Brooklyn Flea Record Fair: A Red Bull Music Academy Special

The Brooklyn Flea's Record Fair is a new New York institution: a treasure trove for vinyl fiends, a land of milk and honey for foodies, and a beloved hangout for regular revelers alike. This is why we touch down at Smorgasburg in Williamsburg with some of our participants and team members soundtracking the goings-on alongside local staples DJ/rupture (Dutty Artz), Veronica Vasicka (Minimal Wave), Dean Bein (True Panther), and James Friedman (Throne Of Blood). Labels like DFA, Modular, Mexican Summer, Secretly Canadian and Ghostly International will be on site too to spread the gospel and sell quality music, out-the-trunk style. In brief, this is pretty much the best way we can think of to while away a Saturday afternoon.

Full list of vendors:

Athan Maroulis / Sepiatone, ATO Records & tbd records, Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records, Brian Turner / Eric Neuser, Cakeshop/Capeshok, Captured Tracks / Flying Nun, Carpark + Paw Tracks + Acute Records, Cascine, Collector Scum, Co-op 87, Dead Oceans / Jagjaguwar / Secretly Canadian, Deep Cuts, DFA Records, DJ Rekha (Basement Bhangra), Domino Records, Doug Mosurock, Dutty Artz, Famous Class, FatCat Records, Ghostly International, Halcyon The Shop, Ian Johnson, James Friedman (Throne of Blood Recordings), Kim's Video & Music, Knitting Factory Records, Luaka Bop, Matthew Radune / The Wilding Corporation, Merge, Mexican Summer / Software Recording Co., Minimal Wave, Modular Records, Northern Spy Records, Other Music, Partisan Records, Raelian Raecords, Record Grouch, Robert Schaad, Sacred Bones Records, Styles Upon Styles, The Smith Tapes, True Panther, Turntable Lab, Unbreakable Records, Warp Records, What's Your Rupture, Young One Records, Zeke Baker

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DJ/rupture is a border-crossing bass visionary. His dynamic live sets simultaneously partyrock and suggest complex political undertones. He’s performed in more than 30 countries, released records on Soul Jazz and Tigerbeat6, DJed in a band with Norah Jones, done two John Peel Sessions, and was turntable soloist with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. A glowing review in VIBE praised his highly influential 2001 mix Gold Teeth Thief as a “stunning, globe-trotting, three-turntable mix” that “captures the spirit of the best bootleg mixes–bumping, brash, and without borders.” The New York Times has called Rupture “a thoughtful pipeline for music from countless distant and obscure outposts.” That was best heard on his radio show on NYC-area FM station WFMU, which he recently ended after five years of weekly broadcasts. This year will see him release his first record under his name, a tribute to NYC composer Julius Eastman called The Julius Eastman Memory Depot.

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Veronica Vasicka

Veronica Vasicka is utterly dedicated to unearthing the lost and rare sounds of analog synthesizers, late ’70s and ’80s cold-wave electronics, and italo disco. She’s bracketed the gems she collects as Minimal Wave, and put them out on the eponymous label which she created back in 2005. Some of the releases are reissues, as they originally came out on limited cassette runs or vinyl; the rest were never released at all. The label came to wider attention in 2010 when Stones Throw teamed up with her for The Minimal Wave Tapes compilations, giving the DIY synth-pop genre a voice it could never have imagined. Veronica has a weekly radio show on East Village Radio (which she cofounded when it was still a pirate station) and also runs Cititrax, a platform for more current music. And finally, Veronica also makes music under the 2VM pseudonym, a project she started together with M-nus Records artist Marc Houle.

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Dean Bein

If you’re looking for someone with wider-ranging ears than Dean Bein, then we wish you good luck in your efforts. The True Panther Sounds label head has guided his imprint through a variety of sounds in its short existence, from the Spanish electro-pop of Delorean and San Fran rock‘n’roll traditionalists Girls to Sierra Leone’s bubu music master Janka Nabay. It’s a thrilling ride through the label’s discography, reflecting Bein’s dedication to hearing (and championing) new music at every turn. He’s the type of guy who goes to 300 shows a year. The type who is asked by MoMA to curate some of their PS1 Warm Up lineup. The guy who has records you’ll most definitely want to hear.

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James Friedman

A veteran DJ and music-industry insider, James Friedman has been pushing the sonic envelope for well over a decade now. As a journalist, DJ, promoter, label head, and music supervisor, he has championed emergent sounds and artists like few others in North America. A one-time staffer at XLR8R, Vice, and Fader, he’s also worked at !K7 Records, managing releases for Swayzak, Trevor Jackson, and Tiga. In 2003, he left !K7 to launch Trevor Jackson’s Output Recordings in the US, which he ran successfully for two years. Extensive touring as a DJ followed, as well as the release of a critically acclaimed DJ mix, Go Commando. 2006 saw the launch of Throne Of Blood Recordings. Now in its seventh year, Throne Of Blood is a fixture in the house and techno underground and has spawned a sister imprint, Let’s Play House, helping launch the careers of some of dance music’s brightest new talents including Bicep, Cosmic Kids, and Daniel Avery.

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James Pants

The son of two Presbyterian ministers from an American backwater called Spokane, James Pants went from being the teenage DJ for a black nationalist rap group to a multi-instrumentalist who can count on fans as diverse as Flying Lotus, Zane Lowe, Erol Alkan and XL’s new teen hip-hop internet sensation Tyler The Creator, who calls James “one of the most creative f***ing people to walk this earth”. After a multitude of albums and 7" releases on Stones Throw, his recent self-titled LP combined equal parts psych, adult contemporary rock, and digital saxophones and choirs.

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