Pigeon Ground Records and Clothing, Sydney
After visiting not all (which is quite impossible) but a significant number of Tokyo record stores, I've decided to extend the posts to other cities over the travel I (or friends) could do. I visited Pigeon Ground during my stay in Sydney in May 2011.
Tim Barber is one of the owners of this very stylish record store. He was not there at the moment I visited the store, I made the interview by email. This is Andrew, you'll see on the pictures.
So Tim, how did you start this business ?
The shop was started in 2004 by two sassy young redheaded women (Agatha and Alex), as mostly a vintage clothing store. They invited me to put some records in the shop on consignment, which I did for about 6 months. I then told them that I was planning on opening a record shop, at which point they said, why don't we open a record and clothing store together. That's how the shop as it is today was born in 2005. We knocked a wall out to make it twice the size in order to accommodate the records. Agatha and Alex are no longer involved in the shop, but we're still good friends. So currently, there is me, Tim, who runs the record side of the business and also manages the shop. George, who takes care of the vintage clothing and Andrew and Bri who do the new fashion.
What's the story behind your shop name?
The name of the shop comes from the primary school which Agatha and Alex both went to. They went to Balmain Public School, which is colloquially known as Pigeon Ground Public.
What kind of records do you have in your catalogue, any specialties?
Musically, we specialise in good, interesting, weird and rare vinyl from the 20th century. Pretty much anything that sells, with an angle towards non-mainstream and the obscure from all genres. But the soundtrack to Grease can happily sit next to Stockhausen on any given day...Check out our website for a full rundown of genres.
Do you have other activities ?
We occasionally hold events at the shop, usually music or culture related, but haven't had a bash for ages. We also attend the Glebe record fair twice a year, which is Sydney's biggest and best record fair.
Could you describe your presence on the web?
We have a web site www.pigeonground.com, a blog, which can be accessed from the web page and we're on facebook and myspace (does anyone use that anymore???)
Do you sell online ?
Most stock goes through the shop, but we do auction off very rare items on ebay from time to time. username is pigeongroundrecords.
Any anecdotes, some funny things that have happened in the life of the shop ?
Funny things happen every day in the shop. That's the nature of our shop. People are weird and we get 'em in spades. I mean that in a nice way too.
Pigeon Ground Records and Clothing
102 Salisbury Road
Camperdown NSW 2050
(02) 9557 6364
0405 849 587