Strictly Discs

August 11, 2022

Built To Spill At The Majestic

Indie heroes BUILT TO SPILL play live next week on Wednesday, August 17, ahead of the release of their first new album in seven years. Our friends at the Majestic have given us a couple pairs of tickets to the show to give away. Pre-order their new album, 'When the Wind Forgets Your Name' on CD or LP on our site to be entered to win a pair!

New This Week At The Shop

The collaboration album between DANGER MOUSE & BLACK THOUGHT from The Roots has been cooking in some form for close to two decades, and it drips with evidence of a true bond between kindred artists. Like it's title implies, 'Cheat Codes' is full of tracks so good it feels unfair, as the elusive producer of 'The Grey Album' and the greatest emcee the 215 has ever produced (nobody slap me now) meld on an album that reflects the duo's years in the game; a futuristic throwback, in the house on limited red vinyl. Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist TERRACE MARTIN sits busily at the intersection of that cities fertile jazz and hip-hop scene, and his latest full-length, 'Drones', is now here on vinyl, reflecting influences from Afro-Cuban jazz, house, and playful party rap, and sporting a genuinely impressive list of guests like Leon Bridges, Kendrick Lamar, and Kamasi Washington. On the heels of beloved hip-hop boy band BROCKHAMPTON announcing their cheerful break-up, we've now got the vinyl edition of their seventh and final (?) album, 'Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine'. Brilliant bedroom-to-big-room wonky producer HUDSON MOHAWKE casts an even wider net on his latest for Warp, 'Cry Sugar', another oomphatic album of fun, glitchy trap sorcery.
Take a 35 minute ride with PHISH, perhaps with a pause to refresh your beverage, on their latest bite-size live document 'LP On LP 3'. "Tweezer>Prince Caspian" comes from the second night at Magnaball Festival at Watkins Glen International, an autoracing track in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York. LP on LP stands for Live Phish on Long Play. Just figured that out. Pretty clever. Folkie savant M. WARD's 2001 classic 'End of Amnesia' has remained scarce on vinyl, and now gets a very well-done remastered edition. Not long after turning up at Coachella looking resolutely swole, electrifying stage and world with reworked Oingo Boingo heat, DANNY ELFMAN delivers a new album called 'Bigger. Messier.' Seems like he's being up front with us. Speaking of straight-shooters, we've got some more Bowie remasters in from the fertile 90s period: 'Black Tie White Noise', 'Buddha Of Suburbia', and 'Outside'.
London unit PORTICO QUARTET made an early entry into the recent wave of ambient electronic jazz with their self titled 2012 album, a hypnotic marvel of glittering abstraction peppered with bits of minimalist dance that is back in print this week. The brilliant Detroit boogie-funk revival band WILL SESSIONS returns with 'Electromagnetic Reality', a sickly sweet slab of 11 originals that signals a new period of strength for the group. French lounge veterans JAZZANOVA go very, very above and beyond with their new album, a loving tribute to cult Detroit jazz label STRATA RECORDS, with energetic and lively takes on tracks like Lyman Woodard's 'Saturday Night Special'. A pair of early EPs from massive Twin Cities psych-soul big band GHOST FUNK ORCHESTRAare reissued on 'Night Walker / Death Waltz'.
Reliable as the tides, the polynomial John Dwyer band emerges this time in its OSEES formation, in a more blistering punk mood than every on 'Foul Form'. Careening Canadian indie-poppers KIWI JR. bring their humorous and energetic style to 'Chopper', a new one on Sub Pop that's giving classic Hold Steady vibes. The legendary BORIS turn back the clock a decade for a fresh gold wax edition of their cheekily riffy 'Heavy Rocks', while the "Punk Note" series of BAD BRAINS reissue lands on the snarling, sanctified 'Rock For Light'.
Cool-ass LA indie duo GIRLPOOL return with a freshie of an album called 'Forgiveness', attaining a new level of mastery of their fragile craft, and sounding a lil like Siouxsie. The Numero Label turns to their somewhat long-dormant Eccentric Soul series with 'The Shiptown Label', a collection of late 60s, early 70s sides from a legendary obscure soul label from Norfolk, Virginia. Female viola player HONZI was active in Japan's wildly-diverse indie pop scene in the 80s and 90s, playing with cult-fave groups like A Decade-In Fake and Fishmans. She released two solo albums in the late 90s that are indescribable gems: multifaceted buffets of new age, neo-classical, and Kate Bush/Julee Cruise-style enchantment.
The legendary label Real World redefined the landscape of global-scale music with their massive run of CD releases throughout the 90s, and now they unleash a brace of them on vinyl for the first time, filling in what's likely some major gaps in shelves the world over. Six of them this week include 'Jajouka Between the Mountains' from MASTER MUSICIANS OF JAJOUKA, the Moroccan sufi trance group famously championed by the Stones; 'Dead Men Don't Smoke Marijuana', the final album by the honey-voiced highlife singer and guitarist S.E. ROGIE; volcanic Senegalese mbalax from OMAR PENE & SUPER DIAMONO; percussion ensemble FARAFINA and their Daniel Lanois-recorded 'Faso Denou'; electrifying dance-pop from Nigeria's KING WASIU AYINDE MARSHAL I; and compelling Tanzanian soukous from REMMY ONGALA & ORCHESTRE SUPER MATIMILA on 'Songs For the Poor Man'.
The timeless talent of ambient techno master John Beltran is on offer again with a fresh EP from his PLACID ANGLES alias; four magnificent tracks of heavenly beats here. Genius DJ COLLEEN 'COSMO' MURPHY lends her impeccable taste to a compilation of tasteful party-starters on 'Balearic Breakfast Vol. 1'. Cathartic noise is in from COIL, with the first ever official vinyl edition of their 2000 cd-r 'Constant Shallowness Leads To Evil'. Veteran Austrian IDM whiz B FLEISCHMANN returns with a lovely double album of vivid, kaleidoscopic instrumentals on the storied Morr Music label.
Essential and extremely rare, the 1980 library album 'Disco Music' by SILVANO CHIMENTI does a lot more, naturally, than its pithy title implies, and gets a lovely, lush-sounding restoration in a limited repress. An equally rare record of afro-cuban funk from Gabon's ORCHESTRE MASSAKO gets the quintessential Analog Africa treatment, and we have two more absolute cant-miss sessions from UK funky fusion legends NUCLEUS; 'Alleycat' and 'Under the Sun'.

Used Vinyl Alert

Classic rock and timeless country are the highlights in this week's Used Vinyl Alert. We've got some incredible boots from the Beatles and Led Zeppelin for the serious collector, plus essential titles from the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead and Bob Weir/Jerry Garcia solo, Leonard Cohen, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, the Kinks, Rush, Badfinger, ELP, Jethro Tull, Neil Young, the Police, AC/DC, Heart, the Who, and Creedence. Classic and contemporary is in from Built to Spill, Husker Du, the Specials, Sisters of Mercy, Talking Heads, Devo, Foxygen, Foo Fighters, Ty Segall, Royal Blood, and Nathaniel Rateliff.

Country classics include many great names like Kenny Rogers, Larry Gatlin, Webb Pierce, Conway Twitty, Carl Perkins, Merle Haggard, Bobbie Gentry, George Jones, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Vince Gill, and Dwight Yoakam. Some nice blues LPs come through from Howlin Wolf, BB King, and Champion Jack Dupree.

Jazz is in from Thelonious Monk, Ahmad Jamal, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and David Murray. Timeless vocalists like Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, and Frank Sinatra. Some trance 12s are in, plus more out there things from William Orbit and Stockhausen, plus plenty of cool childrens LPs, soundtracks, and sound effects 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
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