Vinyl records are currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Just look at the dance music record store scene in San Francisco, which, just a few years ago, was almost entirely limited to a small section in Amoeba. Earlier this year, Vinyl Dreams opened in the Lower Haight, and now a new shop, RS94109, has announced that it'll be taking over the old White Walls Gallery Space at 835 Larkin St. in the Tenderloin.
The shop aims to fill a niche that its owners say isn't being addressed in the city. "We feel that there's somewhat of a void here in the Bay Area with electronic/experimental music, and we want our store to be the place here that supports the community by pushing both used and new titles," explains Sohrab Harooni, one of the three co-owners.
He says that the store won't be an exclusively dance focused store, but will mix house, techno, and disco with less club-oriented sounds like industrial, post-punk, metal, and noise.
Much of the stock will be used, with material sourced from around the U.S., as well as European hotspots like the U.K. and Germany. In fact, Harooni explains that the record store was inspired by his stint living in Germany. "While in Berlin, I helped a friend get his store off the ground, and that inspired us to bring the same kind of space back to San Francisco."
The store opens Friday at 12 p.m., and will be holding an in-store event at 6 p.m. with DJ sets from Dark Entries label head Josh Cheon and East Bay noisemakers Vereker and Austin Cesear.