October 4, 2018
NEW THIS WEEK AT THE SHOP:
USED CD ALERT:
New week, new batch. Here’s the lowdown on the upfront. Leading off, we got three releases from jazz bassist superwoman Esperanza Spalding. We have welcome restocks of consistent sellers from heavyweights including the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Dylan. In addition we have stellar titles such as “Loveless” by My Bloody Valentine, “Nebraska” by Springsteen, Lauryn Hill’s “Miseducation” and ideal entry point for the Dead “American Beauty.” We also have some very sharp Japanese and UK digipak issues of Hawkwind’s eponymous release, “Axis Bold as Love” by Jimi, and both “Exodus” and “Burnin’” from Bob Marley and the Wailers. I’m going to be a broken record here but “Band of Gypsies” in the best Hendrix album and we do have an incoming copy back in. Finally, we asking the riddling question: which album of Rihanna’s do pirates favor most? “Rated RRRRRRRRR.”
2018 RELEASES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED:
ISTHMUS MADFAVES READERS POLL:
We are honored to have won this poll after a 10+ year hiatus for the Record Store category. Thank you for your support and getting physical with your music!
MONROE STREET CONSTRUCTION UPDATE:
Thank you for making the trip to come and see us; we appreciate it!
DIRECTIONS FROM REGENT/EAST:
From Regent Street:
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.
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NEXT MUSIC TRIVIA TUESDAY OCTOBER 9TH:
Join us Tuesday, October 9th for Music Trivia at the High Noon Saloon. Registration starts at 5:30PM wiht first question from Marty & Angie at 6PM.
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.
Alexander Spence – “Andoaragain” If ever there was an album that grew higher in stature since its release it has to be Alexander “Skip” Spence’s “Oar” album. The album was recorded in late 1968 after Mr. Spence was released from New York’s Bellevue Hospital Psych ward. Mr. Spence had attacked members of the Moby Grape with an axe, a band he was also a member of. To say that the album is a raw and harrowing listen is an understatement. Mr. Spence’s sanity was tentative at the time of the recording. It seems that his troubles had brought out a creative renaissance that is very evident on this album. The fragile beauty of the songs on the original album is what has made this album become a lost classic in the intervening fifty years. What is special about this release is the huge amount of additional material that is included along with the remastered album. It appears that almost all of the album sessions have been released on this three disc release. There are almost two hours of additional material on “Andoaragain.” Some of the outtakes and alternative takes are as good as or surpass the material released on the album. The listener is also treated to the development of the material as the sessions unfolded. The sheer amount of material makes this release a must for fans of “Oar” and for fans of intensely personal and fragile music. - Ted
Stereolab – “Switched On Volumes 1-3” This box set collects all three volumes of the Switched On series. The Switched On series collected singles, non-album tracks and compilation tracks that originally were first released in 1992, 1995 and 1998. Many of the band’s best music only came out on singles. The original nineties releases were out of print for many years and fetched hefty prices. Besides collecting the elements into one source, all the material was remastered. The new remastering is stunning, akin to cleaning a dirty window into spotless clearness. Stereo lab is the group who took electronic music in a new and different direction. They made it cool and swinging and quite fun. They called it “space-age bachelor pad music” at the time. Though Stereolab has been inactive for over a decade, their best work is now available on this collection. And “Switched On Volumes 1-3” is now available for a rather modest price for 4 discs. - Ted
Joan Jett – “Bad Reputation” Though this album is a soundtrack from the documentary about Ms. Jett as rock heroine and feminist revolutionary, it also functions as an alternative greatest hits collection. The music from her almost forty year career is remastered to give a crunch, heft and power that many of the original releases didn’t have. This album was made to be played loud! And what other way is there to play a Joan Jett album? - Ted