Well, I hate to say it, but it was only a matter of time. Over the last several years, Sounds (on Saint Mark's Place between 2nd & 3rd Avenue) was hardly ever open, and when it was, it STILL looked closed. This morning, via an article in the Wall Street Journal, EV Grieve reports:
"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."
Its hard to believe if you weren't there, but at one time, this store was one of THE go-to places to buy, sell or trade, records. I still have albums with their over-sized price tags on 'em. The only way to get them off without damaging the cover was to use a blowdryer. It was a fantastic place to pick up lots of albums for a reasonable price. Or sell them if you needed the cash.
At this time, there is no further info on when the space will shut. And I'm afraid to say it, but the sad thing is, hardly anyone will notice when it does.