Deadly Dragon Sound just joined the long list of shuttered downtown record stores, but that doesn’t mean the news is all bad where quirky vinyl shops are concerned. One of the quirkiest, Tropicalia in Furs, is making a slight return after leaving the East Village a few years ago.
First opened as a basement shop on the Bowery in 2001 and then as a more permanent store on East Fifth Street in 2006, the tiny nook stocked Brazilian music from the ’60s and ’70s (hence the name) and hosted live music and art shows. Its easygoing proprietor, Joel Stones, always greeted customers with chit chat and was pretty much the opposite of the quintessential “record grouch.” The store closed in 2013 and has since bumped around, resurfacing as a pop-up in Los Angeles last year. Now it’s popping up in Greenpoint, thanks to Dream Lab, a producer of events and art projects that seems to have read our minds. (We were such a fan of Tropicalia that we tried to get it on board for our Bedford + Bowery Bazaar a couple of years ago.)
This Saturday and Sunday, Tropicalia will be recreated– complete with orange walls, art videos on the tube, and artwork by Joel’s mom Anatalina– inside of Double 6 Studio, a Greenpoint gallery and events space often used for photo and video shoots. The store promises it’ll be a “freak out experience like no other.” DJs like Jonathan Toubin and Josh Styles will hit the decks, and live acts will include blues/roots act Daddy Long Legs and Gregory Stovetop. And speaking of long legs, there’ll be gogo dancing from Anna Copa Cabanna, who just collaborated with Stovetop on a new video.
So does this mean Tropicalia is making a permanent comeback? “The idea is to get Tropicalia in Furs back,” Stones confirms. “But for now the pop-up is doing really well, and I can take it anywhere, and make it an event. Now is Brooklyn, next stop will be LA in May, and on and on.”
Tropicalia in Furs, April 16 and 17, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Double 6 Studio, 66 Green St., Greenpoint.
Correction: The original version of this post was revised to correct the date of the pop-up.