Strictly Discs will be the place to be this Post-Thanksgiving-Shopping-Melee-Day, also known as Black Friday.

And that's because certain indie stores across the country will be the place to get special releases created just for you, for giving and getting this holiday season, and they're scheduled for release on Black Friday, November 28, 2014.

Now, this is not Record Store Day, Jr., but it is brought to you by the powers-that-be at Record Store Day. This is a group of special releases you can only find at certain independent record stores nationwide. The magic of these pieces (many uber-limited) is that every one of them is something someone will really LOVE to get, and you'll really ENJOY giving. And you may have the added nice feeling of supporting a local, independently owned (Strictly Discs, Independently Owned since 1988) business during the holidays.

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Rarely has an artist found a more sublime synthesis of sound and album artwork than the UK producer Andy Stott. His recent releases, already contemporary classics, have been stellar examples: Luxury Problems, with its tumbling diver, mirrors the lonely female voice that plummets through the dark chasm of its tracks; the scarred tribesman on Passed Me By reflects its unrelenting drive, the masked figure on We Stay Together is both welcoming, poker-faced, and foreboding all at once. Faith in Strangers continues this effort, with its ancient icon sitting in a shop window. A relic of the past situated in the mundane near-future; a totem of historical meaning in an anonymous urban grid. More than any other Stott outing, Faith in Strangers cuts a swath from human experience most primal, yet contemporaneously alienated. With its relative lack of the churning, industrial-strength bass that marked his earlier efforts, this album shows off Stott's range better than ever. There is the insane, perilous lurch of "Violence", the scalpel snare and taut plucks of "Science and Industry", the horror hallway synths of "No Surrender". Throughout the album, the iridescent voice of Alison Skidmore (Stott's boyhood piano teacher, who also starred on Luxury Problems) finds even more room to vaporize. Capped off by its title track near the end, which may be Stott's most upbeat, pop-oriented song yet, Faith in Strangers is the work of a true master of darkness, who knows that a humming void can be just as moving as a symphony.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
CD $16.99 / LP $23.99

If I had to pick only 3 reason to pick up this new Captain Beefheart box set it would be... Lick My Decals Off Baby, Lick My Decals Off Baby, Lick My Decals Off Baby. Decals was the logical follow up to Trout Mask Replica but instead of the relatively short songs of Trout Mask, the songs on Decals stretch out into a somewhat normal song structure but are still filled with off the wall time signatures and a certain amount of improvisation and Beefheart humor. If you are a fan of Trout Mask but haven't been able to pick-up Decals (it's been in and out of print for a while), now is your chance to feed your ears with one of Beefheart's strongest releases. A couple of years after Decals, Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot were released in 1972. With both releases, there is a return to Beefheart's earlier Blues/Rock roots but with most of the experimental elements striped away that were found in Trout Mask and Decals, though Spotlight Kid does have some great Marimba work that normally isn't associated with Blues or Rock. If you've been meaning to check out Beefheart, I'd say this is a great place to start as the box-set gives you a wide view of the many facets of the somewhat complex world of Beefheart, who's influence is far reaching and an essential component of creative music's history.
- Luke / Strictly Discs
4CD Box $54.99 / 4LP Box $89.99

At last, a long overdue reissue of one of the most important musical works of the 20th century, and certainly one of the greatest ambient albums of all time. Possible Musics was the fruit of a fleeting encounter between two creative titans in 1979. Jon Hassell was a trumpeter who'd had played with Terry Riley, studied with Stockhausen and Pandit Pran Nath (he's certainly the only person who can claim this trio of connections), and had a handful of albums to his credit which forged together fusion jazz and proto-ambient. Brian Eno had recently arrived in New York, fresh off his run of four perfect pop albums, collaborations with Moebius and Roedelius, and his pioneering release Ambient 1. Possible Musics was a deliberate effort to marry the sonic potential of the "first" and "third" worlds, a breathing, glowing particle cloud made of Hassell's ethereal trumpet (an influence on a generation of blowers from Mark Isham to Arve Henriksen), Eno's liminal electronics and guitar, Nana Vasconcelos and Ayibe Dieng's hand percussion, and field recordings of various "night creatures". This is music that sounds like nothing else, save maybe the many efforts to recreate it that this LP has inspired. Fully remastered, with liner notes containing an introduction from Eno and a lengthy interview with Hassell.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
CD $15.99 / LP $23.99

I was watching a movie the other night called "Night of the Creeps" and in it there is a chain smoking, alcoholic, suicidal detective who says "Thrill me" every time he picks up the phone. If I was on the other end of the phone, I'd play him this new album by Fred Frith and John Butcher. Good God is this album good! With duo albums you always run the risk of a one dimensional record, as the two musicians either battle it out or play nice and trade solo riffs back and forth. With this recording Frith and Butcher play as one and at times it's even hard to tell the difference between the two, as Butcher's saxophone mimics Frith's electric guitar and vice versa. Butcher has really carved out a unique form of saxophone playing, not an easy feat to do in the 21 century. He plays with lots of great popping sounds and crazy fragmented sputtering that at times sound like an exotic Amazonian bird in the midst of a mating ritual, or what I image deep frying live earth worms would sound like. For fans of John Zorn, Sonny Sharrock and Evan Parker. Adventurous music for adventurous ears!
- Luke / Strictly Discs
CD $14.99

By turns beguilingly lush and strangely intrepid, this disc of music from the Japanese artist Shinichi Atobe is one of the most startlingly great releases I've heard all year. This limited, CD-only release comes from the Demdike Stare camp, a unit known for imbuing their work with a fair amount of obscure apocrypha, so it's fair that some are suspecting that this is a psuedonym. Atobe only released one record in his time, a highly elusive 2001 12" on the dub techno innovating Chain Reaction label (another hotbed of near-anonymous producers), then disappeared into the ether. Demdike Stare were big fans, and sought out the additional tracks which appear on this disc. The affinity is clearly understood: once you digest the endless, warm/chill bliss of the title track, the music on this set passes through haunted, interstitial vignettes, woozy dub wormholes, and gently nodding sushi house. The trademark Chain Reaction fuzz is tempered a bit here in favor of an added crispness of production that does sound specifically Japanese, in a way. Just marvelous stuff here, whoever made it.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
CD $14.99


The second in the trilogy of From The Vault releases by the Grateful Dead pressed on vinyl for the first time. These releases are distinguished from the more abundant Dick's Picks series in that Dick's Picks are direct from the soundboard recordings, while the From The Vault series were professionally recorded on multi-track tape and then mixed down (decades) later for release. Recorded live at the Shrine Auditorium (Los Angeles) in 1968 and freshly remastered in 2014. 4LP boxset coming December 9th.




Free poster featuring all 3 covers

Tshirt, poster, lithograph, lanyard, pin set, printed paper LP bag

Tshirt, poster, lithograph, lanyard, pin set, printed paper LP bag

Free slipmat with any Blue Note purchase


Big Star - Keep An Eye On The Sky 4CD
Bob Dylan & The Band - Basement Tapes Raw 3LP
Postal Service - Give Up standard LP reissue
Prince - Art Official Age and Plectumelectrum LPs
Rancid - Let's Go LP reissue
Andy Stott - Faith in Strangers CD/LP
Beyonce - Beyonce CD
Ornette Coleman - New York is Now LP reissue
Lee Morgan - Sidewinder LP reissue
Clifford Brown - Memorial Album LP reissue
Robin Williamson - Trusting in the Rising Light CD
Cursive - The Ugly Organ CD/LP reissue
Sun Kil Moon - Third & Seneca 10"
Mark Kozelek - Sings Christmas Carols LP
V/A - Travelling Archive (Sublime Frequencies) LP
Jon Hassell/Brian Eno - Fourth World Music CD/LP reissue
Mandre - Mandre CD reissue
Rick Ross - Hood Billionaire CD/LP
V/A - A Distant Invitation: Street & Ceremonial Recordings (Sublime Frequencies) LP
JD Emmanuel - Echoes From Ancient Caves LP
Conrad Schnitzler - Grun and Gelb CD reissues
Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet LP reissue
Mike McCready - Film Music 10"
Cecil Taylor - Jazz Advance and Looking Ahead LP reissues
Billie Holiday - Lady Sings the Blues LP
V/A - Brazilian Disco Boogie Sounds 78-82 LP/CD
Greg Foat Group - Live at the Playboy Club, London CD/LP
Population One - Theater of A Confused Mind CD/LP
David Holmes - '71 Soundtrack CD
V/A - The Afrosound of Colombia Vol. 2 CD/LP
John Gibbs - Steel Funk CD/LP reissue
Nick Cave & Bad Seeds - Boatman's Call, Let Love In, Murder Ballads
Michael Chapman - Polar Bear CD/LP
Connan Mockasin - Forever Dolphin Love LP reissue
Steve Earle - I Feel Alright and Train A Comin' LP reissues
Electric Eels - Die Electric Eels LP reissue
Faust - Just Us CD/LP
Flake Music - When You Land Here, It's Time To Return CD/LP
Ariel Kalma - Open Like a Flute LP
V/A - Native North American Vol. 1: Aboriginal Folk, Rock & Country 1966-1985 CD/LP
Pip Proud - A Bird in the Engine, Adreneline & Richard LP reissues
Raspberry Bulbs - Privacy LP
Search Party - Montgomery Chapel LP reissue
Secret Pyramid - Silent March CD/LP

Wu-Tang Clan - A Better Tomorrow CD
Jordan De La Sierra - Gymnosphere: Song of the Rose CD/LP
Mac DeMarco - Demos Volume 1 CD
Willie Nelson - December Day: Willies Stash 1 CD
AC/DC - Rock or Bust CD/LP
She & Him - Classics CD
Blue Valentine Sdtk LP
Yo La Tengo - Extra Painful CD/LP
Pixies - Doolittle 25: B-Sides, Peel Sessions and Demos CD/LP
Destroyer - Your Blues LP reissue
Flaming Lips - Imagene Peise - Atlas Eets Christmas CD
Ariel Kalma - An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972-1979) CD/LP
Lord Raja - A Constant Moth CD/LP
Muddy Waters - King Bee and Live LP reissues
Rob Mazurek - Alternate Moon Cycles CD/LP
Mr. Mitch - Parallel Memories CD/LP
Owen - Other People's Songs CD/LP
Parquet Courts - Content Nausea CD/LP
Smoky Babe - Way Back In The Country Blues LP
Songs:Ohia - Didn't It Rain (Deluxe Reissue) CD/LP
M. Ward - Transistor Radio LP reissue

She & Him - Classics LP
Verckys & Orchestre Reve - Congolese Funk (Analog Africa) CD/LP
Conrad Schnitzler - Gelb and Grun LP reissues
Juju & Jordash - Clean Cut CD/LP
V/A - Jukebox Mambo Vol. 2: Afro-Latin Accents CD/LP
Robert Hood - M-Print: 20 Years of M-Plant Music 3CD
Drexciya - Harnessed the Storm CD/LP reissue
Beatles 1, 1962-1966, 1967-1970, Love LP reissues
V/A - Beck Song Reader LP
Ghostface Killah - Pretty Toney Album LP
Nots - We Are Nots LP
Otis Redding - Dock of the Bay (Mono) LP reissue
Smashing Pumpkins - Monuments to an Elegy CD/LP
Spiritualized - Amazing Grace and Songs in A&E LP reissues
V/A - When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly & Raw Black Gospel 3CD/3LP


We've got two tickets to give away for the New Medicine show at The Frequency on December 3rd. Email to be entered.


Save the date - our next MUSIC TRIVIA at the High Noon Saloon will be Tuesday, December 16th. Registration starts at 5:30 with the first question at 6PM. Two for one happy hour at the High Noon Saloon...JOIN US for our holiday edition!


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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.

This is the 20th anniversary of the formation of Wilco. And in celebration, out come two releases. The first release is a "greatest hits" package. All 38 tracks have been remastered, and the remastering brings out a clarity not present before. This collection contains all the highlights from their 9 studio albums, plus a smattering from the "Mermaid Avenue" albums with Billy Bragg. This two disc collection would be a great starting point for a curious fan to sample the band's long and fruitful career. The remastering may be intriguing enough for the hand core fan to pick up the discs. I just wonder why they didn't include any tracks from their live album?
- Ted Talks

The second Wilco release is this 4 disc rare tracks box. It is astounding how many tracks that they have released on samplers, tribute albums and b-sides. They have also included many demos, covers and out-takes on the discs . Plus there is a generous selection of live cuts. In fact, there are 78 tracks between all the discs. Judging by the music on these discs, it appears that Wilco has left a lot of their best work off their official releases. While the songs come from many disparate sources, the excellence of the music is the unifying force of this collection. The only quibble that I have is that they should have included more from the "Mermaid Avenue" sessions. I know that Wilco fans out there will surely have to get their hands on this.
- Ted Talks

Ron, Ryan, Angie, Ethan, Evan, Luke, Jimi & Zack