We feel it’s important to shop local, independent and small whenever possible. CT has some absolutely great places to shop for your loved ones this holiday season. We figured we’d put out a list to ease you into it.
First off, we’ve invited some local makers and artists to set up in our space during the weekends in December, that way you can browse something beyond records and maybe spark a gift idea.
Here are some of the dealers that will be at our Record Fair at Counter Weight Brewing on October 16th.
“The Archive is Vinegar Syndrome’s experimental retail store located at our film preservation facility in Bridgeport, CT (right off I-95!). We carry all of our releases (of course) and a wide variety of other like-minded genre home video companies, in addition to super rare VHS, Laserdiscs and movie posters. We also have a growing selection of vinyl LPs and one of the largest collections of soundtrack LPs you will ever encounter.” https://browsethearchive.com/bridgeport/
“Bad Kitty Music is the outward manifestation of one goofball longhair’s obsession with records… Genres available include: Rock, Pop/Vocal, Country Rock, Folk, Jazz, Blues, Soundtracks, Electronic, Country, R&B/Funk/Soul, Reggae/Ska, etc. Generally speaking, LPs from the 1950s – 1990s, mostly used. Prices start at two bucks (practically free!!) and go from there. Credit/Debit cards, Paypal, and Venmo are all accepted, and impulse purchases are encouraged.” https://www.facebook.com/BadKittyMusic
C/Site Recordings and Bridge & Tunnel Crowd Monthly Newsletter split table. C/Site Recordings will have all in print releases on hand and a selection of out of print titles. We will also have a small number of test presses with one of a kind cover art by Dan Greene of Mountain Movers, as well as a small selection of used records. The Bridge & Tunnel Crowd will have current and back issues, subscriptions, anthologies, posters and assorted ephemera available. Cash, Venmo and Paypal all accepted. http://www.csiterecordings.com/ https://batcrowdnewsletter.blogspot.com/p/subscribe-to-bridge-tunnel-crowd.html
Our friend Dino you might recognize from various record fairs on the east coast. He loves a good 12″ single and carries a lot of them. Talk to my man about disco and movies. Solid selection beyond as well – check out his Discogs shop here.
Good source for rock priced to move. I’ve pulled some real cool stuff out of his bins. You might have seen this nice dealer at various record fairs. (no website!)
Get Awesome Records
“I sell the albums your favorite musician likes. Killer and/or rare metal, punk, hardcore, electronic, noise, industrial, and more. Some other weird stuff too. This will be one of my first fairs in months and I’ve been hoarding a bunch of choice slabs. Oh yeah, I just bought a big collection of limited edition dungeon synth tapes, if that’s your thing. Get Awesome or get bent!” https://www.discogs.com/seller/GetAwesomeRecords/profile
Ian will be here from RTGK having just past the 8 year mark for their shop! A variety of records from the store’s vast horde! http://recordsthegoodkind.com/
Slipped Disc Records is back with a new collection of punk, new wave, 60’s & 70’s rock, glam and metal titles with many new arrivals including first presses and promos. They will also have over 1,500 sealed reissues and new releases! http://www.slippeddiscrecords.com/SDRmainPage.htm
The Telegraph emerged gradually over the course of year ten of the twenty-first century in the small but mighty city on the Sound: New London, Connecticut, United States. Already functioning as an independent label and promoter in the region, a physical store became a necessity for the burgeoning music scene that at the time was busting at the seams. https://telegraphnl.com/
Bringing used rock & jazz LPs from the 60s, 70s & 80s. Willimantic Records is a used record shop currently located in the Bliss Marketplace at 34 North Street in Willimantic, Connecticut. http://blog.willimanticrecords.com/
“Zazz Corp aka Helen Kennedy is an illustrator and gig poster artist. Clients include the Grateful Dead, Phish, Primus, and so many more. Zazz Corp embodies and the strange and far out. Can you dig it?
On this month’s podcast we talk to Hughie and David of CT punk band Zipper! We talk about the music we’re listening to and dive into what happened to get Zipper going.
We talk about what bands they’re playing and releasing stuff with that they’re stoked on. We talk about the way they got into music and punk in the first place and generally dive into playing music in bands. We actually stay pretty on topic in this episode only veering a couple times to talk about a couple shows that happened in the old store’s basement (Mind Eraser and Greg Ginn – separate shows).
This update starts off with a new album announcement from Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The album is coming April 2nd and is available as a CD or LP+10″. Details on the pre-order can be found here. We have a contest to win the 10″ early by pre-ordering as well. You can also see and listen to a clip of the 10″ on our social media pages.
We are still operating at a 10 person max capacity with properly worn mask required (over nose and mouth tight to face) for the duration of the visit and we appreciate the patience of those who have waited in line to get in (can’t mention that enough). Weekends can get hectic and you should expect to see a line. Monday-Thursday generally are more relaxed. Hand sanitizer at the door and gloves available for those who want them. This won’t change for the foreseeable future, but hopefully the weather will get better!