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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Easy Street Records to Close Queen Anne Store Jan. 18

Posted by on Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Easy Street Records' Queen Anne location will be closing Jan. 18 (the West Seattle branch remains open and in fact recently signed a 15-year lease). Owner Matt Vaughan posted the sad news on the store's website this morning. Here's an excerpt from Vaughan's announcement:

After fulfilling our 10-year lease, our landlord was looking for another long-term lease. We felt this might be risky, particularly with the current economic landscape of retail and some changes that had affected the neighborhood. Furthermore, the rent that the landlord was looking for was significantly more than what we had been paying. Initially, we were fortunate in negotiating a couple one-year leases. That is what kept us here these last couple of years.

The new tenant, Chase Bank, will take possession of 20 Mercer St on Jan 21. We thank our committed customers, this beautiful neighborhood, our fellow merchants and neighbors, and all of the music lovers and musicians that supported Easy Street Records at this location. We will miss all of you and cherish the memories forever.

Easy Street's QA store had slipped a bit in its stocking of adventurous releases over the last year-and-a-half when it let go of super-knowledgeable employees Jefferson Petrey and Chris Bendix and tightened its spending budget, but it still had one of the city's best-curated electronic-music sections and music-magazine racks, and its used-vinyl bins always yield great finds. This is a big loss for music fans.


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Travis Ritter 88
When I'm bored, I walk to Wall of Sound and buy a record.
Posted by Travis Ritter on January 7, 2013 at 1:39 PM · Report this
LEE. 87
Travis, as the recent, proud owner of an iPhone, you should know people can now talk shit and troll while shopping for records. stop being so suburban.
Posted by LEE. on January 5, 2013 at 4:34 PM · Report this
N8 86
QA Easy Street is (still!) my favorite record store, I'm bummed to see it go. Everyday Music will be my new go-to, but I'll drop into the original Easy Street if I head up to West Seattle, which isn't often if I can help it. Bakery Nouveau /was/ the bigger draw, but combine that with Easy Street and maybe I'll head up there more often.

Switched from Chase to BECU quite a while ago, which was the best financials-related decision I made that year.
Posted by N8 on January 4, 2013 at 7:42 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 85
@84 - People go to record stores? Whatever for?
Posted by Pridge Wessea on January 4, 2013 at 5:50 PM · Report this
Travis Ritter 84
Why don't you people go to a record store and buy something instead of trolling/talking shit to each other over the internet all day?
Posted by Travis Ritter on January 4, 2013 at 4:01 PM · Report this
#80, did anyone ever tell you that you've got a pretty mouth?
Posted by Mister G on January 4, 2013 at 1:23 PM · Report this
I love the garbage graph that the article in @77 has. Not on @77 at all. The graph leaves out many many things that might actually help shed light on the situation. What filler garbage. !
Posted by RunnyEggs on January 4, 2013 at 10:17 AM · Report this
tainte 81
#78, there's a great shop in west seattle called easy street.
Posted by tainte on January 4, 2013 at 9:32 AM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 80
@69 - it's so cute how he clings to that, almost like guns and religion.

And he's the one that always brings up douche water and now brings up fetishizing it too. Methinks the lady doth protest too much.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on January 4, 2013 at 1:31 AM · Report this
Jive Time, Wall Of Sound, Beats & Bohos, Silver Platters, Everyday Music, Melrose Vinyl Market,
Posted by Dave Segal on January 4, 2013 at 1:22 AM · Report this
Dang it.

I still have Sonic Boom, but do people have recommendations for other good record stores?
Posted by MissEli on January 3, 2013 at 11:44 PM · Report this
This offers some perspective too -- a third of us in Seattle buy at local record shops compared to iTunes:…
Posted by ian on January 3, 2013 at 4:17 PM · Report this
#75, you got a douche fetish maybe? Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Posted by Mister G on January 3, 2013 at 2:59 PM · Report this
Mister G......come on now. You already know the answer to that. As King of the Douchebags, you know before anyone else, about all douching activity that takes place in your Kingdom. So why ask questions you already know the answers to? Now stop all this and just enjoy squatting on your Douche know the one that you had specially made....the one that has the computer desk built that you can sit on your throne while being "douched" 24/7 and type away ranting about b*llshit all day long.
Posted by knowsadbagwhenheseesone on January 3, 2013 at 2:37 PM · Report this
lowlytootle 74
It is always sad when a record store closes, but as long as it isn't Jive Time or Wall of Sound or Leary, I won't be crying too much. I was never particularly impressed with Easy Street's selection, but than again, they were geared to catering to a general audience. I think the problem is that general audiences are more into buying digital these days, and it must be harder to cater to non-niche audiences for that reason.

It is pretty sad that even a prominent location and close proximity to tourist activities wasn't enough to save them.
Posted by lowlytootle on January 3, 2013 at 2:32 PM · Report this
#72, do you and Lissa drink douche water together?
Posted by Mister G on January 3, 2013 at 1:40 PM · Report this
At #69: Note my screen name. Signed up and chose that name just for you....dbag
Posted by knowsadbagwhenheseesone on January 3, 2013 at 1:21 PM · Report this
Lissa 71
No wonder you vote for them.
Posted by Lissa on January 3, 2013 at 1:16 PM · Report this
And here I always thought it was spelled with one L.
Posted by Mister G on January 3, 2013 at 12:55 PM · Report this
#66, but I voted for charter schools and I-1185. Doesn't it just chap your "progressive" ass?
Posted by Mister G on January 3, 2013 at 12:44 PM · Report this
Lissa 68
Maybe you should try a fillip on all that crow you've had to eat regarding Obama's election. Might make your humiliation a little more tasty for you.
Posted by Lissa on January 3, 2013 at 12:40 PM · Report this
Lissa 67
@65: Don't you mean "whip cream" Mr G?
Posted by Lissa on January 3, 2013 at 12:34 PM · Report this
Can't we just all get along.....without the LQA Easy Street. I don't care much for the WS location. The employees are kind of rude unless you're a WS resident and can go there a lot and be known by them.

But seriously can't we just all get along.....except Mr. G......he is simply a douchebag....which he likes to call other people.
Posted by knowsadbagwhenheseesone on January 3, 2013 at 12:25 PM · Report this
p.s.: Did you get that yeast infection (I can smell it from here) by squirting whipped cream in the ol' love tunnel? Learned me all about that in Dan's latest. Darn that "progressive" potty humor.
Posted by Mister G on January 3, 2013 at 12:18 PM · Report this
Actually, Lissa, you loose lipped slut, I thought I'd engage in more "potty humor," but obnly after reading about Dan Savage's latest infatuation with some fella's armpits. I wonder if he'd think the dude would look cute with a dick in his mouth.
Posted by Mister G on January 3, 2013 at 11:51 AM · Report this
Lissa 63
@60: Oh Mr G.
I think you meant to say:
"Drink" "up" "Lissa!"
Posted by Lissa on January 3, 2013 at 11:45 AM · Report this
It appears people still care about music...but only when it's going away.

(more comments on this thread than 99% of all lineout articles combined in the last 3 months)*

*not actual figures
Posted by It's the music economy, stupid. on January 3, 2013 at 11:24 AM · Report this
Simone 61
I'll jump in a day later with a Boooo Hissss.
Posted by Simone on January 3, 2013 at 11:03 AM · Report this
Drink up, Lissa!
Posted by Mister G on January 3, 2013 at 10:59 AM · Report this
Shop at Wall of Sound .
Posted by drift on January 3, 2013 at 10:30 AM · Report this
Lissa 58
@52: Ah! Gotcha. Didn't mean to be so snippy with you either. I apologize.
@47: I'm flattered! Please be my guest. Mr G does seem to mistake the inappropriate and excessive use of punctuation for wit. I'm sure he sees himself as the Geogre Will of potty humor.
Posted by Lissa on January 3, 2013 at 8:28 AM · Report this
ChadK 57
@ 54 - Mister G's lexicon of the inane: Hipster, progressive, urbanist, puerile homophobic jab, rabble rabble.
Posted by ChadK on January 2, 2013 at 11:05 PM · Report this
LEE. 56
totally fair game!
Posted by LEE. on January 2, 2013 at 10:25 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 55
@54 - Cool story bro! (sorry, couldn't resist)
Posted by Pridge Wessea on January 2, 2013 at 10:22 PM · Report this
LEE. 54

via his sock puppet nonetheless!
Posted by LEE. on January 2, 2013 at 10:17 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 53
Oh hey, he just proved my point! Look how totally "calm" and "sane" he is.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on January 2, 2013 at 10:07 PM · Report this
LEE. 52


(also, Lissa I appreciate the concern, but I assure you that comment was very much in character. Line Out is where I act out, because I have a personal stake in the music community. if I quip rather than engage, it's usually because I can't be bothered to explain how I feel whenever someone decides to oversimplify a situation. and I am just kind of a jerk sometimes :/ )
Posted by LEE. on January 2, 2013 at 10:05 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 51
@46 - Oh look, it's the guy whose inane ramblings got so progressively hysterical (and wrong) that he has to hide it from the world so people cant go back and reference just how imbecilic they are. And don't give me that tired line about a stalker because its completely implausible. Your quotation marks don't bring all the boys to the yard, so stop lying about it 'kay?
Posted by Pridge Wessea on January 2, 2013 at 10:02 PM · Report this
#40, it's called gentrification, baby. Diamond's just a pass-through. Your "progressive" "urbanist" friends are all about gentrification. If you can't get it, well, let's put it this way: They're also happy about legalizing dope, because they knew there's a whole lot more you won't see now.
Posted by Mister G on January 2, 2013 at 9:58 PM · Report this
#47, can I make a suggestion about your avatar? Use the one with the dick in your mouth. Not that there's anything wrong with that. In fact, in your case, truth be told, it's kinda cute.
Posted by Mister G on January 2, 2013 at 9:54 PM · Report this
also, don't ever compare me to Mister G again.

But LEE, you're my sock puppet! Come on, might as well tell the world.
Posted by Mister G on January 2, 2013 at 9:51 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 47
@41 - I love you for that comment and quotation mark quip. In fact, I want to start using it.

@21 - You're not coming to west seattle? No great loss.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on January 2, 2013 at 9:50 PM · Report this
Still smarting that you were wrong about the election sweetie? Aww. Try deploying more quotation marks.

Overdosing on your own douche water there, Lissa? How does it taste, anyway? Yeasty, I'll bet! Whole grain, I hope!
Posted by Mister G on January 2, 2013 at 9:48 PM · Report this
Lissa 45
Damn Lee. Step off with the threats! Keshmeshi can certainly be difficult and short tempered. She is not a ray of sunshine, but I respect her and I respect your comments as well. I also dislike the lazy use of the hipster label, so I'm with you there, and can understand how that can have gotten under your skin, but you didn't address that. You just made a remark that was out of left field and snotty in response to her sharing a personal experience. It's because that that was out of character for you that I called you out on it.

So yeah. Be like LEE and not Mr. G.
Posted by Lissa on January 2, 2013 at 9:45 PM · Report this
LEE. 44
*act at their dumb jobs.
Posted by LEE. on January 2, 2013 at 9:32 PM · Report this
LEE. 43
Lissa, if you've followed my comments at all, you'd know I can't fucking stand the "hipster" red herring. keshmeshi can be an intelligent contributor to conversations, but can also be a real asshole and I was just responding in kind. as a former local record store employee, I can safely attest that employment at our indie stores has nothing to do with how you look and 100% who you know. that's not fair to her boyfriend either, but I just wish people would stop fixating on how people look and judge their whole personality based off how they act at the dumb jobs. maybe her boyfriend "deserved" a job at Sonic Boom more than the employee working there, that's not for us to decide, but for her to use this as some kind of evidence of why record stores are closing completely ignores reality.

also, don't ever compare me to Mister G again. I like you. I don't want to change my mind on that.
Posted by LEE. on January 2, 2013 at 9:30 PM · Report this
Lissa 42
Back on topic, I'll be very sad to see Easy Street go. Just as I was sad to see Tower Records and Tower Books go. Sigh.
Posted by Lissa on January 2, 2013 at 8:43 PM · Report this
Lissa 41
@39: Still smarting that you were wrong about the election sweetie? Aww. Try deploying more quotation marks.
Posted by Lissa on January 2, 2013 at 8:40 PM · Report this
ChadK 40
@ Mister G - What do progressives or new urbanists have anything to do with the property owner, Diamond Parking, driving out its tenant, Easy Street" out by jacking up the rent?
Did the progressive mafia hold Diamond Parking's feet to the coals until they relented to their capitalist mores of profit, profit, profit by any means even as an culturally devoid landscape of postmodern wreckage is left in its wake.

TL;DR - Your madlib rants against progressives and development make sense only to you and your warped cognition. Are you really just a John Bailo sock puppet account?
Posted by ChadK on January 2, 2013 at 8:26 PM · Report this
I'm a software engineer at a major software company in the Seattle area.

So you're a wage slave who thinks he's smart, but actually knows nothing about how the retail industry actually works. Maybe what you need to do is go work in one of those hippie co-ops for a while and learn what the retailing margin structure really is. Oops, I mentioned margin structure. That involves arithmetic, research, and actually knowledge. Run! Quick! Any "progressive" would hate to know what it's talking about.

p.s.: Membership stores. Wow, what a concept. Hello? Costco?

#25 is a scumbag troll. Ignore it.

Except at election time, when I and the other 65% of WA State's voters who are "scumbag trolls" tell you that you won't be able to raise our taxes. Eat it!

@ 36: don't be a douche like Mr G, LEE.

Don't drink your douche water like #38 does, LEE
Posted by Mister G on January 2, 2013 at 8:21 PM · Report this
Lissa 38
@35: That was a cool story kesh.
@ 36: don't be a douche like Mr G, LEE.
Posted by Lissa on January 2, 2013 at 7:54 PM · Report this
pg13 37
I worked for a decade at Orpheum on Broadway. I know that some people had problems with "know-it-all" employees...but most of us provided excellent service and knowledge and could help you find what you were looking for and turn you on to things that you might like.

After Orpheum closed and I left the retail industry, I went looking for a store that could do for me what Orpheum had done for others...and the store that I found had that was the LQA Easy Street (no offense to the Sonic Booms.) Whether it was Bob (who I worked with back at Orpheum) or Jefferson (who used to shop at Orpheum) or Troy (whose adventures in comedy I've been proud to promote)...I felt that comforting "this is my place" feeling about that store...and filled up uncountable frequent buyer cards there.

...and then I got older. And it became easier to buy CDs and DVDs (and yes, I still buy physical media--did you catch the fact that I'm old?) from Amazon. The prices are better and the stuff comes right to my door.

...but, I'm buying a lot less...because I'm not being guided very well to other things I might like. Not just based on a buying/browsing profile but from the human ability to analyze imperfect data and make leaps that a simple algorithm can't. A good record store can have more things that you want to buy. A good record store employee can make you buy things you didn't know that you wanted.

The last couple of times, it's been odd. The stock isn't what it used to be. The staff isn't what it was. (Luckily, the last time I was there...Troy was working and he guided me to a bunch of things that I didn't know I needed.)

I'll miss the LQA Easy Street. But, I also realize, that it was always bound to join the "Places That Are Gone" list...if not for everyone, then at the very least for my "always getting older" self.
Posted by pg13 on January 2, 2013 at 4:51 PM · Report this
LEE. 36

cool story, bro!
Posted by LEE. on January 2, 2013 at 4:35 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 35

#25 is a scumbag troll. Ignore it.


When my boyfriend first moved out here he tried applying for jobs at Easy Street and Sonic Boom. He knows more about music than just about anyone I know. And, in fact, when he was applying to Sonic Boom, a customer came up and asked the cashier about Free Kitten. The cashier had never heard of it; my boyfriend gave the customer an informative and helpful answer. But he didn't then and still doesn't look like a hipster. He didn't get the job.
Posted by keshmeshi on January 2, 2013 at 4:16 PM · Report this
d.p., you rock. :)

I often wonder if I'm the only person who voted for I-1183 even though I expected (and hoped) that prices would go up...
Posted by aleks on January 2, 2013 at 4:03 PM · Report this
@28: You're correct, I have very little experience with the retail industry. Do you have more experience?

What I do know is that price discrimination is a common tactic, employed by virtually every large retail corporation. Some stores issue coupon books, knowing that their high-income customers can't be bothered to look for discounts. Other stores have premium products with high margins, knowing that some customers will be willing to pay a lot more for a marginally better product. Offering some sort of a discount for locals is a common strategy as well, since tourists are generally willing to spend more money for the same items. And yes, many of those discounts are 25% or more.

Orlando, FL has a discount program known as the Magicard. Here's a list of discounts which the card offers:…

You can see that, while discounts vary, there are quite a few 2-for-1 deals, and other discounts which are worth at least 25%. And they hand this card out at the visitor center, which means that there's probably quite a few people taking advantage of these discounts. A local-only program would undoubtedly be cheaper.

Right here in Seattle, the dry cleaner in my building offers a 40% discount to building residents. Given the density of dry cleaners, I'm sure that there are a significant percentage of customers who take advantage of this discount.

Regardless, the exact number isn't important. I simply claim that it would be useful for small businesses to raise prices on tourists and lower prices for residents, and to reward repeat customers in a more consistent way than they currently do.
Posted by aleks on January 2, 2013 at 3:52 PM · Report this
Flamingo Rock 32
I'm officially going to start calling Lower Queen Anne "Uptown" on January 19th.
Posted by Flamingo Rock on January 2, 2013 at 3:33 PM · Report this
@28: Remind us again how you were "saving your receipts" to prove we would get deep discounts from mega-retailers under liquor privatization. You went on about that for months straight.

You, sir, are a fucking blowhard of the highest order.
Posted by d.p. on January 2, 2013 at 3:33 PM · Report this
Cascadian 30
You know what, at least #22 is trying to think of ideas to save local businesses. If you think those ideas are bad, why not come up with a constructive alternative, or at least explain why his idea is bad without being a dick about it.
Posted by Cascadian on January 2, 2013 at 3:29 PM · Report this
@25: I'm a software engineer at a major software company in the Seattle area. I can send you my resume if you'd like.

I admit I'm not entirely clear what your objection is to my post. I'm not proposing to tax you, or rezone your neighborhood, or change your life in any way. I'm just speculating about a scheme to help local businesses become more productive.

Many local businesses are not very productive. Therefore, highly-efficient national chain stores will be able to outbid those local businesses in the rental market. That's just basic economics. As rents go up, you'll see fewer knick-knack stores and galleries, and more businesses with high turnover (many of which are chains). If you're happy with that state of affairs, then great! If you're not, then there needs to be a way to help small local businesses stay afloat, even if they are less productive than the chains.

One way to do that is by passing laws which reward the kind of businesses you want, and penalize the kind you don't. Another way is to limit development, so that chains decide that it isn't worth their while to locate here. Yet another way is to make local businesses more productive, so that they can afford higher rents.

I like (some) small and local businesses, but I don't think they're important enough that they should deserve government subsidies, or that we should penalize productive businesses simply for having an office in another state. Do you?

@27: You're correct. I'm busy enough with my day job, and I don't honestly care that much about losing unproductive local businesses. I agree with @21 completely as well. My point was that, if people want to live in a city that has a higher proportion of local businesses than the market would dictate, there are ways to reward local businesses that capitalize on their strengths, and that don't require curbing Seattle's growth or making it a less desirable place to live.
Posted by aleks on January 2, 2013 at 3:27 PM · Report this
#27, the hilarious thing about #22 is what he, she, or it does not know about the retail industry. Only a laughably stupid "progressive" idiot could seriously suggest a 25% resident discount. This is just so stupid that one doesn't know where to begin. #22 can't have an knowledge or experience at much of anything to have puked out that kind of stupidity.
Posted by Mister G on January 2, 2013 at 2:55 PM · Report this
@25: EXACTLY. Note that 22 doesn't say he's gonna get off his ass and DO anything. Wonder and dry-erase-board exercises never lead to anything. Very very safe and non-confrontational; no risk, no reward, no change. Me, I don't give a fuck. I'm with 21.
Posted by byebyebye on January 2, 2013 at 2:42 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 26
I must be in a time warp. Hard to believe Tower Books has been gone more than 10 years. There must be some kind of circulating hormone that increases with age - a hormone that slows you down but make time sweep by in a blur.

Always hate to see great Seattle traditions cast aside for the next, new, now. People made fun of old Emmett Watson and his Lesser Seattle movement. But now that I'm 60 (soon to be 61), I get it.
Posted by Bauhaus I on January 2, 2013 at 2:36 PM · Report this
I love posts like #22's. They reveal so much. Not just about "progressives" in general, but about #22, who either lives under a bridge, is in some bullshit liberal arts college program because she or she can't get a job, or maybe works for the city! Come on, #22, out with it! Please tell us what you do, and be honest! This should be good.
Posted by Mister G on January 2, 2013 at 2:26 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 24
@ 17, pull your head out of your ass. Just for once.
Posted by Matt from Denver on January 2, 2013 at 2:21 PM · Report this
@21: Well, maybe they have their only market-viable location in the "suburb" of West Seattle.
Posted by tiktok on January 2, 2013 at 2:07 PM · Report this
Chase keeps opening branches because people keep going to those branches. I don't know why people do, but they do.

I wonder if there wouldn't be a way to create a "local business alliance". Residents could join, and could pay a monthly fee in exchange for a significant (and consistent) discount at all member stores -- something like 25%. Of course, stores would raise prices to compensate, but the price increase would only matter for visitors and tourists (who are less price-sensitive). Locals would get the lower price (since they are are more likely to be repeat customers). And it would give residents a financial incentive to patronize local businesses, which would increase their sales.

I know that similar programs exist on a small scale, but I think the scale is the issue -- there are so many different ones that it's hard to keep track of. A single, Seattle-wide organization seems like it could see much more use, and would do more to help local businesses stay alive.
Posted by aleks on January 2, 2013 at 2:00 PM · Report this
Only people who should be sad about this is Nirvana. It's the only thing that place cared about selling. They let their best people go while keeping little young douches there who didn't know what to order, nor cared about ordering. The crew there had been scaled back to a team of children with zero taste and zero tolerance and zero knowledge of what really makes a successful business. And this is ALWAYS the end result. It's a Wal-Mart model: cheap employees and cheap shot-glass-and-back-scratcher bullshit is not sustainable, long-term. This is well known. When you actually love music, you are curious about why someone is interested in a CD they've asked you to order; you don't respond with, "ha, why would you want that?" while the (fucking!) Ting Ting Tings play in the background. Really. Also, management? What are you thinking? You now have a sole branch of your business in a suburb. Are your drunken-Eddie-Vedder sightings really that important to YOUR CUSTOMERS? I ain't driving there, for one. Not popular, but this business is getting what they deserve. Not to be confused with: I love condos or I love Chase bank or any of this other garbage that seems to be blanketing our city and every city in 'murrica.
Posted by oldjeezy on January 2, 2013 at 1:46 PM · Report this
@14: Lots of people here switching to credit unions:
Posted by ian on January 2, 2013 at 1:39 PM · Report this
Bring back Tower Books! Easy Street was just a more recent interloper on the Lower Queen Anne of my childhood.
Posted by SteveM on January 2, 2013 at 1:37 PM · Report this
Looking For a Better Read 18
Glad to hear that the WS location is (apparently) on solid footing, but I fear it is only a matter of time . . .
Posted by Looking For a Better Read on January 2, 2013 at 1:37 PM · Report this
This is what happens when the "progressives" let the "urbanists" have free rein. You want Seattle to be just like Manhattan? Get ready for the rents, you wannabe yuppie fools.
Posted by Mister G on January 2, 2013 at 1:37 PM · Report this
I think it is really funny how Chase is getting the full brunt of the rage and not the building owner - Diamond Parking (source:…). As much as I hate Chase (a LOT), it isn't as if they are going around to building owners actively trying to drive out local businesses. Diamond wanted more money and found someone would would give it to them.
Posted by recordnut on January 2, 2013 at 1:12 PM · Report this
Fnarf 15
Remember Tower Books?
Posted by Fnarf on January 2, 2013 at 1:07 PM · Report this
Not enough people switching to credit unions here if Chase is going to occupy both where Costas Opa and Easy Street Records used to be. Maybe I should throw principles to the wind and see what the dividend of JPM is.
Posted by Ooh monthly charge fees? Sign me up! on January 2, 2013 at 1:07 PM · Report this
Sad news, made even worse by the anti-cultural slop that will replace it! Easy Streets first store out in Bellevue/Redmond area was where I bought some great records in the late 70's. the owners Kim and his wife were so cool, it was one of the few stores you could count on to get the latest releases, 1st Dickies album, the Heartbreakers live at Max's, The Ramones It's Alive Import and on and on... Any time an independent record store closes the community it serves suffers.
Posted by poptartpunk on January 2, 2013 at 1:04 PM · Report this
zivilisierter Wurm 12
Oh thank goodness. My experience at Easy Street was always soured by a creeping existential dread that there might not be a chase branch within a 5-block radius of my body.
Posted by zivilisierter Wurm on January 2, 2013 at 1:03 PM · Report this
madamecrow 11
There's already a Chase branch at the top of Queen Anne by Trader Joe's. Maybe they feel going all the way up the hill is too much hassle for Uptown residents.

I'm a longtime QA resident (at both the top and bottom of the hill). Easy Street is easily my favorite part of our neighborhood. The staff and selection are wonderful. And then there's the years of in-store performances--so many great memories. The store and its rotating sign will be greatly missed.
Posted by madamecrow on January 2, 2013 at 12:55 PM · Report this
Fnarf 10
Retail continues to disappear. Not that it was a surprise; that store has obviously been thinning out for ages. They never get new stock. And I think they got caught out by the near-absolute disappearance of value of used CDs, aside from the rare few that are, perversely, now worth hundreds. Easy Street has a mind-boggling inventory of crappy used CDs now worth about 3 for a dollar at best. Their store looks a little like Cellophane Square's last days. Basically they should just throw out all the rock and start over.

I hope this allows them to shore up the West Seattle location. Losing that would be a catastrophe. At least LQA still has Silver Platters (which has always been a much better store).

More Chase branches is just insulting, though. In the future, the only thing on our streets will be Chase banks and Rite Aid pharmacies -- both heavily armed.
Posted by Fnarf on January 2, 2013 at 12:51 PM · Report this
Worth noting: Yo La Tengo will play an in-store Jan. 18. Quite a way to go out.
Posted by Hutch on January 2, 2013 at 12:45 PM · Report this
This city is fucked, but we already knew that.
Posted by Mike Ramos on January 2, 2013 at 12:41 PM · Report this
pragmatic 7
Another fucking bank! As if Chase wasn't already all over the fucking place around here.
Posted by pragmatic on January 2, 2013 at 12:38 PM · Report this
FUCK THIS SHIT!!!!!!!!!!! Who needs a chase bank!!!????? UGHHHHHHH Easy Street Records was one of the best thing about lower Queen Anne :(:(:(::(.......Ugh, its so sad to see one of my favourite places in Seattle go :(. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO :(
Posted by j2patter on January 2, 2013 at 12:36 PM · Report this
Chase bank replacing Costas Opa in Fremont too... they've taken 45th and University. They really know how to suck the soul out of a neighborhood.
Posted by TWOOHSIXERR on January 2, 2013 at 12:34 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 4
Chase is opening branches in Fremont, where the Greek restaurant was (bought out, owners retired) as well as the Queen Anne location. Those were two obvious holes in their branch location, especially if you walked, biked, or bussed.
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 2, 2013 at 12:33 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 3
we really needed another chase bank location, though.
Posted by Max Solomon on January 2, 2013 at 12:29 PM · Report this
Booooooooooo. HATE THIS.
Posted by Kelly O on January 2, 2013 at 12:15 PM · Report this
stinkbug 1
Hearing this just made me a little sick :(

Posted by stinkbug on January 2, 2013 at 12:13 PM · Report this

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