New arrivals this week include a long-awaited new solo record from JEFF TWEEDY. 'Love is the King' is a very, very mellow pandemic record from the Wilco frontman, focusing on his songwriting craft as a sort of companion piece to his recent book, "How To Write One Song". Tragically departed NYC rapper POP SMOKE's final album 'Shoot For the Stars Aim For The Moon' is now in stock on vinyl, and we get LP copies of the very excellent new album from TYLER CHILDERS. 'Long Violent History' is a mostly-instrumental album of Kentucky bluegrass, recorded in response to this past summer's racial justice demonstrations.An absolute jewel of vocal jazz perfection gets the audiophile treatment it deserves on a new Verve/Acoustic Sounds edition of SARAH VAUGHAN's classic 1955 self-titled album. Two of last year's greatest jazz releases are back in stock on LP after many months of waiting. NUBYA GARCIA's stunning 'Source' returns, along with JEFF PARKER's 'Suite For Max Brown'.Playful progressive space rock reigns on GONG's 1973 classic, 'Flying Teapot', back in print on LP. We've also got a new LP compilation of wonderful zouk from Guadeloupe called 'Cadence Revolution', and a new album of chilled vintage electronics from LEGOWELT called 'Unconditional Contours'.
Color vinyl reissues of some fun and in-demand LPs arrive this week, with new editions of 'It's My Life' by TALK TALK and BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD's 'Retrospective', plus vinyl editions of the DANNY ELFMAN scores from 'Dick Tracy' and 'Batman'.
We start off this week's Used Vinyl Alert with a seriously fresh selection of rare jazz and blues LPs. Some of our favorite names are here this week, including Lee Konitz, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Count Basie, Horace Silver, Charlie Byrd, Ron Carter, Cecil Taylor, Sonny Rollins, Jimmy Woods, Bill Evans, Lem Winchester, Roy Ayers, and many more. Blues classics are in from Mississippi John Hurt, Big Joe Williams, Fenton Robinson, Bobby Blue Bland, Little Walter, Freddie King, Jimmy Witherspoon, Albert King, and others.A nice crop of recent rock/pop/indie is here, including some out of print titles from My Morning Jacket, Queens of the Stone Age, Grizzly Bear, Shearwater, the 1975, They Might Be Giants, Father John Misty, Cage the Elephant, and Ringo Deathstarr. Plenty of rock classics as well, including a slew of Beatles and solo LPs, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rush, the Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, the Band, Tom Petty, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, AC/DC, Toto, Black Sabbath, Yes, Billy Joel, the Troggs, the Ventures, Elton John, Love, Little Feat, ZZ Top, and the Allman Brothers.On top of all that, we've got some great international and folk LPs, soul and disco, a deep run of house and electro 12s, classic country, soundtracks, and a whole lot of strange novelty, sound effects, and otherwise miscellaneous gems!
Monumental rap drop this week and it's all taster's choice. This is leaning hard on golden era nuggets from 88-96. Largely NYC in scope, expect to see work from heavy hitters like Eric B & Rakim, De La Soul, Gangstarr, Big Daddy Kane, Tribe and BDP. It's deep, so this goes beyond stray loosies and includes great stuff from Main Source, Akinyele and Schoolly D. Trust, the borders extend beyond the Boroughs, so yeah, there's a rack from Outkast, the Geto Boys, NWA, Death Row, you know the vibes. Dig deeper and you'll find slightly later underground jewels from Company Flow [including Vast Aire, Can Ox and El-P], Kool Keith, Rawkus affiliates and J Dilla. I could write out three more paragraphs, so best believe this is not one to miss.
As part of Billboard’s efforts to best cover the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts on the music industry, Chris Eggertsen has been speaking with Angie each week to chronicle the experience of an independent record store throughout the crisis. Here is a link to the stories in the series so far:
After the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, we launched this holiday tradition to spread some much needed joy and spirit. This year's holiday groove is in its 20th edition and we hope the effect remains the same (in this year where we could all really use it)...happy holidays from all of us at Strictly Discs.
2020 Holiday Groove Tracklisting:
1. Galaxie 500 - Listen The Snow Is Falling - 1990
2. Advance Base & Mike Adams - Quartermaster's Wintertime (Bill Fox) - 1998
3. Louis Prima & Wingy Manone - What Will Santa Claus Say? - 1936
4. Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band - Sugarplum Nightmare Tango - 2020
5. Advance Base - Christmas In Milwaukee - 2015
6. Clever Girls - Christmas Will Break Your Heart - 2019
7. Amerigo Gazaway - Christmas in Crooklyn - 2018
8. The Supremes - Twinkle Twinkle Little Me - 1965
9. DATAGIRL - O Come, O Come Emmanuel - 2019
10. Emperor Penguin - Erotic Christmas (Home For The Holograms) - 2000
11. Purple Mountains - Snow Is Falling in Manhattan - 2019
12. Silkworm - Merry Christmas - 1998
13. Gene Autry - Santa's Comin' in a Whirley Bird - 1959
14. Sharon Van Etten - Blue Christmas - 2020
15. Tuba Peter - Auld Lang Syne - 2012