MEMORIAL DAY HOURS & HOLIDAY SALE:

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND HOURS & HOLIDAY SALE:

If the grill smells and the faint sounds of Smashmouth haven't tipped you off already, we're here to inform you that it is Memorial Day Weekend, the unoficial gateway of spring-into-summer. It is also our national holiday to pay tribute to our veterans who died serving our country.

However you choose to celebrate, we're looking to make your holiday a little bit more musical with a one-day storewide sale, Monday May 31st.

Mention this sale email at the counter and receive 15% off any combination of New CDs and LPs (cannot be combined with other promotions).
We are OPEN Monday from 11AM to 4PM, before we head out for a little R'n'R of our own. See ya then! Stay safe & have #hope.





NEW THIS WEEK AT THE SHOP:

  
Hi hello, Strictly Discs email readers. Hope you like options, as you have dozens and dozens of them this week, starting with the long awaited vinyl edition of 'Evermore' from TAYLOR SWIFT on luscious green vinyl. Not to get too philosophical so early in the email but...all records eventually sell out, and this one might sell out faster than usual. Fear not! We will have more copies in the coming weeks, and you can reserve one if need be. Same goes for these new live records from CAAMP and SHANNON MCNALLY. 


  
  
- an innovative and experimental new album from PLAYBOI CARTI, 'Whole Lotta Red', in the shop alongside a new pressing of 'Brick Body Kids Still Daydream' from one of the most poetic (and hilarious) rappers out there, OPEN MIKE EAGLE. Cross-genre 'inner city folk music' makes itself creative and comfortable on the debut from Toronto songwriter MUSTAFA on 'When Smoke Rises, along with a collab between MOOR MOTHER and BILLY WOODS called 'Brass' that sets the bar high for expansive rap this year. Esteemed doobie handler DEVIN THE DUDE returns with an LP called 'Soulful Distance', and we finally have some copies of the explosively cool collaboration album 'Ocean Bridges' from DAMU THE FUDGMUNK, RAW POETIC, and ARCHIE SHEPP. That's right. 


  
Good googly moogly, it's a gosh-doomed miracle! The day has finally come, our MF DOOM section is full again! While they last, we have freshly-pressed, regular price copies of 'Madvillainy', 'MM...Food', and 'Special Herbs Vol 3/4'. 


  
But that's not all! Two albums from ANIMAL COLLECTIVE that we haven't had in stock for years are back. 'Sung Tongs' and 'Feels' came out in the heady years of '04 and '05, as the band found their precarious footing between joyful noise and abstract folk forms. We've also got the latest vinyl reissue in from PJ HARVEY, 'Peel Sessions'.



 
 
Hopeful, blooming ambience abounds on the latest from MAX RICHTER, 'Voices 2'. A pair of ECM jazz titles come through on wax, VIJAY IYER's 'Uneasy' and JAKOB BRO's 'Uma Elmo'. A new repress of ABBEY LINCOLN's 'Abbey Is Blue' restores a timeless vocal jazz classic.



  
The Aussie perpetual motion machine of a band KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD send two new records our way this week. 'Teenage Gizzard' collects early material from the band on pink and yellow swirl vinyl, while 'L.W.' continues the band's microtonal experiments, on anvil silver wax. Also Aussie but a bit more low-profile is the doom metal band PORTAL, who return with an unholy new record called 'Avow'. 


 
 
Legendary producer MIKA VAINIO made his name with an uncompromising approach to techno and noise as a member of Pan Sonic and in countless collaborations right up until his recent passing. His final public performance is now enshrined in a lovely edition called 'Last Live'. Ragged, rigorous breakcore meets a slew of Ugandan MCs on a new SCOTCH ROLEX on the Kampala label Hakuna Kulala. Jimmy DNTEL, better known as 1/2 of the Postal Service, never makes the same album twice; 'The Seas Trees See' is full of daring new pop ambient creations. Under the KOSS alias, prolific Japanese producer Kuniyuki Takahashi crafts stunning rainforest-inspired ambient with flecks of murmuring house; his marvelous 2008 CD 'Ancient Rain' finally gets a vinyl edition this week. 


 
 
Vancouver ambient mainstay LOSCIL returns with his most invigorating album in some time, called 'Clara'. Patient, cosmic harmonics aplenty on a new album from drone veterans GROWING. Sound-artist ANNE GUTHRIE makes accessible sonic postcards from a variety of inspired locales on 'Gyropedie'. An arresting new record from LEA BERTUCCI called 'A Visible Length of Light' finds the saxophonist illuminating vast landscapes with rippling, generous tones.


 
 
An early gem from the catalog of synth-pop outsider MOLLY NILSSON is back in print; if you want John Maus but a lady and without all the problematic tweets, 'Europa' is the record for you. Ellen from Palehound and Melina from Jay Som team up on a cool new slack-pop band called BACHELOR, and we have the critically acclaimed new records from MOBY and GLAIVE in the building.



  
Madisonians of a certain vintage might recall the fierce, brief existence of XEROBOT, a no-wave band featuring Solid Freek and friend-of-the-shop Steve Coombs on drums. We've now got copies of their lovingly compiled, comprehensive discography in the racks courtesy of the tenacious Chunklet Industries label. For more insight on this classic Madtown group, pick up a copy and read the oral history inside, or look up the recent excellent article on Tone. We go back even further into the future with a repress of the debut 12" from Kansas indie heroes THE EMBARRASSMENT, and the first time on LP for a 1986 cassette from American ambient pioneer MARC BARRECA.



  
A certified scorching "authorized bootleg" of one of the country's best live guitarists is here from CHRIS FORSYTH & THE SOLAR MOTEL BAND on 'Rare Dreams: Solar Live 2.27.18'. Members of Slowdive, the Flaming Lips, and the Casket Girls reconfigure in a great new dream pop band called BEACHY HEAD with a fantastic debut. If you need a 'Reason To Live', look no further than the new solo record from LOU BARLOW, the Sebadoh founder and sometime Dinosaur Jr member who I once told to "keep up the good work" for some reason when I shook his hand after a show, and it still bothers me.



  
'To Love Somebody', the lone studio album from reggae balladeer BUNNY SCOTT gets a hearty repress, while a pair of new compilations IF I HAD A PAIR OF WINGS and PIRATES CHOICE Vol. 2 get you a dose of Jamaican doo-wop and Studio One rarities.

 
 
Stormy boom-bap grooves abound on the latest album from Australian jazz unit GODTET, plus we've got a fresh pressing of the London jazz-funk gem 'Yellow Ochre' from VELS TRIO. The explosive combo of Tashi Dorji, Dave Rempis, and Tyler Damon form like voltron as KUZU on 'The Glass Delusion', and a quartet of UK musicians led by veteran pianist PAT THOMAS pay tribute to Ahmed Abdul-Malik on 'Nights On Saturn'. That's Ahmed on the cover if you are wondering. I was wondering!



 
 
ROSCOE MITCHELL and MIKE REED team up on 'The Ritual And The Dance'; Nimbus West rarity 'At The Crossroads' from HORACE TAPSCOTT and EVERETT BROWN is here in its original form; ethereal spiritual jazz hits a peak on DOUG and JEAN CARN's 'Revelation'; early 70s UK jazz gem 'Pause, And Think Again' from JOHN TAYLOR gets a first-time reissue.



 
 
Deeeeeep cuts time! ROLAND P. YOUNG's strange, sublime private soul compilation 'Hearsay I-Land' is back in print, pairing nicely with the Canadian cosmic synth holy grail 'Amanita' from STU CISCO. A proper remaster from SOUL CONNECTION restores a holy grail of street soul to its most potent levels. Lebanese studio musician ROGER FAKHR sees a collection of his unreleased late 70s folk tunes reissued by Habibi Funk on 'Fine Anyway', sounding kinda like a Middle Eastern Tim Hardin or maybe Rodriguez. Amazing stuff!

 
 
Techno time! Thrilled to have a new one from legend JOHN TEJADA called 'Year of the Living Dead'. Hmm I think I know what that means. Blown away by 'Blush', a new LP from FACTA on the Wisdom Teeth label, unfussy melodic techno with an impressive sheen and pristine drums. If the names LAWRENCE or FOREST DRIVE WEST mean a thing to you, both of their new releases find them in absolutely top of the class form.


  
A new Brownswood label compilation called INDABA IS connects us with the cream of the crop of contemporary South African jazz. West coast smoked-out funk powerhouse ORGONE return with a new LP called 'Connection'. 'Selected Rhythms Vol 2' collects potent dub-rock grooves from the Portland unit ELITE BEAT. 


 
 
Still going! The mighty CAN appear in their core quartet form on the expansive set 'Live In Stuttgart 1975' on color wax. Japanese percussionist EITETSU HAYASHI tapped musicians like vibraphonist Midori Takada for his stunning mid-80s new age drum rarity 'Kaze No Shisha', which gets a gorgeous new edition. Italian minimalist GIUSTO PIO's most major work 'Motore Immobile' is back in print, and we have a new vinyl edition of the shreddiest 'France Demos' by the mystical, mysterious suitcases LES RALLIZES DENUDES.



 
 
Prototypical cuban jazz fire back in print on AL VALDEZ' 'Gozando', crisp soul meets jazz funk on CARL SMITH and THE NATURAL GAS COMPANY's 'Burnin', plus we have reissues of seminal rarities from ROBERT COTTER and MARK FRY. That's all folks.






USED VINYL ALERT:

We got a real crazy haul for you in the Used Vinyl Alert this week! Prog gems, deep soul and reggae, rare country, and contemporary delights! Plenty of classics too, including deep catalog runs from Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, and Pink Floyd, plus must-haves from David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, the Grateful Dead, the Byrds, Yes, the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix, the Cars, the Doors, ELO, Genesis, Elton John, Rory Gallagher, the Doobie Brothers, Dire Straits, Box Tops, Duran Duran, U2, INXS, the Police, and the Ramones!

Lots of gems from the heavier worlds of prog, psych and early metal include Ratt, Fuse, the Flying Machine, Pearls Before Swine, King Crimson, Judas Priest, Lovecraft, Sopwith Camel, Terry Knight, Kraan, Caravan, Potliquour, and the Robbs.

Jazz is in from Dave Brubeck, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan, Art Blakey, and loads more, plus country from David Allan Coe, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Rodney Crowell, Patsy Cline, Waylon Jennings, Dwight Yoakam, and Delbert McClinton.

A solid slate of reggae gold is in from Gregory Isaacs, Marcia Griffiths, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, Rita Marley, Ziggy Marley, Toots and the Maytals, Third World, and UB40. Soul and R&B includes big ones from Sade, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Prince, the Chi-Lites, the Isleys, Isaac Hayes, and more, plus we have a deep trove of late 80s modern soul, electro, hip-house, and smooth R&B from a long list of mostly obscure names, a real digger's delight!






WE ARE HIRING - SHIPPING CLERK:

We are looking to hire a shipping clerk. Requirements:


•    Self-motivated and independent thinker
•    Computer proficiency
•    Flexibility
•    Strong work ethic
•    High level of organization and precise time management skills
•    Ability to lift 50 pounds repeatedly


Postion open - 3-4 days/week 9AM-1PM. Possible additional hours filling other duties, depending on experience. Includes weekends.

To apply, submit letter of interest & resume to angie@strictlydiscs.com




STRICTLY DISCS OPERATIONAL UPDATES - TUESDAY 5/18:

In response to last week’s announcements from the CDC, here’s a quick update on Strictly Discs' in-store shopping policy:
 
Masks are still required for all customers at all times inside the store, without exception and regardless of vaccination status. 
 
We are encouraged by the vaccination rates in Dane County, and happy to report that all SD staffers are fully vaccinated. 
 
These requirements will remain in place to protect our customers and community until further notice. 
 
Thank you for supporting Strictly Discs and our ongoing efforts to keep everyone safe.  



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:

Billboard Article #16 November 16th

Billboard Article #17 December 14th

Billboard Article #18 December 23rd

Billboard Article #19 February 5th

Billboard Article #20 February 23rd

Billboard Article #21 March 12th

Billboard Article #22 April 1st

Billboard Article #23 April 19th






RECORD STORE DAY DROPS 2021 & WISHLISTS x2:

The first Record Store Day drop event is Saturday, June 12th. 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 11AM with RSD titles upstairs

Thank you for helping us to keep this event safe & fun. MORE DETAILS TO COME!


Our goal for this day is to get you the records you seek while minimizing any potential exposure. 

Stay strong & have #hope.




SELL US YOUR CDS & LPS:

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




Ron, Ryan, Angie, Marty, Evan, Matt, Ed, Jack, Eric, Steve, Nick & Matt B.