Strictly Discs

October 14, 2021


Another incredible week jam-packed with new releases kicks off with the much-awaited expanded edition of THE BEATLES iconic 1970 album 'Let It Be', packaged in tandem with the unreleased 1969 album 'Get Back'. Super deluxe vinyland CD sets feature 27 new recordings, and we have a new edition of the single LP with a new stereo mix by Glyn Johns. Pick up a copy and receive a free lithograph featuring the classic album artwork. Back in print for the first time since the 70s, we've got fresh color vinyl editions of the soundtrack for 'Performance', MICK JAGGER's 1969 experimental film with Nicolas Roeg and Jack Nitzsche.

Short on the heels of their beautiful new vinyl edition of the Buena Vista Social Club album, the World Circuit label delivers a first-ever LP print of the 2000 album by Cuban singer OMARA PORTUONDO, a stunning session of afro-cuban jazz led by her timeless, smoky voice. A pair of new records are in from vibrant, cross-pollinating latin artists; XENIA RUBINOS channels folk and dance on 'Una Rosa', and Chicago "anti-beat orchestra" DOS SANTOS delivers their second album which builds amply on the everything-goes attitude of their debut album which won a lot of fans around here a few years back. Color vinyl is in for both of these, naturally.

Humble pop behemoths COLDPLAY return with a well-rounded record called 'Music Of the Spheres', with guest appearances from Selena Gomez, Jacob Collier, and BTS, on limited edition swirl vinyl. If you haven't yet heard the new collab album between Primal Scream's BOBBY GILLESPIE & Savages' vocalist JEHNNY BETH, jump on that pronto as the vinyl edition has finally arrived. 'Utopian Ashes' has the feel of those classic odd-couple duo albums from Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, or Nancy and Lee. Welsh noise-poppers THE JOY FORMIDABLE return with perhaps their strongest album yet, the emotional, heavily textured 'Into The Blue', in the shop on limited marbled vinyl and a bonus 7" single.

The youths, they'regetting older every day. For the first time ever, we have an official vinyl release of the fan-favorite MAC MILLER mixtape 'Faces', on triple yellow vinyl and sure not to last long. Canadian popsters CLEOPATRICK see their debut 'Bummer' finally hit the vinyl format. 'Blurryface', the 2015 breakout album from TWENTY ONE PILOTS is back in print for the first time in a few years on a silver vinyl pressing. Billie Eilish brother and certified youngster FINNEAS has won 8 more Grammys than Abba somehow, and has a new record out this week called 'Optimist'. That's the spirit, Fin.

Synthpop insurgent YVES TUMOR goes full Depeche-mode on a confident, sterling new EP called 'The Asymptotic World', in the shop on a 12" and also as a rather luxe 7" box set. Oakland duo SWEET TRIP have quietly become one of the best bands in the world since their late 90s beginnings, and seal the deal with their first full-length in 12 years on 'A Tiny House, In Secret Speeches, Polar Equals'. As that title indicates, this is yet another maximalist masterpiece from the pair, who pull off a lengthy guided meditation on shoegaze, glitchy IDM, and bit-crushed pop. We're always all ears whenever DEAN AND/OR BRITTA turn on the tap, and this week we've got pair from the Galaxie gang, 'Quarantine Tapes' from the duo, and a new solo jawn from Dean called 'I Have Nothing to Say to the Mayor of L.A.' Honestly same!

Montreal singer-songwriter LE REN brings us a lovely new record called 'Leftovers' that would appeal to fans of A. Lenker's most recent solo stuff. Out-of-time crooner POKEY LAFARGE has a great new album called 'In The Blossom Of Their Shade' which is drawing some glowing reviews. JULIA SHAPIRO wriggles free of her band Chastity Belt for a seriously awesome record of not-downer shoegaze on 'Zorked'. German artist Mona Steinwidder releases gorgeous, Laurie Anderson/Laurie Spiegel inspired art-ambient as MUSEUM OF NO ART; her limited run 2020 self-titled record gets another printing this week.

DC upright bassist LUKE STEWART and NYC sitar manipulator JARVIS EARNSHAW have an incredible new quartet album poised at the bleeding edge of the East Coast jazz avant garde. Stunning cover art on this one as always from Robert Beatty, whose work has appeared in this newsletter nearly every week for the last 5 years. London producer SCRIMSHIRE uncorks an absolute doozy of a post-lockdown groove jazz album called 'Nothing Feels Like Everything', with enough esteemed guests to fill a large, responsibly spaced room. Norwegian acoustic jazz whiz NILS PETTER MOLVAER returns with a new quartet LP called 'Stitches', and we get a nice new pressing of a rare late 80s album from percussionist EMMANUEL ABDUL-RAHIM, who played frequently early on with Coltrane and Blakey. 'Harlem' has the kind of have/want ratio on Discogs where you just know it's a cooker, and it is.

Thrilled to have some great new ambient and minimalist records in this week, starting with a real gem of a reissued rarity by obscure guitar duo KEVIN MCCORMICK & DAVID HORRIDGE. 'Light Patterns' came out in 1982 in an edition of roughly negative five copies, and is now lovingly restored by the Smiling C label who simply do not miss. If the wistful instrumentals of Vini Reilly, Felt, or Bola Sete'sTakomaLPs are your bag, this is the one. LA sound-flippers BRIN & JOSIAH STEINBRICK have a new LP of serrated, then soothing ambient bits called 'Bliss Place'. Chinese sound-artist LI YILEI unveils an invigorating album of nimble electronic sketches in a similar vein as Julia Holter or Colleen. Time, fate, and the internet (probably) bring together two titans of the DIY sound-art canon - MICHAEL TURTLE and SUSO SAIZ - for a collaborative album that sounds even better than it looks.

The Danish label HELP RECORDINGS continues their run of innovative yet classic braindance with a new various artists 4-tracker called 'Material', featuring label-head Milan Zaks who most recently did production on the stellar new Erika De Casier album. Japanese producer ANCHORSONG delivers a super-strong album of perfectly arranged chillout on 'Mirage', channeling early Bibio or Teebs. Chi-town footwork soldier DJ MANNY drops a fresh ode to the style that's fairly faithful to its dancefloor raison d'etre, and we have a new edition of the PhD seminar in early UK rave from curator JD Twitch, the compilation JOIN THE FUTURE.

AAA-grade dance EPs in this week include a repressed funk edit classic from Turkish don BARIS K, fresh acid from marquee names like RICHIE HAWTIN and PEGGY GOU, and a new orange vinyl printing of arguably the greatest American house EP of all time, the 1994 untitled four tracker from RON TRENT and CHEZ DAMIER.

Where's ANDREWWK gone now? Seems he's disappeared again, just in time for the arrival of his latest album 'God Is Partying'. Eternal Texan noise-rockers CHERUBS return with a blast of a mini-album on Relapse, color vinyl natch. Plus we got new records from NECK DEEP and FUCKIN WHATEVER, the latter being a new supergroup featuring Anthony Green from Circa Survive, and members of Taking Back Sunday and Grouplove. Very good job on the band name guys. I won't tell mom.

'Architecture+ Morality', the completely unbeatable singles compilation from the mighty ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK, gets a much-needed vinyl update, spread across 3 LPs at 45RPM for the first time, on colored vinyl, and wrapped in so much beautiful silver foil, you can't look directly at it. The soundtrack for the PS5 game 'Demon's Souls' by SHUNSUKE KIDA gets a luxe vinyl edition, plus we have color vinyl of the latest JOHN CARPENTER soundtrack for the latest Michael Myers' movie 'Halloween Kills'. Man, I hope they get that guy for real this time. A deep compilation from the Votary label collects rare groove from Australia on PYRAMID PIECES.

Last up, a pair of new volumes of cover albums from LUCINDA WILLIAMS sees her mining the Dylan archive and the classic country songbook, and we have fresh color vinyl editions of two loooooong out of print early titles from WIDESPREAD PANIC!


This week's Used Vinyl Alert is all haul! We've got some classic punk, hard rock, jazz, disco and psych in here, as well as a slew of classic and rare soundtracks, and a big batch of Halloween LPs just in time for spooky season.

Lots of classics in from Jimi Hendrix, John Prine, Canned Heat, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Incredible String Band, T Rex, the Shocking Blue, JJ Cale, Captain Beefheart and more, plus heavy things from Dokken, Jade Warrior, Kiss, Krokus, Dio, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, Fastway, and Twisted Sister. Lots of great punk and new wave is in from the Butthole Surfers, Chrome, REM, the Residents, the Happy Mondays, Iggy Pop, 4 Skins, Duran Duran, and Gary Numan, plus a copy of the iconic No New York comp.

Primo jazz is in from Gabor Szabo, Andrew Hill, Charles Lloyd, Moondog, Bill Evans, Abdullah Ibrahim, Cannonball Adderley, Chet Baker, Coleman Hawkins, Harold Land, and more. Lots of great soul and R&B this week from War, Otis Redding, the Impressions, the Supremes, Rufus Thomas, Prince, Lotti Golden, plus a real thorough run of classic disco in nice condition - Chic, Donna Summer, First Choice, Claudja Barry, Boney M, Tavares, and that's just the start.

A nice run of Eno ambients joins fine ones from Pauline Oliveros, Tangerine Dream, Phish and Manu Dibango. The aforementioned Halloween LPs are everywhere, along with plenty of classic folk and blues!



Required skills:

Excellent customer service skills; ability to anticipate customer needs

Computer proficient

A passion for music, anda broad, deep base of recorded music history

Knowledge of Goldmine standards &experience grading and pricing records

Knowledge of stereo equipment/functionality

Availability to work nights and weekends

Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds repeatedly

To apply, submit letter of interest & resume to


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


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 26, 2021.

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.


The DEADLINE for making or modifying Black Friday Wishlists wasWednesday, September 22 at 10AM.

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

back to top