By Halcyonline.com

    The new book, Vinyl Lives: The Rise and Fall and Resurgence of the American Independent Record Store, provides an inside look at the contemporary, independent American record store, highlighting the role these shops play as valuable resources, both within their communities and within the larger culture. As one such shop, we here at halcyon were keenly interested in what the author had to say on the subject. Since we barely know how to read ourselves, we decided to get in touch with the author for a one-on-one conversation instead.

    halcyon: Tell us about your earliest memories of record collecting. Can you recall the first shop you ever visited? The first record you ever bought?

    James Goss: The first record album I purchased was Meet the Beatles. I borrowed $3 from my dad and rode my bike over to Worden’s 5 cents and $1 (about a half a mile away in a small shopping center), to buy it. The total experience of buying that particular album was a revelation. [Read More]

  • SESSION 720: BLESS UP 10.28.10

    Mixed by Team Rojas&Praveen Sharma

    Team Rojas (NYC)
    Possibly separated at birth, EDG4R (Edgar Rojas) & STRAVINSKY (Erick Rojas) met in 2008. After realizing they had essentially identical taste in music, they formed TEAM ROJAS. Hailing from New York and Miami,FL, the DJ/production duo take direct influence from the old NY sound. Blending boogie, electro funk, Disco,and classic House to form varied mixes, edits, and forthcoming tracks.

    Praveen Sharma (Casette NYC/Percussion Lab)
    Praveen Sharma has been making music for most of his life, and has contributed releases to AI, NeoOuija, and Expanding Records. He also runs Percussion Lab, a hub for underground electronic musicand exclusive DJ sets, in addition to being an avid ive performer and event organizer in New York City.


    By  Old-Soulz.com

    Come Celebrate the new start of the clothing brand, “High Rollers” and Old-Soulz Official Website!! Also it’s our special artist, PESU’s Birthday Bash!!!
    This is going to be the best party of the year…you don’t wanna miss it!!

    Wednesday, December 15th
    “High Rollers & Old-Soulz.com launching party”
    (199 Bowery New York)
    11:00pm – 4:00am
    [Read More]


    By Carol Cooper – The Village Voice

    Dada and surrealism have a historic rivalry, especially when it comes to their approaches to politicized art. But despite philosophical turf wars, they accomplished more together than apart, especially once Afro-Caribbean “Negritude” emerged as the missing link needed to make sense of Dada nonsense and constructively embody surrealist dreams. Consider New York City’s high-concept Dada dance combos Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band (formed in 1974) and, subsequently, Kid Creole & the Coconuts (born in 1979): Both used music and musical theater to liberate their fans, transforming every stage into the Cabaret Voltaire with a Pan-African backbeat. [Read More]


    Mixed by Asahi Suzuki @ Studio 11 NYC

    01. Flying Lotus – Drips / Auntie’s Harp
    02. DJ Shadow – Triplicate/Something Happened That Day
    03. Five Deez – Karimba
    04. Clark – Ted (Bibio Remix)
    05. The Beastie Boys – The Melee
    06. Let The People Know
    07. Prefuse73 – Night Knuckles
    08. Flying Lotus – Recoiled
    09. Dday One – Originality
    10. Opus – Earthwalker
    11. Dabrye – Angel Beat (Dabrye Remix)
    12. Take – Dreamsuite Inst
    13. DJ Krush Feat. Kan – ?? -Mosa- (Remix)
    14. Five Deez – B.E.A.T.
    15. Take – Navigators (Take & Lukid Collaboration)
    16. Flying Lotus – Do the Astral Plane
    17. Schientific American – Your Utopia
    18. Flying Lotus – Galaxy In Janaki
    19. Clark – Springtime Epiphany
    20. Thievery Corporation – The Time We Lost Our Way
  • SESSION 718: NININJA 12.04.10

    Mixed by DJ Monchan


    By Autobrennt

    Music – whether making it, buying it or working in the industry – involves sacrifices. Taimur Agha knows this reality all too well.  “I can’t afford to lose any more right now. I’m living on peanuts,” sighs Agha. Then, panning the impressive shelves of vinyl at halcyon the shop that surrounds us, he breaks into a grin and adds, “I need some records.

    Less than a month ago Agha’s  Halloween techno hoedown powered by his Blkmarket Membership team was crushed by the citywide crackdown on underground parties that night.  The bust cost his team a fiscal dent and a slew of partygoer backlash that followed.

    “It’s been a hard four months,” he said, admitting that he barely can sleep these days. It’s tough enough to be under taskforce threats but that’s not the only pressure he’s facing. In addition to co-running the famed underground Blkmarket parties, Agha is the musical director of the city’s newest club, District 36. He has been fighting an uphill battle with Manhattan’s tight legal grip on venues and nightclubs, hence the prolonged postponement of the club’s official opening. [Read More]


    By Virginia Heffernan – NY Times

    In 1997, when Garry Kasparov, the great Russian chess champion, resigned the sixth and final game of his match with Deep Blue, theI.B.M. computer, he crumpled. He couldn’t conceal his despair. No opponent had ever beaten him in a match before, and this one didn’t even have a heartbeat. Kasparov announced, “I lost my fighting spirit.” [Read More]


    By John Vorwald – NY Times

    Like many college radio stations across the country, Rice University’s KTRU and Vanderbilt University’s WRVU play a broad swath of music — from undiscovered indie bands and obscure blues acts to ’60s garage rock and ’80s postpunk. It’s a mix largely absent from commercial broadcasts, and students active in radio say their stations add distinct voices to their cities’ broadcast landscape.[Read More]

  • SESSION 715: EVENT SESSION 11.27.10

  • SESSION 714: VINYLMANIA 11.30.10

    Played by Martin PayneEric Lopez

    01. Ecstasy, Passion & Pain – Touch & Go (Remix)
    02. Linda Taylor – You And Me Just Started
    03. Jamica Girls – Rock The Beat
    04. Geraldine Hunt – Can’t Take The Feeling
    05. Sharon Brown – I Specialize Love
    06. Imagination – Instinctual
    07. Syreeta – Can’t Shake Your Love
    08. Man Friday – Jump
    09. Discotheque – Disco Special
    10. Eddie Kendricks – Girl, You Need Change Your MInd

  • SESSION 713: ZAKKA 11.30.10

    Mixed by Ali Coleman (Voice of Voice)

    01. Your Love keeps Lifting Me Higher – Jackie Wilson
    02. Zeularae -Royayers
    03. Reality – DJ Sakaki
    04. Pride – SuSu Bobien,Davidson Ospina Antaem Remix
    05. Into you – Danny Clark, Jay Benham, Feat. Carla Prather
    06. The Violin 2010 – Teddy Douglas
    07. Stretch My Arm – Mayu
    08. Super Nova – Martino
    09. Untitled Love – Still Going
    10. Get up – Boogie

  • SESSION 712: FUNKY SLICE 11.29.10

    Mixed by Mr. Deba

    01. Gregory isaacs – love without intermission
    02. Gregory isaacs – slave master
    03. Gregory isaacs – john public
    04. Dennis Brown – get myself together
    05. Half Pint – subsitute lover
    06. Johnny osbourne – no ice cream
    07. Ninja – Number one
    08. Tenor Saw – High Power
    09. Nicodemus – mother in law
    10. Nicodemus – ease Freeze

  • SESSION 711: EVENT SESSION 11.20.10

    Mixed by Steve Shakewell & DJ Duckcomb

  • SESSION 710: EVENT SESSION 11.20.10

    Mixed by Jerome Derradji

  • SESSION 709: EVENT SESSION 11.20.10

    Mixed by Rahaan

  • SESSION 708: EVENT SESSION 11.20.10

    Mixed by Bim Marx & Jerome Derradji