At a glance
Frank Schneider likes to offer his customers a cup of coffee to sharpen their senses in preparation for what’s to come. Thus refreshed, I embark on a hunt mainly for the highlights of four decades of hip hop, but this is also a great place for jazz and funk enthusiasts. If you’re in any doubt as to the merits of a prospective purchase, simply put it on one of the two turntables for a try-out while you rifle through the bargain bins on the floor. Since Early Bird Records opened in December 2012, some regulars have turned into friends, just like in Nick Hornby’s classic novel High Fidelity.
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