In yersterday’s rememberance of the Carmine Street iteration of Freebing Records, I rattled off a list of names of record and CD shops that formerly held court in the immediate Greenwich Villlage vicinty, citing them as all since-vanished. But longtime reader and Flaming Pablum friend Mike Joyce -– no, not the same Mike Joyce that played drums for The Smiths –- quickly corrected me that Record Runner over on Jones Street is still “alive and well.”
To his point, Record Runner is still there. That’s it up top, with my kids, circa summer 2015.
Back in the day, so to speak, Record Runner was a safe bet if you were looking for the latest UK indie releases from bands like Ride, Blur, The Wonder Stuff and such, to say nothing of their impressive collection of collector’s vinyl from `80s pop acts like Culture Club, Duran Duran and Madonna. Despite their location, you may not find a lot of Bob Dylan there (Jones Street was featured on the sleeve of The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan), but if you were looking for a rare 12” by Dead or Alive, they’d have ya covered.
These days, while still operational, it seems like they do most of their business by appointment or possibly by mail order. I don’t believe they get too many walk-ins anymore.
In any case, my apologies to Record Runner in wrongly casting them as closed. Run on, Record Runner, run on!
Meanwhile, this is a fine opportunity to extoll the merits of Mike Joyce’s own page, Swissted, wherein he re-imagines gig flyers from the halcyon days of punk, New Wave and hardcore in the style of Swiss typographic style posters. It sounds odd, yes, but the end results are striking (see below). I think they're fucking brilliant, but then, I would, wouldn't I?
Check out his site -– and buy a print or two -– here.