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4.14

NEW RELEASES:

Bad Moon Rising - Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth
Bad Moon Rising
Edge of the Sun - Calexico
Calexico
Edge of the Sun
Royal Albert Hall - Eels
Eels
Royal Albert Hall
Complete Studio Albums 1981-1990 - Replacements
Replacements
Complete Studio Albums 1981-1990
Deluxe - Van Halen
Van Halen
Deluxe
Second Hand Heart - Dwight Yoakam
Dwight Yoakam
Second Hand Heart

STAY TUNED

RECORD STORE DAY IS TOMORROW!


We'd like to thank all who made donations to the Second Harvest Foodbank in our First In Line raffle. We have selected a winning ticket and posted it on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter, so if you are holding ticket #2536020, be sure to be at the store at 6:45 to be the first one inside the doors!

If you aren't holding that ticket, or if waiting in a line before dawn just isn't your thing, fear not. Year after year we have seen that most of the exclusive titles stick around for most of the day, rare as they may be. If you can't make it here until the afternoon, you may not encounter as much of a massive crowd, and you can still find plenty of great stuff.

Aside from all the exclusive vinyl, of which we have taken every measure to have the widest and deepest selection, we haven't forgotten all you regular diggers. The basement bins will be full of fresh arrivals, right in their usual sections, since the Record Store Day items will be taking up the main New Arrivals space. Be sure to have a look for some great new digs in there. The new vinyl sections upstairs are also fully stocked with some brand new titles, plus plenty of killer new releases from folks like Sufjan Stevens, Waxahatchee, Run the Jewels, Modest Mouse, and much more!

We cant wait to see you all tomorrow!

SAVE THE DATE - RECORD STORE DAY 2015 IS APRIL 18TH:




WHAT IS RECORD STORE DAY?


Beginning in 2007 with the simple idea to pick a day to celebrate independent record stores, Record Store Day (RSD) 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.

We look forward to celebrating a 9th Record Store Day with you. It oughta be the best one yet! JOIN US SATURDAY, APRIL 18TH.

WISH-LISTS:


We'll be operating our Record Store Day (RSD) wish list the same way as years' past. Please feel free to create your wish list after logging in to your account (or creating an account). A wish is not an order. And while we will try to have ample stock (one of the deepest in the midwest) of all items on the morning of Record Store Day, please know that some of these products are extremely limited and will sell out quickly. THE DEADLINE FOR CREATING OR MAKING ANY CHANGES TO WISHLISTS HAS PASSED.Wishlists will be updated later this week; check your online Strictly Discs account for updates.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIST OF CONFIRMED RELEASES (CONTINUED ONTO 2 PAGES):

RSD AT STRICTLY DISCS:


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.

BUT FOR ME, EVERYDAY IS RECORD STORE DAY:


With all of the hubbub about "The Line" each year at Record Store Day, we thought it would be nice to remind everyone that your RSD experience doesn't just boil down to how early you line up. Each year, we've gotten better and better at targeting the items that are the most in-demand, so that we have as many copies as possible to go around, and also ensuring that we have the broadest selection of everything that's available. In short, we want to make sure that whether youre busting down the door at 7 am, or rolling in by the end of the day, you're still looking at quite the spread. In some degree, this day is about our regular customers, for whom just about every day is Record Store Day, and we want you to know you are welcome to stop through any time. Enjoy the digs, the beers, the sounds of the local DJs, and just hang out!

AND SPEAKING OF WHEN THE DOORS OPEN...


The morning will get started right, courtesy of our friends at Barriques...400 slices of chili-rubbed, half-dipped in chocolate bacon will be making their way down the line for hungry carnivores...things just keep lookin' up! Plus, continuing the tradition, Crescendo Coffee will be serving coffee in front of the shop in the morning! And then our pals at Pizza Brutta will be out front serving up $1 slices!



STRICTLY DISCS/RSD SPECIALTY BEER:


It’s that time of year again when the Great Dane collaborates with Strictly Discs to brew a beer in celebration of Record Store Day. Embracing the sprit of Record Store Day the Great Dane is serving up Tangerine Dream, all day at Strictly Discs on April 18th!



WHAT IS HAPPENING AT STRICTLY DISCS ON RSD:


Madison's DEEPEST stock of Record Store Day Items

available
at

7AM on Saturday April 18th

As you know, Record Store Day is a day crammed full of records, so naturally we've got a schedule crammed full of entertainment for your listening and imbibing enjoyment as you browse all of the many new arrivals. We'll have DJs from both of our cherished local stations, WSUM and WORT, and more:

7-9:15 - DJ Renton, WSUM
9:15-11:30 - DJ Wiki Ben, WSUM
11:30-1:30 - Julian Lynch, Musician-Extraordinaire
1:30-3:30 - DJ Destructo, WORT
3:30--5 - Emili Earhart, WSUM
5-6 - Evan Woodward, Strictly Discs

PLUS

Loaded grab bags (while supplies last) FREE with every RSD purchase


PLUS


Enter to win AWESOME prizes, including:
















PLUS dozens of PRIZE PACKS including autographed lithographs/CD&LPs




THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS,

WHO SUPPORT PHYSICAL MUSIC & RECORD STORE DAY:











NEW OR NOTEWORTHY THIS WEEK:

The contributions Adrian Sherwood has made to modern music from behind his vast recording console can't really be summed up in a few words, but this compilation from the man's own On-U Sound label manages to do the job in 14 killer tracks. As the 80s opened, the DJ and engineer ushered in a new style that grafted a roots raw dub aesthetic to the emerging post-punk, industrial and EBM strains emanating from the UK. He soldered the connections between JA innovators like Sly and Robbie or Scratch Perry and hard-edged soundbenders like Neubauten, Ministry and Depeche Mode; forging a ruggedly tactile sound that now feels like a fait accompli, having been echoed so often. This set sticks to Sherwood's early production work, however, eschewing the brute force of the early industrial scene to showcase the spastic punk of Medium Medium and Mark Stewart, the discordant zombie disco-funk of Maximum Joy and Nadjma, and the word-salad genius of The Slits and The Fall. Where this collection really stands out, though, is on the extended, deeply ambient dubs that make up most of the disc; foggy, ruddy, textural riddim excursions from adventurous reggae kings like Prince Far I, African Head Charge, Voice of Authority and Singers and Players. Like any good dub, this is music you can listen to on a constant loop and still tease out new experiences with each pass through. It's a thorough overview of a broad and indefinable genre that'll leave you a connoisseur after its final track.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
CD $15.99 / LP $23.99

OK, so we all know that Blue Note put out some great, wonderful and amazing records back in the day but for me, the two albums Grachan Moncur did for the label ("Evolution" being the other one) rise to the top of the truly greats. In the mid 60's there was a small group of jazz musicians (Anthony Williams, Wayne Shorter, Sam Rivers, Herbie Hancock, Andrew Hill and Bobby Hutcherson to name just some) on the Blue Note label that were really pushing the boundaries of jazz and in a sense transcending what a record in that genre could be. While some jazz musicians were pushing volume and intensity in the mid-60's, the aforementioned musicians were pushing compositions; but not in some starchy academic direction, since they retained the elements of improvisation. If you think jazz is kind of boring, be sure to check this album out to have your mind changed.
- Luke/Strictly Discs
LP $19.99

Like many other groundbreaking electronic musicians of the 70s and 80s, Lena Platonos, a pianist from the island of Crete in Greece, began her career as a classically trained performer before departing for the frontier of synthetic experimentation. In the mid-80s, she released a series of albums that are crucial documents in the still mostly underexposed Greek electronic music scene. Dark Entries brings us one, 1985's Gallop, and it is one of the most compelling and deep electronic pop albums I've ever heard. Like her Italian contemporary of the era, the Apple Computer-championed Doris Norton, Platonos crafted hypnotic moving floors of analog synth, gridded by the time-defying beats of the Roland TR-808 drum machine. What sets Gallop apart from the scores of 80s synthwave albums that have already gained notoriety is Platonos' plain-spokenly poetic vocal delivery, which ponderously looms over nearly all these tracks. Just check the lyrics to "Markos", which adopt a gently snarling solemnity against a plodding, synthy waltz. I don't know Greek, but it could be an ode to a son, or a kiss off to an ex-lover. Moving dramatics here set to hypnotic beats, for fans of Chris and Cosey, Chromatics, the Knife, and early Eurhythmics.
- Evan/Strictly Discs
LP $19.99

The mysterious unidentified UK duo (so, imagine Burial collaborating with Burial) have already given us a compelling body of work with just a few releases, and they compound that tenfold with Goodness, the most dazzling fringe techno EP of 2015 so far. The three tracks here possess a vaporousness that belies their density of ideas; a stippling of genre. The title track's evasive, fragmented pseudo jungle veers off a cliff into a grey abyss over, and over, and over again. On the flip, Twizzta sets a pace that might actually make some demented kind of sense on a dancefloor, with a tense pattern of keys wed to a chomping beat, while Boiling Ds is a pumping, yet muffled acid house stomper, like listening to a 4am set at Berghain inside of its HVAC system. As with all Trilogy Tapes releases, this one comes with some incredible screenprinted art that transcends the structural limitations of the LP sleeve, one of the finest ways that recorded music and printed media can join up to outpace the primacy of ubiquitous streaming audio.
- Evan/Strictly Discs
12" EP $18.99



CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF SOME OF OUR SELECTED & NOTABLE RELEASES FOR APRIL 14:



Tallest Man On Earth Indie-Only LP pre-order:




Indie-only LP version available for pre-order - pressed on white vinyl (limited to 6,000 copies) - streets May 12. Pre-order by stopping in the shop, calling (608.259.1991) or emailing angie@strictlydiscs.com.

Surfer Blood Indie-Only LP pre-order:




Indie-only LP version available for pre-order - pressed on blue and white swirl vinyl (limited to 1,500 copies - streets May 12. Pre-order by stopping in the shop, calling (608.259.1991) or emailing angie@strictlydiscs.com.

Blanck Mass Indie-Only LP pre-order:




Indie-only LP version available for pre-order - double LP pressed on clear vinyl (limited to 2,500 copies) - streets May 12. Pre-order by stopping in the shop, calling (608.259.1991) or emailing angie@strictlydiscs.com.

BEST COAST FREE 10" WITH PRE-ORDER:




Plain white sleeve vinyl 10” with three tracks free with pre-order.

NEXT MUSIC TRIVIA THIS TUESDAY AT THE HIGH NOON SALOON:




Our next MUSIC TRIVIA at the High Noon Saloon this Tuesday, April 14th. Registration starts at 5:30 with the first question at 6PM. Two for one happy hour at the High Noon Saloon...JOIN US!

FREE ALABAMA SHAKES 7" WITH PRE-ORDER:




ENTER-TO-WIN TICKETS:

Email contests@strictlydiscs.com to win 2 tickets to Delta Rae's show at the Majestic on April 25th.



OUR WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION:


We are working on some updates, if you encounter issues or need assistance, please email angie@strictlydiscs.com or phone the shop at 608.259.1991.

OTB:

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.

From 2009 to 2012, Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard was married to Zooey Deschanel. The marriage and the obviously painful divorce is the subject matter for this their 9th album. This also is the first DCFC album that wasn't produced by band member Chris Walla. In fact, Mr. Walla left the band after making this album. I think that the band needed an outside producer to manage the subject matter. It would be too easy to create a downbeat album dealing with the emotional turmoil in the lyrics. The album seems much less dense and lighter than 2011's "Code and Keys." I think that the music works as a counterpoint to words. And Mr. Gibbard doesn't pull too many punches and use too many veiled metaphorical poetic devices in the lyrics. This is raw emotion tempered with an upbeat musical setting. I think that it may be their best album since "Plans" in 2005. It is somewhat startling to tap your feet to someone's painful moments, but that is what I think the band intended.
- Ted Talks

Their 9th album is a very collaborative affair. They have asked a bunch of singers the likes of Neko Case, Pieta Brown and Sam Beam to guest on the album. The result is probably the most eclectic album from a band that is almost the definition of eclecticism. The remarkable thing is that it works. For some reason this all hangs together when one thinks that things would fly apart. The superb musicianship of the band and their guests help define each song and bring the whole of the album into a cockeyed focus. Calexico is a band never afraid to go beyond their comfort level; on this album they are outside in all elements.
- Ted Talks

Mark Oliver Everett is the only constant member of the Eels. He has written and sung most of the band's material since 1995. The wry, humorous and often tragic songs belong in a category all of their own. They can go from depressive to rocking in the space of a single song. Those who become Eels fans are Eels fans for life. This new album was recorded last June at the historic London venue. This time the band takes the sedate and thoughtful route on what is essentially a live best of album. And this approach works best with the vast majority of the material. It also brings out the best of Mr. Everett, and the audience. This album has 28 cuts over 2 cds and a DVD of the whole shebang. There is also a vinyl version too. This is obviously for the Eels fan, but not a bad way to catch up with what Mark Oliver Everett has being doing.
- Ted Talks




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