Earwax – 167 North 9th Street,  Williamsburg, Brooklyn New York  11211 – Open

Next up on my Brooklyn record store day is Earwax.  A long time denizen of Williamsburg, this small(ish) shop was here long before the hipsters who now come to buy its records.   They were playing a cool Isley Brothers record I hadn’t heard before (no, not Shout), 1971’s Givin’ It Back, with the Isley’s take on a number of songs by Bob Dylan, Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Jimi Hendrix among others.  You can see the cover of this album, pictured below.  Got a cheap copy of a Black Uhuru record I was always looking for, Red.

Founded in 1990, the store sells both new and used indie, rock, pop, rap, hip hop and world LPs.

Wanna go?  You can find Earwax on our Record Stores Map.

Earwax Record Store Willamsburg Brooklyn New York - Store Front

Earwax Records - Williamsburg Brooklyn NY - store interior

Earwax Records - Willamsburg Brooklyn NY - store interior

Earwax Records - Williamsburg Brooklyn NY - what's playing in the store now

Earwax Records - Williamsburg Brooklyn NY - store interior

Here’s a 2016 (short) video tour of the store, which will give you a better idea of what the store has to offer.  That one of the store’s co-owners, Fabio Roberti, behind the counter.

And here’s a link to a video interview of the store’s co-owner Fabio Roberti, describing his store, its history, and that of Williamsburg.


  1. I was hoping this would be about Myopic Earwaxx in Wicker Park (circa late 80s to mid to late 90s). Double X at the end is no typo, it's how it was spelled. What a great shop it was. There was a Myopic coffee house in front, and Earwaxx was in the back. When you bought your LPs or magazines, or whatever else, you could stop for some coffee in front, always with a pastry. Those were damn good times.

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