In 2009, the traditional practice of exchanging physical copies of records for money is a trade that might best be called quixotic. But New Yorkers are stubborn people, and the record store is not dead. Below, the top ten records that actually sold in the last week at a store near you.
Before the store shipped the entirety of its 55,000 video collection off to Italy, Kim’s Video had a reputation for being the most intimidating rental shop in the city. Opened by Youngman Kim on Avenue A in the mid-’80s, the store originally doubled as a dry cleaning/video rental shop. Along the way, it ditched the dry cleaning and expanded to include music. In 1987, Kim opened a massive two-floor location on St. Marks, which closed this past January, after the store’s rental business faded. Kim’s is now at a much smaller space, located at 124 First Avenue. And while it still carries a diverse collection of indie, rock, pop and reggae, the new Kim’s is far more compact. “We needed less room so we decided to downsize,” said employee Ned Hayden, 47. “You can see with the closing of the superstores, Virgin and everything, that business model isn’t really working right now.”
The Top 10 Records Sold at Kim’s Video for the Week Ending June 16th:
1. Sonic Youth – The Eternal (Matador)
2. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest (Warp Records)
3. Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca (Domino)
4. Charlie Patton – Electrically Recorded: Prayer of Death (Monk Records)
5. Neil Young – Archives Vol. 1 (Reprise Records)
6. Various Artists – Take Me to the Water: Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music and Photography 1890-1950 (Dust-to-Digital)
7. Dub Echoes – Dub Echoes (101 Distribution)
8. Deerhunter – Rainwater Cassette Exchange (Kranky)
9. Mos Def – The Ecstatic (Downtown)
10. Elvis Costello – Secret, Profane and Sugarcane (Hear Music)
Kim’s Video is located at 124 First Avenue, between 7th & 8th. Open 10AM to midnight, Monday through Sunday, 212-533-7390.