Monday, April 8, 2019

Wax on: Stranded Records debuts on 5th Street

[Image via @StrandedRecords]

Stranded Records opened back on Saturday here at 218 E. Fifth St. between Second Avenue and Cooper Square.

This marks the third outpost for the new-and-used vinyl retailer, which started in Oakland in 2012 and expanded to San Francisco several years later.

The shop shares ownership with archival label Superior Viaduct.

Here's more about them via an article at KQED:

Superior Viaduct started in 2011 with a focus on San Francisco punk, but it’s since branched into jazz, reggae, experimental and 20th century classical music plus contemporary titles through sub-label W.25th.

Label artists include Glenn Branca, Alice Coltrane, John Coltrane, DNA, the Fall, the Gun Club, Charles Mingus, the Residents and Suicide, to name a few. (Expect to find all these reissues in the shop.)

As previously reported, Stranded Records takes over the space from Good Records, which bowed out on March 24 after 14 years in the East Village.

Here's more via KQED:

Stranded co-owner Steve Viaduct said they're acquiring Good's record selection and retaining several of its longtime employees.

Viaduct said Stranded’s expansion is partly about increasing the associated label's presence in New York, and partly to accommodate with its swelling used catalog. "The Bay Area stores have been doing so well," he said. "We have two modestly sized shops, but the need for a third became apparent when we couldn’t sell inventory fast enough."

Viaduct said the Good Records deal includes several thousand records, to which Stranded will add several thousand more before reopening, but the shop will look similar: "It's got hardwood floors, tin ceiling — when we were imagining a store to open in New York, this was our mental example."

Stranded Records is open daily from noon to 8 p.m.

1 comment:

Brian said...

I find this amusing in that I spent time in record stores like this in the 70s and 80s. Except it was the only way to buy records (then tapes) back then. Having your own stereo was huge.