Entries tagged with: Rough Trade
by Bill Pearis
Dublin Ireland quartet Girl Band (all-guys, for the record) have been making a racket since 2011 and have released a handful of 7" singles so far, most recently "De Bom Bom" which came out back in September. That song, like a lot of what they do, hits hard with noisy, loud guitars and shouted vocals in the fine punk tradition of McLusky or The Fall. (Or, the shouty punks of your choosing.) Girl Band have just signed with Rough Trade and the fruits of that should bear out in 2015. Until then, stream their 7" output to date, below...
Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As they usually are, Rough Trade Shops are one of the first this year to post their favorite albums of 2014 list. It's 100 albums long and mostly filled with the bigger indie and indie-related releases of the year, but there's a few surprises in there too. Mark Kozelek will not be happy to see that The War On Drugs placed #2, 8 higher than the Sun Kil Moon record. Mark should be proud that he made the list not once, but TWICE though. His Christmas album landed at #84. Run the Jewels, who are not on it all, have started a "Suck My Dick Rough Trade" chant. Check out their full list below and see more on each album here.
"U/D Brooklyn: 128 Wythe Ave Active Crime scene established in regards to 2 people shot, Both Aided in Stable Condition." - NY Scanner
Freddie Gibbs at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
A shooting went down at last night's (11/3) Freddie Gibbs show at Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg. Freddie Gibbs told the NY Post that they were going after him while he was sitting in a black GMC Denali outside the club. "They tried to kill Tupac. They tried to kill me. I'm still alive," he said.
The article further reports that a law enforcement source said it was a single gunman who opened fire at 1:13 AM, and that two were shot. Both are believed to be part of Freddie's entourage, but the police have not identified them at this time (update: one was Freddie's tour DJ, DJ Izzo). Freddie told the NY Post that he took cover inside the venue after the shots were fired.
One person at the show posted the following message to Facebook last night: "rap shows,,, someone just shot up rough trade while we were in here. WTF!!! and the guy they were gunning for ran right behind the bar into the closet right near us!". Then: "we're all ok... bullet holes in the front door. someone had it out for Freddy Gibb I tell ya..."
The victims were both brought to Bellevue Hospital and are listed in stable condition.
Instagram video from the show below...
...From there the record follows a bumpy trajectory as our hero comes to terms with his loss, utilising the tried-and-tested signs and sounds of heartbreak - acoustic guitars, lapping waves, gushing strings - to express his pain. But the mood is constantly sullied by interruptions from the outside world - mumbled voicemail messages, snippets of movie dialogue, smashing glass. The glass, that classic grime sound signifying nihilistic abandon, is here followed up by wailing car alarms - the broken window has consequences, and consequences are what The Redeemer is dealing with. [FACT]The above quote is from FACT's review of Dean Blunt's acclaimed 2013 solo album on Hippos in Tanks, The Redeemer, which had followed his also-acclaimed 2012 collaboration with Inga Copeland (with whom he makes up the duo Hype Williams), Black Is Beautiful, on Hyperdub. Now Dean Blunt has signed to the larger Rough Trade label, and he'll release his new album, Black Metal, on November 4. Its first single, "50 Cent," is out now and can be streamed below. Tracklist, including song titles like "Punk," "Country," "Mersh," and "Blow," also below.
Dean Blunt also has a tour coming up which is mostly in Europe but also includes US dates in NYC and LA. The NYC show happens November 6 at The Studio at Webster Hall with strong local support from Gobby. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the tracklist and song stream, below...
The Guardian reports that Rough Trade will open a new shop in Nottingham, the "independent music chain will establish its fourth store, following last autumn's opening in New York."
As you know, the NYC shop, located in Williamsburg, is both a record store and music venue. Upcoming shows at the NYC venue include new Frenchkiss-signed Cold War Kids side project French Style Furs (who also play Mercury Lounge), the 5-year anniversary of 'Let's Play House' (free entry and beer with RSVP), Sub Pop-signed Seattle psych band Rose Windows, Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip (who relocated from Joe's Pub), a free Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens show (with Daptone DJs), and a free-with-purchase Gramercy Arms show.
Gramercy Arms, who we first mentioned in 2008 (the same year they last released anything and when we caught them at Bowery Ballroom with Nada Surf and Delta Spirit), "is a revolving New York based collective of musicians and artists, masterminded by main songwriter/producer Dave Derby (Dambuilders/Lloyd Cole) along with Rainy Orteca, Sean Eden and Kevin March. The group is releasing its second full-length record, The Seasons of Love, on Reveal Records on July 21st."
The Rough Trade show is their record release show and will feature: Kevin March (drums), Sean Eden (guitar), Rainy Orteca (bass), Carl Baggaley (keyboards), Claudia Chopek (violin), and Kendall Meade and Renee LoBue guesting on backing vocals. They have no other scheduled dates at the moment. You can watch their new video for "Always in Love", below...
Buy new album at Rough Trade in Brooklyn to get a wristband to an exclusive show.
Blondie are celebrating their 40th anniversary as a band this year and will release a new double-disc set, Blondie 4(0) Ever, this week (5/13). One of the discs is a brand new 12-song studio album titled Ghosts of Download, which features The Gossip's Beth Ditto on one song songs, plus NYC club fixture Miss Guy, and Oakland-based Panamanian rappers Los Rakas. There's also a cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Relax." You can stream "Sugar on the Side" (featuring Colombian group Systema Solar) below.
The other disc is Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits which features Blondie doing brand new studio recordings of their biggest songs. Stream "One Way or Another" from that below. There's also a deluxe version of the two-disc set that comes with a DVD of Blondie's 1977 CBGB performance, a replica vintage poster and 5 postcards of Chris Stein photos. More info in the releases below.
Here in their hometown of New York, Brooklyn record store and music venue Rough Trade will be celebrating Blondie's 40th anniversary with an installation in "The Room" with vintage Chris Stein photos, projection of the live at CBGB DVD and postcards fans are encouraged to dedicate and "post" on the wall to the band. The band will also be playing a special, intimate, full-set show at Rough Trade on May 19 (that's one week from today). To go, you need to purchase Blondie 4(0) Ever starting on Tuesday, May 13 at the store and receive a wristband good for access to the show.
The Rough Trade show is the first of four Blondie events happening this month. Debbie Harry and Chris Stein will engage in live conversation with music journalist Anthony DeCurtis at 92Y in NYC on 5/28, and you can catch the band in Atlantic City on 5/24 and in Bethlehem, PA on 5/25. All dates are listed, along with album info and song streams below...
Swearin' at Saint Vitus this week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Looks like Rough Trade still needs a little more time to get their ducks in order, as two more upcoming shows have now moved to other venues. Swearin's show on March 7 with Even Hand and Certain Spiders will now happen at Music Hall of Williamsburg -- it's now an all-ages show and tickets are still available. Swearin' also play Cake Shop the night before (3/6) with Cassie Ramone (tickets).
The other move is Jungle's show on March 8 which will now happen at Knitting Factory (Wet are opening). While Knit is a bigger capacity venue, it's still being listed as sold-out (as is the Mercury Lounge show on 3/9).
The next show after those on Rough Trade's current schedule is The Damnwells on March 15 and that's sold out and staying put for now.
by Bill Pearis
UK neo shoegaze outfit Cheatahs will release their self-titled debut album next week (2/11) and you can stream the whole thing right now via Pitchfork Advance. The record is a really nice balance of the loud, dreamy and melodic, and '90s touchstones seem to be Swervedriver and early Sloan. If that sounds appealing (I like the record a lot), you should definitely give the LP a spin.
Cheatahs will be on a short North American tour starting later this month. The NYC stop was to have been on March 4 at Rough Trade with Eternal Summers and Little Racer, but the venue's sound issues have moved this show, like many before it, to Baby's All Right. Tickets are still available.
Eternal Summers "Gouge" still
Speaking of, Eternal Summers' also-very-good new album, The Drop Beneath, will be out the week of that show. You may have already heard first single "Gouge" but the band have just released a video for it. I'm not sure what's going on but there are some nice uses of split-screen and rear projection. You can watch it below too.
In addition to a couple shows with Cheatahs, Eternal Summers will also be opening for The Pains of Being Pure at Heart on their upcoming tour -- though not at the NYC show which, for now at least, will be at Rough Trade.
All Eternal Summers and Cheatahs dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Sondre Lerche: "Master Of Jevning" (via Sondre's instagram)
Sondre Lerche and Kato Ådland's score for Norwegian thriller The Sleepwalker (some may know it as Søvngjengeren) is out now and you can stream the very dreamy "You Sure Look Swell" below and listen the the whole thing via Rdio. The film just made it's US premiere at Sundance a couple weeks ago and you can check out the not-in-English trailer below.
As you may know, Sondre was to play two shows at Rough Trade this month (Feb. 21 & 23), but do to the venue/record store's not-quite-resolved sound/noise issues, those shows have been combined and moved to Baby's All Right on a new date, February 20. All tickets honored and refunds available at point of purchase. Tickets are also still available.
After that Sondre heads to Japan for a short tour. All dates are listed below.
Outside Rough Trade back in November (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
After being closed since the second week of operations to fix sound / noise issues, Rough Trade's concert venue looked ready to reopen this week with shows from Sylvan Esso on Thursday (1/30) and Eagulls on Friday (1/31). (Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tigre's 1/29 show was cancelled.) Unfortunately it looks like Rough Trade is still not quite ready for prime time.
Friday's Eagulls show has been moved to Baby's All Right. The show is now a late show -- doors at midnight -- and The Teen Age are no longer on the bill, but
Slonk Donkerson are still opening. Tickets are still available. UPDATE: It'll just be Eagulls. Mark McGuire of Emeralds plays at 11 PM.
Man Man and Xenia Rubinos on Saturday (2/1) has been moved to Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are Still available.
UPDATE: The Total Slacker / Perfect Pussy show on February 12 is now going to be at Baby's All Right. Life Sized Maps and Honduras are also on the bill and tickets
appear to be sold-out back on sale.
As for the Sylvan Esso show on Thursday,
no word yet but if the two shows after are moving...stay tuned.
UPDATE: The Sylvan Esso show was moved to Baby's All Right.
More updates: The Lanterns on the Lake show on 2/7 was also moved to Baby's All Right, the Mutual Benefit show on 2/8 was moved to Knitting Factory, and the together PANGEA show on 2/14 was also moved to Knitting Factory.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
New York punk legends Television celebrated the opening of Brooklyn's new music venue/record store Rough Trade NYC with a two-night stand during the venue's opening weekend of November 29 and 30. Back in November, we posted pictures of night 1, and we've now got a belated set of pictures from night 2 in this post.
Not long after this opening celebration show, the venue sadly had to shut down the show room and cancel December shows due to sound/noise issues. That trend is continuing as they just announced that most January shows have moved to other venues too. Hopefully they get done what they need to do soon. February shows like The Orwells are still scheduled for now. Meanwhile you can still stop by and browse their stock of records and books for sale.
Who knows what the venue will look like when they're finished fixing it so it can reopen, but more pictures of what it looked like on its first weekend can be viewed below...
photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis
Television @ Rough Trade, 11/29/2013
"Next time, we're bringing a road crew," Tom Verlaine joked as he fumbled with knotted guitar cord, finally throwing the thing to an audience member to undo while he fiddled with other gear. Even a master of tangled guitar solos needs help sometimes. Once that was straightened out (literally), Television got down to business for their first NYC show in six years years, and first of two at the new Rough Trade.
The sound at the new venue, this being its first ticketed show, was crystal clear (though maybe not loud enough for some), perfect for the guitar interplay Television are known for. I never got to see the original line-up but I thought Richard Lloyd's replacement Jimmy Rip did a fine job on the bands' signature songs "I See No Evil" and "Marquee Moon." I was happy to hear "1880 Or So" from their 1992 comeback album as well, as part of their 80-minute or so set. A new album, their first since then, is promised soon.
Gambles (aka former Levy member Matthew Daniel Siskin) opened the night, playing a Jonathan Richman-y set with just acoustic guitar. Much of that was done on the floor in the middle of the crowd -- including a cover of Lou Reed's "Perfect Day," a pretty ballsy move, whether it was successful or not.
Both Television and Gambles play Rough Trade again tonight (11/30), which is sold out. You can, however, hit RT for a couple free shows today: Marissa Nadler plays at 1 PM and Phosphorescent is on at 3 PM.
Rough Trade, the store, seems to have filled out it's stock a bit since I was there on Monday, and still had quite a bit of Record Store Day Black Friday items. I eyed that Stiff Records 7" boxset but couldn't pull the trigger. I did, however, pick up an import copy of the new book from Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley titled Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop. Their book collection has definitely filled-out and is pretty impressive.
More pics from Television and Gambles below...
by Bill Pearis
The counter Rough Trade (w/ Morrissey Autobiography) (more by Chris La Putt)
As you may have maybe -- just maybe -- heard, UK indie record store Rough Trade opened its first-ever NYC branch yesterday (11/25). As a record lover and Williamsburg resident, I headed over to N. 9th after work last night to check it out.
The store is big and warehouse-y with plenty of space in between shelves for easy browsing, and a centralized checkout area. (It is still small compared to the late-'90s days of Virgin Megastore and Tower.) There is a mezzanine with magazines and books (like import copies of Morrissey's Autobiography) on one side of the space, and on the other there is the Guardian Green Room which is a "multi-purpose digital lounge" and an exhibition space that currently has a recreation of Donald Glover's bedroom in Community. Main Drag music has a little vestibule with cool analogue synths, and a cafe run by Five Leaves will be open soon.
Donald Glover's 'Community' bedroom at RT
The store seems more in "must open" mode than "ready to open," as the record shelves are a little sparse right now. Prices for records are on the high side -- I saw very few less than $18 -- and they don't put records "on sale." But many of their featured items do come with "Rough Trade Exclusives," usually bonus discs which do add value. There are also no used records, which seems an odd choice to me given the way all other record stores in the area operate. Though in that way they're not so much treading on other's turf? They are, however, promising to stock imports, including the entirety of their 101 Albums of 2013... but that has not happened yet. (I was ready to buy the new Suede album, too.) I did buy the Morrissey book, which at $14.99 for an import seemed a bargain. Give it a month, and we'll hopefully see what the store is like.
I showed up too late for Sky Ferreira's live set, but there was a long line of people waiting to get their records/CDs signed. I watched a little bit from the mezzanine, as bf and DIIV frontman Cole Smith showed up to say hi. One fan asked if he would sign Sky's album too. He obliged, writing a note right on the most, uh, exposed area of the LP cover. Pretty funny.
I did, however, stick around to watch Charles Bradley. The performance space at Rough Trade is really nice. Official capacity is 250 but, with a seated balcony it felt bigger than that. There were ping pong tables in the back part of the balcony last night, that I'm told won't be there during ticketed shows (but will be available during the day). Lighting was good and the sound was better. Bradley has a pretty crack band who make any room sound good but I was really impressed with the acoustics. There are lots of small rooms in Williamsburg already, but this is a nice addition to the area.
Charles Bradley sounded fantastic. His years as a James Brown tribute artist have bestowed him with killer stage moves, and the dude just oozes charisma and soul. It was a real treat to see him in such a small room and the whole crowd was grinning the whole time. NYC will have two more chances to see Bradley in January.
Today (11/26) you can catch a free show from Danny Brown which happens at 5 PM. You do need to grab a wristband first which are available at the counter. Wednesday night (11/27, 7 PM) is a free in-store with Matthew E. White. Two shows from NYC legends Television will be Rough Trade's first ticketed shows (both are sold out).
In addition to having his bedroom there, Donald Glover will perform as Childish Gambino at Rough Trade on December 6. You need to buy a copy of his new album Because of the Internet. There will be a record signing following the performance.
Did you check out Rough Trade on opening day? What did you think? Buy anything?
photos by Chris La Putt
The first real concerts at Rough Trade's new NYC location, in partnership with Bowery Presents, will happen this weekend with Television (both sold out), but meanwhile the venue opened tonight (11/25) with a pair of free "in-stores". An "in-store" at the Williamsburg record store that is also a concert venue, is a short and free show. Sky Ferreira, who recently headlined Webster Hall, played
five seven songs during her venue-opening in-store set and we have pictures of her and the store in this post.
Danny Brown plays an in-store Tuesday at 5pm. Matthew E. White is Wednesday. Marissa Nadler and Phosphorescent play free ones Saturday afternoon (Television is Friday and Saturday night). More pics of Sky and the store below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Danny Brown @ Terminal 5 - 11/23/13
Bob Dylan music video star Danny Brown just teamed up with Sleigh Bells for the last two nights of their tour, which took place at NYC's Terminal 5 on Friday (11/22) and Saturday (11/23). For Danny, they were the first NYC shows since the release of his excellent new album, Old. Pictures of his set from Saturday's show are in this post.
Danny has a few more shows scheduled before the year ends, including a much more intimate performance in-store at the new Rough Trade NYC on Tuesday (11/26). It starts at 5 PM and is totally FREE, no wristband/RSVP or anything necessary. (4:30 doors.) All upcoming Danny Brown dates, including New Year's Eve in San Francisco with Flatbush Zombies (who also play NYC soon) and Traxamillion, are listed below.
Meanwhile, Rough Trade NYC opened TODAY (11/25) at 9 AM and later there will be an in-store/signing from Sky Ferreira at 7 PM (with a purchase of her new EP or LP) and an in-store from Charles Bradley at 8:30 PM (free).
More pics from T5 along with the list of dates, below...
Television at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
NYC art punk legends Television (sans Richard Lloyd) have regrouped before, and they've been doing so again this year, having already played a few shows, including Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest. They've got more coming up, including this weekend's ATP UK (11/22-24), where they'll be performing their classic Marquee Moon in full.
They're also finally set to play their hometown again, and it will be with two very intimate shows as part of the opening weekend of Brooklyn's new Rough Trade NYC. They play the new venue on November 29 and 30, and tickets for these shows go on sale Friday (11/22) at 10 AM. Other opening weekend shows include Marissa Nadler and Phosphorescent, and the very first show so far is Sky Ferreira (though Television is the first Bowery-booked, proper, non-instore-like show).
There's also been talk of a new album, which would be their first since 1992's self titled album, which itself was some sort of "comeback," having been released 14 years after their sophomore LP. The band's current guitarist Jimmy Rip talked about the new album to Rolling Stone: "I never thought Tom would do it," he said, "but every time you try to predict Tom, you're gonna be wrong. And he said yes." He also said the songs can't be compared to anything from their first three albums. "Tom's pretty adamant about making a real effort to make something new each time," says Rip. "It doesn't make for super-fast work, but it's definitely an admirable goal." A live video of one of their new-ish (they've had it for a couple years now) songs "Persia" can be watched below.
Video and list of dates below...
Outside the soon-to-open Rough Trade NYC (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
Well it's that time of year again where everybody and their grandma start making Best of the Year lists. Almost always first out of the gate is Rough Trade Shops and their entire Top 101 list just went up. Here's the Top 20:
1. John Grant - Pale Green GhostsYou can check out the whole list below and read about each one on their site.
2. Savages - Silence Yourself
3. Matthew E White - Big Inner
4. Dan Avery - Drone Logic
5. Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin
6. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
7. Valerie June - Pushin' Against A Stone
8. Moderat - 2
9. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
10. Jessica Pratt - Jessica Pratt
11. Jagwar Ma - Howlin
12. Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In
13. My Bloody Valentine - MBV
14. Connan Mockasin - Caramel
15. Factory Floor - S/T
16. Charles Bradley - Victim of Love
17. London Grammar - If You Want
18. Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork
19. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
20. Mazzy Star - Seasons of Your Day
You can see their #1 -- John Grant -- at the new Rough Trade NYC on December 2 which is free with purchase of Pale Green Ghosts (which comes with an exclusive RT bonus disc). Grant also plays Music Hall of Williamsburg the day before (12/2) which is a "stripped-down acoustic show" and tickets are still available.
Rough Trade NYC is set to open its doors next Monday (11/25) and its first shows will be that day with Sky Ferreira (7 PM, free with purchase of b-sides CD) and Charles Bradley (8:30 PM, FREE). Other opening week performances include Matthew E. White (11/27, FREE), Marissa Nadler and Phosphorescent (both 11/30 and FREE).
A couple new Rough Trade shows were announced today: Au Revoir Simone, who just played a Kidrockers show over the weekend and will be touring with Broken Bells next year, will play a free show on December 17. That's after their free Brooklyn Night Bazaar show on December 7.
Anthemic Scottish rockers Glasvegas will play there on February 20 and they've also got a show at Mercury Lounge the day before (2/19). Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday at noon, with an AmEx presale for the Merc show on Wednesday (11/20) at noon.
Rough Trade's 101 Albums of 2013 list below...
DIIV @ Osheaga 2013 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
As you may know, record store/cafe/venue Rough Trade NYC is set to open November 25 in Williamsburg. The venue part is 21+ and will be a mix of free and ticketed, evening and daytime. The initial schedule of ticketed, evening shows has just been released and looks like this:
12/2 - Jagwar Ma ($15)Tickets to all these Rough Trade NYC shows go on sale Friday (11/8) at noon.
12/3 - We Are Scientists ($17)
12/4 - Ida Maria ($10)
12/7 - DIIV, Black Marble, Butter the Children ($15)
12/11 - Langhorne Slim ($10)
12/14 - JD Samson & MEN ($15)
12/31 - Shabazz Palaces ($25)
02/07 - Lanterns on the Lake ($10)
02/22 - Courtney Barnett ($10)
02/26 - In the Valley Below ($10)
03/03 - Arthur Beatrice ($12)
No announced shows for Rough Trade's opening week -- Thanksgiving Week, usually around the same time they publish their Albums of the Year list. Maybe they'll pull some big guns for that week? We shall see.
UPDATE: Charles Bradley and Phosphorescent are among the acts performing at Rough Trade NYC's first week. Updated concert schedule is below...
by Bill Pearis
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."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.
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.
You can watch an animated announce video for the Rough Trade NYC store below.
could this be the new Brooklyn wing of Amazon?
Williamsburg is now fully established as a choice place to live and play and even to work. Vallywag reports:
According to a source, Amazon may have settled on a location for the mammoth office space the company began seeking in February: the Williamsburg waterfront.Rumors that Amazon's new Brooklyn address could be the old Domino Sugar factory are mostly refuted in the same article. Also mentioned in there is this tidbit about something we've been wondering about the status of: the NYC branch of beloved UK indie store Rough Trade Records that was supposed to open last year. Says their source:
Back in February, both the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg reported that Amazon was seeking up between 250,000 and 500,000 sq. ft. of office space in New York City, greatly expanding its presence here beyond its Midtown outpost. Williamsburg was thrown around as a possibility, along with One World Trade and Brookfield Place.
This past November, Amazon announced it was leasing a 40,000 sq. ft. warehouse at 35 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg to serve as a photo studio to shoot images of products/"mecca" for "creative talent." But the source told Valleywag that the waterfront deal is "bigger and hush hush." - [Valleywag]
Rough Trade is in the middle of a 30,000 retail renovation on N9 and NO ONE knows about it because they did the deal with a warehouse owner and are doing a complete renovation on their dime."In the middle"?
by Bill Pearis
Allo Darlin' at Mercury Lounge, May 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangello)
Allo Darlin' will release a Christmas 7" on December 7 via fine UK indiepop label Where It's At Is Where You Are. The three-track release is the final release of the label's 2012 7777777 singles club, which offered "seven 7 inch singles; 21 exclusive tracks on 14 grooves by 7 bands, on the 7th day the month, incorporating the 7 days of the week, on vinyl the 7 colours of the rainbow in limited editions of 777." Got that? You can still order the single though there aren't many left. You can stream one of the tracks, "Dear John," below.
Meanwhile, Allo Darlin' second album, Europe, came in at #4 on Rough Trade Shops' Best of 2012 list and was, in fact, the store's best-seller for this year. In celebration of that, the UK record store (which will have a Brooklyn branch sometime soon?) is offering an exclusive 10" covers EP which came out this week. On it, Allo Darlin' cover AC/DC, The Ramones, Bruce Springsteen, Eux Autres, The Go-Betweens and Darren Hayman.
Allo Darlin, who were last here in May, have a few shows remaining in 2012, none of which are in North America but all dates are listed below.
Rough Trade Shop is always one of the first to list their top albums of the year, and their list is always a good one to look at. This year is no different. Check out their Top 10 list, below...
Rough Trade Retail Group (RTRG) proudly announces the forthcoming opening of Rough Trade NYC, Williamsburg, New York, USA.Stay tuned.
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.
Josh T Pearson @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Check out Rough Trade's list of the Top 100 Albums of 2011 (yay Josh T Pearson!), below...
I guess it's getting to be that time of year... Rough Trade Shop's Best of 2010 list is below (though note that Rough Trade Records is owned by Beggars now, and there may still be some connection to Rough Trade Shops too, so though the list is pretty kick ass, it is potentially biased... for instance Gil Scott-Heron's record which is #2 on the list came out on XL Recordings which is also part of Beggars... not that i doubt they mean it... and it would be impossible to have a list without Beggars releases on it... anyway, check it out)....UPDATE:
"Just for the sake of clarity- rough trade shop is totally separate from the label, which is, as you pointed out, is owned by beggars banquet. the shops were sold to staff when that happened." [says anon | November 16, 2010 5:00 PM]UPDATE 2: A non-anonymous Beggars source also says they are "separate", and points out this line from Wikipedia as well: "In 1982 the two separated and the shop remains an independent entity from the label, although links between the two are strong."