Record Store Day #3 SATURDAY - Fresh Used Vinyl & Party Favors

RECORD STORE DAY DROP #3 IS OCTOBER 24TH:

The third Record Store Day drop event is Saturday, October 24th. Here is Strictly Discs' plan for the day:

1. We OPEN at 8AM for RSD shopping

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  

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

6. The shop will open for normal browsing at approximately 10AM with RSD titles upstairs

Thank you for helping us to keep this event safe & fun.


Our goal for this day is to get you the records you are looking for while limiting potential exposure. 

Stay strong & have #hope.



A COUPLE OF PRODUCT NOTES:

Prince Sign O' The Times Picture Disc (it was a late addtiion) IS DELAYED (if you are interested we can notify you when it arrives)

Nicole Bus IS CANCELLED

V/A - Sweet Relief IS CANCELLED

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib IS DELAYED (date TBD)



PARTY FAVORS: 

We've got some things to give away!

Courtesy of New Belgium Brewing & The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company, each legal-aged customer checking out will receive a bottle and/or a can of beer to take away. A little something to kick the session off.

We will also have swag bags to give away, and super-useful Buy One/Get One coupons from our Monroe Street pals Pizza Brutta & Miko Poke!

Plus coasters and stickers from our long time dear friends who have recently opened the Setteledown Tavern on Pinckney Street (haven't tried it? best burger [meat & veggie] in town, we say).

All while supplies last.

  
  

RSD USED VINYL: 

For the third and final drop date of Record Store Day 2020, we've added some oomph to the back-end with a fresh selection of used vinyl arrivals, ready to browse once we open for the day on Saturday. We've pulled out some extra special ones this time around, to reward all of you who have stuck with us through a challenging year. We love records, you love records, and that's a big part of what's kept us going. 

Maybe you love crisp, clean 70s jazz pressings from Hubert Laws, Freddie Hubbard, Art Pepper, or Mal Waldron. Perhaps you finally need to land that keeper copy of Herbie Hancock's 'Head Hunters', or Miles Davis' 'Bitches Brew'. Have a listen to fave female vocalists like Amy Winehouse, Dolly Parton, Ella Fitzgerald, Adele, and Nina Simone. How about a mono copy of Barbara Mason's 'Yes I'm Ready', or an archival quality first edition of 'Here's Little Richard'? More soul is in from Marvin Gaye, Al Green, the Soul Searchers, Bobby Womack, and Ray Charles, plus oft-sampled rarities from Galt MacDermot, David McCallum, and Booker T & the MGs.

Or maybe you wanna rock. Likely you need a copy of Tom Petty's 'Kiss My Amps', or a shockingly clean 1st pressing mono version of Jimi's 'Are You Experienced'. We've got Dylan, Velvets, Allmans, Lou Reed, Neil Young, Jeff Beck, and CSNY galore, plus a sweet out of print Led Zeppelin box. Uncommon prog and hard rock is around from King Crimson, Aphrodite's Child, Marillion, Kansas, Carcass, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, plus a couple of scarce ones from Metallica. Underground faves from across the ages are in, from OMD and Squeeze, to Arctic Monkeys and King Gizzard. 

Some essential hip-hop is in to cross off your wantlist. Need original 12"s of Biggie's 'Hypnotize', Arrested Development's 'Everyday People', or Digable Planets' 'Rebirth of Slick'? We are cool like that. Out of print classics from J Dilla, MF Doom, D'Angelo, Wu-Tang, and Talib Kweli are also in the house. We've got a solid run of Bob Marley LPs, a spectacular handful of rare dance classics including italo heat, 90s deep house, and a super rare early Marcus Mixx/Ron Hardy EP. Sealed early country is here from Patsy Cline and Duane Eddy.

Lastly, set your antennas to "unusual modern vinyl", as we welcome a spread of artists that you don't easily track down on wax. Jammy jams are here from Moe., Blues Traveler, Dave Matthews Band, and Widespread; variously hyphenated metals are in from Korn, Disturbed, In This Moment, Machine Head, and Tenacious D. Green Day, Melissa Etheridge, Gwen Stefani, and Rancid walk into a bar. Just kidding, the bars are closed!



PEARL JAM CONCERT SCREENING TO BENEFIT THE SHOP:

PEARL JAM PHILADELPHIA TEN SHOW SCREENING
IN HONOR OF THE 30th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BAND'S FIRST EVER LIVE SHOW 
*Premieres Thursday October 22 at 8 PM EDT and runs through October 25 at 11:59 PM PDT. 
*Tickets are $14.99 and you get instant access (no links/no emails) & you can watch it any time prior to October 25th at 11:59.



ABOUT THE CONCERT: 
On October 22, the band will stream its historic 2016 Philadelphia show HERE. The blistering 3-hour show from Wells Fargo Center kicks off with Pearl Jam’s multi-platinum debut album “Ten” performed from beginning to end.  The full 32-song set is newly mixed in stereo and 5.1 digital surround sound with never-before-seen footage captured in HD.




RECORD STORE DAY DROP #3 IS OCTOBER 24TH:

The third Record Store Day drop event is Saturday, October 24th. Here is Strictly Discs' plan for the day:

1. We OPEN at 8AM for RSD shopping

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  

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

6. The shop will open for normal browsing at approximately 10AM with RSD titles upstairs

Thank you for helping us to keep this event safe & fun.


Our goal for this day is to get you the records you are looking for while limiting potential exposure. 

Stay strong & have #hope.



A COUPLE OF PRODUCT NOTES:

Prince Sign O' The Times Picture Disc (it was a late addtiion) IS DELAYED (if you are interested we can notify you when it arrives)

Nicole Bus IS CANCELLED

V/A - Sweet Relief IS CANCELLED

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib IS DELAYED (date TBD)



PARTY FAVORS: 

We've got some things to give away!

Courtesy of New Belgium Brewing & The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company, each legal-aged customer checking out will receive a bottle and/or a can of beer to take away. A little something to kick the session off.

We will also have swag bags to give away, and super-useful Buy One/Get One coupons from our Monroe Street pals Pizza Brutta & Miko Poke!

Plus coasters and stickers from our long time dear friends who have recently opened the Setteledown Tavern on Pinckney Street (haven't tried it? best burger [meat & veggie] in town, we say).

All while supplies last.

  
  




BLACK FRIDAY RECORD STORE DAY IS NOVEMBER 27:

Strictly Discs will be the place to be this Post-Thanksgiving-Shopping-Melee-Day, also known as Black Friday.

And that's because certain indie stores across the country will be the place to get special releases created just for you, for giving and getting this holiday season, and they're scheduled for release on Black Friday, November 27, 2020.  

Now, this is not Record Store Day, Jr., but it is brought to you by the powers-that-be at Record Store Day. This is a group of special releases you can only find at certain independent record stores nationwide. The magic of these pieces (many uber-limited) is that every one of them is something someone will really LOVE to get, and you'll really ENJOY giving.  And you may have the added nice feeling of supporting a local, independently owned (Strictly Discs, Independently Owned since 1988) business during the holidays.


Wishlists can be now be made HERE for Black Friday. The deadline to create or modify a Black Friday wishlist is 5PM Wednesday, October 14th.



NEW THIS WEEK AT THE SHOP:

  
March 2020. Just that combination of letters and numbers sends me into a strange and confused place! I don't remember too much of what I did that month, and that's fine, but I'm grateful that ADRIANNE LENKER took the opportunity of an interrupted life to head to a Western Mass cabin and record 'Songs and Instrumentals' on a barebones tape set-up. The Big Thief vocalist has emerged as one of our most relatable, transcendent folk voices, and these songs have a dewy freshness that no lockdown can wither. We are big fans of Shearwater and Emily Cross (of Cross Record) around here, so any news of their collaboration as LOMA is cause for elation. Their second album for Sub Pop, 'Don't Shy Away', delivers tender, spectral folk pop with an enervating warmth. One of this week's most stunning releases comes from multi-instrumentalist DERADOORIAN, a shapeshifting talent who has collaborated with folks like Avey Tare, Dirty Projectors, and Vampire Weekend. On 'Find The Sun', she convenes a trio that's all rhythm section, crafting pieces that are not so much songs as they are intricate machines built right before our ears. The influence the band Can has had on modern music is so ubiquitous that it almost no longer seems worth mentioning, but I don't think I've ever heard such a compelling response to those Teutonic titans' seismic layering of pre-historic rhythms, done in a folk setting as Deradoorian does here. With drums, flute, guitar, synth, and her scrying intonation all in a mesh, the listener is drawn into a sonic environment that is foreign yet comforting. 



  

World-beating new releases from the wide globe of hip-hop this week include an uncompromising new album from CLIPPING. 'Visions of Bodies Being Burned' takes its cues from the Geto Boys' classic paranoid G anthem, "Mind Playing Tricks On Me", and lays vicious, vitriolic anthems that ought to age pretty well unless we pull back from this dystopia (fingers crossed! hehe lol). Loser edition vinyl is here on this massive album. As a midwestern 30-something white guy I am in no position to declare who the Best Rapper Alive is, but if my hand was forced I would say FREDDIE GIBBS. His latest is now here on vinyl and it's a must. 'Alfredo' finds the MC paired with production from The Alchemist, who dare I say might have a better handle on the low-key soul-glow tracks that Freddie thrives on than even Madlib (ducks). Great rappers measure their wordplay with the same spoon as their bravado, and that's where Gibbs thrives here; expanding and collapsing his meter to fit exactly what he needs to say, on tracks that knock with a menacing chill. Half a world away, we get an absolutely essential LP of Palestinian rap from the team of SHABJDEED and AL NATHER. 'Sindibad el Ward' is packed with songs that have been bellowing out of cars from Jordan to Ramallah for years now, an incredibly compelling blend of dabke and drill rap that you have likely never heard before. The press clip here says this album is "the Illmatic of the Arab world" and I'm certain I couldn't put it any better than that. Wow.


  
Limitless bard and high priest of nerdery John Darnielle reconvenes THE MOUNTAIN GOATS for a new record called 'Getting Into Knives', which we have here on limited color vinyl. YO LA TENGO have partnered with cult illustrator Yoshitomo Nara for a new mini-album of eclectic covers, with matching artwork by Nara and etched vinyl. A new series from the pop-song megalith GORILLAZ begins with 'Song Machine, Volume 1', with loads of stars joining the crew, on orange vinyl single LP, and a fancy deluxe edition.


  
Indefinable UK techno abstracteur ACTRESS returns with one of his most approachable records in some time. Notably, this album is built around vocal contributions from a number of artists, including the always welcome Sampha. Standard vinyl on this one, as well as a deluxe foil-wrapped version that comes with an art print. Narcotically jazzified deep house perfection is in from BYRON THE AQUARIUS, and we have a new record from POWELL for the first time in quite a while, collecting a torrent of dissolving, electro-acoustic material.


  
Emotional folk-pop for fans of Courtney Barnett or Mountain Man is in from the UK group THIS IS THE KIT, along with a solid debut of irreverent electro-pop from ELA MINUS. Patron saints of the freak-folk underground MAGIK MARKERS reconvene for the first time in many years, with a roiling blend of emphatic, psychy rambles that reminds me a little bit of the classic records from the Meat Puppets.


  
On the heels of a book and documentary that compellingly situates them at the intersection of all that is good and cool with late 20th Century American culture, we now have the accompanying soundtrack to the BEASTIE BOYS 'Music' in on vinyl. Not quite a greatest hits but a guided tour through their rich sonic history. One of the more potent Nuyorican jazz records, 'Power' by RAY BARRETTO, gets a high quality reissue this week, and we've also got a very lovingly reproduced edition of the UK street soul rarity 'Garden of Life' by SPECIAL TOUCH. Originally released in 1991, this scarce album is the perfect hybrid of R&B and mellow house.


  
Rocktober rages onward with a green vinyl repress of INXS's legendary hit-laden album 'Kick', plus we have a new album in the house from JOE BONAMASSA. Just in time for an election season in which he would probably trounce either candidate, we have an instantly-classic new album from BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN. 'Letter to You' is in stock on limited edition gray vinyl while it lasts. 


  
You gotta reckon any trio with Ty Segall in it is gonna be a power trio, but THE FUZZ leave no question on the topic with their latest, Albini-produced album 'III'. Melodic sludge abounds on a weighty new album from PALLBEARER, which we have a very limited yellow/green pressing of, plus we welcome a vinyl edition of the latest from the colorful blues rockers the ALLMAN BETTS BAND.


  
At the peak of their tumultuously creative powers, San Francisco industrial-punk pioneers CHROME released their greatest album, 'Half Machine Lip Moves'. Over forty years later, its strange ferocity has found few parallels, and it has remained somewhat tricky to track down in nice shape. That's rectified now with a quality, legit reissue. Also seeing some justice cast its way is 'Gone Glimmering', the debut album from the mighty NYC guitar band CHAVEZ. Matador has been revisiting some overlooked gems in their back catalog for expansion, and this one deserves the treatment, as they've now added 'The Pentagram Ring EP', which contains the best songs the band ever did. In the 25 years since this album came out, few rock bands have achieved the strange stasis that exists on 'Gone Glimmering'. These songs hit extremely hard but never sound macho or anguished, instead shot through with a blissful lightness that was seemingly in short supply in the mopey 90s. The 1988 album 'The Frenz Experiment' by THE FALL also gets a greatly expanded reissue this week.


  
Versatile LA musician TERRACE MARTIN has positioned his talented self as a linchpin of that city's jazz and hip-hop scenes, and celebrates with a fantastic new album called 'Dinner Party', with guests like Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper, and 9th Wonder. This effortless-seeming album sounds like the musicians behind Kendrick's 'To Pimp A Butterfly' sticking around after-hours to jam. Chicago bandleader KAHIL EL'ZABAR has been a busy man himself, lately, and returns with a stirringly hopeful new album called 'America the Beautiful', with awesome performances from Hamiet Bluiett, Corey Wilkes, and Tomeka Reid. Following last year's incredible debut, the South African jazz ensemble SPAZA return with a soundtrack to a documentary on Nelson Mandela and apartheid resistance called 'Uprize!'


  
The Jazzman label sets its sights on the big fish for the latest edition of their ongoing 'Spiritual Jazz' series, taking on the one and only IMPULSE RECORDS. Collecting essential and hard-to-find tracks from Pharoah Sanders, Marion Brown, Archie Shepp and more, this stellar-sounding collection also includes a huge rarity from Alice Coltrane. The Black Jazz label reissues continue with a stunner from vibe-man ROLAND HAYNES, and we get a new LP edition of a seldom-documented late 80s incarnation of GIL-SCOTT HERON's live band, called 'Summer 86'. 


 
British post-punkers Adrian Borland and Graham Bailey of The Sound peeled off from that group for one crucial album of synthy, proto-industrial onslaughts as SECOND LAYER, now back in print on limited grey vinyl. We've also got limited represses of the two crown jewels in the discography of NURSE WITH WOUND, 'To The Quiet Men...' and 'Merzbild Schwet'. 


   
The Acid Jazz label stirs back to life with a sweet new album of uptempo jazz from the NIMBUS SEXTET. Danish artists Loke Rahbek and Frederik Valentin revive their CROATIAN AMOR project with a new album of fleeting, synthetic beauty called 'All In the Same Breath', and we have a new LP pressing of one of the most important ambient albums of all time, the mighty 'Deep Listening' by PAULINE OLIVEROS, STUART DEMPSTER, and PANAIOTIS.


Before he helped found the cult-fave new wave group Telex, Belgian artist DAN LACKSMAN was busy in his room full of synths, organs, and esoteric gear throughout the 70s, making loads of now-rare albums experimenting with electronic pop before anyone even knew such a thing existed. The good ol Youtube algorithm launched him into modern consciousness with his epic groovy jam 'Skylab' racking up hundreds of thousands of views in recent years, but he has so much more to explore. That tune is on 1973's 'Tchip Tchip', reissued now alongside two other fascinating albums from the period. 




USED VINYL ALERT:

We head downstairs for a phenomenal spread of fresh used vinyl arrivals that's heavy on soul, psych, folk and jazz. 

Heavy hitters are in from Hawkwind, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Animals, Sir Douglas, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Nirvana, Guns and Roses, and more, plus essentials from David Bowie, Prince, Patti Smith, Fleetwood Mac, the Doors, Tom Petty, John Lennon, Neutral Milk Hotel, Lake Street Dive, and Tom Waits.

Gentle on the budget and smooth on the stereo is a massively deep collection of 80s R&B, from names like Tower of Power, the Gap Band, Mtume, the Crusaders, Starpoint, One Way, the Time, BB and Q Band, the Gap Band, Chaka Khan, Loose Ends, the Whispers, Pieces of a Dream, and many many more. We've also got rap in from Ludacris, Casual, Kool Moe Dee, Nas, ODB, and Lil Kim.

Jazz heavyweights like Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner, and Mingus are joined by a wide ranging blend of caribbean and latin, country and blues, celtic folk, childrens records, and so much more.




USED CD ALERT:

In the midst of preparing for the final stanza in the Record Store Day trilogy, we couldn't ignore the CD people. Here's the incoming batch for this week. It wouldn't be Rocktober without jazz. This week's lot is decidedly forward-facing. Think heady work from Eric Dolphy, Ornette, Archie Shepp and Don Cherry. For the bleeps, blips and bloops crowd, there's goodness from Fourtet, Prefuse 73, Aphex Twin and Ryuchi Sakamoto. Rock lives on through albums from The Band, T-Rex, Neil Young, Kate Bush, Talking Heads and El Hombre Van. Those with a more adventurous bent can take advantage of new titles from Bjork, Explosions in the Sky, OFF!, Flaming Lips and The Books. Grab your wallet, grab your mask and do what you feel in a responsibly, socially distant manner.




BILLBOARD MAGAZINE'S BIWEEKLY FEATURE ON STRICTLY DISCS:

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:






STRICTLY DISCS IS ON SPOTIFY!

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.


SELL US YOUR CDS & LPS:

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




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