Strictly Discs

February 17, 2022

RECORD STORE DAY IS APRIL 23RD:†

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 youíre 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 youíll join us.

SAVE THE DATE V.2:†Record Store Day Drop Date is June 18th:

June 18th is designated as a Record Store Day Drop Date; it will serve as a street date safety net†for titles that are part of the Record Store Day celebration†that don't make it in time for†April 23.

WISHLISTS:

Record Store Day wish lists can be made†HERE. The deadline to create or modify a RSD WISH LIST is Thursday, February 24th†at NOON

NEW THIS WEEK AT THE SHOP:

The middle of February is the time of year you really appreciate a band (and a band name) like BEACH HOUSE. Who amongst us does not pine for a seaside getaway, a break from the ordinary, all dressed up in the glamour of vacation oblivion? If you are in fact reading this newsletter from a beach house, that's enough screen time, what follows next is not for you. The Baltimore dream-duo fully transcend form on 'Once Twice Melody', an expansive new album parceled out into 4 distinct chapters that each focus on an element of their sound. Two absolutely stunning vinyl editions are available on this, one a silver foil 2LP on black wax, the other a deluxe gold vinyl edition, both in an elegant, leathery-textured sleeve. Something cool sure does go down when the soul stirrers in KHRUANGBIN and LEON BRIDGES get together. 'Texas Moon', the nocturnal companion to their first EP collab, has arrived on limited 'blue daze' vinyl, and its a cool breeze that will draw you in real quick and leave you wanting more. Before you sober up, take a long-overdue trip into the mainframe with DAFT PUNK, the disappearing French duo who soundtracked the 'Tron: Legacy' film back in 2010, a bombastic effort that has not been easy to come by in a standard vinyl edition for an eon or two.†



Grateful Dead-founding Robert BOBBY WEIR blesses us with a heady live session of moody blues alongside his band WOLF BROS (Ratdog drummer Jay Lane and Don Was, nbd) on 'Live In Colorado', given a beautiful sleeve and color press from Third†Man.†Country cool girl CARLY PEARCE has made waves with her latest album '29: Written In Stone', now in the shop on green vinyl, plus we have the latest LP from that irascible DAVID CROSBY which is called 'For Free', even though it does in fact cost money.†


'Life on Earth' is another quick classic of heartfelt folk-rock from HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF, pairing well with the punky honky tonk of SARAH SHOOK and THE DISARMERS' cracking new record, 'Nightroamer'. Folk duo SHOVELS AND ROPE deliver their most visceral record, the quar-informed 'Manticore', and a new record from KENDRA MORRIS is dipped in slick funk.


Some real big ones from the hip-hop overworlds and undergrounds this week, including a pair of long unavailable classics from KEHLANI: 'Sweet Sexy Savage' and 'You Should Be Here'.†JACK HARLOW's 'That's What They All Say' and LOGIC's 'Bobby Tarantino III' are newly released on LP, plus we've got another out of print banger from MASTA ACE back, alongside the latest from THE LOX.†


'Leaves Turn Inside You', the mighty swan song double album from UNWOUND, is back in stock on double LP, possessing a lot of the band's most potent, pastoral deep cuts. The BAD BRAINS vinyl reissue campaign continues with a new edition of 1989's 'Quickness'. The somber majesty of ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN's†'Songs To Learn and Sing' really hits hard this time of year, and we've got a lovely new pressing. French punks LES CORONADOS channeled the Church and the Stranglers with their late 80s classic, 'Un Lustre', back in print this week as well.†


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The English brother duo WOO continue their fertile resurgence with a stunning new disc called 'Paradise In Pimlico', which trades on their familiar, hushed bedroom pop artistry, while adding a fresh layer of studied piano minimalism. Pop auteurs THE DODOS return with a gleaming new record called 'Grizzly Peak', while the French downtempo pop unit METRONOMY embrace optimism with a cheerful new album called 'Small World'. Not as charmed with the state of things is the Aussie group EXEK, who have a corker of a new album that may just wear a groove thru your brain this 2022. On 'Advertise Here', you can hear the Total Control-related band hint at the darkened pop hallways that group may have traveled had they not called it a day.


A pair of Blue Note classics from JOE HENDERSON and LEE MORGAN get the vinyl remaster treatment this week, plus we have the LP edition of the latest, Afro-pop gem 'Mother Nature' by ANGELIQUE KIDJO, and the jubilant desert rock of ETRAN DE L'AIR's†'Agadez'.


Avant-garde jazz-folker ERIC CHENAUX fries up his most ornate dish in some time on 'Say Laura'. The Efficient Space label continues to document the Australian fringe with a beautiful collection of 80s material from percussionist and glass-player ROS BANDT on 'Soft and Fragile'. A very compelling record called 'Flower Protocol' pairs up Taiwanese performer YUTIE LEE with a host of cool remixers. She performs six Chinese folk songs about flowers, and then guests like Alva Noto, Suzanne Kraft and Laura Groves transform them into wonky club bangers. German producer STUDIOGRUPPE turns in a gorgeous LP of languorous Balearic on 'Studiogruppe I'.


Crucial reissues this week include SAINT ETIENNE's brilliant 1991 debut 'Foxbase Alpha' on green wax, a pair of OOP classics from THE TWILIGHT SAD, and the first ever vinyl†release of the mighty Memphis country-emo group LUCERO's 2001 self-titled album, on double 180 gram.


Lastly, we were blessed with a hearty shipment of good stuff from the mighty Mississippi Records label umbrella this week. If you don't have a copy of MICHAEL HURLEY's fan-favorite album 'Armchair Boogie', now is your chance. Check out the new interview with the legendary rambler at Aquarium Drunkard, and help yourself to a copy of his latest LP as well, which is still in stock. The gentle palm wine guitar and humorous lyricism of S.E. ROGIE's classic collection is a must have, alongside recent soul compilations 'Looking Back', which covers Sam Cooke's label SAR Records, and 'The Truth Is A Lie', the Cairo label's latest labor of love documenting rare tracks from essential American names like Nina Simone and Aaron Neville, paired with deeply-researched liner notes.

USED VINYL ALERT:

This week's used vinyl alert is heavy with treats! We've got impressively lengthy runs of classic LPs from artists like the Grateful Dead, The Band, The Kinks, Leonard Cohen, Blue Oyster Cult, and more, plus rock essentials from Neil Young, Rush, Todd Rundgren, Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel, Santana, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Who, the Doors, Spencer Davis Group, Aynsley Dunbar, the Move, the Raspberries, Strawberry Alarm Clock, the Damnation of Adam Blessing, Gypsy, Nektar, Vanilla Fudge, Country Joe and the Fish, Slade, Badfinger, King Crimson, and more.

More cult classics are in from the Trashmen, the Specials, the Feelies, the Pretenders, Blondie, XTC, the Police, the MC5, and the Ramones. A nice selection of jazz is joined by some fine vintage soul from Gloria Lynne, Otis Redding, Sheree Brown, Leroy Hutson, Geater Davis, the Soul Searchers, Nina Simone, and more.†

Big country names like Waylon Jennings, Jimmy Martin, Dwight Yoakam, and others follow up a nice selection of deeper, obscure country gems. Modern classical is in from Stockhausen, Glass, Ives, and Schoenberg. Singers like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra are well represented, plus plenty of soundtracks, classical, and children's LPs!




STRICTLY DISCS IS HIRING:

VINYL PRICING SPECIALIST AND/OR SHOP CLERK:

Required skills:

Excellent customer service skills; retail experience with ability to anticipate customer needs

Extreme Computer proficiency

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 weekends

Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds repeatedly


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

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, Steve, Shep, Matt B. & Mark

        
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