London label and vinyl mastering studio Gearbox is running a series of public listening events modelled on the Japanese Kissaten or coffee shop. The classic coffee shop record store, eulogised in the pages of The Wire by Merzbow and Otomo Yoshihide, was a place where punters would go to listen to and buy records – typically but not exclusively jazz – sometimes selecting records to listen to from a menu. Some kissaten even enforced rules against talking when in store.
Gearbox, whose label has excavated numerous UK jazz rarities from the likes of Joe Harriot and Michael Garrick, is hosting these public listening events at its studio in London's King's Cross. Records promised for the next night on Monday 17 November include original Blue Note 1500 series pressings as well as a secret wild card record, all played on a high-end analogue sound system. Admission is free. Full info here