Strictly Discs

April 7, 2022


Alrighty now people, Strictly Discs has been chosen to be one of only 60 stores hosting a release day event for Jack White's new album Fear Of The Dawn.
A Purchase of either the CD or LP will come with a very cool screen print & bag (while supplies last). And each purchase of either format will earn an entry to win a TEST PRESSING of the album.

Available for orderHEREand available beginning at 10AM FRIDAY 4/8.


You ever have that dream where your eyes open up to a barren landscape blanketed by a cobalt sky, a lonely crow calling out, beckoning you to fill the atmosphere with your distorted blues? No? Well that's the daily reality JACK WHITE lives, as spelled out on his latest album 'Fear Of the Dawn', the record the artist says he's always wanted to make. What took you so long, Jack? We kid, we kid; few artists have done as much to advance the record biz in the 21st Century, and this new record comes with all the trimmings. We have limited "astronomical blue" vinyl on this one, some very cool screenprinted†record bags, lithos, and likely some other treats to give away (see above), as Jack always puts his money where his mouth is. We might not linger too long on just where FATHER JOHN MISTY's mouth has been, but a new record from pops is always a welcome event. 'ChloŽ and the Next 20th Century' is here, and what we've heard so far finds our erudite anti-hero in a rather subdued mood, sounding like Fred Neil or Harry Nilsson in the morning after a particularly ruckus night. Clear blue vinyl here on the Sub Pop Loser edition, although the only loser would be you if you passed up on a copy of this one! Save some of the spotlight for ORVILLE PECK, the masked singer returns with a sweeping triumph of a new LP called 'Bronco'; our court gets even more crowded with the entry of KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD, who manifest themselves anew as a techno jam band on 'Made In Timeland'. Our copies are on 'cursed obsidian black' vinyl, which sounds like regular black to us but you can make that call.†

The frontwomen of WET LEG are Hester and Rhian from the Isle of Wight, but their woolly, hilarious debut album isn't exactly a dainty Victorian tea time. Anthemic indie-poppers LUCIUS take things to a new level on their latest album 'Second Nature', produced by Dave Cobb and Brandi Carlile in Nashville. Our copies come on see-through pink vinyl with a huge cool poster. Dutch cool kids PIP BLOM do a Netherlands take on Courtney Barnett's artful slack on 'Welcome Break', and we roll in a fresh pressing of the modern classic 'Boys & Girls' by ALABAMA SHAKES on silver explosion vinyl.†

We're just a shade overdue for a new record from CALEXICO, and the Arizona institution really delivers the goods on a spectral new album called 'El Mirador', in the shop now on black wax with color vinyl coming later in the month. Grizzly Bear vocalist DANIEL ROSSEN breaks a fairly long period of silence with his first-ever solo record, 'You Belong There', which is sounding like a cozy return to a familiar den. Some fresh Oldham-ish strum is in from†ZACHARY CALE on 'Skywriting', while we are particularly blown away by a reissue of the 2006 debut from Aussie songwriter NED COLLETTE. 'Jokes and Trials' is on vinyl for the first time, a format that's particularly attuned to Ned's lovely brand of orchestrated, introspective and mellow folk.

Bands don't really break up like they used to, but folks of a certain generation remember the somber news of PAVEMENT's dissolution. We may no longer recall the details or the reasons why, but there was something poetic about a band that had staggered to a sprinting perfection just as they decided to call it quitskis. From a group of such freewheeling, off the cuff brilliant musicians, a new trove of outtakes is quite a prize. We get a much fuller picture of the final state of the Pave on 'Terror Twilight: Farewell Horizontal', a 44-track compendium of studio rehearsals, scrapped demos, and live cuts from the band that shut down the 90s. The group's 'Spit On A Stranger' EP is also back in print, and we've sourced some import copies of the mighty PEARL JAM's greatest hits compendium 'Rearviewmirror', split into two volumes for maximum econo. Also arriving tomorrow in the nick of time, a Santa Maynard miracle, the limited-edition 5LP set of TOOL's 'Fear Inoculum', housed in a hard-shell box with new album art, and etchings on the b-sides of all five records.†

'Encanto', with its ebullient soundtrack from LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA and SEBASTIAN YATRA, is the best Disney film since the Little Mermaid era, and we've now got a nice vinyl edition for all you Bruno-not-talker-abouters out there. No stranger to Disney soundtracks herself, songwriter ALESSIA CARA returns with a new album called 'In The Meantime'. A decade has passed since the global pop smashes of OF MONSTERS AND MEN's 'My Head Is An Animal' and FOSTER THE PEOPLE's 'Torches', both of which get elegant 10-year reworks on vinyl this week.

Babyfaced rapper LIL TECCA is quite loved, so loved in fact that we now have a 'We Love You Tecca 2' in on LP. One of the greatest concept albums in music history is 'Prince Among Thieves', the cinematically epic tale of an aspiring rapper that came from the brain of PRINCE PAUL, the producer best known for his work on De La's '3 Feet High'. With a wild slate of guests like Chubb Rock, Biz Markie, Xzibit and the RZA, this classic has been out of print for too long, and now returns on yellow and red splatter wax. Continue on filling in the holes in your golden era collection with fresh reprints of THE JUNGLE BROTHERS' 'Straight Out The Jungle' and KMD's 'Black Bastards'.

The latest album from EARTHLESS continues to get a lot of plays around the shop, and now we roll back to the stoner-rock trio's flawless 2005 debut, 'Sonic Prayer'. Atmospheric doom unit YOB hit quite a peak with 'Atma', which gets a new vinyl remaster this week on red and gold vinyl via Relapse. Death metal veterans IMMOLATION return with 'Acts of God', while the 2001 classic 'Presents' from chaotic hardcore legends JEROMES DREAM gets a new edition, alongside timeless albums from THE DEFTONES and THE CRO-MAGS back in print.

A new album from the Turkish unit DERYA YILDIRIM & GRUP SIMSEK called 'Dost 1' recalls classic Anatolian psych augmented by contemporary polyrhythms. The Moroccan band NASS EL GHIWANE are famously depicted in the beloved concert film 'Trances', shot around the same time as their second self-titled album' release in 1974. The group plays an intoxicating combination of tantric rock and traditional, hypnotic chaabi. As a member of an unknowable number of bands since the 90s, Matt Valentine has kept a flame lit for the American psych underground, and he emerges again as WET TUNA for a new record called 'Warping All By Yourself'. Confession time: sometimes we will stock a record here just because the band name is cool. All stores do this and they're lying if they say otherwise. Such is the case with CAROLINE NO, a jangly Aussie duo whose 3rd album lands here this week and delivers big on their cool name, with guest musicians Mick Turner and Jim White from the Dirty Three.

Rocksteady group THE SILVERTONES recorded their 1973 album 'Silver Bullets' with Lee Scratch Perry, and it stands up as a classic of the genre, soulful and old-school, while showcasing some of Perry's forward-thinking studio moves. That ones back in print this week, alongside one of the all-time great session records, DADAWAH's 'Peace And Love', which found nyahbinghi vocalist Ras Michael in a particularly deep groove with producer Lloyd Charmers. A new double LP set called 'Two Extended Pieces For Four Pianos' collects two of JULIUS EASTMAN's best known works: dynamic engines of emotion and energy drummed out of keyboards. Cape Town tenor sax player BASIL MANNENBERG†COETZEE cut his teeth playing on a slew of Dollar Brand records before cutting 'Shrimp Boats' in 1977. This endlessly undulating Cape Jazz classic has never been in wide circulation on vinyl until now.

Modern masters of upright synth-pop COLD BEAT return with a flawless album called 'War Garden', while we welcome a new edition of 'Polaroid/Roman/Photo' the 1985 album from French trio RUTH, one of the best to ever, ever do it. After some high quality EPs for the Rhythm Section label, producer PREQUEL steps out with an exquisite full length of soulful jazzdance called 'Love (or I Heard You Like Heartbreak)'.

Austin heartthrobs SPRAY PAINT kinda seem like what Parquet Courts would sound like if they never left Texas. What do I mean? I'm not sure I know either but one listen to 2015's 'Punters On A Barge', back in print on lp this week, should give you an idea. Long-running SF hypno-rockers BRONZE return this week with 'Absolute Compliance', for fans of†Ty Segall or A Place To Bury Strangers. A nice discovery on the punker ends of things comes from DIOS, an Argentinian group active throughout the 90s and 00s. On their self-titled 2001 album, back in print, the group recalls the foundational spirit of The Minutemen with their idiosyncratic approach to hardcore.

In 1981 THE FALL came to the states to try to teach us yanks a thing or two about how to dress well and conduct yourself in a rock n roll band. The recordings were compiled on 'A Part Of America Therein, 1981', back in print this week, alongside the explosive fourth album 'Tumult' from Dutch peace-punkers THE EX, a new edition of THE POP GROUP's essential 'Y' dubbed out by DENNIS BOVELL, and the first ever re-release of the 1987 GUIDED BY VOICES album 'Devil Between My Toes'. Ewww!

One of the most sublime moments of the turn-of-the-century glitch scene was VLADISLAV DELAY's hour-long album 'Anima', released in 2001. A swirling hall of mirrors experience of gleaming, dubwise chords, arrythmic†pulses, and faceless voices dissipating in a noirish fog. With a fresh LP cut for the first time in two decades, this gem can be experienced anew, alongside a new album from masters Jan Jelinek and Frank Bretschneider as BEISPIEL, and a fresh printing of an organic ambient classic 'Pale Ravine' from DEAF CENTER. Talented producer Loraine James re-emerges as WHATEVER THE WEATHER on a new record of sparkling ambient, and we have classy new abstract beauty in from ALEXI BARAS and LOOPSEL.


Some serious heat in the Used Vinyl Alert this week! We got some truly classic punk and early indie in from Big Black, the Dead Kennedys, Wire, the Meat Puppets, Siouxsie & the Banshees, the Charlatans, Sonic Youth, Ministry, Violent Femmes, the Feelies, the Cro-Mags, Billy Bragg, Bastro, Godflesh, Bitch Magnet, MDC, Melvins, Tar, the Fall, Mission of Burma, and Monster Magnet. Plenty newer indie and alterna-jewels as well from names like Best Coast, ! ! !, Beach Fossils, the Allah Las, Youth Lagoon, Tennis, Animal Collective, the Oh Sees, Tune-Yards, Total Control, and a whole lot more.

A deep run of classic Pink Floyd, several from the Grateful Dead, plus plenty from faves like AC/DC, Metallica, Van Halen, Genesis, Rush, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Prince, Steely Dan, Sparks, Rory Gallagher, and more. Electronic and ambient is in from Michael Brook, Brian Eno, Motohiko Hamase, the Rachels, Tortoise, Matmos, and more.

We've got another grip of cool 80s and 90s hip hop 12s, classic country, rare blues, choice jazz pieces from Miles Davis, Max Roach and Cal Tjader round us out.


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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.


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.



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


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

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