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Record Store Day, 2019, in Brooklyn

Ellen Levitt

Posted on April 16, 2019 21:01

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Record Store Day was held on Saturday, April 13, and this time I spent my time in Brooklyn music stores.

Another successful and frantic Record Store Day has come and gone. Saturday, April 13, 2019 was the latest edition of this day devoted to getting people to appreciate the independent record stores around the United States and in other countries. For many people it is a fun and nostalgic day of indulgence, and for some it is a business opportunity to score special rare records and then resell them ASAP. And of course the stores that get involved hope for lots of sales and appreciation from the public.

Last year I went to a record store in New Paltz, New York as well as a store in lower Manhattan. In previous years I went to Record Store Day events at shops in Brooklyn, and in 2019 I did the same. But this time I checked out three stores I had not gone to before (well, one I had visited several years earlier). Since 2008 this annual event (with related events held occasionally throughout the year) has been a way for vinyl record fans and small (or smallish) businesses in the music industry to show that they are still a force with which to be reckoned.

This time I started my musical journey at Compact Disc Shoppe on Avenue U in the Sheepshead Bay section of southern Brooklyn. This unassuming corner store had a few other customers when I strolled in. I spoke with the owner, who said he was a newish participant in this event. He explained that he usually sells CDs and videos, but chose to sign on and expand his vinyl record offerings.

"There was a crowd here in the morning, I couldn't believe it," he said and shook is head. Some of the people bought up the rarities quickly and he suspected that they were going to turn them around on Ebay and other sites. I perused his $10 for 3 used records section and bought the Godspell soundtrack, the Lawrence of Arabia soundtrack and the Fifth Dimension's Greatest Hits. We also chatted about his autographed Lesley Gore photographs. I told him I'd once seen her perform at nearby Midwood Field and liked her set.

Next we drove over to the Fifth Avenue Records & Tapes in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. This is a textbook definition of a hole-in-the-wall store. It was a small, tightly packed store filled to the gills with record bins. I could barely move, and there were overflow bins on the sidewalk. 

The last shop I checked out was Almost Ready Records at the southern edge of the Carroll Gardens neighborhood. If Compact Disc was nerdy and Fifth Avenue was packrat, Almost Ready was cutting edge quirky. In the shadow of an expressway, it stocks all kinds of obscure rock 'n roll and jazz, is decorated with weird toys and posters, and has some impressive indie records of various bands. 

While I only bought the three records early on, I enjoyed RSD2019. Rock onward, vinyl fans. 

 

 

 

Ellen Levitt

Posted on April 16, 2019 21:01

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