I used to work at the Lab store in the East Village. A lot of people think it must be awesome to work in a record store. It's actually not. That cultivated, snobbish, non-committal and constantly shitting on everything attitude that record store employees have is oftentimes not an act.
One of the things that makes TTL different from other stores is that it is mostly a reissue store. It's got tons of other stuff that make it more than a record store (equipment, software, needles, etc), but in terms of records it's not like you're working in a regular record store where people come in like "I've got this collection of records, you guys interested in buying it?"
So you end up spending most of the day surfing the internet and being real irritable and make fun of literally everything possible (eg-"good thing it's time to eat lunch." "Yeah, lunch sucks.")
Plus, it's boring working in a record store! All you do is sit around all day long and people come in asking for the dumbest records imaginable ("do you have the new [horrible song] mashup/bmore/remix?"). No girls ever come in, or if they do they're girlfriends of some dj and give you a list like "I don't know any of these songs can you pull them for me?" Most people are morons, but then once in a while your friends will come in and things won't be so bad for a little while.
Last week a bunch of us were hanging out at the Lab store and Jeremy from A1 shows up and totally casually throws a record on the system and then in the next two minutes, Andy, Jamal, and I all buy it. I don't know much about it, it's on the guy from Metro Area's new label I think. Anyways here it is:
BABY OLIVER - PRIMETIME (UPTOWN EXPRESS)