Strictly Discs

June 16, 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 you’re 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 you’ll 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 found HERE.


STAY TUNED - details will be emailed/posted on Friday!




Batten down the hatches! A stormy week has turned up quite the stash of new releases these past few days, as we refresh the bins big time ahead of Saturday's RSD Drop Day. Radiohead fans the world over began twitching in unison with the announcement of a new record from THE SMILE, a new trio consisting of Messrs. Yorke and Greenwood, plus Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner. We dove right into this one when the demo arrived and it's no sweat to say this is the type of new Radiohead record we've wanted for awhile. 'A Light For Attracting Attention' is taut, focused, beautiful and embittered in all the familiar ways of the 'Head, but launches itself in substantial new directions with a refreshing impulsivity. In stock on limited orange vinyl while it lasts! Technically THE SUMMER OF SOUL was last summer, when Questlove's documentary of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival swept the critics and the streaming audiences away, but we've gotten used to waiting a little longer to get the good stuff! The vinyl version of this explosive soundtrack is finally here, full of electrifying performances from Sly Stone, Nina Simone, the 5th Dimension, and many more, plus the most impassioned artist introductions you'll ever hear on a live album. British rockers FOALS return with a buoyant new album on white vinyl, and we get an LP edition of the latest release from pop whizzers SAINT MOTEL. Boston slowcore deviants HORSE JUMPER OF LOVE return with another charmingly shambolic gem on 'Natural Part', while Melbourne's THE STROPPIES level up their melodic indie-punk on 'Levity'. 

Canadian songwriter CORB LUND turns to his confreres like Hayes Carll and Todd Snider for 'Songs My Friends Wrote', and we have a few autographed color vinyl copies in stock. The collection of early gems from the EVERLY BROTHERS, 'Hey Doll Baby', that came out on RSD is back in stock, plus we have new records from LORRIE MORGAN & PAM TILLIS, and a freshly-minted, Auerbach-produced record from HANK WILLIAMS JR. Are you ready for some....'Rich White Honky Blues'? Not sure why, but we've given Bocephus another chance here.

Blues guitar legend ROBBEN FORD teams up with saxophonist BILL EVANS on a lush disc called 'The Sun Room', and we've got new vinyl editions from BINKER GOLDING with 'Dream Like A Dogwood Wild Boy' and BRAD MEHLDAU's 'Jacob's Ladder'. Boundary-pushing trumpeter DAVE DOUGLAS issues his response to a year of American turmoil with 'Overcome', while inventive guitar fusionist KURT ROSENWINKEL returns with the sprawling 'Heartcore', and we welcome a reissue of the UK downtempo duo SHPONGLE's '98 'Are You Shpongled?' 

Aussie guitar cruisers ROLLING BLACKOUTS C.F. return with an instantly classic summer jam called 'Endless Rooms'. Pop star turned experimental queer icon PERFUME GENIUS expands his sound towards a longform, modern dance recital type of space on 'Ugly Season'. DC melodic indie groovers FLASHER are back with 'Love Is Yours' on baby blue vinyl, and we get a very cool covers collection from ZOMBI and friends, who cover a slew of cosmic disco-rock classics (Eye In The Sky, anyone?) on silver vinyl. Beloved indie-poppers LUCIUS deliver limited color vinyl reissues of their first two albums, 'Wildewoman' and 'Nudes'.

Veteran producer J.ROCC has been making beats for just about as long as beat-making has been a thing, pioneering instrumental hip-hop in the early 90s with his group the Beat Junkies. A new record from him for Stones Throw, 'A Wonderful Letter', is full of genius techniques and house-tempo party rockers, on smoke/orange vinyl. ODDISEE's 'Rock Creek Park' is a modern classic of jazzy hip-hop long overdue for a reissue, and we get one this week, along with a cool collection of 90s tunes from an unsung but influential West Coast rap crew, the CHILLIN VILLAINS EMPIRE. Retro-soul gems gleam on SHIRLEY DAVIS & THE SILVERBACKS' new LP 'Keep On Keepin' On', plus we get a repress of the lovely latin pop disc 'Tender Epoch' from RUDY DE ANDA, and a new vinyl edition of Brazilian jazz history: Azymuth founder Jose Bertrami's 1966 debut as leader of the JOSE ROBERTO TRIO, recorded when he was just 20 years old.

A slew of iconic and rare free jazz and spiritual jazz LPs land this week from MAL WALDRON, BARNEY WILEN, RONNIE BOYKINS, and the HENRY GRIMES TRIO.

Trumpeter Jaimie Branch and drummer Jason Nazary form part of the foundation of the International Anthem family, and reconvene as ANTELOPER for another daring excursion into experimental groove that tacks a few more crooked letters on the end of jazz with 'Pink Dolphins'. The Glasgow label 12th Isle has yet to put out an album that didn't fascinate the ears and the eyes; their latest release comes from the Russian hauntologists S A D. Guitarist-composer JULIA REIDY returns with a gorgeous new LP, 'World in World', for fans of Roy Montgomery, Bill Orcutt or William Tyler, and we have a reissue of the contemplative post-rock record 'Caesura' from HELIOS.

UK producer THE RANGE delivers more grimy leftfield techno on 'Mercury', and we get yet another banger from breakbeat pioneer μ-ZIQ, who drops 'Magic Pony Ride' on purple vinyl. Beloved lofi house producer Galcher Lustwerk has been steadily releasing digital EPs under the alias ROAD HOG, making tracks more suited to the open road than the club. He's now collected the best of them on one LP, and if you threw 'Rubicon' in the stereo you could probably make it to California by sunrise. The Awesome Tapes From Africa continues to keep tabs on the South African amapiano scene with a searing new 12" from DJ BLACK LOW.

Emerging producers ROZA TERENZI & D. TIFFANY team up for the best record either one of them has made so far on 'Edge Of Innocence', a sprawling classic of junglist breaks and dreamy IDM. Living legend THEO PARRISH blesses us with a new EP of no-nonsense house called 'Weirdo'. Another hero from the D returns this week: Gerald Donald revives his quantum physics electro project DOPPLEREFFEKT for a fresh full length called 'Neurotelepathy'. The Toy Tonics label reliably delivers fun and funky tech-house from Germany; this week they tease us with a mystery artist called MAGOU, said to be the alias of a well-known producer, on 'Who Is Magou?' I searched the internet high and low, nobody knows who Magou is, or if they do, they aren't telling. They sound Italian to me.

A lot, and I mean a lot, of cult-faves get reissued this week. Pop-progger ANTHONY MOORE carried the torch for Roxy Music one last time on 1979's 'Flying Doesn't Help'. Michigan space-rockers AUBURN LULL delivered their ethereal classic 'Alone I Admire' in 1999. DIY punk pioneer turned troubadour NIKKI SUDDEN turned up in Chicago for a late career classic called 'Red Brocade' with none other than Jeff Tweedy singing on a few of the tracks. THE GUN CLUB's third studio album 'The Las Vegas Story' cemented their status as Americana punk trailblazers. Gregg Turkington ditched the Neil Hamburger costume for a brief period of the 90s in the outlandish, bizarre death metal band FAXED HEAD. The trio CARAMBOLAGE were the first all-female band from the German new wave scene, and could easily file alongside the Slits, Kleenex, or the Delta 5. French producer ETIENNE DE CRECY had a hand in a wide variety of killer 90s dance records, but his most timeless is 1996's airy, dubbed-out doublepack 'Super Discount'. CABARET VOLTAIRE were still miles ahead of the world of avant-garde electronics on 1985's 'The Covenant, The Sword And The Arm Of The Lord'. Beloved Ghanaian highlife maestro ALHAJI K FRIMPONG embraced disco-funk to delirious effect on the '84 album 'Abrabo'.

A nice trio of compilations this week include 'Chicha Popular: Love & Social Political Songs From Peru's Discos Horoscopo 1977-1987', 'Sharayet El Disco: Egyptian Disco & Boogie Cassette Tracks 1982-1992' and 'Silberland - Vol. 1: The Psychedelic Side Of Kosmische Musik'. If only every record had such descriptive titles!

A wide variety of delights from Japan this week include a very cool record from pianist HARUKA NAKAMURA, performing dreamy jazz adaptations of tracks by Nujabes on 'Pray Reflections'. Daydreamy folk-pop revelations are always around the corner in the vast catalog of TENNISCOATS; their late 00s cd-only gem 'Papa's Ear' gets a nice vinyl edition this week. A new group called EMERALD FOUR channels the city-pop naivete of Hosono on 'Tengoku Kara Hanarete', and sound artist TOSHIYA TSUNODA turns inward and outward on 'Landscape and Voice'.

Few artists contributed more to both the style and the form of modern ambient music than composer PAULINE OLIVEROS. Her first two solo albums for the Lovely Music label - 'Accordion & Voice' and 'The Wanderer' - are essential to anyone interested in contemporary classical, and both get nice reissues this week. We've also got an equally complementary pair from RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: 'Vrioon', his collaboration with German computer musician ALVA NOTO, gets an expanded 20th anniversary LP edition, and we've also got his new soundtrack for 'Beckett'

Last up, an incredible haul of classics from the mighty Touch and Go label get freshly reprinted for the turntables of '22. Ahead of news of a comeback album from them due out this fall, we've got the self-titled debut EP from the YEAH YEAH YEAHS; PINBACK's sunny pop classic 'Summer in Abaddon'; BLONDE REDHEAD's snarling, cool as hell 'Fake Can Be Just as Good', JUNE OF 44's mighty boat-rock masterpiece 'Four Great Points'; glam-folk sister duo COCOROSIE's enchanting debut 'La Maison de Mon Ręve'; and THE JESUS LIZARD's ferocious debut EP 'Pure'.


If you didn't get blown away this week, the Used Vinyl Alert ought to do the job! We've got a slew of classics from Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Curtis Mayfield, Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, Prince, Tom Petty, Santana, ELO, Sparks, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Heart, REM, Talking Heads, Elton John, Billy Joel, Rush, the Who, plus a whole lot of esoteric David Bowie EPs and LPs.

Quite a trip is in order for the international run we've got this time around: Bollywood, Brazil, Japan, Indian classical, bolero, tejano, Hawaiian, tango, Greek, French, UK traditional...a little bit of just about everything, plus we have a long run of unusual and seldom-seen new age, ambient folk, and synth gems for a bargain.

A cool run of out of print punk and indie is in from Beth Ditto, the Faint, Touche Amore, Circa Survive, Crystal Castles, Converge, and scads more. 

Some crucial country and blues comes through, plus great jazz from Pat Metheny, Miles Davis, Shirley Scott, George Benson, Dexter Gordon, Red Garland, Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Stan Getz, and more. 


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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