Strictly Discs

June 1, 2023

New This Week At The Shop

June starts with a boom around here, with a powerful slate of new releases that kicks off with a new one from Detroit's PROTOMARTYR who continue to set the bar high for post punk in the 21st C. 'Formal Growth In The Desert' is their sixth proper full length and their taut, inspiring urgency hasn't lost a centimeter of slack, as vocalist Joe Casey processed a year of grief. Limited blue vinyl includes, as always, a new issue of the band's zine. Similar forged in grief and loss, an only recently-announced new FOO FIGHTERS album arrives today. 'But Here We Are' is the band's first new work since the stunning loss of their drummer Taylor Hawkins, and features (uh, who else?) Dave Grohl on drums for the first time since the band's earliest formation. White vinyl on this one, said to be an unflinching account of the band's new life. The bodacious belters in BULLY return to Sub Pop for 'Lucky For You', and the wolfmen of RANCID have reconvened for 'Tomorrow Never Comes'.
Zambian psych legends WITCH already have a badass name even before you learn it stands for We Intend To Cause Havoc. Untouched by the decades, they have an explosive new record called 'Zango' that's aided by friends from the younger generation. Yellow vinyl on that, and yellow vinyl as well for TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS's 1969 gem 'Sweet And Dandy' which has never been reissued before until now, and is the original album home of their classic tune "Pressure Drop". The Analog Africa label dips once again into the esoteric variations of Central American cumbia on ECUATORIANA, highly recommended if you dug the Saturno 2000 comp last year. Mr. Bongo unites decades of Brazilian talent young and old on the incredible set 'Hidden Waters: Strange and Sublime Sounds of Rio De Janeiro' which completely follows through on its amazing cover. Seriously just look at it!
Long-voyaging pianist and folkie BEN FOLDS returns to us from a long absence on 'What Matters Most', and to make up for the time away, he's done a limited autographed edition on seaglass blue vinyl. Just about any record listener breathing oxygen needs a copy of BIG STAR's '#1 Record', and now is your chance to do so with an edition on gold vinyl with purple smoke. TOM WAITS' immediately classic debut album 'Closing Time' gets a 50th Anniversary edition this week. Yes, I too had to double check the math on that one. Notable guy BOB DYLAN's latest, music from a soundtrack to 'Shadow Kingdom', is in on CD and LP.
DE LA SOUL kept it an absolute buck on 'Stakes Is High', their 96 album that saw them self-produce their beats instead of mainstay Prince Paul. The result was an album that sounded too dark for mainstream critics but naturally sounds like a completely prescient master-class of complex real-talk in the bad old days of the Twenty-Twenties. OPEN MIKE EAGLE's charmingly sick 'Rappers Will Die Of Natural Causes' turns a decade this week with a new edition. ERIC HILTON, known better as one half of Thievery Corporation, remakes the scene with an awesome set of forward-tilted jazzfunk called 'Present Past And Future', and via the eagle-eyed fellas over at TJ's, we've espied a copy of an import reissue of LEFTFIELD's 'Rhythm & Stealth'.
The Tone Poet series dishes out a pair of crucial selections this week: MCCOY TYNER's deeply introspective 'Time For Tyner' and DONALD BYRD's 1968 pivot towards groove 'Slow Drag' both get the treatment. COUNT BASIE's 'The Transcription Recordings' get a limited repress, and Numero digs further on Miami's HELENE SMITH, who was featured heavily on their 'Deep City' compilation, with 'I Am Controlled By Your Love'.
San Franciscan dream poppers CINDY didnt need to put a kitty kat on their debut EP to charm us, but it certainly didnt hurt. Modern-day Pastels lovers BEACH FOSSILS make a big return with 'Bunny'. All we know about I'VE MADE TOO MUCH PASTA is that they are furries associated with Car Seat Headrest. Google is your friend? 'How To Drive A Bus' may or may not be a straight-forward instructional record. Delightful popster JUAN WAUTERS is back with 'Wandering Rebel'....hey that's exactly how I was going to describe him.
MILD HIGH CLUB! Not just a great band name. Not too long ago we were special ordering copies of the band's 2015 debut 'Timeline' for a few of our most intrepid customers, and look at 'em now! This is where the magic begins with this marvelous brigand of jazzrock/artpop people, and its back in print this week. Comma-splicing as well as genre-splicing as always, SURPRISE CHEF is back with another banger EP called 'Friendship', just like the secret ending of Mortal Kombat. Creative multi-instrumentalist MCKINLEY DIXON's latest is called 'Beloved! Paradise! Jazz!?', and we've got gorgeous new soundtrack material from ELUVIUM on '(Whirring Marvels In) Consensus Reality'.
Time was, an entire corner of the building Strictly Discs resides in was held up with copies of FENTON ROBINSON's blazing Chicago blues classic 'Somebody Loan Me A Dime' on compact disc. Times may change but this one remains as essential as ever, and now its available on LP, alongside LONNIE MACK's 'Strike Like Lightning'. No word on the structural integrity of ALKALINE TRIO discs, but 'From Here To Infirmary' is back on wax, along with BLINK 182's 'Buddha', about which nothing at all is known.

Used Vinyl LP Alert

Used Vinyl alert time! Our selection of over 600 fresh used LPs touches all the corners, with emphasis on hard rock and vintage metal, classic jazz, and several generations of indie and alternative gems. Heaviest first, we've got big records (early pressings and imports in the mix) from Ozzy and Sabbath, Scorpions, Cinderella, Dokken, AC/DC, Motorhead, Bon Jovi, Judas Priest, Molly Hatchet, Rainbow, Aerosmith, Pentagram, White Lion, Quiet Riot, Anthem, Blue Oyster Cult, Killing Joke, Whitesnake, and tons more.

Classic alternative gems from The Church, REM, INXS, Talking Heads, Tears For Fears, and Jesus & Mary Chain tie right in with more recent records from the Dum Dum Girls, Tallest Man on Earth, Metric, Arcade Fire, Cold War Kids, Josh Ritter, Shannon and the Clams, Ben Folds, M. Ward, and Caroline Smith.

Some seriously cracking jazz this week includes all-timers from John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Harold Land, Wes Montgomery, Charles Mingus, Bill Evans, Nucleaus, Randy Weston, Bud Powell, Return to Forever, George Benson, Art Tatum, Herbie Hancock, and many others! Essential female vocalists like Minnie Riperton, Sarah Vaughan, and Nancy Wilson join a voluminous selection of Tina Turner records in honor of her passing, and there's even more soul from Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, the Shirelles, Chicago, Bobby Womack, and Earth Wind & Fire.

Dozens and dozens and dozens of classic folk, pop, and rock musthaves are in from the Beatles, the Grateful Dead, Creedence, the Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Rush, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, the Eagles, Harry Nilsson, Joni Mitchell, Styx, Little Feat, Kiss, Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs, Gordon Lightfoot, John Fahey, David Grisman, John Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jack Bruce, Merle Haggard, Kraftwerk, and so many more, plus a handful of great hip-hop, blues and reggae titles.



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