Blood - Lianne La Havas
Lianne La Havas
Coda - Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
In Through the Out Door - Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
In Through the Out Door
Presence - Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
Peace Is the Mission (LP) (LP) - Major Lazer
Major Lazer
Peace Is the Mission (LP) (LP)
Born to Play Guitar - Buddy Guy
Buddy Guy
Born to Play Guitar
Trackless Woods - Iris Dement
Iris Dement
Trackless Woods



The blase drift of Matt Mondanile's guitar (the motive behind Ducktails and also the defining ingredient of his band Real Estate) was at one time an insurgent sound, a pull of the e-brake amidst a swirling pop landscape of digital overdrive. With the ascent of Real Estate and the even more balanced cruise of the War on Drugs, you'd forgive Mondanile for sliding into a more polished sound for a true mainstream coronation (and the last Ducktails album did this, with mixed results). But on St. Catherine, he largely keeps it real, reviving the Ambien-paced lope of his earliest cassette efforts on a record that unfolds with a decade-less ease, conjuring up sounds of slacker Tom Petty, Daddy's Highway-era Bats, a touch of the Bunnymen and, when siren Julia Holter shows up on a few tracks, the Cocteau Twins. Mellow rock to wear a tasteful chambray buttondown to.
- Evan/Strictly Discs
CD $12.99/LP $18.99

Unless you've been a keen observer of the recent UK digital dancehall scene, its not likely you've heard of Tapes, nee Jackson Bailey, a producer whose anonymous handle belies a boldly unique style in a liminal genre. This collection from the far-reaching Japanese label Em summarizes the best of Bailey's recent work, often found on the B-sides of small run dancehall singles, with additional new recordings meant to tease a proper album debut later in the year on Honest Jon's. Tapes is a peculiar producer, crafting sharp, cracking instrumentals out of skanking digi keys, peppering them with found sound and other detritus, then running the whole tune through the fidelity step-down of a cassette. Like any dub maestro looking for a signature sound, this step is the rub. It has the uncanny effect of fattening his bass frequencies and burnishing the melodies, while adding just the right amount of ferric haze to the mix. It's proper stuff to the last track, compounding the handpunched techno approach of someone like Omar-S with the tweaked party movement of Adrian Sherwood.
- Evan/Strictly Discs
CD $19.99/LP $23.99

Sounding like a dispatch from an alien planet far more rhythmically inclined than Earth, here we have the debut album from Mbongwana Star, a band made up of Congolese musicians Koko Ngambali and Theo Nzosza and the Irish producer Liam Farrell. Ngambali and Nzonza were members of the now-defunct group Staff Benda Bilili, a lively rumba band with several members in wheelchairs from childhood polio. They bring a lot of that momentum to the proceedings on From Kinshasa, an album that blends highlife and soukous guitar music with a futuristic afro-dance sound and the insistent rhythms of Konono No 1-style junkyard percussion. Surely one of the best dispatches from the world at large we've heard all year.
- Evan/Strictly Discs
CD $14.99/LP $21.99

Years of time as a footsoldier in the deep house world - a scene that often judges artists not on one major work but a consistent flow of reliable, progressing efforts - have led Fred Peterkin to a hallowed status. On this sprawling full length for the esteemed Mule Musiq label out of Japan, P takes a bit of a victory lap. 5 offers up eleven elegant tracks of arid, soulful house attuned more to the acoustics between your ears than perhaps that of a massive system. (But that may only be because I haven't heard it on one yet). FP is interested in the elemental; nothing in these tracks is extraneous to the mission at hand, a sort of holy stasis of deep chords and resilient rhythms. This is workmanlike house music resonant of the efforts of Chez Damier and Ron Trent's Prescription/Balance axis, tunes that shunned ostentatious exhortations to get loose in favor of focused programming that gave you no choice but to move. Move on this one stat!
- Evan/Strictly Discs
CD $15.99/LP $22.99


Pick up a two-track CD single at the shop for just two bucks. CD single contains coupon for $2 off the full length CD or LP out August 21st!


Pick up a two-track CD single at the shop for just two bucks. CD single contains coupon for $2 off the full length CD or LP out August 21st!


This October, the following artists are releasing special limited pink vinyl versions of their albums to benefit breast cancer research and the Gilda's Club organizaiton. Please pre-order by stopping in the shop, emailing or calling 608.259.1991. Quantities will be very limited.


Our vinyl loving customers have become accustomed to us being your Madison resource for limited Sub Pop LOSER editions, and now we've partnered with Merge Records to bring you similiar special releases. Pre-orders (by stopping in the shop, emailing or calling 608.259.1991) are strongly encouraged as quantities will be very limited.

New album, Poison Season, by Destroyer available August 28th. Limited edition pre-orders on clear vinyl.

Debut album from HeCTA available September 18th on limited edition red vinyl.

New album by Telekinesis out September 18th and available on limited edition white vinyl.


New CD/LP coming from perennial favorites, Beach House - entitled Depression Cherry and dropping August 28th. Limited-edition LOSER edition on clear vinyl, available for pre-order now in the shop and by phone (608.259.1991).


JULY 24/28:
Action Bronson - Mr. Wonderful LP
Air - Moon Safari LP reissue
Lone - Lemurian CD/LP
Ducktails - St. Catherine CD/LP
JJ Cale - Ebbets Field 1975 CD
The Fall - Sub-Lingual Tablet CD
Popol Vuh - Aguirre, Couer De Verre, Letzte Tage Letzte Nachte, Hohelied Salomos LP reissues
Grave Babies - Holographic Violence CD/LP
Seven Davis Jr - Universes CD/LP
Omar Souleyman - Bahdeni Nami CD/LP
Strange Wilds - Subjective Concepts CD/LP
Mas Ysa - Seraph CD/LP
Beth Orton - Comfort of Strangers and Daybreak LP reissues
Ricked Wicky (Robert Pollard) - King Heavy Metal CD/LP
Nurse With Wound - Sylvie and Babs 2CD expanded
Karamika - Karamika (ESP Institute) LP

JULY 31:
Led Zeppelin - Coda, In Through the Out Door, Presence reissues (3 formats)
Daniel Romano - If Ive Only One Time Askin CD/LP
Titus Andronicus - Most Lamentable Tragedy CD/LP

Iris Dement - Trackless Woods CD
Mac DeMarco - Another One CD/LP
Amos Lee - Live at Red Rocks LP
Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss CD/LP
White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan LP reissue
Zachary Cale - Duskland CD/LP
Sylvan Esso - H.S.K.T. LP
Langhorne Slim - Spirit Moves CD/LP
Joe Plummer & Pall Jenkins - Built In Sun LP
Bunny 'Striker' Lee - Next Cut! CD/LP
Conrad Schnitzler - Kollektion 05 Schnitzler Compiled
Blondes - Persuasion LP
William Basinski - Deluge LP
Prefuse 73 - Every Color of Darkness LP
Reatards - Grown Up Fucked Up CD/LP reissue
Syl Johnson - Complete Twinight Singles LP
Slim Twig - Thanks For Stickin With Twig CD/LP
Small Feet - From Far Enough Away... CD/LP
Night Beds - Ivywild CD/LP
Tunde Olaniran - Transgressor CD/LP
Pridjevi - S/T CD/LP
Little Howlin Wolf - Cool Truth and Guardian LP reissues
Heathered Pearls - Body Complex CD/LP
Deaf Wish - Pain CD/LP

Neil Young - Monsanto Years LP
Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Press Color CD/LP
Digital Underground - Sex Packets LP reissue
The Good Life - Everybody's Coming Down CD/LP
Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American LP reissue
Primal Scream - Sonic Flower Groove LP reissue
Jay Reatard - Better Than Something LP w/DVD
Red House Painters - Songs for a Blue Guitar LP
Stars Of The Lid - Their Refinement of the Decline and Tired Sounds of... LP reissues


Our next MUSIC TRIVIA at the High Noon Saloon is Tuesday, August 11th. Registration starts at 5:30 with the first question at 6PM. Two for one happy hour at the High Noon Saloon...JOIN US! Save the date for September MUSIC TRIVIA on September 1st.


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.

It is hard to believe that 19 year old Londoner Flo Morrissey has such an affinity for a style of music that is over half a century old. That style would be 60s style English folk. Flo, however, does not use the traditional melodies and subject matter. She writes about being in and losing love in this day and age, how it feels in the here and now. She crafts her own melodies that bear a resemblance to the centuries old tunes, but are a bit different. She also brings a certain idiosyncratic style to both the words and music, that could be described as a bit freak folk. Don't be off-put, Ms. Morrissey is not that twee or peculiar as the tag freak folk might indicate. It just gives a hint of the musical subtexts on this album. Ms. Morrissey has crafted a strong and compelling album that has attracted considerable attention on both sides of the Atlantic. It is only right that she attracts some attention in Madison.
- Ted Talks

Sam Beam (Iron and Wine) and Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses) have teamed up to present an album of some of their favorite covers. Artists covered include John Cale, J.J. Cale, Talking Heads, Spiritualized, Marshall Tucker Band, Sade, Ronnie Lane, Bonnie Raitt and more. The choices are certainly left field picks, but make sense when you think about them and then hear them. The covers are handled with reverence and they sound exactly like what you would imagine they would sound like, given the two performer's pedigrees and styles. "Sing Into My Mouth" is a fun album of covers, but the album also gives some clues into how these original artists influenced these two performers.
- Ted Talks

This band has to be Chicago's best kept secret. From their first album in 1987 to "Works For Tomorrow" they have produced some of the best music to come out of Chicago that no one has heard. It is hard to believe that this is their 13th album. It is even harder to believe that the band is still going after all these years, releasing album after album that got scant notice from the world at large. In the past, Eleventh Dream Day staked out Neil Young/Crazy Horse territory with strong touches of punk energy thrown in. The new album is to a degree similar, but with a more grunge and 70s rock feel than in the past. Imagine J. Mascis playing with Blue Oyster Cult as a clue to the 70s and grunge influences. Some of the cuts also have a strong Lou Reed feel to them. Eleventh Dream Day have never released a bad album in 28 years, and "Works For Tomorrow" doesn't end that run. In fact, it is one of their strongest. This band and this album really need to be heard, and "Works For Tomorrow" may be the best place to start.
- Ted Talks

Ron, Ryan, Angie, Ethan, Evan, Luke, Jimi, Zack, Justin, Matt, & Jonah