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.
Two weeks ago, we profiled Generation Records, one of the city’s great havens for punk, hardcore and metal. This week, we bring you Generation’s sister store, the more-mainstream Bleecker Street Records, located on 6th Avenue in the West Village. The store specializes in rock, jazz, and old-school R&B and soul. “No dance, no techno, no house,” says Nino, 40, a manager who has worked at the store since its conception 12 years ago. Nino works at the store with childhood friend Dino and the store’s owner, “a friend of ours.” (“Everybody trusts everybody,” he says.) Bleecker Street features one of the city’s last major storefront record displays in the city, full of classic rock box sets. Inside, record’s are displayed on the walls, and aisles are full of new and used CDs and LPs. “I prefer CD,” Nino says. “But you have these die-hard LP collectors. They love the crackly sound of the LP. They swear it’s better than CD. I would never gotten that, but that’s what makes them happy.”
1. Michael Jackson: Thriller (Sony)
2. Colbie Caillat: Breakthrough (Universal)
3. Kings of Leon: Only By the Night (RCA)
4. The Smiths – Reissue LP — Strangeways, Here We Come, The Queen is Dead / Meat is Murder / The Smiths (LPs) (Warner Brothers / Wea)
5. Sonic Youth: The Eternal (Matador)
6. Tori Amos: Abnormally Attracted to Sin (Republic)
7. Santigold: Santigold (Downtown)
8. St. Vincent: Actor (4ad Records)
9. Mew: No More Stories Are Told Today Sorry …(Columbia)
10. Jonas Brothers: Lines, Vines, and Trying Times (Hollywood Records)
Bleecker Street Records is located at 239 Bleecker Street, New York, NY, 10014. It’s open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.