Strictly Discs

June 9, 2022


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(s)-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.



We will be pouring up Great Dane beer to those folks in line - how's that to get the day started? Things are looking up!

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†10 (when the RSD line is gone)

6. RSD titles will be located upstairs

Please note,†coupons and promotions do not apply to RSD items. And we do not buy used product on Record Store Day.

The full list of titles available on June 18th can be foundHERE.




Never a dull moment around here! Lots of great new releases in the shop this week, including a trio of new studio albums from living legends whose talents are impeccably frozen in time. With his naturally echoic, soothing lilt, HORACE ANDY has maintained decades of status as dancehall reggae's most influential and beloved voices. He's lent his talents to famed producers through the years like Coxsone Dodd, Bullwackie Barnes, and Massive Attack, and now he's got Adrian Sherwood on the boards for a stunning new record, 'Midnight Rocker', which arrives nearly 60 years into his career. No other vocalist expanded the scope of progressive Brazilian jazz like FLORA PURIM, who returns with a new album featuring fresh takes on some of her most favored tunes on 'If You Will'. Malian guitarist VIEUX FARKA TOURE has compellingly carried on the desert blues tradition of his father Ali Farka, and he returns to this blessed spotlight with a transcendent new album called 'Les Racines'.

Chicago drummer DANIEL VILLARREAL is best-known for his work in the genre-collating group Dos Santos, and steps out for his first album as a leader on the International Anthem label with the usual family-affair roster of guests, including production and guitar from Jeff Parker. 'Panama 77' is an†eclectic set of funky rhythmic gumbo perfectly suited for the backyard or the block party. For over a decade now, Arthur Jeffes has carried on the spirit of his father Simon's iconic ambient chamber pop project Penguin Cafe Orchestra as PENGUIN CAFE, keeping both the terrestrially-bound seabird and the dew-tipped melancholia themes strong on a lovely new disc called 'A Matter Of Life...'† Freewheeling young pianist JULIUS RODRIGUEZ makes a very promising debut on the Verve label; 'Let Sound Tell All' mixes up gospel, classical, and hip-hop styles like only someone born this century could pull off, and throws in a doozy of a Stevie Wonder cover, to boot.

Strident-voiced English songwriter GEORGE EZRA returns with another radio-ready pop classic on 'Gold Rush Kid', while melodic punk veterans JOYCE MANOR keep the spirit of Jawbreaker and Chisel alive on '40 Oz. to Fresno', in the shop on opaque pink wax. Modern soul singer BOBBY OROZA brings his breezy, out-of-time vibes with gusto on 'Get On The Otherside', baked in the same Helsinki oven (Timmion Studios) that has brought us such great records from Nicole Willis, Jimi Tenor, Sven Wunder and many more.
Welsh ambient techno pop doyenne KELLY LEE OWENS returns with a bang on 'LP.8', turning in a slightly new, cathartic direction (as always), this time with production assistance from Norwegian noise musician Lasse Marhaug, who has performed a similar role for Jenny Hval over the years. The Sahel Sounds label collects the fruit of their 'Music from Saharan WhatsApp' digital project on a limited LP; sound sorcerer BLANCK MASS turns in his score for the Netflix series 'Ted K' on wax, and we have a super-cool vinyl collection of, well, 'London Pirate Radio Adverts 1984-1993, Vol. 1', featuring over 2 dozen incredible radio spots for parties, clubs, and record stores from the peak of the UK rave scene.

Classics out of print no longer (for now) this week include 'Icky Thump' from THE WHITE STRIPES, trippy 90s classic 'Voyage 34' from PORCUPINE TREE, 2002's 'The Process Of Belief' from BAD RELIGION, the first ever vinyl edition of MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO's '99 album 'Bitter', an early blazer, 'Live By Yo Rep', from THREE 6 MAFIA, and the mind-expanding psychedelic fast-rap of EDAN's 'Beauty & the Beat'.

Reliable jam rockers CLAYPOOL LENNON DELIRIUM and RAILROAD EARTH each return with their first new records in many years. THE ROLLING STONES revisit their 2002 world tour with an expanded release of 'Licked Live In NYC'. Drawing influence from Link Wray and the British garage rock invasion, Michigan group QUESTION MARK & THE MYSTERIANS delivered one of the most iconic proto-punk tunes ever with '96 Tears', back in print along with the full LP this week.†

The history of industrial metal starts with one record, GODFLESH's 1989 monster 'Streetcleaner', which found Justin Broadrick of Napalm Death rigging up brutal riffs to a drum machine for the first time. Around the same time, Cleveland band INTEGRITY was rapidly expanding the definition of hardcore to include metal, noise, and supernatural experimentation on classic early records like 'Those Who Fear Tomorrow' and 'Systems Overload', both back in print in hideously beautiful new color vinyl editions from Relapse.

In early seventies San Fran, a South African percussionist joined up with a group of young students (one of whom, Plunky Nkabinde, would go on to form Oneness of Juju) as NDIKHO XABA & THE NATIVES, recording one incredible record of soaring spiritual jazz that stands up alongside titans of the genre from Pharaoh and the Coltranes. It's back in print this week with an enlivening new set of liner†notes and photos capturing a fascinating period of American underground music. Supple guitar legend BARNEY KESSEL's 1957 classic 'The Poll Winners' with Shelly Manne and Ray Brown gets an audiophile edition, and the deliriously groovy South African cape jazz nugget Yakhal' Inkomo by the MANKUNKU QUARTET is back in print.†

The Real Gone label has been doing some serious work lately unearthing the 70s soulful funk rarities, and this week we get a trio: GEORGE SCOTT's 'Find Someone To Love', CHUCK ARMSTRONG's 'Shackin'†Up', and the lone self-titled record from studio group MABU'S MADNESS. Get thy booty to youtube for a sample of these choice cuts.

Last up, the very necessary half-speed remastering of the ROXY MUSIC catalog continues with new editions of 'Manifesto' and 'Siren', plus we've got a fresh edition of a slightly overlooked gem from the bewildering catalog of glam-punk icon ALAN VEGA; his 1983 album of hypnotic synth-rock 'Saturn Strip' comes back in print on yellow wax.


Ahoy hoy! Loads of fun in the Used Vinyl Alert this week, as we go especially deep on jazz, classic rock, disco, and more.

Familiar favorites all around this week, as essential titles come through from Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, the Doors, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, the Yardbirds, the Who, Creedence, the Band, Frank Zappa, Dr John, Rory Gallagher, Badfinger, Soft Machine, 10cc, Cheap Trick, ZZ Top, Dwight Twilley, Wings, Traveling Wilburys, UFO, King Crimson, Spirit, Canned Heat, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, plus some great new wave from Duran Duran, Adam & the Ants, the Smithereens, Kate Bush, the Thompson Twins, and the Talking Heads.

Amazing, deep and seldom seen jazz is in this week from across the decades, with nice ones from Bill Evans, Yusef Lateef, John Klemmer, Keith Jarrett, Oscar Peterson, Don Pullen, Grady Tate, Charlie Parker, Cal Tjader, McCoy Tyner, Dave Brubeck, Herbie Mann, and Ray Brown.†

Loads of classic country comes through from Linda Ronstadt, Kenny Rogers, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, and more. Lots of classical is in, including an above-average crop fo classical guitar records from Montoya, Bream and the like. One of the strongest runs of disco, boogie, and electro 12"s to ever hit the floor comes through: lots of oddities, obscurities and deep cut heat is in from labels like Saturn, Rams Head, Prelude, Carrere, and loads more. We top things off with a deep stack of some of our most requested soundtracks, and an incredible spread of super-vintage childrens records!†


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

Ron, Ryan, Angie, Marty, Evan, Matt, Ed, Eric, Jack, Steve, Shep, Mark, Brad, Roger, Adam & Frank

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