Central Austin Edition - September 2021

BUSINESS FEATURE Breakaway Records Neighbors buy and exchange vinyls B reakaway Records co-owner Josh LaRue lived in the North Loop

“I’VE BEENA LIFELONG MUSIC FANANDHAVE BEEN COLLECTING RECORDS SINCE I WAS AKID.” JOSH LARUE, BREAKWAY COOWNER

BY DARCY SPRAGUE

know, cassettes were kind of new,” LaRue said. Breakaway Records, which has been in place for 11 years, specializes in indie vinyls that span the decades. The store’s main business comes from buying and selling records collected by Austinites, though the store oers newer selections, too. “One of the cool things about running a record store here is that there are not only music fans, but there are people who have bought and collected records,” LaRue said. When the shop rst opened, LaRue said not a lot of labels were interested in producing vinyls. New technology, such as iTunes, oered a cheaper and easier way to disseminate music. But Austin, with its citizenry of music lovers and artists, had vinyls to sell and swap. Then records took o. Major labels started putting anything on a record—from Drake to classic rereleases—that could sell. Due to the pandemic, the store closed from March to November 2020, then reopened for the holiday season. LaRue and Vaughn raced to create an online store, but things were tight. LaRue said longtime customers stepped up to help, purchasing large gift certicates or ordering a regular supply of new records. LaRue said it was important to the neighborhood that the store survive.

neighborhood in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s as a student at the University of Texas. Despite exponential growth that has changed the city in the decades since, to him, the neighborhood where he now operates Breakaway Records has remained much the same. “Change is inevitable, but this little pocket has not changed nearly as much as some of Austin,” LaRue said. The record store, adorned with a ‘60s-style sign and colored disks that create clothing store and Epoch Coee— an easily recognizable strip mall with the coee shop’s large mask mascot donning the corner. The business’s location, in the vintage, artsy corridor, has been part of its long-term success and an even more essential component to the shop’s survival during the pandemic, LaRue said. a stained glass look, shares a parking lot with a vintage “I’ve been a lifelong music fan and have been collecting records since I was a kid,” LaRue said. As he aged and technology changed, his love for the medium remained steadfast. LaRue said he left Austin for a while, but when family brought him back to town, he and business partner Gabe Vaughn decided to create a local record store. “I’m from the age where, you

Josh LaRue said he grew up listening to music and loves to help people nd new favorites. (Photos by Darcy Sprague/Community Impact Newspaper)

The shop creates a vintage aesthetic with records as decor.

The Breakthrough Records team plays vinyls while guests shop.

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BreakawayRecords 211 W. N. Loop Blvd. 512-538-0174 www.breakawayrecordshop.com Hours: daily noon-7 p.m.

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WHAT’S ON REPEAT IN THIS RECORD STORE?

1 “Musical Dub Attack” by The Revolutionaries 2 “Boom” by The Sonics 3 “E2-E4” by Manuel Göttschin

4 “Odyssey & Oracle” by The Zombies 5 “In The Moment” by Makaya McCraven 6 “Tanganyika Na Uhuru” by Kiko Kids Jazz

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