Monthly Archives: November 2013

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

Pat Metheny Unity Group – KIN (←→)

I dig Pat Metheny. He is a creative musician who composes and performs rich, textured music that I love to get lost inside.  I was informed this past week that the Pat Metheny Unity Group will be releasing a new album,  KIN (←→).

My affinity for vinyl prompted me to pre-order the German pressed 140-gram 2 LP set that includes a complete CD and an exclusive print of the cover art signed by Pat himself 😉

I love the graphics design for the album cover.

“The core quartet of Chris, Ben, Antonio and I played over 100 concerts over the year that followed the release of our Unity Band record. Over the course of that period, the band became one of those rare combinations of players where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts – it gelled in every way, and that just seemed to beg for expansion and further research. Concurrently, I had been kind of itching to write more in the style that I had developed over the years with my regular groups and projects where there is a lush and more orchestrated kind of compositional conception that went beyond the sonic limits of what a straight ahead quartet might invoke. But I really didn’t want to lose the energy, focus and intensity of what this band had developed. I wanted to take it further. If the first Unity Band record was a thoughtful, black and white documentary of four musicians in a recording studio playing, this record is more like the Technicolor, IMAX version of what a band like this could be—but with that hardcore thing still sitting right in the middle of it all.” ~ Pat Metheny

The Pat Metheny Unity Group consists of Pat Metheny (Guitar), Chris Potter (Sax), Antonio Sanchez (Drums), Ben Williams (Bass), and Giulio Carmassi (Multi-Instrumentalist).

I see that the Pat Metheny Unity Group has announced a world tour and that a concert is taking place at the Quick Center for the Arts on the Fairfield University campus on March 25th, 2014. I plan to make that our first concert ticket buy for 2014 😉

Rough Trade NYC Coming to Brooklyn!

I champion with all the music of our heart Rough Trade who possesses the gumption and drive to swim upstream against all odds.

I have hoped some stalwart record store company would step up to become the Amoeba Music of the East Coast. I miss Tower Records, HMV and Virgin Records in New York City terribly.

I have been on a contact high all day since I read this informative article ,”Records Are Dying? Not Here” by Ben Sisario, the New York Times staff reporter who covers the music and culture scene. The article illuminates what is happening at Rough Trade NYC. The store’s grand opening is Monday November 25, 2013.

Geoff Travis is the founder of both Rough Trade Records and the Rough Trade Chain of Record Shops. He boldly claimed earlier this year, “Our new store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn will open in the next 6 months when all the other record stores in New York have closed down.”[2]

Bryon Smith for the New York Times

Rough Trade NYC is partnering with Bowery Presents to offer live music just about every day in the 300 person performance space inside Rough Trade NYC. They will also have a coffee bar that I am eager to sample.

I am psyched that Rough Trade NYC will serve as the beachhead store for our Back to Black Friday Record Store Day 2013 Brooklyn treasure hunt.

I can’t wait to step inside Rough Trade NYC and experience a compelling record shopping experience.

We’ll see you next Friday Rough Trade NYC but until then it’s No Sleep Till Brooklyn 😉

This Just In

Here is another informative article about Rough Trade and vinyl from the tres chic publication The Guardian.

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/nov/23/rough-trade-new-york-store?CMP=twt_gu