This feature is taken from our Autumn schedule.

While the rest of the industry worries about MP3s kicking the chair from under the high street chain and streaming services looming over the shoulder of digital downloads, vinyl is enjoying a revival. Why? Your humble independent record shop. Over the past few months we've been exploring the Record Shops of London, but what about our friends in the good ole' USA? What do they have to offer us?

For the first edition of our adventure into the Record Shops of New York, we made our way to Black Gold Records in Brooklyn (461 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231), who like to focus on "harder to find titles."

It's by far the most unique record shop we've ever visited. Here's our interview with Co-Owner Jeff Ogiba (be sure to check out his Instagram too).

Black Gold Records - New York

What's on the turntable right now?

Right now the soundtrack to the 1978 thriller The Fury is on the turntable. It's a huge John Williams score to this movie about a powerfully psychic kid who gets abducted by an evil villain and his government-employed father's struggle to rescue him. Serious stuff.

Why did you decide to open a record shop?

I had been flipping records for almost fifteen years before making the move to open Black Gold. With the cruddy economy and job market worsening, we took money making and our personal careers into our own hands.

When did you open?

We opened on May 29th, 2010 to an overwhelming but welcoming crowd of hundreds. I will never forget the day.

What else happens here other than records?

My partner Sommer came from a background in food and beverage as well as printmaking and design so that is the explanation for the coffee and snacks we serve, as well as a lot of the decorations and arrangements in the shop. Her husband Dan, (one of my childhood best friends) is responsible for the gathering and arranging of the antiques that line the shop's walls.

What sorts of people do you get in your shop?

We get a wide assortment of folks in the shop. Anyone from 10-year-old musical prodigies to 80-year-old Jazz buffs (and everything in between). We also get loyal locals, lurking strangers, old friends, distant cousins, and international tourists.

Do you specialise in anything (second hand, new releases, genre etc.)?

We specialise in most genres, with a focus on the harder to find titles that don't really turn up anywhere else. Right now our stock is 90% used and 10% new/reissue. We are working on making the stock 60/40 Used/New.

With music buying now dominated by MP3, why do you think that vinyl is still so popular, especially when compared to other dead or dying formats like cassette, MiniDisc or CD?

The masses will most likely always take the easiest and cheapest path to obtain what they desire. True music lovers, artists, and people who strive for a real experience will always gravitate toward physical items such as records. I don't know why people give their money to companies who basically offer invisible products that are effortlessly mass "produced". What's next, a price on water to drink and air to breathe?! Suckers! But then again, vinyl is probably "just a passing trend" just like hip-hop was when it first came around... we all know that didn't last! Ha!

Do you remember the first record you sold?

I sold my dad's copy of Black Sabbath's Paranoid for $20 in 1995 to pay for some party favors while they were out of town. I have since bought him an upgraded replacement copy.

Do you remember the first record you bought?

I bought Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses at a neighbour's garage sale as a kid back in New Jersey. That had to be 1990 or 1991.

What's the most prized vinyl in your collection?

I like to always think of the current state of my collection as one and be grateful for the entire luxury of having so much great music at my disposal. Otherwise I'd be really mad at my cat for scratching the label off of that $400 soul 45 or really mad at myself for coming home in the middle of the night and accidentally snapping an obscure free jazz LP in half. Not thinking of any one record as a prized possession promotes positive mental health in these sorts of situations.

Find out more about Black Gold Records over at their Official Website and Twitter.


Black Gold Records - New York
Black Gold Records - New York
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Black Gold Records - New York
Black Gold Records - New York
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Black Gold Records - New York
Black Gold Records - New York
Black Gold Records - New York
Black Gold Records - New York