Twisted Village is both a record label and a store run by Wayne Rogers and Kate Biggar (who both play in Major Stars) and located in Cambridge, MA. While the label will still function, the record store closed its doors for good today, July 25th, thus bringing about a very unpleasant reminder of tough times that both record stores and everyone else are struggling with.
Selling mostly CDs and vinyl, Twisted Village catered to esoteric tastes — from psychedelic rock to experimental jazz and classical to acid folk. It was the kind of store where you’d spot a Galaxie 500 promotional poster and then look up to see band members Naomi Yang and Damon Krukowski chatting in front of it.
“To tell you the truth, I’ve been in denial about all of this,’’ Rogers says. “I hadn’t really told anyone when someone in Paris posted it on Facebook. It’s nice to be loved.’’
Twisted Village was more than just a shop: It was a community resource, with in-store performances by the likes of Thurston Moore and a sharp staff unafraid to tell you not to waste your money on that Argentine freak-folk import in your hand.
Rogers, who also fronts the band Major Stars, says he’ll continue to take online orders through the store’s website, but that’s as far as he’s planned. For now, he’ll celebrate Twisted Village’s legacy with a party at the store from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, with food, free stuff, and special guest performances.