Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue - Van Morrison
Van Morrison
Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue
Silence -
Vulnicura - Bjork
Short Movie - Laura Marling
Laura Marling
Short Movie
Scene Between - Go Team
Go Team
Scene Between
Lost & Found - Buena Vista Social Club
Buena Vista Social Club
Lost & Found
Chaos & the Calm - James Bay
James Bay
Chaos & the Calm



As things warm up outside, you might be reaching for a few things you've had stored away for a few months. There's one more thing you need: more tunes! The latest batch of 500+ fresh used vinyl arrivals culled from Detroit, Ann Arbor and the south side of Milwaukee has you all sorted. It's one of our most diverse, yet deep batches yet.

Looking for rock? We've got a deep selection of Beatles, Paul McCartney and Wings LPs here. Every early Flying Burrito Brothers record, including Gilded Palace of Sin. All the classic Simon and Garfunkel LPs. Our biggest spread of Fleetwood Mac in a while, including all their classic 70s LPs, plus a nice section of import pressings and collections featuring the early lineups of the band.

More great titles are in from Dave Van Ronk, Kate Bush, John Fahey, Brian Eno, Love Sculpture, Harvey Mandel, Buddy Miles, Robert Wyatt, plus loads more strange and rare psych and blues records. Classic blues is in from Josh White, Alan Lomax, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker.

Its another stellar week for jazz, as we've got a ton of stone classic postbop, fusion and free jazz titles, with many on Flying Dutchman, Impulse and Blue Note. Leon Thomas, Thelonious Monk, Hank Mobley, Donald Byrd, Jack McDuff, Charles Lloyd and Yusef Lateef are just a few of names with a couple of LPs in here.

We've got a smattering of newer used vinyl, including titles from Radiohead, Kings of Leon, Pearl Jam and Florence and the Machine.

Rounding off, there's a serious stack of deep soul and electronic here. Bootsy, Marvin Gaye, Eugene McDaniels, Stevie Wonder, Koko Taylor, Carla Thomas and the Delfonics.

Believe it or not, that's just the beginning! Plenty of reasons to have yourself a dig this weekend as we get ready for spring celebrations.


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.


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.

Questions/comments/suggestions, email



We are joining up with New Belgium to roll out their new Slow Ride Sessions IPA, and are holding a special Slow Session in the vinyl basement on Thursday, March 26th from 6-9PM.

The idea of the Slow Session is to take the time to learn something new, so Strictly Discs and New Belgium will be welcoming local hi-fi guru and friend-of-Strictly Discs, Bernard Flowers for a special workshop on basic turntable and hi-fi maintenance. Strictly Discs gets questions all the time on the proper ways to care for and maintain a table, and Bernard is one of the best qualified around, trading on his decades of experience working with audio equipment, and from running Fonbone on Regent St prior to his retirement. He has a wealth of knowledge to share that will stick with you for life.

We will also be welcoming local folk heroes Count This Penny for a rare acoustic set. New Belgium will be on hand pouring the new Slow Ride Session IPA all night. Your $25 entry fee gets you access to the session with Bernard and all the beer you can responsibly drink.

All proceeds will go to local community radio station WORT, one of our partners in delivering fine music to the Madison area.

So hurry on out and slow down, and learn something while you're at it!

Mountain Goats - Beat The Champ Deluxe LP:

Deluxe indie-only LPs available for pre-order - pressed on colored vinyl, and include a bonus 12-inch Blood Capsules / Dub Capsules. Pre-order by stopping in the shop, calling (608.259.1991) or emailing

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



Modest Mouse - Strangers to Ourselves CD/LP
Ghostface & Badbadnotgood - Sour Soul LP
Green Day - 39/Smooth LP reissue (plus 2 bonus 45s)
Twin Shadow - Eclipse CD/LP
Glen Hansard - It Was Triumph We Once Proposed... Songs of Jason Molina CD/LP
Nic Hessler - Soft Connections CD/LP
Pond - Man It Feels Like Space Again LP
Ariel Kalma - Open Like a Flute LP reissue
Wovenhand - S/T LP reissue
The Pogues - Hell's Ditch, Peace & Love, Poguetry in Motion & Red Roses For Me LP reissues
Rabit - Baptizm LP (Tri Angle)
Xavier Rudd - Nanna CD/LP

Bjork - Vulnicura CD/LP
Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit & Think, & Sometimes I Just Sit CD/LP
Ben Folds Five - Whatever And Ever Amen LP reissue
Laura Marling - Short Movie CD/LP
Buena Vista Social Club - Lost and Found CD/LP
Johnny Cash - American Recordings Vinyl Box Set
Common - Like Water For Chocolate LP reissue
Death Cab for Cutie - Kintsugi CD/LP
Drive OST LP
Grant Lee Buffalo - Mighty Joe Moon LP reissue
Freddie Hubbard - Blue Spirits LP reissue
JEFF the Brotherhood - Wasted on the Dream CD/LP
Jlin - Dark Energy CD/LP
Mark Kozelek - Live at Biko LP
Lightning Bolt - Fantasy Empire CD/LP
Liturgy - Ark Work CD/LP
Grachan Moncur III - Evolution LP reissue
Van Morrison - Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue CD
Popol Vuh - Kailash: Pilgrimage to the Throne CD/LP
Sonny Rollins - Volume 1 LP reissue
Wayne Shorter - Night Dreamer LP reissue
Staple Singers - Freedom Highway Complete LP
Surf City - Jekyll Island CD
Thin Lizzy studio album LP reissues

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


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!



Originally appeared as a 10" LP in the U.S., although it was recorded in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. It features Jutta Hipp leading an all-German quintet through a session consisting mostly of American standards, including "Variations," an enjoyable group improvisation based on the chord changes to "Tea for Two." Alto saxophonist Emil Mangelsdorff has a soft, dry tone comparable to Paul Desmond, most noticeable in "Ghost of a Chance." Tenor saxophonist Jaki Freund's "Cleopatra"'s sound could easily be mistaken for West Coast jazz. Hipp is joined by the rhythm section only for the intriguing fugue-like treatment of "What's New" and a brisk run through "Don't Worry 'Bout Me." She also wrote "Mon Petit," which has superb interplay between the two saxophonists. This reissue is labeled as part of the RVG series, though legendary recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder's name is never specifically listed in English anywhere in the packaging, he evidently did the remastering. Long out of print on LP and now reissued. Pre-order now.


We are working on some updates, if you encounter issues or need assistance, please email or phone the shop at 608.259.1991.


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 an EP from the former Frames and Swell Season singer. Mr. Hansard was deeply influenced and and eventually became friends and toured with Jason Molina's Songs:Ohia in the 1990s and early 2000s. Mr. Molina's death from the ravages of alcoholism in 2013 apparently hit him hard. He got together with some past members of Songs;Ohia to record 5 songs in tribute to the music of Mr. Molina. Much like Mr. Molina's music, the songs on the EP are alt-country/Neil Young influenced. The crux of Mr. Molina's music were the lyrics, lyrics that charted his loneliness and sadness. Mr. Molina could illuminate and reflect on the human condition in a small handful of lyrical lines. Mr. Hansard learned much from Mr. Molina while he was alive. He repays that debt through this stellar interpretation of of Mr. Molina's work after his death.
- Ted Talks

To my mind, Ms. Marling's 2013 album "Once I Was an Eagle" was the album of that year. In fact, that album was the third of her albums to be nominated for England's prestigious Mercury Prize. "Short Movie" has a lot to live up to equal it's predecessor. And mostly the album equals what went before it, but in a different way. The English folk-rock sound of the past has been replaced with the sound of Laurel Canyon in the 70s. That is not a bad thing in itself. At times there is a mellow, singer songwriter vibe to the proceedings, but a more rock sound at other times. The lyrics and music conjure up the early 70s Joni Mitchell, and that certainly isn't a bad thing either. On several tracks, a comparison with Chrisse Hynde springs to mind. It must be hard to constantly give the world your utmost best, year after year. It most be rewarding to be nominated for musical prizes and be awarded album of the year. But I suspect that for Ms. Marling, doing her best is all that she can do.
- Ted Talks

It is hard to believe that it has been 8 years since the last Mouse album. The band has had platinum sellers and number ones in the past. But the thought that springs to mind is the Mouse a spent force. Does taking 8 years between albums mean that the band doesn't know how to make interesting music anymore and that maybe their best days may well be in the past. "Strangers to Ourselves" is without a doubt the most diverse Mouse album ever. But it may be the most intriguing Mouse album in a long time. They seem to have broken the formulaic sound of the last several albums. For a band that was a breath of fresh air in 1993, their sound got a bit stale by 2007. Breaking with the past, has given the band a new lease on life. They have taken on the best of the old and give new styles and sounds a place in their repertoire. Some of the new energy is manifest in the energy that they pack into the new songs. Invigorated, the band promises another new album within this year.
- Ted Talks

Ron, Ryan, Angie, Ethan, Evan, Luke, Jimi, Zack & Emma