Posted in music | venues on March 7, 2013

Bleeker Bobs

It's been over a year since we reported that West Village record store Bleecker Bob's was closing, but they're still open. That will change soon though, or so they say. As NYU Local points out, the store posted this on Facebook:

STORE UPDATE:: 3/6/13

looks like the new tenant has signed the lease. we've heard they want to be open by June 1. it will take probably around 2 months to get work permits for the massive remodeling job they'll need to do so we're figuring we should be open until May 2013!!
---get ready for another chain of self serve yogurt/coffee/hot chocolate cafes NYC!!

It was sad in 2012 and it's still sad now. Meanwhile, Sound Fix Records in Brooklyn is also not long for this world.

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Comments (74)

start selling mp3s, or stfu

nobody likes a whiner, and nobody wants vinyl

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 6:29 PM

How is it still open? And Mondo Kims is closed. All they have is overpriced crap records that only tourists buy.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 6:30 PM


Generation Records needs to cover they ass! Bring those prices down and compete with Academey, which won't be in that current BK location for looooong

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 6:33 PM

What ever happened to the bowery presents opening a new rough trade outpost on north 6th street?

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 6:34 PM

Bleeker Bob's is the 57th St gaudy ornament store of record stores. Good riddance.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 6:43 PM

Hipsters don't buy shit. If they could download a beer they would. They are the hippies of today. Cheapskates kill these places.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 6:52 PM

6:52 is my hero

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 6:55 PM

hey i want a 55 dollar copy of frampton comes alive

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 6:56 PM

Lol bleeker bobs is one of the few shops besides hospital(rip) that I can buy roc/ ns records and CDs

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 6:58 PM

If you don't have it on vinyl then you don't really have it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 7:01 PM

i was bummed when hospital closed - Dom and crew all ruled

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 7:02 PM

just wait til Pitchfork Records opens. You HAVE to buy whatever they sell.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 7:03 PM

Kim's is still open, just in a smaller location.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 7:08 PM

been in there a million times to browse as one might a museum. never bought shit. why, you ask? in the 80s/90s, one person bought it and 80 people copied it onto TDK cassettes. now with MP3s, even that first person doesn't buy it. i'm no expert, but i suspect most bands acknowledged this paradigm and knew to get their money from merch and ticket sales. bottom line, it's a wonder record stores EVER survived.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 7:10 PM

I'm glad this place is closing. Bob has been a total dick to me on numerous occasions.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 7:29 PM

This place was charging double what everyone was for RSD releases a few years back. So overpriced, good riddance.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 7:36 PM

Didnt this place have that morbidly obese cat wandering/sleeping around too?

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 8:22 PM

Generation compete with Academy? Does not compute. Generation specializes in completely different genres from Academy, and even in the areas where they intersect, their selection is far more impressive than Academy. Even putting the metal/punk/hardcore aside, their bins are deep in most other genres too.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 8:47 PM

Congrats transplants for making NYC just like your hometown back in the midwest.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 9:16 PM

i used to buy my weed at bleeker bobs a long time ago

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 9:17 PM

Seriously, is there any place that I can buy ROC and NS records now? I know Generation records have some, but not too much.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 9:39 PM

Kims, Other Music, JR Music World, some Best Buy stores.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 9:46 PM

Generally, the idea of record stores closing is sad.

Specifically, Bleeker Bob's closing is not sad.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 10:30 PM

Also sad, spelling Bleeker without a "c".

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 10:32 PM

Also sad, the letter "c" in and of itself. It's such a sad, happy little letter!

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 10:41 PM

"it was sad in 2012 and still sad now". Actually,no. I was glad to hear this news in 2012 and annoyed now that the store is still there. The place always sucked. Other than putting flyer up at the entrance, the store was useless for NYC.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 10:41 PM

Bobs did not always suck. Back in the late 70's/early 80's it was the place to find new indie music, especially British punk & post punk that was not easy to find or find out about. That was a long, long time ago.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 11:05 PM

I go to best buy for all my music purchasing needs.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 11:07 PM

I go to the iPods for all my music. The music is just there, and it's diverse.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 11:17 PM

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Posted by wrote: ... wrote: ... wrote: ... wrote: ... wrote: ... wrote: ... wrote: ... | March 7, 2013 11:23 PM

"Generally, the idea of record stores closing is sad.
Specifically, Bleeker Bob's closing is not sad."

Yes.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 11:47 PM

Bleaker Bobs

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2013 11:54 PM

Amoeba Records NYC. I hope this happens.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 12:19 AM

Amoeba looked at NYC 5 years ago & decided they wanted no piece of that shit.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 3:36 AM

i can't say i care because businesses need to adapt and change with the time. if they are closing it's all due to poor management. thir location is excellent. they've been around for years, shit they were even in a fucking seinfeld episode. so, in closing, i would like to to say thanks for selling me that absolution 7" in the summer of 1989 bleeker bobs and good luck with moving on to whatver the fuck it is you do when you close down an ancient record store.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 3:47 AM

Record stores are obsolete. I can't remeber the last time I even been in one because all my physical format purchases are done at either shows or online.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 7:59 AM

"Bobs did not always suck. Back in the late 70's/early 80's it was the place to find new indie music, especially British punk & post punk that was not easy to find or find out about. That was a long, long time ago."

Some truth to that, but Bob was always a total dick even then. If I did end up buying a record there it was out of necessity and done begrudgingly.

"Other than putting flyer up at the entrance, the store was useless for NYC."

Loved the flyers, near the front door and perfect size to slip a 7" single in between and walk out.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 8:50 AM

I don't like change.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 9:17 AM

that's what the tip jar is for, knucklehead

Posted by rad bro | March 8, 2013 9:26 AM

I sold my mom's records there. He was a dick but it is/was a NYC institution, overpriced or not. Bottom Line had water-downed drinks and awful food, but still was sad to see it go.

Posted by lm | March 8, 2013 9:29 AM

Sad to see it go more as a nostalgic landmark than a record shop. The place always kind of sucked. I've been going in there since I was a little kid and don't recall ever buying anything. Their over priced and the folks running it were always dipshits. Still, would rather see those crusty old trolls in the space than a yogurt shop. Bleeker Bob's kind of came with the neighborhood.

Posted by YAAACK | March 8, 2013 9:56 AM

I recently overheard Habibi say that Mamoun was thinking of expanding to a bigger location and Bleeker Bob's would be the perfect spot for a gourmet falafel shop.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 10:16 AM

Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ is a great store...Largest on the East Coast? Lots of in-stores and good prices....

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 10:23 AM

Record stores are history.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 10:25 AM

"Congrats transplants for making NYC just like your hometown back in the midwest."

-says person from the Midwest

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 11:01 AM

Bob's is closing? But who will make fun of my musical taste now? Oh right, the internet.

Posted by The Middle Finger Button | March 8, 2013 11:08 AM

vintage vinyl is the best record store on the east coast.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 11:09 AM

the original Bleecker Bob's was, if not quintessential, essential for certain music fans. i'll personally never forget tracking down the original anthrax 'i'm the man' ep there in '87.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 11:37 AM

11:09 i saw so many awesome in-stores when i was a kid there. place rules, I haven't been there in 12 years, I'm glad VV still exists.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 12:14 PM

People still pay for music?

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 1:58 PM

I've found that if you went in there not acting like a total know it all prick and asked Bob for help, he was an encyclopedia of musical knowledge and would always steer you right. If you went in ready for a pissing contest because you wanted to prove to your friends how much you knew about music and stuff, he would cut you down like the sap you were.

Pretty fair I think. Cruel, but fair.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 2:08 PM

"i'll personally never forget tracking down the original anthrax 'i'm the man' ep there in '87."

That EP came out in '87. It wasn't hard to find at all.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 3:27 PM

Maybe Bleeker Bob will sell his lot to The Thing and I can get @6:56pm haha frampton comes alive for $2. Sounds about right.

Good USED vinyl stores left?

Euclid/Domino Record Shack - New Orleans
Record City - San Diego
Princeton Record Exchange - pretty picked over sometimes
The Thing - Greenpoint
...the Internet?

Who else? Let's make today's comment section actually useful...

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 4:41 PM

I'll never forget walking into that place on a Tuesday and finding a new release that came out on that specific date on the calendar, it was fuckin' magic.

Posted by I SHOULD BE IN DETENTION! | March 8, 2013 5:58 PM

Free Being (on 2nd Av) was the best record shop. Plus you buy a bag of dope outside to go along w your record purchase.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 6:21 PM

I'll never forget walking into Mamoun's Falafel for the first time. The smell of deep fried chickpeas, the display case stocked w exotic food items from the mideast, the earnest look on Habibi's face as stuff warm balls of falafel into slit open pita bread, the vague but unmistakeable scent of fresh tahini sauce. oh god it was paradise.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 6:41 PM

Maybe one of Eric Holder's domestic drones can bomb this fucker just 'cause he believes he doesn't need a reason to kill Americans on American soil.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 6:41 PM

Did anyone laugh at 11:17PM?

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 6:47 PM

As a matter of fact, I did. I'm not proud to admit it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 7:07 PM

^ Dudes you are so lame- you know that, right?

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 7:19 PM

I think that because spam bots copy comments to steal credibility (the one thing a spam bot can NEVER have, even when they steal your girlfriend and job), that what a human can do is post comment at the same time as other comments. That way, when somebody says, "great post, brah!", the human can claim credit for it while the spam bot is still searching for that next original, quality comment to steal and repost

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2013 12:04 AM

@10:25

record stores are history, huh? that's funny cuz i can name a smattering all over the u.s. that i've shopped at in the past 12 months:

celebrated summer / baltimore
double decker / allentown
vinyl conflict / richmond
goner / memphis
reckless/ chicago
revolver / phoenix
permanent / los angeles (eagle rock)
fingerprints / long beach
mass media / santa ana

...and that's just off the top of my head. every time you stick your foot in your mouth a priest touches a little boy, bro.

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2013 12:07 AM

^^ what is your point? Of course there are still record stores in existence, but that doesn't mean that they are not becoming a relic like rental video stores.

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2013 12:28 AM

^^What is YOUR point? Of course people still buy records. they aren't going the way of the video rental store because labels and artists STILL make records. I don't think anyone release anything on VHS.

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2013 2:44 AM

I think that because spam bots copy comments to steal credibility (the one thing a spam bot can NEVER have, even when they steal your girlfriend and job), that what a human can do is post comment at the same time as other comments. That way, when somebody says, "great post, brah!", the human can claim credit for it while the spam bot is still searching for that next original, quality comment to steal and repost

Posted by pots&bins | March 9, 2013 3:20 AM

^^what is your point. Of course artist and labels are going to continue to release their music in physical formats, but because of the internet people no longer have to pay higher prices at record stores for new and used music.

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2013 10:11 AM

"but because of the internet people no longer have to pay higher prices at record stores for new and used music."

....wow, that's a cheap generalization. i don't think you spend too much time in record stores. somewhere a priest is happy.

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2013 12:42 PM

^^ are you implying that you can find cheaper prices in record stores ( non bigbox) than online?

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2013 6:13 PM

online + shipping = more than brick and mortar.

used records online? you've got to be kidding me. shopping for records is a tactile thing. hitting the tab button doesn't sound like a fun time to me. plus you can find used shit way cheaper in a store than online.

perhaps you are under 25 and don't know about the pre-internet world. just because you can find it online does not make it better. or cheaper.

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2013 9:04 PM

^^maybe that's how it is back in Iowa.

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2013 9:16 PM

^^that's a good one. i was born in greenwich village and havde lived in ny for 36 years off and on. i'm guessing you're from iowa city, huh?

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2013 10:06 PM

^^ 34 years in saranac

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2013 11:11 PM

Unbelievable.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2013 12:13 PM

I bought my copy of PSYCHO HEAD BLOWOUT by WHITE ZOMBIE on vinyl here for $5.99. Way back when. Thanks

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2013 8:56 PM

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