Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Washington Square

by Jonathan Zeller, Christina Parrella and Jonathan Durbin, 10/02/2013

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  • Vinyl Destinations
    While the Village is no longer the bohemian musical wonderland it once was, the neighborhood's rich aural history is still evident in its high density of record stores. Buying music in person, in an actual store, might seem puzzlingly anachronistic in 2013, but there are real benefits to browsing racks of rare vinyl, white labels, 7-inch singles, vintage albums and reissues—not least discovering artists who haven't yet made it to iTunes (or those whose work was forgotten long before songs were something you stored on your phone). Other Music's knowledgeable staff curates its trove of releases with an eye for the indie, offering a focused collection of everything from alternative folk to experimental electronic. They practice what they preach, too, selling tickets to live shows and offering frequent in-store appearances by new artists. Generation Records takes a decidedly louder approach, providing a deep selection of rare punk, hard-core and metal albums, along with a downstairs section devoted to new and used vinyl. Neighborhood institutions Bleecker Street Records and Disc-O-Rama are overstuffed shops where it’s easy to lose an afternoon digging through crates.

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