‘Other Music’ to Close Next Month After 20 Years in NoHo

Posted on: May 10th, 2016 at 5:11 am by

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By now, you’ve seen, you’ve heard.

Other Music is shutting its doors after twenty years on East Fourth Street. The beloved indie record store announced the news to fans yesterday in a Facebook post.

Other Music survived where its big-box competitors couldn’t, and outlasted them for years. Largely due to its carefully selected records and knowledgable staff. Closure due to a double-threat of escalating rents in the area, and music industry trends toward digital consumption. It figures that 2016 would take this music icon, too.

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that after more than 20 years in New York City, Other Music will be closing our doors on Saturday, June 25th. It’s been an incredible run for us, and we cannot thank you enough for the support and inspiration that you’ve given us over these past two decades. We’ve learned so much from you and are so grateful to have had your trust, curiosity, and passion as we’ve discovered and explored so much great music together since we first opened back in December of 1995. Times have changed, and soon we will be moving on, but in the coming weeks we hope you’ll come by and see us, dig through our racks, and reminisce about what has been a truly special era for all of us. We’ll also be announcing more events and celebrations soon, so stay tuned. Once again, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

The New York Times followed up the news:

Business has dropped by half since the store’s peak in 2000, when it did about $3.1 million in sales, said Chris Vanderloo, who founded the shop with Mr. Madell and Jeff Gibson after the three met as employees at the music spinoff of Kim’s Video in the early ’90s. (Mr. Gibson left Other Music’s day-to-day operations in 2001.)

Rent, on the other hand, has more than doubled from the $6,000 a month the store paid in 1995, while its annual share of the building’s property tax bill has also increased with the local real estate market.

“The energy of music obviously has moved out of a place like this,” said Mr. Madell, who admitted that CDs now look “like floppy disks” to him.

Pour one out for the music industry (and neighborhood) you once knew…

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