Strictly Discs

August 27, 2020



The first Record Store Day drop event is Saturday, August 29. So without further ado (seriously this time!) here is Strictly Discs' plan for the day. We will be blunt: this won't be like RSD events of years' past. We cherish this day of music and community every year but as we battle a pandemic, it is not possible to throw a party in the store responsibly. 

1. We OPEN at 7AM

2. Line to form westbound on Monroe Street

3. Masks (covering nose & mouth) & distancing REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES

4. While in line, you will be handed a menu of all RSD titles (also available to print here: PAGE 1 & PAGE 2)

5. We will pull your requests & you will check out outside on Harrison Street

6. Our website will be updated as titles sell out HERE

7. The shop will open for normal borsing when there is no longer a line.

Our goal for this day is to get you the records you are looking for while limiting potential exposure. Stay strong & have #hope.


It's an unusual year, which means unusual news about Record Store Day.

Earlier this spring, Record Store Day announced a rescheduled June 20 date for the annual holiday, but with ongoing health and safety concerns, we now have a new plan.

Instead of a single-day global celebration, the 2020 releases will now be available over a series of monthly RSD Drops events, from August to October, followed by a regularly-scheduled Black Friday in November. This means we'll have four months of release events – the RSD 2020 exclusives spread out over three months, followed by a new round of exclusives for Black Friday – to end this strange year on a high note.


Wishlists for September & October can be made HERE.


Record Store Day volume one might be Saturday, but we have a new release haul today that nearly eclipses it in volume. Away we go with a brief rundown of just about all of it, emphasis on brief. Canadian synth-pop genius JESSY LANZA returns with her third album for Hyperdub; the lean and limber 'All The Time' keeps the playful spirit of her earlier work alive, while evincing a minimalist depth. Southern producer/rap combo MARLOWE deliver their second album, and it's a total winner of frisky funk, politics and party. Meditative Scotsman ANDREW WASYLYK returns for the final session of his trilogy of Northern coast inspired instrumentals. His last record was an album of the year here at SD, and this one keeps pace. 'Fugitive Light and Themes of Consolation' picks up the tempos a bit more, with Axelrod-style jazz inflections perking up the mood. 

Canadian cowboy COLTER WALL has a punchy, legit album of realist country on 'Western Swing & Waltzes', in the house on indie color vinyl. American gospel blues treasure BETTYE LAVETTE returns with 'Blackbirds'. Bettye does not miss, and this record arrives at a perfect time for her lovely, honest voice. GUIDED BY VOICES bajillionth album is here, and it is called 'Mirrored Aztec'. 

We finally get the vinyl edition of the latest phenomenal album from the very creative trumpeter AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE. 'On Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment' reflects on his childhood upbringing in jazz, which included seeing the Art Ensemble of Chicago when he was in the 8th grade, the first time he set foot in a jazz club. Critically acclaimed singer GREGORY PORTER's long-delayed new album 'All Rise' is finally here, and we have a potent new LP from a emerging London jazz-dance unit called THE COLOURS THAT RISE, which blends cooking rhythms with alternate-reality funk and lofi interludes. 

It's been awhile since we've heard from the CHICAGO UNDERGROUND QUARTET, the morphing Windy City jazz unit led by Rob Mazurek. On 'Good Days', he's got the don Jeff Parker in tow, as well as Chad Taylor and Josh Johnson. A new series of reissues of classics from the Black Jazz label kicks off with a fresh printing of THE AWAKENING's 1972 album 'Hear, Sense and Feel', a hypnotic soul-jazz classic that's hard to come by since Gilles and Theo blew up the spot. The Blue Note Tone Poet series continues with a lush new cut of JACKIE MCLEAN's 'Its Time!'

Somehow, its been 25 years since the iconic debut album from ELLIOTT SMITH first landed in shops via the Kill Rock Stars label. Infamously prickly with the press but devoted to his audience, and touring constantly, the sheer force of this album's emotional heart made it an unlikely runaway success. Great care has been devoted to this new, heavy clothbound edition, which remasters the album from the original source tapes, and adds a recording of Smith's first known live solo performance, and a coffee table book of photos and remembrances. The ever-requested 1998 album 'The Story of the Ghost' from PHISH gets a nice vinyl edition on black and red swirl vinyl, while MY MORNING JACKET's 2005 classic 'Z' gets a new edition on purple wax. 

German producer Stefan Betke basically perfected the turn-of-the-century combo of glitchy IDM and dub techno with his trio of albums as POLE, numbered 1, 2 and 3. It's dang near impossible to find copies of these on LP in decent shape, so Mute's done us a solid with some bright new editions.  

1968 rarity 'The Delta Sweete', is a jewel in the discography of country rock legend BOBBIE GENTRY, released again now with restored mono mixes and bonus tracks. Defiant proto-everything folkrock abounds on NORMA TANEGA's 'Walkin My Cat Named Dog', which gets a new repress, and we have a sweet new LP of Malian vocal jazz-pop from BABA & DJANA SISSOKO. 

Big guns from the electro-pop world this week include PVRIS' 'Use Me', 'Smile' from KATY PERRY, and a big new album called 'Energy' from UK EDM wunderboys DISCLOSURE.

THE AVETT BROTHERS continue their 'Gleam' series with a third volume, in the building this week on CD with a limited edition patch. The vinyl will be out on Sept. 17. We've also got new LPs in from NEEDTOBREATHE (with added value autographed jackets) and THE FRONT BOTTOMS.

Heavy gurus METALLICA revisited their symphonic concept with live performances alongside the San Francisco Symphony last year, captured now on 'S+M 2', available on a number of deluxe formats. Florida sludge legends CAVITY emerge with a new album called 'Wraith', and we honor the recent tragic passing of POWER TRIP frontman Riley Gale with a couple of their recent LPs back in stock. 

Belgian producer MOZAIKA delivers a gorgeous album of sunset cruises called 'The Silver Tide', on the always on point Public Possession label. Obscure IDM gem 'Unomia' from HELIOS gets a long-needed vinyl reissue; chilled, brainy beats on this one, which sounds like a longlost Morr Music classic. The Church label delivers a lovely album of atmospheric deep house from LEON REVOL, 'Enter A Zircon'. 

Heavy hitters from the far reaches of house royalty this week. True to its titles, PRINS THOMAS' latest album 'Traens' is a straight up trance album, and it crushes. Legendary jazzy-house legend Maurice Fulton revives his BOOF alias for an unreal album that colors way outside the lines, called 'Rebirth of Gerberdaisy'. Sued label head Stefan Wust has an amazing album of nocturnal beatscapes as SW, and we finally get the latest from former Madison mainstay Joel Shanahan's project AUSCULTATION. 'III' truly perfects Joel's brand of frenetic hand-punched house with arcs of cosmic spray. 

Dub worlds collide on a new collaborative album from VLADISLAV DELAY, SLY DUNBAR, and ROBBIE SHAKESPEAR, and we have a new record of fragmented, rhythmic depth from MAX LODERBAUER. Jittery polyphonics turn to putty in the hands of HARMONIOUS THELONIOUS on his latest, 'Plong'. 

Eternal New Zealand guitarist and songwriter ALASTAIR GALBRAITH lets a new classic slip on  'Seconds Mark III'. Minneapolis guitarist MATT SOWELL continues the Fahey/Rose tradition on the reverent 'Organize Or Die'. UK trio MOSQUITOES might actually just be bugs, so convincing is their humming, dubby cacophony on 'Minus Objects'. 

Barely-known shoegaze trio BELVER YIN released one record from their homebase of Salamanca, Spain in 1989. 'Luz Bel' sounds like a lost Cocteau Twins album with Liz Fraser peacefully napping on the couch, and is perfect for repeat rainy day plays. SLOWDIVE's 'Just For A Day' gets a fresh audiophile reissue, and we have a new odds and ends collection from the post-Young Marble Giants band THE GIST, full of sickly sweet pop tunes that need to be heard by the masses. 

NYC R&B collective MICHELLE unleash their wonderful debut 'Heatwave', which sounds a lot like the East Coast analog to the last record from The Internet. Beatmaker and pop-dabbler PHOTAY has a new record, coming from the Toro Y Moi school, plus we have a repressed edition of his lovely 2014 debut. 

LEE BANNON re-releases his instrumentals for rapper Joey Badass on a killer new slab called 'Pro Era Instrumentals', plus we get new bangers in from rapper TENACITY, and boogie duo FREDFADES & JAWN RICE. 


This week's used vinyl alert is wall to wall hits, including deep troves of hip hop, hard rock, country and more.

Classic rap and hip-hop is in from Mobb Deep, Biggie, Erykah Badu, Showbiz & AG, Lil Wayne, Aesop Rock, Gang Starr, EPMD, D'Angelo, Snoop Dogg, Outkast, Artifacts, WuTang, Raekwon, Aaliyah, Just-Ice, KRS-One, Erc B and Rakim, and many more.

Jazz comes through from Lee Lovett, Paul Desmond, Lonnie Smith, Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, Les McCann, and Bernard Purdie, plus soul fire from Aretha, Roy Ayers, Olatunji, Stevie Wonder, Osibisa, Mel Carter, James Brown, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Ike & Tina, and Ray Charles.

Solid early pressings from our faves abound, including Pink Floyd, the Byrds, Bob Dylan, The Doors, Joni Mitchell, Tom Petty, Queen, ZZ Top, Grateful Dead, John Prine, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, the Stones, and more.

Heavy hitters these days come in from the 13th Floor Elevators, Yardbirds, the Remains, Skynyrd, Split Level, Uriah Heep, Cactus, Blue Cheer, Dokken, Van Halen, AC/DC, Quiet Riot, Black Sabbath, and Molly Hatchet.

New wave and post punk in many flavors is here from the Vindictives, Riverdales, Plimsouls, Start, Talking Heads, the Clash, Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Cure, and Talk Talk, with more contemporary business from the Oh Sees, Best Coast, War on Drugs, Bonobo, and Lana Del Rey.

Classic early country is in from Johnny Cash, Wanda Jackson, Marty Robbins, Earl Scruggs, Merle Travis, Roy Clark, Chet Atkins, and Dave Van Ronk, plus blues from Lonnie Mack, Mance Lipscomb, Freddy King and John Mayall.

We round it out with some very cool soundtracks, some honestly rather odd looking children's LPs, and a smattering of disco, house, and international records. 


A very strong crop of fresh used CD arrivals comes through this week, with some classic catalog runs from big jazz names like Coltrane, Rollins, Sonny Clark, and Miles Davis. A strong showing is here from modern and classic practitioners of the blues, plus some cornerstone early alternative treats from the Wipers, Raincoats, and Dead Can Dance.


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 every other 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:

Billboard Article #1 May 15th

Billboard Article #2 May 22nd

Billboard Article #3 May 29th

Billboard Article #4 June 5th

Billboard Article #5 June 12th

Billboard Article #6 June 19th

Billboard Article #7 June 26th

Billboard Article #8 July 10th

Billboard Article #9 July 30th

Billboard Article #10 August 13th



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Excellent customer service skills; ability to anticipate customer needs

Computer proficient

A passion for music, and a broad, deep base of recorded music history

Knowledge of Goldmine standards & experience grading and pricing records

Knowledge of stereo equipment/functionality

Availability to work nights and weekends

Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds repeatedly


Required skills:

Excellent customer service skills; ability to anticipate customer needs

Computer proficient

A passion for music, and a broad, deep base of recorded music history

Availability to work nights and weekends

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Dogs and cats living together! Strictly Discs now has a Spotify channel. Every time one of us at the shop puts on a record, it's because we think someone else within earshot is going to like it, too. One of the things we've missed the most about having our doors temporarily closed is not being able to select the in-store play tunes for our customers to hear. It's the fun part of this job, and we want it back! Spotify users, point yourselves to our profile HERE and click around. We've compiled a number of playlists, with more to come. Be sure to subscribe and check in on the "STRICTLY SELECTOS" playlist, as it will change each week with a fresh rundown of the titles we are featuring in this very email! New songs will appear there every Thursday, and are available to order online or over phone/email.


Yes, we are still buying! Call Ron to schedule (608.213.3610).

Ron, Ryan, Angie, Marty, Evan, Ben, Matt, Will, Ed, Mark, Jack, Eric & Dave

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