Email March 22, 2018
MARCH 22, 2018
MONROE STREET ROAD CONSTRUCTION UPDATE:
Remember Y2K? The Mayan apocalypse? The Swing revival? It seemed like we might not make it to the other side of those events as they loomed before us, but we're fine. And so, Monroe Street construction has begun, and the disruption it has wracked upon our lives…is not that bad. Really.
We've got helpful directions on our site involving a couple of side streets and gentle re-routing. You can still get here, just consult the map of your choice and give yourself a little extra time.
We’ll still be putting out a minimum of 500 incoming used records out every and we’ll keep bringing in today’s freshest titles. While you’re here, make it count and pay a visit at one of our friends in the neighborhood. Even when a bit of dust kicks up, we still like it here, and it's gonna look even better when all this pounding is done!
DIRECTIONS FROM REGENT/EAST:
From Regent Street:
Continue on Regent through the Monroe St intersection
Turn Left on SPOONER ST
Turn Right on West Lawn or Keyes
Turn Left on Harrison St.
We are on the corner of Harrison & Monroe Streets (the street level parking lot outside of the Trader Joe's doors is a public City of Madison lot & the side streets all have FREE 2 hour parking.
MONROE STREET IS OPEN FROM THE WEST
RECORD STORE DAY 2018 IS APRIL 21ST:
Launched in 2007 with the humble idea to recognize independent record stores, Record Store Day (RSD) has mushroomed ever since. The RSD list of LP and CD exclusives continues to expand, while more labels continue to throw open their catalogs to an appreciative customer base.
Beyond the day-long frenzy, RSD exists to offer proof of the lively role record stores play in the community and a chance for folks on both sides of the counter to offer gratitude for each other. Whether you’re a hardcore type who times their arrival for a spot at the front of the line or somebody who waits until the afternoon for a more leisurely experience, we hope you’ll join us on Saturday, April 21.
For all details on pressing quantities, production credits, alternate versions, color vinyl, and other record datum, please refer to the Official Record Store Day list of releases, located at www.recordstoreday.com
Changes and additions to this list are likely, leading all the way up until the big day, and will be reflected on our list as we receive them. If you see a RSD release that does not appear on this list, don't hesitate to email or call to see if it will be available!
THE LIST IS NOW AVAILABLE HERE! (wait to log in to your account until after you make the jump from the homepage)
We'll be operating our Record Store Day (RSD) wish list the same way as years past. A wish is not an order. And while we will try to have ample stock (one of the deepest in the midwest) of all items on the morning of Record Store Day, please know that some of these products are extremely limited and will sell out quickly. Wishlists will be updated online before RSD. THE DEADLINE TO CREATE OR MODIFY A WISHLIST IS FRIDAY MARCH 31st.
USED VINYL ALERT:
Heading downstairs for this week's USED VINYL ALERT, we have got a selection in the new arrivals that's a real joy to flip through. We continue to see great classic rock and jazz, as well as the coolest collection of classic rap we've seen in awhile. You'll flip for these, and hopefully pick up a couple!
NEW THIS WEEK AT THE SHOP:
Ben Haprer & Charlie Musselwhite return March 30th with their new collaboration, No Mercy In This Land. In the meantime, swing by and pick up a fresh 7" that features tracks from the album plus an exclusive B-side version not available anywhere else. The 7" is $2 and includes a coupon for $2 off the full release.
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!
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.
Guided By Voices – “Space Gun” Here comes the first Guided by Voices studio album of 2018. Last year, the band only released two albums, both studio works. Both of those albums were among the best things that the band had released in years. And “Space Gun” continues with that trend. I think having Bobby Bare Jr. and Doug Gillard on guitars is one of the reasons that the band has become so good now. Each guitarist challenges the other and in the end, every GBV album with them as guitarists becomes a total riff fest. “Space Gun” has some monster guitar on it. Bob Pollard then writes some extremely memorable songs to suit what his band does best. I really didn’t think that in the late years of this decade that I would look forward to each GBV release. But here I am doing exactly that.
Yo La Tengo – “There’s A Riot Going On” Like Guided by Voices, Yo La Tengo has been making music since the eighties. Thirty-five years is a long time to make music and then hold everything together enough to still exist as a band, yet alone make vital and challenging music. It is easy to see now how YLT become more improvisational as the decades rolled along. On this their fifteenth studio album, YLT had released their most improvisational album ever. Many of the songs are over five minute long and take instrumental chances from the start. But “There’s A Riot Going On” is not an instrumental album. There are plenty of vocal melodies on this album. Several of the songs possess some of their most magnificent and haunting melodies ever. The shorthand on this album would be psychedelic dream pop with a substantial amount of improvisation going on. The other shorthand on “There’s A Riot Going On” is that it is also quite good.
The Decemberists – “I’ll Be Your Girl” About ten years or so ago, The Decemberists were lost in a wilderness of fussy prog rock with their songs being overly long and complicated and really not being that much listenable or fun. Starting in 2011 the band made a return to classic form with “The King Is Dead,” one of their best and beloved albums. The renaissance continued with their 2015 release and follows on with “I’ll Be Your Girl.” This time the band moves from their folk-rock comfort zone and stretches out into electronics, pop and rock. The Decemberists handle all the different styles with aplomb; there is even a glitter rock stomper in the mix. The unifying factor that holds everything together is the top-notch songwriting. The band is known for their songs and the batch on this album are equal to their best. The Decemberists are quickly approaching their twentieth year as a band. With “I’ll Be Your Girl” it is obvious that the band has the tools to move into their third decade, which is just around the corner.