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 24, 2017.

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.

We’ll be operating our Record Store Day Black Friday wish list / request system the same way as year’s past. Wish lists can be created starting Friday the 20th at 5PM.

So please feel free to make your requests 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, please know that some of these products are extremely limited and will sell out quickly.

The list of Black Friday exclusives can be found HERE.


Greetings Strictly Discs companions! Here is our comprehensive, exhaustive (but not exhausting, we hope) run down of the oodles of new music we have on hand in the shop. It's another jam packed week, with big releases from the worlds of folk, rock, hip hop, jazz and techno, plus a slew of great reissues, so read on!

First off, at last, a couple of months after they surprised their loyal fanbase with the announcement of their first new album since 2009's 'Daisy,' we have in our clutches LP copies of 'Science Fiction' from Long Island alt-rock stalwarts Brand New. We've believed the hype about these guys for years now, ever since a handful of people slept on the sidewalk overnight to snag rare copies of 'Deja Entendu' on Record Store Day. 'Science Fiction' is a limited LP pressing on red and blue vinyl, and probably won't be sticking around here long, so slide on in.

Speaking of in-demand, we have a new album from Margo Price that's blowing us away, and preorders for the limited edition version have already exceeded supply! Fear not, we still have copies of the standard LP and CD. This is an impressive follow-up to her 2015 debut. We have tote bags as added value free while they last.

Canadian songwriting savant Destroyer brings us an incredible new record this week. 'Ken' continues in the upbeat, synthtastic, near-dancy tempos of his recent efforts, with ample room for his ingenious lyricism to shine through.

Folk-pop dream duo Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn are back with a new CD, proving once again that two banjos are better than one. Their 2014 album has been one of our most consistently popular contemporary folk records!

Pink vinyl brings together two artists who I would otherwise never mention in the same sentence. Both Gwar and Gary Clark Jr see their recent LPs reprinted on the pink colored wax with proceeds benefiting Gilda's Club.

Lee Gamble has filleted his way through jungle, drum n bass, ethereal ambient, and Warp/Autechre style techno for years now, creating some of the 21st century's most confoundingly rewarding albums. His latest for Hyperdub, 'Mnestic Pressure', is quite possible his best yet.

It's an epic week for female-identifying artists that break the mold, bend the mold, or just stack a ton of molds on top of eachother. We have amazing new albums from Colleen, Gel Set, Charlotte Dos Santos, and Circuit Des Yeux, plus promising EPs from Carla Dal Forno and Sudan Archives.

A pair of reissue LPs retrace the contemporary fixation with rhythms both synthetic and organic. We head first to the early 80s with Jon Hassell's 'Dream Theory in Malaya,' an incredibly transporting album of looped horns and percussion that taught Eno a thing or two, and then further back to the 60s for Harry Partch's legendary 'And On the Seventh Day Petals Fell In Petaluma', a scrambling, soothing suite of modern compositions made by an ensemble on bowls, bells, homemade percussion, and strings. Pick up both of these and a bottle of ale and lock all your doors.

A new UK label has done us the major solid of collecting all of the 12" tracks from the incredible, shortlived UK band Maximum Joy. Fronted by singer Janine Rainforth and staffed by members of the Pop Group and Glaxo Babies, MJ utterly epitomized the essence of dubwise post-punk as it firmed up in the wake of the Sex Pistols and the like. Danceable yet urgent, Maximum Joy's no-BS approach to their sound seems even more captivating now, in this world full of fakes, frauds n phonies.

More reissues and retrospectives! We have an expanded version of George Michael's 'Listen Without Prejudice' in the house, as well as two reprinted Talk Talk LPs, a first-ever vinyl pressing of the singles collection from legendary 90s mathrock band Don Caballero, an expanded 10th Anniversary edition of Spoon's 'Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga', a very juiced up expansion of the Smiths' signature gloomfest 'The Queen Is Dead' (with some cool lithographs to give away with it as well as a pillowcase for the first one to pick it up!), a 50th anniversary restored edition of Pearls Before Swine's classic baroque-folk masterpiece 'One Nation Underground', a lovely reprint of Weldon Irvine's souljazz smash 'Spirit Man', plus Rocktober reissues of Iggy Pop, Ace Frehley, Candlebox, and Thin Lizzy.

Speaking of the Iggster, the Run Out Groove series turns its attention to the Stooges 'Funhouse', collecting across 3 LPs the best outtakes that appeared on the insanely in-depth 7 CD Rhino box set from 1999. This is a one-time pressing of less than 3000 for the world, so we will not have copies for too long. As long as you come buy one now.

For years, I've fielded queries about getting LPs from the Ghost Box label, the UK imprint run by designer Julian House and Broadcast associate Jim Jupp. Across two decades, the label has more or less singlehandedly defined the 'hauntology' genre, a tag that encompasses a parallel universe of music influenced by BBC radiophonics, vintage scifi, library music, jazz, exotica, and primitive techno. At present, we have every currently in-print Ghost Box title in the house; that's records from Pye Corner Audio, the Focus Group, Belbury Poly, The Pattern Forms, and the Advisory Circle, plus the latest CD from the Focus Group. You really can't go wrong with any of these albums, especially this time of year!

The Numero Group brings us two treasures: a lovingly in-depth retrospective of the groundbreaking transgender soul singer Jackie Shane, and a new repress of Pastor TL Barrett's 'Just Like A Ship', which has now been sampled by both Kanye and DJ Khaled.

New rock rolls in from The Church, Enslaved, Makthaverskan, Tusks, Grooms, Giraffage and Kele Okereke, plus another duo album from Ryley Walker and Bill Mackay.

New jazz this week from Pat Martino, Rez Abbasi, Dave Douglas, and Wadada Leo Smith.

New international releases include a CD version of the incredible Outro Tempo compilation of 80s Brazilian electronic and folk, killer compilations of traditional music from Mali and Peru, a new LP print of 90s South African freestyle house by Professor Rhythm on the Awesome Tapes From Africa label, and a new double CD compiling 4 very rare Lee Scratch Perry LPs.

On the hip hop front, we have the first ever official release of Pete Rock's incredible 1995 album 'Center of Attention', plus new ones from XL Middleton, Thouxan, Danny Watts, Masta Killa, Sean Price's 'Imperius Rex' on LP finally, a CD of early Blu & Exile material, and an LP repress of Black Moon's 'Enta Da Stage'!

Techno, house, dance and freaky electronics roll in from Dedekind Cut, Tapan, City, Francis Inferno, Floating Points, Aybee, Project Pablo, Sugai Ken, and Yuri Morozov, plus a lovely collection of Matthewdavid's incredible new age music as Mindflight.

Kaboom! That's it for the new stuff.


Heading downstairs for the USED VINYL ALERT, we have a sweet selection of classic rock, 70s avant garde, 80s wave and hard rock, plus a whole lot of sealed sealed SEALED records spanning decades and genres. Sealed records are crazy. Nobody's ever opened them, sometimes for decades! How do you explain it? I don't know.

We have some primo pressings of majorly sought after records this week, including many from the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, and David Bowie. Some of these LPs may be the cleanest OG copies of these records I've ever seen, and if you read all these emails you know thats a lot of records!

Plenty more in the classic zone this week comes from the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, Jerry Garcia, Fleetwood Mac, Buckingham Nicks, John Lennon, Yes, the Kinks, the Doors, the Easybeats, Lou Reed, Flamin Groovies, Van Morrison, the Yardbirds, Ten Years After, Sam the Sham, Thin Lizzy, Roger Waters, Lee Hazlewood, Harry Nilsson, Steely Dan, Bruce Springsteen, Blues Image, Steve Miller, Uriah Heep, Nick Lowe, Zephyr, Ginger Baker, the Faces, Spirit, and Bo Diddley.

This week we take you on an extended foray through Ralph Records country, the 70s/80s label that united the worlds of Midwest American and European/UK art rock. Nearly every Pere Ubu and Residents LP is here, alongside solo records from David Thomas and Snakefinger, plus majorly great records from Yello, Tuxedomoon, Skeleton Crew, Fred Frith, and Renaldo and the Loaf, plus related avant/art/underground LPs from John Zorn, Lydia Lunch, the Birthday Party, Captain Beefheart, Tangerine Dream, Eno and Cluster, Gentle Giant, King Crimson, Velvet Underground, and John Cale.

In the 80s new wave/postpunk/pop vein, we have a ton of winners from the Jesus and Mary Chain, Wham, George Michael, REM, OMD, Grace Jones, Talking Heads, Tears for Fears, Depeche Mode, Prince, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Milli Vanilli, Cyndi Lauper, the Sex Pistols, INXS, and the one and only Sade.

On the harder front, we've got some Scorpions, Dio, Rainbow, the Heretics, Great White, Kings X, Yngwie Malmsteen, Motley Crue, Saxon, Poison, Europe, and some cool metal and punk comps.

On the folk front, we have Arlo Guthrie, scores of Joni Mitchell, Tracy Nelson, Judee Sill, the Indigo Girls, and Hedge and Donna, plus a slew of great reggae from Judy Mowatt, Mutabaruka, the Mighty Invaders, Byron Lee and more, plus lps from Isaac Hayes, Allen Toussaint, and Los Lobos.

Swing on down for a dig or two!


General requirements:
• Excellent communication skills - verbal and written
• Self-motivated and independent thinker
• Computer proficiency
• Flexibility
• Strong work ethic
• High level of organization and precise time management skills
• Ability to lift and carry 70 pound boxes

Retail Clerk:
• Music retail experience
• Excellent customer service skills; ability to anticipate customer needs
• A passion for music, and a broad, deep base of musical knowledge
• Availability to work nights and weekends

Vinyl Pricing Clerk:
• Excellent customer service skills; ability to anticipate customer needs
• A passion for music, and a broad, deep base of musical knowledge
• Knowledge of Goldmine standards & experience grading and pricing records
• Knowledge of stereo equipment/functionality
• Availability to work nights and weekends

To apply, submit letter of interest & resume & salary requirements to


October 20 - Destroyer - Ken - yellow vinyl + 7"

October 20 - Margo Price - All American Made - sky blue vinyl with alternate LP jacket and insert screen printed by hand

October 20 - Bully - Losing - Sub Pop LOSER Edition on clear/black swirl vinyl

October 20 - Brand New - Science Fiction - blue and red vinyl

October 27 - Weezer - Pacific Daydream - red vinyl with black splatter

November 10 - Angel Olsen - Phases - olive green vinyl

November 17 - Morrissey - Low In High School - transparent green viny

November 17 - Sharon Jones - Soul Of A Woman - red vinyl


The basement is fully stocked with new and vintage equipment:

New turntables (Pro-Ject Debut Carbon) & New speakers (Kantu YU2)
Vintage turntables, speakers & receivers starting at $99.
Full vintage systems including turntable, receiver & speakers, starting at $299.


Our next MUSIC TRIVIA at the High Noon Saloon is Tuesday, December 12th. Registration starts at 5:30 with the first question from Angie and Marty at 6PM. Save the date for January 9th and February 6, 2018.


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 Neil Finn’s most lush and romantic album. There is a small string orchestra and choir used on the album. The entire album was recorded live in the studio so the sound is very immediate and punchy. The songs deal with loss, both personal and in the pursuit of love. Throughout his career, Mr. Finn has been a master of pop songwriting. His songwriting skills are present on this album, but the orchestral sounds tug the songs into an area that is still pop but also very personal. “Out of Science” is an album unlike any he has released with Split Enz, Crowded House or solo. But the album more than succeeds on its own terms and achievements.
- Ted Talks

In 2015, Americana musician Jackie Greene released an album that was dull, lifeless and really just plain boring. That album featured none of what had made Mr. Greene a talent to follow in the past. His new ep is thankfully the total opposite of that album. Mr. Greene has returned to his roots music with a vengeance. In fact, his new music is more blues based than before. All the songs were recorded in his basement studio, and the sound is much rawer than before. After his 2015 album, I really had expected to write off Mr. Greene. I am glad that I took a chance on this wonderful ep.
- Ted Talks

It has been thirty-five years since the release of his first solo album. And what a strange trip it has been. He has left the hit-making sounds of his first few solo albums and has for the last twenty years or so concentrated on making music in the English and American folk and roots idiom. “Carry Fire” continues in that direction, but with subtle hints of rock and roll and even a bit of industrial. That being said, the music is probably even more subtle and atmospheric than the work that he did with Allison Krauss and Patty Griffin. With all the success that Mr. Plant enjoyed in the first part of his career, it would have been so easy to rest on his laurels and just do greatest hits shows with a reconstituted Led Zeppelin or a lesser group of musicians. That he has followed his own course is admirable. And if he continues releasing albums such as “Carry Fire,” I think the latter part of his career will be more musically rewarding than the first.
- Ted Talks

Ron, Ryan, Angie, Evan, Marty, Luke, Matt, Michael, Ben & Will