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  posted on 7/23/2009 at 01:58 PM
Today is a very sad day. Amidst errands, etc., I made my weekly stop at Record Theatre which is my local indie record shop. I went through the outer door and as I pushed on the inner door, it was locked. I looked up and saw unfamiliar faces, empty bins and general disorder. An older gentleman looked at me expressionless as he continiued about his business.

I stepped back and looked at a sign on the outer door that read; "This store is now closed, please visit our other locations at....."

My heart fell. This store is 5 miles from home. The "other locations" are 25 miles away. I patronize them if I'm in that area, but that is rather infrequently. The next closest stores now are 10 miles away and they are FYE, Barnes & Noble and Borders....all big box, top 40 retailers.

I stopped at my local indie store at least once a week, and perused the new release bins as well as searched for whatever tickled my fancy that particular week. The new release whiteboard listed Mott the Hoople Live as being released on the 21st, and I was headed in to get that and browse around as I tend to do.

Alas, no more. Now I will be relegated to on-line purchases or the chance happening upon another indie store when on the road travelling.

This is a sad day.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2009 at 02:06 PM
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This is a sad day.
Indeed. I do a lot of record shopping at B&N simply because the small shops appear to be a thing of the past in my area. What a lovely memory - spending half the day in the record store going through the bins, reading album covers, listening to new music being played behind the counter. I had friends who both owned and worked for some of these local indie shops so the visit to the record store was a social occasion, also. And the most excellent promo posters that were displayed there (that we were sometimes lucky to receive). I feel sad for younger generations who are missing out on an entire rich subculture here because of the death of the indies. I miss Peeples, and Music Circuit, and Dotty Dumplings Dowry, and Elysian Fields, and...

 

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  posted on 7/23/2009 at 02:08 PM
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Today is a very sad day. Amidst errands, etc., I made my weekly stop at Record Theatre which is my local indie record shop. I went through the outer door and as I pushed on the inner door, it was locked. I looked up and saw unfamiliar faces, empty bins and general disorder. An older gentleman looked at me expressionless as he continiued about his business.

I stepped back and looked at a sign on the outer door that read; "This store is now closed, please visit our other locations at....."

My heart fell. This store is 5 miles from home. The "other locations" are 25 miles away. I patronize them if I'm in that area, but that is rather infrequently. The next closest stores now are 10 miles away and they are FYE, Barnes & Noble and Borders....all big box, top 40 retailers.

I stopped at my local indie store at least once a week, and perused the new release bins as well as searched for whatever tickled my fancy that particular week. The new release whiteboard listed Mott the Hoople Live as being released on the 21st, and I was headed in to get that and browse around as I tend to do.

Alas, no more. Now I will be relegated to on-line purchases or the chance happening upon another indie store when on the road travelling.

This is a sad day.


I feel your pain. There was and still is a local Indie store here in the Indianapolis area that has done the same thing. I have been going there for almost 20 yrs and have gotten to no the owner pretty well. They closed up there northside shop and consolidated it with another one closer to downtown Indy.

[Edited on 7/23/2009 by jszfunk]

[Edited on 7/23/2009 by jszfunk]

 

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  posted on 7/23/2009 at 02:28 PM
The only place in our town with a music selection is Wal-Mart. If you want to call
it "music selection". The next closest is Best Buy, Barnes & Noble and Fye.
The nearest indies are Turn it Up, Music Outlet (Enfield CT) and Newbury Comics and
those are the ones I go to most often. The people that own those indies are musicians
and/or music fans and those are the places I support because I'd hate to see the day
when there's no indie shops left here in New England and they have the best selection of
music.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2009 at 02:28 PM
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I feel your pain. There was and still is a local Indie store here in the Indianapolis area that has done the same thing. I have been going there for almost 20 yrs and have gotten to no the owner pretty well. They closed up there northside shop and consolidated it with another one closer to downtown Indy.
Hey, what ever happened to Karma Records? And I used to visit Obediah's, too.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2009 at 02:33 PM
The Barnes & Noble closest to me actually has an awesome selection.

Prices? Not so awesome.

There was a great indie record store in KC for years called the Music Exchange. Owner died, it's all gone now.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2009 at 02:38 PM
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I feel your pain. There was and still is a local Indie store here in the Indianapolis area that has done the same thing. I have been going there for almost 20 yrs and have gotten to no the owner pretty well. They closed up there northside shop and consolidated it with another one closer to downtown Indy.
Hey, what ever happened to Karma Records? And I used to visit Obediah's, too.


Karma got pretty big throughout the Indy area throught the 90's but kinda died down the last 4-5 yrs. I think there is only one store left onthe east side. It kinda turned into a head shop, they really did not keep much in stock and they were kinda pricey

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  posted on 7/23/2009 at 02:42 PM
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I feel your pain. There was and still is a local Indie store here in the Indianapolis area that has done the same thing. I have been going there for almost 20 yrs and have gotten to no the owner pretty well. They closed up there northside shop and consolidated it with another one closer to downtown Indy.
Hey, what ever happened to Karma Records? And I used to visit Obediah's, too.
Karma got pretty big throughout the Indy area throughout the 90's but kinda died down the last 4-5 yrs. I think there is only one store left on the east side. It kinda turned into a head shop, they really did not keep much in stock and they were kinda pricey.
Well, I used to buy my paraphernalia and my music at the one on the west side, near Lafayette Square Mall. Do you remember Obediah's on the northeast side? We're going back over 30 years now...

 

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  posted on 7/23/2009 at 03:09 PM
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I feel your pain. There was and still is a local Indie store here in the Indianapolis area that has done the same thing. I have been going there for almost 20 yrs and have gotten to no the owner pretty well. They closed up there northside shop and consolidated it with another one closer to downtown Indy.
Hey, what ever happened to Karma Records? And I used to visit Obediah's, too.
Karma got pretty big throughout the Indy area throughout the 90's but kinda died down the last 4-5 yrs. I think there is only one store left on the east side. It kinda turned into a head shop, they really did not keep much in stock and they were kinda pricey.
Well, I used to buy my paraphernalia and my music at the one on the west side, near Lafayette Square Mall. Do you remember Obediah's on the northeast side? We're going back over 30 years now...


I dont remember Obediah's , but I do remember the one onthe West side near Lafayette square.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2009 at 04:02 PM
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I feel your pain. There was and still is a local Indie store here in the Indianapolis area that has done the same thing. I have been going there for almost 20 yrs and have gotten to no the owner pretty well. They closed up there northside shop and consolidated it with another one closer to downtown Indy.
Hey, what ever happened to Karma Records? And I used to visit Obediah's, too.
Karma got pretty big throughout the Indy area throughout the 90's but kinda died down the last 4-5 yrs. I think there is only one store left on the east side. It kinda turned into a head shop, they really did not keep much in stock and they were kinda pricey.
Well, I used to buy my paraphernalia and my music at the one on the west side, near Lafayette Square Mall. Do you remember Obediah's on the northeast side? We're going back over 30 years now...
I dont remember Obediah's , but I do remember the one onthe West side near Lafayette square.
IIRC, Obediah's was on Post Road near Ft. Ben Harrison (@ 42nd or 46th Streets.) It's been way too long to recall correctly.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2009 at 05:15 PM
Sure miss the indie stores. Last one in my nabe closed about 20 years ago. While the B&N and Borders near me have great selections their prices are ridiculous. When my daughter was in school in Baltimore I used to visit Soundgarden in Fells Point, but thats done now. Now my son has moved to Boston I'm looking forward to going up there in a few weeks and hitting Newbury Comics with him for some serious browsing.
 

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  posted on 7/23/2009 at 08:14 PM
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Today is a very sad day. Amidst errands, etc., I made my weekly stop at Record Theatre which is my local indie record shop. I went through the outer door and as I pushed on the inner door, it was locked. I looked up and saw unfamiliar faces, empty bins and general disorder. An older gentleman looked at me expressionless as he continiued about his business.

I stepped back and looked at a sign on the outer door that read; "This store is now closed, please visit our other locations at....."

My heart fell. This store is 5 miles from home. The "other locations" are 25 miles away. I patronize them if I'm in that area, but that is rather infrequently. The next closest stores now are 10 miles away and they are FYE, Barnes & Noble and Borders....all big box, top 40 retailers.

I stopped at my local indie store at least once a week, and perused the new release bins as well as searched for whatever tickled my fancy that particular week. The new release whiteboard listed Mott the Hoople Live as being released on the 21st, and I was headed in to get that and browse around as I tend to do.

Alas, no more. Now I will be relegated to on-line purchases or the chance happening upon another indie store when on the road travelling.

This is a sad day.


aww Jeff that sucks! i was just @ that location a few weeks ago to pick up the new tagically hip cd (the only place locally to get anything by the hip) i truly liked record theatre, been going there since i was a kid ~ the old big one on main street in buffalo was one of my fave stores back in the day. it was nice having that one in hamburg & i will miss it as well they had some very decent finds

 

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  posted on 7/24/2009 at 02:54 AM
That stinks. I stopped in to the Hamburg store once in a while when passing through and always found something.

Back in the day they used to have Record Theatres here in Rochester. There was one on W Henrietta Rd, I used to buy cassettes & LPs there. Cassettes came in holders behind a plexiglass wall with holes. You could reach in and grab the cassette to look at it behind the plexi to check out song titles etc.... If you wanted it, you dropped it to the ground where a belt took it to the cash register. That store was next to a "Club 747" dance place. Memories........

 
 


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