Strictly Discs

July 20, 2023

New This Week At The Shop

As we near the midpoint of summer, we have a shorter but very much sweeter rundown of new releases this week. We were joined by a nice crowd of you to have an early listen to the latest record from Mitten rockers GRETA VAN FLEET on Wednesday. Safe to say there was universal approval in the air for 'Starcatcher', the group's most dynamic and gigantic-sounding record yet. We have a clear vinyl version, and limited copies of an indie exclusive white and glitter vinyl pressing of this one. Canadian bluegrass modernist BELLA WHITE delivers her second album 'Among Other Things' on limited carnelian colored vinyl. She's paired up with producer Jonathan Wilson on this one, the mixer who's lent a modern country patina to recent records from Angel Olsen, Margo Price, and Papa Doc Misty. Not to be outdone is the more traditional folk player MOLLY TUTTLE, who continues her righteous tear with 'City of Gold', a new album produced alongside Jerry Douglas. Tuttle is one of the new Tennessee players pairing exemplary traditional skills with a progressive, cosmic searcher style. Eternal homespun rocker JOHN MELLENCAMP continues to redefine himself far into his career with 'Orpheus Descending', finally in stock on vinyl this week.
Have you heard about the new BARBIE movie? I'm guessing yes. We aren't exactly a movie theatre here at Strictly Discs, but the pink phenomenon has still reached us via 'Barbie The Album', the soundtrack companion for the film which features a rather astounding roster of relevant pop artists across the spectrum, penning original material in honor of the plastic princess. If we needed to mention it, yes the vinyl is pink on this one. In a stroke of timing and luck, we have finally sourced copies of one of the modern era's great deconstructionist pop albums, 'Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides' from the one and only SOPHIE. Her tragic passing makes this uncategorizable record a lasting document of an artist who was in the process of remaking the world. With a low-key, semi-anonymous intensity, the producer CLARK has been making some of the coolest electro-pop around for many years now; his latest is the amusingly named 'Sus Dog', it features Thom Yorke and Anika guesting on vox, and it rules. The TRESOR label has been setting the bar for club-clattering techno for decades; a generous new three-LP comp from them called 'yet' introduces over a dozen relatively unheard new producers doing some super refreshing new takes on the style.
Near the horizon of some parallel universe crossroads of Rolling Stone magazine and Unsolved Mysteries stands the figure of JIM SULLIVAN, the musician who cut a pitch-perfect country-funk masterpiece with the Wrecking Crew called 'U.F.O' and then dipped out into the New Mexico desert, never to be seen again. It's been over a decade since Light in the Attic first illuminated this 1969 rarity, and its finally back in stock this week. There's no greater lost album out there, I put that on Robert Stack. We've also got a cool one from an Aussie prog-rock band called FRATERNITY, the '72 slab 'Flaming Galah' won the ear of AC/DC's manager, who hit up vocalist Bon Scott to become the future powerhouse's lead singer. We have a lovely new edition of LES RALLIZES DENUDES early 70s recording 'Mizutani', which captures some tender, melancholy loner-psych in the band's initial university period. We've been blessed with a bunch of nice BRIAN ENO classics coming back in stock lately. This week we have the pop auteur's finest vocal record ever, the meticulous and pre-everything 'Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)'.
The Sacred Bones label re-introduced the world to MORT GARSON with the reissue of 'Plantasia' several years back, and they bring the Moog wizard into even brighter focus with 'Journey To The Moon & Beyond', a deep collection of his commissions for TV and radio, and his infamous Apollo 11 moon landing recording, thought for many decades to be lost media. ORNETTE COLEMAN's earth-shaking 1958 debut 'Something Else!!!' gets an audiophile repress this week, plus we've got a new edition of the ambient masterpiece 'Music For Nine Post Cards' by HIROSHI YOSHIMURA, and a lovely disc of krautrock synth-drift from TAROTPLANE called 'The Feedback Sutras'.
Britpop institution BLUR re-invent themselves again with the reunion album 'The Ballad of Darren', in stock on blue wax. DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE celebrate the 20th anniversary of their career-defining gem 'Transatlanticism' with a touched-up new edition, plus we've got long-overdue reissues from a pair of Chicago bands that turned metal into a kind of seismic riffmosphere: RUSSIAN CIRCLES's 'Station' on blue and PELICAN's 'The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw' on gold.
A nice pair of late 70's classics from TATSURO YAMASHITA capture the magic moment when elite Japanese musicians began forging jazz and funk together in an exciting new style that would come to be known as "City Pop". As always, the Japan-only pressings of 'Moonglow' and 'Go Ahead!' are on the pricy side, but you can count on them sounding better than nearly any other record on your shelf. Last up, we got a pair of classics in stock from the Mello Music Group. ODDISEE's nimble-lipped banger 'The Iceberg' is back in print, and we've got a very striking new one from producer APOLLO BROWN & righteous rapper STALLEY called 'Blacklight' fittingly in on neon purple wax.

Used Vinyl LP Alert

Another hot one in the Used Vinyl Alert! We've got a nice run of obscure and collectible records from the Beatles, U2, the Wailers, Daft Punk, Taylor Swift, Panic at the Disco, and more. Lots of classic rock, pop and songwriter gems like Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Warren Zevon, the Beach Boys, the Eagles, Little Feat, Randy Newman, Billy Joel, Gordon Lightfoot, Harry Nilsson, Gene Clark, John Prine, and Todd Rundgren.

Seldom seen classics are in from the Clash, Quiet Sun, Jesus and Mary Chain, Eloy, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Joan Jett, Roxy Music, the Fugs, The Associates, Comsat Angels, Kid Creole, Bon Jovi, Jethro Tull, Kraftwerk, Yello, Radiohead, John Mayall, the Blues Magoos, 2 Live Crew, and Jay-Z! Folk and country is in from Wiillie, Waylon, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, and some rare ones from Nanci Griffith.

Fully enshrined soul is in from Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Brook Benton, Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind & Fire, and Rufus. A nice jazz spread includes Sun Ra, Billy Cobham, Django Reinhardt, Chick Corea, and some lovely exotica, plus a nice mix of mexican brass and conjunto jammers. A nice crop of picture discs and sound effects LPs are in, along with a great run of soundtracks!

Hi-Fi Warehouse Event Saturday 10AM-4PM

This Saturday, July 22nd from 10AM - 4PM, were having a hi-fi sale with 100s of pieces of vintage & contemporary stereo equipment from fully restored/refurbished desirable pieces to parts only.

Heres what to expect:
Receivers/Amplifiers/Turntables
Speakers/CD players/PA systems
Cables/Cartridges/Connectors/Wire
Free advice

...and a whole bunch of other related/non related items (no CDs/LPs at this event).

We will be accepting cash & credit cards. No S&H Green Stamps for this one.

The Strictly Discs warehouse is located at 101 West Main Street in Cambridge.

Monroe Street (Mini) Sidewalk Sale Saturday 10AM-4PM

Join us this Saturday, July 22rd from 10AM-4PM for the (mini) Monroe Street Sidewalk Sale. We will have approximately 3000 bargain LPs out for digging.

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

Position 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

SELL US YOUR CDS & LPS

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