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.
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.
We look forward to celebrating a 8th Record Store Day with you. It oughta be the best one yet! JOIN US SATURDAY, APRIL 18TH.
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.
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CLICK HERE FOR THE LIST OF CONFIRMED RELEASES (MORE TO COME):
NEW OR NOTEWORTHY THIS WEEK:
I guess I'm a bit of a rock philistine, but I'd never heard of the Apartments before. The Brisbane band formed in 1979 and released some singles before relocating to London to release their 1985 debut, which is a wonderfully languorous chamber pop record made for nocturnal listening. Main man Peter Walsh had the songwriting acumen of Alex Chilton, a haunting delivery not dissimilar from Nick Cave, Morrissey or Ian McCulloch. The songs on The Evening Visits are mainly somber slow burners that only occasionally boil over, tasteful and stately songs that eschew the excess drama and pomp that marked a lot of bigger new wave bands of the era. Captured Tracks continues to showcase old records that perfectly inform the dour jangle of another generation of indie rock, in an expanded edition that includes demos and rarities.
- Evan/Strictly Discs
CD $15.99/LP $24.99
After a slew of uncanny albums that rinsed moody folk in washes of textural static, the Michigander who goes by the nom de drone of Benoit Pioulard puts his mic away and brings us an album built from scraps of field recordings and guitar harmonics. These billowing melismata feel right at home on the Kranky label that has hung the softly humming moon for over two decades now. The pieces on Sonnet creak, heave and burn with a subtle drama, culminating in the album's longest track, "The Very Edges of its Flame", which sees a gorgeous plucked melody rise out of a bustling din, like ambient Squarepusher paying homage to Satie. A lovely record.
- Evan/Strictly Discs
CD $13.99/LP $17.99
Two fascinating documents from the obscure world of late 1970s Italian art music. Walter Maioli of the group Aktuala joined up with intonation theorist Riccardo Sinigaglia and the multi-instrumentalist from Burkina Faso Gabin Dabire. This was an era where scores of intrepid and eclectic ensembles were exploring the intersections of sacred music, traditional folk, indian raga, and modular synthesis, creating unclassifiable sounds that understandably had a limited audience (only 350 copies of Dai Primitivi were pressed). How strange that now, thirty years on, this music sounds completely prescient, predicting the strange partnerships of a world slowly encroaching upon itself, creating little eddies tucked out of sight to retreat into for peaceful contemplation. The instrumentation on these records is as variegated as a brackish lake, involving processed piano, lots of synth, tambura, flutes, bells, mbira and other African hand percussion, and plenty of echo. Two wonderful documents of a fleeting encounter just before the future, previously lost to the past.
- Evan/Strictly Discs
CD $15.99/LP $23.99
Worlds away from the druggy, overwrought contemporary psych that fills festivals all over the US every summer sits a true rider for the transformative pathways of improvised, spiritual rock and roll. Masaki Batoh founded the group Ghost in Tokyo in 1984, and they proceeded to release ten albums of organic large ensemble headtrips that seemed to procreate within your speakers. Gossamer folk wound with bouzouki, mandolin and guitar; droning strings like gas escaping from the asthenosphere; traditional Japanese flute airs drifting with tabla, drums and vibraphones. All these elements tumble and lurch in a democratic unison, led by the plaintive vocals of Batoh, both mystical and nakedly human. On The Silence, Batoh's first new outing since the last Ghost album in '07, he convenes a band with other members of Ghost, plus drummer Okano from Acid Mothers Temple and scores of other Japanese avant-rock bands. The result is basically the same magic as achieved by Ghost. I even alternated listening to songs on The Silence with songs from my favorite Ghost album, 1992's Second Time Around, and they sound as if they all could have come from the same session despite being recorded over 20 years apart. While many cuts here hit the soaring heights of old, other tracks have a spare, Canterbury-esque feel, like Pentangle jamming with a shamisen ensemble, while others hint at burned-out blues. Like most previous Batoh works, The Silence is the sum of many parts, and is one of the more rewarding listens of the year so far.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
CD 13.99/LP $19.99
From the moment the wider world outside of Chicago got wind of Ryley Walker, there were expectations that he would make some pretty spectacular music. And after some solid early albums, the folkie fabulist has done it. Primrose Green dives deeper into the vibrant heather of early 70s Nick Drake/Bert Janschian folk, but with a grandeur and sincerity that takes the proceedings far beyond a genre recreation. Walker's plectral elegance with the acoustic guitar casts a whole spectrum of moods within one piece; sorrow, solitude, yearning, and hope. What truly elevates this album above his prior work, however, is the band he has assembled behind him. Bassist Anton Hatwich, drummer Frank Rosaly, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz have played in countless formations in the Windy City, and bring their extra-sensory musical synthesis to bear on this album in a major way, creating backing tapestries that billow and rise with a mellifluous ease. A simply stunning album that we ought to be hearing about all year.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
CD $13.99/LP $17.99
CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF SOME OF OUR SELECTED & NOTABLE RELEASES FOR MARCH 31ST:
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
UPCOMING NEW RELEASES & REISSUES OF NOTE - PREORDER NOW:
Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell CD/LP
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Asunder, Sweet & Other Distress CD/LP
Death Grips - Powers that Be CD/LP
Andrew Bird - Weather Systems CD/LP
Lower Dens - Escape From Evil CD/LP
James Blackshaw - Summoning Suns CD/LP
Ryley Walker - Primrose Green CD/LP
Follakzoid - III CD/LP
Fort Romeau - Insides CD/LP
Houndstooth - No News From Home CD/LP
Benoit Pioulard - Sonnet CD/LP
Reptar - Lurid Glow CD/LP
vSoft Moon - Deeper CD/LP
Swearing At Motorists - S/T CD/LP
Crown Larks - Blood Dancer CD/LP
Doldrums - The Air Conditioned Nightmare CD
Electric Wizard - S/T LP reissue
GABI - Sympathy 2LP
Good Life Album of the Year, Black Out, and Novena on a Nocturn LP reissues
Kerrier District - 4CD/3LP
Lord Huron - Strange Trails CD/LP
Matt & Kim - New Glow CD/LP
RP Boo - Classics Vol. 1 LP
Antonio Sanchez - Birdman OST 2LP
V/A - Sherwood At The Controls Vol. 1 CD/LP
Toro Y Moi - What For? CD/LP
Weed - Running Back CD/LP
Brian Wilson - No Pier Pressure CD/2LP
Beach Boys - Carl & The Passions - So Tough LP
Blind Shake - Fly Right CD/LP
Calexico - Edge Of The Sun CD/LP
Don Cherry & Latif Khan - Music/Sangam LP
Dead Moon - In The Graveyard, Strange Pray Tell and Unknown Passage LP
Bob Dylan - Gaslight, NYC, Sept. 6th, 1961 LP
Michael Hurley - Armchair Boogie LP reissue
Robert A.A. Lowe & Ariel Kalma - We Know Each Other Somehow 2LP+DVD
Sleep - Dopesmoker picture disc LP
Sonic Youth - Bad Moon Rising CD/LP reissue
Stranger Cat - In The Wilderness CD/LP
Sunns & Jerusalem In My Heart - S/T CD/LP
Swans - Filth deluxe 3CD reissue
Tal National - Zoy Zoy CD/LP
Villagers - Darling Arithmetic CD/LP
NEXT MUSIC TRIVIA APRIL 14TH AT THE HIGH NOON SALOON:
Our next MUSIC TRIVIA at the High Noon Saloon will be 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!
Mountain Goats - Beat The Champ Deluxe LP:
Deluxe indie-only LPs available for pre-order - pressed on colored vinyl, and includes a bonus 12-inch Blood Capsules / Dub Capsules. Pre-order by stopping in the shop, calling (608.259.1991) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waxahatchee Indie-Only LP pre-order:
Pre-order the new indie-only limited color edition LP by stopping in the shop, calling us at 608.259.1991 or emailing email@example.com
USED VINYL ALERT:
Feels like we were just telling you about last week's fresh used vinyl; it's hard to believe we've got even more! There's plenty of scores in this week's haul (coming mainly from Detroit collectors), from jazz to metal, from disco to folk.
Lots of classic and rare titles from the Pretty Things, Gene Clark, Kate Bush, Randy California, Dr. John (early stuff), David Bowie, The Clash, Captain Beefheart, Link Wray, Frank Zappa, Pearls Before Swine, Patti Smith, the Poppy Family and many more.
Electronic stuff from Kraftwerk, Pierre Boulez, and some nice Krautrock titles. Lots of strange and very rare private press folk and rock.
Plenty of Jazz, especially on the Blue Note, Impulse, CTI and ECM labels. Some killer titles here from Ornette Coleman, Lee Morgan, Monk, Coltrane, GIl Scott-Heron, Freddie Hubbard and Sun Ra.
We haven't had a lot of classic soul lately, but that's been remedied with a ton of killer 70s stuff, plus a bunch of great disco and funk. James Brown, Funkadelic, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Gloria Gaynor, Donna Summer, MSFB, Fraternity of Man, and the Beginning of the End are just some of the names.
Add in some very interesting and seldom seen metal, hardcore and 80s/90s alt-punk in the mix and it's another diggers dream! Cruise down this weekend!
FREE ALABAMA SHAKES 7" WITH PRE-ORDER:
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They are all siblings, and mom (who was a drummer in the Raincoats) and dad are their live rhythm section. This is obviously their third album, but only their second release in the USA. And this one is produced by Mick Jones of the Clash and BAD fame. Their other albums were very 50s roots rock, but on this new one they have added a lot of 60s elements. There are strong ska, blues, Motown, girl groups and soul influences that swirl together and percolate on this album. I am reminded of Amy Winehouse and the first Duffy album, but with a less produced sound. Sometimes brotherly and sisterly love can lead to beautiful music, literally.
- Ted Talks
It is hard to believe that this is the first new music put out by the band since 1967. And they still have their original singer, guitarist and saxophone player! You remember the band; they performed such classics as "Psycho" and "The Witch" in the mid 60s. The band played high energy 50s rock and roll, but with individual style and intensity that stood out even then. Imagine Iggy Pop fronting the Dave Clark 5 and you will have an idea of the power of the band in their heyday. The decades haven't diminished their power. The songs are mainly covers, written by such classic performers as Bo Diddly, Ray Charles, the Kinks and others. But just because they haven't written the songs, doesn't mean that they can't inject them with the nitro-fueled power that they seem to be able to summon at will. This is without a doubt the most rockin album that you will hear this year. This is an instant party album, guaranteed. To think of it, this had to be a powerful album, if it was going to be the first new Sonics material in album in 47 years. Not bad for people that are supposed to be in the sunset years of their lives.
- Ted Talks
Deke is without a doubt one of the greatest roots guitar players in the land. And it is hard to believe that this is the second Greatest Hits package from Deke. He was last seen in 2014, along with the Los Straitjackets, putting lyrics to some of the greatest instrumental hits of the last 50 years. This Greatest Hits features selections from his albums going back from the late 90s to the present. Guests on some of the recordings are Billy Zoom and Madison's own Joel Paterson. If you like masterful rockabilly, blues, western swing and western bop, performed with a wry sense of humor, then this is most definitely the album for you. And if you want a primer in classic roots rock guitar playing, then this is the album for you too.
- Ted Talks
Ron, Ryan, Angie, Ethan, Evan, Luke, Jimi, Zack & Emma