Strictly Discs

May 18, 2023

Strictly Discs Is Hiring

VINYL PRICING SPECIALIST:

Required skills:
Excellent customer service skills; ability to anticipate customer needs
Computer proficient
A passion for music, and a broad, deep base of recorded music history
Knowledge of Goldmine standards & experience grading and pricing records
Knowledge of stereo equipment/functionality
Availability to work nights and weekends
Ability to lift and carry 60 pounds repeatedly

SHIPPING CLERK:
Requirements:
• Self-motivated and independent thinker
• Computer proficiency
• Flexibility
• Strong work ethic
• High level of organization and precise time management skills
• Ability to lift 50 pounds repeatedly

Postion open - 5 days/week 8:30AM-12:30PM. Possible additional hours filling other duties, depending on experience. Includes weekends.

To apply for either position, submit letter of interest & resume to angie@strictlydiscs.com

New This Week At The Shop

Across three wildly successful albums, the budding neo-soul icon SZA has put quite a stamp on the sound of modern pop music, incorporating dreamy house and vaporous rhythms with her relatable, confessional lyrics. The third and perhaps best yet of those albums, 'SOS', finally lands on vinyl this week. The mighty minimalist trance-rock kingpins KHRUANGBIN kick off a series of "And Friends" releases with 'Live at Stubb's', where the band is joined by fellow Texans Ruben Moreno, Kelly Doyle, The Suffers and Robert Ellis. The latest EP from BEACH HOUSE disappeared quick back on Record Store Day, so we've got an additional stack of copies out this week, plus the latest, greatest album from the curious art-popper MEGA BOG. Fans of Cate Le Bon or Bat For Lashes should be lovin this one!
Some big names in folk-rock and blues deliver rather huge new albums this week. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND return with their first new album in over five years, 'Walk Around the Moon', in the shop on limited clear vinyl. MARTY STUART & HIS FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES come back with a new cosmic country record called 'Altitude'. SAMANTHA FISH & JESSE DAYTON land in tandem with 'Death Wish Blues', and we've got a new one from beloved songwriter PAUL SIMON called 'Seven Psalms'.
Bay Area songwriter and producer SALAMI ROSE JOE LOUIS drops a delirious and grooving record of ritualistic pop called 'Akousmatikous'. New York duo TANLINES survived the 00s indie-scene fully intact, with a beautiful new album of lush, emotional pop somewhere between Human League and the National. Trending Scottish songwriter LEWIS CAPALDI returns with a stripped-down new record called 'Broken By Desire to Be Heavenly Sent'. The Mississippi label collects some stunning Chilean folk tunes seldom heard outside that country's Central Valley on a fantastic comp called 'Canto A Lo Divino'.
Masked metallers GHOST are back with a new disc called 'Phantomime', in the house on limited tan colored wax. Psychedelic blues-rockers THE MURLOCS continue to evolve their unique sound on 'Calm Ya Farm'. UK group SLEEP TOKEN hone their unusual blend of black metal and synth pop on 'Take Me Back to Eden', and we've got a fresh live album from the guitar-wielding vets THEE OH SEES.
MILES DAVIS' classic 1955 album 'Volume 1' isn't just a great collection of the master's early work, it's a significant piece of jazz vinyl history. Davis' earliest recordings were available only on 10"s, a format that was beginning to die out by the early 50s. Blue Note decided to take some of these mini-albums and extend them with "alternate takes", launching their massively influential 1500 Series line with 'Volume 1', the first proper LP ever released by the label, and reissued now on their 'Blue Note Classic' series alongside another gem from the 1500 Series, FATS NAVARRO's 'The Fabulous Fats Navarro, Vol. 1'. A few decades later, the German label ECM would evolve the jazz vinyl universe once more, with a lengthy run of boundary-pushing albums from Europe, the UK and beyond. A pair of those get new editions this week: NANA VASCONCELOS' deep berimbau session 'Saudades' and KENNY WHEELER's positively levitative 'Gnu High'.
Desert rock legends TINARIWEN are back with a new record called 'Amatssou' with guests including Daniel Lanois. The Uganda label Nyege Nyege Tapes brings us an incredible debut from the NAKIBEMBE EMBAIRE GROUP, who play a massive xylophone made of logs. Sahel Sounds delivers a delightful album of contemporary Malian folk-pop by upstart singer NAMIAN SIDIBE. Rare boogaloo from the early 70s is back in print from the GILBERTO SEXTET, a group led by Gilberto Cruz, a longtime player in Joe Cuba's groups.
Dreamy Texas legends BEDHEAD bid the world adieu with their gorgeous 1998 album 'Transaction de Novo', briefly back in print this week via Numero. We've also got represses of some classics from THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS and THE MELVINS, plus a new yellow vinyl pressing of the early gem 'All Hail West Texas' from THE MOUNTAIN GOATS back when they consisted only of John Darnielle and a tape deck.
The inter-generational collab of Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst, BETTER OBLIVION COMMUNITY CENTER, is back in print for the first time in a year or two. It's been thirty years since THE LEMONHEADS asked the world, "What if the Replacements had an extremely beautiful man for a lead singer?" with 'Come On Feel The Lemonheads'. The CORROSION OF CONFORMITY classic, 'America's Volume Dealer', gets a limited clear and white swirl repress this week, alongside a ten-year edition of THE FRONT BOTTOMS rollicking 'Talon of the Hawk'.

Used Vinyl LP Alert

This week's Used Vinyl drop features a scad of great rock titles from folks like Queen, Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, Blue Oyster Cult, Velvet Underground, Zappa, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Grateful Dead, The Eagles, Lou Reed, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Doors, Bob Dylan, Santana, Randy Newman, Elvis Costello, Dire Straits, and Journey.

There's also a beefy assortment from our honky tonk heroes in the country section like Hank Williams (Sr. and Jr.), Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Jean Shepard, Sonny James, Tom T. Hall, and Kris Kristofferson.

Plenty of fantastic jazz titles are hitting the floor too from Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, Sonny Clark, Vince Guaraldi, Dave Brubeck, Ray Bryant, Ron Carter, Mongo Santamaria, Paquito D'Rivera, Coleman Hawkins, Louis Armstrong, Errol Garner, Ella Fitzgerald, Paul Bley, Ray Brown, Count Basie, and Sarah Vaughan.

Rounding things out for the week we've got plenty of folk, soul, international, soundtracks, blues, comedy, childrens, punk, metal, and classical with what we've highlighted above.

Used CD Alert

I'll be dipped if I can explain the difference between black metal and death metal, but this has to be the biggest influx of both that I can ever recall. Here's a rundown of the most intriguing names: Panoptican, Bulldozer, Integrity, Commit Suicide, Drastique. We literally never see this stuff come in, so take advantage. From the still noisy but more likely to be spoken of in polite company, we got ace titles from Mr. Bungle, early DGC Sonic Youth, Polvo as well as earbending jazz cacophony from Mahavishnu Orchestra, the complete Village Vanguard sessions from the immortal Coltrane-Dolphy Quintet, electric madness from Miles, and the three best records from Public Enemy IYKYK. Just in time for her enshrinement into the Hall of Fame, we got four from Kate Bush (she bona fide). There's still some Stereolab run-off from a previous buy, as well as standards from Pink Floyd, Herbie Hancock, Zappa, Todd Rundgren and assorted goodies.

SELL US YOUR CDS & LPS

Yes, we are still buying! Call Ron to schedule (608.213.3610).
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