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Sad news! But I'm not surprised the store did feel comparatively dated compared to it's competition.
But still :(
Fingers crossed Resident don't go the same way.
I think Rounder suffered because of it's location and as I said it felt dated compared to Resident & even Ape, though it was much better for Vinyl I found the store layout to be daunting for causal visitors to the store.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Iconic Brighton Record Shop announces closure.
Rounder Records Brighton to close.
It is with huge regret and sadness that we have to announce that we are closing down. We will shut our doors at 6pm on Sunday 29th July after 46 years of being a record shop in Brighton Square.
What we have always strived to do is to stock the best range of music at the best prices for our customers – sadly that is not enough for us to stay open.
We are closing because we can't make it add up any more. We are a business that has been decimated by downloads (both legal and illegal), VAT avoidance by the big online retailers, a double dip recession, & the decline of the high street. Our lease has ended and we have nowhere to go.
Owner, Phil Barton added, “The shop and the staff have always striven to be the best. We are not able to deliver the best anymore and with the deepest regret I have to close the doors at the end of July. Rounder has been a part of my life, and my loyal staff's lives for so long that having to close is a very bitter pill to swallow. We tried everything to stay open, but the basic economics were killing us.”.
We would like to give heartfelt thanks to all our customers over the years, and hope that we have managed to provide you with some special and great music throughout this time. That's why we have been here – as place to obtain, hear, find out about, discuss all types of the weird & wonderful world of music, to be a social hub for a musical city, a place where future bands are born, where record labels are started, where local bands can stock their first release, where you can get tickets for gigs, where there's something playing on the shop stereo that might be your new favourite band. Sadly, in 2012, this is just not financially viable.
Our sale continues, with 40% off all DVDs, 30% off all CDs, and 20% off all vinyl.
We will be making no further comment at this time.
There's been a few times over the past couple of years when I've done a 200 mile round trip partly to thumb through Rounder's racks. So much there that I'd've never found elsewhere - weird White Stripes bootlegs, Japanese Scott Walker imports, original Booker T pressings.
Breaks my heart to see them go.
but still really sad.
the rent must have been astronomical on that shop.
Rounder was a more - er - rounded record shop than Resident. e.g it had a proper METAL section. Personally always preferred Resident as a shopping experience, but Rounder being killed is NOT FUCKING COOL.
Perhaps they'll be able to relocate to some cheaper location -somewhere not surrounded by Apple resellers and jewellery stores for example.
This is sad news.
I'll never forget the face that beardy Dave gave me when I bought 'I'm A Believer' by EMF feat. Reeves and Mortimer in their clearout sale. Abject horror. It was 10p. They were stocking it! To be fair, I think playing this at the Pav Tav was the reason I never got asked back to DJ. Fair play Dave.
RIP Rounder. Will have to make one final pilgrimage from London before July 29th.
still operates though, they get given stalls at events
I don't live in Brighton, but on the one occasion I've been past this store I went in and bought stuff. Really liked the shop.
It was the first shop I went in on my first trip to Brighton as a 15 year old (I lived there from 18 to 23) and I bought a Boards of Canada record if memory serves me correctly.
When I lived in Brighton, I tended to go Resident primarily and occasionally go to Dance2, Edgeworld and Rarekind for other stuff. I never really went in Rounder much, although that's probably due to me being retarded and getting lost in the Lanes.
Losing Rounder's a big loss for a lot of people, but expensive rent won't have helped and I just wonder also (just thinking aloud here) whether they didn't specialise enough?
Final thought; another place which probably doesn't get mentioned enough is Monkey Music Emporium on Baker Street just off London Rd, that place is an absolute gold mine.
They know their eggs very well and I've lost count of the number of times I've gone in there for a bit of a browse and come out £30 lighter. Particularly good for "dance music", 60s garage stuff, choice second hand stuff. And run by great people too.
Is hard in Brighton to split yr dollar btwn all the good shops. I don't dare go into Monkey Music Emporium too often, I'd end up spending a ton on Residents vinyl. You can't spend less than an hour in there, the amount of great stock leaves me dizzy.
The Brighton shops work quite well together - I guess they've had to to survive this far. Endless (who've taken over from Edgeworld in the same location nr Resident) seem to be sensible in having not a ridiculous amount of stock but being very discerning in what they do have, specialising well.. Borderline will always be a great stop for reissues/60s stuff, especially if you can afford £30 for an album.
Resident are good but I don't find it quite as amenable for extended browsing. Mainly because I only buy vinyl and generally singles and as a tall dude I find it a bit uncomfortable browsing where things are in there.. was better when vinyl singles were on the counter imho.
Discovered Rounder on a hungover walk during my fresher week several years ago and instantly felt at home, they recommended some great albums and I used their gig listing print out as a bible for about 6 months before I realised Resident had one online.
I echo the ideas expressed here about Resident and Borderline being great.. the location was prime in a way, but really the south lanes caters for jewellery, restaurants and militaria, I always felt Rounder was slightly misplaced. Can't help but feel if itd been closer to North Laine it might have avoided this fate. Resident rubs shoulders with some great bookshops, cafes and Snooper's Paradise; Rounder with thai food, greetings cards and fucking clothes for dogs, if I recall correctly. (Literal canines)
Still; really gutting news. Sad to see such a great shop go.
it's probably in the one part of the laines/north laine that isn't geared towards alternative culture
The North Laine.
anyone remember that? Amazing shop in Kemptown with the freakiest selection of stuff. Some of my most bizarre records came from there.
if anyone's interested I've written a piece mourning it's demise on Brighton Noise