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 sold in the last week at a store near you.
Before James Bradley opened Williamsburg’s Sound Fix records in 2004, he held careers as a Wall Street financial analyst, an encyclopedia writer, and a freelance journalist. The 44-year-old is now the owner of one of Brooklyn’s most emblematic record shops. “The superstores had become big and impersonal,” explains Bradley, when reached on the phone. “The indie stores were dark, unpleasant, and rude to customers.” Sound Fix is wide and spacious, with a listening lounge, in-store shows, and listening parties. (On Tuesday, Bradley’s doing one for the Dead Weather’s new disc, Horehound, and giving away tickets to the band’s Terminal 5 shows.) Sound Fix focuses on underground and indie music, of course, “and no Beatles”–“I used to tell people to go to the Virgin Megastore,” Bradley says. “But now I can’t say that anymore.”
The Top 10 Records Sold at Sound Fix Records in Williamsburg for the week ending July 7:
1. Wilco: The Album (Nonesuch)
2. Dinosaur Jr: Farm (Jagjaguwar)
3. Dirty Projectors: Bitte Orca (Domino)
4. Regina Spektor: Regina Spektor (WEA)
5. Sonic Youth: The Eternal (Matador)
6. Grizzly Bear: Veckatimest (Warp)
7. Sunset Rubdown: Dragonslayer (Jagjaguwar)
8. God Help the Girl: S/T (Matador)
9. Bibio: Ambivalence Avenue (Warp)
10. Phoenix: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote)
Sound Fix is located at 110 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, open Monday through Saturday, 12pm-9pm, and Sunday 12pm-8pm. At the end of August, it will move to 44 Barry Street, Brooklyn.