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WFMU Record Fair
November 4, 2007, 12:04 pm
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The WFMU record fair was held this weekend at the Metropolitan Pavilion on 18th Street. For those unfamiliar with the fair, for three days, scores of vinyl purveyors (and any other audio format you can think of) set up their tables in a couple thousand square feet of space. WFMU trucks in loads of dollar bins worth of 12″swag from New Jersey (where the station is located) to sell for proceeds to the station. People fly in from L.A. and London. New Yorkers come because NYC can often suck for buying music. Only cash is accepted and you have to walk blocks to find an ATM that has yet to dispense all of its 20s.

It’s massive. It’s overwhelming. And for people like me it provides the sort of high usually only associated with methamphetamines. There is nothing quite like the elated gasp that one exudes when finding, say, that Japanese import of a Dutch no-wave band from 1981, a smattering of which you fell in love with on Waxidermy in 2005. And then there’s the “contact high” of hearing similar gasps all around you.

The record fair is huge– you’re looking at one wing of the space. Record afficionados are not the most sociable bunch– but their eyes light up when you start talking to them about the matter at hand. Most overheard line of conversation: “Yeah, all these used to be cutouts for ages, now everyone wants ’em.”

It didn’t take Jill Vogel long to embrace the spirit of the event.

The event is peppered with live on-site broadcasts and performances. Above, the Lexie Mountain Boys held it down with some highly engaging psych-a cappella.

I spent way too much money on records. What’s in this bag? Stay tuned…

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