Almanac Music: On Record

Phil Place opened his store in a quiet suburban shopping centre in Canberra in June 2013. Coming up to his two-year anniversary, Mr Place is considering opening a second store. His success is indicative of a strong niche. Records are now as popular among people who are only just learning how to drop the needle, as those who grew up listening to big discs.

In the 2013-14 financial year, record sales nearly doubled in Australia (source: ARIA) while DVD and CD sales dipped dramatically. Ironically, as Mr Place talks about here, the shop he rents used to host a DVD rental store.

Music credits:
I’m Feeling Alright – Big Mamma Thorton with the Muddy Waters Blues Band
Rock ‘N Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution (AC/DC cover) – Anti Christ Devils Children

Story by Keiran Deck
Thanks to Phil Place – Owner Dynomite Records
Interviewees: Andrew, Andy, Adrian


  1. Excellent piece of reportage. Just drove back from Canberra today, Keiran. Wish I’d known about Dynomite Records before I left. I did visit though, at my teenage son’s prompting, a record store in Civic called Landspeed Records. Maybe next time I’ll get to Dynomite.

  2. Thank you, Vin. I’ve never been interested in vinyl. That is until I spent some time in this store. I get it now – the sound, the art, the experience of searching for new (old) music. Phil is great for a chat as well – an ex-taxi driver.

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