Inside the new Rough Trade record store in New York with Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips

Inside the new Rough Trade record store in New York with Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips

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We take a tour of the most talked about record shop to open in years and meet up with Flaming Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne to chat records and just why it’s so important that kids are buying Justin Bieber on vinyl.

Last year, Rough Trade added to their two London shops with the long-awaited opening of Rough Trade New York, a Stateside outpost for the burgeoning independent retailer, nestled snuggly in the heart of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg district. It’s the biggest of all three Rough Trade stores and perhaps the most talked about record shop to open in years, at a time when headlines still seem to be dominated by closures, whether at Bleeker Bobs in New York or On the Beat in London.

Investigating just what Rough Trade are doing right, our friends from across the pond at Dust & Grooves visited the new store earlier this month for The Vinyl Factory, to get the full tour and shoot the breeze with Flaming Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne.

A trip into the record rooms of the world’s best collections, the Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting book launch will take place on Record Store Day (Saturday 19th April) at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn. Click here for more details.