We've got lots of love for Jenny Lewis here at Strictly Discs so we've got yet another contest for her new album! Pick up On The Line on either CD or LP before Sunday at 5PM and you will be entered to win a rare test pressing of the album, 2 tickets to her March 27th show at the Sylvee + a sweet cassingle from the new album. All online and shop orders qualify and winner will be notified on Tuesday March 26th!
The final deadline to create a wishlist or make any changes was 4PM on March 15th! And while we understand the time frame to create wish lists has been greatly compressed this year, we rely on your wishlist feedback to guide our buying and so we know what titles you most want to pick up!
A couple of notes/changes: The 3" turntable now comes with the Foo Fighters 3" record. The Third Man and Epitaph 3" records now come bundled as a boxset rather than available individually. You must purchase the turntable in order to purchase one of the boxsets since all are very limited.
Both Sigur Ros pieces have been cancelled. Dio, Stray Cats and the Thirst Soundtrack have all been cancelled.
Alexander "Skip" Spence - AndOarAgain 3xLP set has been added.
Lightnin' Hopkins - Strums The Blues LP has been added.
RECORD STORE DAY 2019 APRIL 13TH!
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 13th.
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:
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 over the past year, and we will be culling from these recent collections for a batch of records going out on Saturday the 13th. More details about this round of LPs will go out in the final email before RSD.
An incredibly rich week of new releases kicks off with two well-loved indie darlings making their best albums decades into their respective careers, and baring some skin while doing so. Eyes up here everyone! Jenny Lewis turns her years of experience in the boys club of the touring rockband world into an inviting album of honest tales with 'On The Line', in the house on limited blue vinyl with poster while our copies last! Whistling art-folk auteur Andrew Bird calls his latest album 'My Finest Work Yet' and I do believe that's true. On this perfectly crafted album, Mr. Bird reminds us that he was spinning weird, sweet tales long before Father John Misty became a dad. We've got this one here on indie-only smoke green vinyl.
DC punk luminary Mary Timony is back on the scene with her band Ex Hex' sophomore album 'It's Real', a turbo-charged album of Buzzcocks-meets-Bangles power pop that's full of confident odes to holding on in trying times. We have the 'Peak Vinyl' version of this one on magenta/blue swirl wax. The ever-mercurial Kurt Wagner charts a fresh course with his band Lambchop on 'This (Is What I Wanted to Tell You)', yet another genre-avoidant delight that basically sounds like a zen master riffing through autotune.
Heathcliff, it's me. Kate Bush closes out her thorough catalog reissue campaign with a 4 disc set of extended 12" mixes, B-sides, and a whole disc of covers. We've also got a radical new memoirish book from music writer and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib delving into his life experiences with A Tribe Called Quest, which is quite on point!
A pair of vibrant, irrepressibly polyglot albums put the African diaspora in the spotlight this week. LA producer Dexter Story has quite the resume, from managing Snoop Dogg to collaborating with Kamasi Washington, and his releases as bandleader are always a delight. 'Bahir' doesn't disappoint in the slightest, melding Ethio-groove with LA jazz and dancy Tuareg melodies. Ibibio Sound Machine continue to perfect their combo of afro-funk and UK electro with 'Doko Mien'.
When the Numero Group began reissuing the catalogs of the classic slowcore bands Bedhead and Codeine several years ago, I wondered if they would complete the trilogy of legendary little-appreciated, unassumingly-named, quietly influential 90s bands and perform the same effort for Duster. At last, the eagle has landed! The San Jose band existed for only a brief handful of years, releasing two near-perfect albums of of slow burning space-rock baked in lo-fi fuzz, before adulthood and its attendant drudgery brought the group's activities to a halt. At the time, the band's fanbase numbered in the hundreds at best. Meeting someone with a shared love of Duster felt like initiating a secret society of sorts; that these albums deserved wider acclaim that they would never achieve was an article of faith. One day many, many years later, needing a quick dose of the band's debut album 'Stratosphere' (to this day an instant go-to anytime the weather's gloomy), I trucked over to Youtube and was aghast to find a full album stream that had hundreds of thousands of views, and scores of comments from fans new and old, with unanswerable questions like "What is this music?" "Why aren't these guys famous?" "What other bands sound like this?" A decade or more later, the secret was finally out; Duster's pre-millenial downer melodies had cut through the static of thousands of mediocre bands more ambitious than them. As is their custom, the Numero fellows have taken special care with the discography of this delicate band, restoring the master tapes to the LPs, EPs, compilation tracks, and unreleased tunes so that their brief, potent catalog can be enjoyed in full, rather than as digital ephemera.
This week brings great new albums from Animal Collective's Avey Tare and UK postpunkers These New Puritans. The Conor Oberst/Phoebe Bridgers project Better Oblivion Community Center in finally back in stock on vinyl, both black and orange vinyl here to choose from. Breakout indie youngsters Wallows drop their anticipated debut (with a free tote bag!) plus we have a new album from rustic crooner Strand of Oaks. After their early run of albums that provided endless influence on a generation of emo-pop, Chicago's American Football have returned with a mightily graceful comeback album that features guest vocalists like Liz Powell from Land of Talk and Rachel Goswell from Slowdive.
An eclectic mix of experimental items this week includes a very deluxe repress of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 'Wedding Album', a new archival RVNG release from Japanese video game soundtracker June Chikuma. The Thin Wrist label deposits two stunning delights from New Zealand: a collection of new and old music from A Handful of Dust, the duo of Alastair Galbraith and The Dead C's Bruce Russell, and a new LP of acoustic guitar divinity from Michael Morley, also of the Dead C, which is one of the most engaging guitar albums I have heard in years.
Archival folk and blues aplenty this week, beginning with an incredible set of scarce Terry Allen radioplays from the 80s called 'Pedal Steal + Mystery Band', which takes Allen's signature alternative history of the American southwest into deep frickin space. 'Partly On Time' collects unrelease early work from Virginia fingerpicker Kinloch Nelson. Legendary blues players Henry Townsend & Roosevelt Sykes see a world-class 1973 live recording released across two cds, and we have a reissue of Leroy Jodie Pierson's 'Rusty Nail'.
Some huge new albums from the wide world of electronic music this week include a smashing album of futuristic UK grime from Logos called 'Imperial Flood'; Danish leftfield house whiz Central has a new double album called 'Om Dans' that's his best so far, the first half is accelerated, funky house while the second LP dives deeper into aquatic IDM. Apparat and Shlohmo each deliver strong new LPs, and we have a new record from Culross Close, the UK nu-jazz quintet strongly affiliated with Kamaal Williams and the Black Focus scene. Finally, we have a new record from John Beltran under his Placid Angles alias. Every couple of years since his emergence in the early 90s Detroit scene, Beltran slips into view to show everyone else in the world how thoughtful, enigmatic deep house is done, and 'First Blue Sky' is no exception.This week sees a new album out from rock vet Robin Trower, and expanded deluxe version of Van Morrison's 'The Healing Game', and a new album from folkie Carrie Newcomer, who's visiting us at the Barrymore on April 13th. Hey, thats Record Store Day!
Sweet, sweet LP reissues across a variety of genres this week. Jorge Ben's 1967 samba bomb 'O Bidú: Silêncio No Brooklin', Godflesh's pioneering post-industrial crushscape 'Streetcleaner', X's 'The Wild Gift', and a lovely new version of Aretha Franklin's gospel debut, 'Songs of Faith'.
A trio of reissues here grant you access to some of the most beautiful 1960s jazz on record, for a lot less than the thousands of dollars originals now demand: the Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet's torrid run of emotionally resonant, impressionistic post-bop albums 'Shades of Blue', 'Dusk Fire' and 'Phase III'.
Far out techno is here in the form of three new releases on the L.I.E.S. label, Delroy Edwards' 'Wagon Wheels', Torn Hawk's 'Time Is A Scam' and 51717's hauntingly addictive 'Paranoia Star'. Lowkey German duo Dresvn have a new EP of leftfield funk-tech bliss, Miami jackmaster Greg Beato's fantastic album 'El Tipo Mas Bonito En La Generacion De Los Feos' isn't too new, but its new to us. Lastly, two fresh EPs from the duo of Canadian producer LNS and Melmacian maniac DJ Sotofett.
Three titanic, if a tad obscure, rarities from the 90s IDM scene are repressed and in stock on vinyl this week. Susumu Yokota's pulsating 1995 album 'Metronome Melody', Jan Jelinek's twitchy, glitchy, buttery album 'Personal Rock' under his Gramm alias, and a huge one from the shortlived UK group Repeat, a quartet that featured a young Plaid alongside legendary DJs Mark Broom and Dave Hill.
Last up, two doozies are in from the Wackies label, the NYC roots reggae institution that has seen its vast discography tended to by some detail-oriented German engineers for many years now. Prince Douglas' 1980 classic 'Dub Roots' is a soulful wonder, and Love Joys' fantastic debut album 'Reggae Vibes' sports the dual vocals of Claudette Brown and Sonia Abel over heartbreaking lovers rock production.
Heading downstairs for the latest edition of the Used Vinyl Alert, we reflect on another week gone by and admire the fresh LPs it brought us. What a haul. My my! Read on for the lowdown.The last few weeks have been heavy on jazz, so we go a little easier on you this week with just a few fine ones from Lou Donaldson, Donald Byrd, Herbie Hancock, Frank Strazzeri, Billy Cobham, Sun Ra, and Ahmed Abdul Malik. Pair those up with some great soul from names like Sam & Dave, the Monophonics, the Flamingos, Sam Cooke, Curtis Mayfield, Billy Preston, the Detroit Emeralds, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, George Clinton, and Aretha!Deep runs from our favorite stand-bys are here this week, with large selections of catalog and unofficial LPs from the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, and the Rolling Stones, plus must-haves from Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan, Cream, the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, the Who, the Byrds, Cheap Trick, Chuck Berry, Harry Nilsson, Bob Seger, Paul Simon, Elvis, AC/DC and Queen.Seldom seen titles in rock, psych and folk are here from Merilee Rush, the Churls, Sandy Denny, Salt Water Taffy, Morning, the Family Tree, the Incredible String Band, Eric Quincy Tate, Los Lobos, and Roy Harper, while we see a whole slew of iconic punk, new wave and metal from names as diverse as Devo, Siouxsie, Talking Heads, Iron Maiden, Fu Manchu, the Mission UK, The Fix, Joy Division, Saint Vitus, Big Black, the Birthday Party, Depeche Mode, and the Specials.Our best crop of country in some time includes some big ones from the big names like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Doc Watson, Glen Campbell, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Bill Monroe, George Strait, Emmylou Harris and the Carter Family, alongside lesser seen LPs from Steve Young, Roy Acuff, Trini Lopez, Janette Carter, Faron Young and scores more obscurities.We wrap things up with some hip-hop from the Roots, the Beastie Boys, and Pharcyde, iconic LPs from Bob Marley, Ravi Shankar, and Tangerine Dream, and some more recent releases from Band of Horses, Bobby Conn, Speedy Ortiz, Thou, the Oh Sees, Acid Mothers Temple, Bon Iver, Youth Code, Swearin, and Sylvan Esso!
Real heads remember the time when we had the import wall which got downsized to the import nook, and well, things just ran their own course after that. This week, we’re busting out a whole grip of those ambiguously-sourced gems. Look for gray area recording from all-timers like McCartney, Springsteen, Dylan, The Band and Fleetwood Mac. We also have a strong crop of above-ground work from Zappa, the pre-ZZ Topp Moving Sidewalks, Johnny frickin’ Thunders, Zappa and Blondie. Depending on atmospheric conditions and what I had for breakfast, I might make the argument John Darnielle is the best lyricist alive today. We have a couple of works from him as Mountain Goats as well as a stray shot from one-time locals Rainer Maria. In addition, there’s skronky n’ screechy stuff from Sonic Youth, Deerhoof, Wolf Eyes and Prong, as well as the way ahead of everyone’s time Silver Apples. I cannot quit the jazz life and why would I when there’s rock-solid material from Ben Webster, Eddie Harris with Les McCann, the entirety of Bill Evan’s run at the Village Vanguard and two sets from Miles Davis: the 6-cd “Complete with John Coltrane” served in an extra-crispy metal box and the unrelenting monster groove of “Live-Evil.” Finally, we got Flatlander member Butch Hancock’s “West Texas Waltzes,” a batch of stripped-down dusty goodness from the late 70s. Man, Lubbock just doesn’t get its due.
Join us Tuesday, March 19th for Music Trivia at the High Noon Saloon.
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Over The Rhine – “Love and Revelation” This album is the Cincinnati duo’s fifteenth studio release since 1991. The duo, Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler, have been married far longer than that. The couple sings songs of love and loss with an idiosyncratic folkish, alt-country bent. Over the Rhine has over the years reached such a high level of excellence that each new release is a highly anticipated event for their fans. And “Love and Revelation” is yet another great album. I think that the decades of being together, both professionally and personally, have led the two into such a creative musical relationship that both members of the couple demand the best from each other. I think that it is astounding the public has not embraced Over the Rhine in the past. Perhaps “Love and Revelation” will bring Over the Rhine further success. They certainly deserve any further acclaim they may get. - Ted
Piroshka – “Brickbat” Piroshka is composed of past members of such English bands such as Lush, Moose, Modern English and Elastica. Lush and Moose were shoegaze bands, and the other two groups were moody pop. The sound of Piroshka embraces the gauzy, dream pop of shoegaze, but also the focused yet saturnine pop of the other two bands. But the synthesis of the two musical strains is what makes the music so compelling. It is familiar yet a bit strange. Both musical factions gain something that they didn’t possess before. And that is a big plus for the listener. By the way, Piroshka is a Hungarian word for missile, and the word supposedly has something also to do with a Hungarian fairy tale. - Ted