Holiday Groove 2017

2017 Holiday Groove Tracklisting:

1. Booker T & The MGs - Jingle Bells

2. My Teenage Stride - King of the Holidays

3. The Continentals (feat. Wanda Jackson) - Merry Christmas Baby

4. Death Cab For Cutie - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

5. US Girls - Blue Christmas

6. Grandaddy - Alan Parsons In A Winter Wonderland

7. The 'Mericans - Little Drummer Boy

8. John Prine - Silent Night All Long Day

9. Advance Base - Christmas in Dearborn

10. Fats Domino - I Told Santa Claus

11. Lake Street Dive - I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas

12. Glen Campbell - Blue Christmas

13. Mary Gauthier - Christmas In Paradise

14. Edith Frost with James Dering - In The Bleak Midwinter

15. Mac McCaughan - Happy New Year (Prince Can't Die Again)

16. Steve Earle - Christmas In Washington

17. Slow Club - Silent Night

18. The Hotel Cafe Medley - Auld Lang Syne




Here are our Top Picks for 2017



We've shown you our lists, so we we want to hear from you! Send your own list (anything musical: albums, live performances, reissues, rediscoveries) to Evan at and we will start compiling them in the weekly email.

Steve Sabatke
1. White Knight - Todd Rundgren
2. Dark Matter - Randy Newman
3. Bidin' My Time - Chris Hillman
4. Triplicate - Bob Dylan
5. The Laughing Apple - Yusuf/Cat Stevens
6. Novum - Procol Harum
7. Adios - Glen Campbell
8. Chuck - Chuck Berry
9. The Knowledge - Squeeze
10. Everybody Knows - Stills/Collins

Marty Schumacher
1. Pallbearer - Heartless - Proggy Doom Metal
2. Venenum - Trance of Death - Proggy Death Metal
3. Archspire - Relentless Mutation - Tech Death inspired by Tech N9ne
4. Akercocke - Renaissance in Extremis - Proggy Blackened Death
5. Mutoid Man - War Moans - Stoner Rock related to Converge
6. Unleash the Archers - Apex - Power Metal
7. Lör - In Forgotten Sleep - Power Folk Metal
8. Expander - Endless Computer - Sci-fi crossover produced by Converge
9. Brand New - Science Fiction
10. Caligula's Horse - In Contact - light prog metal

Eric Rosenberg
Maya Jane Coles, Take Flight
Steffi, World of the Waking State
Ikonika, Distractions
Laurel Halo, Dust
Kelela, Take Me Apart
Jlin, Black Origami
Nadine Shah, Holiday Destination
Colleen, A Flame My Love, A Frequency
Steffi, Fabric 94
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, The Kid

Matt Strandt
Ahmad Jamal - Awakening reissue
Photographs of Charles Duvelle book/CD on Sublime Frequencies
Midori Takada - Through the Looking Glass
The Gamelan of the Walking Warriors - Gamelan Beleganjur and the Music of the Ngaben Funerary Ritual in Bali
House & Land - S/T
Jon Mueller - dHrAaNwDn
Maalem Mahmoud Gania - Colours of the Night
Sarah Davachi - All My Circles Run
Kelly Moran - Bloodroot
Morteza Hannaneh - Tchashm-e-del
Metqal Qinawi - S/T
So Percussion & Steve Reich - Drumming Live
Eli Keszler - Last Signs of Speed

Aaron Granat
1) Bjork - Utopia
2) Rabit - Les Fleurs Du Mal
3) Chino Amobi - Paradiso
4) Gas - Narkopop
5) Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement - Ambient Black Magic
6) Satoshi & Makoto - CZ-5000 Sounds and Sequences
7) Various - Mono No Aware (PAN)
8) Visible Cloaks - Reassemblage
9) Call Super - Arpo
10) DJ Sports - Modern Species




Hey there, Strictly Discs mailing list buddies! We have a huge selection of fresh arrivals and incoming used vinyl for you to check out this weekend, as we head perilously close to the pinnacle of the holiday season! Let's get into it.
It's Taylor Swift's world and we just live in it, or so I'm led to gather. We now have copies of her latest blockbuster, 'Reputation', in the house on vinyl, and this ones a picture disc, packaged inside a standard sleeve with the regular cover art. What's it a picture of? We don't know, but a picture of Taylor would be my guess. This one's on everyone within a certain age demographic's list this year, so be quick. I didn't even say 'be swift', not bad.
The week before Xmas is usually a big release date for hip-hop blockbusters, and 2017 doesn't disappoint in the slightest. We have new discs from Eminem, Jeezy, G-Eazy (not to be confused with Jeezy), Young RJ of Slum Village, DVSN, Nav and Metro Boomin's epic 'Perfect Timing', and a long overdue album from N.E.R.D.
Vinyl reissues this week include The Offspring's 'Ixnay on the Hombre', a pair from The Killers, 'Day and Age' and 'Sam's Town', Current 93's genre-defining neofolk album 'Thunder Perfect Mind', and an LP reissue of one of the finest jazz recordings EVER made, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane live at Carnegie Hall.
Couple excellent LP box sets in the house, including one from Otis Redding, and a Fela Kuti collection curated by Erykah Badu.
Daphni's killer new album 'Joli Mai' is now in the house on vinyl, and a couple other titans of the techno game drop surprise albums on us: Zomby has a new one on Modern Love, and Errorsmith brings a major crusher out on PAN.
Japanese jazz-electronica arranger Yasuaki Shimizu took the wide-open playbook of the Yellow Magic Orchestra and ran wild with it in the 80s, recording a handful of albums that are just starting to find their way back in print and to a larger audience now. We've already been big fans of his 1983 album as Mariah, 'Utakata No Hibi', and 1987's 'Music For Commercials' (still in stock!), but 1982's 'Kakashi' is considered a high point of his early career. Shimizu has an uncanny ability to channel a whole lot of musical styles (folk, pop, electro, jazz, I even hear some klezmer on one of the tracks here) through a strange and alluring filter that is singularly his, rhythmic, light, and full of a graceful force. Pick up this wonder on CD or LP while you can, and be glad you did.
A couple years back, the Edinburgh-based label Firecracker reissued an out of print cassette by the Vancouver producer Lnrdcroy (pronounced like Leonard Nimoy) in a beautiful vinyl package, which also disappeared instantly. Praise the gods, for they have made more! 'Much Less Normal' still ranks as one of the best chilled, trippy bedroom house albums released this century, with nods to Larry Heard and Boards of Canada, and housed in the typically mindblowing Firecracker screenprinted artwork.
Tragically Hip frontman and Canadian folk hero Gord Downie left this earth this year, and the Arts and Crafts label has collected his final unreleased recordings, which we now have in the house on vinyl.
We've got copies of the AMAZING new album from Dego and Kaidi, a pair of UK soulful house producers who have been hard at it for decades. 'A So We Gwarn' is a life-affirming opus of vibration. Probably would have made a top ten list or two around here if it didnt arrive until yesterday.
New electronic EPs and LPs are in from a slew of names, including Model 500, Theo Parrish, DJ Richard, Palta & Ti, Mark Barrott, Damiano Von Erckert, Jamal Moss, Pink Lunch, Pender Street Steppers, Roza Terenzi, Molinaro, Ramzi, Legowelt, Conga Square, and Florian Kupfer, plus we've got the latest Fabriclive mix from DVS1.
New international and esoteric compilations abound, including guitar from rural Kenya, Les Filles de Illighadad from the Sahel, a sweet compilation of Citypop from 1980s Japan, Tarawangsawelas, a trad/electronic unit from Java, N.S.R.D., futurist synthpop from Latvia, a fourth volume in the Africa Airways funk series, Junior Mendes, an amazing boogie funk LP from 1982 Brazil, a new Analog Africa release from Hamad Kalkaba, and a reissue of an amazing classical/ambient LP from the Italian Roberto Mazza.


Heading on down for this week's USED VINYL ALERT, we have made every preparation to satisfy the collector heads and vinyl newcomers on your shopping list (if that person is still just you, read on, the following applies to you as well!). The new arrivals this week are chock-full of rare pressings, unique "underground" titles, and clean copies of classics in a whole host of genres.
Pink Floyd show up the most often this week. We've got nice copies of nearly every LP, plus a nice chunk of bootleg and live recordings, alternate pressings, and a couple of solo Syd Barrett albums! Same goes for the Beatles: UK pressings, mono pressings, 70s pressings, bootlegs, live, compilations, solo stuff. It's literally all here! Well, not literally, I guess.
More essential classics this week come from Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, the Band, Bob Dylan WITH the Band, the Kinks, Kiss, Tom Petty, Queen, Richard and Linda Thompson, Nick Drake, Tom Waits, the Velvet Underground, T.Rex, and a whole lot of Neil Young!
But that's not all: check out LPs from Roy Orbison, Journey, Yes, Sly Stone, Paul Simon, the Eagles, ELO, ELP, the Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Steve Miller, Blue Cheer, Iggy Pop, the Talking Heads, the Style Council, Sparks, Tom Tom Club, Eno and Byrne, U2, Blondie, Dust (!!), Major Arcana, the Replacements, Patti Smith, Def Leppard and the Clash!
The jazz is mighty fine this week: check out titles by Archie Shepp, Hank Mobley, John Spider Martin, Dave Brubeck, Donald Byrd, Nina Simone, Larry Coryell, and Miles Davis, including a pristine copy of 'Bitches Brew'! That's the one you want!
Crooners are in the house, including a handful from Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Harry Belafonte, and Julie London.
Party starters are here from Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Dee-lite, David Bowie, and Grandmaster Flash.
Lots of great newer releases are in the house from artists like Placebo, Andrew Bird, John Frusciante, Green Day, Deerhoof, Disappears, Will Oldham, Oh Sees, Robert Pollard and Guided by Voices, Girls, Wilco, Julia Holter, Courtney Barnett, How to Destroy Angels, Beach House, and Pearl Jam.
Wrapping it up, we've got a nice spread of folk, blues and soul from names like Johnny Cash, John Hartford, Leo Kottke, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Brownie McGhee, Son House, Leadbelly, Jimmy McCracklin, Jimmy Castor, Jimmy McGriff, Etta James, and a big one from The Meters!




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



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


New Release Round-Up 12-15-17


New Releases 15-December-2017

Eminem - Revival - Aftermath
Eminem returns with his highly anticipated ninth album Revival. Production was handled by various record producers, including Rick Rubin, Skylar Grey, Eminem himself, and executive producer Dr. Dre. The album features guest appearances from artists Beyoncé, Phresher, Ed Sheeran, Alicia Keys, X Ambassadors, Grey, Kehlani, and Pink.

NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES is the new album from N.E.R.D. , and their first album since 2010. This album includes the hit single “Lemon” (featuring Rihanna). Other guest artists include Kendrick Lamar, Future, Andre’ 3000, M.I.A., Gucci Mane, and Ed Sheeran.

New Order - NOMC15 - Mute U.S.
New Order release their new live album, NOMC15, recorded at Brixton Academy in 2015 following the release of their most recent studio LP (and Mute debut) "Music Complete". It features a set consisting of tracks from the new album, as well as cuts from their back catalog and songs by Joy Division.

Jim James - Tribute To 2 [RSD Vinyl Club Edition Gold LP] - ATO Records
“My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James returns with Tribute To 2, a collection of cover songs that reverberate with hope and blur the boundaries of time and genre.  James interprets songs made famous by a wide variety of artists including songs from The Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher, Dianne Izzo, Ray Noble and Al Bowlly, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Abey Lincoln. Record Store Day Vinyl Club edition will come on gold colored vinyl and is exclusive to indie record stores”

Nav And Metro Boomin - Perfect Timing

Nav And Metro Boomin - Perfect TimingNav And Metro Boomin - Perfect TimingNav 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.

Video Available 


Doctor Ross - Memphis Breakdown

Doctor Ross - Memphis BreakdownDoctor 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.

Early Listen Available 




Linkin Park - One More Light Live
Asking Alexandria - Asking Alexandria
Gord Downie - Introduce Yerself
Taylor Swift - reputation [2LP Picture Disc Vinyl]
Boosie Badazz - Boopac
G-Eazy - The Beautiful & Damned
The Beatles - The Christmas Records [Limited Edition 7in Box Set]
Crazy Heart [Soundtrack 2LP]
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Stranger Things 2
Stranger Things: Music from the Netflix Original Series [2LP]
Sir Rosevelt - Sir Rosevelt
John Williams - Star Wars: The Last Jedi [Soundtrack]
Bright: The Album
Sia - Everyday Is Christmas [LP]
Otis Redding - The Definitive Studio Album Collection [7LP]
Majid Jordan - The Space Between
Fela Kuti - Vinyl Box Set 4 Compiled By Erykah Badu [LP Box Set]

& More .....

Pop Etc - Routine [Vinyl Single]
Maurice Smith - Can't Fight The Feeling [Vinyl Single]
Hans Chew - Open Sea EP [Vinyl]
Nolan Porter - Go-Go-Go [Vinyl Single]
Buffalo Tom - All Be Gone
Awolnation - Miracle Man
Poppy Ackroyd - Paper
The Go Ahead - In Harms Way EP



Big Sean And Metro Boomin - Double Or Nothing

Big Sean And Metro Boomin - Double Or NothingBig Sean & Metro Boomin - Double Or Nothing - G.O.O.D Music
Big Sean & Metro Boomin release new joint project Double Or Nothing on CD on 12/22/17 via G.O.O.D Music/Def Jam Recordings/Boominati Worldwide/Republic Records. Not only are both Sean Don and Metro present on every one of the project's 10 songs, but other heavy hitters such as Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, 21 Savage -- whom Metro Boomin teamed up with in 2016 for joint mixtape Savage Mode​ -- and Young Thug are also featured.


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.