PHISH - A PICTURE OF NECTAR ON VINYL SEPTEMBER 16TH:
Phish's third studio album, originally released in 1992, will be available September 16th on vinyl for the first time! Mastered from the original analog tapes, this limited edition 2LP set is pressed on 180 gram vinyl and comes with a digital download. Pre-order now by stopping in or calling the shop at 608.259.1991.
WIDESPREAD PANIC'S FIRST 2 ALBUMS AVAILABLE ON VINYL:
Space Wrangler, the debut album from Widespread Panic, recieved an initial and very limited vinyl run of 1000 pieces when it was released in 1988. It has been repressed on vinyl and is available in the shop NOW.
Widespread Panic's self-titled album will get its first and limited vinyl pressing on July 29th. Pre-order now in the shop or by phone (608.259.1991).
NEW OR NOTEWORTHY THIS WEEK:
The pasty kitsman meets the avatar of Afrobeat for a crackling live session. Considerably punchier than the often languid midtempo grooves adorning many a Fela record, Baker slots in seamlessly amidst the monumental ranks of Africa 70. Baker is given space to solo on his own, making this a singular entry in Fela’s discography. Perhaps bowing to his western cohort, the James Brown influence looms larger. Though lacking any obvious standout cuts like “Water No Get Enemy” or “ITT,” it’s no less distinguished for falling in the middle of a stretch in which Fela could do no wrong. Very happy to have this available on a nice re-press.
- Ryan / Strictly Discs
A stunningly sunbaked suite of mellow balearica from Ibiza resident and International Feel label head Mark Barrott. Sketches is true to its name, taking quick, sonically-detailed images of island paradise and adorning them with vivid splashes of color, using a modest studio of synths, slide guitar and "oddball percussion". The album feels like an homage to many of the great and disparate artists who fall under the purposefully open-ended category of Balearic, from the Compass Point rhythms of Wally Badarou and Sly and Robbie, to the contemplative ruminations of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Iasos, to the tropically cosmic new age of Andreas Vollenweider, with a bit of boogie-fied West Coast rock thrown in. Plenty of artists are merging the worlds of tropical music, synth-rock and disco to make tunes that sound like paradise, but they are often marked by an overly earnest ideal of "leisure" that seems forced or saccharine; Barrott's album, while clearly the work of a very focused and subtle technician, actually sounds effortless. Lovely, chillaxed music here that summons the image of a perpetual sweaty-horizoned dusk.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
CD $15.99 / LP $29.99
About a year or so on from the split of Hype Williams - one of the 21st C's strangest and most compelling units - we finally get new solo material from one half of the duo, Inga Copeland. After a run of Hype releases that ran the gamut from airless jungle, to disemboweled bangers, to pop-eating-itself pastiche, to lo-fi broken casio dreams, it was hard to get a real idea what exactly these two were about, where they were coming from or going to, and who was doing what. Heady stuff, for sure, but so many of the songs contained such earworms that nobody really worried much about it. Now that both halves have released solo material, it's a bit clearer. On his solo album, Dean Blunt eschewed the dystopic club vibe of HW, staggering abruptly into a gloomy alleyway as a kind of next-gen Gil Scott Heron, ranting through the digital detritus of a broken social network, largely sans beats. On Because I'm Worth It, Copeland keeps the drum programming intact and the progression linear. Save for album opener "Faith OG X", which doses the listener with two minutes of a completely unlistenable high frequency squeal, the record makes no missteps as it slowly unfolds into a lumbering opera of urban dread, with mimeographed cadences, blood-drained vocal turns, and plenty of low end kicks. It's the grim ceremonials of Cosey Fanni Tutti and Throbbing Gristle, gridded on the heartless rhythms of Actress and Untold.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
The intrepid Japanese label EM Records continues its stellar track record of unearthing idiosyncratic beauty with this collection of the early works of Australian outsider Pip Proud. Growing up a bit of a social misfit in 1960s Sydney, Proud drew inspiration from Buddy Holly and recorded a tape on a borrowed machine that became his 1968 debut, Adreneline and Richard. The directness of the songs, full of sardonic twists and baroque escapism delivered with an oddly compelling deadpan, gained him a bit of renown in Australia mainly as a novelty, though those in his close circle saw the genius lying within. After a move to London in an attempt to establish a wider audience and career ended poorly, Proud retreated to the shadows, producing a few radiophonic plays for the BBC before a brief return to music in the 1990s at the behest of some American indie scene heads. The music on this collection will remind you immediately of Syd Barrett, with its beguiling, mystic lyricism and proto-psychedelic instrumentation, but Proud had never heard Barrett or Pink Floyd when he recorded these songs, he was just doing his own thing. It's possible to situate Proud as a bold iconoclast, an early punk before there was punk, like Baudelaire or Patti Smith, and in these tunes you hear all kinds of music that would come after, from Beat Happening, to early Mountain Goats tapes, to the plainly odd folk-pop of NZ's Tall Dwarfs. An essential piece of the outsider music puzzle here.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
CD $18.99 / LP $22.99
In what is something of a rite of passage for young devotees of oddball music, I spent a considerable amount of time at one point combing through the Nurse With Wound list and tracking down recordings by the bands with the weirdest names. Horrific Child? Brast Burn? Who could fail to be intrigued? This quest is what initially led me to the Deep Freeze Mice, who have the distinction of being perhaps the most "normal" band on the list. They existed from the late 70s to the late 80s, and played guitar pop that isn't a million miles away from that of fellow countrymen like the Soft Boys, XTC, and the Television Personalities. That's not to say that they were derivative or normal in any way, though. Their songs often have a prog sensibility with odd bridges and discordant chord progressions cropping up at unexpected times. Their lyrics are deeply, deeply surreal as well, sounding like the result of a prolonged exquisite corpse session. It's tough stuff to wrap your head around, but is ultimately still very catchy. If you grew up (like, undoubtedly, the band themselves) on a diet of early Genesis, Monty Python, and Syd Barrett, this reasonably-priced, career-spanning LP will probably make a lot of sense to you.
- Clay / Strictly Discs
CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF SOME OF OUR SELECTED & NOTABLE RELEASES FOR JULY 22:
ADDED VALUES (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST):
UPCOMING NEW RELEASES & REISSUES OF NOTE - PREORDER NOW:
Richard Thompson - Acoustic Classics CD
The Black Angels - Clear Lake Forest CD/LP
Mark Barrott - Sketches From An Island 2LP
Common - Nobody Smiling CD
La Roux - Trouble in Paradise CD/LP
Alessandro Cortini - Sonno CD
Dalhous - Will To Be Well CD/LP
Alvvays - S/T CD/LP
Amazing Snakeheads - Amphetamine Ballads CD/LP
Swell Maps - Archive Recordings Vol 1 LP
Hook & Anchor - S/T CD/LP
Kyuss - Circus Leaves Town, Blues From Red Sun, Sky Valley, Wretch LP reissues
La Hell Gang - Thru Me Again LP
OBN III's - Live in San Francisco CD/LP
Severed Heads - Dead Eyes Opened EP
White Fence - For The Recently Found Innocent CD/LP
Matthew Young - Recurring Dreams LP
Jenny Lewis - The Voyager CD/LP
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye CD/LP
Stardeath & White Dwarfs - Wastoid CD/LP
3rd Bass - Cactus Album reissue LP
Hooray For Earth Racy CD/LP
V/A - Hyperdub 10.2 CD
Kozelek, Mark & Jimmy LaValle - Perils From The Sea LP
Pye Corner Audio/Not Waving - Intercepts LP
Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty CD/LP
Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens - Cold World CD/LP
Sun Kil Moon Benji LP
Wildest Dreams (DJ Harvey) - S/T CD/LP
Spoon - They Want My Soul CD/LP
Alias - Pitch Black Prism CD/LP
Grateful Dead/John Oswald - Grayfolded 3LP
Rick Wilhite - Vibes 2 CD/LP
Lee Hazlewood - Friday's Child, Love and Other Crimes, The N.s.v.i.p.'s LP reissues
Brigitte Fontaine - S/T LP reissue
Heldon - Allez-teia LP reissue
Bear in Heaven - Time is Over One Day Old CD/LP
Naomi Punk - Television Man CD/LP
Devonte Hynes - Palo Alto score CD/LP
The Rosebuds - Sand + Silence CD/LP
Christopher Denny - If The Roses Dont Kill Us CD/LP
David Kilgour - End Times Undone CD/LP
Craig Leon - Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1: Nommos / Visiting LP
Spider Bags - Frozen Letter CD/LP
V/A - Music From the Mountain Provinces reissue LP
Chris Staples - American Soft CD/LP
FaltyDL - In The Wild CD/LP
Adebisi Shank - This Is The Third Album CD/LP
Mirel Wagner - When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day CD/LP
FKA Twigs - LP1 LP
Lykke Li - I Never Learn LP
Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas LP
Dilated Peoples - Directors of Photography CD/LP
Sinead O'Connor - I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss CD/LP
Bunny Lee & The Roots of Reggae - I Am The Gorgon CD/LP
VHS Head - Persistence of Vision CD/LP
999 - Biggest Prize In Sport LP reissue
Benjamin Booker - S/T CD/LP
Castanets - Decimation Blues CD/LP
Wiz Khalifa - Blacc Hollywood CD
Apache Dropout - Heavy Window CD/LP
Com Truise - In Decay LP
Fela Kuti - Confusion, Teacher Dont Teach Me Nonsense, Sorrow Tears and Blood LP reissues
Eels - Beautiful Freak LP reissue
Lydia Lunch & Rowland S. Howard - Shotgun Wedding LP reissue
MC5 - Back In The Sea LP reissue
Miami Dolphins - Becky CD/LP
Kimbra - The Golden Echo CD/LP
jj - V CD/LP
Julius Hemphill - Raw Materials & Residuals LP w/CD
Joseph Jarman & Don Moye - Black Paladins LP w/CD
Moon Duo - Live in Ravenna LP
Beach Day - Native Echoes CD/LP
Electric Wurms (Flaming Lips) - Musik, Die Schwer zu Twerk CD/LP
Pauline Oliveros - Accordion & Voice and Wanderer CDs
Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden CD/LP
Plasmatics - New Hope For The Wretched LP reissue
Spiritualized - Let It Come Down LP reissue
Bishop Allen - Lights Out CD/LP
Jenny Hval & Susanna - Meshes of Voice CD
Peter Jefferies - Electricity LP reissue
Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza - S/T LP reissue
Crime - Murder by Guitar LP reissue
NEXT MUSIC TRIVIA - AUGUST 26:
Join us Tuesday, August 26th at the High Noon Saloon for MUSIC TRIVIA. Registration starts at 5:30 with the first question at 6PM. Two for one happy hour at the High Noon Saloon...JOIN US!
STRICTLY DISCS IS NOW AN AUTHORIZED BLUE NOTE DEALER:
To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Blue Note Records, Strictly Discs has teamed up with Blue Note President Don Was to help create a special group of stores with a deep focus on the music of the legendary label. These Blue Note Authorized Dealers (BNAD) will play a special part in the yearlong celebration of Blue Note by stocking exclusive reissues and featuring special value added gifts for customers, starting with slipmats for the month of July, free with Blue Note purchase.
NEXT BNAD INDIE-EXCLUSIVE:
The next exclusive Blue Note reissue will be Thelonious Monk - Genius Of Modern Music Vol. 2 and will feature 8 tracks on 10" vinyl and will be released on July 29th. Reserve your copy now in the shop or by phone (608.259.1991).
THE BEATLES IN MONO - COMING SEPTEMBER 8TH - PREORDER NOW:
THE BEATLES’ ORIGINAL MONO STUDIO ALBUMS REMASTERED AT ABBEY ROAD DIRECTLY FROM THE ANALOGUE MASTERS
Available individually and collected in a limited 14LP boxed edition, accompanied by an exclusive 108-page hardbound book:
Please Please Me
With The Beatles
A Hard Day's Night
Beatles For Sale
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles (2LP)
Mono Masters (3LP)
Indie-Exclusive Jenny Lewis CD Single Available NOW:
Pick up this Jenny Lewis CD Single starting Tuesday for $2. It comes with a coupon for $2 off her July 24th full length release "The Voyager."
TRACK LISTING: “Just One Of The Guys” “The Voyager”
Indie-Exclusive Tom Petty CD Single Available NOW:
Pick up this Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers CD Single for $2. It comes with a coupon for $2 off their July 29th full length release "Hypnotic Eye."
TRACK LISTING:“American Dream Plan B” “U Get Me High”
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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 the Danish duo's seventh album. If you have heard their earlier albums, you will have a good idea of their sound. The Jesus and Mary Chain meets the Velvet Underground with the Ronettes commenting. This album starts out in similar fashion. About a third of the way in, the sound gets less claustrophobic, and becomes a bit more expansive and more pop than the cuts that preceded. And don't get me wrong, all the songs on the album are great. They just add a new wrinkle to their trademark sound. And their trademark sound is still instantly recognizable to anyone who has heard it. They just loosened things up a bit.
- Ted Talks
The Black Angels are noted for some very heavy psych sounds. This new mini-album is a bit of a departure. Instead of focusing on the year of 1968 as they usually do, the band's glance turns back to 1966. 1966 was certainly a more innocent and naive year than 1968. The sound is more garage and more poppy than the heavy psych monolithic sound of their prior 4 albums. There is a certain lightness to the music that was only hinted at before. A few tracks even reminded me of Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd. Syd was a lot more playful than what Floyd became after he left. The new Black Angels album mirror the Barrett sense of whimsy and eccentricity. While not as heavy as before, it reaches for a new sense of wonder. That new sense is as engaging as what they have done before.
- Ted Talks
The last three reissues from this legendary Minneapolis band are finally out. All of the albums were recorded after co-founder, co-songwriter and co-lead singer Mark Olson left in 1995. It was then time for Gary Louris, the other co-founder, co-songwriter and co-lead singer to take over the reins of the band. After adding new members and wood shedding for a while, "Sound of Lies" was released in 1997. The new album was a departure from the folky, alt-country sound of the band in the late 80's and the early 90's. Elements of classic rock, psychedelica and pop were added to the mix. "Smile" was released three years later. "Smile" was a turn at the pop side of music, and it was well-crafted, emotional pop - pop music at its best. "Rainy Day Music: was the last album that the band released before it's surprising resurrection at the turn of this decade. "Rainy Day Music" was a return to the band's earliest style, with it being more acoustic and folky. All of the releases are remastered, with generous additions of bonus tracks for each of the albums. The bonus tracks are b-sides, demos and live cuts from the era of each album. The remastering gives more clarity to already impressive sounding albums. It appears that the 1997 era band will be heading out on tour this year to promote these releases. I certainly hope that they head this way on the tour. They were last in town at the Barrymore in February 2012.
- Ted Talks
Ron, Ryan, Angie, Ethan, Evan, Clay, Luke & Jimi