Michael Gippetti believes each neighborhood wants a file shop.
“Every community has a barber shop, a gas station, a hardware store, a liquor store — got to have our liquor — but you don’t see enough record shops,” mentioned the 37-year-old Oakdale resident who opened his Better Nature Records shop in downtown Sayville this fall. “Record shops promote the local festivals and bands. There’s so much to do.”
Located at 56 S. Main St., Better Nature Records provides extra than simply music. Gippetti sells every part required to dive into rock tradition.
Used vinyl data fill bins all through the shop, rock band tees lay on cabinets and guitars cling from the ceiling. Clothing racks all through the shop boast black jackets, Eleven Paris sweaters and hoodies and All Saints boots.
The retailer additionally carries new vinyl. Shrink-wrapped classics like “Led Zeppelin” and “Are You Experienced?” be a part of newer albums like St. Vincent’s “Daddy’s Home” and The Black Keys’ “Let’s Rock.”
A guitar participant himself, Gippetti’s shop is a certified seller for Electro-Harmonix, Z.VEX Effects and MAS Effects guitar pedals. He additionally carries amplifiers and the percentages and ends guitarists usually want.
The shop sees loads of excessive schoolers and younger adults pop in to check out the gear. Gippetti mentioned he encourages the not-so-musically inclined to cease by as properly. The center of the shop is actually a front room, full with couches, a tv and an Xbox Series S prepared for an after college hang around.
“This is a place where they can come here and chill, play Xbox, make friends, network,” Gippetti mentioned. “It can be a refuge for a kid getting bullied. Things aren’t going well and he’s too scared to talk to his parents, he can come here, talk to me or someone else, or he can just come here and feel safe.”
A law-abiding punk
Since graduating from Brooklyn Law School in 2009, Gippetti has devoted most of his time to work. But following a snowboarding accident in 2016, he left his Manhattan cubical gig, took up work as a contract lawyer and put his passions into perspective.
“I like music, I like guitar, I like clothing and fashion, I like retail design and I had some time on the side from my job doing (property sale) closings,” he mentioned. “I felt like I had one chance in my life to do something like this.”
Gippetti balances Better Nature Records along with his day job as an lawyer. The shop is open Monday to Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Interested clients might want to name forward to guarantee Gippetti didn’t have to lock up early and step away for a closing.
Gippetti is a devoted follower of fashion, all the time looking out for fashionable attire. And he retains shut tabs on the newest and biggest rock music. Gippetti chats clients up about The Blue Stones, Wolf Alice and his private favourite group, Silversun Pickups.
“We can’t have everything, but we are pretty good at picking out what is good, what’s new, what people are listening to,” he mentioned.
While there’s lots to purchase at Better Nature Records, retail is just a couple of third of its proprietor’s aim. He mentioned he supposed to make Better Nature a file label, however that concept is on the again burner. In the meantime, Gippetti can provide artists numerous file label companies thanks to his legislation expertise.
“We’re not going to sign artists or have any ownership of their work, but we can provide entertainment law services,” he mentioned. “We’re good with contacts, licensing, royalties, all types of stuff. That stuff is expensive and I can help absorb some of that cost.”
“We can get band’s vinyl pressed, we can help with promotional activities with the site and Instagram, help with digital distribution, reach out to festivals, reach to pedal companies for sponsorships,” he added.
For the artists
The third side of Better Nature Records is its operate as a platform for artists, actually and metaphysically.
While the shop may seem small at first look, the house opens up for reside exhibits. A PA system is rigged up entrance, the couches and seating are rearranged and an viewers a number of dozen sturdy can pack out the shop.
Kayla Stockert, Clover’s Curfew and Danny Attack all performed contained in the shop, and extra performances are on the horizon for 2022.
The Better Nature Records web site boasts a weblog that Gippetti hopes to use to promote native acts. He and his employees writers additionally promote completely different albums and playlists they’re having fun with on-line and within the retailer.
“I think we could really serve as a platform and really cultivate a vibrant community of artists,” Gippetti mentioned. “Long Island has an amazing community of artists and musicians, especially in Sayville. It needs to be captured and expressed in a way that really helps the art.”
Photos of the shop