Strictly Discs

September 15, 2022

Black Friday Record Store Day is November 25th

Strictly Discs will be the place to be this Post-Thanksgiving-Shopping-Melee-Day, also known as Black Friday.

And that's because certain indie stores across the country will be the place to get special releases created just for you, for giving and getting this holiday season, and they're scheduled for release on Black Friday, November 25, 2022.

Now, this is not Record Store Day, Jr., but it is brought to you by the powers-that-be at Record Store Day. This is a group of special releases you can only find at certain independent record stores nationwide. The magic of these pieces (many uber-limited) is that every one of them is something someone will really LOVE to get, and you'll really ENJOY giving. And you may have the added nice feeling of supporting a local, independently owned (Strictly Discs, Independently Owned since 1988) business during the holidays.
Here is Strictly Discs' plan for the day:

1. We OPEN at 9AM for RSD shopping
2. Line to form westbound on Monroe Street
3. While in line, you will be handed a menu of all RSD/BF 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

Thank you for helping us to keep this event safe & fun.

WISHLISTS can be made using the link below:

The deadline to create or modify a RSD BLACK FRIDAY WISH LIST is Wednesday, September 28th at NOON.

New This Week At The Shop

Considering their tireless re-invention of gritty, twinkly, and melodic indie songcraft, and Ben Gibbard's resonant, unflinching lyricism, it's not exactly surprising to remember that DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE have been a band for 25 years now, but it still zings a little. When 'We Have the Facts' came out, Bill Clinton was president, Beyonce was just one of the ladies in Destiny's Child, and the most popular cellphones were those Nokia things that looked like a little thumb. Nevertheless, Death Cab is back this week with a lovely new record called 'Asphalt Meadows' on pretty pink vinyl that keeps everything you like about them fully intact; not even a pandemic and a democracy in crisis can dim the luster of Gibbard's warily optimistic songwriting. Speaking of Cascadian guitar heroes impervious to the passage of time, we have a new record in from the mighty BUILT TO SPILL, fresh off their triumphant Majestic appearance last month. 'When The Wind Forgets Your Name' does not spare the crunchy, emotionally pinging guitar lines courtesy of Doug Martsch and co, and is here on Loser Edition rainforest green vinyl. Austin hellraisers THE BLACK ANGELS return with a killer new one called 'Wilderness Of Mirrors' on blue and red wax, while Aussie jangle prancers THE BETHS deliver a lovely, Yo La-esque new one called 'Expert In A Dying Field'.
Chicago R&B minimalists WHITNEY continue their relentless pursuit of pop perfection on 'Spark', in on color vinyl. The HARLEM GOSPEL TRAVELERS cross up their modern gospel with the rock 'tude of Gary Clark Jr on 'Look Up!' Unclassifiable, un-nameable UK ensemble SAULT return with a new album called 'Air' that trades the dark, snarling funk of their last few albums for a neo-classical style of ambient choral uplift, somewhere in between Alice Coltrane and Gorecki. That's a pleasant surprise, as well as the latest collab album between THE BODY and BIG/BRAVE; 'Leaving None But Small Birds' eschews the overt brutality of their typical output in favor of minimalist traditional folk blues.
Wandering songwriter MICHELLE BRANCH returns with a raucous lockdown-era album called 'The Trouble With Fever', while singer-songwriter LISSIE delivers a highly personal new record called 'Carving Canyons'. Mumford main man MARCUS MUMFORD goes full on "beater and chain" mode on his first solo album, the cathartic, parenthetical '(self-titled)' is in on red clear vinyl and features guests like Brandi Carlile and pride of the Badger state Monica Martin. We caught on to the intricate songwriting of JESCA HOOP via her collab with Iron and Wine a few years back; her new record 'Order Of Romance' delivers a similarly potent punch.
Not only is JOHN COLTRANE's 1957 album 'Blue Train' the first major vista in the mountain chain of his vast discography, it's his only record as a bandleader released on Blue Note Records, thanks to a kindly lending arrangement with Prestige, and therefore eligible for the essential Tone Poet series which has brought so much joy to the discerning audiophiles out there. This expanded edition comes from the original analog tapes, includes seven alternate takes never released on vinyl before, plus an essay booklet with unseen photos. A new 'Bootleg Series' release from MILES DAVIS called 'That's What Happened 1982-1985' retrieves unheard studio takes from his potent, polarizing 80s period. Fluid, funky fusion meets celestial elegance on LONNIE LISTON SMITH's '79 classic 'Renaissance', and we've got the second duet album from ELLA FITZGERALD & LOUIS ARMSTRONG in house via the Verve Acoustic Sound series.
The brilliant post-expressionist jazz guitarist JULIAN LAGE could release an album every month and we would stay stocking them. His latest from Blue Note, 'View With A Room' (great title, btw) pairs him with the one and only Bill Frisell, a ready rhythm section, and producer Margaret Glaspy at the helm. Old 97's frontman RHETT MILLER is back with a disc called 'Misfit', and we've got a pair of new LPs from the pop wunderkind known as DAYGLOW; neither 2021's 'Harmony House' or 2019's 'Fuzzy Brain' have been available in stores until now, so I don't feel so bad for sleeping on this multi-instrumentalist pop perfection in the tradition of Toro Y Moi and Jens Lekman.
Much like the old SST compilation from which they cribbed their name, the LA duo NO AGE make staunchly independent, no-wave punk that has its scaffold showing, as if you are viewing it from behind the scenes. A new record from them, 'People Helping People', has some of their most subtly inventive work yet, and certainly builds up some excitement for their upcoming gig at High Noon. Chamber ensemble and pipe organ meet inside of an 18th century oaken cask on the latest from composer, SARAH DAVACHI, plus we have a lovely reissue of the Joni-meets-New Age obscurity of ALICE DAMON's 1981 unreleased album 'Windsong', and a crucial complete discography from the under-appreciated downtown NYC fixture JILL KROESEN, who rolled hard with important nerds like Peter Gordon, Arthur Russell and Blue Gene Tyranny on the tracks that make up 'I Really Want To Bomb You: 1972-84'.
There's only one guy in all existence who could walk into the studio with Pharoah Sanders and straight up *yodel* on the track, and that guy is LEON THOMAS. He had a nice run of records following on from that appearance on "The Creator Has A Master Plan", particular among them being 1972's 'Blues and the Soulful Truth', where he showcases a range that runs from the spiritual to the profane. In what must unofficially kick off the holiday season (yikes emoji) for the year, we've got a holiday themed record in from MY MORNING JACKET. Not sure the time will ever properly come for a re-assessment of the REVEREND HORTON HEAT, but the Dallas psychobilly trio's run of early 90s classics, 'Smoke 'em If You Got Em', 'Full Custom Gospel Sounds', and (sigh) 'Liquor in the Front' are all back in print this week, and now the word "psychobilly" has appeared in this newsletter for the first time ever.
HORACE ANDY follows up his stunnng return to form with an album of dubs and versions called 'Midnight Scorchers', featuring ragga legend Daddy Freddy. Aside from his term in Talking Heads, one of the greatest moves David Byrne ever made was compiling the iconic Brazilian pop compilation BELEZA TROPICAL, which introduced names like Jorge Ben, Caetano Veloso, and Chico Buarque to a much wider audience, and returns on vinyl this week. A nice new French comp called 'Vintage Zouk' collects some classics from one of the most life-affirming dance music genres of all time, and we have a very cool reissue of an obscure 80s new wave disco album from India by the trio PINKY ANN RIHAL.
Now that they've entrusted us with reissues of their full discography, we get some brand new material from the art-prog playboys in MARS VOLTA. Chili Peppers guitarist John Klinghoffer re-emerges with his new group PLURALONE on 'This Is The Show'. PINK FLOYD deliver a new vinyl edition of their 2018 reworking of 'Animals', and the latest installment in the 'Bear's Sonic Journals' series chronicling Owsley Stanley's extensive collection of Bay Area soundboard recordings lands on a lively one: THE CHIEFTAINS' 1973 appearance at The Foxhunt in San Francisco.
Some big ones this week from the rap and pop worlds include 'Faith', the second posthumous album from drill rapper POP SMOKE, plus an LP edition of JACK HARLOW's 'Come Home The Kids Miss You'. IMAGINE DRAGONS deliver an expanded edition of 'Night Visions', and we have the latest revealing? album from pop songwriter FLETCHER.
Punhy, tongue in cheek rockers CLUTCH return with 'Sunrise on Slaughter Beach' on purple vinyl, and we have the latest from the unrelenting horror that is GWAR. A fresh edition of BLOOD INCANTATION's modern darkwave classic 'Timewave Zero' returns in a gatefold/color edition, and we have the latest from Japanese avant-garde metallers SIGH.

Used Vinyl Alert

A full haul in the new arrivals this week! We've got a real impressive spread of jazz titles from big names and smaller ones: Miles, Coltrane, Monk, Bill Evans, Roland Kirk, Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, Gary Burton, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Milton Nascimento, Eddie Harris, Henry Threadgill, Muhal Richard Abrams, Chico Freeman, Gil Scott Heron, and many more.

Rock classics include heavily requested ones from Van Halen, Led Zep, Pink Floyd, Whitesnake, Talking Heads, David Bowie, Neil Young, the Who, Rolling Stones, the Byrds, the Police, Weird Al, Frank Zappa, and many more, plus some lesser known/seldom seen ones from Merl Saunders, Link Wray, Stray, Brinsley Schwarz, Stone the Crows, Emitt Rhodes, and Stealers Wheel.

A nice selection of latin, caribbean, reggae and dance hall is in. Classic Nola business here from Allen Toussaint and the Meters. A nice crop of 90s hip-hop turns up. A nice assortment of out of print audiophile pressings across several genres, and some well-kept classical rounds us out.

RSD x Neon Films Moonage Daydream Promotion

MOONAGE DAYDREAM: The life and genius of David Bowie. Brett Morgen's newest arrives in theaters and IMAX 9.16. Told through sublime, kaleidoscopic, never-before-seen footage, performances and music, Brett Morgen’s (The Kid Stays in the Picture, Cobain: Montage of Heck, Jane) feature-length experiential cinematic odyssey explores David Bowie’s creative, musical, and spiritual journey. The film is guided by David Bowie’s own narration and is the first officially sanctioned film on the artist.

Fandango promo code is valid from 9/12- 9/25 at any theater that sells tickets through Fandango. The promotional code is $10.00 off 1 ticket, as supplies last.

How to Claim Your Fandango Movie Ticket(s):
1. Visit Fandango at or via the Fandango mobile app.
2. Select your date, theater, time, and ticket quantity for Moonage Daydream.
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4. Click “Use Promo Code,” enter the code below and click “Apply”.
5. Complete your purchase and decide how you want to receive your ticket(s).

Terms and Conditions: Fandango Promotional Code (“Code”) is good towards the purchase of one movie ticket (up to $10 total ticket and convenience fee value) to see Moonage Daydream at Fandango partner theaters in the US. Code is void if not redeemed by 9/25/22 or when Moonage Daydream is no longer in theaters, whichever comes first. Only valid for purchase of movie tickets made at or via the Fandango app and cannot be redeemed directly at any theater box office. If lost or stolen, cannot be replaced. No cash value, except as required by law. Void where prohibited. Not valid with any other offer. One-time use only. Not for resale; void if sold or exchanged. If cost of movie tickets with Fandango’s convenience fee included is more than maximum value of the Code, then user must pay the difference. Any price difference between movie ticket purchased and maximum value of the Code will not be refunded. Fandango Loyalty Solutions, LLC is not a sponsor or co-sponsor of this promotion. The redemption of the Code is subject to Fandango’s Terms and Policies at


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