This Memorial Day weekend (which kicks off Friday when we open, as far we're concerned), we'll be having a SALE! All regular priced NEW CDs and LPs are 20% off, Friday through end of day Monday. If you haven't had time to get over here lately, or if you've got a list of the latest records you've been meaning to pick up during these busy May release weeks, OR if you want to special order some items we don't have in the shop, now's the time! Just mention the sale at checkout and 20% savings is yours. (Sale excludes sale items and other promotions.)
MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY HOURS:
Now, about that new stuff!
Heading downstairs for this week's Used Vinyl Alert, we've got a splendid spread for your perusal, going especially deep on jazz, blues, and classic rock.We venture a bit beyond the standard jazz names this time around, going on lengthy catalog runs from lesser-heard names like Philly Joe Jones, Willis Jackson, Ahmad Jamal, Odonel Levy, Jack McDuff, Gil Evans, Tommy Flanagan, Bobby Hutcherson, Jimmy Forrest, Harold Mabern, Jimmy Lyons, Khan Jamal, Michael Mantler, Illinois Jacquet, Arif Mardin, Ursula Dudziak, Bobby Enriquez, Teddy Edwards, and Meredith Monk, plus some sweet ones from Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Elvin Jones, Duke Ellington and many more.Blues comes through from Dr. John, Eddie Boyd with Peter Green, JJ Cale, Muddy Waters, Charlie Musselwhite, Elizabeth Cotten, Bobby Bland, Blind Joe Davis, Otis Clay, Willie Dixon and several others, including some unusual and rare compilations.Soul and funkwise, we've got deep ones from Trinere, the Good Samaritan, Osiris, Freddie North, the Miracles, Mandre, Jerry Butler, Leon Haywood, Dr. Feelgood, and Brownstone, plus even more freestyle, jazz-funk, gospel, and private obscurities.Big names in rock and pop this week include John Lennon, Small Faces, Pink Floyd, the Band, Neil Young, David Bowie and Tin Machine, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, the Grateful Dead, Van Morrison, Richard Thompson, the Doors, the Yardbirds, and Yes, plus a wild range of affordable LPs from household names like Dusty Springfield, the Amboy Dukes, Marillion, Siegel-Schwall, Quiet Riot, Rare Earth, Elton John, Steely Dan, Stephen Stills, Deep Purple, Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, King Crimson, Judas Priest, Ginger Baker, the Neville Brothers, the Eagles, and Gerry Rafferty.All kinds of punk/new wave and other 80s deep cuts from the English Beat, the Gun Club, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, the Talking Heads, Nick Lowe, the Cars, the Blasters, the Teardrop Explodes, and a whole lot more.We've got some Brazilian stunners from Bola Sete and Antonio Carlos Jobim, reggae from Peter Tosh and Bob Marley, avant business from Tom Johnson, Dick Hyman, Material, and Patrick Gleeson, and some more recent releases from the Savages, Tori Amos, Washed Out, Foster the People, Sarah Watkins, and Rostam!
MG&E has finally finished their electrical upgrade that severely limited our side street free parking. Most of those restrictions have now been lifted with the final no parking signs in the 1800 block of Keyes Ave. expiring this Friday, May 25th. Hooray for free parking and thank you for making the trip to come and see us; we appreciate it!
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
Our next MUSIC TRIVIA at the High Noon Saloon is Tuesday, June 5th. Registration starts at 5:30 with the first question from Angie and Marty at 6PM. Save the date for 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.
The Record Company return June 22nd with their new CD/LP, All Of This Life. In the meantime, swing by and pick up a fresh 7" that features tracks from the album. The 7" is $2 and includes a coupon for $2 off the full release.
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.
Tracyanne & Danny – “Tracyanne & Danny” Tracyanne is from the Scottish band Camera Obscura and Danny is from the English band Crybaby. Even if you have never heard any of the bands that Tracyanne and Danny are in before, you have to hear this album. The performers have returned back to the early and mid-sixties as the inspiration for this project. And the sound and style of those times is conjured up perfectly on this album. One would swear that you were in 1964 listening to some faraway AM station blasting the latest sounds for the UK. It certainly helps their situation that both Tracyanne and Danny are both masterful songwriters and have the knack for fitting those skills into the three minute sixties pop format. “Tracyanne and Danny” isn’t a pastiche of the past, but is done from love and a deep sincerity for the music of the sixties.
Quiet Slang – “Everything Matters But No One is Listening” Beach Slang is a punk band from Pennsylvania who have released two albums to date. What separates Beach Slang from their punky contemporaries is their strong songwriting. Quiet Slang is Beach Slang’s prime songwriter, singer and guitarist James Alex, along with a small ensemble consisting of a piano and a cello and, at times, a small choir. Mr. Alex takes songs from the two Beach Slang albums and recasts them with a chamber-pop sound. And thanks to the songwriting of the Beach Slang songs the project succeeds quite well. Not many songs can take the naked spotlight that sparse classical arrangements could shine on them. “Everything Matters But No One is Listening” is such a strong album, that one would want to hear the original Beach Slang records and compare the two.
Bombino – “Deran” Bombino is the name of the band and the nickname of the singer, main songwriter and guitarist of the band. Omara “Bombino” Moctar was born in Niger and the band has released five prior albums through several different record labels in this country. It appears that the band has finally found a stable label that could promote this wonderful music to the fullest. Bombino is one of the masters of the genre aptly called desert music. The music features sinewy and snaky electric guitars weaving themselves through the rhythms of traditional Niger percussion and drums. And the songs are sung in the Turag language. The electric guitars and the rhythms almost instantly draw the listener in, and after a time one would think that what is being heard is compelling and engaging and not as exotic as it really is. “Deran” is a master class in desert music and is a fitting introduction to this music for a novice.