Everybody Looking - Gucci Mane
Gucci Mane
Everybody Looking
Shadow of a Doubt - Freddie Gibbs
Freddie Gibbs
Shadow of a Doubt
Too Much of a Good Thing - Seasaw
Too Much of a Good Thing
S/T - Look Park
Look Park



Ø is the even-more anonymous alter ego of longtime Finnish techno artist Mika Vainio, known best as one-half of the groundbreaking duo Pan Sonic. In that group, Vainio wrested an unimaginable weight of sound from a minimal set-up of custom-made analog machinery, crafting some of the most powerful, expressive techno ever made from such an austere palette. With Ø, Vainio shifts his scope a bit to an even more nocturnal sounding dark ambient, using pinprick tones that glint with the faint delay of a sound reporting from a deep, subterranean chasm; shimmering half-formed organ phrases that drift apart under delayed duress. Some pieces here even contain traces of a sensual, heartsick longing, in a stirring contrast to Pan Sonic's nearly inhuman might. Kantamoinen dates back to 2005, previously only available on CD, now reissued on LP by Boomkat Editions, who continue their run of electronic releases that deftly climb free of genre to occupy a spectacular realm of iridescent transgression. A titan in the ambient genre is once again ensnared. 2LP $25.99

Running Out Of Time is the lone, curious 1981 LP from the short-lived UK group Rexy, and one of the most delightful, hook-leavened DIY synthpop albums this side of R. Stevie Moore's discography. The group consisted of Vic Martin, who would go on to play keyboards in the Eurythmics on the Sweet Dreams album, Chris Burne of little-known new wave band The Rivvits, and vocalist Rexy Nayman, a 19 year old art student with Belinda Carlisle looks and a wonderfully droll sung-spoken delivery. This album is full of cheeky tunes unburdened by sophistication, aspiring only to tweak convention, and yet delivering not one but several tunes that, decades later, hold up as minor pop masterpieces. Wade past the oddly-chosen covers of 'Heartbreak Hotel' and 'Johnny B Goode' (oof) and feast on the bizarre, exotica-channeling outsider disco of 'Funky Butt' and 'Nervoso', the twitching, Devo-esque 'Send In The Clones', the synthetic, languid noir of the title track. 'Alien' has a peculiar, especially anti-social naivete to it that puts it cleanly in line with Ariel Pink's current ouevre; for all I know, Herr Pink has puppetmastered this LP's return to dry land, so in keeping is it with his effortless, hummable weirdness. The LP concludes with one of the most lovely songs I've ever heard, 'Don't Turn Me Away', where the band's reliance on a ticking rhythmic spine, mournful synth bloops, and Rexy's bone-dry voice combine to make something far more powerful than the rest of the album would hint at. Hard to see many people going nuts for this in 1981, but in 2016 it makes entirely too much sense.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
LP $23.99

The Swedish trio Frak has been hard at work practically since the dawn of techno. Their first cassette releases emerged in the late 80s, giving way to a classic run of 12"s for their own label, Börft, which pioneered a rambunctious, homespun brand of minimal electronics crossed up with the then-nascent acid house sound. Frak's anonymous performances, with the trio covered in tinfoil, remained a mainly Sweden-bound phenomenon in the 90s, but a resurgence in hardware-based techno explorations this decade has necessitated their return. The second wave of Frak records has already been fruitful, but this sprawling 2LP for the Glasgow label Ultimate Hits is a serious must hear, and a proper tasting menu for a group who's full discography is quite daunting, even unhearable. This set runs the road from frozen tundra minimalism, to Severed Heads-inspired primal loop racket, to perky, housey broken beat, to the prototypically punched up acid designed to pull the ugliest expressions out of Scandinavian faces. Frak's punkish, stubborn avoidance of outside convention (the very sincere attitude that has kept them an underground secret for decades), is all over these tracks. They aren't trying to sound like anyone but themselves.
- Evan/Strictly Discs
2LP - $22.99


John Paul White, formerly of The Civil Wars, will release his debut solo album on August 19th. However we already have a 7" featuring Martyr from the release as well as an exclusive b-side, Maple Hill. The 7" costs two bucks and comes with a coupon for $2 off the CD or LP.


Fresh Dinosaur Jr CD/LP will be released on August 5th with an indie exclusive LP on translucent purple vinyl. Preorder your copy on CD or LP in the shop or by phone (608.259.1991).

Scott Walker will release The Childhood of a Leader on August 19th with an indie-only LP on clear vinyl. Pre-order your copy in the shop or by phone (608.259.1991).

New Tobacco CD/LP will be released on August 19th - our indie version will be pressed on beige in clear blue vinyl and is limited to 2,500 copies. Preorder your copy on CD or LP in the shop or by phone (608.259.1991).

Cass McCombs returns on August 26th with his new album and Anti Records debut, Mangy Love. We will have an indie exclusive colored version that is limited to 1000 copies. Preorder your copy on CD or LP in the shop or by phone (608.259.1991).

Wilco is set to release their new album and we will have a special limited edition on opaque pink vinyl which will be available on Tuesday, September 6th ahead of the September 9th regular release. Preorder your copy on CD or LP in the shop or by phone (608.259.1991).

On September 9, Teenage Fanclub return with Here, the band’s first album in six years - our indie exclusive LP will be on clear vinyl. Preorder your copy on CD or LP in the shop or by phone (608.259.1991).


Enter to win 2 tickets to see Wilco + Kurt Vile on August 19th. To enter, email your full name to contests@strictlydiscs.com with WILCO in the subject line.



Our next MUSIC TRIVIA at the High Noon Saloon is Tuesday, August 2nd. Registration starts at 5:30 with the first question at 6PM.


Pre-order the new Wye Oak CD or LP and you will receive an autographed poster on release date.

Pre-order the new Wye Oak CD or LP and you will receive an autographed poster on release date.


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 disc is the soundtrack of a film illustrating the seventies"Outlaw" Country movement. The performances were filmed in late 1975 and early 1976, but not theatrically released until 1981. Performers include Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, David Allan Coe, Steve Young, Steve Earle (an extremely young Steve Earle), Rodney Crowell (also very young) and several others. Almost all the performances are acoustic and were filmed in a variety of locales for the movie. This album is primo stuff, showing these stellar performers in their best light. Some are at the peak of their careers and some at the very beginning of their careers. And since this is a Light in the Attic release it comes with not one but two booklets detailing the film and the artists' careers after the filming was done. Light in the Attic is the gold standard for reissues and that standard is apparent on "Heartworn Highway."
- Ted Talks

The band is made up of Ty Segall, Chris Shaw (of Ex-Cults) and Chuck Moothart (of Fuzz, along with Mr. Segall). And one would expect with Mr. Segall's involvement, this is very garagey, but it also has elements of punk and grunge. The music is all crunchy guitars and frenetic drums. The guitar riffs, however, are inventive and lift the songs from the ordinary to the exceptional. With this release, along with the other 3 or 4 releases that he will be involved with this year, Mr. Segall never ceases to amaze.
- Ted Talks

This new band is led by Chris Collingwood (of the now defunct Fountains of Wayne). Mr. Collingwood was the lead singer and co-songwriter of that band. Fountains of Wayne were a breath of fresh air for some 15 years from 1996 to 2011. They were masters of power pop and Mr. Collingwood brings that skill set to Look Park. The band brings a certain sophistication present on this album that goes beyond power pop. Mr. Collingwood has definitely moved beyond Fountains of Wayne with Look Park, but he still possess the musical gifts that attracted the musical world's attention 20 years ago.
- Ted Talks


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