While most record stores specialize in a single genre, Academy Record Annex manages to carry something for everyone. Where else in New York can you stop in to buy the latest indie release and scoop a first pressing of a Sun Ra record? This Greenpoint outpost just relocated from its original Williamsburg digs but hasn’t lost any of its charm or endless sea of wax for your perusing pleasure. The staff remains generally helpful and chipper, a rarity for most jaded record counter jockeys. They probably won’t even look at you like an idiot if you ask if they have any Hall & Oates albums. And with such a constantly replenished epicurean stock including their own imprint of rare African releases, Academy remains a mecca that record junkies can visit every day to get their fix.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 16, 2013