Certain cities are only as great as the businesses that inspired the citizens throughout their existences. New York City’s record store, Other Music, decided to shut its doors, but it certainly did receive a warm and heartfelt send off that was accented with the sounds of big name musicians on June 25.
Offering show-stopping performances to pay homage to the legendary record store were artists, such as Sharon Ven Etten, Bill Callahan, Yo La Tengo, Frankie Cosmos, OM, Julianna Barwick, and three other artists, including an incredible performance by Yoko Ono.
Ono’s song choices for the night were heard throughout this bittersweet affair, and included works, like “Will I Miss the City Lights? and “Will I Miss Touch?” Paired with Van Etten for an unforgettable duet, the couple sang “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye.” If that is not a fitting piece to perform for this occasion, then what really is? Other performers, like Callahan, performed his classic, “Cold-Blooded Old Times” that allowed listeners to not only reminisce about the times of the record store, but also of the disheartening moment itself.
Plenty of footage was captured by fans and those fortunate enough to attend the farewell concert and event, and each one told tales of the past in the most talented way possible. Many citizens of New York City will miss Other Music, but they have this event to keep as a memory.