, Sat 10-15

    Oslo Rockantikvariat is very small and doesn't have much stock, but you can find some cheap CDs and some classic rock on LP. They're not always open when they claim to be. Look out for one of the worst pubs in Oslo next door.
    Address: Fredensborgveien 17 (Hammersborg)
    Phone: 22 11 13 13
    Opening hours: Mon and Wed-Fri 12-17, Sat 12-15, closed Tuesdays

    Platelageret is the most obscure 2nd hand shop I know - it's open two days a week only and is located in a wooden house in a backyard not far from the very authentic-looking 1950's style Teddy's Softbar. A senior record collector runs it. All sorts of music really, and you can listen to it too.
    Address: Brugata 3 C (Grønland)
    No phone number, apparently
    Opening hours: Thu 13-18, Sat 11-15

    Spøk og spenning - mostly old rock music here, and a fair amount of CDs in all genres. 2nd hand magazines and a few books too. Used to be better, but they had to move to a smaller space a few years ago.
    Address: Helgesens gate 10 (Grünerløkka)
    Phone: 22 38 20 05
    Opening hours: No idea

    Majorstuen Antikvariat is mainly a second-hand bookshop, but they have a compact, but respectable selection of vinyl records, too. Mainly 50's to 70's pop/rock, as well as jazz and classical.
    Address: Vibes gate 15 (Majorstuen)
    Phone: 22 60 06 48
    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11-17, Sat 11-15

    If you're in town on a Saturday, check what's up on the Youngstorget square in the city centre; there's sometimes a funny ol' chap selling records there under the name Vimle Vinyl, as well as another guy selling cheap CDs/DVDs. On Sundays, there's usually a huge fleamarket at Birkelunden (Grünerløkka) where it's possible to find records, among lots of other things. Ask for Lars Petter, one of Norway's most notorious collectors.

    When it comes to record fairs, these take place at regular intervals at Rockefeller Music Hall (address: Torggata 16, entrance Mariboes gate/city centre) and Folkets Hus (Youngs gate 11/city centre). Admission is usually around NOK 30-40. A list of upcoming record fairs throughout Norway can be found here.

    On a final note - if you want to buy books, make sure you visit Tronsmo.
  • Biong over 13 years ago

    Biong edited over 9 years ago
    Nice list there KK, there is one shop in Tønsberg (40 mins from Oslo) that stocks all kinds of vinyl, specially metal
  • AnalogAutomat over 13 years ago

    For more hiphop related vinyl visit Stress in Grensen [www.stress.no] or Blackout at Schous Plass. Blackout has mainly spraycans and skateboard related articles, but also records and lots of magazines.
  • ambro_italo over 9 years ago

    I am going to Oslo this weekend and wanted to know if the stores in this listing are still there?
    Any essential places? Flea markets etc?
    Looking for second hand vinyl:
  • woofhard_one over 9 years ago

    Råkk & Rålls Nåstalgi everytime for me. I've been to Oslo a few times and always come out of this store with an armful of good stuff. Good luck !!

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