“The news about Syntax, yesterday afternoon, left us shocked & confused. By no means are we happy about the loss. In many ways they helped our business, as they were a leader in the industry. We wish everyone at Syntax the best in new endeavors. They’re a great bunch of people that were truly passionate about the industry. They will be sorely missed by many.
Our biggest worry is where this leaves the US vinyl market. We realize how many shops are dependent on Syntax for weekly product. Without that option there, shops will be without stock & forced to close down. This leaves us without an industry to cater to.
As some of you may or may not know, Sector Media is a newer distribution company. We’re comprised of people that have worked for Watts & Syntax. Up until now, our primary focus has been DnB, Dubstep, & Breaks. Because of our concern for the industry’s supply & demand, yesterday evening we decided on an immediate expansion! We hope to be a new one stop alternative to the vinyl industry. Honestly, we don’t think these closings are because vinyl is dead, it’s because the business model has changed! We’ve merely downsized & now need to have real expectations. Vinyl will never be was it was, but it’s definitely not dead. The fact that we and several other companies are alive & doing well are proof of this.
We’ll begin our multi genre release lists in the next couple of weeks. Please let us know labels & artists that are essential to your business. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.”
“When Steve Trimboli opened his performance venue Goodbye Blue Monday — the first of its kind in Bushwick — he enticed young people far and wide to make the trip out to perform and fraternize in the unique space.
“Steve is the pied piper of Bushwick,” said Drew Grant, who bartends at Goodbye Blue Monday. “He provides the music, and they come. He’s shaped the area by helping the community develop without exclusivity in clientele.” [Read More]
“Above the Sofa, Sour Notes” [NYTimes]
By Saki Knafo
“Last month, musicians of all stripes were dismayed to learn that the Apartment may soon be making its curtain call. On Dec. 5, Mr. Leviton alarmed his friends and fans with a panicky e-mail message: Due to emergency/tragedy crazy/horrible problems with our landlord, Leah and I have decided it would be best for us if we could move somewhere else immediately.
Those problems appear to have nothing to do with, you know, the racket.
According to Mr. Levitons account of what happened, Luz Rodriguez, the landlord, told them in person on Nov. 30 that she planned to raise the rent to $1,500 from $1,350, adding that the increase would take effect the next day.” [Read More]
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By Al Baker – NYTimes
A 32-year-old Queens man was fatally shot early Thursday outside a West Side nightclub, the police said. The man, Brione Schneider, was shot once in the back about 3:45 a.m. after a dispute with another man that began inside the club, Stereo, and spilled into the street, the police said. He was taken to St. Vincents Hospital Manhattan and pronounced dead about 4:40 a.m., the police said. Detectives are investigating reports that the dispute was over a woman and say they believe that the assailant, who was still being sought Thursday, left the club first and may have retrieved a 9-millimeter gun from a car, the police said. Brad Zeifman, a spokesman for the club, on West 29th Street, said in a statement that the club was not aware of any prior altercation inside. The police said they brought nuisance abatement proceedings against the club last year because of drug activity, assaults and under-age drinking.
“Digital distribution, closing stores, a weak dollar, a poor economy and the rising cost of every aspect of distributing vinyl have brought us to an end.
We’re all very sad here as this has been our passion and livelihood for as long as we’ve been “adults”, but the time has come to move on.
It has been a pleasure to deal with you (almost all of you!)
This Friday, January 11th will be our last day. Our phones are no longer working so if you need to contact anyone here please e-mail email@example.com
Best of luck with all your endeavors.
The Syntax Crew”
Please join us at a Memorial Service honoring and celebrating the life and achievements of Mel Cheren. The Service will be held on the evening of Thursday, January 17th at Saint Peters Church in New York City between 7pm and 9pm; doors will open at 6:30pm. To help remember Mel, there will be a blessing by Rabbi Cohen, performances by West End recording artist Marty Thomas who will perform “I Was Born this Way,” Taana Gardner and Dawn Tallman who will perform “Save a Place on the Dance Floor,” as well as testimonials by friends, family members, and leaders in the music industry.
Saint Peters Church is located at 619 Lexington Avenue between 53rd and 54th Streets, entrance on 54th between Lexington and Third.
A reception will be held immediately following the Service at Mel’s place, the Colonial House Inn located at 318 West 22nd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues (website: www.colonialhouseinn.com). Colonial House Inn was not only Mel’s residence but is also an award winning bed and breakfast operating for over 20 years. The reception will be held in the lobby which houses some of Mel’s original artwork as well as The 24 Hours for Life Gallery. A gallery Mel dedicated to the late artist, Keith Haring, who designed the logo for 24 Hours for Life, an AIDS charity Mel founded and fiscal sponsor for LIFEbeat.
Donations in Mel’s honor can be made to GMHC, 119 West 24th Street , New York, New York 10011; The LGBT Community Center at 208 West 13th Street, New York, New York 10011; or LIFEbeat, 630 9th Avenue Suite 1010 New York, New York 10036.
Mel’s book, “My Life and the Paradise Garage” and other West-End and Paradise garage memorabilia will be available for purchase, the proceeds to go to the three named organizations.
Please pass this announcement along to your friends, colleagues and organization’s members who might wish to attend.
For more information please contact Lisa M. Rivera or Karen Blaine at Reiss Eisenpress LLP at (212) 753-2424.
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