Human Head Records celebrated Record Store Day with a vinyl-cutting marathon

W’burg musicians lay deep cuts with record-making machine

Cut to the gramophone: Tyler Bisson of Audio Geography lays a track onto a record using some old-timey equipment.
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Who says you need a record deal to make records?

A slew of would-be rock stars showed up at Human Head Records in Williamsburg on Saturday, also known as Record Store Day, a worldwide celebration of the analog audio technology, to have their tracks committed to wax using the old-timey equivalent of a compact-disc burner. Like the early incarnations of its late 1990s counterpart, the vinyl-cutting machine moves slowly, meaning many of Saturday’s aspiring recording artists were left in the lurch.

“We cut about 20 records for people, but easily twice that many were here interested in getting it done,” said Human Head Records owner Travis Klein.

Most musicians brought their tunes on flash drives and watched audio engineer Tyler Bisson churn two songs, one per side, onto a clear disc.

“It seemed like a good opportunity to do something both old-fashioned and modern on Record Store Day,” said Scott Campbell Duncan, who brought in his songs “I Wonder What She’s Doing Today” and “Boots.”

Duncan said he plans to show the record to his band-mates in Gringo Love Show and suggest that they make a box-set of songs they recorded years ago at the famous punk club CBGB’s.

Tyler Bisson, owner of Audio Geography Studios in Connecticut brought in the gear to press the jams.

The groove-digging process happens in real-time, meaning each record-making session took the length of the song collection it immortalized.

The vinyl-cut marathon was not the only thing that made the Johnson Avenue shop a destination on Record Store Day.

Human Head was also the only vinyl emporium in Brooklyn to carry a limited-edition instrumental LP by the legendary rap group De La Soul.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

diehipster from Torturing Terrences says:
Record Shops!
Old-timey wax!

Brooklyn baby!!!!!!!!! LIKEEE YAAAAAAAAH!!!!!
April 21, 2014, 8:11 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Dare I say that even a normal hipster would find these photos to be worthy of cringe? This is Mookbait^^^^pure and simple. Gosh, I wish I had some real arrows-even the ones from the institution would do.
April 21, 2014, 11:06 pm
NYPD from NY says:
Still waiting on a story about "Real Brooklynites", oh those are in the blotter.
April 22, 2014, 9:10 am
Ted from Iowa says:
Is that Carrot Top in the picture above?
April 22, 2014, 2:57 pm
Homey from Crooklyn says:
The 70's called...they want their haircut back.
April 23, 2014, 11:53 am

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