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New Releases In Store



Fellow music lovers, welcome to the Thursday/Friday email extravaganza, a message that promises to contain the full run down of what's fresh in the shop both upstairs and down/new and used.

On the new release front, we've got plenty to cover:

Ambient electro world builder Tycho is back with "Epoch" on CD and limited red vinyl.

Foxygen are back with their fourth album, "Hang', in stock on CD and limited translucent green vinyl.

We've got great new releases from Tim Cohen of the Fresh and Onlys, the Stray Trolleys, Cherry Glazerr, Joan of Arc and Austra.

Michael Chapman bows out with his final album, the elegant and rocking "50," on Paradise of Bachelors.

On the reissue front, we've got Xiu Xiu's "Knife Play," long out of print, now back on colored vinyl, plus Blind Melon's "Soup" LP, KD Lang's "Hymns of the 49th Parallel," and Blink 182's "Cheshire Cat."

Numero's fantastic female folk compilation "Ladies of the Canyon" finally gets a vinyl pressing.

Mica Levi's incredible soundtrack for the film "Jackie" is in stock.

The Grateful Dead's self-titled debut turns 50 this year, and to celebrate there is a picture disc version of the LP, and an expanded 2-disc set on CD.

New electronic things come from William Basinski, Ulrich Schnauss, Bohren und der Club of Gore, Psychemagik, Richard Pinhas, Vakula and Dot Hacker. Plus a new album from trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, and a great new disc of music from Malian singer Awa Poulo on the Awesome Tapes From Africa label!


Evan here, heading downstairs for this week's USED VINYL ALERT, we've got a very heavy load of 500+ fresh arrivals to show you, with major sections of classic jazz, soul, country, folk, psychedelia, and good old rock n roll.

Lots of Mobile Fidelity, audiophile, and Quadrophonic pressings this week, on big names like Pink Floyd, Queen, Yes, and the Beatles. We've got just about every must-have Pink Floyd record, a couple of cool Bruce Springsteen boots, as well as a slew of collectible and hard to find Rolling Stones. After that there's some fine ones from Rare Earth, Spencer Davis Group, the Yardbirds, Dennis Coffey, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Earle, Steely Dan, Levon Helm, Dr. John, the Who, Neil Young, the Cars, ELP, T Rex, Frank Zappa, Cheap Trick, Gene Clark, Flying Burrito Brothers, Steely Dan, David Bowie, OMD and Steely Dan.

Looking for heavier stuff, or some punk, you punk? Try a heavy run of early Metallica, the sweet spot in the Black Sabbath catalog, the Ramones, Gang of Four, the Clash, the Misfits, Budgie, Dokken and Vixen.

We like to tuck some surprises in for you psych and rare-rock fans. This week its The ID, Hidden Strength, Hampton Grease Band, Dust, Cowboy and the Insect Trust.

Its a jazz collectors delight this week, as we have a lot of cool, seldom seen early pressings of records by Lee Morgan, Kenny Dorham, Thelonious Monk, John Abercrombie, Duke Ellington, Bobby Hutcherson, Herbie Hancock, Gene Krupa, Gerry McFarland, Charles Byrd, Red Garland, Ramsey Lewis, Bill Evans, Earl Hines, and the one and only Albert Mangelsdorff.

Plenty of soul and funk this week, from names like Ike & Tina, Curtis Mayfield, the Jam Factory, Sam Cooke, Con Funk Shun, Aretha, War, Jackie Wilson and Little Richard.

We've got a whole cornucopia of folk and traditional records. Plenty from the big names like Bill Monroe, Pete Seeger, the Weavers, Sandy Bull, Dave Van Ronk, John Jacob Niles and Norman Blake, but there's also a slew of regional, private folk compilations, a handful of Wisconsin-rooted records (polka, folk, uhhh....others that are hard to describe), plus lots of international traditional music LPs from Norway to Tibet. Several Folkways compilations that are hard to find, in great shape. A nice section of Hawaiian records, plus some cool Brazilian records too!

On the country front, there's Waylon, Merle, Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, Red Sovine, Chet Atkins, Willie, Glen Campbell, Webb Pierce, Cal Smith and Patsy Cline.

Newer stuff comes from Vince Staples, Joan Shelley, the New Pornographers, Explosions in the Sky, Amen Dunes, Kings of Leon, Andrew Bird, Lotus, Bell XI, Phoenix, Swell Season, Hold Steady, plus a bunch of fresh new vinyl markdowns.

Wrapping up, we have a lot of great classical, many many childrens LPs and soundtracks, including classics like Dirty Dancing, Grease, Pretty in Pink and the Breakfast Club. Electronic from Roger Eno, Ralph Lundsten and Tangerine Dream, and a bunch of Bob and Rita Marley records for good measure.

Did we forget anyone? No? Then we'll see you in the basement!


Randomize - Como Se Divertiran Los Insectos LP A remote nugget of Andalusian proto-industrial treasure sees oxygen once again with the Madrid-based Equilibrio label's reissue of Eugenio Munoz's lone album as Randomize. Released in 1986, Come Se Divertiran is one of a small cluster of incredible Spanish avant-garde albums released in that decade that translate to the present day with an almost eerie affinity. Many of these have received well-deserved revisits recently: Finis Africae, Joan Bibiloni, Esplendor Geometrico, Ishinohana, and Mecanica Popular, of which Munoz was a co-founder. On this LP (translated roughly: How Will The Insects Dance?), he diverts slightly from that group's austere machine noise for a far more immersive plunge into a gully of fluttering percussion loops and winding synths. This is vintage "Clifford Darling" era Severed Heads meeting the fictive tribal musics of Craig Leon, particularly on the amazing 'Movilidad Incesante', which sounds like a swarm of moths joining in a dislocated jig. 'Brazil' is the track that has sent diggers searching the dusty corners of record stores and the expensive corners of the internet, a heavily modulated cosmic drum stomp straight out of Baldelli's Afro-dance polyglot. For me, it's all about the LP's finale 'La Armonia De Las Esferas', a placid, murmuring flourish that caps off a deeply antipodean album. Randomize evokes a Fourth World spirit that's more alive now than ever before, while bearing the hand-punched mark of a record that could only come out of the heady 80s.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
LP $25.99

As his career enters its fifth decade, British folk troubadour turned roots rocker turned guitar soundscaper Michael Chapman delivers a walk-off for his final album. 50 pays a hefty tribute to Chapman's multifarious influence, revisiting songs from his 70s and 80s catalog, and enlisting a backing band of devotees of his ineffable style. Steve Gunn, Nathan Bowles, Jim Elkington and Bridget St. John are just a few names in the mix here; all players whose talents have grown in the bog Chapman built with spectral blues records like Fully Qualified Survivor and Wrecked Again. On tracks like 'Memphis in Winter', Chapman revives the churning, sorrowful psychedelia that made those records so timeless, with vocals a touch hoarser, though retaining their classic Chapmanesque growl. Like Richard Thompson, who he ought rightfully be considered alongside, Chapman's primary language comes out of his guitar, and he's lost no steps here, unleashing tapestries of notes with the resonance of a baby grand as on 'Falling From Grace', or the fauvist burnout rock of 'The Prospector'. 50 documents a workmanlike session that must have turned into a serious party after the tape ran out, and sums up Chapman's contributions to RnR as well as any single album can.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
CD $13.99 / LP $22.99


After weeks of weighing options in what was an incredibly fruitful year for music, both new and newly available, each staff member at Strictly Discs has compiled their top ten list for 2016. Take a look at the lists here and posted on the boards in the store for a thorough look at our year in music. Just about every title is in store on CD, LP or both formats, and all come highly recommended.


January 20 - Foxygen - Hang on translucent green vinyl

January 20 - Tycho - Epoch on red vinyl

January 24 - Japandroids - Near To The Wild Heart of Life - clear vinyl

January 24 - Cloud Nothings - Life Without Sound - green marbled vinyl + special embossed jacket

January 27 - The Avalanches - Since I Left You on blue vinyl

January 27 - Sleater-Kinney - Live In Paris - SUB POP LOSER Edition on coke bottle clear vinyl

February 3 - The Menzingers - After The Party - translucent red vinyl

February 3 - Moon Duo - Occult Architecture Vol 1 - black and red marble vinyl

February 3 - Surfer Blood - Snowdonia - white vinyl

February 10 - Jesca Hoop - Memories Are Now - SUB POP LOSER Edition on copper vinyl

February 17 - Jens Lekman - Life Will See You Now on opaque orange vinyl

February 17 - Strand Of Oak - Hard Love on stone green swirl vinyl

February 17 - Ryan Adams - Prisoner on transparent red vinyl

February 24 - Pissed Jeans - Why Love Now - SUB POP LOSER Edition on lavendar vinyl

February 24 - All Them Witches - Sleeping Through The War - INDIE version is expanded double LP

March 3 - Minus The Bear - Voids - splatter/colored vinyl


The 7" includes 'Letter to the Editor' & 'Let the Chalice Blaze' along with a $2 off coupon for redemption of the new full length album, The Temple of I & I on February 10th.


The basement is fully stocked with new and vintage equipment:

New turntables (Stanton K.52, U-Turn Orbit & Pro-Ject Debut Carbon) starting at $199.
New speakers (Kantu YU2) for $174.
Vintage turntables, speakers & receivers starting at $99.
Full vintage systems including turntable, receiver & speakers, starting at $299.


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.

There has been a garage rock renaissance the last several years. Performers such as the Mystery Lights, Allah-Las, Ty Segall and Hanni El Khatib have reinvigorated the genre and added new blood and new sounds. Now add the Molochs to that list of performers. This Los Angeles band releases one of the best albums of the year and the month of January isn't even over. And it is only their first album! "America's Velvet Morning" is a stellar and exciting example of modern garage rock. And the Molochs have a manifest gift for melody that makes their sound even more intriguing. I can only hope that more garage rock bands come out of nowhere as good as the Molochs.
- Ted Talks

Ms. Morrisey is a singer-songwriter from the UK and Mr. White is a performer and producer from Richmond, Virginia. Mr. White has a yen for sixties and seventies soul and Ms. Morrisey tends toward gentler sounds. Their duets album is also a covers album. The songs covered include such great songwriters as Leonard Cohen, George Harrison, Bee Gees, Charlotte Gainsbourg, James Blake and Frank Ocean. Mr. White steers the proceedings toward new century pop sounds. Those pop sounds are decidedly idiosyncratic throughout the album. That doesn't mean that the production overpowers the sentiments of the songs. The sound tends to complement the intrinsic feelings behind the songs. And Ms. Morrisey sings her heart out on all the cuts. The collaboration between Mr. White and Ms. Morrisey was totally unexpected. And the quality of the music that was made by these two is also unexpected.
- Ted Talks


Our next MUSIC TRIVIA at the High Noon Saloon is Tuesday, February 7th. Registration starts at 5:30 with the first question at 6PM.



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