Etherea Interview

There's a local-run website devoted to vinyl lovers, and I recently had the pleasure of talking with them about Etherea: Analog Apartment. BTW, the OLD RARE NEW sign on the back wall inspired the title of a documentary book about record stores by Emma Pettit, who interviewed me for it, and included some photos of Etherea inside. The sign was found on the street in front of my store one night after closing, but I believe it may have been made by The Strand Bookstore in Manhattan. Anyone recognize it? You can find the book online
and at St. Marks Bookshop (among others).

record fair follow-up

Thanks for everyone who came out to the record fair in DUMBO last weekend, it was a huge success on all counts. I saw many former East Village customers and friends, including DJ Chris Alker; former employee and longtime friend, Elaine Ahn; video artist, Melissa Silverman; and the esteemed Beastie Boys graphic designer and goth-DJ-for-one-night, Bill McMullen, who had a couple photos of my table on his blog and his anecdotes about the day.

Etherea mentioned in New York Magazine

New York Magazine ran
a little story
on the upcoming record fair (see earlier post for details) and mentioned Etherea.

Superstar DJ Record Fair THIS SUNDAY!!

Collectors and DJs, rejoice! Brooklyn Flea hosts its 2nd annual Superstar DJ Record Fair this weekend, Sunday only down below the Manhattan underpass at 167 Water St. from 11AM til 6PM. I'll be manning a table with lots of Etherea-related LPs, 45s, CDs, and posters, all priced to move! I'll have a small listening station but feel free to bring your own portable player to check out unknown gems. Too much to list, but if there's anything specific you want to dig through, send me an email.

Superstar DJ Record Fair

This is just a quick note about an upcoming record fair, Sunday September 13th, hosted by the Brooklyn Flea folks down in DUMBO, Brooklyn; I will have a table there, with new and used LPs, CDs, 45s and posters. Everything will be priced to sell (less than retail value, and discounts if you are buying several items). For former customers and DJs who need records right away, feel free to email me for specific titles or to make an appointment to stop by to see what's for sale. More info to come!


BEASTIE BOYS TOUR DATES CANCELED, ALBUM RELEASE POSTPONED ADAM YAUCH DIAGNOSED WITH PAROTID GLAND TUMOR. Adam "MCA" Yauch of Beastie Boys was diagnosed last week as having a cancerous tumor in his left parotid (salivary) gland. Luckily it was caught early and is localized in one area, and as such is considered very treatable. It will however require surgery and several weeks of additional treatment. Fortunately the cancer is not in a location that will affect Yauch's vocal chords. Beastie Boys have canceled all upcoming concert appearances to allow time for Yauch's surgery and recovery. The release of the band's forthcoming album Hot Sauce Committee Part 1 will also be pushed back. Paraphrasing from a video statement on , Yauch said, "I just need to take a little time to get this in check, and then we'll release the record and play some shows. It's a pain in the neck (sorry had to say it) because i was really looking forward to playing these shows, but the doctors have made it clear that this is not the kind of thing that can be put aside to deal with later."

Alex From Tokyo DJs this Thursday in Brooklyn

Some of you may already know the artist, Tokyo Black Star, from the club-house label, Innervisions. Alex From Tokyo is one of the creative minds behind that project, and a stellar DJ who resides in NYC (originally from France). He will be deejaying along side notable local DJ's Treeboy, Andy Beta, and Raspberry Jones. For directions, click here. You can expect to hear a great cross-section of dance music from the past several decades, and a mixed crowd of music heads and club-goers...

Treehouse 003
DJs Andy Beta, Raspberry Jones, and Treeboy
+ Special Guest: Alex From Tokyo

Thurs. July 16
Frank’s Lounge
660 Fulton St. (at S. Elliott Pl.)
Fort Greene, Brooklyn


Dubspot’s Live 8 US Sessions tour is coming to NYC this weekend, after a successful maiden voyage to San Francisco last month. The tour is actually a unique series of interactive workshops, Q&As and live performances featuring Richie Hawtin, Scientist, and many other stellar musicians. Experience five ‘sessions’ daily, each specially designed to developed and enhance a diverse range of your production and performance abilities. Limited space is available, so if you're interested, sign up at pronto!

dubspot turns 2

Dubspot turns two!

NEW TORTOISE MP3 and VIDEO, upcoming show in NYC

After a long hiatus, Tortoise is back with a new album, Beacons of Ancestorship. It is Tortoise's sixth album, and the band's first since 2004's It's All Around You.

Here is the new video for Tortoise's "Prepare Your Coffin", a track from the new album which is coming out June 23rd.

Directed by Andrew Paynter and JUICE. Pitchfork calls the video, "A beautiful black-and-white meditation on death by-way-of symmetry, architecture, and photography. Meanwhile, the song kills."

You can also download and share the mp3 HERE

Tour Dates:

Sat May 30 Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House
Sun May 31 New York, NY - World Financial Center Winter

Multimedia mash-up this SATURDAY

Saturday, May 16

Eclectic Method, Keys N Crates and Egg Foo Young
at Collective Hardware (169 Bowery at Delancey, Manhattan)
$15 at the door or $7/$10 with RSVP

It's a loft party at Collective Hardware, part live show and part party. Eclectic Method, who do live video remixes, are playing with Keys N Crates, who do live remixes and mash-ups of classic hip-hop jams. Egg Foo Young, the brains of the Michna project on Ghostly (and former Etherea employee) will be deejaying. This space is great, and the parties typically go late. RSVP HERE

New Iron and Wine Rarities Comp Announced

Usually, the collection of B-sides, unreleased tracks, and demos by an artist would be for fans only. In the case of Iron and Wine, you might well call this a proper album - these songs not only stand on their own, but as you listen over the span of the double-disc/triple-LP set, there is a cohesion of style (spare, acoustic) and substance that had also helped to define the earlier Iron and Wine catalog.

Below is the press release from Sub Pop:


Collecting songs ranging from out-of-print to never-before-released, Around the Well spans Iron and Wine’s earliest sessions which yielded the band’s debut (2002’s The Creek Drank the Cradle) through material recorded for 2007’s The Shepherd’s Dog. The double-disc Around the Well collection is broken up into two sections. The first half is an assortment of hushed home recordings, unedited and raw, and the second highlights moments captured in the confines of proper studios with the help of other musicians, friends and engineers.

The album’s title comes from a line in the song “The Trapeze Swinger,” a fan favorite which was written for and included in the 2004 movie In Good Company. Three more songs written and recorded for the film finally make their appearance here as well: “Belated Promise Ring,” “God Made the Automobile” and “Homeward, These Shoes.” Around the Well also brings together hard-to-find covers such as The Flaming Lips’ “Waitin’ for a Superman” and New Order’s “Love Vigilantes,” along with one of Iron and Wine’s earliest originals, “Sacred Vision.” In support of Around the Well, this May Iron and Wine will perform ten intimate shows in five cities. In addition, Iron and Wine have begun work on the follow-up to The Shepherd’s Dog and plan to release a new album in spring, 2010.

Post punk 45's, lots of dance vinyl

Thanks to all those that came out to Brooklyn Flea last weekend, great to see some familiar faces! I sold a surprising number of rare post-punk 45's, as well as rock LPs and posters, but I still have quite a bit left. Also have lots of house, techno and minimal on 12" for sale, will be putting a list together so let me know if you are interested in getting a list of sale items. Some of it will be listed on Discogs and eBay, links to come shortly.

Etherea at Brooklyn Flea

For one weekend only, I'll be setting up a table to sell vinyl records, CDs, and posters from 11am til 6pm at the Brooklyn Flea. Expect to see the same mix of music represented at the former East Village shop: indie, electronic, dance, post punk, and classics. If you haven't yet been to this Winter Pop-Up Market, you are in for a treat; not only will you get music, live djs, and hand-made goods, there will be good eats and tasty treats, so plan on coming for a post-brunch snack! Look for me in the 81 Front St. space, middle of the room near the DJ setup.


Hello, Brooklyn!

It's been a while since my last update, and there have been some new developments to report. While Etherea the retail shop is no longer, I have set up a new office in Dumbo, Brooklyn. I'll be organizing records and cds there, and selling online and at flea markets; more on that soon. Keep you eyes on this site, and I will let you know when and where my first Brooklyn sale will be. I can guarantee lots of fresh stock out of storage, LOTS of rare 45s, LPs, and CDs that have not seen the light of day in quite some time!

Confused by the blogs? UPDATE

Many of you have been bewildered by the blogging that has been going on about the closing of Etherea (specifically the Brooklyn Vegan post about Etherea being "saved"). Well, here's the real story. My lease here on Avenue A is over. Etherea the shop on AVE A is now officially closed. One of my employees, namely DJ Brion, decided he wanted to buy out my store when I told him I was closing and start his own record shop in same location with a new partner, but sadly, this has fallen through. He is not planning a new store on Ave A or anywhere else for that matter.

open by appointment

So I'm getting ready to move out of here, packing, and planning to be open by appointment only for the next couple days. If you really need to make a purchase or if you are interested in fixtures, email me rich at or try calling the store 212-358-1126.


This will be the final weekend of Etherea, so please stop in, say hello and take advantage of our closing sale. Everything will be on sale at 30% off. This includes new releases, new and used cds and vinyl, accessories, and magazines. There is a fixture list for those interested in purchasing cabinets, listening stations, lighting and more. During the last week of February, we will be closed to pack and clear out the space, so now is the time to do your last-minute shopping!


Dear etherea community,

After 13 and 1/2 years, my record shop, etherea, is closing for good at the end of February. It's been a great journey for me, and I feel grateful to everyone who has contributed to making it a success. Big thanks to all current and former employees, friends who pitched in to help the shop, and to all you loyal customers out there around the globe.

I will be honoring all gift certificates, deposits, and store credits outstanding, so bring those in asap. All merchandise, inventory and fixtures will be on sale starting today, so stop by to get some great deals - 30% off everything in the store. I'm also getting rid of lots of promo posters for free.

If you know anyone out there who is starting or wants to start a store, and is interested in purchasing fixtures and/or stock, please contact me for a list.

Thanks again to everyone who supported the shop by going out of your way to make music purchases there, it's been a pleasure.

Rich Kim, owner

New store hours starting this weekend

We will be revising store hours starting this weekend. New hours will be: Monday - Saturday Noon to 10PM, Sunday noon to 8PM.