Counter Culture: Music Recommendations From Brooklyn’s Halcyon

You walk into your local record store and head straight to the unsorted New Arrivals bin. You flip through seemingly endless copies of ‘The Stranger‘ and ‘Heartbreak City‘ in hopes that someone sold their copy of ‘Come On Die Young‘ to make rent. The staff behind the counter can feel your disappointment as you reach the end of the bin empty-handed (again) so they start a conversation that turns you on to that new Moses Sumney wax, ‘Aromanticism‘. You grab it, walk home, drop it on the turntable and immediately say, “Oh, man… they were totally right about this!” That’s the vibe we’ve got going with the staff of Halcyon The Shop for this installment of Counter Culture!

Inside Brooklyn record store, Halcyon, with shelves of records and 4 turntable listening stations

Halcyon The Shop has been Brooklyn’s hub for music since 1999. Nestled between Williamsburg and Greenpoint, the staff at Halcyon is all about sharing a passion for music and instilling respect for vinyl culture throughout their community. Halcyon’s staff is comprised of DJs, producers, and vinyl fanatics that work tirelessly to import exclusive titles, stock the best local releases and serve them to the world via their Brooklyn home, their online storefront, and via their Discogs seller page.

High angle view of instore at Brooklyn's Halcyon record store with shelves and drawers full of vinyl records

Something we found exciting and unique to Halcyon is the DJ lesson syllabus from Raymond Fong. From the DJ newb learning about mixers, turntables, and the basics of beat matching to the advanced lessons in continuous mixing… it sounds like anyone’s DJ skills can be sharpened at Halcyon!

Let’s check out six picks from the staff at Halcyon The Shop:

Staff Music Recommendations from Halcyon - Exos - My Home Is Sonic

6. ExosMy Home Is Sonic
pick by Ike Velez – Head Distribution + Logistics

Staff Music Recommendations from Halcyon - Jus-Ed ‎– Jus-Nomaly 2

5. Jus-EdJus-Nomaly 2
pick by Zara Wladawsky – Head Buyer / Bookings

Staff Music Recommendations from Halcyon - Felix ‎– Tiger Stripes

4. FelixTiger Stripes
pick by Dylan Scheer – Buyer / Warehouse

Staff Music Recommendations from Halcyon - Silverlining ‎– Present Eventualities EP

3. SilverliningPresent Eventualities EP
pick by Max McFerren – Buyer / Warehouse

Staff Music Recommendations from Halcyon - Beverly Hills 808303 ‎– Dealer

2. Beverly Hills 808303Dealer
pick by Paul Sara – Buyer / Distribution

Staff Music Recommendations from Halcyon - Intergalactic Faerie Funk ‎– Ottawa

1. Intergalactic Faerie FunkOttawa
pick by Ivan Egupov – Distribution / Discogs

Pick up these Halcyon staff music recommendations in store, or shop for that hard to find wax at Halcyon on Discogs!

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1 Comment
  • Nov 14,2017 at 11:22 pm

    Smith St. misses the ‘Yon! Now home to The Painted Pot, great business, but no one will ever have a cooler spot on Smith.

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