June 24, 2021
NEW THIS WEEK AT THE SHOP:
Huge week of new releases to tell you about! Let's celebrate the return of *live jazz* to Madison with a quartet of live jazz albums! Singular force of nature ANGEL BAT DAWID sees her explosive live album with her group Tha Brotherhood finally emerge in an overwhelmingly gorgeous vinyl edition. One of MILES DAVIS' final live performances ever (France 1991) is enshrined on 'Merci Miles: Live at Vienne', a sprawling 2LP set that includes not one but two covers of songs by Prince, who Davis had befriended in the last months of his life. An unheard 1975 set from the BILL EVANS TRIO is unearthed with 'On A Friday Evening', and ETTA JAMES' impeccable run of 70s festival performances is celebrated on 'The Montreux Years'.
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS' John Darnielle certainly stayed busy in quarantine. 'Dark In Here' is the 3rd album from the group since c*v*d hit, and it comes from the same sessions that brought us 'Getting Into Knives'. Limited color vinyl pressing with etching on this one. Carolinian troubadour HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER returns with another crack session in songwriting on 'Quietly Blowing It'. Few modern artists have as dense a catalog and as vast a soundworld as SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE aka Ben Chasny, who lands on the Three Lobed label with a new record of progressive, molten psych-folk called 'The Veiled Sea'. Wooden Shjips/Moon Duo captain and killer beard-haver Ripley Johnson steps out again with his Americana project ROSE CITY BAND on a beautiful new record of microdosed folk called 'Earth Trip'.
Electronic pop gems aplenty this week, starting with the first new record in six years from the Aussie R&B group HIATUS KAIYOTE. 'Mood Valiant' continues the groups run of ingeniously tight-knit albums, features a collab with none other than Arthur Verocai, and comes in a couple different limited edition vinyl formats. STRFKR's career-defining album 'Reptilians' gets a tenth-anniversary expanded edition on color vinyl. Great new records of synth-powered R&B are herefrom the UK's ANUSHKA and Hong Kong's BLOOD WINE OR HONEY.
Songwriter LUCY DACUS continues her strong run of autobiographical folk on 'Home Video'.Barack Obama's fave alt-R&B artist FAYE WEBSTER grows up a little on the compelling 'I Know I'm Funny haha', in the building on blue vinyl. Been waiting patiently for a second record from Brooklyn artist L'RAIN since her undeniable 2017 debut, and 'Fatigue' delivers more of this unique artist's approach to fusions of folk, pop, and jazz. We ought to be hearing more about Miz Rain in the future, I'd bet. Vocalist CAROLINE SHAW teams up with longtime collaborators SO PERCUSSION on a tender, exploratory new record called 'Let The Soil Play It's Simple Part'.
A new record from elusive producer/pop auteur MATTHEW DEAR is actually from deep in his archives. 'Preacher's Sigh & Potion' dates to 2008 or so, recorded while Dear was living in Texas and riding the critical acclaim of his early 00s club bangers. He delivered this album to Ghostly in rough form, but ultimately decided to release the career-defining 'Black City' instead. Time has really burnished the tunes on this album, which with their canny blend of country-noir, pulsing beats, and rugged textures, sound very prescient here in 2021. Disk jock Danilo Plessow aka MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE treats us to deep house, jazz and techno rarities on a new Fabric compilation and mix. New records are from long-time merchants of darkness DANIEL AVERY and BURIAL.
New color vinyl 2LP editions of classics from MY MORNING JACKET are here, 'It Still Moves' and 'Evil Urges'. PJ HARVEY reissues her dreamy 2007 album 'White Chalk' long with an LP of demos. A new vinyl pressing of NINE INCH NAILS' epic 'Hesitation Marks' is back in stock, as well as a previously unreleased set of tapes from unsung power pop heroes THE RUBINOOS.
USED VINYL ALERT:
This week's selection of fresh used vinyl includes most wanted titles from friends like Fleetwood Mac, the Beatles, the Doors, the Who, Prince, Creedence, Billy Joel, Queen, Tom Petty, the Kinks, Buffalo Springfield, plus more from Aerosmith, Juicy Lucy, Trapeze, Renaissance, Van Halen, Dokken, the Electric Prunes, AC/DC, Talking Heads, John Foxx, Soft Cell, R.E.M.,and Devo. Plenty more paisley psych, garage, blues rock, and new wave oddities as well!
RECORD STORE DAY DROP #2 IS JULY 17TH:
RECORD STORE DAY 2021 DROPS ARE JUNE 12 & JULY 17:
The second Record Store Day drop event is Saturday, July 17th. 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 NOON with RSD titles upstairs
Thank you for helping us to keep this event safe & fun.
RECORD STORE DAY:
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.
Stay strong & have #hope.
WE ARE HIRING - SHIPPING CLERK:
We are looking to hire a shipping clerk. Requirements:
• Self-motivated and independent thinker
• Computer proficiency
• 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.
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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:
SELL US YOUR CDS & LPS:
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