Hey there, record, compact disc and cassette tape lovers! Here's our full rundown of the latest and greatest on offer this weekend at Strictly Discs.
We kick things off with a new album from one of our favorite bands here at SD, Detroit's own Protomartyr. 'Relatives in Descent' is the group's 4th LP, and finds them as we like them, contemplative and surly. It's a rare thing when a post-punk band, thirty years on from most of the genre's best records, finds a new take on the sound. They do it by sounding both agitated and tired, with frontman Joe Casey's lyrics full of the addle-brained brilliance that comes after hours of frenzied activity. While we have em, the LP comes on blue vinyl with a zine included. (click for more)
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.
Everyone on staff has begun the annual challenge of combing through a long year of listening to make our personal Top Ten lists. Sure, it's hard to narrow so much great music down to ten titles, but we look forward to it every year! We'll be posting ours here and in the store soon, but in the meantime, we want to hear from you! Send your own list (anything musical: albums, live performances, reissues, rediscoveries) to Evan at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will start compiling them in the weekly email.
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.
February 16 - Superchunk - What A Time To Be Alive - pink and clear swirl vinyl and a large fold-out autographed poster
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.
The Doors - Strange Days: 50th Anniversary Edition [Expanded 2CD]
Hard to believe that it has been half a century since this album has been released. “Strange Days” seems a bit more sophisticated than their debut released just months before. It doesn’t have the raw intensity of their first, but I think it is its equal, just in a different way. This double disc edition contains both the original mono and stereo mixes of the album. I would have to give a nod to the mono mix for its immediacy. “Strange Days” is another text book example of the high standards in remastering classic albums.
- Ted Talks
The Moody Blues - Days Of Future Passed with The London Festival Orchestra
“Days of Future Passed with the London Festival Orchestra conducted by Peter Knight” This double disc reissue is another Fifty Year Anniversary Edition. “Days of Future Passed” is definitely a more technically adventuresome undertaking than the Doors reissue. The technicians who organized this release painstakingly repaired the damaged original tapes and present the original 1967 mix for the first time in some forty-five years. They also included the 1972 remix that has been used for reissues for the past decades. I would have to give the 1967 mix the thumbs up for better sound and clarity. All of the singles tracks and BBC sessions for 1967 are included, as well as a few “works in progress” from the album sessions. Also included is a DVD with a Surround Sound Quad mix and videos from 1968 with the band performing a few of the album tracks live. “Days of Future Passed” is another 1967 masterpiece that sounds even better than it did all those years ago.
- Ted Talks
Chris Gantry - At the House of Cash
This album was recorded in 1973 at Johnny Cash’s home studio and executive produced by Mr. Cash himself. For some reason this album was not released at the time and sees the first light of day this year. Mr. Gantry was a Nashville songwriter who penned a few minor hits for other artists. At some point before starting this album, he went to Mexico and got lost in a haze of Peyote. This album is a result of that experience. Taken in its totality, “At the House of Cash” is perhaps the ultimate freak/acid folk album out there. Mr. Gantry’s imagination certainly ran miles ahead of his talent on this album. There are so many oddball musical ideas on this album that one wonders about Mr. Gantry’s sanity when he recorded it. But his past as a country music songwriter gives the music a structure that the music demanded. One of the oldest tropes out there is to suggest that an album is so bad that it is good. To a certain extent ‘At the House of Cash” lives that sentiment. But there is also a natural talent that makes this album so much more than a freak show.
- Ted Talks
Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes - XL Recordings
Tomorrow's Modern Boxes is an eight-track record from Thom Yorke, available on vinyl and CD. A record born of silver darkness, pressed onto heavyweight 180g white vinyl completed with undersize 75mm centre labels, housed within heavy white board inner and outer sleeves. These are printed with a metallic silver laminate then multi-tone black and a striking neon green.
Chris Thile - Thanks For Listening - Nonesuch
Nonesuch Records releases mandolinist, singer, songwriter, and radio host Chris Thile's Thanks For Listening, with the vinyl to follow on December 15. The album is a collection of songs that were originally written for performance on A Prairie Home Companion. Since becoming the American Public Media program's host, Thile has, each week, written one new (often topical) "Song of the Week" that gets its debut performance on that Saturday's live broadcast—with Thile, the house band, and some of his guest musicians. For Thanks for Listening, Thile and producer Thomas Bartlett chose ten songs from nineteen possibilities and created new studio recordings of them, rather than merely documenting them as originally performed.
K. Michelle - KIMBERLY: The People I Used To Know - Atlantic
The album feels confessional. Each of the songs on the album is about someone who she's met during her life's journey and how it's left a mark on her. Each person that has left a mark has influenced her direction down life's path. With this album, K. Michelle finds herself at a vulnerable crossroad and she's prepared to share the experience with her fans both new and old.
Barbra Streisand - The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic! - Sony
The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic! is the album of record for Barbra Streisand's triumphant concert tour of the same name in 2016. This collection captures the iconic songstress culminating her 13 city tour in Miami, Florida on December 5th, 2016. The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic! is available in two versions: a single disc album of concert highlights, and a deluxe 2 disc set featuring the entire concert performance and all of Barbra's dialogue including her reflections on making some of this music, her film career, and what it was like to make her most recent # 1 album, ENCORE Movie Partners Sing Broadway (with Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, Jamie Foxx, Antonio Banderas, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Wilson, Melissa McCarthy, Daisy Ridley). This career spanning collection also includes a performance of "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" with special guest, Jamie Foxx.
Nav And Metro Boomin - Perfect Timing - XO Records
Nav, named one of Rolling Stone's '10 New Artists You Need To Know,' & Metro Boomin, one of the industry's most famous producers, to release mixtape Perfect Timing. The project includes guest features including: Gucci Mane, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Offset, Playboi Carti & Belly. Metro won BET's Producer Of The Year for the second consecutive year & has worked alongside some of the biggest names in hip-hop including: Drake, Big Sean, Migos, Future, Post Malone, Playboi Carti, Offset, Lil Uzi Vert & 21 Savage. NAV has also toured as main support for The Weeknd.
Doctor Ross - Memphis Breakdown - ORG Music
Doctor Ross, also known as "Doctor Ross the Harmonica Boss", made his reputation as a bluesman in Memphis before moving to Michigan. During the early '50s, Ross recorded his first sides, including "Chicago Breakdown”, with Sam Phillips at Sun Records. This compilation, Memphis Breakdown, compiles the best of those early Memphis sessions all in one place, remastered for vinyl.
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Bill Murray, Jan Vogler And Friends - New Worlds - Decca
Actor and comedian Bill Murray met German cellist Jan Vogler on a trans-Atlantic flight. The two struck up a friendship and soon had the idea to work together on a project: New Worlds. On the album and in live performance, Murray as both singer and narrator brings his charm and wit to songs by Foster, Gershwin, and Bernstein as well as readings of classic American poetry and prose by Whitman, Hemingway, Twain and others, in dialogue with Voglers singing Stradivari cello. They are joined by violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez.
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.