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Other Music Record Shop to Close After 20 years in East Village

By Rachelle Blidner | May 9, 2016 2:05pm
 Other Music will be shutting its doors next month.
Other Music will be shutting its doors next month.
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NOHO — East Village record lovers will soon have to find other stores to go to when beloved Other Music closes its doors next month.

The 20-year-old record shop at 15 E. 4th St announced Monday “with heavy hearts” that its last day of business will be June 25.

“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,” the store said in a statement on Facebook that noted "times have changed" for music stores.

Other Music, which specializes in underground and experimental music, opened in December 1995 and reached at least 30,000 people weekly in its email updates, the store said.

It threw numerous in-store concerts by artists including Vampire Weekend, St. Vincent and Neutral Milk Hotel, and was staffed by music lovers, like members of the band Animal Collective.

At its height in 2000, Other Music raked in $3.1 million in sales, co-founder Chris Vanderloo told the New York Times. Nowadays, the shop takes in half that much while its original monthly rent of $6,000 has more than doubled.

Other Music said it will host yet-to-be-announced events and celebrations before its closing. 

The store's record company will keep operating, it said.

A store representative did not immediately return DNAinfo New York's phone message seeking comment.

Music lovers took to social media to mourn the store's closing, making Other Music one of the top trending topics.

"So sad ... much love to Other Music for all the support over the years. I'll come buy up some stuff this week," Kristin Kontrol — also lead singer of indie rock band the Dum Dum Girls — wrote on Facebook.