Jan 28, 2009

Etherea Records saying goodbye

After 13+ years, Etherea Records (66 Ave A between 4th & 5th Streets) will be closing its doors at the end of February. Starting immediately, everything will be on sale at 30% off. They will also be selling off other inventory and fixtures during the month of February. Everything must go at significantly reduced prices.

For me personally, this is bittersweet. Rich, the owner, has become one of my best friends over the years precisely because of his shop. Back in the mid-90's, when he was on 9th St between Ave A & 1st Ave, I used to go in to sell him releases from Setanta Records when I worked for them. Our friendship developed from there. Since then, I've helped him move, have worked for him and we've DJ'd together. I'm happy for him as he wants to move on and is excited about his prospects outside of running a record store.

On the other hand, I'm sad, as this is yet another record store biting the dust. One less place to drop by. One less place to discuss music face to face with actual other human beings!

Call 212-358-1126 or visit http://ethereanyc.blogspot.com/ for more information.


Anonymous said...


Awful news. I'm a big fan of the store. I understand that Rich wants to move on after so many years -- I wish him the best!

Meanwhile, FUCK. Seriously, how many actual record stores are left ...?

NYCDreamin said...

Sad news. Always sad to read about these closings as I spent untold hours in stores like this as a kid and now they're mostly gone.

Here is something from NYTimes.com: A map of the remaining record stores in Manhattan as April 2008:


JamesChanceOfficial said...

I'm very familiar with that map. I wish they'd update it now. There will be a few more gone before the end of the year.

Anonymous said...

Anyone want to open a new record store ? Maybe petition Amoeba to head east ?

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