RENOWNED INDEPENDENT RECORD STORE DESTROYED BY FIRE

Long-running New York independent record store, Looney Tunes, located in West Babylon, Long Island, was destroyed by a severe fire Wednesday night that may have resulted from a faulty extension cord, according to an article in today’s Newsday.

The 4,000-square-foot, 35-year-old store, where upcoming in-store performances and signings by hardcore outfit Chiodos and indie-rockers Manchester Orchestra were to take place in the coming weeks, was described by Jamie and Karl Groeger, the two brothers who run Looney Tunes, as “decimated,” according to the article. The article goes on to site that among the loss of merchandise were 57 autographed guitars, and several gold and platinum records.

Chicago-based Victory Records announced on their web site plans to donate, for the next two weeks, 10 percent of all web store sales to help support the rebuilding efforts of the Groegers, who hope to rebuild Looney Tunes “as soon as possible.”

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