Posted in NYC | music | venues on September 17, 2013

by Bill Pearis

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Coming about a year later than expected, record store Rough Trade NYC is finally set to open in Williamsburg on November 25, reports Billboard. That's the Monday before Thanksgiving, opening just in time for the crucial Black Friday and holiday shopping. The space is a "15,000 square foot repurposed film prop warehouse" at 64 N. 9th St. which is between Wythe and Kent, the first for the UK retailers, and will also be a music venue booked by Bowery Presents. More from the Billboard article:

"New York and London are similar in many ways -- they're kaleidoscopic celebrations of global differences and similarities," Rough Trade co-president Stephen Godfroy tells Billboard of expanding across the Atlantic. "They enjoy an open-mindedness, a deep respect for the past, a voracious appetite for the future, which all combines to produce a climate that suits our individual approach to music retail."

The Williamsburg store was originally announced in April of 2012, with plans to open its doors at an unspecified date later that year. But what Godfroy describes as "numerous obstacles in the construction planning and building process" left those plans in limbo until now.

Rough Trade N.Y.C. will sell all new music -- no used -- in multiple formats in addition to serving as a "healthy-sized place to hang out" for music lovers. A portion of the space has been sectioned off as a performance venue for free in-stores as well as after-hours ticketed concerts booked by The Bowery Presents.

In other Brooklyn record store news, Captured Tracks' new retail space is now open at 195 Calyer in Greenpoint. Academy Records will close its N. 6th space by the end of the month and be moving to Greenpoint too.

You can watch an animated announce video for the Rough Trade NYC store below.

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Comments (31)

No used records? Really?

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 10:07 AM

Please post about mgmt at barclays I need to read that comment thread.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 10:09 AM

is this like itunes and bandcamp?

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 10:17 AM

I'll be buying all of my records at the new Urban Outfitters. I heard they'll have booze there too.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 10:17 AM

oh my god there's a big apple reference in that announcement animation. ughhh

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 10:24 AM

Get Pete Doherty to play there! We could all support his drug habit!

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 10:41 AM

the performance space angle is great, but new albums only is garbage. If it is a new in-print album I can probably buy a physical copy cheaper on Amazon. In 2013 that is not a differentiation for a healthy business.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 10:43 AM

Yeah, one of the best parts of going to a record store is digging through the used records. Pretty dumb decision as the store will just be full of overpriced new vinyl.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 10:45 AM

oh hey anonymous, whats wrong with the big apple? where are you from asswipe?

Posted by champeen | September 17, 2013 10:46 AM

Rough Trade Boise is SO much better

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 10:47 AM

No used? Burn it to the ground. I'll piss on it's ashes.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 11:38 AM

No used? Mark this as another nail in Williamsburg's coffin.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 11:50 AM

WAAAAA NO USED RECORDS. Fuck off. Lord forbid a label actually makes money off a record.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 12:32 PM

Another hope dashed was that they'd have been shipping over a ton of awesome used vinyl from Europe.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 12:46 PM

new and reissue only wax shops is never a good idea.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 1:08 PM

lololololol

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 1:10 PM

remember when people actually WANTED to go to Williamsburg?

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 1:10 PM

Awesome, about time

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 1:12 PM

12:32 there are tons of shops all over NYC and Williamsburg specifically who sell new records. Being new only means their stock will not be unique.

Having an interesting used (which generally means out of print/rare/original pressings) section guarantees more people would check out the shop and maybe even leave with some new releases.

When I go to Kim's I'm walking in to check out what was recently added to their used section, and I'll walk out with some new albums.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 1:53 PM

I haven't been to London for some time, but I don't remember the Rough Trade store having used vinyl either.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 3:10 PM

Another Bowery Presents venue...

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 4:16 PM

Just when you think Bowery Presents couldn't stoop any lower, now they're co-opting and attempting to monopolize the NYC in-store performance as this faux-indy record store (like Rough Trade in London) will definitely reduce the number of in-stores by Generation Records and Other Music who pioneered the NYC in-store.

Posted by D | September 17, 2013 4:58 PM

this is just a rock venue masquerading as a music store. in the heart of williamsburg no less? no thanks. enjoy it cronut lovers!

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 9:49 PM

To give the store a proper British vibe they need to hire drunken Englishmen with rotten teeth and mod haircuts.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2013 10:32 PM

Every thing would be fun , As long as i didn't go to the upto the bathroom forget that.

Posted by Aimee | October 10, 2013 2:51 AM

hate to burst your bubble, D. but Tower Records actually pioneered the NYC in-store. oh, but that was probably before your time.

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2013 4:41 PM

Has anyone heard the rumor that there is gonna be a secret hummus kitchen in the basement?

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2013 5:53 PM

i dont see why people are complaining about it having new records. this could be a nice replacement for soundfix and earwax and permanent don't have great selection of new records.

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2013 7:18 PM

Hey fuckstick 4:41pm

First off you didn't burst anything.

Second, in-store = short for in-store performance. You know what the fuck I meant by that, don't play dumb. Tower which had a basement, ground floor, upper floor, and later a back room did not have in-store performances, it had meet-and-greets which are just artists there to sign their records for fans.

Posted by D | November 5, 2013 7:37 PM

Hey D-bag, you Chinese cocksucking dumb as a bag of rocks piece of shit:

NY Dolls in store performance at Tower Records:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MONNpMRCZRw

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2013 9:19 PM

Thank you for posting this. I'm continually stunned at the level Tori is currently performing at. It's so great to see and hear her bringing it like this. She looks fantastic, too.

Posted by Endor | October 17, 2014 5:17 PM

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