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Discuss & Disregard Records & Apparel, or D&D Records, will open at the June 3 First Friday.
An undertaking several years in the making will finally have a space to show off independent albums when Discuss & Disregard Records & Apparel opens during June’s First Friday event.
Frank Burkett, a York native whose band Via Satellite briefly tangoed with fame in the early 2000s, is excited to bring his team’s carefully curated musical tastes to their new storefront at 128 East King Street in York.
“[The merchandise] is definitely more of a showcase,” Burkett said. “We’ll have a few used items, but this won’t be a ‘find-all’ record store that you’d spend all day in.”
“You could come in, tell us what you like listening to, we’ll make some recommendations, and you’ll be out in 45 minutes.”
Burkett, the podcaster turned label head turned record store owner, has been releasing albums on D&D since 2013. What's even more exciting, though, is the chance to bring other local labels into the spotlight with a feature shelf of inventory from independent regional labels hailing from Mechanicsburg, New Jersey and New York.
And to keep an even more accessible level to regional artists, Burkett said he’ll keep a shelf open for local bands who want to drop off a few of their own records to sell in the shop.
The store will also have a monthly feature wall highlighting staff picks of about ten current punk and hip hop artists making waves with new releases. The D&D team is rounded out by Burkett’s wife, Jill Hobbs, and Daniel Mummert, who will be spearheading vinyl curation and inventory selection.
Customers will also be able to buy vinyl window decals and graphic tee shirts in the space.
Cooley Black, a 25-year-old Philadelphia via Penn State hip hop artist, is the label’s seventh signed artist and is expected to release music with D&D this fall. Burkett says deals with the next two artists are "in the works," but have yet to be confirmed.
To kick off the store’s opening on Friday, a few of D&D’s artists will be celebrating at the shop and tee shirts will be $3 off. York City Pretzel Company will also have some snacks available.
The store will be open every First Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., and then open regularly from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.
Correction: An earlier version of this article included that Frank Burkett is involved with "30 Bucks" podcast; the name of Frank Burkett's podcast was actually called Discuss and Disregard. FlipSidePA regrets the error.