Strictly Discs

July 21, 2022

Monroe Street Mini Sidewalk Sale Saturday

Join us this Saturday, July 23rd from 10AM-4PM for the (mini) Monroe Street Sidewalk Sale. We will have approximately 2000 bargain LPs out for digging.

Jack White Listening Party + Board Game

This Friday JACK WHITE will release his 2nd solo album of 2022, 'Entering Heaven Alive.' We will be spinning it at open (10AM) and giving away special "Jack White Boardgames" & lithographs while supplies last!

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The gothic rock boy in blue JACK WHITE would appear to have ambitious plans on 'Entering Heaven Alive', his latest in a torrid string of solo albums, but if anyone's gonna pull that off, its him. Aside from its haunting lead single, we don't know too much about this one yet, other than the fact that its here on limited 'Detroit Denim' colored vinyl, and we'll be listening to it from 10 AM onward on Friday, and while they last we have some very limited 'Jack White board games' to give away, including multi-sided die. Take a chance! After a year out of print, the spellbinding major label debut 'Long Time Coming' from SIERRA FERRELL is back in print, this time on 'serenity blue' colored vinyl. We've also got a new album from DAWES, 'The Misadventures of Doomscroller', and a new visit from the quirkmasters SHE & HIM, this time taking on the Brian Wilson songbook on 'Melt Away'.
Cathartic Chicago indie-rockers BEACH BUNNY hit a confident stride on their second album, 'Emotional Creature', having built a major following on Tik Tok. If those words make your eyes glaze over too, do not worry; the limited yellow/orange marble vinyl version we have in stock does not require you to download or log in to anything. Global citizen BEABADOOBEE returns with a new record called 'Beatopia', which mines the jangly radio-pop of her childhood, which is the 2000s if you are keeping track. The ODESZA music factory cranks back into gear for their first album in four years; they've gathered quite a guestlist this time around, with instrumentalists Olafur Arnalds and Julianna Barwick in the mix, and an incredible performance from BETTYE LAVETTE, who will never, ever get enough hype, on the soaring title track. Crystal clear vinyl on this one, with an art card insert.
One of the pleasures of discovering a new artist from the past who has influenced all your favorite musicians is that you never run out of people to tell about them. Unless you've locked yourself away in your house forever (no shame there), you'll always find someone new to ask "Dude, have you ever heard KAREN DALTON?" At some point, maybe, everyone will have heard of Karen, the Greenwich Village folkie who sang with Fred Neil and Tim Hardin, left Bob Dylan speechless with her idiosyncratic take on Bessie Smith's forlorn blues, and had no interest in playing the major label game before retiring to obscurity. Light in the Attic first put us on game with their reissued edition of her 1971 classic 'In My Own Time' back in '06, and now they celebrate the monumental 50 year milepost with a significantly expanded edition spread across 4 sides, including new liner notes and photos and two bonus 7" singles with unheard tracks from a voice that has influenced generations. We've also got a fresh printing of the BOB LIND gem 'Since There Were Circles', stirring folk-pop not too far off from Nilsson or Honky Chateau-era Elton. We've been after copies of 'Another Side', a collection of unheard gems from funk guitarist LEO NOCENTELLI, and they land at last this week. Leo wrote 'Cissy Strut' by the Meters, no big deal. A nice collection of early FLEETWOOD MAC tunes resurfaces as 'Madison Blues'. Hey, that's us!
The impish emotional mugger known as TY SEGALL returns to the Drag City stable with a lean and mean, nearly solo acoustic album called 'Hello, Hi'. You be careful up there, Ty. We'll be sorting out the effects of Brexit for decades to come, but one thing's clear already: its given rise to some pretty incredible bands in the UK, like the razor sharp YARD ACT, who roll out a fresh silver vinyl edition of their 'Dark Days' EP. Oklahoma man-beasts CHAT PILE make an unholy racket ferocious enough to wake Reagan, channeling Unsane and Flipper in equal degree on the blistering 'God's Country'. Heroes of the first wave of US punk on show this week cover east coast, west coast, and third coast, with reissues afoot from IGGY AND THE STOOGES, THE CONTORTIONS, and CRIME.
Long before a certain band believed in miracles, you sexy thang, etc, etc, there was a Cleveland, Ohio, group named HOT CHOCOLATE led by road-ready soul singer LOU RAGLAND. A pair of Ragland's 70s LPs are considered bonafide Buckeye State holy grails, and were previously only obtainable on a long out of print box set from Numero. They've now broken these out for individual sale on limited color wax. So cool! Afrobeat legend MANU DIBANGO kept generations in a groove across a long career that sadly concluded with his passing due to Covid in 2020. Two essential pieces of his towering discography are back in print this week. 1976's 'Afrovision' was his first big hit, including the leftfield disco bomb 'Big Blow', in addition to one of the deepest Side 2 sessions of any record ever. 1985's 'Electric Africa' is a global electro-funk summit featuring Herbie Hancock and Bill Laswell.
What more can be said about HOUSE OF PAIN that hasn't already been said by hundreds of thousands of UW undergrads? Personally, as much as I enjoyed the instructive charms of 'Jump Around' as a kid in the early 90s, I did not think I would still be hearing it in this, the third decade of the 21st century. Enjoy the peaty richness of 'Fine Malt Lyrics' once again with a 30 year edition. Though he's never been much for the showy flash that distinguishes hip-hop's best sellers these days, NAS retains the title of rap's best lyricist with a new LP called 'Magic', meant as a palate cleanser before the release of part 3 of 'King's Disease'. San Fran g-funk legends 11/5 see their '96 album 'A-1 Yola' get a nice reissue.
For over a decade now, the Air Texture label has handed a series of compilations to seasoned curators to capture the moment in ambient music, in the style of series from the past like Kompakt's Pop Ambient or Astralwerks' Excursions In Ambient editions. This year, they tap two New York's producers who take their ambient sensibilities over the edge into a techno abyss, ANTHONY NAPLES & DJ PYTHON, for a doozy of an 8th installment. In addition to new material from both fellas, this comp is packed with stylistically-forward gems from Beta Librae, Huerco S, Nick Leon and many more, for a dense primer on where the most celestial producers are at in 22. Ambient veteran EARTHEN SEA could easily have a track on this comp as well, what gives guys? Each of his albums for the Kranky label have just gotten better and better, and 'Ghost Poems' sets a new bar for his expressionist dub tech-dust. And speaking of the Kranky ones, one of that beloved label's best ever releases, the 1996 album 'Beat' by BOWERY ELECTRIC is back in print, giving you a fresh chance to immerse in its oceanic, gazey drift.
Retro-futurist jazz organist GREG FOAT is not capable of making a bad record, and we've featured nearly a dozen of them over the years. His latest release has a singular focus, comes straight out of lockdown and is mostly solo with occasional percussion from Morgan of Black Midi, oddly enough. 'Psychosynthesis' focuses on widescreen synth-scapes straight out of some lost library album, and its an absolute gem. Finnish jazz drummer Teppo Mškynen aka TEDDY ROK delivers a vinyl edition of 'Atonal Drums', his phenomenal digital album of solo percussion alchemy which topped a lot of lists last year (including Jeff Tweedy's!) for very good reason. A pair of 80s sessions from sax legend PHAROAH SANDERS are back in print this week: 'Moon Child' and 'Welcome To Love'.
If outsider pop or Japanese synthwave is your jam, you simply must feast your ears upon the incredible 'Marine Crystal', a 1985 album by K. YOSHIMATSU that gets its first-ever vinyl release this week. With charmingly shabby fidelity, this album lands somewhere in between McCartney 2 and (ducks) Ariel Pink's 'Worn Copy'. Polish producer POL RAX crafted Daft Punk-inspired electrohouse cosmosis in the 00s, most of which was never released outside of a few Kitsune' samplers. That's remedied now by a great compilation from The Very Polish Cut-Outs. Sounding more like a bleepy take on a Windham Hill guitar record than a videogame soundtrack, TATSUHIKO ASANO's folktronic score for the N64 game 'In The Wake Of Doshin, the GIANT' is a delight, and sits well alongside the synthy new age gem from MASASHI KITAMURA, 'Prologue for Post-Modern Music'.
DAMON & NAOMI, the not-Dean Wareham part of Galaxie 500, have enjoyed a near-infinite career of joyous dream pop which they continue with the very, very good 'A Sky Record'. Globetrotting harpista MARY LATTIMORE continues to find fascinating musical foils, this time pairing up with longtime drone duo GROWING for a dazzling, time-stopping record called 'Gainer'. A pair of elusive diamonds from the rough of Goteborg, Sweden, are in this week. Gustav Dicksson aka BLOD delivers unnervingly pleasant protest folk on 'Knutna Navar', while the ensemble ENHET FOR FRI MUSIK carries the banner for forefathers Parson Sound on 'Dokument 1'.
A new label we haven't seen around here before called Meritorio brings us up to speed on the worldwide jangle-pop underground, with newish LPs from San Fran's SAD EYED BEATNIKS, Alabama's SLACK TIMES, and New Zealand's BEST BETS.
Last up, some ambitious tech-house brilliance from EARTH TRAX on the Shall Not Fade label, an exquisite breaks symphony from Montreal producer MAARA on 'Spiral 2 The Other Side', and the first installment of moody, bumping downtempo magic from CASINO TIMES on 'A Change In Motion Pt 1'. If you slept on 'Emotinium', the acid techno / pop hybrid track of the decade from ROY OF THE RAVERS that came out in 2016 but sounded like it was beamed from a parallel universe 1990, fret no longer, as the producer has blessed us with three fresh mixes of the timeless track on a new EP.

Used Vinyl Alert

A whole lot of fun in the Used Vinyl Alert this week! Beloved names like Joni Mitchell, Rodriguez, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, David Bowie, Prince, Madonna, Elvis, Bob Marley and more are here. Classic rock from soft to hard and in between is in from Rush, Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, ZZ Top, Metallica, CSNY, Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Van Halen, Queen, Dust, Fever Tree, Link Wray, the Roches, Taste, Saxon, Dio, Pantera, Meat Loaf, and many more.

New wave gems are in from Blondie, the Cars, INXS, Data, Dancing Hoods, Dead or Alive, Talking Heads, X, Laurie Anderson, Cyndi Lauper, and more, plus a nice spread of more recent indie and alternative from Beach House, Snail Mail, Unwound, Childish Gambino, Wolf Alice, and Girl In Red.

A very deep trove of jazz this week includes several classics from John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Art Ensemble, Dollar Brand, and Duke Ellington, plus more from Air, Henry Threadgill, Gato Barbieri, Gene Ammons, Gil Scott Heron, Dexter Gordon, Larry Coryell, Richard Davis, Bill Evans, Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman, and so many more.

That aint all of course! We've got classic country, some deep folk and bluegrass, obscure avant garde, childrens LPs, and soundtracks out the wazoo! Come have a flip.


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
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