If you’re like most people, Black Friday conjures up images of big box stores and insane deals on TVs and appliances. If you’re like me, you’d rather go recording shopping.
Luckily, Record Store Day’s Black Friday edition is being held for the 10th year in a row, and there’s no shortage of quality record shops in Greenpoint for you to visit while you struggle to break free from your turkey-fueled food coma.
Academy Records Annex
The Brooklyn outpost of Manhattan’s storied Academy Records, Academy Records Annex (85 Oak St.) will be open this Black Friday. Maintaining their regular 12 to 8pm hours, Academy will be carrying most of the special Record Store Day releases. Continue reading →
Record Store Day returns this Saturday, April 13th and the many record stores in Greenpoint and Williamsburg will be participating by offering limited releases and holding special performances and signings.
Rough Trade (64 N. 9th St.) will open at 9 a.m and is carrying the full roster of RSD releases and will host the following in-store performances and signings:
Performances by: Steve Gunn, Cochemea (The Dap Kings), TEEN, Elijah Wolf, Pearl Charles, and Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed DJ Sets by (Presented by Talkhouse): Charly Bliss, Chris Cohen, Sad 13 (Speedy Ortiz), Madison McFerrin, Ian Williams (Battles), The Range, Blake Schwarzenbach (Jawbreaker, Jets to Brazil) Plus, Elia Einhorn (Talhouse Podcast Host and Producer, Pitchfork Radio) presents Elia’s Indiepop Student Disco Signings with: Wayne Coyne, T Bone Burnett, David J PLUS Rediscovering Ecstacy: Recording with Lou Reed | Panel Moderated by Richard Barone AND The Flaming Lips present The King’s Mouth: An Immersive Installation Kevin Morby and Dead Oceans present ‘Oh My God’ The Film: The Room NOT TO MENTION Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Bel Air Sour and Brooklyn Summer Ale beer tasting from 4pm-7pm Giveaways from Bowery Presents, The Heatonist, and more… Set Times 12:00 | Steve Gunn
12:45 | Charly Bliss DJ Set
1:30 | Eli Paperboy Reed
2:15 | Madison McFerrin DJ Set
3:00 | Elijah Wolf
3:45 | DJ Sad13 (Speedy Ortiz)
4:30 | TEEN
5:15 | Chris Cohen DJ Set
6:00 | Richard Barone presents Rediscovering Ecstasy: Recording with Lou Reed
7:00 | Elia’s Indiepop Student Disco
7:45 | Cochemea
8:30 | Ian Williams (Battles) DJ Set
9:15 | Pearl Charles
10 | Blake Schwarzenback (Jawbreaker, Jets to Brazil)
Tomorrow (Sat 4/19) is Record Store Day. This annual event is held at independent record stores all over the country and further afield. It offers many exclusive releases, in store performances, and other fun goodies. Since we have several awesome record stores in our neighborhood, we put together a little resource about what’s happening at each one this weekend. Continue reading →
Mark it on your iCal, vinyl junkies. Record Store Day is comin’ atcha this Saturday, April 20th, with a bunch of deals, exclusives, and giveaways that you won’t want your turntable to miss out on. For your convenience, I’ve been in cahoots with local record stores to help you plan your attack. Lucky for us, Greenpoint has two key record shops well prepared for the annual event: Permanent Records (181 Franklin Street) and Co-op 87 (87 Guernsey Street), which was recently listed as the best place to shop for records in Brooklyn by New York Magazine. Yeah, Greenpoint!
You’ll likely want to kick your shopping off at Co-op since the store opens at midnight Friday. Yes, you read that right. For the second year in a row the store will open its doors for a full 24 hours in celebration of vinyl. RSD ambassador Jack White would certainly tip his hat to that.
Meanwhile a few blocks north, Permanent Records will be open from 10AM to 8PM. Both shops promise to be stocking up on as many RSD exclusives they can get their hands on. (You can find a full list of those exclusives here: Continue reading →
An essential part of any conversion from regular person to walking Brooklyn stereotype is embracing the joys and sorrows of vinyl, and I’m proud to say that after a too-long saga involving a basement-salvaged receiver, the friendly folks at MTZ Electronics, and vast sums of money I, too, can now listen to music inconveniently.
Joking aside, record collectors take today seriously: Once a year, on Record Store Day, a wide variety of limited edition, highly sought-after recordings are released and a much needed infusion of cash is brought to local merchants. It’s a way of raising awareness and appreciation for your local record store because, despite the scalping of the rarest releases on ebay, most of today’s releases are only available in person.
Our local shop (and my personal favorite) Permanent Records gets into the swing of things with a full day of events. I arrived a bit before the 11 opening to find a line stretching up the block; the mood was chatty and cheerful, and I got a chance to meet with LIC residents Jiancarlo and Jen who were on their third shop of the day. Jiancarlo had a system and knew exactly what he was looking for; he explained that the records were mostly for himself although he’s begun trading online as well. They appreciated the calm pace that Permanent Records kept despite the crowds; I, as much more of a novice, just appreciated the chance to pick up a new release or two from some of my favorite artists. If you read this in time, check out the bands at Permanent Records today; if not, keep an eye on next year.