Posted in NYC | music on July 29, 2013

by Bill Pearis

The new Earwax

Rising rents in Williamsburg is shifting around the neighborhood's retail landscape. Sound Fix closed on Record Store Day and, a few weeks ago, Earwax left its longtime home of Bedford & N. 5th. (They were one of the first residents in the "mini-mall" there.) The store, which had been on Bedford Ave for 22 years (and at least 10 in the N. 5th space), moved to 167 North 9th St. which is just off Bedford and right next to Japanese market Midoriya. It's maybe a little smaller than the old Earwax, but the space is nice and it's mostly vinyl now (though they do still have some CDs.), plus they sell vintage turntables and receivers.

Academy Annex

Meanwhile, another Williamsburg record store is on the move. in early September, Academy Records Annex will vacate its current N. 6th St. locale and be moving to Greenpoint: specificaly, 83 Oak St. (between Franklin and West St.). Academy owner Mike Davis told Greenpointers the new spot is about the same size as its current locations, with "20 foot ceilings and a ton of windows. It'll actually be a better space when the smoke clears and the dust settles."

C/T store

Only a few blocks from the new Academy Annex will be, the Captured Tracks Store, which is due to open sometime soon at 195 Calyer. (Hopefully in time for C/T's 5th Anniversary fest.) Label head (and former Academy employee) Mike Sniper spoke with Billboard and what we can expect:

Well it's going to be a legit, good record store. I don't just want it to be Captured Tracks stuff, I want it to be all kinds of things -- tons of off label stuff from all genres and every other prominent indie label out there, plus tons of reissues. I've been going on buying trips and buying lots of collections from London and other places and they're piling and piling up. Having come from a record store background, it was pretty easy for me to do that anyway. I don't want to do in-stores, but there will definitely be artist appearances and signings and stuff like that. There will be some cool things that you can only get in the store and we'll have a good stock of trade publications as well.
In addition to records, the Captured Tracks Store with have "art books and prints and equipment, like vintage pedals, synthesizers and amps." The opening of this does not mean the end of affiliated record store Co-Op 87 (87 Guernsey). It's staying open.

The wild card, of course, is Rough Trade NYC, which is still TBA.



Comments (40)

My friend Pete Sinjin has a song about this very subject, titled "Bye Bye All You Record Stores" ....

Posted by Joshua Sanders | July 29, 2013 6:57 PM

I freaked out at first when I saw this. Good to know Earwax is still close by

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 7:00 PM

phew..for a second there I thought Sound Fix was reopening..hated that store and its insane prices.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 7:14 PM

Williamsburg is over. Newark is hipster heaven.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 7:39 PM

i cant wait for rough trade to open so i can stop downloading and buy cds again like it's 1994.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 7:51 PM


Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 7:57 PM

They should just move all the records to a scrap heap and all of the employees to the unemployment line and get it over with.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 8:00 PM

8:00, you're an idiot. Vinyl sounds so much better. Clearly, you've never even used a record player before.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 8:21 PM

As long as they stay open this is good.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 8:53 PM

Eearwax can't be small enough-- always a horrible store. Academy and CT should be complementary and thank fuck there's no reason to ever set foot on N. 6th St again.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 9:27 PM

I'm going to open up a Blockbuster in Williamsburg. VHS looks better than digital.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 9:28 PM


Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 9:30 PM

I tried going to Earwax a few weeks ago, and the dude wouldn't let me in. I was kind of drunk at the time, but super pissed he wouldn't let me in.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 9:31 PM

9:27 is onto something.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 9:44 PM

Academy is filled with record nerds. A-One in the east village is WAY better and has better prices

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 2:36 AM

2:36pm Lay off the drugs.

East Village...nuff said.

Posted by D | July 30, 2013 4:10 AM

^ it has become apparent to me that D does not know anything about record shops.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 5:52 AM

Williamsburg is a tourist trap. Bedford is Hipster Times Square. No thanks!

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 6:57 AM

Do you guys like to cum??

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 7:30 AM

Max Horwich better find his MOTHERFUCKING COCK soon because my dick is SO FUCKING PLAYED OUT and my asshole is RIPPED UP LIKE TISSUE PAPER, FUCKERZ. Take a fucking SHIT ON MY FACE and LICK MY ASS and LOVE MY BALLS because MAX HORWICH WENT TO WESLEYAN and has a ridiculous micropenis that he USES TO FUCK GUYS.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 7:44 AM

Yuppies don't buy records and CDs.

Posted by Regular reader | July 30, 2013 9:29 AM

195 Calyer, where Captured Tracks is supposed to be, is a yellow row house. That could be cool but it still looks like a residence so I doubt it's opening anytime soon.

Posted by JT | July 30, 2013 12:16 PM

Wesleyan students are transferring at a ridiculous rate because of Max Horwich.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 1:06 PM

Yuppies moving into the Edge buy $1 iTunes downloads of "Pumped Up Kicks" and Gotye and call themselves "indie"

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 2:36 PM

2:36, that pretty much describes Max Horwich

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 2:43 PM

"Indie?" Shut up.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 8:02 PM

fuck earwax. besides being overpriced, they will straight up try to fist you in the brown eye if you try to sell or trade stuff there.

i was offered 6$ for a NM, original press of "cowboy in sweden"... i laughed in the old man's face.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2013 12:20 PM

I just poked around and the $6 sounds about right for him to sell it for $12. Why do you think you'd get more? How much do you normally charge guys to fist you in your brown eye?

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2013 12:49 PM

an original pressing of cowboy in sweden on vinyl is worth way more than 12$. i don't know where you poke around to get your info. even the CD version smells like records reissued goes for 20$ or more.

and if it is only worth 12$, why would a record shop a few blocks away give me 30$ for it?

you have no fucking idea what you are talking about.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2013 12:58 PM

in fact, even his lesser LP's in good condition never go for less than 25$.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2013 12:59 PM

only because idiots like you would actually pay that much money for a reissue on CD(!) when you could just rip one... so how's about that brown eye price? i got a friend who's interested.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2013 1:07 PM

rip one!?!

too funny.

please go back to stealing shitty music on the internet, you only have a couple weeks until high school starts up again.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2013 1:17 PM

i'd rather steal than overpay for your CD of a 40 year old record... and i'm in elementary school, not high school, old man.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2013 1:40 PM

of course you would. your ignorance is charming by the way.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2013 2:57 PM

I don't get all the hate for Earwax. They have a great selection for a small shop. Their used section is small and over-priced, but there new section is well curated and reasonable. I'm really glad they're still going.

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I sorta like Mac. His songs are instantly catchy, and he seems pretty laid back and stoned most of the time. Like a real human being. The rest of these guys, and especially the one wearing the cap with an alien on it, they make me downright angry. And he/she talks exactly like Louis CK, when he's doing his hipster voice. :D 

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