Strictly Discs

April 20, 2023

Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 22nd!


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 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.


Here is Strictly Discs' plan for the day:

1. We OPEN at 7AM for RSD shopping
2. Line to form westbound on Monroe Street
3. While in line, you will be handed a menu of all RSD titles
4. We will pull your requests & you will check out outside
5. The shop will open for normal browsing when the RSD line is gone
6. RSD titles will be located upstairs


Attention early birds! We will be pouring up a special RSD BEER courtesy of the Great Dane and serving our signature chile rubbed, chocolate dipped BACON for folks in line courtesy of Barriques - how's that to get the day started? Things are looking up!

We've got some things to give away!


After the shop opens for regular business and courtesy of Dogfish Head & White Claw Hard Seltzer, each legal-aged customer checking out will receive a can of beer/seltzer to enjoy in-store or take away. A little something to kick the session off.

Plus loaded grab bags for the first 50 customers FREE with every RSD purchase.


We ordered & are receiving a DEEP quantity of Taylor Swift folklore: the long pond studio sessions.

To answer the inevitable question, What time do I need to get there to make sure I get a Taylor Swift exclusive?, the answer is, we canít give you an exact time because we never know when a specific release will sell out.

In this case though, we ordered and received enough to (hopefully) last us through the end of the day Saturday. BUT like we always tell customers regardless of the release, if you really, really, really want it and want to give yourself the best chance of getting it, get here as early as you can. There are no preorders, no reservations, no holds, no phone orders Ė Record Store Day releases are only available in person at Strictly Discs from 7AM to 6PM Saturday. Any remaining stock will be available when we open at 11AM Sunday.


The Record Store Day list can be found HERE.

New This Week At The Shop

With all the crateloads of Record Store Day releases landing, this week's Friday offerings are on the slim side, but still packed with quality! Here's a quick rundown. From its iconic opening riff, THE WHITE STRIPES ought-three album 'Elephant' cemented the Detroit duo's status as rock gods. This one turns twenty this week with a special limited color edition. DR. DRE launched the most memorable episode of his long career with 'The Chronic' back in 92, an album that has remained potent, hilarious and relevant all these years later. It's been notoriously hard to find a decent quality vinyl pressing of this one without pesky CD mastering, and its rectified now with a fresh double LP edition. A rollicking '94 live set from SUBLIME is captured on '$5 at the Door', and we've got a new edition of the early classic from Nashville stoner rockers ALL THEM WITCHES, 'Lightning At The Door'.
Iconic downtempo duo EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL surprised their cult of fans a few months back with news of their first new studio album since the 1990s. 'Fuse' is now here, sporting Tracey and Ben's memorable voices over lively, elegant house production. A tiny few of our copies are the super-limited artist signed edition so be quick on that! Gently trippy soft-psychers ROSE CITY BAND return with the excellent 'Garden Party', and we've got new studio albums from ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES with 'Angels In Science Fiction', and RODRIGO Y GABRIELA with 'In Between Thoughts'.
Genre ambassadors RUN THE JEWELS turned to the flourishing modern Latin pop scene for 'RTJ Cu4tro', which now arrives in a vinyl edition. Veteran Detroit rapper QUELLE CHRIS returns with 'Deathfame' on black marble wax. The hilarious Brooklyn emcee YOUR OLD DROOG delivers 'Yodney Dangerfield', another standup-set-in-the-cypher classic. Rapper SHRAPNEL†teams up with producer Steel Tipped Dove on 'Metal Lung' via the Backwoodz label.
The Blue Note classic series brings a pair of underrated gems this week: DIZZY REECE's 1959 hard bop perfection 'Star Bright', and the tenderly poetic 'Little Johnny C' from trumpeter JOHNNY COLES, his lone album as a leader for Blue Note. Strut restores the protest fire of ONENESS OF JUJU's Pharoah-inspired 'A Message From Mozambique', while Now-Again gives some extra special attention to an extremely rare side from Philly bandleader DEL JONES' POSITIVE VIBES. 'Court Is Closed' is a scorching hot set of electric funk with an energy level comparable to The Last Poets or Sly Stone.
The Canadian folk-noir artists TIMBER TIMBRE seemed to emerge from out of nowhere with a run of phenomenal albums around a decade ago. Their efforts reach back even further, it turns out, with a pair of CD-R-only mid-oughts albums that land on limited vinyl this week. 'Cedar Shakes' and 'Medicinals' showcase a band that had already found their dark swagger in their earliest days, drawing parallels to their outward-bound folk peers Fleet Foxes and Midlake, for sure, but with a bit more sashay and snarl. A generation or two earlier, the SMALL FACES charmed the UK folk-pop scene with 'Ogden's Nutgone Flake' and 'There Are But Four Small Faces', both of which get nice new mono editions this week.
Initially released in 1967, the ALBERT KING singles compilation 'Born Under A Bad Sign' would go on to inspire every musician within shouting distance of the blues revival, and now its enshrined in the National Recording Registry. It's back in print this week alongside a new EP from CROSSES, a reissue of Swedish rockers GRAVEYARD's 'Hisingen Blues', and a dreamy, cathartic new one from drone duo ALL HANDS_MAKE LIGHT, featuring GY!BE main man Efrim Menuck.
Breezy German jazz-funker GIANNI BREZZO turns in another stunning session with the library-oriented 'Music For Harlequins'. LA new age modernist JOSIAH STEINBRICK returns with another enigmatic album of piano-based pleasures, 'For Anyone That Knows You'. The Habibi Funk label does it yet again, bringing us an incredible collection of rare tunes by THE FREE MUSIC, a rhythmic disco-jazz ensemble from late '70s Libya, while the Radio Martiko label restores some of the most stunning, earliest-recorded examples of modern Saharan vocal music ever with a beautiful edition of AHL NANA's 'L'Orchestre National Mauritanien'.

Used Vinyl LP Alert

Plenty of power in the Used Vinyl Drop this week! Surefire classics are in from Joni Mitchell, the Grateful Dead, the Kinks, the Beatles, Rush, Bob Dylan, Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, the Allmans, the Byrds, Neil Young, George Harrison, and more, plus some less frequently seen fire from Gypsy, Ash Ra Tempel, Poison, Link Wray, Jaco Pastorius, Mordecai Jones, the Bobby Fuller Four, Johnny Thunders, Erasure, the Stooges, Dio, Vanilla Fudge, Harvey Mandel, Gentle Giant, and more.

Splendid jazz on hand, including fine ones from Don Cherry, Buddy Tate, Stan Getz, Django Reinhardt, Bobbi Humphrey, Albert Ayler, Herbie Hancock and Booker T, plus a slew of grade A ECM titles from Eberhard Weber, John Abercrombie, Ralph Towner, Collin Walcott, and Terje Rypdal. Blues gems come through from Professor Longhair, Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry, Memphis Slim, Bonnie Raitt, and Muddy Waters. Country and folk covers the full spectrum with nice finds from John Fahey, the Seldom Scene, Eric Von Schmidt, Jerry Reed, Waylon and Willie, Joe Ely, Hank Locklin, Merle Haggard, Tony Joe White, and Bill Monroe!

Soul, hip-hop and R&B is in from Lauryn Hill, Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, the Impressions, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Outkast, Aretha Franklin, Dr. Dre, and Nina Simone. Electronic and experimental titles appear from Colin Stetson, Philip Glass, Clarice Jensen, Burial, Brian Eno, Ruth White, and Thundercat.

Used CD Alert

Been a minute, but we're back with a rundown of the now-fortified used CD racks. Rhyme and reason eludes me, but most of the incoming is concentrated in the letters G and S. I don't get it, either but here's what you can expect: high-viscosity gauziness from Galaxie 500, post-punk godheads Gang of Four, the mashed-up madness of Girl Talk. legendary Seattlites Green River , and the allergic to brevity Grateful Dead. We snuck some H's in there, so keep your eyes peeled for Emmylou, PJ and a few others further north of the alphabet. File under S for the problematic yet still undeniable albums of Sun Kil Moon, Irish punk institution Stiff Little Fingers, the early catalog of Stereolab and the mind-altering Stars of the Lid. Finally, there's a nice chunk of jazz, largely early-to-50s efforts from Chet Baker, Monk, Art Blakey, Jimmy Smith and Barney Wilen, good titles we normally don't see.


Yes, we are still buying! Call Ron to schedule (608.213.3610).
Ron, Ryan, Angie, Marty, Evan, Matt, Ed, Eric, Jack, Steve, Mark, Brad, Roger, & Adam
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