Hi Strictly Discs shoppers, Evan here, back from a week on the beaches in sunny New Jersey. Since you can't stay on vacation forever, there's no other place I'd rather be than right here telling you about all this week's great new records! Away we go!

We begin with Grizzly Bear. Don't say you've forgotten them! It's been four years or so since their last studio album, but the bear has been holed up in its lair for some time preparing this, their perhaps most poised and delicately arranged album of smart pop yet.

Four years is nothing compared to how long it's been since we've seen a record from Rainer Maria. The sometime-Madison residents were underground emo darlings around the turn of the century, but it's been over a decade since we've heard from them. Happy to say this new album is pretty damn full of life.

Speaking of lively, the album-length debut from LA-bred boogieman Benedek is here, and it is a certified banger! Slicing up bits of modern funk, drum machine drift, and bouncy house, 'Bene's World' is a percolating groover par exellence.

The Italian percussionist Lino Capra Vaccina's debut solo album came out in 1978. Maybe if Youtube had been around then (or, like, computers period), more people would have known about it's incredibly intoxicating brew of chiming vibraphones, booming gongs, and elusive woodwinds. 'Antico Adagio' is a landmark record at the intersection of new age and modern composition that's been championed by all sorts of heads for years. Now YOU, dear friend, can buy it too!

On the vinyl front, we now have LP copies of Randy Newman's latest, along with Cheap Trick's 'We're All Alright' deluxe vinyl, and the latest albums from Trombone Shorty, Haim, Calvin Harris and Lil Yachty.

Floating Points' Sam Shepherd continues the very illuminating voyage of his reissue label Melodies, this time restoring an obscure Philly soul single from Maurice Moore. This cut is unstoppable, and is backed with an edit from FloPo, and comes with an awesome 16 page fanzine. Quantities limited so you know what that means.

Wrapping it up, we've also got interesting jams in from Lil Ugly Mane, a new Music From Memory single from Caliban, a reissue from Italian prog-folkie Maria Monte, plus new records from Daniele Baldelli, Akira Rabelais, Central and Roy of the Ravers.


Heading downstairs for this week's USED VINYL ALERT, we've got just touch more than 800 fresh used LPs for your perusal this week, and everyone's a winner baby. (Hot Chocolate, anyone? No? OK.)

On the tried and true front, we have a whole lot of Pink Floyd this week, including rare early and bootleg pressings. Same goes for the Beatles and the Stones. If original pressing Pearl Jam is your thing, you'll want to be here early, Velvet Underground and Lou Reed solo, too.

Moving on, how about King Crimson, David Bowie (Low!), Frank Zappa, the Who, the Kinks, Pearls Before Swine, Captain Beefheart, The Remains, the Barracudas, Neu!, Richard and Linda Thompson, Van Morrison, John Hiatt, Mott the Hoople, Tommy James and the Shondells, the Pretty Things, The Move, Love, Jade Warrior, Deep Purple, and Aerosmith.

Hitting up the 80s, where rock n roll reached, in this man's opinion, its final true form, we have some very solid scores from the Clash, Nick Cave, the Black Crowes, Echo and the Bunnymen, Bad Brains, the Pogues, Judas Priest, the Jam, R.E.M., Talking Heads, Billy Bragg, Kate Bush, and even more obscure and strange new wave.

Some great folk and blues this week, including Dave Grisman, Leo Kottke, Guy Clark, Johnny Cash, Albert King, BB King, Ronnie Earl and Lightnin Hopkins.

Some strong soul and funk this week comes in from Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, The Meters, Don Blackman, Lee Dorsey, Sam + Dave, Black Lightning, Isaac Hayes, Marvin Gaye, and Booker T Jones! All that, plus some crucial reggae cuts from Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff, plus Grace Jones, who is a genre unto herself.

If you're looking for more recent titles, including some that have already gone out of print, check out LPs from Joanna Newsom, Deerhunter, Panda Bear, Cursillistas, Ariel Pink, Of Montreal, Lust for Youth, Nine Inch Nails, Perfume Genius, Talk Talk, the Flaming Lips, Stereolab, and Godspeed You Black Emperor.

Wrapping up, we have some very cool electronic and experimental LPs from recent years, including lots of obscure/small run titles, plus bigger records from Flying Lotus, Squarepusher, Tim Hecker, DJ Q-Bert, Lazy Magnet, Blues Control, Bitchin Bajas, Boards of Canada, DJ Shadow, Prefuse 73, Aphex Twin, Laurel Halo, and Oneohtrix Point Never! We will oneohtrix point see you real soon at the shop. Happy weekend!


Our next MUSIC TRIVIA at the High Noon Saloon is Tuesday, August 22nd. Registration starts at 5:30 with the first question from Angie and Marty at 6PM. Save the date for trivia on MONDAY, September 18th.


August 25 - Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Talk Tight - Sub Pop LOSER Edition on mint green vinyl

August 25 - Afghan Whigs - Up In It - Sub Pop LOSER Edition on blue/white swirl vinyl

August 25 - Afghan Whigs - Congregation - Sub Pop LOSER Edition on red/white swril vinyl

August 25 - Afghan Whigs - Uptown Avondale - Sub Pop LOSER Edition on silver vinyl

August 25 - Chad VanGaalan - Infiniheart - Sub Pop LOSER Edition on turquoise vinyl

August 25 - EMA - Exile In The Outer Ring - red vinyl

August 25 - Gogol Bordello - Seekers & Finders - blue & white marbled vinyl

August 25 - Queens of the Stone Age - Villians - indie LP

August 25 - Iron and Wine - Beast Epic - Red & blue 2LP with alternate artwork, two bonus tracks from the Beast Epic recording sessions along with three home recorded demos

August 25 - War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding - 2LPs on coke bottle clear vinyl

August 25 - Cage The Elephant - Unpeeled - indie LP

September 8 - Chad VanGaalen - Light Information - Sub Pop LOSER edition on clear vinyl

September 8 - Deerhoof - Mountain Moves - blue swirl vinyl

September 8 - The National - Sleep Well Beast - blue vinyl

September 15 - Prophets of Rage - S/T

September 15 - Ariel Pink - Dedicated To Bobby Jameson - blue vinyl

September 22 - Metz - Strange Peace - Sub Pop LOSER Edition on clear swirl vinyl

September 29 - Katy Perry - Witness - red vinyl

October 6 - Wolf Parade - Cry, Cry, Cry - Sub Pop LOSER Edition on white/cream vinyl

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


The basement is fully stocked with new and vintage equipment:

New turntables (Pro-Ject Debut Carbon) & 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.

"Return of the Giant Slits" is the band's second and also final release in their first incarnation. The album takes its influences from their first album "Cut," and then runs with those influences as far as it was possible to run. The basis of this album, as is their first release, is reggae. But the band quickly veers into world music territory and then adds their own exceedingly idiosyncratic style and songwriting to the proceedings. The Slits were one of the first seventies punk bands to move beyond the confines of the tried and true punk sound and use world music as a true musical inspiration. And the Slits were one of the first female punk bands to make a significant mark on music, period. "The Return of the Giant Slits" is as groundbreaking now as it was in 1981.
- Ted Talks

This album is the 101st album that Robert Pollard has been involved with. It is also Guided By Voices' 25th album. And "How Do You Spell heaven" may be one of the best albums he has been involved with in many years. GBV released a 32 song album earlier this year ("August by Cake"), and while there were some great songs, the sheer amount of tracks blunted the impact of the album as a whole. "August By Cake" was good but not great. There is no filler on the 15 track "How Do You Spell Heaven." Apparently, Mr. Pollard decided to write an album of great songs that we all knew he was capable of doing. One magnificent song follows another, and this may also be the most rocking GBV incarnation ever. This album is proof positive of the talent that Mr. Pollard possesses. Since the classic GBV albums of the nineties, however, Mr. Pollard has not had the ability and/or the inclination to produce a great album. "How Do You Spell Heaven" is that great album.
- Ted Talks

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