RECORD STORE DAY IS APRIL 19 - SAVE THE DATE:
Beginning in 2007 with the simple idea to pick a day to celebrate independent record stores, Record Store Day has grown into something much more. Yes, the list of amazing LPs and CDs available only on that day has grown to fantastic lengths (and is even longer this year), and more and more labels are participating, releasing an ever more diverse slate of music. Above all that, Record Store Day itself has become an event where music-minded people connect with and energize their community.
It's true, on Record Store Day there's typically a line outside the shop all morning, just as there is at hundreds of other local shops across the country (and the world). But walk through this line, and you'll find ardent music fans of every stripe: young, old, male, female, seasoned pro and beginners. The line has come to symbolize the size, passion and staying power of both the physical music audience and the locally-oriented music community. Amidst the RSD crowds, we've seen musicians discussing upcoming gigs and tours, knowledgeable jazz heads giving high schoolers tips on the essentials, people meeting up for the first time "in real life" or for the first time in a decade, parents buying their kids their first new LPs, or better yet, a huge stack of 99 centers.
There's no better figure than Public Enemy's Chuck D to bring this message as this year's Record Store Day Ambassador. His long and awesome career is testament to the nurturing culture that local record stores provide. Here's Chuck:
"I don't go one single day without emphasizing that the genre of hip-hop is spawned from DJ culture. The founding members of Public Enemy were, and still are, DJs. The tool and fuel for DJs has forever been recordings. And where these recordings have long connected, with pros and fans alike, has simply been The Record Store, the connection point of listener and the recording."
We look forward to celebrating a 7th Record Store Day with you. It oughta be the best one yet!
YELLOW OSTRICH In-Store March 29th 5PM - SAVE THE DATE
NEXT MUSIC TRIVIA - MARCH 18TH:
Join us Tuesday, March 18th at the High Noon Saloon for MUSIC TRIVIA. This installment is sponsored by Alligator Records and features some awesome prizes sent from them for you. Registration starts at 5:30 with the first question at 6PM. Two for one happy hour at the High Noon Saloon...join us!
NEW OR NOTEWORTHY THIS WEEK:
Philadelphia's Nothing make their full-length debut in what's definitely the brightest burning culmination of 90s post-hardcore since 2012's killer album from Metz. Where that band focused on Big Black-style torque, Nothing dives full on into the guitar fuzz abyss described by bands like Swervedriver, JAMC, and early Pumpkins, draping a tapestry of gorgeous haze over a rhythm section framework that nods to Jesu's booming, timbral tension. Singer/guitarist Domenic Palermo practically coos over the din, Lilys-style, a fitting homage to Philly's pop-psych roots. Produced by Jeff Zeigler (Kurt Vile, War on Drugs), add Guilty of Everything to the list of Philly's league-leading contributions to 21st Century rock. Massive album!
- Evan / Strictly Discs
CD $13.99 / LP $19.99
Real Estate picks up right where they left off with 2011's excellent album, Days. Reverb drenched guitars make the bed that dress Martin Courtney's laid back vocals that leave the listener in a euphoric daze. The guitars and keyboards float in and out giving a feeling of a psychedelic back drop while Courtney journeys through his past, present and future. I knew Real Estate would have a hard time topping Days but Atlas shows a confident band effortlessly releasing the best album of their career. If you like Beck's newest release, you definitely want to pick up Atlas.
- Marty / Strictly Discs
CD $12.99 / LP $18.99
More nocturnal sound narcotics from Nico Jaar's revamped Other People imprint. The best hobby labels have releases that communicate with eachother in a to-and-fro flux as in a live DJ mix, and Jaar has that going on in spades with these latest records. Sigh is the full-length debut from Parisian Valentin Stip, a young talent who, like Jaar, seems to have taken some basic classical piano training and let it marinate in a psychedelic brine. The productions here are built from a wide palette of organic, verite sound samples, with a loose, jazzy rhythmic bed emerging only as an afterthought. Sigh is an album of remarkable restraint, fitting numerous sonic segues and experiments into a complex space that expands both inward and outward, fractal-style, while never succumbing to tedium or dropping the groove. Sweet stuff.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
CD $15.99 / LP $22.99
Tribute albums can be a huge gamble, especially when it's an artist or body of work that you hold in high regard. Anyone who read my gushing reviews of the Harry Nilsson box set or the first CD issue of his final album "Flash Harry" from last year know how near and dear to me he is and how nail-biting it was for me to put the first volume of This Is The Town into the CD player. Langhorne Slim's opening track put me at ease with their horn-laden version of "Early In The Morning". Some other highlights include Jennie O.'s "1941", Dawn Landes' americana version of "You're Breakin' My Heart", and Nilsson's daughter Annie's take on "Gotta Get Up" (with his son Zak on drums). Though not every track is an instant winner, it is clear that these artists are all fans of Nilsson and put their all into honoring him in this collection. It will be a great way for fans of the artists on here to discover the genius of Nilsson and established fans will have a new light shed on Nilsson's incredible body of work.
- Marty / Strictly Discs
Plenty of DJs and producers crank out killer mixes all the time, but no unit has really elevated the live DJ mix to an art form so sublime as Glaswegian duo Optimo. For over 15 years the two hosted a weekly party in Glasgow, with one room dedicated to dark, strange and offbeat music suited more for quiet contemplation, called Espacio. These tunes could easily range from a miles-deep Mac cut and a twitchy groove from Fad Gadget, to some snarling early industrial mixed with deep dub techno. They've put together just such an hour here with Dark Was the Night, a seamless mix of over 20 tracks old and new, nodding to early synth explorers like Jeff & Jane Hudson and Carter Tutti, dark ambient pioneers Nurse With Wound, long lost 90s deep house, dubtech from Kode 9 and Deadboy, Byetone's clinical acid, and one of Hieroglyphic Being's outermost sonic excursions. It's a solid survey of the last 40 years of darkened club music, and its topped off, like only the Optimo fellas can, with some truly intoxicating oddball pop nuggets. Get in the night zone.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
As impressed as I am with the results of Numero's years-long project compiling lost 70s heavy metal bands, I do feel a bit under-equipped to truly appreciate the era they have conjured here, not having lived a single day during that decade. I do remember encountering (on desks, old library books and bathroom stalls) the rebelliously ornate logos of heavy bands famous and unknown, and I have vague memories of childhood friends' burnout older brothers, but that's about it. A collage of such logos boldly decorates the cover of this set, giving you a number of windows into the righteous, no-BS demonic rock that lies within. What these songs all share, besides a love of Sabbath's riffs and Bonham's fills, is a theme of escape. Whether heading "back to the Shire" in a classic D&D retreat, or attempting to convene a seance with Anton LaVey, Darkscorch Canticles captures 16 lost rock troupes doing their best to turn their garage into a flaming portal to another time, and maybe out of, say, Akron. Another triumph from the Numero boys.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
CD $15.99 / 2LP $25.99
THIS WEEK'S JUKEBOX - featuring selections from our New & Noteworthy Picks:
CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF SOME OF OUR SELECTED & NOTABLE RELEASES FOR MARCH 3:
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UPCOMING NEW RELEASES & REISSUES OF NOTE - PREORDER NOW:
Johnny Cash - American 1 through VI individual LPs
Valentin Stip - Sigh
Rick Ross - Mastermind CD
Trust - Joyland CD/LP
The Men - Tomorrow's Hits CD/LP
Real Estate - Atlas CD/LP
Nerve City - Asleep on the Tracks LP
Gardland - Improvisations LP
Bob Dylan - 30th Anniversary Concert deluxe 2CD edition
Drive-By Truckers - English Oceans Blue Bootleg edition LP
V/A - Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles (Numero) CD/LP
Will Downing - Euphoria CD
Donato Dozzy + Nuel - Aquaplano Sessions LP
Pender Street Steppers - Openin Up EP
Anton Bruhin - Rotomotor CD
Oberman Knocks/Autechre - Dilankex EP
Deadbeat + Paul St. Hilaire - The Infinity Dub Sessions CD/LP
Move D - Fabric 74 CD
The Spits - Kill the Kool CD/LP
Bong - Stoner Rock CD/LP
V/A - Bush Taxi Mali: Field Recordings from Mali LP
Hayvanlar Alemi - Twisted Souvenirs LP
Young Fathers - Dead CD/LP
John Baizley/ Nate Hall / Mike Scheidt - Songs of Townes Van Zandt Vol 2 CD
Jesse Sparhawk & Eric Carbonara - Tributes and Diatribes CD
Warm Soda - Young Restless Hearts CD/LP
Trin Tran - Far Reaches CD/LP
Melt Yourself Down - ST LP w/CD
Cold War Kids - Robbers & Cowards LP reissue
Linda Perhacs - The Soul of all Natural Things CD/LP
Drive-By Truckers - English Oceans CD/LP
Aloe Blacc - Lift Your Spirit CD/LP
Metronomy - Love Letters CD/LP
Anthology Of American Folk Music - Four individual volumes LP
Nirvana - In Utero 2013 mix LP
Alsarah & The Nubatones - Silt CD/LP
Dean Wareham - S/T CD/LP
Ekoplekz - Unfidelity CD/LP
311 - Stereolithic CD
Elbow - Takeoff and Landing of Everything CD
Ambrose Akinmusire - Imagined Savior CD
Tycho - Awake CD/LP
War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream CD/LP
Harry Nilsson - Pandemonium Shadow Show LP
Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak LP
Harry Nilsson - Aerial Ballet LP
Taking Back Sunday - Happiness Is CD/LP
Foster the People - Supermodel CD/LP
Kiss - First 8 LPs
Dead Rider - Chills on Glass CD/LP
Black Lips - Underneath the Rainbow CD/LP
Weekend - The 81 Demos LP
Nils Frahm - Spaces LP
Kangding Ray - Solens Arc CD/LP
Donato Dozzy + Nuel - Aquaplano Sessions CD
Richard Buckner - Bloomed CD/LP
Hauschka - Abandoned City CD/LP
Magic Touch - Palermo's House Gang 2LP
Perfect Pussy - Say Yes to Love CD/LP
Residents - Santa Dog 2x7"
Sunn O))) & Ulver - Terrestrials LP
Woo - When the Past Arrives CD/LP
Unwound - Rat Conspiracy 3LP (Numero)
This isn't the spot to lay down odds on the third race. OTB is where Others Talk Back and give you the lowdown on what they've been feeling lately. This one's for the customers.
Ron, Ryan, Evan, Angie, Marty, Ethan & Clay