Crate Minds: Meet 5 Star Discogs Seller, Recurring Records

by falsepriest

Procrastination and the need for a little extra record buying pocket money is how Rael of Recurring Records first got into selling records – nearly 20 years ago. He got his start selling record store finds on eBay before it was big, and today, in addition to his well-stocked Discogs inventory, also sells at local record fairs. With a 100% seller rating on over 8000 orders, Recurring Records is one of the most reliable sellers on Discogs.

Learn more about the history of Recurring Records, Rael’s tips for buyers and sellers, and the struggles of being a nomad with collector tendencies.

What’s your name and role?
Rael Recurring / sole proprietor / Recurring Records

Where does your Discogs username originate from?
Spacemen 3‘s final studio album. That band’s singular dedication to the intertwined dream-and-drug- state seems relevant to the record collector mindset (i.e. the vinyl “junkie” in search of the next ecstatic fix).

When did you start selling records on Discogs?
Joined and sold my first record on December 8, 2010.

How did you get into selling records?
In 1998 I was living in San Francisco, procrastinating on my dissertation, and looking for ways to supplement my meager record buying budget. Even in the Bay Area, eBay was still a relatively novel website and I discovered I could profitably auction off records and CDs found at local stores. Then I began trawling flea markets, record fairs, garage sales… and it has grown from there!

Do you have a physical record shop, or do you sell online only? Where are you based?
Recurring is currently based in Brooklyn. In addition to online, I sell in person at the tri-state area’s most glamorous and exclusive record fairs: the annual WFMU Record Fair; the bi-annual Brooklyn Flea Record Fairs (@bkflearecfair); and several of the excellent Vinyl Revolution shows (@vinylrevolutionrecordshows).

What is your store’s specialty?
I specialize in quality records and service across all genres. Before the smartphone/internet made everyone an expert in everything, I focused on the fertile, oppositional 1978-1984 period: from the cul-de-sac of punk to the rise and demise of “New Pop”.

What is your favorite record you have in stock right now, and why this one?
A.R. Kane “69”. It’s cheap and better than “Loveless” or whatever.

What was the most memorable item you ever sold?
Music-wise, I sold a very rare withdrawn Kiss concert program for “five figures.” Record-wise, at this year’s WFMU Record Fair, I sold a beautiful copy of one of the rarest (and best) international psych LPs by the Israeli band, Churchills.

What does your own record collection look like?
I’ve moved a fair amount and this peripatetic lifestyle has had me constantly paring down my personal collection: less than a thousand albums at this point and a single John Peel style box of 45s. Because music is tied into my livelihood, I strive – but sometimes struggle – to extricate myself from the collector tendencies that drew me to vinyl in the first place. That said, I do have a pretty good run of Flying Nun label originals.

What is your personal holy grail record?
Thurston Moore‘s collection at the nice price.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you when selling records?
I gradually discovered my mail carrier is a discerning avant-jazz collector. He is super careful and attentive to my outgoing packages and easy to shop for at holiday time.

What is your number one tip for buyers on Discogs?
Take regular breaks from your computer.

And for record sellers?
Take regular breaks from your computer.

Anything else you’d like us to know?
@recurringrecords for all my deepest finds and shallowest thoughts.

Find your new favorite record among Recurring’s impressive selection on Discogs

3 comments about “Crate Minds: Meet 5 Star Discogs Seller, Recurring Records
  • whatwasthat4 9 days ago
    Cool article, is this new? I don't even look at the 'highest price albums' sold, as it was a novelty article to start, but I enjoy this interview perspective on Discogs users.
  • willieddd 9 days ago
    Good read!
  • radumas68 8 days ago
    Two things:
    So he was "...procrastinating on his dissertation ..." and you didn't call him on that? 😁
    Second: "... peripatetic lifestyle ... ? You let that slide, too? 😞
    Otherwise, darn kewl stuff! Yup!