Strictly Discs

March 10, 2022

NEW THIS WEEK AT THE SHOP:

We do a little happy dance every time a new JENNY HVAL record comes around, as the Norwegian electro-pop philosophe just seems to perfect her craft further with each one. 'Classic Objects' is a new height of celestial clarity for the artist, coming via the dream pop institution 4AD, sporting fleet-footed full band instrumentation and some of Hval's most trenchant lyricism, in the shop on sky blue vinyl. We got a lot of requests for the vinyl version of ADIA VICTORIA'S incredible album 'A Southern Gothic' last year, and it's finally here. Victoria's strain of modern, soulful blues-rock feels like the continuation of a tradition that has wound its way through the work of Alan Lomax and Alice Walker, to Rhiannon Giddens and Cedric Burnside. A whole different Southern gothic is on display in the menacing, unflinching 'Still Over It', the sophomore album from trap vocalist SUMMER WALKER. Korean-Canadian artist LUNA LI found quick fame with her quarantine bedroom symphonies, and now shows us an even more fleshed out sound on the endearing, eclectic pop album 'Duality'.


The latest vinyl box set from PHISH is so big, we half expected one of the guys to hop out and start playing a few licks when the delivery arrived. 'The Clifford Ball' documents in full a fan-favorite 2 day stint out East from over 25 years ago, and comes on 12 multi-colored LPs with a huge booklet of photos. More gems from the bygone worlds of live rock'n'roll include a new KING GIZZARD 'Live In London' pressing on color wax, and the second volume of the KISS 'Off The Soundboard' official bootleg series.



It's go big or go home time for Swedish pop-metallers GHOST, who land with a bang on their fifth studio album 'Impera' thats getting a host of rave reviews. We have the limited indie vinyl edition of this one, including orchid colored wax, a large art booklet, and a sticker sheet. Albany noise punkers DRUG CHURCH return with a rattling album called 'Hygiene', and the melodic riff assault unit of A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS is back with 'See Through You'.


Once we got over the fact that he wasn't a crime-fighting dog, we've come to like this fella REX ORANGE COUNTY. There are however†some very good boys on the cover of his new album 'Who Cares?', which features guests like Tyler the Creator. Up and coming indie songwriters† ETHAN P. FLYNN and TARA NOME DOYLE bring us new LPs, and we have an incredible new EP of present-day City pop brilliance from AYANE YAMAZAKI on 'Ribbon'.


Some long, long out of stock gems return to us this week. We've got SOLANGE's singular 'A Seat at the Table' back on LP, as well as the one and only 'Punisher' by PHOEBE BRIDGERS, and the years-awaited repress of UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA's perfect smudgy pop album 'II'.


One of the most premium torch-passings ever pressed to wax is the DUKE ELLINGTON and JOHN COLTRANE album for Impulse, a 1963 session that found Coltrane's tenor full of bright spontaneity, and Ellington's playing expressively adapted to a small band. This timeless gem gets the Acoustic Sounds audiophile treatment this week, alongside other new jazz vinyl from HASAAN IBN ALI and the MARCIN WASILEWSKI†TRIO.


With none other than leading dance historian Simon Reynolds in tow, the Numero Group dives into the under-appreciated 90s UK scene that existed at the intersection of street soul and deep house, primarily on a label called V4 VISIONS. 'Of Love & Androids' collects two LPs worth of chilled, elegant machine soul on colored wax. Since his untimely passing a decade ago, the dance underground has been celebrating the wonderfully pioneering work of Boston producer CALLISTO aka DKMA aka Dana Kelley; a new set called 'Boston Boy Vol. 1' covers his early 00's 12"s, full of inventive yet supremely functional house, and we also welcome a repress of the understatedly iconic leftfield house gem 'Born On The 24th Of July' by UK producer CHARLES WEBSTER, back in print for the first time since 2001.


A brilliant set of improvised, stippled techno is in from GEO RIP on the Trilogy Tapes label, alongside a repress of last year's hallowed funky house perfection 'Quivering In Time' by ERIS DREW, and a searing new record from French vet MR. OIZO, on a broken-beat Italian rap (?) banger called 'Voila'.



'Full Time Woman', a collection of songs IRMA THOMAS recorded in the early 70s at the height of her fame as the soul queen of New Orleans, but never released, gets an LP edition this week, alongside a new record of John Morales-mixed tunes from TEDDY PENDERGRASS, a collection of early HANK WILLIAMS gospel tunes called 'I'm Gonna Sing', and a lovely reprint of the classic Celtic folk album from Planxty members ANDY IRVINE and PAUL BRADY.


More new jams this week include fresh LPs from METHYL ETHEL, WIDOWSPEAK, ADULT., and LEWIS OFMAN.



PJ HARVEY's 'Hope Six Demolition Project' gets a reissue on LP this week, alongside a new LP of demos. John Doe and Exene from X joined up with Dave Alvin from the Flesh Eaters in 1985 as THE KNITTERS for a classic album of countrified cow-punk, 'Poor Little Critter On The Road', getting a repress this week, alongside, for some reason, a new printing of the soundtrack from SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE.

USED VINYL ALERT:

Quite a healthy haul in the used vinyl alert this week. Rather than our typical 6 to 700 freshly available LPs, this week we've easily got over a thousand! And we're putting out some newly priced 45s for the first time in awhile, about 60 of those, from soul to indie.†

Lots of records means lots of classics! We've got a deep run of Beatles and Hendrix bootlegs, beloved LPs from David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Madonna, Pink Floyd, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Deep Purple, Tony Rice, Steely Dan, the Band, Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Allman Brothers, AC/DC, King Crimson, Billy Joel, Cheap Trick and a whole lot more.

Jazz is in from all over, including cool ones from Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny, Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Barney Kessel, Weather Report, Michal Urbaniak, and more. Funk and soul comes through from Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, Zhane, Maze, Vaughan Mason, the New Birth, Billy Paul, Curtis Mayfield, the Isleys, Roy Ayers, and Marvin Gaye.

Indie, new wave, alternative and punky things across the decades include The Wake, Die Kreuzen, KMFDM, Orange Juice, the Pastels, Mission of Burma, the Minutemen, Refused, Duran Duran, the Replacements, Soul Asylum, the Walkmen, Smith Westerns, Kevin Morby, Bob Mould, Death Cab, Mogwai, Panda Bear, Red House Painters, Mazzy Star, Real Estate, Holy Ghost, Iron and Wine, and so many more.

That's not all of course, we've got all kinds of classical (Bartok!), modern composition (Cage, Mimaroglu!), children's records (Raffi! Disney!), bluegrass (Tony Rice!), soundtracks (Death Wish! Urban Cowboy!), and so much more.

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. Due to some late additions (Roy Ayers, Pharaohs, etc), the deadline to create or modify a RSD WISH LIST†was Monday, February 28th at†2PM.






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, Eric, Jack, Steve, Shep, Matt B., Mark & Brad

        
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