The Great Record Hunt: Sonic Boom Records, Seattle, Washington

The Great Record Hunt: Sonic Boom Records, Seattle, Washington

September 27, 2019 0 By Kailee Schamberger


(upbeat Rock music) – [Narrator] This is
the Great Record Hunt. We’re in Ballard, Washington state. We’re here to check
out Sonic Boom Records. (upbeat Rock music) – My name is Kay Redden and I’m the local buyer here at Sonic Boom. Sonic Boom started in
’97 over in Freemont, which is just a neighborhood over. We opened up another shop in Capitol Hill, and then we opened Ballard. The Freemont one closed
and then a few years later the Capitol Hill
location also closed, so this is the final location. So I’m in charge of consignments, so in order to get people really listening to more local music, we always ask the local bands for like a
listening copy of their album, so that when we do have
tourists who come in, they can pop it in for a listen or pop it on the turntable
and take a listen. And we also have a dedicated
local section at the store, so if you’re ever just
like trying to browse it’s alphabetical, but we also have little categories for the genre as well. So if you know what you like, you can take a chance on
a local band from Seattle. (upbeat Rock music) This is our local section. We got more of the
northwest local stickers within the sections, but it’s usually if it’s
not a consignment title but it’s still a local
band from a distributor. They’ll get the sticker and
go in the regular section. – [Man] Explain that. So
it’s like a sticker that, – Yeah, it’s just a
northwest artist sticker, so it’s a signature yellow sticker. I started collecting records
when I was in high school, so probably like ten years
ago was when I started, and I haven’t looked back since and will forever be in debt. So for my local picks, starting off with DoNormaal, which is one of the best Hip hop artists in Seattle right now. Another one is Ballard’s
local Wild Powers. They’re a Rock band. They do have colored
vinyl, I think most of them are on colors. They’re like all very, varied And then this is your
standard, wonderful northwest Pop punk band, Dead Bars. They put on one of the best
shows in town for sure. When you get a lot of Dead Bars fans in one room, it’s a
super magical experience. It makes you feel part
of a community for sure. Everybody here at the store
has their own specialty. If I don’t know the exact
thing to recommend to someone, I can guarantee you I
can find someone who can at the store, and I’m
always the local girl. If you’re ever in the store and you hear something you like,
never be afraid to ask. I feel like people are
always very afraid to ask and they just Shazam instead,
and I’m like come talk. I can recommend you so many other things, as well as what is playing. We do in-store performances at the store. We have a stage. That’s our little chalkboard
that says new releases over there, fold the stand into a stage. Yeah, we’ve hosted like
record release parties, we did a Den Tapes anniversary
party here last year, and had like three bands play. Yeah, it helps get the local word out, especially for the smaller bands. I feel like local record stores, that cater towards local bands, just support the community mostly. Especially in a city like
Seattle that is rapidly changing. It’s good to still feel like you have a commercial space that
is still on your side. – [Narrator] In the
shadow of the tech giants, Seattle’s music scene still thrives. And even if the world can’t
let go of it’s grunge past, they are still innovative. Next time you’re in the Pacific Northwest, go see for yourself. (upbeat Rock music)