BBiB Record Store Day Listening Party Recap

Hope you all had a great Record Store Day this year! We closed our favorite holiday out in style, with a listening party for about 30 new friends here at Masterdisk.

Photo of attendees at Beyond Beyond is Beyond listening party at Masterdisk

The party was one of a continuing series of listening parties organized by Mike Newman of the East Village Radio show and just-launched record label Beyond Beyond is Beyond. And it was a blast.

Two albums were played: Caravan’s “In the Land of Grey and Pink” in Scott Hull’s mastering suite…

Caravan album cover

…and Captain Beefheart’s “Lick My Decals Off, Baby” in Randy Merrill’s room.

Captain Beefheart album cover

We split up into two groups — 15 went to Scott’s room for some Caravan, and 15 to Randy’s for the Captain. Everybody got comfortable and the albums were played — both sides. And here’s the best part: no talking until the needle hits the side 2 runoff groove! It was a pretty fantastic experience to listen to both these records, on great sound systems, in a room full of quietly listening music fans. When the first listening session was done we all took a break before switching rooms to hear the other record.

Lights were provided by Curtis Godino and Chaz Lord of Drippy Eye Projections. The photo below is Randy’s room during one of the Beefheart playbacks.

photo of lights by Drippy Eye Projections

Beverages were provided by our pals down the block (10th Avenue and 45th Street) at The Pony Bar.

We wanted something special for Randy’s room, so we talked to our friends at the downtown NYC hi-fi and record shop In Living Stereo and they graciously let us borrow a Rega RP1. Check out the In Living Stereo showroom:

Photo of In Living Stereo showroom

I know. I want to live there too.

Expert cutting engineer Alex DeTurk did a show-and-tell in the lathe room before the needle dropped:

Alex DeTurk demonstrates the lathe

I’m pictured here with Mike and the evening’s listening selections:

Photo of Mike Newman and James Beaudreau

We didn’t advertise the event very much beforehand because space was limited and the spots filled up very fast. The Listening Party will continue though, and maybe even at Masterdisk again. So definitely keep an eye (ear?) on Mike’s radio show (and check out his label too!). You can listen to archived shows here:

Beyond Beyond is Beyond radio banner

Extra special thanks to Jon Meyers at The Vinyl District for hooking us up with Mike and BBiB.