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Three weeks later – a reflection on Easy Street’s last night on Queen Anne

February 15th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

Today marks 3 weeks since Easy Street Records hosted its last in-store performance and shuttered its Queen Anne location’s doors for good. To reminiscence about the loss of one of our independent, locally-owned shops, we have a special guest contributor – Tim Shields was at Easy Street on their last night, watching Yo La Tengo and all of the evening’s events, and he wrote the following article that he’s shared with Queen Anne View.

Easy Street Records, January 2013

Soon-to-be Chase Bank, February 2013

Seattle Bids Farewell to a Musical Institution
by Tim Shields

There were tears. There were goodbyes. There was a marriage proposal. And there was Yo La Tengo, a band underappreciated by the mainstream yet undeniably influential in its own musical community. It was the perfect band to bid farewell to Easy Street Records in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle on Friday, January 18th, 2013. For more than a decade Easy Street has been a staple of the Queen Anne neighborhood and a bastion of Independent music, however, due to the landowner’s request for a ten-year lease, it will soon become a Chase Manhattan Bank.

Waiting anxiously in the crowd were preteens with their parents, gender confused 18-year-olds with braces and lipstick, 20-something hipsters in hunting caps and tight jeans, and balding middle aged music-aficionados who possessed the kind of encyclopedic musical knowledge you’d expect from someone who’s been browsing the record bins for more than a decade.

By the time the crowd started pouring in, most of the record bins had been, or were in the process of, being removed. In the rear of the store behind a sliding garage door was the stage that supported and helped launch countless bands, from Pearl Jam side projects, to Modest Mouse, The Shins, Brandi Carlile, The Head and the Heart, and Macklemore (before he met Ryan).

For more than an hour the crowd waited shoulder-to-shoulder as foreheads beaded with perspiration and colored shirts ran dark around the arms. Shortly before 7pm, Matt Vaughan, who 12-years prior introduced Elvis Costello to open its doors, stood emotionally before the capacity crowd of 500.

He thanked the countless people who supported the store over the years and gushed at the incredible time he had. Behind him on stage were his past and present employees, some who flew in from as far as Los Angeles and Tennessee to attend the historic closing. Arm in arm they stood like proud cast members on closing night of a successful Broadway run; some in tears, some in embrace, some in awe as they moved between the joy of what they experienced and gained and the sadness and lament of what they were losing. [Read more →]

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See Passion Pit free at Easy Street this weekend

October 8th, 2009 by Thea

Passion Pit will be playing a free, all-ages show at Easy Street Records on Sunday, October 11 at 2 p.m.

They’ll also be giving away ticked to their sold out show on Sunday evening at The Showbox. Click here for details.

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Win tickets to see the Flaming Lips this friday

August 19th, 2009 by Thea

Our favorite QA record store is at it again, this time with free tickets to the Flaming Lips show this Friday at Marymoor Park. Easy Street will draw a winner tomorrow (Thursday) at 4 p.m. All it takes is one little email.

Click here for more information on how to enter.

For anyone who doesn’t win, but is still dying to go, tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster for $41.50.

(Thanks, as always, to Jesse and Easy Street Records for the photo!)

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Cave Singers record release party a smash hit

August 19th, 2009 by Thea

The Cave Singers had their record release party at Easy Street last night, and according to the store and the fans, they rocked it. Store manager Bob Major said the place was “heel to toe packed’ from the stage to the door. For a play-by-play of the night’s festivities, see The Stranger’s review.

If you missed out, it’s not too late to jump on the live (and free) show bandwagon. Easy Street has another in-store performance with Pete Yorn this Thursday. More information on that here.

(Thanks to Jesse and Easy Street Records for the photos!)

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Easy Street hosts two live shows this week

August 18th, 2009 by Thea

Queen Anne music lovers are in luck this week. Easy Street Records is hosting two live performances in their Mercer Street store in the next couple of days.

The first is a record release celebration and performance tonight for Seattle band The Cave Singers‘ latest album, Welcome Joy. Head down to Easy Street at 7 p.m. to hear a few of their latest songs straight off the record. For more information on the band and their past albums, click here.

Your second chance to catch a live performance at Easy Street is this Thursday, August 20, when Pete Yorn will do a free in-store show. (You might remember his music from the 2000 Jim Carrey flick Me, Myself & Irene.) Yorn is in town while playing two nights at the Showbox at the Market (August 19 and 20).Tickets are $22 in advance, and $25 day of.

In addition to giving you a sneak peak free performance, Easy Street is also auctioning off a pair of tickets for both Yorn shows. Click here for more information on how to enter. To buy tickets the good ol’ fashioned way, click here.

Yay to all Queen Anne music lovers!

(Thanks to Jesse and Easy Street Records for the photos!)

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