Strictly Discs

June 10, 2021



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. While in line, you will be handed a menu of all RSD titles  

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

5. 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.

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



Launched in 2007 with the humble idea to recognize independent record stores, Record Store Day (RSD) has blossomed into a global phenomenon. The list of RSD vinyl and CD exclusives continues to expand, as more labels continue to throw open their catalogs to an appreciative audience that grows each year.

Beyond the day-long frenzy, RSD exists to offer proof of the lively role record stores play in the community and a chance for folks on both sides of the counter to offer gratitude for each other. It's a capsule-sized snapshot of what this whole record world is about. Whether you’re a hardcore type who times their arrival for a spot at the front of the line or somebody who waits until the afternoon for a more leisurely experience, we hope you’ll join us this Saturday.


In addition to the spread of Record Store Day exclusives, we will also be celebrating with a very special selection of 400+ fresh used records. The record gods have smiled on us with some exciting finds over the past year, and we will be culling from these recent collections for a batch of records going out on Saturday when the shop opens at approximately 11AM. More details about this round of LPs will go out in the final email before RSD.



RSD traditions returneth: Bloom Bakery is bringing the Bloom Bus & will be selling cold brew & hot coffee as well as an assortment of their amazing doughnuts. And we will be pouring up Great Dane beer to get the day started. Things are looking up!


We've got some things to give away!

Courtesy of New Belgium Brewing, each legal-aged customer checking out will receive a can of beer or seltzer to take away. A little something to kick the home session off.

Plus loaded grab bags for the first 50 customers FREE with every RSD purchase. 

Stay strong & have #hope.


It's wild to think it's been a full decade since we first fell for SHARON VAN ETTEN around these parts. Just about everyone on staff back then was entranced by her breakthrough sophomore album 'Epic', and we could barely keep copies in the house. When she asked us to play an in-store before her campus show in April 2011, it was the fastest "Yes" on record. She packed our basement (surely someone reading this was there and remembers this? it wasn't a dream?) and belted out about half the album entirely solo, carrying herself with a gracious yet stormy industriousness that was frankly awe-inspiring, and hinted at an artist with a very exciting future. A spectacular version of that future has arrived, as SVE revisits 'Epic' with a roster of her fellow travelers that's rather illustrious; but had you told us this ten years ago, we would not have believed you. The second disc on this colored vinyl set includes new interpretations of the album from Fiona Apple, Courtney Barnett, Shamir, Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner, Idles, Lucinda Williams and more, who add all types of knotty beauty to a record that has aged majestically. Not to be outdone, we have long-awaited, lockdown-inflected stylistic shifts from SLEATER-KINNEY and RHIANNON GIDDENS, both in the shop on limited color vinyl as well. 

More big ones in this week include a massive new live album from MIKE COOLEY, PATTERSON HOOD and JASON ISBELL on limited color wax. Why, that's pert near the entire Drive By Truckers gang! The mysterious, elusive new album 'Shore' from FLEET FOXES is finally back in stock, and we've got limited neon green vinyl of the latest album from hometown heroes GARBAGE. 'No Gods No Masters' also comes in a cool deluxe CD edition with bonus tracks and art prints.

New releases from across the board this week from PORTUGAL, THE MAN, ARAB STRAP, LILY KONIGSBERG from Palberta, LUKAS NELSON & THE PROMISE OF THE REAL, ALESSANDRO CORTINI, and ROSTAM. Limited color vinyl copies available of all of these.


Alongside their west coast counterpart Black Flag, DC's BAD BRAINS made up the alpha and omega of early American hardcore. Their explosive self-titled debut set a very high bar for frenzied, genre-blasting punk to come, containing more pent-up potential energy than perhaps any record before it. It's never been easy to come by a quality pressing of this banger, and its comforting to see this one back in a legit (affordable) edition that's fully owned by the band. We've also got copies of THE WIPERS 'Tour 1984' LP, a reissue of an early scorcher from DAUGHTERS, and limited copies of the unofficial RSD release from THEE OH SEES.

Explosive new hip-hop on wax this week from FRENCH MONTANA, RICH THE KID, and FIREBOY DML. One of theeeeee greatest Memphis rap albums of all time, KOOPSTA KNICCA's 'Da Devil's Playground', gets its first-ever vinyl release, over two decades since its original cassette debut, with timelessly smacked out productions from Three 6 Mafia's DJ Paul. MARK MORRISON's decade-defining G-funk swingbeat classic 'Return Of the Mack' is back in print on LP, and we still have limited copies of the stunning 'Haram' from ARMAND HAMMER & THE ALCHEMIST. 

How's your mind doing? If you're reading this newsletter, you might be in the right place for some MIND MAINTENANCE, the name of a new duo record that finds modern spiritual jazz wayfarers JOSHUA ABRAMS and CHAD TAYLOR focusing their energies entirely on two instruments, the mbira (thumb piano) and the guimbri (3-stringed lute), in a sussurous session of cyclical seance. Somewhat analogous, though much more raucous, is the pairing of Italian percussionists VALENTINA MAGALETTI and MARLENE RIBEIRO on 'Due Matte', back in print by popular demand. Spectral guitarist JULIAN LAGE returns with a new album of elegant, distended compositions 'Squint'. 

BLACK SABBATH's mighty 'Sabotage' gets the full super deluxe treatment this week, and we have new hits collections on vinyl from UK working class heroes DR. FEELGOOD and FAITH NO MORE. Did you know that one of Faith No More's earliest singers was Courtney Love? True story, read it on Wikipedia. 

New vinyl editions from popular favorites by KIP MOORE and the MARCUS KING BAND are in, plus we've got color vinyl copies of the new record from MAMMOTH WVH, featuring Wolfgang Van Halen, son of the late, great Eddie.

Rare, contemporary, and timeless jazz is in from KAMAL ABDUL-ALIM, BRANDON JAMES LEWIS, and the INCREDIBLE BONGO BAND. 

A phenomenal spread of compilations includes a deep-dive through early 90s Italian deep house on CIAO ITALIA; Dmitri From Paris, Todd Terje, and other DJ luminaries pump up the party factor on a compilation of golden era boogie on TK DISCO RE-EDITED; the HILLBILLIES IN HELL comp returns for a twelfth volume, and SASSY & STRONG collects "Forgotten Sides From Nashville's Finest Ladies". 

Last up: library funk and rare groove heat is back in the building from THE CABILDOS, SOLA, and JAY RICHFORD & GARY STEVAN. Luckily we got AC in here!


Out of the heat and into more heat we go with this week's Used Vinyl Alert! Have a go through classics from the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Lynyrd Skynyrd, David Bowie, Prince, Joni Mitchell, ELO, the Beatles, Neil Young, CSNY, Lou Reed, the Eagles, Slade, Boston, and heaps more.

Wave and hard rock is in from Wham, Brian Eno, Tears For Fears, Ministry, Luc Van Acker, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, and more, plus a fresh crop of more recent rock, garage and indie from King Khan, MC5, Interpol, Kurt Vile, Ty Segall, Dan Deacon, Silver Jews, the National, Puffy Areolas, Lucy Dacus, the Blind Shake, and plenty more.

Jazz comes through from Chick Corea, Horace Silver, Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, and more, while we roll with soul from the Temptations, Kool and the Gang, Otis Redding, Al Green, Marvin Gaye and others. Some great early bluegrass, blues, gospel, and polka is in, plus country hits from Bill Monroe, Chet Atkins, Bobbie Gentry, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson.


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


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

Billboard Article #24 May 15th

Billboard Article #25 June 1st


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.

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