Launched in 2007 with the humble idea to recognize independent record stores, Record Store Day (RSD) has mushroomed ever since. The RSD list of LP and CD exclusives continues to expand, while more labels continue to throw open their catalogs to an appreciative customer base.
Beyond the day-long frenzy, RSD exists to offer proof of the lively role record stores play in the community and a chance for folks on both sides of the counter to offer gratitude for each other. Whether you’re a hardcore type who times their arrival for a spot at the front of the line or somebody who waits until the afternoon for a more leisurely experience, we hope you’ll join us on Saturday, April 21.
RSD AT STRICTLY DISCS:
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.
BUT FOR ME, EVERYDAY IS RECORD STORE DAY:
With all of the hubbub about "The Line" each year at Record Store Day, we thought it would be nice to remind everyone that your RSD experience doesn't just boil down to how early you line up. Each year, we've gotten better and better at targeting the items that are the most in-demand, so that we have as many copies as possible to go around, and also ensuring that we have the broadest selection of everything that's available. In short, we want to make sure that whether youre busting down the door at 7 am, or rolling in by the end of the day, you're still looking at quite the spread. In some degree, this day is about our regular customers, for whom just about every day is Record Store Day, and we want you to know you are welcome to stop through any time. Enjoy the digs, the beers, the sounds of the local DJs, and just hang out!
RSD USED VINYL ALERT:
This year's slate of Record Store Day exclusives is so strong, we had to dig extra deep to find a parallel stash of used vinyl collectibles to give it a run for its money. Mission accomplished, I'd say. This year's RSD used vinyl alert is so potent, we've considered posting health warnings in the entry to the basement. I'm saying this stuff is sick! As in recent years, we'll be waiting to unveil this collection until later in the day Saturday, to balance out the morning rush. All these titles will be available to purchase at precisely 2 PM Saturday!
Where to begin? How ‘bout some pop and rock. We've got many Beatles LPs, including several rare European pressings, rare box sets from the Rolling Stones, Nick Drake, and Jimi Hendrix, near-full catalog runs of Pink Floyd, David Bowie, The Zombies, Tom Waits, Funkadelic/Parliament, and Led Zeppelin, plus big scores from the Beach Boys, Jerry Garcia, the New Barbarians, Dr. John, Love, Them, the Allmans, Gram Parsons and the International Submarine Band, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Tim Buckley, John Lennon, Richard Thompson, Iggy Pop, Thin Lizzy, and Link Wray.
We dive deeper into the more obscure and rare sides of the rock canon with cool ones from the Groundhogs, Atilla, Medusa, Trapeze, John Cale, the Walker Brothers, Alex Harvey Band, Family, M.Frog, Roky Erickson, Valhalla, Chris Spedding, The Shaggs, plus some foundational 70s art-rock and prog from big names like Can, Soft Machine, Kevin Ayers and Robert Wyatt solo, Hatfield and the North, Henry Cow, PFM, Hawkwind, Silver Apples, and Brian Eno!
We've got about 10 Pitchfork festivals, a Glastonbury, and three Lollapaloozas worth of recent indie and alternative titans down here, including some hard to find pressings and limited edition guys from Tame Impala, Dead Weather, Fleet Foxes, Coldplay, Arcade Fire, the National, Dan Deacon, the Buffalo Killers, Beach House, William Elliot Whitmore, Damien Jurado, the White Stripes, REM, US Girls, Sonic Youth, Grimes, Swans, Alt-J, Death Grips, Microphones, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Beck, Jimmy Eat World, Beirut, the Good the Bad and the Queen, Badly Drawn Boy, Amy Winehouse, the Black Keys, and the Trail of Dead, plus some earlier tough-to-find ones from Sublime, Sarah McLachlan, Counting Crows, and Primal Scream.
There's a real motherlode for hip-hop vinyl fiends. We’ve infrequently come across sizeable rap collections, but all too-often they’ve been battered. Such is the condition of the tools of the working DJ. What we have here however is a deep selection we could eat off of, along with sho-nuff pic sleeve 12 inches, which happens, like never. There’s separate singles from the Knowles-Carter partnership, sureshots from Outkast and Pete Rock and CL Smooth and more. The full lengths are out of control. Multiple Madlib-affiliated projects, choice selections from Mobb Deep and Show and AG, the first iteration of Guru’s Jazzmatazz and good chunks of the Tribe and Wu catalog, including the rarely seen ATCQ remix full-length! So much to geek out over and in extra-crispy condition.
The heavy stuff is not neglected this year, with some titanic slabs from Black Sabbath, Saxon, the Tygers of Pan Tang, Behemoth, Sabbath Assembly, Destruction Unit, Jesus Lizard, Goatsnake, the Sword, Iron Maiden, Celtic Frost, Witchfynde, the Skull, Nine Inch Nails, tons of rare/obscure speed metal and thrash, and some great compilations.
We didn’t forget the blues on Record Store Day. Plenty of clean copies of the original dirt dog, Muddy Waters, are to be had, along with a whole grip of titles spanning the entirety of John Lee Hooker’s career. Multiple titles from people’s champions Magic Sam and Jimmy Reed have been pulled. Nestled somewhere is an unfathomably clean 1st press copy of Skip James’ “Devil Woman,” as well loosies by Hill Country mystics Fred MacDowell and RL Burnside, and elusive names like Leadbelly, Willie Dixon, Bobby Bland, Son Seals, Lightnin Hopkins, and the Nighthawks.
As for jazz, it’s all about the labels of choice. Look for the orange-and-black Impulse spines for records by Alice Coltrane, Archie Shepp and Pharoah Sanders. We’re always happy to come across the mighty Blue Note and not only are there scores of titles by Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard and other mainstays, but we’ve snagged more than a few double-45 2LP Classic Records sets. Everything is clean, clean, clean. On top of that, there’s a couple titles from Cu-Bop powerhouse Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers, Cannonball Adderley, Grant Green, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Gil Scott Heron, and several from the AACM axis.
We've gone substantially hard with the soundtracks this year, including some big titles like Natural Born Killers, the Walking Dead, Man from Uncle, Mr. Robot, Synchronicity, Reservoir Dogs, Drive, the Watchmen, Kill Bill, and Pulp Fiction.
In the realms of folk, traditional and pop music from the world at large, we cover just about every continent to be found this year (if there are any synth-pop bands from Antarctica, please let us know), with an unreal selection of records, some very cheap, some very rare! Check out LPs from Iran and Northern Africa, traditional and Bollywood titles from India, trad and pop from Indonesia, Java, Singapore, and other East Asian locales, Folkways comps covering the globe, Russian rock and strange, Japanese garage and folk-rock, Korean psych including some OGs from San Ul Lim, Ethiopian jazz and pop gems, afrobeat and afro-latin fusions, Texican trad from Lydia Mendoza, plus a smattering of Cuban jazz, mambo, and cumbia.
On the electronic and avant-garde front, we have full spectrum coverage, from names big and small like Kraftwerk, Mark Pritchard, the Books, St. Germain, Nightmares on Wax, LCD Soundsystem, Prodigy, Burial, Daft Punk, Armand Van Helden, Placebo, Air, Kelela, Kid Koala, Fourtet, Morcheeba, Max Richter, FKA Twigs, Flying Lotus. On the more avant side, we've got some crucial ones from Philip Glass, the Innovative Communication label, Masaki Batoh, Steve Reich, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, the Residents, Derek Bailey, Jandek, Steve Tibbetts, Wilburn Burchette, K. Leimer, and a slew of modern Japanese composers.
Please swing down and join us as we celebrate Record Store Day!
FREE PARKING AVAILABLE BEHIND THE UW PRESS / MONROE BUILDING:
Free parking is available for Record Store Day behind the UW Press Building at 1930 Monroe Street. Please use any of the stalls along the back fence (please don't park under the building). The parking lot is accessible from both Monroe & Prospect Streets.
WHAT IS HAPPENING AT STRICTLY DISCS ON RSD:
As you know, Record Store Day is a day crammed full of records, so naturally we've got a schedule crammed full of entertainment for your listening and imbibing enjoyment as you browse all of the many new arrivals. We'll have DJs from both of our cherished local stations, WSUM and WORT, as well as esteemed vinyl selectors from a few of our favorite local musicians:
7-8:30AM Emili Earhart, pianist and collaborator - ambient and early morning music
8:30-10AM Chali Pittman, WORT/The Punk Kitten - post-punk
10AM-NOON Nate Zukas, downtown DJ and Great Dane brewer - disco and house
NOON-1:30PM Ian Carroll aka Knowsthetime - funk, soul and breaks
1:30-3PM DJ Renton, WSUM - garage and psych
3-4:30PM Glynis Fisher, downtown DJ - chilled house
4:30-6PM Evan Woodward & Ben Silver - bringing the day home
Our doors open at 7AM!
AND SPEAKING OF WHEN THE DOORS OPEN...
The morning will get started right this year with FREE TREATS courtesy of our neighborhood friends.
Barriques is cooking up our traditional chili-rubbed, half-dipped in chocolate bacon. Bloom Bakery is bringing over one of their specialties, sweet potato doughnuts, and Colectivo is supplying the caffeine with free hot coffee! Things are looking up!
Plus, El Grito will roll in from 10AM-NOON selling their amazing (breakfast) tacos!
STRICTLY DISCS/RSD SPECIALTY BEER:
Every year The Great Dane collaborates with Strictly Discs to brew a beer in celebration of Record Store Day. Embracing the sprit of Record Store Day & the Monroe Street road construction project, the Great Dane is serving up the Bullzdozer Blonde Ale here on April 21st starting at 7AM!
USED VINYL ALERT:
In addition to the spread of Record Store Day exclusives, we will also be celebrating with a very special selection of 1000+ fresh used records. The record gods have smiled on us with some exciting finds just in time for the holiday, and we will be culling from these recent collections for a batch of records going out on Saturday the 21st. More details about this round of LPs will go out in the final email before RSD.
NEW BELGIUM BEER TASTING:
From Noon-2PM, Neal from New Belgium Brewery will be here pouring up a variety of their award winning beers!
Loaded grab bags (while supplies last) FREE with every RSD purchase
Enter to win AWESOME prizes, including:
Audio Technica Turntable, Pro-Ject Turntable, Kanto Powered Speakers, Record Sleeves & Crates
Gift Certificates & Prize Packs from our friends & neighbors at: Hive, Pizza Brutta, The Great Dane, Brasserie V, Monroe Street Framing
Oodles of concert tickets from the good folks at Majestic Madison and High Noon Saloon
Autographed Booze & Vinyl book by Andre & Tenaya Darlington
PLUS MUCH MUCH MORE!
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS:
For all details on pressing quantities, production credits, alternate versions, color vinyl, and other record datum, please refer to the Official Record Store Day list of releases, located at www.recordstoreday.com
CANCELLED RSD TITLES:
Andrew Oldham Orchestra
The Bird & The Bee
Insane Clown Posse
DELAYED TITLES: Eric Church, Monterrey Pop Festival
A FEW REMINDERS:
We do not buy used CDs or LPs on Record Store Day.
We do not accept coupons on Record Store Day.
Record Store Day titles do not count towards the Buy 12 Get 1 Free program.
Record Store Day items are limited to one per person.
Remember Y2K? The Mayan apocalypse? The Swing revival? It seemed like we might not make it to the other side of those events as they loomed before us, but we're fine. And so, Monroe Street construction has begun, and the disruption it has wracked upon our lives…is not that bad. Really.
We've got helpful directions on our site involving a couple of side streets and gentle re-routing. You can still get here, just consult the map of your choice and give yourself a little extra time.
We’ll still be putting out a minimum of 500 incoming used records out every and we’ll keep bringing in today’s freshest titles. While you’re here, make it count and pay a visit at one of our friends in the neighborhood. Even when a bit of dust kicks up, we like it here, and it's gonna look even better when all this pounding is done!
DIRECTIONS FROM REGENT/EAST:
From Regent Street:
Continue on Regent through the Monroe St intersection
Turn Left on SPOONER ST
Turn Right on West Lawn or Keyes
Turn Left on Harrison St.
We are on the corner of Harrison & Monroe Streets (the street level parking lot outside of the Trader Joe's doors is a public City of Madison lot & the side streets all have FREE 2 hour parking.
MONROE STREET IS OPEN FROM THE WEST
Heading downstairs for this week's used vinyl alert, we've got a delicious spread for you to complement this week's phenomenal selection of new releases, and to whet your appetite for a massive haul rolling out on Saturday. It may be the week of Record Store Day, but first of all it's Friday which means fresh used records, 52 weeks of our year.Check out deep and classic jazz from John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Buddy Rich, Dave Brubeck, Max Roach, John Lewis, Sonny Terry, Oliver Nelson, Kenny Burrell, George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Hugh Masekela, Muhal Richard Abrams, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Mal Waldron, Roscoe Mitchell, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Egberto Gismonti.Plenty of classics in the house from Bob Dylan, Neil Young, the Beatles, plus some Lennon/Ono collectibles, Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd, Shuggie Otis, Dennis Wilson, Roxy Music, Rush, the Who, the Grateful Dead, and Fleetwood Mac.Scores upon scores of contemporary indie, pop, rock, and electronic from names lpike Grizzly Bear, the New Pornographers, Destroyer, Fucked Up, Sonic Youth, the Decembrists, Tortoise, the Shins, Ratatat, Portishead, Pinback, Outhud, Explosions in the Sky, Toro Y Moi, Tame Impala, the Strokes, Interpol, the Field, Pantha Du Prince, LCD Soundsystem, Beck, Washed Out, Andrew Bird, Titus Andronicus, Car Seat Headrest, Sigur Ros, Fleet Foxes, Olivia Tremor Control, and Big Thief!Some crucial 80s jernts this go-round from the Talking Heads, X, Metallica, Joy Division, the Smiths, Byrne/Eno, Duran Duran, and Ministry, plus some fine soundtracks in the Star Trek and Lord of the Rings realms, and some blues musts from Mississippy John Hurt and Howlin Wolf.We wrap up with some fine funk and soul from Otis Redding, Outkast, Parliament, A Tribe Called Quest, Sam Cooke, RIck James, Don Covay, Betty Davis, Solomon Burke, Little Richard, Booker T, Bootsy Collins, Nina Simone, and the almighty Earth Wind and Fire!
A huge round of releases hit the floor , lending some major oomph to the old saying "Every day is record store day".
We start with two big ones. 20 years since its original release, Widespread Panic's early classic 'Light Fuse Get Away' sees its first ever vinyl pressing, in a lush 4LP box set package. We also have the long-awaited new album from A Perfect Circle, 'Eat the Elephant' on CD and limited white vinyl.
Michigan folksters Lord Huron have producer Dave Fridmann on board for extra twinkle on their latest, 'Vide Noir', on CD and LP. Dear friends of the shop Count This Penny relocated to Knoxville TN a couple of years back and we miss them sorely. They've sent us copies of their brand new album 'A Losing Match' on LP, which helps dull the pain a bit. Fans of their tender twilit folk harmonies are in for a treat with this one.Jams abound with a reissue of the early Disco Biscuits album 'Uncivilized Area' and a new collection of Thievery Corporation rarities and vault tracks, 'Treasures From the Temple'.
Strap in for another ride with Bonnie Prince Billy. 'Wolf of the Cosmos' is here on CD and LP, and features Master William playing versions of songs by the great Norwegian singer Susanna Wallumrod. The ever unpredictable Mike Donovan (of Sic Alps and Peacers infamy) returns with the mighty 'How To Get Your Record Played In Shops'. One way is naming your record that.
7 inches! We get a preview of with these two lil guys. Sufjan Stevens has a limited EP called 'Tonya Harding', and Jesse and the Wolf deliver 'Selecta', which features Ghostface and Juelz Santana.
Drinks are back! The bubbly duo of Cate le Bon and Tim Presley drop their 2nd record of helium-filled DIY pop. It rules. No less a stunner is the latest from Christina Vantzou, the dense ambient arranger delivers her 4th album, with assists from members of Forma and Emeralds. Gorgeous!
More new releases this week from Post Animal, Alexis Taylor, Kimbra, Uranium Club, Joshua Hedley, Old Crow Medicine Show, Charli XCX, Walter 'Wolfman' Washington, Ashley Monroe, and Marcia Ball!
Some fine raps in the house this week. Prhyme's huge sophomore album '2' is now here on vinyl, as well as a slighty-delayed LP version of the new Dr. Octagon release, LPs and CDs from Defari, the Nonce, and Smoke DZA, plus a truly incredible 2CD set from Oakland-based DJ Platurn, who has investigated his ancestral homeland of Iceland for many years, compiling this expansive set of rare disco, funk, and unexpected breaks.
New jazz this week from Ryan Porter, John Zorn, and Terence Blanchard, plus a vinyl reissue of Gil Evans-collaborator Billy Harper's 1973 Strata East debut 'Capra Black'.
Reissues aplenty this week, including the Black Lips' self-titled debut, the Promise Ring's 1997 classic 'Nothing Feels Good', a 10th anniversary edition of Rogue Wave's classic 'Asleep at Heaven's Gate', Poison's tongue-heavy 'Open Up and Say Ahh!', Felt's spectral 1982 debut 'Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty', and a 45th anniversary vinyl pressing of David Bowie's 'Aladdin Sane' on silver vinyl.
Folk reissues from far and farther this week: two great LPs from Bert Jansch, 'A Rare Conundrum' and 'Santa Barbara Honeymoon', plus two spectacular Japanese folk reissues from Yasumi No Kuni and Tetsuo Saito, the latter of which was featured on last year's stellar 'Even A Tree Can Shed Tears' compilation.Couple big ones from Who-ville this week! First up is a huge 2CD or 3LP version of 'Live at the Fillmore East 1968', and then we've got a greatly expanded version of Pete Townshend's 1972 solo debut 'Who Came First'.
The Afro7 label delivers two incredible new LPs this week. 'Light & Sound of Mogadishu' compiles a slew of 45-only tracks showcasing some classic Somalian cuts that vary between haunting traditional folk and blazing psych funk. Killer sound quality on this one, and loving packaging! We've also got an LP of contemporary Afro-rock from the Scorpios, a band of Sudanese musicians now living in London, which channels tradition Sudanese forms with notes of funk, synthesizer, and Arabic rhythms. Truly blissful stuff here. Back again is the one of a kind album 'My Ancestors' by Chrissy Zebby Tembo and the Ngozi Family, which has already seen a couple small represses become quite scarce. Originally released in 1976, there's simply nothing else out there like this one. Plenty of other great records emerged from the Zamrock scene of Zambia, but 'My Ancestors' is the one you can take with you into the afterlife. It sounds like a Central African 'Loaded', but better than that!A pair of sweet compilations this week. Numero follows up their RSD release of a few years back with a sequel to 'WTNG 99.9 FM', and it's chock full of soft-rock, melodic downer, private funk, and amateur yacht rarities. The Hobo Camp label drops 'Night Palms' upon us, a killer selection of contemporary modern funk, electro-hop, retro-futurist boogie and (gulp) chillwave from names like Brian Ellis, XL Middleton, and Moon B.
Two very different soundtracks hit the racks this week: the trippy, unending score to 90s videogame 'After Burner II' is here, and the lush, transporting, and elegant soundtrack to 'The Phantom Thread', composed by Jonny Greenwood.
We wrap with some serious stunners in the ambient and experimental realms. Leftfield ambient-dance unit Entourage released a couple of rare LPs in the 70s mostly known for being sampled by Four Tet, and now we have an LP of unreleased jams that is an incredibly deep trip. On the 30th anniversary of its release, Steve Roach's 'Dreamtime Return' is back on vinyl, offering us a new chance to experience what could easily be the total pinnacle of the new age genre as listening experience. The Etats-Unis label has unearthed some sound-art rarities that are better heard than described. We've got Annea Lockwood's 'Glass World', John Duncan's 'Organic', and Remko Scha's 'Machine Guitars', all on extremely limited clear vinyl. Sample and hold, dudes.
Our next MUSIC TRIVIA at the High Noon Saloon is Tuesday, May 8th. Registration starts at 5:30 with the first question from Angie and Marty at 6PM. Save the date for June 5th and July 10th!
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.
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.
Son Volt – “The Search” This reissue of their 2007 release was the album right after their classic “Okemah and the Melody of Riot” It still retains some of the magic that made “Okemah” one of the high points of the band’s twenty-four year career. On “The Search” Son Volt decided to mix things up sonically this time around. They departed from their usual safe place and took chances that they wouldn’t have taken before. It seems that they band hit a high point during the middle of the last decade they haven’t touched since then. This reissue comes with a second disk of outtakes that certainly illustrates how hard it must have been to pick out the running order of the original album from all the music that was recorded during the sessions.
Sloan – “12” Yes, this is the band’s twelfth album. This little power pop band from Nova Scotia has been quietly chugging away for twenty-six years without much popular support. They have had many highs and lows in those intervening years. And “12” is one of those high points. The band somehow got their mojo back and made another power pop classic. “12” ranks up there with some of their classic albums from ten and twenty years ago. I really hadn’t expected much from another Sloan album prior to listening to this one. I am certainly glad that I listened.
The Weeknd - My Dear Melancholy - Republic
Grammy-winning artist The Weeknd releases new project ‘My Dear Melancholy,’ via XO Records / Republic Records. 'My Dear Melancholy,' follows the Weeknd's 2016 record, 'Starboy', which debuted #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Charts and charted 2 Top 10 hits, “Starboy” & "I Feel it Coming." The Weeknd will perform at a handful of major festivals this summer, including headlining performances at Coachella & Panorama.
King Tuff - The Other - Sub Pop
When asked to describe the title track from his new record, Kyle Thomas—aka King Tuff—takes a deep breath. “It’s a song about hitting rock bottom,” he says. “I didn’t even know what I wanted to do anymore, but I still had this urge—this feeling—like there was this possibility of something else I could be doing… and then I just followed that possibility. To me, that’s what songwriting, and art in general, is about. You’re chasing something, there is something out there calling to you and you’re trying to get at it. ‘The Other’ is basically where songs come from, it’s the hidden world, it’s the mystery. It’s the invisible hand that guides you whenever you make something. It’s the thing I had to rediscover—the sort of voice I had to follow—to bring me back to making music again in a way that felt true and good.”
Breaking Benjamin - Ember - Hollywood Records
Ember is Breaking Benjamin's 6th studio album and is the follow up 2015’s DARK BEFORE DAWN, which debuted #1 on Billboard's Top 200, spun off three No. 1 rock radio tracks, “Failure” and “Angels Fall,” as well as their latest hit single “Never Again.” Selling over 500K, DARK BEFORE DAWN was certified gold in early 2017.
Metallica - The $5.98 EP - Garage Days Re-Revisited - Blackened Recordings
The Wait is over! Nearly three decades after going out of print, Metallica release a remastered version of The $5.98 EP - Garage Days Re-Revisited as part of their ongoing remasters series via their own Blackened Recordings label. Originally released over 30 years ago on August 21, 1987, the collection features the band covering songs by early Metallica influencers such as Diamond Head, Holocaust, Killing Joke, Budgie, and The Misfits. The five songs from the EP were later included as a part of the 1998 multi-platinum release Garage, Inc., but the band felt it was time to bring it back in the original formats! Garage Days Re-Revisited was remastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, CA
Laura Veirs - The Lookout - Raven Marching Band
Fresh off the success of her 2016 collaboration with Neko Case and kd lang, Laura Veirs brings you her 10th album, The Lookout. A batch of inimitable, exquisite folk-pop songs; a concept album about the fragility of precious things. Featuring contributions from Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Sufjan Stevens. Produced by Grammy-nominated Tucker Martine
John Prine - The Tree Of Forgiveness - Oh Boy
The highly-anticipated album, The Tree Of Forgiveness, is John Prine's first collection of new material since 2005's Grammy-winning Fair and Square. Rather than going out on a limb, Prine cultivated the themes that have brought international acclaim since the 1970s. For example, he can take a topic like loneliness and make it funny or heartbreaking. Prine teamed with Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb to record in Nashville's historic Studio A, enlisting friends like Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, and Amanda Shires to sing along. The songs are new, although some had waited to be finished for decades, like a co-write with Phil Spectro called 'God Only Knows'; Another incomplete song, 'I Have Met My Love Today' now celebrates the unexpected spark that leads to lifelong romance -- with a dash of youthful innocence. The musical arrangements may be simpler than on past efforts, yet his unique ability to distill complex emotions into everyday language remains fully intact.
A Place To Bury Strangers - Pinned - Dead Oceans
A couple of years ago, A Place To Bury Strangers were in search of a new drummer. Lia Simone Braswell, an L.A. native, had recently moved to New York, and was playing drums in shows around Brooklyn "just to keep her chops up." As it turned out, APTBS bassist Dion Lunadon caught one of those shows and, after seeing her play, was moved to ask her if she'd want to come to a band practice sometime. For well over a decade now, A Place to Bury Strangers-Lunadon, founding guitarist/singer Oliver Ackermann, and, officially, Lia Braswell-have become well known for their unwavering commitment to unpredictable, often bewildering live shows, and total, some might say dangerous volume. This week marks the release of Pinned, their fifth full-length and an album that finds them converting difficult moments into some of their most urgent work to date. It's their first since the 2016 election, and their first since the 2014 closing of Death By Audio, the beloved Brooklyn DIY space where Ackermann lived, worked, and created with complete freedom. There are searing meditations on truth and government-led conspiracies ("Execution"), as well as haunting, harmonized responses to the tensions of our current political climate ("There's Only One of Us"). It all opens with "Never Coming Back," a frightening crescendo of group vocals, vertiginous guitar work, and Lunadon's unrelenting bass. It's a clear and honest statement of intent, not just for everything that follows, but for this band as a whole.
Joshua Hedley - Mr. Jukebox - Third Man Records
With the release of his highly anticipated debut album Mr. Jukebox via Third Man Records, Joshua Hedley will embrace the role he was born to play: this generation’s classic country champion. An accomplished fiddle player, Hedley felt inexplicably drawn toward the instrument as a child. He got his hands on his own fiddle at age 8, and by 12, he was playing with middle-aged pickers at the VFW. At 19, he moved from his native Florida to Nashville, where he became an in-demand sideman at Robert’s Western World and other bars, and ultimately, a well-respected frontman. Armed with an easy croon and prodigious fiddle playing, he became known as the Mayor of Lower Broad. He hit the road to perform with artists including Jonny Fritz, Justin Townes Earle, and more, while the 2015 documentary Heartworn Highways Revisited featured Hedley prominently.
Lord Huron - Vide Noir - Republic
Lord Huron to release new album, Vide Noir, on 4/20 via Republic Records. The album follows critically lauded EPs, 'Strange Trails' and 'Lonesome Tails', which has garnered over 400M streams to-date. Previous single 'The Night We Met' is best known for featuring in Netflix's '13 Reasons Why.' The band is currently on an extensive USA headlining tour through Summer 2018.
Pennywise - Never Gonna Die - Epitaph
Formed in the South Bay of Los Angeles, a neighborhood with a rich punk rock history, Pennywise began in 1988. The band would go on to amass an international following through relentless touring and a melodic high energy sound merging melodic surf punk, blistering hardcore and the classic punk of their youth. The group has solidified their place in punk history and are ready to continue their legacy with their long awaited new album, Never Gonna Die. A return to form for the band, Never Gonna Die contains 14 solid tracks that a punk fan can run in circles to.
Brothers Osborne - Port Saint Joe - EMI Nashville
John and TJ Osborne co-wrote every track on Port Saint Joe along with frequent collaborators Lee Thomas Miller, Kendall Marvel, Barry Dean, Shane McAnally, Troy Verges and more. The title, Port Saint Joe, reflects the small town on the Florida coast where the real-life siblings recorded the album. “Port Saint Joe is a sonic representation of who we’ve become not only as a band but as people,” says John Osborne. “Every show we’ve ever played together is on this record. Every song we’ve ever written and every mile we’ve ever ridden has led to the making of this record. Imperfections and all.” TJ adds, “we shacked up for two weeks to make an unabashed record that would reflect who we are in every way, and in the process we had the most enjoyable and memorable recording experience of our lives.”
Old Crow Medicine Show - Volunteer - SME Nashville
Old Crow Medicine Show have announced the release of their new studio album, Volunteer, due out April 20th, on Columbia Records Nashville. The album was recorded at the historic RCA Studio A and produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson).
For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.