Other Music and the End of an Era: A Look Back at New York’s Legendary Record Store

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Other Music and the End of an Era: A Look Back at New York’s Legendary Record Store

The record store as a concept, let alone a business model, is growing obsolete with such global-warming-like inevitability that it’s much more surprising to see one still in business than it is to see one close. But the announcement Monday that the legendary New York store—an institution for left-of-center listeners for more than 20 years—will shutter on June 25 truly feels like the end of an era. Billboard reports.

The best record stores are, or were, an epicenter of a scene. In the years before the Internet, they were the best place—along with certain left-of-the-dial radio stations, venues and (usually cheaply made) publications - to find and find out about not just music and artists and records, but to find like-minded fans, potential bandmates, burgeoning indie label owners, future best friends, future soulmates, a consensus. Pier Platters in Hoboken, Oar Folkjokeopus in Minneapolis, Waterloo in Austin and Aron’s in Los Angeles are just four examples of stores that helped to incubate scenes; back in the day there was a battery of them clustered around St. Mark’s Place in the East Village and Bleecker Street in the West Village incubating virtually every subgenre and scene. (I myself spent countless thousands of hours working and/or hanging out in smaller but similar record stores during high school and college - shout-out to the long-shuttered Recordland in Johnson City, New York and Desertshore in Syracuse.) Other Music outlasted nearly all of them. Click on the link below to read more…

Author: Jem Aswad, Billboard

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