Jim Jarmusch’s 1984 masterpiece Stranger Than Paradise is one of those films that does so much with so little. With the first third taking place almost entirely in one grimy New York apartment, the camera staying rooted in place and the characters being underacted to an extreme, it still manages to fill you with sentimentality in a way that’s truly unique to cinema, that gets right to the core of what makes the medium so special. And what an amazing soundtrack! So when Jarmusch himself gave us his blessing to use the name for our slowly budding dream of a record shop, we knew we had to honour that magic, and do our best to transfer it to what we’re doing here.
Like the film, all our favourite record shops are more than what they may seem. Whether it be through careful curation, passionate and friendly staff, or some ineffable nuance in the room, just flicking through the racks gives you a firm feeling of the importance of these places - as a social space, as an asset to their communities - and a compelling sense of potential for walking out with an object of future worship under your arm. That, to us, is the equivalent, the essence of a record shop’s distinctive allure, and that is what we hope to conjure up for you here at Stranger Than Paradise.