Good Life Vinyl Social
With Bearstronaut (not performing, but playing their own record collection).
28 Kingston St., Boston. Wednesday
at 8:30 p.m. Free. www.facebook.com/events/662377790539686
The deal: Good Life bar, a two-story club-meets-dive in Downtown Crossing, is rolling with the vinyl revival with its monthly shindig for aficionados. A new tradition initiated in January, the Good Life Vinyl Social opens the club’s DJ booth to area record nerds, where music geeks can get a chance to buy their favorite albums from other collectors. A featured act performs or plays hits from personal record collections, and guests can play their favorites in 15-minute intervals. “We reach out to record stores and record vendors, and we invite everyone to come down,” Jeff Gilbride of Good Life said in a phone interview. “We fill the downstairs lounge with records that people are selling, . . . Basically, it’s a place to come down and swap records, play records, and there’s a featured act for each one.”
The music: Local synthpop quartet Bearstronaut will be playing DJ Wednesday, featuring their own record collection. “They showed up when Tigerman WOAH was playing last month, and we signed them up,” Gilbride said. According to bassist Nate Marsden, the playlist will be pretty exclusively the music of others, though anything is possible. “We all love collecting vinyl, so this is going to be a much needed break from working on our upcoming album and gives us a chance to simply hang out and play some music for people that’s not our own,” Marsden said in an email. “Although maybe a teaser of a new song is possible!” Otherwise, it’s up to the crowd: Any guest can choose a record to play for 15 minutes.
The crowd: Record collectors of all kinds. “It’s a pretty eclectic crowd of vinyl lovers. Every genre is represented.”
The drink: Good Life’s social is sponsored by Narragansett, which might fit the hipster-basement-record-hangout vibe. Knock down a few over your favorite Pavement or James Brown LP.
The tip: “We have a vendor form that’s going to appear on our Facebook page and website, so if you want to get involved and bring records down, just go to goodlifebar.com and the info should be up there.”