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Record Store Day Done Right

One of the many benefits to living and working in New York City is the plethora of independent record stores we have here. So to celebrate Record Store Day this year, I thought it would be fun to see how many of them I could visit and document my results with a photo of each location. Using only the subway for transportation, I was able to hit twenty shops in one day! And I never even made it to the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, home to many more indies like the newest outpost of Rough Trade. But that’s okay, I’ll be visiting there sometime soon. Because my motto is “Live every day like it’s Record Store Day!”

Check out the photo gallery below:

 

Welcome to the ‘Hood, Rough Trade NYC

November 21, 2013 Industry Trends No Comments

Rough Trade Brooklyn

After a lengthy period of anticipation since it was first announced back in April 2012, the legendary U.K. record shop, Rough Trade, is finally set to open their brand-new U.S. location in Brooklyn on November 25th.

Located at 64 N. 9th St., Rough Trade NYC, according to Billboard, will occupy a “15,000 square foot re-purposed film prop warehouse in Williamsburg (…) and will sell all new music — no used — in multiple formats in addition to serving as a ‘healthy-sized place to hang out’ for music lovers.” What this may be referring to is the in-house 299 person capacity venue being booked by Bowery Presents, as well as the 400 sq. ft. space dedicated to music discovery simply called “The Room.” Additionally, local culinary heroes, Five Leaves, will be serving food and drink to customers in the cafe from breakfast ’til late.

To celebrate the newly-opened space, Rough Trade NYC has already announced several free in-store events for the initial launch period, including an opening-night performance by Charles Bradley (Daptone Records), as well as a special set by Au Revoir Simone (Instant Records) on Tuesday, December 17th. Undoubtedly, a welcoming sign of what’s to come from these legendary retail/music icons!

The Orchard: Killing It At NARM Once Again…

May 15, 2012 Orchard News No Comments

The 2012 NARM Convention was a huge success this year for The Orchard in terms of business closed, deals announced and goodwill spread — and the Physical Team was no exception.

In addition to meeting with top accounts, from Amazon, Transworld, AEC, Hastings and Super D to the all-important indie stores and their coalitions (including Spencer Hickman, the manager of the soon-to-be open Rough Trade Megastore in Brooklyn), the team found time to “socialize” with these same accounts as well as some of our label personalities like Michael Nobrega from Volcom and Curtis Casella from Taang! Records.

On Wednesday night, the Physical Team attended the Dodgers/Giants baseball game (where for some reason they still rooted for the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies anyway), then we headed back to the Hyatt Regency lobby to find more old friends like Liz, Andrea and Reg from CIMS and Luann Myers from AIMS. Our favorite car music at NARM this year? A tie between the new albums by The Shrine and Kadavar (two great driving albums on Tee Pee!).

Another exciting win for the team last week: The Orchard announced the acquisition of Iris Distribution!

Check out the pics of what went down at our high-level meetings with NARM veterans such as Mark Hudson from Transworld, Record Store Day co-founder Carrie Colliton, and Larry Mansdorf and Carl Mello from Newbury Comics. There was some steak-eating, refereeing, bullying and cheering… You’ll wish you were there.

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