Shining a light on the tastemakers behind the desk
With a second drop of 2022 RSD Releases landing in stores on Saturday 18 June, we’re back with the long-awaited return of our beloved interview segment Turning Tables—shining a light on the faces, names, minds and tastemakers behind the desk who greet our crate-digging friends with invaluable knowledge and an undying love for all things music.
Today we’re featuring Leigh Stone, Owner, Curator and Manager at Bone Yard Records in Redcliffe, Queensland.
What store can we find you at and how long have you been there?
The Bone Yard Collective – Records & Relics, Corner of Anzac Ave and Sutton Street, Redcliffe QLD. We recently celebrated our first anniversary!
How has the store and its customers changed over time?
After a hectic 4 week fit out, we have made many changes over the last year to the layout of the store and the items we stock. We recently created a 45rpm emporium with thousands of singles.
What’s your general vibe to kick off the morning music when doors open?
We like to start the day with something funky. James Brown, Earth Wind and Fire and Beastie Boys are favourites.
Ever had any notable cameo walk-ins in store?
A representative from The Rolling Stones Museum in London popped in after the museum’s curator saw an Instagram post with some rare Rolling Stones EPs. These are now part of the Museums collection!
Do you remember the first record that started your own collection? Was it bought, gifted or handed down?
The first LP I purchased myself was True Colours by Split Enz.
What about the first record you purchased for someone else? Where’d you buy it?
I bought my Mum The Game by Queen for her birthday when I was in my mid teens.
Favourite debut record of all time?
Radios Appear – Radio Birdman.
Tell us about the most valuable (monetary or sentimental) record in your collection. Why is it so important to you?
You’re Gonna Miss Me – The Thirteenth FloorElevators 1966 IA pressing, once owned by Roky Erickson. I have had this for about 30 years.
Favourite Australian release of all time?
Stone Age Romeos – Hoodoo Gurus
What’s your number one pick of the second drop of RSD releases landing on June 18?
What record has been on repeat for you lately?
Embarrassingly, Boston’s debut album, Boston. What a cracker!
Tell us about your favourite artist, and what record of theirs you’d recommend to introduce to someone who’s never heard of them.
Canadian band, Fucked Up, Their 2011 epic “David Comes to Life”.
Favourite in-store performance of all time?
I saw Steve Earl do a spoken word performance in a Melbourne record store many years ago.
Best thing about working at a record store?
I don’t have a shovel in my hand anymore! Being my own boss, meeting like minded local music nuts and the thrill of buying a large collection and finding the gems hidden within.
It’s closing time in the store, what’s spinning?
Love is All – Roger Glover and guests.
The Bone Yard Collective
18 Anzac Avenue
Ph 0413 442 321
Wed-Thur, Sat-Sun 9am – 3pm
Friday 9am – 7pm