When producer/musician Mark Bingham announced he was closing up shop at Piety Street Recording last August and listed it for $895,000 in January, it was anyone's guess if the music magic would continue at the Bywater property. But check it out! Alex Ebert, lead singer of the band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, plunked down $750,000 for the 4,865-square-foot corner building at Dauphine and Piety Streets that opened in the 1920s as a post office. The studio, which has seen a laundry list of celebs pass through its doors—Tom Waits, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, John Fogerty, too many to namedrop, plus a slew of local faves—comes with a 758-square-foot attic apartment, a yard, and off-street parking. According to this New York Times article (yes, the same one that sparked the "There's no kale here" hullabaloo) Ebert moved from Los Angeles to New Orleans in the spring of 2012. Bingham, who picked up the place in 1999 for the good ole' days price of $129,000, told The Times-Pic he shuttered the space because, "The spiritual intention of the city of New Orleans and its music scene is vastly different than it was 10 or 20 years ago. It would have been fine to keep going, but I felt the world had changed."
· Piety Street Recording studio in Bywater asks $895K [Curbed NOLA]
· After 12 years, music man Mark Bingham shutters Piety Street Recording studio [NOLA.com]
· Piety Street Recording archives [official site]