After almost 21 years in business, Manhattan's great record store Other Music shut its doors for good Saturday night (6/25). A sad day, but OM's last day in business was pretty much a party when I showed up around 7 PM, for their last hour. Drinks were handed out to long time customers, and current/former staffers DJ'd all night. The store kept normal hours, closing the doors at 8 PM but let customers and friends linger inside, with the last sale around 10 PM. "I intended Arthur Russell's 'In The Light of the Miracle' to be the last song of the night," said Daniel Givens who had the last DJ shift of the night. "But of course, I'm gonna keep playing."
Saturday was also the final day for another iconic NYC record store, the even tinier Rebel Rebel in the West Village that had been in business on Bleecker St. since the '80s. It went out more quietly that OM, which was in line with its unassuming nature. Justin Strauss, who used to DJ at the Mudd Club, wrote a very nice tribute to Rebel Rebel via his instagram, and you can read that below.
A very sad day for music lovers in NYC. RIP Other Music and Rebel Rebel.
You've still got one more chance to visit Other Music, as they'll be hosting a free in-store with 75 Dollar Bill on Tuesday (6/28) at 5:30 PM. They'll have a few bins of "Everything Music Go" CDs and LPs as well. Then at 6:30, Matana Roberts will lead a Second Line parade east to the Bowery and down to Delancey for the sold-out Other Music Forever farewell show at Bowery Ballroom.
If you haven't, check out Other Music's All-Time Top 100 Best-Sellers. Our photographer was at Other Music in the early afternoon while NY1 was there filming a segment on the store. Check out more of those pics, and a few Instagrams (some of Rebel Rebel too), below.