Happy Friday everyone, and welcome to this week's round up of new arrivals at Strictly Discs. There's never a dull moment in the record world; always something or other coming out, and with the holidays coming up it seems like everyone's gone into overdrive! Let's get going.

First off, we have a slew over overdue reissues from the one and only Nine Inch Nails. Several long-out of print titles are back today: 'Broken', 'The Downward Spiral', 'The Fragile', plus 'Deviations 1' and a first ever LP for 'Not The Actual Events'.

Hero, diva and inspiration Sharon Jones recorded one final album shortly before she lost her bout with cancer, and it's here at last. We have 'Soul of a Woman' on CD and colored vinyl LP, with some cool live photo lithos to give away with purchase.

We have new albums on CD and vinyl from Morrissey, Mavis Staples, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lil Uzi Vert, Bitchin Bajas, The Body and Full of Hell, Martial Canterel, Lindstrom, and a new soundtrack from Dan Deacon.

The first pressing disappeared quick, but at last we have copies back in stock of the wonderful Gillian Welch album 'Harrow and the Harvest', the first of her albums to ever be released on vinyl. The cover art on this one is simply stunning!

Disco producer and synth experimentalist extraordinaire Patrick Cowley sees another posthumous collection of tracks released. This one is his soundtrack for the adult film 'Afternooners', and hasn't been available in any format until now. There's a lot of Cowley material out there, and most of it is great, and still I can say that this is some of the best stuff of his I've ever heard! On these catchy instrumentals, he straddles the line between quirky ambience and disco sleaze.

The On-U Sound archival releases continue to roll-out, exposing the world at large to Adrian Sherwood's massive experiments between the edges of dub, ambient and punk. This week we have a reprint of the Dub Syndicate's 'Pounding System' LP, and a fresh 5 CD box set anthologizing the later 80s Dub Syndicate material. Crucial trips through rhythm and texture here!

We've raced to keep the CD in stock all year, and now we have the vinyl version of SZA's breakout album 'Ctrl' in the house.

Speaking of things back on vinyl, we've got a lot of cool catalog reissues happening on wax just in time for the fall. Mary J Blige's classic 'Whats the 411?' is here, as well as two older titles from Portugal the Man, 'Waiter!' and 'Church Mouth'. We also have fresh reprints of all of Lou Reed's classic solo LPs, the Pink Floyd albums 'Delicate Sound of Thunder' and 'A Collection of Great Dance Songs'. Italian pop experimenter Franco Battiato sees his '74 classic 'Pollution' come back in print, Gunter Schickert's unbelievable '74 minimal Krautrock epic 'Samtvogel' is back with its original artwork, Stephin Merritt side project The 6ths sees their rare release 'Wasp's Nests' back on LP, gloomy postrockers Black Heart Procession bring us 'The Waiter', and we also have a new LP version of the only album by San Fran indie legends World of Pooh, led by the one and only Barbara Manning.

It's an unreal week for jazz reissues, as several records you'd be lucky to ever see in a record store get the TLC they deserve. We have Azar Lawrence's '74 spiritual fusion jam 'Bridge Into the New Age'. Now Again brings us two titanic releases from the Boston jazz underground that regularly change hands for over a grand, packaged together as one: Michael Cosmic's 'Peace in the World' and Phill Musra's 'Creator Spaces', plus the related 1980 LP 'As Time Flows On' from the World's Experience Orchestra. If that ain't enough, we have the Superior Viaduct reissue of Sun Ra's 'Featuring Pharaoh Sanders and Black Harold', a fiery live recording from 1964 that was only released in tiny quantities back in 1976.

On the new jazz front, we have a new CD from Rob Mazurek, a new LP from Makaya McCraven, and a fresh archival disc from Joe McPhee that truly smokes.

Legendary cult brother duo Woo see their 4th album, 'A La Luna' from 1991, finally see a vinyl release for the first time ever. Fans of the group's singular sound (an innocent, introspective blend of lofi electronics, guitar, and clarinet) have a whopping 22 new tracks to dive into here, packaged in a beautifully screenprinted sleeve.

We still don't have a new album from the Chromatics, but the next best thing is this new LP from mainman Johnny Jewel. 'Windswept' is full of the saturated chill-noir we've come to expect from his Jewelness, and outdoes itself in the artwork category yet again.

Berlin techno producer Call Super bestows us with his first full length since 2014's mind-bending 'Suzi Ecto' album. It only took half a listen to lodge 'Arpo' on my top ten list for the year. Where his last album was full of diffuse, hard to pin down sonic details, 'Arpo' is neatly coiled, endlessly revealing, and joyous to listen to. In a year where lots of producers left typical techno behind, Call Super has gone the farthest out.

Speaking of far out, we have the new LP from Rabit, just in time for his extremely rare, extremely unmissable performance at Art In tonight. The producer is best known for his murky, post-grime collaborations with Bjork, but on 'Les Fleurs du Mal', he goes well beyond, turning in a beatless album full of poignant sound design and occasional moments of unnerving dread.

Speaking of artists playing here tonight, we have the new LP from Appleton fem-punkers Fox Face, just in time for their record release show at Mickey's.

Sticking on the local tip, we just received the latest release from Yugen Records, the new techno label run by a trio of Madison residents. This EP comes all the way from Brazilian producer Zopelar and it is a delightfully trippy piece of house!

The Companion Records label specializes in bringing back to life albums too strange to succeed in their original environment, and so it goes with the latest release from them, 'Age of Individualism' by the outsider artist known only as TJ Hustler. Recorded in 1980, this entrancing double album sounds like a much, much more psychedelic version of the type of electronic soul that turned up on the Personal Space compilation a few years ago. If you dig that comp, you need the Hustler.

Mississippi Records brings us a lovingly packaged and selected single LP compilation of pieces by the massively influential minimalist composer/pianist Arvo Part. We've also got a cool disc in tribute to folk singer Connie Converse, a compilation of music from Shirley Collins, and an unreleased set of gems from Chris Gantry.

The Star Creature label brings us two fresh mini-albums of modern funk from Mogwaa and Adam Chini.

On the electronic front, we have a new LP from Deepchord, copies of the incredible DJ Sports album are back in stock, plus records from Umfang, Burial, Cloudface, Jamal Moss, Claudio Rocchi, and Cheap Present, and a lovely new ambient collaboration between D.K. and Suzanne Kraft on the Melody as Truth label.


Moving downstairs for this week's USED VINYL ALERT, we have a fresh 600 or so LPs for your digging pleasure.

This week we have deep cuts of RnR from names like Frank Zappa, King Crimson, Jorma Kaukonen, John Entwistle, Roger Daltrey, Sir Doug, Dr. Feelgood, Dream Syndicate, the Electric Prunes, the Trashmen, Simon Dupree, the Shadows of Knight, Hook, NRBQ, Dillard and Clark, The Count Five, and the Dream Syndicate.

Plenty of classics roll in this week from the Beatles, Neil Young, the Doors, Bob Dylan, T. Rex, Buddy Holly, the Who, the Band, Blue Oyster Cult, plus mellower ones from Simon and Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison and John Prine.

On the punk and wave front, we've got sweet ones from Killing Joke, the Clash, King's X, the Dead Milkmen, Talking Heads, Everything But the Girl, Mazzy Star, Alex Chilton, Candlemass, Chrome, X and Tom Verlaine. In the synth department, try Kraftwerk, Gary Numan, OMD, Oingo Boingo, Camouflage and Controlled Bleeding.

Another epic haul of recent, highly collectible soundtracks this week, including titles like Altered States, Taxi Driver, Star Wars, Juno, Jurassic Park, the Darjeeling Limited, Lost Highway, Oldboy, and the Matrix!

Funky stuff rolls in from Donald Byrd, Funkadelic, the Spaniels and the Imperials, several out of print rap classics from the Jedi Mind Tricks, reggae from Jimmy Cliff and Grace Jones, and many more.

We've got lots of picture discs and odds and ends this week, including a slew of Kiss!

We wrap up with a nice selection of audiophile pressings, including titles from the Beatles, Steely Dan, and Country Joe.

A fresh stack of marked down new vinyl hits the sale bin for your perusal as well! We'll see you in the aisles!


Strictly Discs will be the place to be this Post-Thanksgiving-Shopping-Melee-Day, also known as Black Friday.

And that's because certain indie stores across the country will be the place to get special releases created just for you, for giving and getting this holiday season, and they're scheduled for release on Black Friday, November 24, 2017.

Now, this is not Record Store Day, Jr., but it is brought to you by the powers-that-be at Record Store Day. This is a group of special releases you can only find at certain independent record stores nationwide. The magic of these pieces (many uber-limited) is that every one of them is something someone will really LOVE to get, and you'll really ENJOY giving. And you may have the added nice feeling of supporting a local, independently owned (Strictly Discs, Independently Owned since 1988) business during the holidays.

We’ll be operating our Record Store Day Black Friday wish list / request system the same way as year’s past, So please feel free to make your requests 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, please know that some of these products are extremely limited and will sell out quickly.

We will do our best to have ample stock of all Record Store Day Black Friday releases. The status of your requests will be updated within our system prior to November 23, 2017. We expect that you will be in the store on November 25th to pick up any requested items. If you are unable to be here that day or want us to send any remaining stock after Record Store Day, please email now to make those arrangements. Thank you!

The deadline for creating or modifying a wishlist is Sunday, November 12th at 5PM.

The list of Black Friday exclusives can be found HERE.




November 10 - Angel Olsen - Phases - olive green vinyl

November 17 - Morrissey - Low In High School - transparent green viny

November 17 - Sharon Jones - Soul Of A Woman - red vinyl

December 1 - Brix & The Extricated - Part 2 - clear vinyl

February 16 - Superchunk - What A Time To Be Alive - pink and clear swirl vinyl and a large fold-out autographed poster


The basement is fully stocked with new and vintage equipment:

New turntables (Pro-Ject Debut Carbon) & New speakers (Kantu YU2)
Vintage turntables, speakers & receivers starting at $99.
Full vintage systems including turntable, receiver & speakers, starting at $299.


Our next MUSIC TRIVIA at the High Noon Saloon is Tuesday, December 12th. Registration starts at 5:30 with the first question from Angie and Marty at 6PM. Save the date for January 9th and February 6, 2018.


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 three disc box set chronicles the band from their start in 1979 through to 1983, right before they signed to SST Records. It complies 69 cuts, with 47 being unreleased until now. All of the band’s legitimate releases from that time period are included. But there is so much more than that. There are tons of demos, rehearsal tapes and live material, plus an entire alternative “Land Speed Record.” The band’s evolution is extensively traced through band member remembrances and producers notes detailing the importance of the material through a 144 page booklet included in the box. Never having heard their earliest material, I find it amazing that the band did not start out as an ultra fast hardcore band, but developed into that from being a quite poppy punk band at their beginning. After digesting all the material and reading the booklet, one can make out the trajectory of how Husker Du became of the best American bands of the eighties. And any casual Husker Du fan will have to have this release, as will anyone with any interest in eighties rock. By the way, the release is brought by the folks from Numero Group, so the standard of quality is quite high throughout this release.
- Ted Talks

Mr. Rateliff and his band are one of the best neo-soul acts out there. And they excel both on record and live. Consequently, this live album is a no brainer for the record label. Record a live album in front of a hometown crowd and try not to screw it up. And “Live at Red Rocks” is anything but a screw-up. This album is a sweaty and rocking trip through their catalog, showcasing what they do best song after song. In addition, the Preservation Hall jazz Band is included on several tracks to ramp up the excitement level. Pure and simple, “Live at Red Rocks” is a great live album from a great new band.
- Ted Talks

Ms. Olson is probably one of the best singers-songwriters working in music today. Though she has only released three albums so far, her exceptional talent has burned bright and caught the attention of music fans. While the disparate nature of the material does not make for a cohesive album, the quality of the material is one highlight after another. From solo acoustic demos to full-band recordings, coupled with an exceptional taste and execution of covers (Roky Erickson and Bruce Springsteen), this is an exceptional collection of songs. Usually these odds and sods collections have a few great songs and a lot of chaff. “Phases” is an example of how to do it right. You just let the talent come to the top.
- Ted Talks

Ron, Ryan, Angie, Evan, Marty, Luke, Matt, Michael, Ben & Will