For many of us, the record store was, and still is, the original social media. It was a means of entertainment, it was a meeting spot, it was where you found out about local/regional concerts, and for those of us who wanted more than what we heard or saw on the covers, it was the theme part we wanted to become a part of until we discovered our own admission tickets. Within that was/is a sense of community, the origins of friendships, arguments, and friends that become a part of your “family”. The Brown Bag AllStars talk about that in “406″, which shows the impact of a store known as Fat Beats, which for years was THE spot for anything and everything to do with hip-hop. While radio did make an impact on personal tastes, sometimes entering “the house” meant you wanted an influence that simply came from a casual listen. For many record buyers, it may have lead to watching a performance or DJ set, and perhaps becoming a performer. Along the way, Fat Beats was one of many meccas for the hip-hop head and the vinyl junkie. This song, produced by The Audible Doctor, is for those who still respect the sanctity of a record store, even though it may be as silly and simple as “a room with things that can make sound”. Sound music, sound mind, sound life. As those who also worked at Fat Beats, they also reveal once more the possible origin of their name, when ones “all-stars” could be found in that brown bag you take from the store to home or to your car.
The video was directed by Robert Adam Mayer. The song is from their forthcoming Brown Label Pt 2 EP, due out on the 4th of September.