Nat Records is located in one of the back streets of the western part of Shinjuku, on the 2nd floor of a building, and they share their space with Warehouse Records (that we will present in another post) in an interesting concept that we could call “2 shops in 1” !
Nat Records opened up in 1994. It was created by Taku and Ita, 2 heavy metal music fans who decided to specialize in anything rather noisy… (punk, post-punk, hardcore, garage,…).
Their website even mentioned “noise” and “outlaw” as special genres they carry (so, you see that I am serious…).
The shop is very well organized and neatly presented, with about 10 000 refs, vinyls and CDs (but a lot of vinyls), 70% new and 30% second hand. The shop owners do not really go abroad to find more records, they are very well acquainted in the hardrock/punk community and get new items thru their clients who introduce them new contacts, stop by the store to exchange, etc.
Their website is minimalist but very clear. Everything is in Japanese but you can send your order in English, they will follow-up. All the references on sale are mentioned on the site (and they have a mobile version, very user friendly).
Besides records, Nat sells some original design T-shirts, and they produce (not very often, about once every 2 years) their own records (eg. a CD called “Trouble Bubble”).
And, if you stop by the club “Wire” in Shinjuku, you might get a chance to see one the owners DJing.
Shinmei Building 2F,
7-7-33 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku.
Tokyo 160-0023, Tokyo
Tel : 03-3368-8262