Zabriskie Point, How You Get There Depends On Where You’re At

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Back to Black Friday Record Store Day 2013

Our Record Store Day 2103 took place in Brooklyn, New York, specifically the Williamsburg and Green Point neighborhoods.

Our First Stop: Rough Trade NYC – Williamsburg, 64 N 9th Street

We ventured inside the music outpost I had anticipated shopping in for a week now. It is a work in progress as construction crews were hard at work as we walked about. Rough Trade NYC had a well stocked Record Store Day section as I had expected. I quickly found the vinyl LPs and EPs I sought from the Record Store Day checklist. Granted they were a little more expensive than other record stores in the area, but they are facing significant start-up costs and I didn’t mind paying extra to support their brand.

The Rough Trade NYC store register system is dependent upon an Internet connection. We were informed the Internet was unavailable? The only option for payment this morning proved to be good old hard cash.

The Second Stop: Permanent Records, 181 Franklin Street, Green Point

We walked about Green Point in among the Row Houses. The Permanent Records shop was quaint and homey. The staff played an Arista sampler that featured Ian Drury, Elvis Costello and Patti Smith. I purchased a couple of EPs. My son picked up the two Fall Out Boy Record Store Day items.

The Loot 😉

Gene Clark Here Tonight: The White Light Demos Omnivore Recordings LP

Harry Nilsson Rarities Collection Columbia Records LP

The Rolling Stones Got LIVE If You Want It ABKCO Records 7″ 45 

Van Dyke Parks Come To The Sunshine / Farther Along 7″ 45

Various  Artists Zabriskie Point Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Water Tower Music 2 LP

Rough Trade Shops Albums of the Year 2013

As we enter the holiday shopping period music organizations publish their best album lists of 2013. Rough Trade Shops has created its Albums of the Year 2013 List (Top 101).

I look to see if the musicians and their recordings I have blogged about the past year are on these lists. I discover I need to cast a wider net when it comes to best of the year album lists. I am gaining a fuller appreciation for the music education Rough Trade Shops provides the music of our heart.

Guardian Green Room at Rough Trade NYC

Rough Trade NYC held its soft opening yesterday at 64 N 9th Street in Brooklyn. The music of our heart was there in spirit even though I was teaching a computer course in Connecticut on Monday. I was socially connected via the Rough Trade NYC Twitter Page and checked in at the breaks and lunch time 😉

Rough Trade NYC

Photo Courtesy of Instagram/Cool Hunting

The 15,000 square-foot music outpost is a former HBO prop warehouse that has been re-fitted to house a meticulously curated collection of books, magazines, records, and CDs, as well as a sizable performance space. Rough Trade NYC is the latest addition in a trend of label-associated record stores that have opened in the Williamsburg and Greenpoint sections of Brooklyn over the past few years alongside Mexican Summer’s shop Co-Op 87 and Captured Tracks.

Guardian Green Room

The Guardian Green Room is a multipurpose “Interactive Digital Lounge” that delivers the Guardian’s Music content to Rough Trade NYC shoppers. It is housed inside one of the shipping containers which is the interior “theme” of Rough Trade NYC.

The room is outfitted with touchscreen displays that visitors can use to read Guardian music coverage, as well as to communicate with the outside world.

“Visitors will be able to explore the Guardian’s music and cultural coverage, interface and engage with the Guardian’s wide assortment of interactive content, browse store events and daily happenings, compare music tastes and cultural trends across the Atlantic, share insights, ideas and opinions,” The Guardian states.

The room is positioned as an in-store content creation hub. The Guardian and Rough Trade NYC have established a powerful “International” partnership. Their mutual goal is to prove Rough Trade NYC to be a trusted global symbol of personable music retail.

I champion this idea. My guess is that the synergy The Guardian and Rough Trade NYC is generating will help forge informed customers who will make pertinent music selections with lasting value. I also feel the digital content will help people browse record stacks with a more discernible taste. This team approach will aid customers who aren’t sure what they want to buy. Having accessibility to interactive content becomes the next logical step music consumers could take before/after utilizing the in-store listening stations. I think The Guardian Green Room will serve as an opinion influence.

I applaud Rough Trade NYC as they bivouac in with their strategy to neutralize Internet music purchasing. Buying on the Web is a cold and nebulous experience. It’s great to have these sanctions lifted by a music outpost that cares about promoting and selling music for the right reasons, personal enjoyment, deeper connection and final satisfaction!

The Oxford American Tennessee Music Issue

The Oxford American Tennessee Music Issue will be available on newsstands December 2, 2013. This is the finest literary music magazine you will read and savor this year.

The 15th annual Oxford American Music issue is an appreciation of Tennessee! It comes with a double CD (50 tracks), and the magazine is filled with 176 pages of excellent writing + beautiful art.

I decided not to wait for Tennessee Music Issue 83 to appear on the magazine rack at Barnes & Noble. I placed an advanced order today with The Oxford American and hopefully will have my copy on or before 12/2/13.

I was looking at the prior back issues of the annual music magazine. I discovered that many of the issues from 1-14 are sold out. I only own issues 13 and 14 right now. I am contemplating buying the cloth book, The Oxford American Book of Great Music Writing. This book celebrates the first 10 years (Issues 1-10), which would mean I just have to acquire issues 11 and 12 at some point…

Foreverly – Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones

I love when musicians collaborate and produce a mutual passion. Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) and Norah Jones have achieved that goal through their “reinterpretation” of the 1958 Everly Brothers classic album, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. 

The Billie Joe and Norah collaboration is titled Foreverly. It will drop this Monday November 25th. The vinyl bundle includes an exclusive lithograph (see picture below). The vinyl bundle ships to purchasers on January 24, 2014. There is even a cassette bundle which is a nice consideration for listeners.

Watch and listen as Norah Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong discuss each track on the recording.

Foreverly Track List:

“Roving Gambler”
“Long Time Gone”
“Lightning Express”
“Silver Haired Daddy of Mine”
“Down in the Willow Garden”
“Who’s Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet”
“Oh So Many Years”
“Barbara Allen”
“Rockin’ Alone (in an Old Rocking Chair)”
“I’m Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail”
“Kentucky”
“Put My Little Shoes Away”

Long Time Gone – Lyric Video

Silver Haired Daddy of Mine Video