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.
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!
IS RSD JUST ABOUT THE EXCLUSIVE RELEASES AND VINYL ONLY?
Record Store Day isn't just about the exclusive releases. In addition to hauling all of those in, we've been working hard to beef up our regular inventory of new & used vinyl AND CDs, which is better than ever. You may notice some sections moved around upstairs, so just ask if you can't find something. And remember, there's no need to wait in line to shop the upper floor of the store. Record Store Day is an opportunity to showcase all the different things we do here, and we can't wait to get the doors open!
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!
RSD 2014 AMBASSADOR:
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!
CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT'S BEING RELEASED FOR RSD THIS YEAR?
Wish-lists will be updated this week online. If you are not going to be in the shop on Apirl 19th, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
And please note, RSD releases are not eligible for discounts or other promotions.
STRICTLY DISCS IS CLOSED ON EASTER (Sunday, April 20):
We are officially closed but will be there working so if you want to pick up a RSD release, please call us at 608.259.9179 or text 608.217.5082 - we'll be happy to help you!
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 Hilldale is releasing Laurel Canyon West Coast Pale Ale!
Laurel Canyon Pale Ale is named after a neighborhood in the Hollywood Hills. Throughout the sixties this area was home to rock and roll’s most beloved stars, including Jim Morrison, The Byrds, Love, Frank Zappa, and Buffalo Springfield. It was here that Graham Nash wrote “Our House” for Joni Mitchell, his then lover. Joni Mitchell also left her musical mark on the neighborhood by titling her third album “Ladies of the Canyon”. This years offering is fittingly a West Coast Pale Ale. This style is heavy on the hops and low on the specialty malts. This style tends to be very pale and is often strong in alcohol and hop character. Laurel Canyon uses both Ahtanum and Simcoe hops to construct a spicy hop profile resplendent with citrusy, fruity and herbal flavors and aroma. 6.2% alc/vol cheers!
LAUREL CANYON WEST COAST PALE ALE & MUSIC MAKERS
A percentage of proceeds from the sale of this beer supports Madison Music Makers, a local- non-profit organization enriching the lives of low-income children, supporting the long-term development of music performance skills and higher education goals. Cheers! (Available at the Great Dane Hilldale)
Madison's DEEPEST stock of Record Store Day Items
7AM on Saturday April 19
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 - DJ Renton, WSUM
9-11 - DJ Wiki Ben, WSUM
11-1 - Nate Zukas, Great Dane
1-2 - Dave 3000, Kosmik Radiation, WORT
2-3 - Cardinal Din, Feed Me Weird Things!, WORT
3-4 - Bad Sister Heidi - Psychoacoustics, WORT
4-5 - Luke Mosling, Porter Records
5-6 - Evan Woodward, Strictly Discs
Loaded grab bags (while supplies last) FREE with every RSD purchase
Enter to win AWESOME prizes, including:
Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Black Turntable, courtesy of The High Noon Saloon:
Pro-Ject Essential Turntable, courtesy of Pizza Brutta:
Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Green Turntable, courtesy of The Great Dane:
Pro-Ject Essential Turntable, courtesy of Barriques:
Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Yellow Turntable, courtesy of Majestic Theatre:
This turntable has graced the Majestic's green room for the months of February & March and has been signed by all of their artists! This piece of Madison Music History could be yours!
Pro-Ject Essential Turntable, courtesy of Brasserie V:
Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Black Turntable, courtesy of Context Clothing:
Beauty & Barber Prize Pack, courtesy of Cha Cha Beauty & Barber:
PLUS dozens of PRIZE PACKS including autographed lithographs/CD&LPs
PLUS COFFEE SERVICE & a FOOD CART:
Crescendo Coffee will be serving coffee in front of the shop in the morning & Banzo will be here to make sure you do not go hungry!
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS,
WHO SUPPORT PHYSICAL MUSIC & RECORD STORE DAY:
NEW OR NOTEWORTHY THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK'S JUKEBOX - featuring selections from our New & Noteworthy Picks:
CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF SOME OF OUR SELECTED & NOTABLE RELEASES FOR APRIL 15:
ADDED VALUES (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST):
UPCOMING NEW RELEASES & REISSUES OF NOTE - PREORDER NOW:
Death - Death III CD/LP
Kelis - Food CD/LP
Margot & the Nuclear So and So's - Slingshot to Heaven CD/LP
The Whigs - Modern Creation CD/LP
Future - Honest CD
Thee Oh Sees - Drop CD/LP
Keb Mo - Bluesamericana CD
V/A - Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina 2CD
Fear of Men - Loom CD/LP
Heterotic - Weird Drift CD/LP
Black Prairie - Fortune CD
Ed Schrader's Music Beat - Party Jail CD/LP
Kode9 & the Spaceape - Memories of the Future 2LP
Menzingers - Rented World CD/LP
Purling Hiss - Dizzy Polizzy LP
Red Krayola - Hazel, Coconut Hotel and Singles LP reissues
TEEN - Way & Color CD/LP
Kassem Mosse - Workshop 19 2LP
Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage LP reissue
Cannonball Adderley - Somethin Else LP reissue
Ornette Coleman - At the "Golden Circle", Stockholm Vol 1 LP reissue
Dexter Gordon - Our Man In Paris LP reissue
Chad VanGaalen - Shrink Dust CD/LP
Wovenhand - Refractory Obdurate CD/LP
Wye Oak - Shriek CD/LP
Larry Heard - Alien CD/LP
Fennesz - Bécs CD/LP
Chris Robinson - Phosphorescent Harvest CD/LP
The Pearlfishers - Open Up Your Coloring Book CD/LP
Mark E - Product of Industry CD/LP
Damon Albarn - Everyday Roots CD/LP
Danny Brown - Hot Soup 2LP+7"
Ex-Cult - Midnight Passenger CD/LP
Brett Naucke - Seed LP
Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger - Midnight Sun CD/LP
My Morning Jacket - At Dawn and Tennessee Fire LP reissues
Pink Mountaintops - Get Back CD/LP
The Pixies - Indie Cindy CD/LP
Survival Knife - Loose Power CD/LP
William Tyler - Lost Colony 12"
Unrest - Malcolm X Park and Kustom Karnal Blackxploitation CD reissues
Ray Lamontagne - Supernova CD/LP
Tune-Yards - Nikki-Nack CD/LP
Lily Allen - Sheezus CD
Atmosphere - Southsiders CD/LP
Badbadnotgood - III CD/LP
The Cramps - Flamejob LP reissue
Fatima Al Qadiri - Asiatisch CD/LP
Eno & Hyde - Someday World CD/2CD/2LP
Liam Finn - Nihilist 2LP+CD
Fujiya & Miyagi - Artificial Sweeteners LP+CD
Hamilton Leithauser - Black Hours CD/LP
Lykke Li - I Never Learn CD/LP
Punk 45: Vol. 3, Proto-Punk 1970-77 2LP2LP
Silkworm - Libertine 2LP+CD
Le1f - Hey EP
V/A - Bleep: 10 CD/LP
Black Keys - Turn Blue CD/LP
Donato Dozzy - Dimensions EP
Choubi Choubi: Folk and Pop Sounds from Iraq Vol. 1 LP repress
Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband CD/LP
Chromeo - White Women CD/LP
Clientele - Suburban Light 2CD/LP w/CD
Alice Coltrane - A Monastic Trio LP reissue
Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Days of Abandon CD/LP
Mirah - Changing Light CD/LP
Hiss Tracts - Shortwave Nights CD/LP
Ned Doheny - Separate Oceans CD/LP
La Sera - Hour of the Dawn CD/LP
Kishi Bashi - Lighght CD/LP
Swans - Burning World LP reissue
Swans - To Be Kind 2CD/3LP
Watery Love - Decorative Feeding CD/LP
Guided by Voices - Cool Planet CD/LP
K. Leimer - A Period of Review CD/LP
Tobacco - Ultima II Massage CD/LP
APRIL 15TH INDIE EXCLUSIVE:
Sub Pop LOSER Edition on WHITE VINYL - 2xLP 45RPM 180GRAM vinyl with gatefold sleeve, custom dust sleeves and 16-page booklet. Available for pre-order now (in the shop or by phone).
APRIL 29TH INDIE EXCLUSIVE:
Sub Pop LOSER Edition features a booklet with Chad's drawings. Available for pre-order now (in the shop or by phone).
NEXT MUSIC TRIVIA - APRIL 22
Join us Tuesday, April 22nd at the High Noon Saloon for MUSIC TRIVIA. Registration starts at 5:30 with the first question at 6PM. Two for one happy hour at the High Noon Saloon...save the date!
CLOUD NOTHINGS PRIZE PACK:
Pre-order or purchase the new Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else CD or LP (April 1 release) and be entered to win 2 tickets to their show + the opportunity to have your copy autographed by the band when they play the High Noon Saloon on Friday, May 2. All LP purchases will also receive a Cloud Nothings slipmat FREE, while supplies last.
USED JAZZ & BLUES CD SALE/EVENT - SAVE THE DATE:
Anyone who's peeped our used jazz CD section lately has noticed a gradual arrival of quality titles. This weekend get ready for the avalanche. We've finally finished prepping a few gargantuan collections and these new items are ready for the floor.
Lots of great small-group offerings from the 50s and 60s, with a particular emphasis on the Riverside, Blue Note and Verve labels, along with a significant cross-section of non-shmaltzy big band. Think Ellington, Lunceford and Basie instead of the Glenn Millers. As much as we love seeing a whole heap of Davis and Getz coming into the racks, this infusion is concentrated on the players we don't see represented here all that regularly. Don't miss this one. It's bound to be picked over quickly, though there's plenty to keep a whole grip of listeners satisfied.
The Blues titles are deep and strong with post war, Chicago, Delta, Piedmont, West Coast, Texas, acoustic & electric! Get them while they last. Sale runs Friday, April 25 - Sunday, April 27.
OUR WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION:
We are working on some updates, if you encounter issues or need assistance, please email email@example.com or phone the shop at 608.259.1991.
STRICTLY DISCS IS CLOSED ON EASTER (Sunday, April 20):
Ron, Ryan, Evan, Angie, Marty, Ethan & Clay