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So as it turns out I'm gonna be in NY for the record fair. Like whoa. So can vets of this thing tell me: how picked-over is everything gonna be if I show up after seven p.m. on Friday, when the admission price drops from 20 dollars to a mere 5? Is the stuff that goes early mostly high-ticket (which I'm not looking to buy anyhow) or will the bargain-ish bins also be slim pickings by the time the price drops? Please advise.

J0hn Darn1elle (J0hn Darn1elle), Thursday, 22 April 2004 15:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I assume all available NY ilxors are gonna show up drunk at the instore I'm doin' in Williamsburg on Friday night, right?

J0hn Darn1elle (J0hn Darn1elle), Thursday, 22 April 2004 15:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

One possibility is calling WFMU and volunteering to load and unload records from people's cars -- that way you can come in for free on Friday.

It may be too late to do this, though. (I myself forgot.)

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Thursday, 22 April 2004 15:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Well, OK, if you're gonna do an in-store, the question is moot.

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Thursday, 22 April 2004 15:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

wait sorry THURSDAY night

J0hn Darn1elle (J0hn Darn1elle), Thursday, 22 April 2004 15:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

if I volunteer to help load & unload records during the first outta-town-mainly-for-leisure trip my wife & I have taken in several years, she will kill me dead.

J0hn Darn1elle (J0hn Darn1elle), Thursday, 22 April 2004 15:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Ah! Well, go nuts then.

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Thursday, 22 April 2004 15:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

But she won't kill you dead for going to a record fair during this same trip?

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Thursday, 22 April 2004 15:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I was about to say, John, you must tread warily.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 22 April 2004 15:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Going early on Friday is HIGHLY recommended because you avoid the crush of grabby grimy gimme-gimme record collectors.

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Thursday, 22 April 2004 15:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

shhhhhhhhhh you guys please I am pretty sure I've got this thing finessed

J0hn Darn1elle (J0hn Darn1elle), Thursday, 22 April 2004 15:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


Well, I've never shelled out for early admission, and I always come away with armloads of great things, usually bought for less than $10 each. It's definitely crowded during the general admission times, but my impression is that the early admission crowd is the traditional, high-ticket "collectors," so if you're just looking around for cool stuff (as opposed to desperately seeking a particular item), you'll be fine.

Hurlothrumbo (hurlothrumbo), Thursday, 22 April 2004 15:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(not "shhhh" advice obv. but she barely blinked when I learned that we were going to be in town the same weekend as the famed record fair - also, I earned some points by not bringing home loads of records from the last European tour)

J0hn Darn1elle (J0hn Darn1elle), Thursday, 22 April 2004 15:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Dealers swarm to the "psych" tables when the doors open at 4. But there's a vast amount of stuff, no one can look through all of it in three hours, so if you show up at seven you should be good. It's even worth poking your head in on Sat / Sun, because you'll get some new sellers coming in on those days. Worthy cause, too. . .

Details on the in-store?

Sang Freud (jeff_s), Thursday, 22 April 2004 15:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I assume all available NY ilxors are gonna show up drunk at the instore I'm doin' in Williamsburg on Friday night, right?

waaahhh i'm gonna be out of town wtf!

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 22 April 2004 15:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

but she barely blinked when I learned that we were going to be in town the same weekend as the famed record fair

ha ha..."barely"

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Thursday, 22 April 2004 15:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I always stroll in around 4-5PM on Saturday and I've never had any problems blowing a goat or two in the time given.

sexyDancer, Thursday, 22 April 2004 15:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Stockholm, the instore is Thursday he said!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 22 April 2004 15:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Details on the in-store?

Sound Fix, a new record store in Williamsburg with a cafe in the back of it: 110 Bedford Ave., corner of north 11th - things're scheduled to begin around nine o'clock

JBR if we ever manage to NOT miss each other I will go into shock

J0hn Darn1elle (J0hn Darn1elle), Thursday, 22 April 2004 15:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

JBR if we ever manage to NOT miss each other I will go into shock

i will BE THERE. you have my word.

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 22 April 2004 15:53 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

ha ha..."barely"

I was so excited to learn that the record fair was happening, 'cause I just sorta randomly googled "WFMU record fair" to find out when it was, thinking "I hope one of my tours can come through around the same time one o' these years" - and so then BANG I find out THE GREAT AND TERRIBLE TRUTH and told her and she looked upon me such wonderful & loving pity, like you'd look at a duck that'd learned to walk wrong or something

J0hn Darn1elle (J0hn Darn1elle), Thursday, 22 April 2004 15:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

That's a beautiful phrase!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 22 April 2004 15:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i will BE THERE. you have my word.

Hurrah!

J0hn Darn1elle (J0hn Darn1elle), Thursday, 22 April 2004 16:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the miseducation of daffy

amateur!st (amateurist), Thursday, 22 April 2004 16:07 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

surreal xpost

amateur!st (amateurist), Thursday, 22 April 2004 16:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Wait, that place fix is a record store?...since when?


it was a video store for a bit, then they closed...last time i went by there, tuesday...it didnt look like a record store?

the cafe is rad though...


weird, anyway...I'm all over this...and yes, I SHALL be drunk.

SAY WORD.

ddb, Thursday, 22 April 2004 16:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i'll bring the doobies.

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 22 April 2004 16:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

come by pete's candy store afterwards for mint juleps.

lauren (laurenp), Thursday, 22 April 2004 16:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

like you'd look at a duck that'd learned to walk wrong or something

You realize I can (and have) gone on about this subject, right?

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Thursday, 22 April 2004 16:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

OH GOD, wait a minute, the record fair's THIS WEEK? What the hell was I thinking?

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Thursday, 22 April 2004 16:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the record fair is next weekend...April 30-May 2

ddb, Thursday, 22 April 2004 16:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Ahhh....phew.

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Thursday, 22 April 2004 16:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Pete's Candy Store: details pls.

J0hn Darn1elle (J0hn Darn1elle), Thursday, 22 April 2004 16:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Details here.

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Thursday, 22 April 2004 16:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The other thing to keep in mind is that dealers continually replenish. I've gone on Sunday and had better luck than early Saturday. If you go Fri night or Sat morning, you'll be fine. Unless you're looking for something crazy. It's a fucking lot of records!

mcd (mcd), Thursday, 22 April 2004 16:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

just for the record, there's always still tons of good stuff on sundays, and dealers much more willing to make deals as they don't want to carry the stuff home. Also, WFMU DJs get tables for free on sunday, so there's tons of dealers who wouldn't have had tables on friday or saturday. Robin Edgerton sold me the O Level CD for six bucks late on a sunday afternoon, for instance.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Thursday, 22 April 2004 16:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

John, you will have fun!

mcd (mcd), Thursday, 22 April 2004 16:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

J0hn are you gonna be in town on the 1st? I'm having a Derby party at my house that afternoon/night...

hstencil, Thursday, 22 April 2004 16:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the record fair is next weekend...April 30-May 2

so is the in-store next thursday as well? i'm confused. in that case, i can't go. :-(

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 22 April 2004 16:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

this is like one of those time-travel movies where no matter what the hero changes in the past, the guy with the patch over one eye still ends up ruling the world in 2067

amateur!st (amateurist), Thursday, 22 April 2004 16:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yes JBR - week from tonight. Damn and here I thought you meant you were leaving a week from Fri. morning, not Fri. morning.

stence I'll be around but my wife and I will be doin' the celebrate-our-6th-wedding-anniversary-&-ninth-year-overall-as-a-couple thing, so I prolly can't make the party as one instore & a record fair is probably stretching things already

J0hn Darn1elle (J0hn Darn1elle), Thursday, 22 April 2004 17:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

J.D., you'll find plenty of great stuff no matter when you go, and as Dan said, there's significantly different stuff Saturday and Sunday. (I'd actually go one of those days rather than Friday night--more dealers show up.) If you're looking for ultrarare ultracollectibles, then early might be the way to go. Otherwise, take it easy and enjoy.

Robin Edgerton really does sell awesome stuff there...

Douglas (Douglas), Thursday, 22 April 2004 17:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Friday night is a good time to go, but that can get kinda crazy. Lots of rabid record collector types, very competitive. You'll be fine if you go on Saturday or Sunday - there will be some new vendors each day, which changes the dynamic. Are you looking for anything in specific, John? If not, it's probably just best to embrace chance and chaos.

I'll be there both Saturday and Sunday working at the WFMU tables in the afternoon. If I recall, I'm at the WFMU used record tables on Saturday, and the WFMU merch booth on Sunday.

Matthew Perpetua (Matthew Perpetua), Thursday, 22 April 2004 17:15 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

J0hn I'll email you the details anyway and if you find yourself and the missus in Brooklyn around post time, you should at least drop by for a quick julep.

hstencil, Thursday, 22 April 2004 17:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

How great is that. Just get the mountain goats record, like it a lot and then there's an in-store.

Totally unrelated, but seeing as many of you are familiar with Pete's, does anyone know if they still make those diablos?

danh, Thursday, 22 April 2004 17:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

does anyone know if they still make those diablos?

I had one 2 weeks ago, very nice.

ddb, Thursday, 22 April 2004 18:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I am too broke to even volunteer this year :(

But I have found good stuff on Sundays, too. I bought a dress from Robin at the last fair.

tokyo rosemary (rosemary), Thursday, 22 April 2004 18:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i'm excited about this, but have never been before:

i know that prices etc will vary, but let's generalize:
for standard items, let's say, erm, Pavement's "Crooked Rain"! on CD, are we talking, likely, $4, $7 or $10?

And for, say, the first Clean album on CD, are we talking $7 or $12?

Cos not wanting to be a killjoy before I go, at these kinds of things I often end up paying prices I can find elsewhere, and buying things cos they're there, not cos I really want them.
In other words: is it mostly for collectors?

paulhw (paulhw), Thursday, 22 April 2004 20:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It depends on the seller. Some sellers have some pretty deep discounts, and others have very unreasonable prices. Some dealers specializing in rare old vinyl will definitely guage and bleed collectors dry if they get half a chance.

If you're looking for a used copy of that Pavement record, I'd guess that it'd generally fall into the $7-10 range, as with any used record store. Basically, the fair is just a hundred used record stores all in one big room.

There's so much interesting stuff at the fair that you're bound to find some cool stuff - it might not even be music, it could be books/dvds/magazines/memorabilia/non-music recordings/art/etc. It's a very overwhelming thing.

I haven't bought much at the last few fairs, but I always walk away with a small Steve Keane painting of a famous record cover. Last time, I got a mini Sonic Youth "Dirty" and the last time before that it was the Fall's "Hex Enduction Hour."

Matthew Perpetua (Matthew Perpetua), Thursday, 22 April 2004 20:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Anyone know if I can sell CDs & vinyl (without having to set up a booth)? Or should I just bring them to OtherKimsetc.

Aaron W (Aaron W), Thursday, 22 April 2004 20:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Picked up a Folk Implosion record and that's it. Felt kind of defeated I couldn't pull the trigger on some other things in time and make the trip more worth it.

Evan, Monday, 2 June 2014 03:33 (three years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

Vendor tables for WFMU's 2015 Record Fair are selling out quickly! This year's fair is May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the Brooklyn Expo Center (72 Noble St in Greenpoint.

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 15 March 2015 16:40 (two years ago) Permalink

i was actually thinking of going halfsies on a table, but given the time crunch if i actually cull before moving i guess i'll just call ian.

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 18 March 2015 19:16 (two years ago) Permalink

does ian set up a table there? I haven't bumped into him at any of these yet.

It looks like I'll probably be helping out a Todd-o-phonic Todd's table this year again.

Evan, Wednesday, 18 March 2015 19:37 (two years ago) Permalink

he occasionally appears on either side of a table.

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 18 March 2015 19:59 (two years ago) Permalink

Right! Well either way I must have missed him.

Evan, Wednesday, 18 March 2015 20:49 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

it'll be interesting to see if the non-Brooklyn crowd can find their way to Greenpoint (with the L train down).

http://wfmu.org/recfair/

http://wfmu.org/recfair/rf_livebcasts.html

Note above, you can see the FMU documentary film on Saturday at 1:30.

the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Monday, 27 April 2015 19:25 (two years ago) Permalink

It'll be interesting for sure. Academy Records literally sharing a wall with the space- this should work out well for them.

Evan, Monday, 27 April 2015 19:46 (two years ago) Permalink

Should be fine as long as the G train is running. Not really that confusing.

kwhitehead, Tuesday, 28 April 2015 18:16 (two years ago) Permalink

Nah, but it still has the potential to affect the total turnout.

Evan, Tuesday, 28 April 2015 18:40 (two years ago) Permalink

Possibly but I have a feeling it's gonna be pretty packed.

kwhitehead, Tuesday, 28 April 2015 18:44 (two years ago) Permalink

might go late Sunday, on way home from Mets game?

the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Friday, 1 May 2015 13:54 (two years ago) Permalink

going saturday late afternoon

Premise ridiculous. Who have two potato? (forksclovetofu), Friday, 1 May 2015 14:01 (two years ago) Permalink

your dealer list download here

http://wfmu.org/recfair/rf_dlrlist.html

the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Friday, 1 May 2015 17:04 (two years ago) Permalink

Just got back. Very nice space, light and airy, unlike previous venues. Very dismayed at the jacked up prices though.

kwhitehead, Sunday, 3 May 2015 20:23 (two years ago) Permalink

ditto on the air and light

after admission, i spent $5.

the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Monday, 4 May 2015 00:37 (two years ago) Permalink

I saw ian there. He said the same exact thing!

Worked Todd-o-phonic's table Friday/Saturday and we took turns walking around.

I did really well myself:

Cannanes - The African Man's Tomato
Pastels - Illumination
Brilliant Corners - Somebody Up There Likes Me
Th' Faith Healers - Lido
Chuck Johnson - Crows In The Basilica
14 Iced Bears - S/T
Stereolab - Peng!
Beat Happening - Jamboree
Pooh Sticks - Formula One Generation
Silkworm - Never Met A Man I Didn't Like (7")
Tall Dwarfs - That's The Short And The Long Of It

Evan, Monday, 4 May 2015 01:06 (two years ago) Permalink

I bought mostly 7"s. I only went to a few tables.

tokyo rosemary, Monday, 4 May 2015 01:52 (two years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

not yet reflected on this page, but James Chance has been booked to play Sunday at 2

http://wfmu.org/recfair/rf_livebcasts.html

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 26 April 2016 21:41 (one year ago) Permalink

also they're showing the FMU documentary

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 27 April 2016 03:46 (one year ago) Permalink

I'll be working at Todd-o-phonic's table again tomorrow.

Evan, Thursday, 28 April 2016 18:15 (one year ago) Permalink

i might be there before 2pm, just browzin'

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 28 April 2016 18:18 (one year ago) Permalink

that'd be Saturday

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 28 April 2016 18:59 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh, well you won't see me!

Evan, Thursday, 28 April 2016 19:03 (one year ago) Permalink

I'll be there on Sunday.

tokyo rosemary, Thursday, 28 April 2016 20:52 (one year ago) Permalink

the NWS advises that it is Damp Record Dealer Day.

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 1 May 2016 16:12 (one year ago) Permalink

didn't make it over yesterday... anyone see James Chance or Fat White Family?

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Monday, 2 May 2016 15:06 (one year ago) Permalink

Nah I was only there Friday. Upset I missed The Moles on Saturday, though.

Evan, Monday, 2 May 2016 15:18 (one year ago) Permalink

nope but I did buy an embarrassing amount of records

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Monday, 2 May 2016 15:49 (one year ago) Permalink

Well, what did you get?

Evan, Monday, 2 May 2016 15:54 (one year ago) Permalink

i went on saturday, pretty much all day with a few breaks for beer and fresh air.

i got a lot of stuff, was mostly looking for folkloric/ethnographicd LPs but wound up with some jazz and stuff too.

highlights -
jon gibson 'two pieces'
two volumes of yugoslavian folk music on ocora
lal & mike waterson 'bright phoebus'
art ensemble of chicago 'people in sorrow'
2 indian 78s on folkways

couple other things i can't remember exactly right now. couple more indian LPs. a hoyt axton LP..

ian, Monday, 2 May 2016 15:59 (one year ago) Permalink

now i need to sell some records to make up for my overspending

ian, Monday, 2 May 2016 16:00 (one year ago) Permalink

ian i'll give you $25 for yr bright phoebus

tylerw, Monday, 2 May 2016 16:06 (one year ago) Permalink

oh man, bright phoebus!

no lime tangier, Monday, 2 May 2016 16:12 (one year ago) Permalink

25 american dollars, ian (including shipping)

tylerw, Monday, 2 May 2016 16:12 (one year ago) Permalink

I went late Sunday and scooped up a couple of cheap things. Missed James Chance, but did see Fat White Family's singer's head damn near explode.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 2 May 2016 17:13 (one year ago) Permalink

bright phoebus was my big splurge. i bought it from a friend so i got a little money off but..

ian, Monday, 2 May 2016 17:42 (one year ago) Permalink

highlights were the last lilian hak album and the first frida hyvonen album, something by jay-jay johanson, there's probably more in there

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Monday, 2 May 2016 17:55 (one year ago) Permalink

i don't covet records (or i try not to) but i covet bright phoebus

tylerw, Monday, 2 May 2016 17:56 (one year ago) Permalink

also a bunch of kristin nordeval records in the 50-cent bins, which, if they're good enough for alex ross they're good enough for me

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Monday, 2 May 2016 17:59 (one year ago) Permalink

Was anyone else there on Friday?

Evan, Monday, 2 May 2016 17:59 (one year ago) Permalink

Went on Sunday. Stopped for a cup of coffee up the street from the venue before I went in. Once I got inside I realized I couldn't find the change for my coffee (I had paid with a $20.00 bill.) So I hustled back to the coffee shop (still didn't find the $) and it was raining so hard that the stamp on my hand washed off so I had to beg for re-entry. Stressful few minutes. Once I got my shit together it was a pretty great show. Found some good deals (U-Roy, Bill Withers & a few more.) I have to make sure to be less high next year.

kwhitehead, Tuesday, 3 May 2016 17:05 (one year ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

!!!

Sunday, April 30:

3pm: Live performance by Matmos with Chuck Bettis!

http://www.wfmu.org/recfair/rf_livebcasts.html

http://www.wfmu.org/recfair/rf_locdir.html

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 12 April 2017 18:11 (three months ago) Permalink

Sadly I will be working Sunday.. BUT, I'm sharing a table with 50 Miles of Elbow Room on Saturday all day.

ian, Wednesday, 12 April 2017 18:33 (three months ago) Permalink

they are also playing at the Stone on Sat night fwiw

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 12 April 2017 18:36 (three months ago) Permalink

ah yes, the day before rent is due

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Wednesday, 12 April 2017 18:55 (three months ago) Permalink

use yr best judgment...

also showing the recent Sharon Jones and Danny Fields docs

https://wfmu.org/movielounge/

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 13 April 2017 20:57 (three months ago) Permalink

think I'll be there a couple hours Sat and longer Sun

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 27 April 2017 14:34 (two months ago) Permalink

http://wfmu.org/recfair/rf_dlrlist.html

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 27 April 2017 14:39 (two months ago) Permalink

last day, bargaintown

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 30 April 2017 17:01 (two months ago) Permalink


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