Email March 1, 2018
MONROE STREET ROAD CONSTRUCION UPDATE:
As Monroe Street goes from potholes to rubble to pavement, we extend gratitude to all our customers who still venture our way. Record diggers are a hearty bunch. We’ll still be putting out over 500 incoming used records every Friday morning and we’ll remain on top of all the newest sounds. And while you’re in our neck of the woods, show our neighbors some love. Monroe Street is a great place to eat, drink, exercise, get sharp and get out. We’ve been here since 1992. So far, we like it.
NEW THIS WEEK AT THE SHOP:
USED VINYL ALERT:
Heading downstairs for this week's USED VINYL ALERT, we've got quite the spread of fresh records for you to snap up. In addition to some great jazz, rock, blues and electronic, this week's crop contains just about every critically acclaimed new wave and early alternative LP out there! If it's on a list of must-own records, it's down here, from the Velvet Underground, David Bowie and the Kinks to the Talking Heads, John Cale, Lou Reed, and Patti Smith; from the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, the Clash, and Devo, to the Modern Lovers, Blondie, Joy Division, the Replacements, and R.E.M.
Our next MUSIC TRIVIA at the High Noon Saloon is Tuesday, April 10th. Registration starts at 5:30 with the first question from Angie and Marty at 6PM. Save the date for May 8th!
RECORD STORE DAY 2018 - SAVE THE DATE:
Save the date - April 21st, 2018 is Record Store Day (RSD) 2018! The official announcement for RSD will be March 6th; our list should be ready for wish listing on March 8th.
OTHERS TALK BACK:
This isn't the spot to lay down odds on the third race. OTB is where Others Talk Back and give you the lowdown on what they've been feeling lately. This one's for the customers.
This 1978 live album is Bowie’s first attempt to stage the songs from “Low” and “Heroes” live. Both of those albums loom very large in Bowie’s discography. The experimental sounds and songs from those albums come off surprising well live. They are not dumbed down for the masses but have a vitality live that was missing, at times, in the album versions. The whole first disc, with one exception, contains selections from those two albums. The second disc contains Bowie’s “Greatest Hits” up to that point, with a few left-field exceptions. Bowie’s backing band is hot, going from avant- garde to hard rock with ease. In fact, Bowie liked the band so much he took them into the studio after the tour ended to record “Lodger.” The album has been remastered and two additional songs were appended to the album. With a few decades hindsight, “Stages” sounds more vital now than it did when it was released forty years ago. - Ted
Grant Lee Phillips was the singer-songwriter and guitarist in Grant Lee Buffalo. Grant Lee Buffalo started in 1991 and ended in 1999. Grant Lee Buffalo were a literate and wordy band that also rocked like you couldn’t believe. Since 2000, Mr. Phillips has embarked on a solo career that was more folk and singer-songwriter than Grant Lee Buffalo. That being said, “Widdershins” is the most rocking album since the days with Grant Lee Buffalo in the nineties. It is most reassuring that he hasn’t lost that ability. This new music approaches some of the best he did twenty-five year ago. It is comforting that an artist that we followed for over two decades can still make music as vital as he did when he started all those years ago. - Ted
The band is from Southern Algeria and plays what is loosely called “desert rock.” Most desert rock features snaky electric guitar that weaves itself through the songs and in fact stitches and holds the songs together. “Temet” is their second album and puts them in the company of such desert rock greats like Bombino and Tinariwen. What sets Imarhan apart from other desert rock bands is that Imarhan utilizes more percussion. With two great records since 2016, Imarhan is on the cusp of doing great things. - Ted