Posted in music | venues on April 11, 2012

Rough Trade

THIS:

Rough Trade Retail Group (RTRG) proudly announces the forthcoming opening of Rough Trade NYC, Williamsburg, New York, USA.

Due to open in Autumn this year, Rough Trade NYC will offer a large saturnalia for music lovers of all ages (even larger than multi-award winning Rough Trade East, London, UK).

In addition to being a place to discover, browse, debate and purchase the finest recorded music, Rough Trade NYC will partner with The Bowery Presents to feature a live performance area for in-store gigs, as well as operating at night as an intimate live music venue. The Bowery Presents has a strong history of operating first class concert venues including the Music Hall of Williamsburg located in the same neighborhood as Rough Trade NYC.

Rough Trade NYC will pay particular attention to its transatlantic dynamic by linking-up with Rough Trade's London stores, encouraging customers (and artists) in each country to interact across the ocean.

"At long last, we can finally confirm the next bold step in our evolution" says Rough Trade's co-owner, Stephen Godfroy. "We're extremely excited at the prospect of handing over the 'blank canvas', that is a Rough Trade store, to the music lovers of New York, allowing them make it their own culture agora, just as the people of London have so successfully achieved, with downturn-defying results."

"The Bowery Presents has always maintained a commitment to developing artists at the inception of their career, with Rough Trade NYC we have that opportunity in an exciting neighborhood and we are excited about the retail store and venue combination concept" says John Moore, partner, The Bowery Presents.

Rough Trade NYC also heralds the forthcoming arrival of a US version of the new, soon to launch, roughtrade.com online store, which will offer MP3 downloads alongside CD and vinyl, complete with subscription services.

Further exciting details will be announced in the months to come.
Stay tuned.

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Comments (54)

Williamsburg? really?

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 8:21 AM

I stopped reading at saturnalia...

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 8:33 AM

Wow...talk about bucking the trends. Actually OPENING a record store in this day and age.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 8:40 AM

The Bowery Presents adds to its reign of terror over this city.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 8:53 AM

lcd reunion opening day

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 8:55 AM

great news. Rough Trade East is a fantastic store

Posted by oliver | April 11, 2012 9:10 AM

Sick PR move

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 9:11 AM

FUCK Bowery Presents

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 9:18 AM

About fuckin time

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 9:20 AM

Goodbye Sound Fix

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 9:20 AM

Conveniently located only 2 blocks away from Oasis

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 9:23 AM

not happy its in williamsburg and weird to see a record store opening but ive been a fan of the portobello and shoreditch for ages and this is a good thing for real music fans.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 9:28 AM

Love Rough Trade. Hate Bowery Presents.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 9:29 AM

Music venue in WILLIAMSBURG? How original!

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 9:31 AM

Oh boo hoo "not happy its in Williamsburg". Get a metro card. Where would be a better place for this, in your opinion?

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 9:33 AM

The follow-up story has already been written..."Rough Trade Store Closing". Check back in 6mos.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 9:33 AM

kings of leon are opening day

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 9:38 AM

The all important question is - Will they serve store bought, or locally made hummus?

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 9:49 AM

Will this bring more hipsters into Hipsterville?

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 9:51 AM

where is the store located exactly? bowery probably trying to compete with cameo/glasslands now that those venues book better shows than merc lounge.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 9:56 AM

Me and my trusty steed Max will come down and steal all the hipster presents In Hipsterville. I will even take the Organic Free Range Sustainable Roast Tofu.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 10:06 AM

9:56 is spot on

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 10:08 AM

British Bands :)

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 10:20 AM

@9:56 Won't work. This has been tried at (the old) SoundFix. I would say they are trying to compete with Other Music (and their instores) more than anything else. Glasslands/Cameo are proper shows for the most part.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 10:28 AM

They should bring over Fat Bob from Rough Trade UK/Hard Skin/ the Vice Record Store dude videos for regular comedy appearances

Posted by Allan | April 11, 2012 10:37 AM

A record store? What is this, 1971?

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 11:07 AM

9:51 - hipsterville has long ago become yuppietown. i bet you were so excited to show how cool you were by putting down someone you think you are better than. hipsters? when is the last time you've been to williamsburg?

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 11:11 AM

oh my god with this hipsterville/yuppietown schtick. stop trying to boil neighborhoods down to cliques like this is high school. you're just mad because you eat lunch alone in whatever neighborhood you live in.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 11:16 AM

The williamsburg community's knowledge of the Rough Trade catalog is limited to the Strokes first e.p.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 11:28 AM

yay bowery presents comes in yet again to corner yet another sector of the new york music market! hopefully this won't kill the other shops in the area

(aside from the obvious complaints i have about some of the record stores in williamsburg, it's a shame to see bowery presents, of all people, wipe them outta business.)

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 11:50 AM

Cool. Which community in New York is known for its deep understanding of Rough Trade catalog? This record store should go there instead.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 11:51 AM

East New York would be an amazing location and would really thrive

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 12:03 PM

Will they purchase used vinyl?
I have half a crate of progressive trance records from 2002.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 12:15 PM

Very happy to be from The Bronx. Just PR's, Italians, and Albanians. No hipsters or yuppies in my neighborhood at all...yet.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 12:19 PM

bowery presents is the new live nation

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 12:29 PM

bowery with another attempt to just control the market.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 12:29 PM

UES is where it's at. It's so passé we'll NEVER have hipsters up here. AND it's cheaper than Williamsburg. Which is laughable, because WB is an ugly ass neighborhood.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 12:30 PM

Like someone said above, this won't work here. A failure from the start. Rough Trade does not understand or is severely misreading the difference between London and NYC both shopping wise and area wise. Either that or they are being mind melded by John Moore and his other BP fuck buddies.
You would be crazy to think for a second they are gonna let this "live music venue" impede on their venues which they have total control and revenue from

Oh and to the idiot above who said that it is their way to screw with Glasslands/Cameo cause they book better shows than Mercury now, you are a complete fool. Cameo is a joke. Glasslands and Mercury book the same fucking bands.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 12:31 PM

Boycott Bowery Presents.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 12:45 PM

go die Bowery Presents

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:25 PM

The record store is basically a front for Bowery to have a 100-200 cap space that they lack in Williamsburg, It is fairly obvious.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:52 PM

so what? I like seeing live music, and if Bowery Presents actually gets off their asses to build a 100-200 cap venue to bring more live music then no bitch here. no I think that the Bowery Presents hate is one guy with sour grapes whose band sucks and Bowery won't return calls on. Your band sucks, dude - get over it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:16 PM

I live in Lebanon, and the hummus here is amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:18 PM

does anyone here realize that Rough Trade UK has been an amazing store for like 200 years? i think you're all getting a little too hung up on your politics... on the other hand, the LA version of Knitting Factory kinda sucked balls...

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:37 PM

Bowery Presents is also rumored to be changing their name to Bedford Presents.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:13 PM

YAWN

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:32 PM

fuck williamsburg and record stores.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:34 PM

12:19 enjoy it for now, they're already cleaning the streets and raising the rent of our neighborhood

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:43 PM

the person who said this is going to compete with Other Music for in-stores is wrong. The person who said this will compete with Glasslands is correct. This is a new venue with a record store attached.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 1:36 AM

-9:29 said it best
-the store will do great and this is good news, regardless
-everything in LA sucks balls

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 10:36 AM

"The Bowery Presents has always maintained a commitment to developing artists at the inception of their career" - like, for example, charging them $250+ site fees for permission to shoot video of their own performances.

Posted by joly | April 13, 2012 2:05 AM

wow ,I live in Lebanon, and the hummus here is amazing.

Posted by Android | April 14, 2012 4:48 PM

Bowery Presents are the Bank of America of the NYC music scene. Guess that cancels out any hopes of anything interesting happening at this place.

Posted by Yup | June 6, 2012 10:47 AM

rough trade for the win

Posted by jordon | August 3, 2013 3:27 PM

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