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June 13, 2024

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New This Week At The Shop

This week's sweet haul of new records kicks off with a very welcome return from the charming New York pop outfit CRUMB. It's been three years since their last album, which is a long time in the rock n roll world, enough to worry that maybe this cant-miss quartet would have lost their sparkle. No way, no how, here's 'AMAMA', and it is perhaps the best record they've done yet. The band continues to experiment in all the right ways, adding creative curlicues of sonic detail to a heavily enriched soundbed in which their familiar propulsive jazz-pop can frolic. Some tracks here lean into dreamy breakbeat territory, while others linger in that sweet spot Stereolab found on their later albums, where sophisticated songcraft shared space with strange noise. Another band we don't want to change is HERMANOS GUTIERREZ, the Ecuadorian-Swiss band of brothers who wooed the ears of countless listeners with their 2022 breakout album 'El Bueno Y El Malo', which has turned into one of the highest selling records of the decade so far here at Strictly Discs, and presumably a lot of other places! Drop the needle on 'Sonido Cosmico' and its like the long night fires of that record are still burning; another restorative ramble through the pampas of mid-century Latin western noir awaits you. Progressive indie-rock institution THE DECEMBERISTS return with their ninth studio album, appropriately titled 'As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again'. The group's trademark widescreen folk-pop trip is as potent as ever, sounding like the Byrds and Rush in equal measure, and Colin Meloy's are sharp, wry, and dark, just like we like it. 20 years ago, a super-group of interdisciplinary indie rockers formed called MONSTERS OF FOLK. At the time, it seemed perhaps a tongue-in-cheek name for a combo of Jim James, Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, Will Johnson, and M. Ward, then riding high in an era when touring was as easy as getting in a van with some guitars, and a stream was something you could bathe in if you couldn't find a hotel. This unit took several years to finish their lone doozy of an album, before going on to bigger, better, and less monstrous things, and they sold a metric ton of them in the CD era. Roll the calendar to 2024, and you know we need this badboy on vinyl! An expanded edition with five more tracks lands this week, with colorfully revised artwork.
Clear the dancefloor for the arrival of the NEW REGENCY ORCHESTRA, an emerging London-based big band (18 members!) exploring the golden era of the Afro-Latin large ensemble which thrived in Havana and New York under bandleaders like Tito Puente and Rene Hernandes. Horns and hand drums abound on this incredible debut recording, which does not remotely sound like it was recorded any time this century. Cozy up to an audiophile edition of perhaps BILLIE HOLIDAY's last classic album, 1959's 'Body + Soul', which finds Lady Day mellowing a bit from her full power torch song, but still swinging a tune better than just about anyone. Barney Kessel and Ben Webster are in the booth on this one too. BADBADNOTGOOD's knocking classic 'IV' is back in print, and we've got the latest from the maturing soundcloud-rappers $UICIDEBOY$, who return with 'New World Depression'.
Few bands have taken so seriously the brief of "post-rock" as the Japanese band MONO, who have spent close to three decades evolving a sound beyond what you normally get out of drums and guitars. The result is a massive, breathing organism of drifting builds and riffy release on 'OATH', recorded with longtime fan and engineer Steve Albini. I'm just as impatient as the rest of you for a vinyl edition of the final album from Cindy Lee (and I trust that there will be one), but in the meantime lets revisit Cindy nee Pat Flegel's old band WOMEN and their swan song 'Public Strain' from 2010; this poignant noise-rock gem is back in print, and deserves even more shine than it got back then. Keeping things noisy and sad, we've finally got vinyl editions of a pair of albums by SIGN CRUSHES MOTORIST, the bedroom project of prolific artist Liam McKay. 'Hurting' and 'I'll Be Okay' are both exquisitely hushed albums of modern lofi slowcore, and prove that guys will literally make two full records of Duster Stratosphere worship before they'll go to therapy.
Here's some compilations you can really sink your teeth into! Sorry. I will not pretend that I know anything about TWILIGHT other than it being a TV show and/or a movie about attractive vampires, but what I do know is that it had one bangin soundtrack, as well as its sequel (? am i getting that right) NEW MOON. Paramore, Bon Iver, Thom Yorke, Death Cab, Muse, and more, all doing exclusive tracks? As the kids say, "Lets gooo". New vinyl editions of both OSTs were only announced 2 weeks ago, and I've never seen the preorders pile up so fast. We've fulfilled everyone's wishes and have plenty to spare for anyone who didn't bite right away. 2024 has been a banner year for "pop stars jumping in the water", so here goes Lizzy McAlpine for the cover of her new release 'Older'. (Astute readers may note that it was the ever-ahead of the game Weyes Blood who kicked off this trend in 2019). In front of a new album due at the end of the summer, we have also restocked the oft-requested 2022 album from SABRINA CARPENTER, 'Emails I Can't Send'. Maybe give the I.T. guy a call on that one.
New editions from classic names abound this week. PAUL McCARTNEY and WINGS deliver 'One Hand Clapping', a collection of never released live-in-the-studio jams from 1974. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN's iconic 'Born In the USA' turns 40 this year, just in time to not get played at any presidential candidate rallies thank you very much; a new edition adds new photos and liner notes and comes on clear vinyl. New pressings as well for the 'Best of the Doobies' aka THE DOOBIE BROTHERS, and the heart-wrenching 'Crying Laughing Loving Lying' by LABI SIFFRE.
Back to the nineties we go with some long-lost gems coming back in print. Downtown NYC opiate-embodiers ROYAL TRUX kicked off the decade with their difficult classic 'Twin Infinitives', an intoxicatingly smacked-about record of off-time dub-blues. THE GOSSIP are not a 90s band technically, but they just feel like one, you know? Breakout dance-punk jammer 'Standing In The Way Of Control' gets a new press. MARINE RESEARCH made slightly less waves than their previous band Heavenly, but their lone full-length 'Sounds From the Gulf Stream' remains a gem of British indie-jangle. We've also got a new pressing of SEAL's second album 'Seal', known colloquially by fans as 'Seal II', or perhaps as, "The one with "Kiss From A Rose" on it". Ba da daaa....
Some wonderfully moody atmospherics close us out this week. Pedal-steeler RAYMOND RICHARDS adds a touch of drum machine on 'Sand Paintings', a gorgeous collection of instrumentals that pair well with the new Hermanos Gutierrez. Visionary reissue label Mississippi Records restores the lost soundtrack to the Banned-in-Iran queer horror film 'Chess of the Wind', created by composer SHEIDA GHARACHEDAGHI and filmmaker MOHAMMAD REZA ASLANI; feudalistic folk meets modern jazz on this profoundly intersectional piece. Lastly, Numero delivers a couple choice reprints of guitar and synth mystic WILBURN BURCHETTE private press gems: 'Music of the Godhead' and 'Opens the Seven Gates of Transcendental Consciousness'. Neither Strictly Discs nor the Numero Group are responsible for what happens when you open those gates.

Used Vinyl LP Alert

Here is your weekly update for June 13. We'll pickup where the Thursday night sneak peek video on our @StrictlyDiscs Instagram and Facebook left off. No frills. Just the artists. The rest is for your 500+ fresh-used digging pleasure downstairs. Some of the headliners this week:

Rock/Pop: Thompson Twins, Tears for Fears, Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Derek and the Dominos, Blind Faith, Jackson Browne, Roxy Music

Jazz: Herbie Hancock, Cal Tjader, Duke Ellington, Keith Jarrett, Lyle Mays, Pat Metheny Group, Paul Desmond, Lonnie Liston Smith, John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Quincy Jones

Folk/Country: Joni Mitchell, Roger Miller, Hee Haw, Grandpa Jones, George Jones, Elton Britt, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson

Contemporary: Sturgill Simpson, Beck, Pearl Jam, Wilco, The Mars Volta, Of Montreal, Taylor Swift, Black Keys

Hip-Hop: Kanye West, MF Doom, The Pharcyde, Outkast, Killer Mike, Kids See Ghosts, MadVillain, Kid Cudi

Soul/Funk/Blues: Sly & the Family Stone, John Mayall, Sister Sledge, The Temptations, WAR, Soul Train Compilation, Johnny Nash, Billy Preston, Smokey Robinson

Soundtracks/Comedy: Star Wars, Stand By Me, Altered States, The Godfather, Conan OBrien

Assorted Classical, mixed International LPs

Happy Digging!

Sell Us Your HiFi! Tuesdays 11 - 3 with Eric

Our HiFi Buyer/Tech, The Flavor That Kills drummer, Madison College teacher and all-around renaissance man Eric Hartz will be downstairs in the shop on Tuesdays from 11 - 3 in June evaluating HiFi buys.

If you have a receiver or turntable you're looking to part ways with, please do think of us. We are a bit selective and are particularly interested in 70s and early 80s silver-face and woodgrain HiFi components. Speakers can be challenge, especially if they take up a lot of space. But we're happy to hear what you have. Live chats with Eric on Tuesdays or a drop-off and a follow-up from us via phone both work.

SELL US YOUR LPS!

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