New releases are very thin on the ground this time of the year, so instead of letting that xmas gift money burn big holes in yer tousers (forcing you to have to spend it on a new pair of tousers) we thought we'd rekkomend a couple of places you may like to spend some of it.

Stand Out Records/Minus Zero Records

2 Blenheim Crescent
(at Portobello Rd)
W11 1NN

Stand Out: 020 7727 8406
Minus Zero: 020 7229 5424

Two shops in one, double the fun. Located at the axis of Blenheim Crescent & Portobello Rd, Stand Out & Minus Zero offer a pure treasure trove of delights for the discerning punter. Dealing in vinyl, cd & rarities from the 60's, 70's, 80's & 90's, this is the kind of establishment we could get lost in for hours & leave having spent every available liqiud asset. As you enter the shop, Minus Zero take the left of the store whilst Bill Allerton's Stand Out command the right hand side. Both carry wide & varied stock in both formats, along with magazines & associated literature. Whether you're searching for the Count Five's "Psychotic Reaction" on vinyl, original Standells 45's, The Fugs 1st on CD, Moby Grape live CD's, Heartbreakers bootlegs, 13th Floor Elevators acetates or everything The Red Crayola ever recorded, then this must be the place.

Opening times - Fridays & Saturdays - 10pm to 6-30pm

Beats, Beatniks & Bohos

Andrew Sclanders
32 St.Paul's View
15 Amwell St

t: 020 7278 5034

The Beat Generation left us many artyfakts to treasure, Andrew Sclanders has hundreds of them catalogued & for sale. Anthologies, Beat Art, Books, Periodicals, Pamphlets, Programmes & literature. Burroughs, Ginsberg, Kerouac, Cassady, Trocchi, Boris Vian, Juliette Greco, The Left Bank, Olympia Press & so much more.

contact - the needle & the damage done