Easy Street Records is forever shuttering the doors of its Queen Anne location Friday night. Fortunately local filmmaker Collin Monda created a short film called Farewell, Easy Street Queen Anne, that captures some of the magic of Easy Street’s QA shop. The brief film clocks in at less than three minutes and it features the soundbites of record store employees talking about the importance of the shop and what music fans will be missing out on when the store is gone.
Hearing about the importance of record stores is good and all, but the parts of this film that move me are the great shots of the shop’s magnificent interior and footage from an in-store performance by The Helio Sequence. Easy Street’s Queen Anne location is a music-lover’s paradise with an amazing array of records to browse through, knowledgeable and friendly employees and countless pieces of musical eye candy to enjoy. The shop’s free in-store performances were not only a way to see a band for free but to also get an autograph and maybe even score a photo too.
The store may be going away, but thanks to Farewell, Easy Street Queen Anne there will always be a part of the store left behind for future generations of local music fans to appreciate.
Easy Street Records will close its Queen Anne location Friday. Yo La Tengo will perform a free in-store set there at 7 p.m. the same day.