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1-2-3-4 Go! Records On Valencia Is Closing Permanently

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Vinyl LP enthusiasts’ hearts are broken, as San Francisco is losing one of its last great eclectic indie-punk record stores. Music shop 1-2-3-4 Go! Records just announced it is permanently closing its Valencia Street location, in yet another sad San Francisco business closure. 1-2-3-4 Go! Records is among the last great “buy and sell back” indie record stores, with an ever-evolving library ranging from Prince to Dean Martin to Pavement to Funkadelic to Takeshi Terauchi. The shop had been at Valencia and 21st Street since they took over the former Lost Weekend Video location, but COVID-19 left them unable to survive there.

We are very sorry to report we will not be reopening our SF store. Given the uncertain direction of the pandemic and the…

Posted by 1234 Go Records SF on Monday, August 3, 2020

‘We are very sorry to report we will not be reopening our SF store,” the shop said in a Facebook post. “Given the uncertain direction of the pandemic and the heavy revenue losses we’ve sustained over the last 5 months there just isn’t a way forward. We had 5 amazing years and can’t thank you all enough.”

They’re still doing 1-2-3-4 Go! Records sales online, their Oakland location remains open, and the 1-2-3-4 Go! Records music label is totally still a thing. But the Valencia Street shop has been closed since shelter-in-place, and will not reopen.

Original art from Radlands by Liz Suburbia is up at 1038 ValenciaHave a free screen-printed sticker with art from the…

Posted by Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club on Saturday, August 1, 2020

There is a ‘silver’ lining, because Silver Sprocket comic shop and art gallery is taking over the location.  Silver Sprocket has been sharing the location with 1-2-3-4 Go! Records since the pre-pandemic days of February, according to Mission Local, after losing their previous incarnation on Haight Street in what is now the Berner’s on Haight dispensary.

OUR OAKLAND STORE IS GOING STRONG but we are very sorry to report we will not be reopening our SF store. Given the…

Posted by 1-2-3-4 Go! Records on Monday, August 3, 2020

The 1-2-3-4 Go! Records in Oakland is one of our hidden gems of Oakland, and that record shop and all-ages music venue will indeed remain open. And this is one of our happier endings when it comes to sad SF business closure news — as the progression from Lost Weekend Video to 1-2-3-4 Go! Records to Silver Sprocket keeps that storefront weird, instead of letting it become condos or another $50,000 sofa boutique on Valencia Street.

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