462 Main Street, Warren, RI 02885
In Your Ear was started by Chris Zingg in 1985. Its first
Angell Street. That store ran from 1985 to 1990.
After that it moved to
Street from 1990 to 1995 and then moved again to 286 Thayer Street from 1995
In Your Ear finally found a store front located in scenic Warren, Rhode Island,
In Your Ear houses a fantastic collection of records, 45s, CDs, DVDs, 8-Tracks,
reel-to-reel tapes, as well as vintage turntables and stereo equipment. The
store is bright and clean, and both the owner and his employees are friendly
What I like best about In Your Ear is that they are constantly getting in
new stock. Constantly. It pays to check in often (which I do). But what this
constant influx of records, CDs, 8-tracks (and God knows what else) means is
that it is almost impossible for the store to be kept to the same level of
organization as found at Round Again. Yes, records are alphabetized by genre
on the racks, but you'll find a lot of the really good stuff placed randomly
in boxes on the floor. Strangely, I am okay with that. I think I actually
even like it. For me it's fun to spot a new stack of records hiding in a
corner of the store then checking to see what's in it. More often than not
there will be something cool in there, and chances are it's in good shape
and extremely reasonably priced.
For nearly 20 years In Your Ear was a hot destination on Thayer Street in
Providence (the main commercial area around Brown University). But then Thayer
Street rents skyrocketed right around the time college students discovered a way
to get music without paying for it, and what once was a prime location for a
record store no longer made sense. So the store relocated to the mean streets of
Barrington, Rhode Island (with a brief name change), and later moved to it's
current location on Main Street in Warren.
I've picked up a lot of great records from In Your Ear over the years; stuff
like a white label promo of Richard Lloyd's Alchemy (I
just spotted a non-white label copy in one of the boxes on the floor for cheap
if you're looking for one), an original pressing of Big Star's #1
a minty fresh original U.S. pressing of Exile
On Main St.
with all the postcards intact, a near perfect six-eye stereo copy of Sketches
and many other terrific records. They also stock new CDs and LPs and will
special order anything you want. If you are looking for something specific, it
pays to ask because they also have locations in Cambridge and Boston and might
have it there.
In Your Ear is worth a special trip to Warren. While you're there you can grab a
refreshing Del's Frozen Lemonade, a coffee at The Coffee Depot, or an award
winning pizza across the street from Federal Hill Pizza. (I recommend skipping
their next door neighbor Warren House of Pizza unless you enjoy being yelled at
over a greasy, bland slice of pizza).
In Your Ear is definitely participating in Record Store Day. In addition to
having limited edition RSD exclusives, all new CDs and vinyl will be 10% off,
used vinyl will be 25% percent off, and used CDs will be buy one get one free.
Weather permitting they will also be having a sidewalk sale featuring items from
the mysterious In Your Ear "vault."
Editors note: This article and photos was copied from Flowering
Toilet with all due respect and love to Peter Bilderback .
Click on the link for Peter's original web posting.
Classic ads from
back in the day!
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