Tuesday, January 31, 2012

1969 Ads Revisited: Other Venues and Miscellany, Part 2

It's one thing to mourn the loss of Bleecker Bob's, but quite another to deal with the closure of a shop where I actually dropped some significant cash.  Yesterday JVNY and EV Grieve reported that Rockit Scientist is also due to close soon (though it may reopen in another location later in the year).  After the initial--well, at this point I can't exactly describe my feelings about record store closures as shock, so let's just call it a numbing bummer--wore off, I remembered that Manic Panic had occupied the same St. Marks space for many years.  I was about 99 and 44/100% sure that See Hear had briefly opened up shop there in the late '90s, but now I'm thinking it may have been in a different (but nearby) storefront instead, 'cause I'm having vague recollections of another record store in there...

No sooner did I type that last sentence than I went over to Flaming Pablum, and I see its author confirms that there was a CD store at 33 in the '90s and early aughts called Smash.  I'm not dreaming about a short-lived St. Marks location of See Hear though, am I?

EDIT 2/1/2012:  Someone told me that See Hear was in the storefront next door, so I guess I was just suffering from a bit of location dyslexia.  I found a nice blog post about East Village bookstores of the '90s, which included a brief video tour of See Hear's 7th Street store.  Dig today's JVNY post about Gem Spa--he's got some good news for once!  And the Local East Village blog offers some more details on the rumored CBGB revival.

EDIT 2/6/2012:  Big oops!  In a comment below, Howie Pyro confirms that Manic Panic was also in the storefront to the right of Rockit Scientist.  Please pardon my misremembering synapses!

4/3/69 issue:

"Scenes" column excerpts.

4/10/69 issue:

"Scenes" column excerpt.

4/17/69 issue:

"Scenes" column excerpt.

4/24/69 issue:

"Scenes" column excerpts.

5/1/69 issue:

"Scenes" column excerpts.

5/8/69 issue:

"Scenes" column excerpts.

5/15/69 issue:

5/22/69 issue:

"Scenes" column excerpt.

5/29/69 issue:

6/5/69 issue:

6/12/69 issue:

"Scenes" column photo.

Weissglass Stadium.

6/19/69 issue:

Excerpt from a review of the Blind Faith show in Hyde Park.  Must get my Tony Hicks references on this blog wherever possible.

6/26/69 issue:

"Scenes" column excerpt.

[I think I'll do the article links in part four of the miscellany posts...just don't feel like doing them right now.]


JamesChanceOfficial said...

Wasn't See Hear always on 7th Street between 1st & 2nd?

Signed D.C. said...

Its time on St. Marks was very brief, like a year or two (and naturally I can't remember *which* years), and then it moved back to 7th Street. Someone told me it was right next door to Smash, so I guess that might account for the location dyslexia I was having, until the memories of actually shopping at Smash kicked in. I'm looking at Google street view and it appears that both storefronts are in the same building, so I suppose See Hear's address could've been called 33A or something like that.

Howie Pyro said...

See Hear was in the storefront to the right of rockit scientist AS WAS Manic Panic (i was their first employee)...see hearwas there for maybe a year or less and went back to 7th street...it was pretty fancy there for a minute!

JamesChanceOfficial said...

I just remembered that version of See Hear! It WAS fancy there for a minute. It was also bigger than the other space.

Signed D.C. said...

Thanks for clarifying and schooling me Howie!

chessman said...

i used to love see hear-it carried xeroxed fanzines and special interest magazines-i once saw a 'zine called "we like poo" which was for people who eroticized shit but i wanted to buy it just for a goof but i didn't have the guts.