Last week Jeremiah Moss passed along the sad news that legendary record and sheet music store, Colony Music is closing soon. It’s not that they want to close the store, it’s that there greedy, fucking landlord, Stonehenge Properites is quintupling their rent. You read that right, quintupling, as in five on rye. They currently pay one million a month, Stonehenge is upping that to five million a month and basically are throwing Colony Music out the door and will bring in some big box store, like that stupid fucking M&M’s store which is three floors devoted to M&M’s candy. Let’s take a trip there before it’s gone.
Darkness has fallen on the city as we make our way to Colony Music.
I thought I’d splurge tonight and take a cab to Times Square.
And here’s my view from the back of the cab. This guy is driving like a maniac, maybe this post will be about going to the hospital instead of a record store.
Well, it’s going to be about a record store after all, we made it and here we are deep in the heart of Times Square! See that big Applebee’s sign? That’s what Colony Music will be in a couple of months, some generic, piece of shit big-box restaurant or store. Why in the fuck would anyone come to New York and eat at an Applebee’s?
Here we are, Colony Music, you gotta love that neon sign!
Let’s go inside for one last bittersweet visit.
There’s a decent crowd in here tonight and I can hear people talking about the place closing.
Here’s the record bins filled with vinyl.
As you can see, it doesn’t look like they’re restocking the inventory.
And here’s a Yardbirds album and I promise to write up the story of traveling to Memphis with Yardbird drummer Jim McCarty one of these years!
Colony Music is probably the last place in New York that sells cassette tapes!
I love these Elvis pennants!
Who is this girl? Why...I believe it’s...Lady Gaga!
The Beatles on a copy of an old Sun newspaper. I don’t remember the Beatle blitz happening, anybody out there remember it?
Check out the Dick Clark tchotchkes and book.
I wonder if a “happy ending” comes with this John Travolta postcard book?
Colony Music has a large section of the store devoted to sheet music.
Sheet happens, but only for about three more weeks.
This is Robert who’s worked at Colony for years. He said that the NY Post exaggerated about the rent and the fact that there was one million vinyl albums in the store. He said the closing is partially due to high rent, but also due to the fact that more and more people are downloading music. He also said a big problem is a huge decline in sheet music sales, because people can print them off the internet for free. So the closing is a combination of an asshole landlord and the asshole internet.
And here’s Bethany behind the counter, we met her on our last visit to Colony.
After leaving Colony Music for probably the last time, I decided to get something to eat. But not here!
Tad’s Steaks is just a couple blocks away and another New York institution, let’s go get some cheap-ass steak! I know some people will say, “But Tad’s is a chain,” but I cut them slack because they’ve been here forever. And about once a year, I get a craving for a Tad’s steak, salad and baked potato. And tonight is that night!
The selections are plastered on the wall.
As soon as as I took this photo, a manager came up and told me I couldn’t take photos inside because of trademark infringement. I wasn’t sure what the fuck that meant, but I put my camera in my pocket as I was starvin’ like Marvin and didn’t want to get thrown out.
And here it is, a paper thin T-Bone steak, a baked potato covered in melted butter, garlic bread and a salad. A Tad’s feast!
Tad’s is a little like White Castle, you have the craving, you eat it and then you won’t have a craving for another year because you feel a little sick afterwards. Goodnight and goodbye Colony Music.
Bonus Offer for TWM Readers!
I bought the John Travolta postcard book and there’s 20 postcards in there. If you’d like one, you don’t even have to leave a comment, just email me your address and I’ll send one off to you!
Bonus cartoon sent in from Jaws!
Jaws the Cabbie sent in this cartoon after reading the sentence about the M&M store. Thanks, Jaws!