Los Apson is a cute little shop located in Shinjuku. It was opened in 1994 by Keiji Yamabe, a fan of latin music.
Yamabe-san has about 10 000 refs in stock, (half LPs, half CDs), with of lot of productions from South American countries, but not only (rock, jazz,… as well). The products are mainly new (reissues), but you can find interesting and rare audio tapes recordings, and even video tapes (if you still have the equipment to read them…).
One great thing about Los Apson is the fact that you can find a lot of strange and interesting things on sale : T-shirts (some with original designs), strange books, key-chains, drawings, lamps and all sorts of various objects that you will definitely not find anywhere else.
As for the origin of the name “Los Apson”, Yamane-san picked it from a garage rock Mexican band that produced, in the early 70’s, a compilation with various pro-wrestlers (yes, I know…) and the record was called “Los Apson” (not sure I got the story completely right, but it’s close).
Yamane-san still travels on a regular basis to places like Cuba, Colombia or Argentina, to find records.
And he organizes occasionally some exhibition or live happening (eg. a “noise avant-garde” concert…) in his place. Check the website for the latest schedule. No English, but you should be answered if you send an email (to order or for anything else).
604 Daikan Plaza Bizness
7-9-15 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku,
Tel : 03-3369-9616