December 10, 2020

SHOP BY APPOINTMENT:

The shop is OPEN every day for in-person shopping. Our current hours are Monday-Thursday 10AM-6PM, Friday 10AM-8PM, Saturday 10AM-6PM & Sunday 11AM-5PM. 

We know this is not a typical holiday season and we would like to accommodate as many of you as safely as possible, so we will be opening the shop early for appointment shopping starting Saturday, December 5th. 

A maximum of 5 individual customers will have a 30 minute opportunity to shop prior to our normal business hours. 

To reserve your appointment, visit HERE

Happy holidays from all of us at Strictly Discs. Stay strong & have #hope.




TOPS AT THE SHOP: 

STAFF TOP 10s FOR 2020

Most of these titles are in-stock at the shop (even if out of stock online). So feel free to call us to coordinate pick-up, curbside or delivery.




NEW THIS WEEK AT THE SHOP:

  
Hey everybody! 2020 is almost over! But first, another huge week of new releases here at the shop. Up top, the long-awaited new one from STURGILL SIMPSON, who revisits tunes from his catalog in a bluegrass style on 'Cuttin Grass'. We have limited supplies of the indie-only vinyl on this one which is gold and green, but the black vinyl sounds just fine as well. JOHN PRINE's long out of print 1988 live album gets a reissue this week on gold wax. Witness one of the greatest live folk albums of all time, alongside Townes' 'Live At the Old Quarter' perhaps. Aussie octet KING GIZZARD are back to shake your brain pan with 'K.G.', a fresh installment in their microtonal hard rock investigations.


  
We welcome a new album from the elusive AVALANCHES, who have reached out to a galaxy worth of hip-hop, indie and R&B star features on their latest, 'We Will Always Love You'. Karen O, Denzel Curry, Leon Bridges, Rivers Cuomo, Blood Orange, and Mick Jones all get in the mix on this shape-shifting, life-enhancing record. KAMASI WASHINGTON explores a wider variety of styles on his score for the Michelle Obama biopic 'Becoming'. KEHLANI's huge 2020 album 'It Was Good Until It Wasn't' finally gets a nice LP pressing this week, as well. 


  
Out of nowhere, we've got a new collab EP from the mercurial trio of BURIAL, FOUR TET and THOM YORKE. It's been close to a decade since these guys delivered their last efforts together, which disappeared in a heartbeat. Once again, 'Her Revolution / His Rope' is an all-black unlabeled 12", full of mystery. Don't pay $70 on discogs for a copy, snag one from us for $13.99!  If this year had played out differently, life-loving DJs OCTO OCTA and ERIS DREW would be playing the biggest parties of their lives on the back of their amazing new Fabric mix, which is now in the house on a beautiful vinyl edition. We've also got a new duo record from the Norwegian producers LINDSTROM and PRINS THOMAS, who always get into some really interesting areas together, far afield of the typical disco-house they are known for. 


  
Speaking of FOUR TET, his landmark 2009 album 'There Is Love In You' gets an expanded vinyl reissue with new cover art and an additional LP with remixes from big names like Floating Points and Joy Orbison. TORTOISE put out their underrated album 'Beacons of Ancestorship' in 2009 as well, and its been out of print forever; back now on a new color vinyl edition. JAMIE XX's groundbreaking solo record 'In Colour' stunned just about everyone who heard it back in 2015, but the vinyl pressing was plagued with quality issues. It's now been fully remastered for a new LP edition, which comes in a whole slew of random 'colours'. Which one will you get? I hope yellow. 


  
LA folk duo NORTH AMERICANS hit a pastoral, drifty folk sweet spot on 'Roped In', which includes guests like Mary Lattimore and William Tyler, both of whom could sell me on just about any record on earth just by turning up for a track or two. Canadian Americana duo KACY & CLAYTON team up with New Zealand Orbison-soundalike MARLON WILLIAMS on a new record called 'Plastic Bouquet'. Confused? Don't worry, this one's just about perfect. We're also happy to see a new pressing of WOODEN SHJIPS 'V' come back around. Don't forget that J. 


  
More new releases are in this week from LAURA JANE GRACE of Against Me, longtime Frisco lady-rockers ACE OF CUPS, and a proper straight country record from America's funnyman TIM HEIDECKER from Tim & Eric. The tv show. 


  
Britrock legend ANDY BELL (from Ride and Oasis) re-emerges with a properly grooving record of propulsive pop on 'The View From Halfway Down', his first ever solo album. M. WARD returns with a new studio album called 'Think of Spring', and we have a new live EP from THE MUMFORD AND SONS. 


  
Grandpappies of twee BELLE & SEBASTIAN are back with their 13th studio album 'What to Look For In Summer'. The mind of Maynard James Keenan is once again open for business, with a new record from his side-side-project band PUSCIFER called 'Existential Reckoning'. Swedish post-hardcore heroes REFUSED return with a riffy new mini-album called 'Malignant Fire'. 


  
Perhaps if he watered down his charming, clever pop, London musician BULLION would be a megastar. I'm fine with him remaining a nicely kept secret though, especially if he keeps delivering delightful EPs like this week's 'Heaven Is Over'. Fans of this year's fantastic new record from Westerman take note, Bullion was the producer on that one too. 'Blink A Few Times To Clear Your Eyes' is the stunning new record from Italian producer GRAND RIVER, an opus of gently tweaked IDM and electro-acoustic riddles. Bedroom pop whiz RYAN HEMSWORTH feels his age a bit on 'Quarter-Life Crisis', a new record with guest vocalists like Hand Habits and Francis Quinlan. 


  
The expansive post-bop delight that is MCCOY TYNER's 1968 album 'Tender Moments' gets the Blue Note Tone Poet treatment this week, and we have been jamming non-stop this new reissue of 'Armitage Road' by the HESHOO BESHOO GROUP. The South African quartet's sole album turns 50 years old this year and still sounds fresh. Mexican drummer TINO CONTRERAS has been a part of virtually the entirety of that country's jazz scene, and teams up with some younger generations on a sparkling new LP called 'La Noche De Los Dioses'. 


  
  
Last up, a whole slew of out of print vinyl classics come back to us. YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS were the first punk band to 'play soft', and 40 years since their debut album 'Colossal Youth', nobody else has matched their style. A pair of INTERPOL albums are back in print: 'Antics' (on white vinyl) and 'Our Love To Admire' (on blue), plus we have crucial reprints of some essentials from FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM and THE CHILLS!



USED VINYL ALERT:

Heading downstairs for this week's Used Vinyl Alert, we've loaded up the new arrivals bins (five of em!) with a lot of beauties. Early Aussie AC/DC pressings, an eclectic run of obscure 80s Midwestern indie and alt-rock, lots of classic female vocalists, from Ella Fitzgerald to Cyndi Lauper to Kelis, Jamaican pressings of Bob Marley records, super clean OGs from Tom Petty, Prince and Jerry Garcia with the hype stickers still on 'em, some cool private press folk and psych, and more.

Lots of essentials from our fave names this week, including Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, the Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, the Band, the Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, Yes, Traffic, Joni Mitchell, Elton John, Billy Joel, JJ Cale, Crazy Horse, Buffalo Springfield, Electric Prunes, the Byrds, and so many more. 

Big cats in jazz includes Sonny Rollins, Wardell Gray, Hugh Masekela, Jimmy Smith, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Stitt, Art Blakey, Frank Wess, Ahmad Jamal, Keith Jarrett, and Bill Evans. Soul is in from Marvin Gaye, Charles Bradley, Kool and the Gang, the Miracles, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and more.

Heavy things here from Dio, Scorpions, Black Sabbath, and Van Halen, plus we've got primo post-punk from Talking Heads, the Clash, Undertones, U2, Tuxedomoon, The Gun Club, The Dream Syndicate, Liasions Dangereuses, and more. Plenty of international LPs, country, and some new indie things here as well!





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:







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