19 thoughts on “zzzzz music industry? zzzzz

    1. I forget what they’re doing with the one in the East Village. (Somehow I never walk that way.) If I had to guess it would be a Chase Bank (there isn’t another one for a whole block) a Starbucks, or just another block of LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS. Or a nail salon.
      I think that by the end of the decade, you will be able to walk from the Battery to the Bronx without ever leaving a Luxury Condominium. As it is, you only have to hop over a few gaps.

  1. The Tower here (located in a primo spot) became one of those places that sells horrible garish tchotchkes and donates the proceeds to fight AIDS. It was horrible Christmas tchotchkes for a while. Not sure what it’s going to be now…

  2. Same thing happened in Honolulu. I was sad. I got my first Ryuichi Sakamoto fix and my last Paddy McAloon fix there. They had such a great import and cutout bin.

      1. Re: do you like Huey Lewis and the News?
        Has M. ever considered this as a halloween costume?

      2. Re: do you like Huey Lewis and the News?
        Just last Halloween I told him we needed to start looking for a clear raincoat ASAP because: a) while I hated the book, I did rather enjoy the movie, b) such a good costume for him, and c) best bit in the movie is moments before this: when C. Bale as Bateman does the hip swinging by the stereo before moving on to the ax swinging in front of the stereo. That wiggly little dance just KILLS me.

      3. Re: do you like Huey Lewis and the News?
        That was great. Christian Bale snorted the fine line between violent and adorable. But I think my favorite part was this.

        I think Invisible Touch was the group’s undisputed masterpiece. It’s an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums. Christy, take off your robe. Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Banks, Collins and Rutherford. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. Sabrina, remove your dress. In terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Sabrina, why don’t you, uh, dance a little. Take the lyrics to Land of Confusion. In this song, Phil Collins addresses the problems of abusive political authority. In Too Deep is the most moving pop song of the 1980s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as anything I’ve heard in rock. Christy, get down on your knees so Sabrina can see your asshole. Phil Collins’ solo career seems to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. Especially songs like In the Air Tonight and Against All Odds. Sabrina, don’t just stare at it, eat it. But I also think Phil Collins works best within the confines of the group, than as a solo artist, and I stress the word artist. This is Sussudio, a great, great song, a personal favorite.

  3. I think that is wonderful! If someone needs epicac or GAS-X from an eating binge at Fight Club Del Taco, don’t you feel safer with a Walgreens nearby?

  4. interesting, exactly the same exchange here (phl) on our hipster commerce main drag, South Street. CONSPIRACY? Was a 3-story monster, now just lots of nail polish and bath puffs on one floor. Another tower is an fye, and the book annex has been gone long enough that i can’t remember what it turned into.

  5. Virgin no more
    the Virgin Megastore on sunset blvd is gone now too..and the Schwabs signage that was there when I was a child (and for decades before) eventually moved atop the eponymous overpriced diner at Sunset and Vine which is now a Kabuki pseudoshi restaurant.

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