Cool Factor 10: Jim Barrett, Local Loyalist & Legend (Part 2)

January 13th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Sara

This is Part 2 of our profile and interview of Troy legend Jim Barrett. Click here to read Part 1.

(left) photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk and (right) photo by Al Goldberg

(left) photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk and (right) photo by Al Goldberg

I think you find the good in everything.

Maybe so. I guess I’m patient, and always look for the good in what I’m hearing. If I don’t like a band’s record, I’ll at least try to see them live before I make up my mind.

A lot of local performers in this region owe their careers to you.

That’s a nice thing to say, but to be honest, I’d like to think that I owe my career to them. When these bands or solo acts play my store, it’s still a thrill for me. For instance, recently a young band called the Mysteios. They’re so sincere, driven, great writers and very, very entertaining. I notice things…..I can see it in their eyes that they’re hungry: a certain kind of passion. Locally, live, there’s no one like Super 400… they’re incredible.

My favorite all-time musician – bar none – has always been Johnny Rabb. He’s like a savior to me. When this region was struggling…people playing disco with pink pants on and shiny shoes, Johnny was still playing goofy dive bars with great musicians. He took all the crap and never quit. He is the epitome of why this area is so rich in musical talent.

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Cool Factor 10: Jim Barrett, Local Loyalist & Legend (Part 1)

January 12th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Sara

Jim Barrett (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Here’s Part 1 of our profile and interview of Troy legend Jim Barrett. We’ll publish the second half tomorrow.

River Street in Troy is a funky place: Its early 20th century buildings with their unique architecture, clothing and antique shops are the reason why so many filmmakers have used it for location scenes. If there’s a street that can be called ‘artsy,’ this is it. And if you’re hungry for music, there’s one place that’s a must see: The River Street Beat Shop (#197). Stepping into the venue is like being in a time capsule, possibly reminding one of London’s Soho district in the ’60s.

From the street, you’re immediately drawn in by the sights and sounds. On any given day you might hear rarities from Howlin’ Wolf to the Ramones to a new CD by local virtuoso Maria Zemantauski. Visually, there’s the psychedelic bric-a-brac, which is surrounded by stacks of vinyl ranging from the unusual to the unknown. This is augmented with rare original posters of the Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Velvet Underground, ? and the Mysterians, the Clash, or behind the counter a rare Elvis or even better yet, AJ Weberman LP. It’s a veritable musical nirvana.

A booming voice bellows: “All vinyl is half price today.” Immediately followed by, “Hey, this just came in. Check it out, have you heard this ’67 bootleg of Cream? It’s unreal.”

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