New York has always been something of a haven for record stores, but it’s not immune to the peril that digital media have put them in. Not only have the big, well-loved chains such as Tower Records and (both) Virgin Megastores closed down, but countless indie shops have shuttered their doors; and in a city with the dance music history of New York, that means loads of record stores focused on house and techno. One of New York’s most revered stores of recent times is Halcyon, previously located on Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, and a real community hotspot where big names such as Jus-Ed and Levon Vincent used to hang out. Halcyon has since moved to the waterfront district of DUMBO, and whenever I head down there it’s usually Taimur Agha handing me records and tipping me off to the best new arrivals. LWE sat down with Agha recently to chat about how he got started as a record clerk, the record stores that shaped his taste upon arriving in New York, and some of his personal pet peeves. He also fashioned a mix for us (available after the interview) representing the breadth of music on offer at Halcyon, as well as what you can expect Taimur to put in your hands when you head over.
Read the full interview HERE!