It’s been in a state of deathly decline for some time now (especially since news first came down the pike in February of 2014 that they were looking to close up shop). Since then, I’ve sporadically made it a point to go in and (try to) shop there, but they simply never had anything left I was interested in. There was that one time that I was faked out by some empty cases, but I never managed to spend a thin, red dime there (and they still weren’t interested in selling any of their fabled posters).
In any case, EV Grieve is reporting this morning that Sounds’ “Final Sale” has commenced. I suppose the owner has found a suitable tenant, and now they’re selling off (what’s left of) their stock.
Under normal circumstances, I'd probably sprint over there and haggle with the man `til I was blue in the face about getting either the “Three Hits from Hell” promo poster (supposedly bestowed upon the shop by Glen Danzig himself) or that long-covetted Plasmatics poster, but — honestly — he’s not likely to entertain those entreaties … and they’re both in fairly rough shape by this point anyway. It’s best to let it go.
As Grieve pointed out, Sounds’ closing marks the end of an era. Once Sounds is gone, there will be nowhere left on St. Marks Place to buy music in a physical capacity.
And that breaks my heart.
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