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.
Vinyl, the Scorsese-Jagger production we’ve been looking forward to with bated coke-breath ever since it filmed in the East Village, finally hit HBO last night with an epic two-hour episode, and the critical reaction has been pretty much love it or hate it. Even if you’re with the East Village’s own Richard Hell in the latter camp, you’re probably going to watch at least another episode or two, just to bask/wallow in the ambience of the early-’70s New York City music scene. So here are some fun facts about the show that we’ve culled from around the net, and from our own archives.
On Friday a tipster sent us this photo from the set of Martin Scorsese’s forthcoming HBO show, now titled Vinyl. As you can see, Marty meticulously recreated the legendary Max’s Kansas City on 19th Street, between Park and Broadway, just a couple of blocks from its former location on the corner of 18th and Park Avenue South (now home to a CVS). The clubhouse of Andy Warhol (who would’ve turned 87 today) was honored with a 50th anniversary reunion show at Bowery Electric in June.
Scorsese’s show about New York’s ’70s and ’80s rock and roll scene, which filmed in the East Village a couple of weeks ago, now has a teaser, below. And according to a sign we spotted at 56th Street and Seventh Avenue, it’ll be filming near that corner this Friday.
Everyone knows the quickest way to turn your lame tech-bro pad from drab to authentic cool is to fill it with a bunch of vinyl. Just, please, if you’re going to do that at least take the records outside of their plastic casing and rough them up a bit so it looks like you actually listen to them. Oh, and hot tip: make sure you actually have a record player, too — extra points for knowing how to turn it on.
By Friday afternoon, the second of three days during which the New York Public Library is unloading 22,000 vinyl LPs at Lincoln Center, there was no New Kids on the Block to be found — presumably, some eager wax collector jumped on that gem early. In fact, the majority of the remaining offerings were classical records.
If Greenpoint’s vinyl district hasn’t yielded any gems lately, you may want to make a pilgrimage to midtown later this week, because the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is selling off about 22,000 dupe LPs from its Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound. And they’re going “cheap. Like, real cheap.”
The way the NYPL , this is going to be one epic sale.
These days, the customers of the newsstand in the Metropolitan stop aren’t waiting in line to buy the Post, Times, or those stale House of Bazzini nuts that you can’t actually find above ground. Instead, they’re asking for change to buy zines out of a vending machine and snatching up vinyl records curated by Greenpoint shop Co-Op-87.