Strictly Discs

April 6, 2023


New This Week At The Shop

Korean-American bedroom pop songcrafter YAEJI has dazzled a rapidly-growing audience with her low budget/high impact tunes for several years now. She stepped into a real-deal studio for the first time, and she came prepared 'With A Hammer'; the resulting gently jet-puffed tunes find an artist at home around the high fidelity. Limited pink vinyl here. BRIJEAN, if you recall their excellent 2021 LP 'Feelings' are the duo of LA bassist Dougie Stu and Toro Y Moi touring member Brijean Stewart. They return this week with another flawless album of subtle housey pop that syncs perfect with springtime. Another cult-fave from the bedroom pop world, SHAMIR's soul-baring 2017 mixtape 'Hope', gets its first widespread vinyl release this week via Kill Rock Stars, expanded with additional artwork and two bonus tracks. Shadowy R&B genius DANIEL CAESAR has kept fans waiting for a few years since his breakout 'Case Study 01', and now rather suddenly delivers! 'Never Enough' is in stock on wax, with its advance single promising more swaggering delights and low-key funk croon.
Nevermind the sample clearances, here's DE LA SOUL 'Is Dead'! Despite its title, the massively influential conscious rappers' second album is life itself: joy, fun, pleasure...pressure, pain and frustration all ring out across this classic, which has languished out of print for far too long. The group has also announced the reissues of the rest of their catalog throughout the upcoming summer, so be sure to get your preorders†in when you pick this one up! We've also got long overdue new vinyl releases from ISAIAH RASHAD and JOEY BADASS, plus a fresh pressing of the rare Nujabes-related album '2nd Collections' from HYDEOUT PRODUCTIONS, featuring incredible jazzy hip-hop instrumentals with guests like C.L. Smooth and Five Deez upon the mic.
Rising harpist BRANDEE YOUNGER pays tribute to the pioneer Dorothy Ashby on 'Brand New Life', and adds some compositions of her own. Saxophonist WALTER SMITH III makes his Blue Note debut with 'Return To Casual', featuring young stars like Ambrose Akinmusire and James Francies as guests. Swedish pianist BOBO STENSON has made himself at home on the ECM roster since the label's earliest days; he returns with a classic trio LP of exemplary minimalist improv on 'Sphere'. Percussionist MARK GUILIANA returns with a startlingly nuanced record of conscious introspection on 'The Sound of Listening'.
New vinyl releases are in from MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA, with 'The Valley Of Vision' on limited clear blue, singer NICK WATERHOUSE is back with 'The Fooler', Milwaukee folk duo DEAD HORSES return with 'Brady Street', and we've finally got the wax edition of QUINN XCII's 'The People's Champ'.
It's hard to imagine any label exec hearing the 1964 session that ultimately became STANLEY TURRENTINE's belated album 'Mr. Natural', and going "eh, lets pass for now", but hey, you don't become the greatest jazz label around without setting high standards! Blue Note kept this one shelved until 1980, and now it gets the Tone Poet treatment with striking new artwork, and a perfect pressing that captures a quintet of absolute icons of their respective instruments in their prime: Lee Morgan, McCoy Tyner, Ray Barretto and Elvin Jones. It doesn't get any cooler, except maybe on the '55 gem from CHET BAKER, 'Sings and Plays', which also gets a long overdue audiophile pressing from the Tone Poet series. The Superior Viaduct label has built a strong reputation with years of excellent sounding reprints of avant-garde classics, and this week they bring out the big boys. German ambient electronic pioneers CLUSTER, the duo of Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius who later made significant records with Brian Eno, first pricked the global consciousness with 'Cluster II' and 'Zuckerzeit', two records that summoned visions of glowing metropoli covered in spidery growths of noise, fuzz and tone, somehow synthetic and organic all at once. Both of these treasures get their first ever proper US release this week, alongside another landmark, the Eternal Music excerpt '31 Vii 69 10:26 - 10:49 Pm' by LA MONTE YOUNG and MARIAN ZAZEELA. A rare document of vocal/synth drone as it was practiced in the same 60s NYC environs as the Velvet Underground, it's welcome to have an official edition of any of La Monte's music, for as important as it has been to so many, he hasn't allowed it to be purchased by the general populace for decades.
After years out of print, we have a stunning new color vinyl edition of the modern funk classic 'Malibu' by ANDERSON PAAK back in stock, just in time for cookout season. Pre-grunge connoisseurs MUDHONEY return with 'Plastic Eternity' on limited color wax, plus we've got in a repress of the late JEFF BECK classic from 2010, 'Emotion+Commotion', and a repress of the groove-bound classic 1990 debut from THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES.
Chicago power trio FACS have served us up some seriously jarring slaps of sound in the past (and even more before that under the name Disappears), but I've gotta call their latest, 'Still Life In Decay', the strongest one yet. The group hone their emphatic signature here on six tracks of piston-like punk-noise combining the bass-driven thrust of the Jesus Lizard with the gloomy atmospherics of Section 25. San Franciscans with flowers in their hair CHILDREN MAYBE LATER turn in an absolutely perfect record of Postcard-style jangle on 'What A Flash Kick!' Few current artists cover the world in reverb quite†like BOBBY WOULD; the German (? honestly no idea where Bobby hails from) solo rocker delivers an LP edition of the rare tape 'Styx', dedicated to his mother, and it's laced with some of the most infectious mid-fi riffery yet. Arizona brother duo TREES SPEAK must have some record collection, in addition to the gear collection needed to make 'Mind Maze', they're drinking from all the right fountains when it comes to the synth, prog and kosmiche†influences they channel.†
It's never too late to get into a band. Just ask this grown-ass man who decided to make this week the first time he ever heard VOIVOD. Where's this band been all my life? In Canada? Anyway, their 1989 album 'Nothing Face' is back in print this week, and it's an immediately addictive record of weird, artful, progressive thrash metal that sounds a lot like the chugging math rock of the nineties or the earliest efforts from Battles, or to put it another way, like 'Kill Em All' era Metallica conceived a child with Devo. Demonic vocalist CHELSEA WOLFE's early classic 'Abyss' is back in print on clear blue splatter. Boston metalcore maestros CAVE-IN advanced the genre with their 1999 debut 'Until Your Heart Stops', a relentless double LP that showcased pummeling technicality alongside uncanny melodicism, and is back in print this week on limited color wax, alongside a reissue of the equally significant onslaught of MESHUGGAH's 'Koloss'.
Texas songwriter JANA HORN follows up her '22 highlight 'Optimism' with a new album of fresh, evocative songwriting, this time with a studio band geared towards the haunting minimalism of Young Marble Giants or This Heat; powerful stuff. Melodic indie rockers DAUGHTER return with another instant classic called 'Stereo Mind Game' on limited multi-color wax, plus we've got the latest from grunge-poppers WEDNESDAY, 'Raw Saw God', on purple vinyl, alongside represses of two out of print albums from the group, 'I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone' and 'Twin Plagues'.
The Cali duo NORTH AMERICANS (guitarist Patrick McDermott and pedal steel-er Barry Walker Jr) have given us some breathtaking modern folk ambience on 'Long Cool World'. The MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. era captured the hard-to-pin-down songwriter Jason Molina at his most prolific, and in 2007 the group released a bundle of mini-albums, studio jams, and live takes in an overwhelmingly solid four disc wooden box called 'Sojourner'. This epic collection of soul-scraping country rock is now on vinyl for the first time, and yes, it comes in a large wooden box that in itself is a work of art. Brilliant jazzy post-rock from the 00s gets long overdue reprints, with new editions of MICE PARADE's 'Bem-Vinda Vontade' and FARAQUET's 'The View From This Tower'.

Used Vinyl LP Alert

This week's Used Vinyl drop is a true beauty. We've got loads of choice cuts from Jazz masters like Stan Getz, Miles Davis, Sonny Stitt, Dave Brubeck, Buddy Rich, Quincy Jones, Bob James, McCoy Tyner, Charlie Byrd, Grover Washington, Keith Jarrett, Modern Jazz Quartet, Wes Montgomery, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Donald Byrd.

Our Rock selection is chock-a-block with titles we don't see often from The Grateful Dead, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Iggy Pop, Cheap Trick, The Rolling Stones, The Allman Brothers, The Pretenders, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys, Talk Talk, Cher, Bryan Ferry, The Psychedelic Furs, Brinsley Schwartz, The Beat Farmers, Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper, Nina Hagen, Dead or Alive, and Ry Cooder.

Soul is coming in swinging with Al Green, Ray Charles, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Carmen McRae, The Supremes, Roberta Flack, Sam Cooke, Luther Vandross, The Staple Singers, The Miracles, Kool & The Gang, Chic, Ray Charles, and Ashford & Simpson.

Perfect for the gloomy days of spring we've got plenty of great blues going out from Otis Rush, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Vai, Junior Wells, Magic Slim, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, John Mayall, Etta James, John Hammond, and Jeff Healey Band.

Rounding things out for the week we've got a great selection of Country, Folk, Soundtracks, Classical, International, Electronic, and Experimental titles.


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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