"..."There won't be 180 people waiting outside when we open like on [April's] Record Store Day," says End of an Ear co-owner Dan Plunkett. "But it's usually a really good day for us."..."
"...End of an Ear's Dan Plunkett says Burger Records – currently Fullerton, California's biggest export this side of Fender Guitars and OC punk legends the Adolescents – is "the kingpin" of the cassette renaissance...."
"...Whereas today labels release super-limited runs to incite collectability, these largely private press editions were put out in small batches because minimal finances and fan bases dictated it. Thanks to the record gurus who helped me brainstorm: Breakaway Records' Gabe Vaughn, Antone's Records' Mike Buck, End of an Ear's Dan Plunkett, Groovers' Paradise's Greg Ellis, Chronicle record nerds Mark Fagan and Jerald Corder, and Butthole Surfers drummer/Trance Syndicate Records owner King Coffey...."
"...End of an Ear co-owner Dan Plunkett equates the profits to roughly five Saturdays. When JuiceLand annex Exploded Records became an RSD retailer last year, it resulted in the most successful day in the shop’s history..."
"..."Import-only vinyl or micro editions get pricey," says Dan Plunkett, co-owner of South First music emporium End of an Ear. "We keep them as low as possible by going direct with labels as much as we can, but overseas shipping can be a major factor too, adding $5 to $12 per record depending on how it is shipped."..."
"...Which, in a way, is what's going on at 33 Degrees, a tiny little storefront tucked away near UT's campus, a few doors down from the Crown & Anchor. It's the combined effort of Dan Plunkett, who also publishes the magazine ND, and Bob Coleman, who runs the indie label Over and Out and does a garage show on KOOP Saturday nights. They'd been importing and distributing records on their own for several years, and also working the record convention; now they've put a roof over that process, creating a modest but thoroughly unique collection of new and obscure indie 7-inchers, avant-garde jazz imports, and experimental fare ranging from Krautrock and psychedelia to the current wave of Amerindie "post-rock."..."
"...End of an Ear will relocate slightly farther south following the recently completed sale of the South First Street property they've rented since 2005. One of Austin's finest record stores, End of an Ear rose out of the ashes of bygone Drag vinyl bunker 33 Degrees and will continue in a new property that owners Dan Plunkett and Blake Carlisle have the deed to – the location of which is expected to be announced in early July...."
"...The homegrown instrumental quintet levitated five songs from eclectic new LP The Wilderness (see "Texas Platters," Apr. 8), peaking with heavy exploration "Disintegration Anxiety." Afterward, Rayani requested applause for End of an Ear, saying, "We're lucky to have a record store like this in Austin." Earlier that week, after a worker at adjoining retailer New Brohemia told "Playback" the building had been sold and was slated for demolition, End of an Ear owner Dan Plunkett offered no comment on whether his beloved record emporium would relocate, but downplayed the situation's severity, saying nothing is happening right now...."
"...End of an Ear just finished another expansion. "Luckily we got it all nice and pretty before Robert Plant stopped by," joked owner Dan Plunkett...."
"...Remember when End of an Ear was just a sparkle in owners Blake Carlisle and Dan Plunkett's eyes? Well, our little South First baby's growing up so fast, and they're celebrating with five days of in-stores, starting tonight. See schedule after jump...."
"...Since record stores make most of their money on product mark-up, the intention isn't to drive its traditional customers online but rather to attract patrons who are more digitally oriented and compete with what Kunz calls "the 900-pound gorilla of iTunes." To that end, each online store has the ability to customize its page with staff recommendations and will soon be able to upload its own exclusive content and local picks. As End of an Ear co-owner Dan Plunkett relates, "For people that want to go digital and still support us, this at least gives them an option." There's just one catch..."
"...He'd get frustrated. He would be like, "Oh, that guy is sooo cute, and I was like, "That's a girl." – Dan Plunkett, owner of End of an Ear Records..."
"...Following Doug Freeman’s article “A Market of Multitudes,” which discusses in great detail the new indieconomics of the Long Tail, Off the Record pulled together a few of Austin’s more established music retailers to address the changes that have been brought on by the Digital Age. Off the Record: What is a record store's role in the new digital economy? John Kunz, owner of Waterloo Records: A record store's role in the new digital economy is the same as it's been in the brick and mortar economy: To help people find what they're looking for; to help direct people to what they don't yet know that they will be looking for; to be a filter for the best music out there; and to be an exciting bridge between musicians and their fans. Dan Plunkett, co-owner of End of an Ear: I think there will always be a good-sized customer base that wants to have the actual product – vinyl, CDs, 7-inches..."
"...By the time their two-year anniversary rolls around June 23, they'll have expanded into Vanilla Girl next door. "She is just doing stuff online, the space came open, and we jumped on it," explains co-owner Dan Plunkett..."
"...End of an Ear, Wednesday, March 15 Last SXSW, End of an Ear was still a work in progress for owners Blake Carlisle and Dan Plunkett. Now, the South First record store has taken a place in every Austin record nerd's heart..."
"...As "TCB" went to press Tuesday afternoon, word filtered in that Thirty Three Degrees would close at the end of the month. Owner Dan Plunkett confirmed the news shortly thereafter, saying the store had been "very successful" and the reasons for closing were not economic..."
"..."We did Dub Narcotic over here," says co-owner Dan Plunkett. "And at the time I'm thinking, "Wow, why didn't the Electric Lounge pick this up?' We had over 200 kids in here."..."
"...The Sonny & Sunny show was another bit of good luck; 33 Degree owners Bob Coleman and Dan Plunkett met the two musicians when they were in Chicago for a Kraftwerk show and gave them Moreno's number. A leap for the fledgling promoter, the gig required that Moreno pay plane fare, hotel rooms for two nights, and the $1,000 guarantee the musicians insisted on..."