• NEW THIS WEEK AT THE SHOP:

    Hi there, everyone. Welcome to this week's Words On Sounds email, where you get the full report on what's new at Strictly Discs. We have a wild spread of new releases and primo used vinyl for you to check out today!

    On the new release front, our most anticipated title this week comes from the animal that needs no introduction, the one and only Panda Bear of Animal Collective. His new EP is called "A Day With the Homies", and is a vinyl-only release that is only available in indie stores - take that Urban Outfitters! We've been jamming a test-pressing of this one all week and it's a marvelous slab of PB's singular brand of kaleidoscopic avant-pop. 

    We also have a new release from Southern crooner Anderson East. This one's produced by Dave Cobb and shares a similar sound as the last couple Cobb-led Jason Isbell albums, while East's voice is a bit smoother going down, and he seems to have far fewer stresses in his life than Isbell does. We're digging this one as a warmer-upper for sure.

    The Blood Orange/Grizzly Bear affiliated Terrible Records label brings us a cool new release from a multi-instrumentalist Sam Gendel. Lil Uzi Vert's recent release 'Luv Iz Rage 2' is now here on vinyl. Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin has a new release with his own 'Complex'. Funky, sleek electro-pop ingenue Borns has a new album in on CD and LP. Shame's debut album 'Songs of Praise' is here on colored wax. We have new releases from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Corrosion of Conformity, and the Penguin Cafe Orchestra. The Big Star archive continues to give up the goods with a new CD of an unheard live set from 1974. Blue Note brings us a new release from organ god Dr. Lonnie Smith, and we have new CDs in from Curtis Salgado, Tinsley Ellis, and Petula Clark.

    The Rhino 'Start Your Ear Off Right' brings us some real whoppers this week, all on colored vinyl: we have two EPs from the Notorious BIG, 'Big Poppa' on white vinyl, 'Hypnotize' on black/orange; Dio's 'Holy Diver' on red and 'Last in Line' on blue, and ZZ Top's classic 'Tres Hombres' on green.

    Speaking of reissues, we have a copy of Brett Dennen's self-titled LP back in print, a yellow and blue vinyl version of X-Ray Spex's classic 'Germ Free Adolescents', a fresh repress of Betty Davis' career landmark, 'Nasty Gal', and a 20th anniversary LP press of Houston rapper Lil Keke's 'Dont Mess With Texas'. Brazilian funkster Marcos Valle's boogie holy grail 'Estrelar' is here, plus copies of the stone-killer early 70s Detroit funk-rock bomb from Eddy Senay, 'Hot Thang'. If you dig the guitar-driven funk of Dennis Coffey and that ilk, this is one you must have!

    West coast folkways-oriented guitarist/vocalist Marisa Anderson has a fresh LP of traditional and public domain songs out on Mississippi. This one's a beauty.

    On the heels of last year's excellent 'Even A Tree Can Shed Tears' compilation from Light In The Attic, a Japanese label is now rolling out some drop dead gorgeous reproduction LPs of full albums that are represented on that comp. This week we have two from Happy End and one from Tokedashita Garasubako. Beautiful artwork and Obi-strip here (naturally), as well as timeless music; these are sure to become collector's items rather quickly.

    We have a 45-RPM remaster of the Rolling Stones 'Exile on Main St.' spread across 2 LPs, an LP release from Sun Records with a slew of artists paying tribute to Hank Williams, plus a greatest hits vinyl set from Tears For Fears.We have two killer video game soundtracks this week, 'Sonic Mania' and 'Metal Slug', plus an LP version of Christa Lee's 'Welcome To the Fantasy Zone'. The Seattle-based musician makes chiptune music that sounds like evocative soundtracks for Sega games that never existed. Steve Reich's massive achievement 'Drumming' is available on a new audiophile label. The Seance Centre label brings us a lovely, remastered version of Canadian new age folkie Beverly Glenn-Copeland's 'Keyboard Fantasies', a voyage into pastoral synth that will leave you changed by the end. We also have new ambient electronic wonders from Palta and Bartosz Kruczynski.
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  • USED VINYL ALERT

    USED VINYL ALERT
    Heading downstairs for this week's USED VINYL ALERT, we have a very cool collection that centers on older R&B, soul, blues and jazz this week, mostly sourced from our recent trips to the Carolinas. Being as lots of these records were dug up halfway across the country, there's a lot of cool titles here we've never seen before! We've had lots of fun flipping through these all week.

    On the soul front, check out titles from the Impressions, Otis Redding, Brook Benton, Jackie Wilson, Gladys Knight, Margie Joseph, Edwin Starr, Sam Cooke, Archie Bell, Donna Summer, Ike & Tina, the Chambers Brothers, Parliament, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Hank Ballard, Linda Jones, Al Green, and Michael Jackson. 

    Some great jazz this week rolls in from Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, Horace Silver, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Hank Mobley, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Yusef Lateef and Cecil Taylor!

    On the bluesier end of things we have Lightning Slim, Little Caesar, Allen Toussaint, Joe Turner, John Lee Hooker, Bobby Bland, Odetta, Cisco Houston, Muddy Waters, Champion Jack Dupree, and BB King.

    Plenty more fills in all the connections in this collection, including a slew of early doo wop LPs, some 80s funk, and several compelling gospel albums. We have a lot of calypso and steel drum records, plus reggae from names like Peter Tosh, Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff. Hip hop runs the gamut from the Geto Boys and Young MC, to Whodini, the Fat Boys, and Kid N Play, to Lil Louis, Schooly D and Trick Daddy.

    We've got some popular classics this week from Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Prince, Tom Waits, Fleetwood Mac, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, and John Lennon. Hard rock and head rock comes from The Seeds, Rhinoceros, the Troggs, the Monkees, Slade, Mother Hen, Magma, Scorpions, Bob Seger, Kiss, Moby Grape, John Martyn, Mount Rushmore, and the Music Machine. 80s punk and wave comes from some great names like the Ramones, the Specials, Depeche Mode, Devo, the Residents, Roxy Music, Spandau Ballet, Squeeze, the Dead Kennedys, the Clash and the Gun Club!

    We have new arrivals in the 7-inch department as well: lots of indie, experimental and punk 45s, plus some Beatles/Stones/Floyd jams, plus some unusual train sound 45s. Choo choo yall.

    We wrap up with a cool spread of more recently released LPs, from names like the White Stripes, Alabama Shakes, Pallbearer, Green Day, Bleached, the Waterboys, Spoon, Quilt, Frankie Rose, Downtown Boys, Crystal Stilts, Gayngs, Helen, Fleet Foxes, Midlake, Franz Ferdinand, Imperial Teen, and M83!
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  • 2017 STAFF TOP TEN

    2017 STAFF TOP TEN

    Here are our Top Picks for 2017

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  • Holiday Groove 2017

    2017 Holiday Groove Tracklisting:

    1. Booker T & The MGs - Jingle Bells

    2. My Teenage Stride - King of the Holidays

    3. The Continentals (feat. Wanda Jackson) - Merry Christmas Baby

    4. Death Cab For Cutie - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

    5. US Girls - Blue Christmas

    6. Grandaddy - Alan Parsons In A Winter Wonderland

    7. The 'Mericans - Little Drummer Boy

    8. John Prine - Silent Night All Long Day

    9. Advance Base - Christmas in Dearborn

    10. Fats Domino - I Told Santa Claus

    11. Lake Street Dive - I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas

    12. Glen Campbell - Blue Christmas

    13. Mary Gauthier - Christmas In Paradise

    14. Edith Frost with James Dering - In The Bleak Midwinter

    15. Mac McCaughan - Happy New Year (Prince Can't Die Again)

    16. Steve Earle - Christmas In Washington

    17. Slow Club - Silent Night

    18. The Hotel Cafe Medley - Auld Lang Syne

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  • NEXT MUSIC TRIVIA TUESDAY FEBRUARY 6TH:

    NEXT MUSIC TRIVIA TUESDAY FEBRUARY 6TH:

    Our next MUSIC TRIVIA at the High Noon Saloon is Tuesday, February 6th. Registration starts at 5:30 with the first question from Angie and Marty at 6PM. 

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  • NEW & VINTAGE TURNTABLES + STEREO GEAR IN STOCK

    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.

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  • UPCOMING INDIE-ONLY VINYL EDITIONS - PRE-ORDER NOW

    UPCOMING INDIE-ONLY VINYL EDITIONS - PRE-ORDER NOW

    February 16 - Superchunk - What A Time To Be Alive - pink and clear swirl vinyl and a large fold-out autographed poster

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  • New Release Round-Up 01-05-18

     

    New Releases 05 January 2018



    Neil Young & Promise Of The Real - The Visitor [2LP] - Reprise
    Neil Young reteams with Promise Of The Real for a new album titled The Visitor, their second studio LP together following 2015's The Monsanto Years. From 'Time Fades Away II' to 'Homegrown' and Crazy Horse's killer 2003 Bonnaroo set, a look at the best of Young's overflowing vault the album, due out December 1st, comes just three months after Young released Hitchhiker, his long-lost LP of acoustic songs recorded over one night in August 1976. Young and Promise of the Real also shared the album's first single "Already Great," a rumbling, tongue-in-cheek response to Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan. The singer previously denied Trump's use of "Rockin' in the Free World" during the 2016 presidential campaign and roared "Fuck you, Donald Trump" onstage during a June 2016 concert. "You're already great / You're the promised land / You're the helping hand," Young sings to the U.S. on the chorus. The track ends with a repeated chant of "Whose streets? Our streets!," a popular rallying cry at recent protests.







    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

     CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

    Lil Pump - Lil Pump
    Watain - Trident Wolf Eclipse [Red LP]
    Summoning - With Doom We Come [LP]
    Penny Rimbaud - What Passing Bells

    Dio - Holy Diver [SYEOR 2018 Exclusive Red LP] - Vinyl Tuesday
    Dio - Last In Line [SYEOR 2018 Exclusive Blue LP] - Vinyl Tuesday
    ZZ Top - Tres Hombres [SYEOR 2018 Exclusive Green LP] - Vinyl Tuesday
    ZZ Top - Rio Grande Mud [SYEOR 2018 Exclusive Brown LP] - Vinyl Tuesday
    Aretha Franklin - Lady Soul [SYEOR 2018 Exclusive LP] - Vinyl Tuesday
    The Notorious B.I.G. - Big Poppa [SYEOR 2018 Exclusive White 12in Single] - Vinyl Tuesday
    The Notorious B.I.G. - Hypnotize [SYEOR 2018 Exclusive Black/Orange 12in Single] - Vinyl Tuesday




    & More .....

    Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay [Vinyl Single]
    David Bowie - Beauty And The Beast [Limited Edition Picture Disc Vinyl Single]
    Tommy Emmanuel - Djangology
    Steep Canyon Rangers - Out In The Open
    Belle Adair - Phantom Beach
    Umphrey's McGee - Looks
    Tiny Moving Parts - Applause
    Titus Andronicus - Number One (In New York)






     

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    Black Veil Brides - Vale

    Black Veil Brides - ValeBlack Veil Brides - ValeBlack Veil Brides - Vale - Republic
    The LA-based goth/glam hard rock quintet, Black Veil Brides to release their eagerly anticipated 5th album Vale on 1/12/18. The band will co-headline a tour with Asking Alexandria which will kick off on 1/10/18. 

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    SYML - The Hurt EPs [Box Set]

    SYML - The Hurt EPs [Box Set]SYML - The Hurt EPs [Box Set]SYML - The Hurt EPs [Box Set] - Nettwerk Records
    Following the huge success of "Where’s My Love" in the Netherlands and Germany, SYML's first physical release "The Hurt EPs" combines the 2 EPs "In My Body" and "Hurt Me" plus the new French duet version of "Where’s My Love" on one disc.  From his basement recording studio in the small town of Issaquah, WA outside Seattle, Brian Fennell wrote and recorded a collection of songs under the name SYML, which means simple in Welsh. Adopted and not knowing his history or connection to his Welsh roots, many of these songs were influenced by the complex feelings that come from unknown lineage.

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    For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

     

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  • New Release Round-Up 01-12-18

     

    New Releases 12 January 2018



    BØRNS - Blue Madonna - Interscope Records
    Welcome to the magical musical world of BØRNS. A native of Grand Haven, MI, now calling East Los Angeles home, BØRNS invites you to the indie pop journey of Blue Madonna, the follow up to 2016’s acclaimed Dopamine.

    Big Star - Live At Lafayette's Music Room-Memphis, TN - Omnivore Recordings
    Live performance from 1973 First time on LP (2 LP set with download card) LP and CD both come with download of rare interview with Alex Chilton and Andy Hummel.

    SYML - The Hurt EPs [Box Set]

    SYML - The Hurt EPs [Box Set]SYML - The Hurt EPs [Box Set]SYML - The Hurt EPs [Box Set] - Nettwerk Records
    Following the huge success of "Where’s My Love" in the Netherlands and Germany, SYML's first physical release "The Hurt EPs" combines the 2 EPs "In My Body" and "Hurt Me" plus the new French duet version of "Where’s My Love" on one disc.  From his basement recording studio in the small town of Issaquah, WA outside Seattle, Brian Fennell wrote and recorded a collection of songs under the name SYML, which means simple in Welsh. Adopted and not knowing his history or connection to his Welsh roots, many of these songs were influenced by the complex feelings that come from unknown lineage.

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    The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Street - Interscope Records
    HALF-SPEED MASTER : (2LP) 2016 reissue of 1972 album, mastered at Abbey Road Studios from the original tapes & pressed on 180-gram audiophile quality vinyl! Includes 'Tumbling Dice' & 'Happy'.

    Black Veil Brides - Vale

    Black Veil Brides - ValeBlack Veil Brides - ValeBlack Veil Brides - Vale - Republic
    The LA-based goth/glam hard rock quintet, Black Veil Brides release their eagerly anticipated 5th album Vale. The band are currently co-headling a tour with Asking Alexandria.

    Video Available 





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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

     CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Wrong Creatures [LP]
    Camila Cabello - Camila
    Joe Satriani - What Happens Next [2LP]
    Grammy Nominees - 2018 Grammy Nominees
    Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage [Deluxe Edition 4LP]
    Big K.R.I.T. - 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time [2LP]
    Brett Dennen - Brett Dennen [LP]
    Ryan Bingham - Ryan Bingham Live [LP]
    Anderson East - Encore [LP/CD]
    Bad Company - Live At Red Rocks [CD/DVD]
    Umphrey's McGee - It's Not Us [LP]
    Avatar - Avatar Country [Picture Disc LP]
    Michael McDonald - Live On Soundstage [CD/DVD]
    Audrey Horne - Blackout [LP]
    The Strumbellas - My Father And The Hunter
    Roy Orbison - Crying [45rpm 2LP]
    Typhoon - Offerings [LP]

    Dan Penn - Do Right Man [SYEOR 2018 Exclusive LP] - Vinyl Tuesday 
    Golden Smog - Weird Tales [SYEOR 2018 Exclusive Green LP] - Vinyl Tuesday
    Richard & Linda Thompson - Shoot Out The Lights [SYEOR 2018 Exclusive LP] - Vinyl Tuesday
    John Prine - Sweet Revenge [SYEOR 2018 Exclusive LP] - Vinyl Tuesday
    John Prine - Diamond In The Rough [SYEOR 2018 Exclusive LP] - Vinyl Tuesday
    Vangelis - Blade Runner: Music From The Original Soundtrack [SYEOR 2018 Exclusive LP] - Vinyl Tuesday

    & More .....

    Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - You Worry Me - Single
    Courtney Marie Andrews - May Your Kindness Remain - Single
    Soccer Mommy - Your Dog - Single
    Steep Canyon Rangers - Let Me Out Of This Town - Single
    The Wood Brothers - Happiness Jones - Single
    The James Hunter Six - I Got Eyes - Single
    Owl City - Lucid Dream - Single



     

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    The Go! Team - SEMICIRCLE

    The Go! Team - SEMICIRCLEThe Go! Team - SEMICIRCLEThe Go! Team - SEMICIRCLE - Memphis Industries
    Brightons Go! Team return with their new album SEMICIRCLE on long term label home Memphis Industries. These are dark and difficult times. We don't need some chancer with an acoustic guitar and a series of concerned hashtags to tell us that. What we need is a band to believe in, who stand for something other than naked careerism, who give us a rock to cling to on stormy days. A band who still have faith in the power of pop music to transform the world, who dream in technicolour, who see beauty in the little things, who shun tepid perfection, who rejoice in the mistakes and the chance encounters that lead us somewhere new. Who remind us what it was like to be young and naive and idealistic and in love. Who throw everything into the pot to create music that is joyfully, effervescently alive. Now more than ever, we need The Go! Team. It's no secret that The Go! Team is the brainchild of one man, Brighton-based melody obsessive Ian Parton. But its membership has never been exclusive: at one time or another, The Go! Team has included on its squad-sheet everyone from Deerhoof to Chuck D to a legion of undiscovered Soundcloud singers. Unlike the groups previous album, 2015s The Scene Between which was essentially a solo project, following the dissolution of the previous Go! Team line-up Ian began work on their fifth album SEMICIRCLE with the vital input of current live band players Simone Odaranile (drums), , Angela Maki Won-Yin Mak (vocals and guitar) and original Team members Sam Dook (guitar) and Ninja (irrepressible rapping).

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    Glen Hansard - Between Two Shores

    Glen Hansard - Between Two ShoresGlen Hansard - Between Two ShoresGlen Hansard - Between Two Shores - Epitaph
    Between Two Shores is the third solo release from acclaimed singer-song writer Glen Hansard. Glen Hansard has built a career, now over 2 decades strong, on struggle. His impassioned songs mostly veer between the exhausting struggle to make it professionally and the numbing struggle to keep the affections of a romantic partner. Pick up any Frames or Swell Season record, or his first two solo releases, 2012’s Rhythm and Repose, and 2015’s Didn’t He Ramble to find him chipping away at those two pillars.

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    Fall Out Boy - M A N I A

    Fall Out Boy - M A N I AFall Out Boy - M A N I AFall Out Boy - M A N I A - Island
    Fall Out Boy will be releasing their 7th album M A N I A from Island Records on 1/19/2018. The album features 'Champion,' 'The Last Of The Real Ones' and latest single 'HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON'T.' M A N I A is the follow-up album to the band's platinum-certified American Beauty/American Psycho, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release.

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    Ron Gallo - Really Nice Guys EP

    Ron Gallo - Really Nice Guys EPRon Gallo - Really Nice Guys EPRon Gallo - Really Nice Guys EP - New West Records
    Really Nice Guys is a concept EP by Thyme Magazine’s “Man Of The Year,” Ron Gallo. The EP is another thought provoking and inspired installment, extending an already prolifc calendar year by Gallo which saw the release of the critically acclaimed full length album Heavy Meta as well as the 7” singles, “Temporary Slave” and “Sorry Not Everybody Is You.” Really Nice Guys finds Gallo exploring new sonic frontiers and instrumentation in the form of what might be called a conceptual art piece. Whatever you call it is wholly original and Gallo continues to melt faces and free minds.

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    For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

     

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Music Releases 01-12-18

Artist Title Price
BØRNS (BORNS) Blue Madonna [LP] New Vinyl: $23.98
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Wrong Creatures [LP] New Vinyl: $25.98
Big Star Live At Lafayette's Music Room-Memphis, TN [LP] New Vinyl: $28.98
SYML The Hurt EPs [Box Set] New CD: $11.99
Video
The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street [Half Speed Mastering LP] New Vinyl: $48.98
Black Veil Brides Vale New CD: $12.99
Video
Camila Cabello Camila New CD: $10.99
Joe Satriani What Happens Next [2LP] New Vinyl: $24.98
Grammy Nominees 2018 Grammy Nominees New CD: $15.99
Avenged Sevenfold The Stage [Deluxe Edition 4LP] New Vinyl: $75.98
Big K.R.I.T. 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time [2LP] New Vinyl: $24.98
Ryan Bingham Ryan Bingham Live [LP] New Vinyl: $17.98
Brett Dennen Brett Dennen [LP] New Vinyl: $23.98
The Strumbellas My Father And The Hunter New CD: $10.99

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Movie Releases 01-12-18

Artist Title Price
Blade Runner [Movie] Blade Runner 2049 New Blu-Ray: $35.99
Better Call Saul [TV Series] Better Call Saul: Season Three New Blu-Ray: $45.99
Loving Vincent [movie] Loving Vincent New Blu-Ray: $24.99
The Snowman [movie] The Snowman New Blu-Ray: $34.98

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