As a teenager, my favorite escape was to hop a bus downtown after school, and trek around the record stores for a couple hours before heading home. These days, the nearest proper record store is at least an hour drive from where I live, and most of my music discovery and acquisition is online, within the comfort and isolation of my own home. Sadly, my story is a common one. But I still love to go into a literal brick-and-mortar store and leave with an actual artifact in hand, one which provides a unique psycho-acoustical performance every time it is played.
I’ve noticed a few music videos recently that use the sacred space of the record store as one of their settings. Just today, this one from The Gaslight Anthem, following a record for years of its life:
And, just a couple weeks ago, this one from Luck One & Dekk’s pay-what-you-want release, about scouring for samples and inspiration:
There’s also this one from Portland band A Thief at Heart, capturing the band’s youthful energy:
Also posted this week, is a moving and informative 30-minute documentary on Bleecker Bob’s, a Greenwich Village institution for nearly half a decade. Watch it here.
Are there any music videos I’ve forgotten here? Do you have a favorite record store?