When I lived in Los Angeles my favorite place to shop for records wasn’t Amoeba. Believe it or not I preferred to go to Echo Park to visit a little shop called Sea Level Records. OK, so I knew the dude that owned it, but they had great personal in stores, and a Pac Man machine (you can’t beat that). Todd, the owner, also introduced me to some of the best music from the area. For example, I can thank him for getting me into Silversun Pickups back almost five years ago. He was also one of the hardest working individuals I know, putting hours of love and care into his little shop. Needless to say I was pretty bummed when I heard the rumors were true about his store closing. It’s a sad day for indie retail.
Below is the official message from Todd. So if you see him around Los Angeles, or go to the closing party at Safari Sam’s, buy him a drink or two, and thank him for all his hard work. We’ll miss you Sea Level!
You may have heard some rumors lately about Sea Level. If you have, they’re
true. If you haven’t, well, I’ve got a little bit of news for you.
After five and a half years, Sea Level will be shutting our doors permanently at the end of June. This was an incredibly tough decision for me to make and one that I’ve been wrestling with for some time now. While there is no doubt that I believe Sea Level should be around, I’m just not up for running it anymore and, to be honest, I want my life back. It’s hard to say it, but I’ve actually burnt out on what should have been the perfect job. I shouldn’t dread going to “work” every day and sadly, that’s what it has become for me.
It’s been five of the best years of my life and at the same time five of the worst. I’ve met some of the most amazing people over my time in beautiful Echo Park and am extremely grateful for meeting some customers that I now consider friends! I will miss seeing you “regulars” and can’t put into words how much you all have meant to me. You were what kept it, and me, going for as long as it did! You made Sea Level what it was!
We’re going out like we came in too, with a party. So mark your calendars for Friday June22nd and plan to be at Safari Sams for a little going away party! (details soon)
Extra thanks go out to Sea Level Sylvia. She probably single handedly kept
Sea Level alive an extra year (or two)!
Also thanks to everyone that volunteered/worked/helped out over the years. And of course those that helped actually set up the store. There are too many of you to list but I owe you all! (what it this, liner notes?)
And most importantly, I thank every one of you for supporting Sea Level! It honestly has meant the world to me and will be an experience I never forget!