Record Store Day is April 21, 2012. It’s the one day that all indie owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Go out and support your local record shops! For more info: http://www.recordstoreday.com/
Here are a few record shops in NYC that we like:
BLEEKER STREET RECORDS
Another record store I happened upon while exploring the city when I first moved here. I almost always stop in when I’m in the hood to browse, if not buy. This is where I usually go to buy used CDs and where my husband shops for records and CDs. They carry an extensive selection of records from rare and vintage records to new releases on vinyl. Their collection includes collectibles, rare mixes, live recordings, etc. One con is that they don’t have a “new releases” section so you really have to know what you’re looking for when you go there. The staff is also super knowledgeable, but honestly I’m too intimidated most of the time to ask them anything. I just take my time to search through and explore what they have.
Bleecker Street Records
239 Bleecker (between Carmine and Leroy Streets in the Village)
NY, New York 10014
-By Hye Ko
I stumbled upon this store when I first moved to NYC. Randomly walked in and was pleasantly surprised to find they stock bootleg copies of live shows, interviews, studio sessions, etc. As a music fan, I love listening to live takes of my favorite tunes…hearing the banter in-between songs, the little imperfections, the nuances of how songs are translated live, etc. I think my first purchase there was Oasis “Wired and Inspired” (live at Glastonbury 1995). After that, I made routine trips picking up bootlegs of all my favorite bands. And as a UK music van, I appreciate that they carry imports – often they’re special edition CDs from other countries with bonus tracks.
They also carry loads of vinyl, posters, shirts, limited edition albums, and used and new copies of current CDs. They mainly focus on metal and punk collections, but they have music from many other different genres too.
GR will be celebrating Record Store Day with some in-store performances: http://www.generationrecords.com/?p=850
210 Thompson St
NY, New York 10012
-By Huy Hoang
A music store I’ve been going to since way back in the day when I first moved to NYC in 1998 (they opened doors in 1996). It’s probably my favorite in the city. Other Music is more of a CD store than a “record store” because they sell mostly CDs. That said, they do have a decent (though limited) selection of vinyl.
OM carries a broad selection of music with more of the selection devoted to modern rock and indie. They also cover decent non-mainstream and obscure stuff too (I used to go for electronica back in the day). Staff is pretty typical of what you’d expect from a good record shop – knowledgeable on music and industry; they note blurbs about new arrivals on the shelf. There’s also an in-store box office so you can get tix to shows at venues like Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall or Maxwell’s…super convenient.
15 E. 4th St (near Lafayette St)
NY, NY 10003
-By Hye Ko