Brian Chase (Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs) on Record Stores and Community
In honor of the tenth anniversary of Record Store Day, we hit up a few of our favorite musicians to find out what vinyl shopping means to them.
Hometown: Huntington, New York
Based In: Brooklyn, New York
What’s your favorite record store and why?
Downtown Music Gallery in East Chinatown, New York. DMG features music primarily from New York’s “downtown” experimental music scene, covering the bases from legends to lesser-known artists, as well as from national and international experimental music communities. It’s got a great collection of under-the-mainstream-radar rock, too.
What were the first records you bought at your hometown record store?
The first album shopping I did at my hometown record store was for cassettes and CDs. Embarrassingly, my memory of the first cassette I “purchased” of my own volition was Slaughter’s Stick it to Ya. There were some early cassettes that changed my life as far as music goes, including Miles Davis’s Milestones and PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me.
What did you learn from shopping at record stores?
What I learned from shopping at record stores is that music exists as a community based on the foundation of those deeply enthusiastic about the music. This enthusiasm is what links musicians to music fans, and record store owners to record store shoppers; everyone unites together in this way. There is an immediate joy from tapping into this directly.
What was the last record you bought? Where?
The last records I bought were Talk Normal’s Sunshine and Marcia Bassett & Samara Lubelski’s Sunday Night, Sunday Afternoon. I got them at Captured Tracks in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Why do you still buy records?
I still buy vinyl because I personally love the format. I love how the audio sounds, I love how the artwork looks, and I love how the albums come together to form a tangible library. I still buy records because it is important to support musicians, labels and record stores during this time when people aren’t buying as much.
Which record, in your opinion, do you need on vinyl? Why?
There are so many, and I’m sure there are “objective” answers, but I feel that the best response is possibly a subjective one. I’ll say Some Girls by the Rolling Stones. You can’t flip over a CD or a computer to get to side B…
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