Strictly Discs

November 23, 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.

Black Friday Used Vinyl Alert

Whether Black or Pink or Chartreuse, Friday is Friday around these parts so you know we are bringing you an extra-premium selection of used vinyl! In addition to our usual range of genres and classic artists, we've got an especially eye-popping crop of audiophile, heavyweight, limited edition, and record club pressings in near-mint shape. Cross the keeper copy off your list with Analogue Productions, Mobile Fidelity, triple As, Tone Poet, Speakers Corner-etc editions from artists all over the board, like Miles Davis, Willie Nelson, Fleetwood Mac, Thelonious Monk, Son House, Bill Withers, Weezer, Dire Straits, the Sisters of Mercy, Aretha Franklin, Pink Floyd, the Cars, MIA, Donny Hathaway, the Band, The Allman Brothers, and on and on! Record club rarities abound; Third Man club, Vinyl Me Please, Record You Thanks, you know the deal: these don't turn up in a shop too often. Box sets, too: we've got a couple fresh shelves worth of rare, oversized collections from the Grateful Dead, Phish, the Beatles, Jack White, Childish Gambino, John Coltrane, the Eagles, Karajan, and many others, including some super choice Numero sets.

The beat goes on with especially deep selections of present day indie, pop, and rock: Grimes, The Flaming Lips, Fleet Foxes, Fucked Up, Fiona Apple, Vulfpeck, Beck, the Books, Turnstile, Deer Tick, the Strokes, Radiohead, Animal Collective, Courtney Barnett, Drive By Truckers, and more. Wanna go farther back? We've got My Bloody Valentine, Talking Heads, Gary Numan, the Cramps, the Smiths, OMD, Soft Cell, the Ramones, Murphy's Law, New Order, Kate Bush, Billy Bragg, Tom Waits. Super clean copies of classics, too: the Beatles, Mac, Kraftwerk, Zappa, Creedence, Bowie, ZZ Top, the B-52's, and more

Venture into far-out experimental folk and synth lands with Fripp and Eno, Vangelis, Susumu Yokota, Rhys Chatham, Gang Gang Dance, Alistair Galbraith, Bill Orcutt, Simon Joyner, Fursaxa, Laraaji, Carla Bozulich, and assorted modern classical. Peep seldom seen jazz, new and old, from Alice Coltrane, Medeski Martin and Wood, Shabaka Hutchings, Elmo Hope, John Scofield, Rob Mazurek, Gabor Szabo, Tenderlonious, Sonny Rollins, Jeff Parker, Miles Davis, Makaya McCraven, and more!

New This Week At The Shop

In addition to the full menu of Black Friday releases, we've managed to rustle up even more selections for you this weekend! At the height of their 90s potency, TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS played a somewhat under-publicized residency of twenty shows at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium in San Fran. The Petty family have curated a variety of editions for 'Live at the Fillmore 1997', representing the highlights of this historic run. We've also got the deluxe vinyl edition of 'In The Canyon Haze', an expanded version of BRANDI CARLILE's 2021 album 'In These Silent Days', and a limited reissue of FREDDIE KING's electrifying '71 classic 'Getting Ready'.
Numero collects the rare early '00s albums from the enigmatic Boston jazz-emo group KARATE on the elegant 'Time Expired' box set, on cacophony splatter vinyl. We mourn the tragic passing of LOW's founding songwriter and drummer Mimi Parker with a reissue of one of their most moving suites of songs, the 'Songs For A Dead Pilot' EP. Indie guitar-stranglers POLVO's 2009 comeback album 'In Prism' gets a fresh edition on double 45 rpm color wax.
Strengthen the core of your jazz collection with a fresh edition of pianist ANDREW HILL's pivotal 1965 album 'Point Of Departure', in the shop via Blue Note, who also dig up an unreleased live ELVIN JONES album from 1967 with 'Revival: Live at Pookie's Pub'. Bass, clarinet, and drums are all it takes to leave Earth behind on the '75 Berlin free-jazz gem 'Carpathes' by MICHEL PILZ, PETER KOWALD & PAUL LOVENS.
Uncannily in tandem with the Velvet Underground's vaunted live gigs of freeform guitar scree, Kyoto's LES RALLIZES DENUDES formed loosely in the late 60s for a series of indescribable performances of feedback-drenched abstract blues. The enigmatic band has existed more or less as a figment in record heads' imaginations since then; no studio albums, only dicey bootlegs of these shows. That's rectified now with the first officially licensed live release 'The Oz Tapes', which captures them in full flight at a small Tokyo cafe in 72. The Rallizes are one end of a spectrum that leads to a modern era of Japanese psychedelia; the band KIKAGAKU MOYO is at the other end, and we've got a fresh delivery of their incredible swan song 'Kumoyo Island', and a new band from their label Guruguru Brain called DHIDALAH, who unleash gorgeous jammy widespread blues-rock on 'Sensoria'.
The BRIGHT EYES vinyl reissue campaign continues apace with the fan-favorites 'I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning', 'LIFTED or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to The Ground', and 'Digital Ash in a Digital Urn'.
Relive the unbridled shoegaze cruise of RIDE with reissues of 'Going Blank Again' and their '4 EPs' collection, or if the sleek French synth-pop is your thing, we have reissues of KAVINSKY's 'Outrun' and SEBASTIEN TELLIER's 'Sexuality'.
We're blessed with fresh editions of a pair of all-time great citypop-inflected Japanese jazz albums this week. SEASIDE LOVERS' elegant 'Memories In Beach House' is back, as well as the crisp guitar perfection of MASAYOSHI TAKANAKA's 'An Insatiable High'. French producer DJ CAM's quartet delivers future jazz delight on 'Diggin', originally released in 2009.
Experience the unparalleled Egyptian singer OUM KALSOUM with proper side-long cuts on a pair of early 60s classics 'El Hob Kollo' and 'Alf Leila Wa Leila'. Another nugget of Colombian gold from the Discos Fuentes label is reissued this week, TITO CHICOMA's 'Cumbias Y Boogaloos'.
Few records have the power to completely rewire your listening habits than both sides of GAVIN BRYARS's legendary sound collage work 'The Sinking Of the Titanic', originally submitted for release on Brian Eno's Obscure label in the mid-70s, and given a nice fresh edition now from Superior Viaduct. Elegant French chanson meets daring progressive keyboard-work on LAURENCE VANAY's brilliant unreleased album 'Ghost Notes From The Stone Vessel'. Private press NWW-list fixture 'Smooth Sick Lights' by MAHOGANY BRAIN gets its first ever vinyl reissue.
Skilled sound designers RIVAL CONSOLES return with works for dance called 'Overflow', in a beautiful vinyl edition. German dub techno realist POLE is back with 'Tempus', and we've got a fresh selection of unheard archival synth-funk from disco grandaddy PATRICK COWLEY on 'Malebox'.

Staff Top Tens for 2022

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