“Is this heaven?” asks any right-minded audiophile entering the gates of the Williamsbug Waterfront. “No, it’s the Brooklyn Flea,” responds James Earl Jones from a distance.
That’s how I see the scene unfolding when the fourth annual Superstar DJ Record Fair sets up shop on October 8 at the Brooklyn Flea‘s Smorgasburg food market along the East River. It will, as it’s done in the past, become a destination for 20 or so vintage-record dealers but this year expands to include the U.S. debut of this thing called the Independent Label Market, which sounds awesome: Launched this spring in London with UK-based record labels, founders and heads from some of the most respected, talent-loaded New York labels will set up booths to sell their own vinyl (new, catalog, rarities) between taking turns manning the turntables with a few of their artists. We’re talking James Murphy of DFA (awkwardly shake his hand!), Ben Swanson of Jagjaguwar, Dean Bein of Matador imprint True Panther (he’s the genius who signed Girls), Nick Catchdubs of Fool’s Gold, Veronica Vasicka of Minimal Wave, not to mention reps from Kanine, XL, Captured Tracks, What’s Your Rupture?, Domino… the list goes on. Free entry too. And we can’t forget about Mister Saturday Night‘s kid-friendly disco party from noon to 2pm, and what the press release calls “album-cover face paining” (maybe ask for this?), the photo booth equipped with “music-oriented” props, and the gourmet delights that regularly make the Flea’s Smorgasburg a weekend hotspot for foodies. I am almost certain this is what heaven will look like.