Strictly Discs

March 2, 2023

New This Week At The Shop

DE LA SOUL's debut '3 Feet High & Rising' is more than just one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time; as the decades since its release stretch on, the sound, look and feel of so much contemporary pop music across genres come to reflect qualities of this record. Its boundless ebullience, playful intelligence, and confident anti-style are forever fixed. What isn't so set in stone is the available vinyl edition of this gem, almost completely unfindable for over twenty years. That's briefly allayed this week with a legit repress which has come out in a variety of colors, plus a black edition. We are all sold out of the color versions on pre-orders, and just a limited supply of the black vinyl up for grabs for now, as well as a new CD and cassette edition. Respected beatmaker ODDISEE revisits one of his absolute peak sessions with a new color vinyl edition of 'The Beauty In All', a swooning symphony of soul-drenched instrumentals with an extremely club-ready low end. Cinematic producer ROMARE returns with another elegant set called 'Fantasy', and the Dutch duo WEVAL deliver an incredible new album of jazzy house with plenty of crossover potential on 'Remember', via the Technicolour label.
Colombian-American singer KALI UCHIS delivers the lushest record of her career, on the dreamy, divine, and demanding 'Red Moon In Venus', in the shop on limited red wax. Trying to imagine the studio rider for WIZ KHALIFA, BIG KRIT, SMOKE DZA, and GIRL TALK; probably a lot of premium snacks. Their extremely sharp collab album 'Full Court Press' is now in on wax, plus we've got the limited vinyl editions of the new records from MACKLEMORE and TOVE LO.††
Moscow electro-pop whiz KATE NV returns to the Rvng label with an amazingly effervescent investigation into prismatic rhythm called 'WOW', straight to the point. Orchestral balladeers PHOENIX finally get their excellent return to form 'Alpha Zulu' out in an LP edition. A presumably extremely heavy new album from XIU XIU called 'Ignore Grief' in here on silver, and we've got a nice edition of the latest from the intense New Zealand gothic folkies THE VEILS.
Pianist ANDREW HILL hit a serious peak on 1980's soulful modernist post-bop album 'Dance With Death', which now gets the much-needed Tone Poet treatment with a heavier remaster and much more striking cover art. The ever on-point Craft label provides another 1970s psychedelic salsa gem with ISMAEL RIVERA's 'Esto Fue Lo Que Trajo El Barco'. A deluxe vinyl set called 'Cookin With Jaws and the Queen' collects the complete Cookbook Sessions from EDDIE LOCKJAW DAVIS and SHIRLEY SCOTT, that's 4 LPs of the mighty tenor and the emerging organ genius just letting it, well, cook. There are many DON CHERRY albums to recommend in his vast catalog, but 1977's 'Hear & Now' might be the most concise expression of his freeform spiritual funk.
Rare great ones from all corners of the psych-rockin globe land in the bins this week! Check out a fresh 'smoke vinyl' pressing of the Zamrock heater 1975 debut album from RIKKI ILILONGA. Greenwich Village, and soon after that the rest of the known universe was not safe from the proto-punk anti-folk of THE HOLY MODAL ROUNDERS 1967 album 'Indian War Whoop' which gets a 55th (?) anniversary reissue this week. Sgt. Peppers-esque world building reigns over the supremely tripped out samba-psych of RUBINHO E MAURO ASSUMPCAO's '72 rarity 'Perfeitamente, Justamente Quando Cheguei', and the Aussie's rule when it comes to the bar-room riffing of COLOURED BALLS mighty 'Ball Power', which came out just a year later in 1973.
East-coast punk mainstay Ted Leo cut his teeth in the incredibly ambidextrous pop-punk/emo/indie whirlwind band CHISEL, and their 1997 euphoria session 'Set You Free' gets a nice random color vinyl reissue this week. A long out of print classic from JIM O'ROURKE, the deceptively straight-forward titled 'Simple Songs' is back in stock this week, alongside a lost 90s melodic rock classic from IVY, and a pair of old records by WATCHHOUSE, redone now that they have dispensed with the name Mandolin Orange.
J Mascis lays riffs every which way with his side project HEAVY BLANKET, and we've got a reissue of the minimalist mega-rarity 'Grey Scale' from the Flying Lizards' DAVID CUNNINGHAM. Washington's BRAIN TOURNIQUET deliver a dead-on take on classic 90s grindcore with ' Expression In Pain', which sidles alongside a new edition of the DC punk classic 'Can I Say' by DAG NASTY.†

Used Vinyl LP Alert

This week's Used Vinyl drop is fully loaded with with heavy hitters with almost all genres represented. We've got plenty of Soul from favorites like Sharon Jones, D'Angelo, Aaliyah, James Brown, The Temptations, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, and Roberta Flack.

We've got country favorites hitting the floor by Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Porter Wagoner, Alabama, and Merle Hagard.

We're keeping our Jazz-heads happy with a grip from Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Booker Ervin, Vince Guaraldi, Dave Brubeck, Ahmad Jamal, and Ramsey Lewis.

And as always, Rock is well represented with Bob Dylan, The Kinks, Kiss, The Beatles, ABBA, Springsteen, Queen, Yes, Prince, and The Rolling Stones. Plus plenty of scarcely seen titles from the likes of Joy Division, The Talking Heads, Smashing Pumpkins, and Belle and Sebastian.

Rounding things out for the week we've got plenty of folk, country, soundtracks, electronic, blues, country, and classical with what we've highlighted above.


Launched in 2007 with the humble idea to recognize independent record stores, Record Store Day (RSD) has blossomed into a global phenomenon. The list of RSD vinyl and CD exclusives continues to expand, as more labels continue to throw open their catalogs to an appreciative audience that grows each year.

Beyond the day-long frenzy, RSD exists to offer proof of the lively role record stores play in the community and a chance for folks on both sides of the counter to offer gratitude for each other. It's a capsule-sized snapshot of what this whole record world is about. Whether youíre a hardcore type who times their arrival for a spot at the front of the line or somebody who waits until the afternoon for a more leisurely experience, we hope youíll join us.

Record Store Day wish lists can be made HERE. The deadline to create or modify a RSD WISH LIST was Thursday, February 23rd at NOON.


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