Some heartbreaking, but not all that surprising news: the St. Marks record shop Sounds (the one you used to always sell your used CDs to in order to make some extra scratch) is closing. The news comes in a larger article about the changing streetscape of St. Marks from the Wall Street Journal, where they report:
"Sounds, the last of once-many record shops on the strip, recently limited its business days to Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, said Felicia De Chabris, an associate broker with Halstead Property. She said Sounds' space went on the rental market this month, with its first showings this week."
The stretch used to be home to record shops Joe's CDs, 13 CDs, Venus Records, Mondo Kim's, Smash, and Norman's, Rockit Scientist Records, notes EV Grieve. (At this point, it's actually easier to list off the names of record stores that are still open, rather than closed.) At least all of old St. Marks has changed—we still have Trash and Vaudeville, and the delightfully unchanging hair of Jimmy Webb.