Four New York City Record Stores

    Besides maintaining New York’s underground legacy alive and providing DJs, vinyl collectors and music lovers with palatable music environments and copacetic shopping experiences, there are four record stores in New York City that delineate the current vinyl musical landscape.

    “Vinyl is the message we are preaching.”

    Formerly located and a staple in the West Village, Vinyl Mania opened its doors in 1978. Beginning with a lean selection of Rock Records, owner Charlie Grappone quickly discovered his heart lay with House Music when, from around the corner, Paradise Garage club-goers and DJ Larry Levan started asking for specific records and began to patronize his store. From serving up Disco and House Classics and preserving the sound of music on vinyl, he went on to found one of the most influential labels that has charted and guided the course of House Music. In its heyday great times were had by all. Charlie would sit up front talking to anyone who wandered in, while DJs took requests and played fresh new vinyl. Unfortunately in 2007 after over thirty years of business and building and supporting dance music community and culture, Vinyl Mania closed its doors. No need for despair though, vinyl junkies can find Vinyl Mania’s stock available for purchase on Ebay, Discogs and at Funky Slice Vinyl Shop.

    “An oasis from your nine-to-five jobs.”

    Since 1996 A-One Record Shop (439 East 6th Street, New York; 212-473-2870) has been a lifeline for record collectors and DJ’s. Focusing on Soul, Jazz, Hip-Hop—and a Disco and House Music selection that has a high turnover—this used record shop is a treasure-ship for anyone who has the inclination to dig for rare and undiscovered gems. Sustained for more than 15 years by loyal customers and managed by local and knowledgeable DJ’s, it features a large collection that calls attention to its variety and an accurate categorization scheme organized by label. While the LP covers adorning all walls and surfaces and eclectic mixes by guest DJ’s and employees are sure to draw your attention, don’t forget to take the time to look through the bargain bins where you might find the slice of wax that could save your life! This independent store is more than a true vinyl shop: it’s a New York institution.

    “Holy Grail type records that crazy-record-freak-collectors drool over.”

    Founded in 2005 by John Sklute, aka Jonny Paycheck, not only a former producer and rapper in various ensembles but a risk management broker turned record dealer, Good Records NYC (218 East 5th Street, New York; 212-529-2081; Good.Records@gmail.com) is a record collector’s haven that carries Soul, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Folk, Rock, Hip- Hop, Disco, House and International music ranging from Africa to Latin America. Offering the most carefully selected, clean and fresh vintage stock found in New York City while also more than reasonably priced makes this record shop a magnet for vinyl connoisseurs. Trading, buying and selling daily, Jonny and his well-informed staff are always ready to help find what you want and point-out recent arrivals and discerning choices that may be hiding in the bins. With a few turntables equipped for your listening and great never-heard-of tunes playing, this warm space is inviting.

    “Keeping vinyl alive…”

    With transmissions from New York’s underground, and completing the trinity that includes DailySession.com, an online media source known for its live streaming radio show and Cedar Room Party, where ninjas gather to dance, Funky Slice Vinyl Shop (17 Cedar Street, Bushwick; 347-699-0940) is a membership record listening joint that provides exclusive vinyl weaponry. Not only a boutique record shop but also a community center for DJ’s and vinyl enthusiasts, in this green room you can catch more than sonic waves to reach that elusive Zen Zone that nature yields. Exclusively making stock available from Vinyl Mania ranging from Disco and House to Soul Funk here you will find an impressive collection of wax notorious for its variety and rare grooves. Only for the initiated.

    By Jez

  • SESSION 1315:NININJA 05.19.12

    Mixed by Robert TheRob Luna

  • SESSION 1314:NININJA 05.19.12

    Mixed by Sky Zee

  • SESSION 1313: FUNKY SLICE 05.19.12

    Mixed by Cecily Pinkerton

    We lost first 4 songs….sorry Cecily.

    05. Actual Proof – The Grlt (Original Mix)
    06. People’s Choice – You Ought To Be Dancin
    07. K&M – Dexterism
    08. Disco Dub
    09. Make Me Whole (Rahaan Edit)
    10. Norman Connors – Stay With Me
    11. Main Thing (Special Edit)
    12. Dinosaur L – Clean On Your Bean
    13. George Benson – The World is A Ghetto
    14. Tornado Wallace – Don’t Hold Back
    15. Tornado Wallace – Paddlin


    By Rolling Stone

    Dim all the lights for Donna Summer, the disco diva who lost her battle with cancer today at 63. She was more than just one of the Seventies’ mightiest voices; she was the artist who exemplified the way disco broke out of the gay club subculture to take over the world. “Bad Girls,” “I Feel Love,” “Hot Stuff,” “On The Radio” – these were bold and innovative records, but they not only became global hits, they defined the beat of pop music ever since.

    Donna Summer would be remembered as a ground-breaking artist today even if she’d retired the day after she recorded “I Feel Love” in 1977. She wrote the song with European producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, who created an electro-dystopian mirror-ball glacier-wave wall of machine rhythm, the musical equivalent of catching a stranger’s dead-eyed stare on the dance floor. Summer’s voice floated over the synthesizers as if feeling love meant zoning out into your own private nightworld of sensory overload. This is what Summer was talking about when she boasted, “I could be a Bette Davis-type actress. Catty, cold, precise and domineering.” It was all there in “I Feel Love.” [Read More]


    Mixed by Liondub @ Miss Lilys



    WASHINGTON — Chuck Brown, who styled a unique mix of funk, soul and Latin party sounds to create go-go music in the nation’s capital, has died after suffering from pneumonia. He was 75.

    Brown died Wednesday at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore. Hospital spokesman Gary Stephenson confirmed Brown had died after a hospital stay that began April 18.

    Thanks to Brown and his deep, gravelly voice, go-go music was uniquely identified with Washington. That’s where he continued to play the city’s club circuit late in life. [Read More]

  • SESSION 1311: VOICE OF VOICE 05.15.12

    Mixed by Ali Coleman

    01. Yam Who – Wax The Van (Rework)
    02. Ali Coleman – Ali’s Day Dream
    03. Oscar P (Remixes) –
    04. Max Essa – Tiger Stripes
    05. Artimixx – Mofongo (Reworked)
    06. Terrance Trent Darby -As Yet Untitled (Scott Wozniack Remix)
    07. Cloud 9 (Danny Krivit Edit)
    08. Capital T feat. Taymah – Perfect Love
    09. Dylan Drazen – Ayahuasca
    10. Copyright – Release Yourself

  • SESSION 1310: VINYLMANIA 05.15.12

    Mixed by Eric Lopez aka “BigE”

    01. Zoo Lock – People Let Me Down
    02. Wil Maddams – Stand In For Love
    03. Lil Louis – French Kiss
    04. MIles Maeda – Bell Boogie (Dudley Strangeways & Sam Phillips Mix)
    05. Montana & Stewart feat. Kafele Bandele & Eliki – Love Is The Key
    06. Rocco & C.Robert Walker – I Love The Night (Louie Vega Remixes)
    07. Stay Glued ft. Kevin Knapp (FCL Weemix)
    08. Marco Bailey – Kiev
    09. John Spring – Playing No More Games
    10. Jerk House Connection Feat. Niles Thomas – Velvet Touch
    11. YSE – Gelly
    12. Hodge – The Fall
    13. The Origan Grinder – New Age People
    14. Kerry Chandler – Bar A Thym
    15. Umek – Uto Karem
    16,. Kerri Chandler – So Let The Wind Come


    Mixed by Liondub @ Miss Lilys

  • SESSION 1308: DEEPER THAN DISCO 05.13.12

    Mixed by DJ True

    01. L.T.D. – Love to the World
    02. Change – Paradise
    03. Unlimited Touch – I Hear Music In The Street
    04. Odyssey – Inside Out
    05. L.A.X. – All My Love
    06. Cheryl Lynn – Keep It Hot
    07. Suzy Q – Get On Up Do It Again
    08. Loose Joint – Is It All Over My Face
    09. Syreeta – You Set My Love In Motion
    10. Stephanie Mills – Put Your Body In It


    Mixed by Lauri Soini

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    SESSION 1306: DISCOVERY 04.14.12

    Mixed by Freemagic & Faso