Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Last Day & Art Show Date Change

The final art show & last day in business is being moved to October 23rd!

1:00-6:00. Live music. Art. Sayonara.

We're still asking for donated art to benefit charity.
However, we may still have room for NFS pieces.
If you want to show something without donating it, that is fine.
We'll hang pieces for sale first, then fill up any remaining space with NFS pieces.

Call me with any questions.

~ Clay

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wrapping it up:
The closing sale has been going well. Stock is low, but there are good things to be found. I still have rent to pay, so any business you can throw my way will be greatly appreciated.

Increasing the discount:
The 52.5% off sale starts Friday, October 1st. Original art and screen prints are excluded.

New hours in October:
Wednesday-Saturday: 11-6
Sunday: 1-6
Monday & Tuesday: Closed

October 30th:
The final day. I'm still working on organizing a final art show, with proceeds to benefit charity. I have lots of wall space, so I am looking for donations. I will be donating several items from the 52.5 collection. Please contact me prior to October 25th if you have something that you plan to give. Thanks!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

From the desk of Frank Whiteside. Re: More good titles still in stock.

Superior format:

Wovenhand Mosaic
"Great album by weird dude."

Flying Burrito Brothers Burrito Deluxe
"Dead hippies playing country music. Good."

Agoraphobic Nosebleed Agorapocalypse
"Grindcore with a chick, so girls can buy it now. Right?"

Rudy Ray Moore Dolemite
"Ever wish your life was a blaxplotation film? Now it can be, sort of."

Brutal Truth Evolution Through Revolution
"C'mon, 22 songs in 40 minutes. Take off your Disturbed shirt and come to the light of brutality."

Inferior format:

Jack Rose Luck in the Valley
"Last album by a great acoustic player who died too early."

Pentagram First Daze
"Like Sabbath? Prove it, buy this."

16 Horsepower Live March 2001
"Great live show by some badass Christians." (with that same weird dude from Wovenhand)

Killing Joke self titled
"You've seen their shirts for years." note: and a favorite of Clay's

Alice Coltrane Journey in Satchidananda
"John Coltrane's wife, with Pharoah Sanders and Charlie Haden. Do it!"

Friday, September 10, 2010

"Do you have any good stuff left?"

We're getting picked over, but there are still plenty of good titles in stock.
30% off the marked price.

Compact Discs:

Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92
Pitchfork review

Lounge Lizards No Pain for Cakes
With John Lurie and Mark Ribot. Excellent.

Nation of Ulysses 13 Point Program to Destroy America

Ween Mollusk

Sin Ropas Three Cherries
With Tim Hurley of Red Red Meat and Califone.


Eugene McDaniels Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse
Pitchfork review.

Hold Steady Stay Positive

Fetchin' Bones Cabin Flounder
Used copy, near-mint condition

Sigur Ros Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust

Thin Lizzy Live and Dangerous

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Going Out of Business Sale
starts today! 30% off almost everything
(excluding original art and screen prints).
Beer is BOGOF.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Picture discs!
Took them off the wall and priced them today.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Dear friends,

I've been given an opportunity to end the store lease early, and after much thought have decided that it is an opportunity I cannot afford to pass up. I intend to close 52.5 Records and begin a new chapter in my life. Our last day in business will be November 1st.

My explanation as to why I came to this decision will be a brief one. In short, I have decided to close the store due to a steep decline in compact disc sales. For 10 years, CD sales essentially paid the bills. That is no longer the case. The challenge for me in the past few years has been to find one item, or a mix of items, that will "fit" the store and also sell well enough to make up for the lost CD sales. I've been only semi-successful, but I've had plenty of fun experimenting. Beer anyone? That addition was a success. Chuck Keppler's 16 Penny Gallery recently joined forces with us and we've had some success selling affordable original art and prints. Additionally, vinyl has seen a big upswing in popularity. We're selling more vinyl now than we ever have. Ultimately though, the sale of beer, art, and the increase in vinyl sales are still not nearly enough to make up for the decline of the CD. The decision to close to store was difficult, but it seems to me the obvious decision to make.

Many people go through life without ever having a job that they love. For nearly fourteen years, I've loved what I do. I consider myself lucky. I recognize that my love of this job is only partially due to my love of music (and beer). By far the most enjoyable part has been coming in contact with so many wonderful people over the years. My work has been a pleasure and I am grateful to all of you for it.

Have I buttered you up? Good, because now I am going to ask for your help. The closest thing I have to a 401k is the money I have invested in the store. Now I need to cash it in.

The "going out of business sale" will begin on September 1st. All inventory will be discounted. Additionally, I'll be needing to sell a few items that until now have not been for sale. Please feel free to make an offer for any display item, store fixture, or piece of stereo equipment. Everything (almost) must go!

~ Clay

PS - If any of you have any special 52.5 related memories (great album you bought, band you saw play, anything at all), I would love to hear about it in an email or see it posted on the store Facebook page.