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January 18, 2013 at 10:46 PM

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Easy Street Records in Queen Anne closes


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Crowds pack into Easy Street Records in lower Queen Anne to listen to Yo La Tengo during the store's closing night Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.

Easy Street Records, one of Seattle's few record stores, closed their lower Queen Anne branch after 12 years in business with one last concert Friday.

"I couldn't have asked for a better night," said store owner Matt Vaughan. "Better to burn out than fade away."

Crowds packed the store from front to back, and a line snaked around the block to listen to indie rock band Yo La Tengo.

Meagan Mays, of Nashville, Tenn., got her first job at the age of 16 at Easy Street's Queen Anne branch. She was upset to hear the news of the store's closing.

"I cried for two days and I bought a plane ticket here," she said. "It was the best decision I made. This right here is the best night of my life."

Easy Street Records will continue to operate their West Seattle branch.

There will be a public auction at the Queen Anne store on Sunday. For more information on the auction and items available, visit the Easy Street Records blog.

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A long line snakes around Easy Street Records' Queen Anne store during their last night open Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.

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Crowds browse through discounted music outside Easy Street Records' Queen Anne store during their closing night Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.

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Morgan Chosnyk, general manager, left, and Corey Wolverton, receiving manager, stand on stage with other Easy Street Records employees during the Queen Anne store's closing night Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. "Seeing the store get torn apart is literally tearing me apart," Chosnyk said. "They (customers) are not going to remember the first time they came here. They are going to remember this time."

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Troy Nelson proposes to Mackenzie Mercer on stage before Yo La Tengo's performance. The couple are members of the Seattle band "The Young Evils."

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Mackenzie Mercer reacts to Troy Nelson's marriage proposal at Easy Street Records in Queen Anne. Mercer said yes.

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Troy Nelson and Mackenzie Mercer, of the Seattle band "The Young Evils," hug after getting engaged at Easy Street Records in Queen Anne.

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Music fans take photos during the performance of indie rock band Yo La Tengo.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon and Olympia beer were the beverages of choice during the closing night of Easy Street Records' Queen Anne store.

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Crowd members listen to Yo La Tengo during the closing night of Easy Street Records' Queen Anne store.

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Yo La Tengo performs during the closing night of Easy Street Records' Queen Anne store.

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Crowd members applaud Yo La Tengo during the closing night of Easy Street Records' Queen Anne store.

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Crowds leave Easy Street Records in lower Queen Anne during the store's last night Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. The store has been open for 12 years.

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Chaotic Noise Marching Corps plays an impromptu performance at Easy Street Records in lower Queen Anne during the store's closing night Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.

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Ira Kaplan, guitarist and co-founder of Yo La Tengo, signs autographs at Easy Street Records in Queen Anne Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.

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A young, unidentified man loosens a Bruce Springsteen ceiling tile from Easy Street Records in Queen Anne during their last night open Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. "I appreciate your tenacity," said store owner Matt Vaughan, over the intercom. Vaughan then asked other customers to please not take items from store due to the upcoming auction.

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