50 Things to do in Seattle – #45

#45 – Easy Street Record

In the heart of the Alaska Junction in West Seattle you will find the original Easy Street Records. Easy Street was opened in 1988 by owner Matt Vaughn and has had a full service cafe since 2001 serving dishes like the “Salad of John and Yoko” and the “Let it BLT” sandwich. In 2018 Rolling Stone Magazine named it one of the ten best record stores in America. Many great bands have performed in store but notably, Pearl Jam performed a private show for 200 people in 2005. @pearljam then released a recording of the show on an EP titled Live at Easy Street. Eddie Vedder even worked a shift behind the counter in 1995.

The building it occupies is called the Hamm building and was constructed in 1926 and has been designated a city landmark. East street sells music in all formats including an entire floor for vinyl. One of their iconic T-shirts is an ideal souvenir on your trip to Seattle.