Thursday, August 19th, 2010
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Last Bastion Of "Music In A Physical Form" To Close Next Month


"It was definitely a landmark for the underground movement of the '90s. Young people who've never touched wax probably don't know what the closing of a store like this means… It just means that we're heading to a place where music won't exist in a physical form anymore."
-Rap producer DJ Spinna on the news that Fat Beats, a store on the corner of 6th Ave. and 8th Street in Manhattan that specialized in vinyl records and served a hip-hop community that might best be described as the opposite of this, will close its doors next month after 16 years in operation. (The LA outpost will also shutter.) It will be a sad day for many old people. I always appreciated that they spelled "fat" with an F. And if it can in fact be said that music ever existed in a physical form, it was at Fat Beats.

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TH42 (#1,939)

In the late 90s, I used to take the Peter Pan bus from DC to New York JUST to go to Fat Beats. And when I lived in the Village from 2007-2010 I never went once. There are positives and negatives to the way music purchasing has evolved, but I know I had a lot more fun browsing at Fat Beats than I do browsing on my computer.

David Roth (#4,429)

This is a sad one — there's no way Bagel Buffet should've outlived Fat Beats, but I guess super-shitty bagels have not been obviated by technology. This place was important as hell to me during my HS and college years (I'm old enough to remember the o.g. weed-smelling basement location much further east), and while I haven't been in probably a decade it is still sad to see the store, however belatedly, follow relevant underground hip-hop into the ether.

mrschem (#1,757)

Is Downtown Records gone too?

Hamilton (#122)

OH SHIT. That's bad.

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