Vinyl Still Rules at Technique Records in Tokyo


While much has been made in the media about the resurgence of vinyl in recent years, indie music shops — especially ones that carry wax — have been quietly holding their own for years in Japan. A culture that appreciates sonic quality and the fine art of package design, an excursion to a record shop in the Land of the Rising Sun rails against the digital music revolution that changed the entire music industry. Pay a visit to one and you’ll see salarymen on their lunch breaks, corporate IDs tucked inside their shirt pockets, digging through stacks in search of new jams and rare nuggets.

One of Tokyo’s finest vinyl emporiums is Technique Records. Located in Shibuya on the second floor of 33-14 Udagawacho, a side street off the main street called Dogenzaka, Technique Records is a haven for techno and house DJs and enthusiasts. Carrying an amazing selection of new and used vinyl, the shop’s selection is incredible.

The first thing that strikes you upon entering the well organized store are the walls. They’re adorned with autographed white record sleeves from an array of world-class DJs such as Move D.


“Thank you Technique for keeping vinyl alive,” reads an inscription from Boys Noize.

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Warner Bros. Records Re-launches Online Vinyl Site

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Major label Warner Bros. Records has re-launched, a retail site offering a selection of the label’s releases on vinyl as well as T-shirts. The latest iteration of the shop is now optimized for mobile and boasts updated navigation. While the site’s offerings are geared toward rock and mainstream bands, the array of offerings are still pretty tantalizing for those who appreciate all things wax. A 15% store-wide for Black Friday weekend (November 29th through December 1st) with an additional 10% off discount code to e-mail subscribers is going on right now.

Beginning December 2nd, Cyber Monday, the site kicks off 12 days of flash sales with Neil Young’s Harvest, and other select titles available for 30% off.

December Sales events feature 30% off the following titles:

Dec 2: Neil Young – “Harvest” – 140 gram vinyl
Dec 3: The White Stripes – “The White Stripes” – 180 gram vinyl
Dec 4: Devo – “New Traditionalist” – Clear vinyl
Dec 5: Eric Clapton – “Blues” (5 LP Box Set) – 180 gram vinyl w/ Litho
Dec 6: The Punch Brothers – “Antifogmatic” w/ bonus CD
Dec 9: Red Hot Chili Peppers – “One Hot Minute” – Red vinyl & lenticular cover
Dec 10: Lindsey Buckingham – “Gift of Screws” – 140 gram vinyl
Dec 11: Dire Straits – “Communique” – 180 gram vinyl
Dec 12: Head Automatica “Decadence” – 140 gram vinyl
Dec 13: “The Flaming Lips And Stardeath And White Dwarfs With
Henry Rollings and Peaches Doing The Dark Side Of The Moon”
– 140g gram clear vinyl disc w/ bonus CD
Dec 17: Neil Young with The International Harvesters – “A Treasure” (2 LP set) – 140 gram vinyl w/ download