Strictly Discs

August 4, 2022

New This Week At The Shop

After a week of funny depositions and sunny dispositions, hello Kansas, we have a whole slew of new releases to unveil! We start off with some queens. When news hit about a year back that the Blackground label was re-opening shop, we knew that one day it would mean one thing: AALIYAH on vinyl! The first of her albums to be re-printed is 'One In A Million', her aptly titled 1996 sophomore album, which shifted the R&B world into the 21st century ahead of schedule with its sleek, bumping production and incisive yet feather-light vocals. Trap goddess MEGAN THEE STALLION's 2020 album 'Good News' finally turns up in the shop on vinyl; blue and white vinyl, to be precise. And then what's this, two BEYONCEs? That's not possible, of course. We have her earth-shaking, heavily house-influenced new album 'Renaissance' in stock on CD, and the vinyl edition has just been announced for a September 16th release. We suggest you click that second cover image to get your pre-order for this one locked in, as it is shaping up to be one of the biggest vinyl releases of the year!
A year before his death, and at the cusp of an incredible late-career renaissance, LEVON HELM invited MAVIS STAPLES to his famed Woodstock, NY, barn for a session. Staples herself was finding a remarkable new stride, and the songs they played that night took on the power of a living testimonial. 'Carry Me Home' is the document of that session, and we welcome it in the shop on color and black vinyl editions. Alt-country songwriter LILLY HIATT delivers a special new album called 'Lately' in limited autographed edition on pink and black wax. A slew of Americana roughnecks like Tyler Childers, Gillian Welch, and Eric Church pay tribute to one of the greatest living country music songwriters in JOHN ANDERSON on a collection called 'Something Borrowed, Something New', and we have the first-ever vinyl edition of the 'Lost RCA Victor Recordings' from the Monkees' MICHAEL NESMITH.
If the 7 disc single sided etched vinyl box set was too much TOOL for you, fear not. This humble band has delivered a slightly more economical 3LP edition of 'Fear Inoculum' that ought to fit on the standard record shelf. DAVID BOWIE's late-period swooner 'Earthling' gets a fresh vinyl release this week, and we have the first new music from PRIMUS in many a moon with a fresh EP called 'Conspiranoid' in on white wax. Seasoned jammers STRING CHEESE INCIDENT see their 2003 album 'Untying The Not' land on vinyl for the first time ever, on gold wax to boot!
Are GLASS ANIMALS everyone's favorite band? Sometimes it feels that way around these parts, so often are their records requested. A long vinyl drought concludes with a fresh *glow in the dark* edition of their most recent LP 'Dreamland'. Ahead of news that they have a new record coming in the fall, we've finally got a fresh pressing of the mighty debut album of indie rockers ALVVAYS; this time we've got the orange vinyl, alongside new color vinyl pressings of new releases from LIGHTS and MALLRAT.
As the reverberations of their last Madison appearance still ring out, we've at last laid hands on the final album from Japan's psych-pop world builders KIKAGAKU MOYO. 'Kumoyo Island' puts an elaborate bow on their impeccable five album run. The Moyos help usher in a lovely crop of other Japanese records this week. Osaka producer 7FO's new disc 'Ran-Bouten' is a lovely session of dub-glinted plastic ambient; HOSHINA ANNIVERSARY returns with an immersive neo-classical session called 'Hisyochi', and the rare 1984 cassette 'Boku Neko Platanus' by SHINICHI OMATA gets an expanded reissue, revealing an alluring world of naive synth-pop.
Time was, turning up on a list of names approved by Barack Obama was a less than ideal outcome. Times have changed somewhat, and now the former president has the power to launch independent artists! So it goes with Pakistani vocalist AROOJ AFTAB, whose lovely album 'Vulture Prince' ended up on the big guy's 2001 summer jams playlist, and finally reaches us in an expanded edition full of expressive neo-Sufi jazz and folk, and featuring a guest appearance by Anoushka Shankar. Afrobeat-inspired London collective KOKOROKO return with another stormer called 'Could We Be More', in the shop on blue vinyl. Buzzy buzzy California soul group GABRIELS debut EP, 'Love and Hate In A Different Time', finally lands in limited quantities, and we've got a super-dope new compilation of grimy reggaeton from THE ANONYMOUS CLUB.
The Numero gang do us a super solid with a fresh round of represses from the choicest of the 90s indie/emo pantheon this week. Before they reunited and put out two more incredible records, you could get just about every song ever recorded by slow-core alpha dogs DUSTER on the 'Capsule Losing Contact' box set, which collects both albums, EPs, singles, comp tracks, and unreleased mixes. This massive set is back in stock in two different color editions while they last. On the absolutely mind-blowing news that they will be playing reunion shows in 2023, we get arguably the two best albums from the mighty UNWOUND back as well: 'Fake Train' and 'New Plastic Ideas'.
Van Nuys ska-punkers THE INTERRUPTERS return with 'In the Wild' on blue wax, and we've got a cracking new record from Pac NW lifers HURRY UP, featuring members of The Thermals, and former Kill Rock Stars leader Maggie Vail. Alt-country stalwarts MURDER BY DEATH return with 'Spell / Bound', alongside a nice stash of their older albums that are back in print, and we're treated to a fresh edition of MARK LANEGAN's haunting 1993 album, 'Whiskey for the Holy Ghost'.
The spectral, cosmically introspective voice of ANDY BEY on his 1974 debut 'Experience and Judgment' made him a heavily demanded vocalist on the 1970s spiritual jazz scene, as well as an earlier-era analogue to genre-bending singers like Frank Ocean and Michael Kiwanuka. This all time classic gets a limited repress this week on sea blue vinyl, alongside an overdue reprint of STEVIE WONDER's iconic album 'Talking Book', complete with it's original braille, and a fresh edition of the amazing WILLIE WRIGHT collection, full of adult-oriented soft soul from late 70s Boston. What the Helena, did it just get really hot in here? Oops nope I just left this fresh copy of CHRIS ISAAK's 'Heart Shaped World' playing too long.
Poet, singer and bandleader JOSE CARLOS SCHWARZ hailed from the tropical West African nation of Guinea-Bissau, and recorded some of the regions most moving, saudade-laden folk-pop in the late 70s. These rare tracks are collected on an incredible set called 'Lua Di Ki Nos (The Moon Is Ours)', that has scarcely left the store stereo all week long. Mississippi restores some incredible 70s afrobeat from the lesser-known bandleader CELESTINE UKWU (uh, best name ever?) on a stunning compilation called 'No Condition Is Permanent'. The Left Ear label goes all the way in with a rare cassette-only 80s Australian pop minimalism release from PICTURE MUSIC that rewards a deep listen. UK sound-artist Nigel Ayers has recorded very cool, very challenging music since the early 80s under the name NOCTURNAL EMISSIONS. On 'In Dub', a collection of unreleased recordings from the 2000s, he offers his deeply-enjoyable take on digital dub.
Shape-shifting musician MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger fame teams up with musicians from the Spacebomb label house band as REVELATORS SOUND SYSTEM, with a deeply vibey new record on the Dessner/Vernon label 37d03d. Bogota, Colombia, producer Tomas Station emerges as ISOR29 for an incredible mini-album of chugging, tropical trance called 'Moon Phase Gardening' on the Music From Memory sublabel Second Circle. Dutch DIY dance-pop perfection aplenty on the new record 'Dances With the Cosmic Twin' from FIZZY VEINS, a guy who really likes his Wally Badarou records, as he should. A pair of early classics from producer BLOCKHEAD are back in print, 'Interludes After Midnight' is in on purple wax, and 'The Music Scene' is here on teal.
Is there something in the air out in LA? I mean, historically yes there is, but dang the jazz coming out of that town is really blowing us away lately. A new limited LP from bassist SAM WILKES called 'One Theme & Subsequent Improvisation' more than delivers on its fairly pithy title. Wilkes is best known for his collaborations with saxophonist SAM GENDEL, and we welcome a new live session from him and studio stalwarts PINO PALLADINO and BLAKE MILLS, recorded at the avant-garde hifi mecca In Sheep's Clothing in LA. DC bassist LUKE STEWART returns with a new trio album called HEART OF THE GHOST, and we've got an absolutely revelatory album of fresh for 2022 South African cape jazz from SHANE COOPER & MABUTA.
Big things popping for Aussie producer MALL GRAB, who makes the jump from indie dance labels to Virgin with 'What I Breathe'. One of Chicago's most enigmatic and ultimately influential house producers was SPENCER KINCY, known more widely as Gemini. He released just one EP under his government name, 1995's 'The 4th Day', and it stands up as one of the greatest Chi-town deep house records ever. The long-running techno label L.I.E.S. continues to dig into the darkside of the dancefloor superconscious: a new ripper from TONY PRICE called 'IBM Contra' has electro modes for every mood, and the Dutch legend DJ OVERDOSE drops some very high energy miami-bass inspired gear on 'Deal Breaker'.
The glittery riffs of KHEMMIS fly again with a fresh black/white vinyl repress of 'Deceiver', while heavy thrashers LAMB OF GOD deliver the first vinyl edition of 'Sacrament' since it was first released in 2006. Brazilian death metal legends KRISIUN return with 'Mortem Solis', and we've got a deluxe edition reissue of 'Major/Minor' by THRICE.

Used Vinyl Alert

Classic rock, deep jazz, soul gems, and a deep trove of blues are the highlights in this week's Used Vinyl Alert. We've got heavy slabs from heavy names like the Who, Dr. John, the Kinks, the Stones, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, the Grateful Dead, King Crimson, David Bowie, ZZ Top, Yes, Def Leppard, Todd Rundgren, Talking Heads, Public Image Ltd, Kiss, AC/DC, Scorpions, Judas Priest, Tom Waits, and many more.

Jazz is in from Billy Cobham, Marcos Valle, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Art Pepper, Albert Ayler, Dollar Brand, Cecil Taylor, Charles Mingus, Art Ensemble, Marion Brown, and more, plus some classic avant garde from Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Laurie Anderson, Charles Ives, George Crumb, and more.

A slew of classic blues is in, including a lot of hard to find 70s and 80s pressings from all manner of names, in addition to a lot of cool compilations of Chicago jazz, NOLA jazz, boogie woogie, and more. Soul and funk is in from Sly Stone, the Barkays, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, SOS Band, Patrice Rushen, Wilson Pickett, Sade, Aretha, Loleatta Holloway, Chic, Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell, Teddy Pendergrass, and many many more.

An amazing spread of rare Third Man Records releases caps us off, and you know these are special, with limited editions from White Stripes, Raconteurs, Boris, Sleep, Margo Price, Pearl Jam, Captain Beefheart, and others. We've also got cool contemporaries like Ariana Grande, Mac Miller, Bongripper, Death Cab for Cutie, and Death Grips!


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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