New Releases In Store - Strictly Discs
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New Releases In Store



On her second album as Weyes Blood, Natalie Mering finishes tunneling through time, having started with a hole Joni Mitchell began digging in the yard behind David Crosby's house in 1969, and finds herself outside of Earth with a great view inwards. "Don't worry about me, I got my thing," she sings on 'Be Free', a line that pithily sums up the ease with which she inhabits a cosmic periphery on "Front Row Seat To Earth". Mering has risen like a phoenix from the American noise underground, starting off in a suburban Pennsylvania town (my hometown, actually) otherwise only known for blessing the music world with the singer Pink, playing with Portland freakers Jackie-O Motherfucker, and releasing a series of abstract dark-folk LPs in the vein of Grouper, before stunning with her full lengths of baroque folk-pop for Mexican Summer. Where 2014's "The Innocents" hung dreamily suspended in a Dickinson-meets-Shirley Collins realm of austere, introverted hillside beauty, "Front Row" is considerably more widescreen, the production simultaneously more spare and more full, as if left out overnight to breathe. With studio assistance from former Deerhoofer Chris Cohen and a few members of Ariel Pink's wrecking crew, the tunes here are upright and mobile, providing Mering with all the space she can take with her incredible, meandering croon. Mering's voice is wonderfully elusive; it glides contentedly at one moment, murmurs with a striking weariness the next, as she reflects on a world that tilts beneath her.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
CD $12.99 / LP $19.99

Musical jackknife Wally Badarou was a busy man in 1980, recording with disco kings and queens like M, the Gibson Brothers, and Grace Jones, soon to join the studio lineups of Black Uhuru and Level 42, and somehow finding time to peel into a Paris studio to record his solo debut. "Back To Scales To-night", pressed only once in Europe, has fallen into obscurity, outshone considerably by his later album "Echoes", the "Kiss of the Spider Woman" soundtrack, and his work with Compass Point All Stars production team. Badarou himself is said to think little of this record, but as a piece of the creation story of one of the 20th century's greatest musical visionaries, it's definitely a must hear. The LP brims with Badarou's familiar, then-nascent tropical rhythms, as the producer weaves Rhodes, clavinet and cutting edge synths to make sunny, reggae-inflected Afro pop that draws on Stevie Wonder's universal messages of uplift and inclusion. Tracks like "One Day, Won't Give It Away" and "Dream On the Sand" hint at the twitchy drum-machine funk that became his legacy, while the title track and "He Was A Rasta In London Town" are pure dancefloor pop gems that sound just as effusive now, 35 years later. Witness the humble beginnings of the man who gave the 80s it's polyglot pleasure sound.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
CD $17.99 / LP $25.99


Phish's Big Boat CD is now available in the shop, however fans will have to wait for the vinyl until November 18th. To make the wait easier, the band has given us a limited number of album download cards and large posters that are free with pre-order. Stop in to get them today.



Free poster, totebag & t-shirt

Free CD EP with 5 live songs


Coming out October 21st, American Football will release their new LP on red and orange starburst vinyl.

The Stranger Things Soundtrack arrives October 28th on very limited clear with black smoke vinyl.

On November 4th, we will have LOSER editions for three TAD reissues, Salt Lick (opaque yellow with red), God's Balls (clear with orange) and 8-Way Santa (Pepto pink with blue).

Volume II of the Stranger Things soundtrack will be released on November 18 and our version will be ultra clear vinyl with black swirl.

Metallica's new album on indie exclusive red vinyl out Novmeber 18th.


The Hold Steady will release deluxe reissues of their first two LPs, 2004's Almost Killed Me and 2005's Separation Sunday on November 11th.

Almost Killed Me and Separation Sunday have both been remastered from the original tape and fleshed out with unreleased tracks, demos and other songs from their respective eras. The Almost Killed Me reissue will feature the Hold Steady's debut seven-inch single "Milkcrate Mosh" plus four tracks only available on the Australian version of the album.

Separation Sunday comes with two unreleased cuts – "212-Margarita" and "The Most Important Thing" – plus demos for the album tracks "Cattle and the Creeping Things," "Charlemagne in Sweatpants" and "Crucifixion Cruise."

Both albums will also be available on vinyl after being out of print for a decade; Almost Killed Me is pressed on a bright blue vinyl while Separation Sunday will be reissued on white vinyl. Although the vinyls maintain the album's original track lists, the bonus tracks will be available via download card; the CD versions of the deluxe reissues also contain the bonus tracks. Pre-order now in the shop or by phone 608.259.1991.


Our next MUSIC TRIVIA at the High Noon Saloon is Monday, November 11th. Registration starts at 5:30 with the first question at 6PM.



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.

Sessions, Rough Mixes, Mixes and Final Masters, The music is arranged chronologically. That way you can see the acoustic beginnings of the album, and the subsequent long and strange journey into what became the released album. The stark beauty of the acoustic demos is to a certain extent quite jolting, The portion of the album devoted to the rough mixes is also very illuminating. Many of the rough mixes are noticeably different from the final masters. "Complete Third" is a fantastic and detailed look into what made this album into what many people consider a musical masterpiece. And many listeners view this album as a personal touchstone too. There are people, including me, who view Big Star's "Third" album as something that changed their musical views and to a certain extent their view of life.
- Ted Talks

What a fresh breath of air this album was in 1986. It took both country and rock music into new directions. It is hard to believe that "Guitar Town" topped the country charts at the time. I doubt that it would even get airplay on a country station now. Listening to the remastered album, I was struck by the fact that there isn't a bum cut on it. And there isn't really any lyrical or musical misstep on anything. And the remastering is stunning. You feel that you are in the studio while the band was recording the album. The second disc of the set is a complete show from Chicago in September of 1986. Some of the live cuts are songs that would appear on his later albums. Yet, another classic album revisited in the right way.
- Ted Talks

Mr. Oberst recorded the album in 2 days during last year's winter. He only used guitar, piano and harmonica as accompaniment. The stark quality of the album is complemented by the lyrics. This is without a doubt his most naked album, both musically and lyrically. "Ruminations" really gives the term unplugged a new meaning. When you think about it, "Ruminations" is a very appropriate album title.
- Ted Talks

The band has released six albums since 2009. This new one is a slight detour in sound from those that became before. The white noise and feedback has been scaled down. While the noise has been scaled down, the attention to songwriting has been upped. The musical influences have been widened too. There is a noticeable PIL and Echo and the Bunnymen feel to it. Long time fans, however, will not be disappointed though. And perhaps some fans will now discover the band.
- Ted Talks


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