Generation Records

Generation Records (visited on Sunday February 10, 2008)  210 Thompson St, New York, NY So I have been visiting this place since before I moved to the city, and have been wanting to back for a while (since my love for vinyl got refreshed sometime toward the end of 2007).  Although it shouldn’t have taken me til February to get there I finally made it.  The store is set up with CDs and DVDs on the street level, and records, used CDs, and t-shirts in the basement…I headed straight for the basement.  As usual Generation had a unique mix of music playing during my shopping experience (most of an album by a female singer songwriter that I couldn’t quite pinpoint, Bright Eyes, Los Crudos, Descendents, and Jens Lekman all while I was there), and although I didn’t have much interaction with the cute girls working the counter they were very nice while I was paying for my records.  Generation has a extremely large selection of new vinyl, and while they have music from all genres there is a heavy emphasis on the punk rock, hardcore, and metal.  I did my normal rounds browsing through the majority of the new LPs, checked out my normal “letters” in the used LPs, and even hit up the small reggae section that they have. I was a little underwhelmed while I was there, but I was also a little tipsy (I love record shopping after a drink or two, and I had been drinking Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout at the house), and now thinking back on it there were a handful of great records that I sort of regret passing up (I can always go back, but some of those things I am still thinking about were ISIS’ “Celestial,”  a James Chance and the Contortions record I was unfamiliar with, Hepcat’s “Right on Time”, the Hot Chip remix of CSS’s “let’s make love and listen to death from above,” and the Sugar Minott Soul Jazz collection).  I was temped by some Kinks records (I really don’t know enough about them, besides “Lola” and “Village Green”, to buy their records blind), but in the end I bought Team Robespierre’s 10” split with Brevator on Chrome Peeler Records and Guided By Voices’ “Do the Collapse.”  Although I was a little disappointed in the Team/Brevator split (it doesn’t really sound like the Team’s newer stuff or like the description on Insound), but it is nice to see how the sound developed (it actually reminds me of a lot of the hardcore that I enjoy, just not what I was expecting…Brevator was actually pretty cool sludgy hardcore from the upstate).  Guided By Voices though is another story all together.  I have been into the 90’s indie rock as of late (listening to Pavement and Archers of Loaf earlier that morning), and when I saw “Do the Collapse” for $9.99  I had to buy it.  I had seen it priced at like $24.99 used at Academy in the East Village when I was there last weekend so this was a steal!  More on GBV and “Do the Collapse” in my next post.  One thing that I was looking for was either of the Hot Chip albums (I am a little behind the times on this one…only consciously hearing them this weekend for the first time), but no luck on the Hot Chips.In the past I have felt overwhelmed in this store, but I now realize that I just need to give myself adequate time to browse (45 minutes was good, but not quite long enough).  I really enjoy this store and look forward to going back.This is the second in my series of record store posts.  When reading these posts keep in mind that I purchase CDs very rarely, and the reviews are based almost entirely on the LP selection and customer service (after working in a record store for years and at Whole Foods Market I have pretty high standards of customer service if I choose to ask for it). I am going to periodically post updates to my reviews of these stores as I have different experiences because I feel it is important to document consumer experiences(and a NYC record store guide is lacking on the web).  Hopefully someone will find my reviews helpful.  (Tom)  Photo Credit (Daquella Manera’s flickr)Generation Records (visited on Sunday February 10, 2008)

210 Thompson St, New York, NY
So I have been visiting this place since before I moved to the city, and have been wanting to back for a while (since my love for vinyl got refreshed sometime toward the end of 2007). Although it shouldn’t have taken me til February to get there I finally made it. The store is set up with CDs and DVDs on the street level, and records, used CDs, and t-shirts in the basement…I headed straight for the basement. As usual Generation had a unique mix of music playing during my shopping experience (most of an album by a female singer songwriter that I couldn’t quite pinpoint, Bright Eyes, Los Crudos, Descendents, and Jens Lekman all while I was there), and although I didn’t have much interaction with the cute girls working the counter they were very nice while I was paying for my records.

Generation has a extremely large selection of new vinyl, and while they have music from all genres there is a heavy emphasis on the punk rock, hardcore, and metal. I did my normal rounds browsing through the majority of the new LPs, checked out my normal “letters” in the used LPs, and even hit up the small reggae section that they have. I was a little underwhelmed while I was there, but I was also a little tipsy (I love record shopping after a drink or two, and I had been drinking Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout at the house), and now thinking back on it there were a handful of great records that I sort of regret passing up (I can always go back, but some of those things I am still thinking about were ISIS’ “Celestial,” a James Chance and the Contortions record I was unfamiliar with, Hepcat’sRight on Time”, the Hot Chip remix of CSS’s “let’s make love and listen to death from above,” and the Sugar Minott Soul Jazz collection).

I was temped by some Kinks records (I really don’t know enough about them, besides “Lola” and “Village Green”, to buy their records blind), but in the end I bought Team Robespierre’s 10” split with Brevator on Chrome Peeler Records and Guided By Voices’ “Do the Collapse.” Although I was a little disappointed in the Team/Brevator split (it doesn’t really sound like the Team’s newer stuff or like the description on Insound), but it is nice to see how the sound developed (it actually reminds me of a lot of the hardcore that I enjoy, just not what I was expecting…Brevator was actually pretty cool sludgy hardcore from the upstate). Guided By Voices though is another story all together. I have been into the 90’s indie rock as of late (listening to Pavement and Archers of Loaf earlier that morning), and when I saw “Do the Collapse” for $9.99 I had to buy it. I had seen it priced at like $24.99 used at Academy in the East Village when I was there last weekend so this was a steal! More on GBV and “Do the Collapse” in my next post. One thing that I was looking for was either of the Hot Chip albums (I am a little behind the times on this one…only consciously hearing them this weekend for the first time), but no luck on the Hot Chips.

In the past I have felt overwhelmed in this store, but I now realize that I just need to give myself adequate time to browse (45 minutes was good, but not quite long enough). I really enjoy this store and look forward to going back.

This is the second in my series of record store posts.
When reading these posts keep in mind that I purchase CDs very rarely, and the reviews are based almost entirely on the LP selection and customer service (after working in a record store for years and at Whole Foods Market I have pretty high standards of customer service if I choose to ask for it).
I am going to periodically post updates to my reviews of these stores as I have different experiences because I feel it is important to document consumer experiences(and a NYC record store guide is lacking on the web). Hopefully someone will find my reviews helpful.

(Tom)

Photo Credit (Daquella Manera’s flickr)

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