October 18, 2018
BOOZE & VINYL EVENT AT STATE LINE DISTILLERY SATURDAY 3-5PM:
We will be scooting over to State Line Distillery with records this Saturday for a special event with Andre and Tenaya Darlington, sibling authors of the book Booze & Vinyl. Booze and Vinyl explores the intersection of timeless music and mixed drinks with a spotlight on 70 great records from the 1950s through the 2000s.
We will have records, State Line Distillery will be crafting some great cocktails, and 702WI will have the book available for signing. The event is ticketed with various levels available HERE. We hope to see you there (3-5PM 1413 Northern Court)!
BLACK FRIDAY RECORD STORE DAY IS NOVEMBER 23RD:
Strictly Discs will be the place to be this Post-Thanksgiving-Shopping-Melee-Day, also known as Black Friday.
And that's because certain indie stores across the country will be the place to get special releases created just for you, for giving and getting this holiday season, and they're scheduled for release on Black Friday, November 23, 2018.
Now, this is not Record Store Day, Jr., but it is brought to you by the powers-that-be at Record Store Day. This is a group of special releases you can only find at certain independent record stores nationwide. The magic of these pieces (many uber-limited) is that every one of them is something someone will really LOVE to get, and you'll really ENJOY giving. And you may have the added nice feeling of supporting a local, independently owned (Strictly Discs, Independently Owned since 1988) business during the holidays.
We’ll be operating our Record Store Day Black Friday wish list / request system the same way as year’s past, So please feel free to make your requests after logging into your account (or creating an account). You must make the jump HERE to access your RSD account information. 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, please know that some of these products are extremely limited and will sell out quickly. For full pressing information on these releases, please visit the Record Store Day website.
We will do our best to have ample stock of all Record Store Day Black Friday releases. The status of your requests will be updated within our system prior to November 22, 2018. We expect that you will be in the store on November 23rd to pick up any requested items. If you are unable to be here that day or want us to send any remaining stock after Record Store Day, please email firstname.lastname@example.org now to make those arrangements. Thank you!
NEW THIS WEEK AT THE SHOP:
Heading downstairs for this week's used vinyl alert, it's a soul lover's paradise in the new arrivals this week, in addition to our deep and wide assortment of rock, jazz, folk, and hip hop.
USED CD ALERT:This week’s used CDs are notable for their recent vintage. More than a couple of these will end up populating staff year-end round-ups, including efforts from Blood Orange, Foxing, John Prine and Mac Miller. We also have plenty of the old battleaxes, so look for essential sides from The Band, Rolling Stones, Dylan and Black Flag. Continuing on last week’s jazz haul, peep for crucial albums from Les McCann and Eddie Harris, Jeff Lorber, Nina Simone and “Search for the New Land” by Lee Morgan, easily one of my top 10 Blue Notes. Hard-driving work from the MC5, Nirvana and Sleater-Kinney round out the week.
2018 RELEASES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED:
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.
MONROE STREET IS OPEN FROM THE WEST
Coming to the shop with CDs/LPs? We can come to you or meet you at our warehouse to make it easier. Please call or text Ron at 608.213.3610 to arrange.
SELL US YOUR CDS & LPS:
NEXT MUSIC TRIVIA TUESDAY NOVEMBER 27TH:
Join us Tuesday, November 27th for Music Trivia at the High Noon Saloon. Registration starts at 5:30PM wiht first question from Marty & Angie at 6PM. Save the date for December 11th.
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.
Peter Holsapple vs. Alex Chilton – “The Death of Rock” Before Peter Holsapple joined the DB’s he spent a short time in Memphis. While there, he found a few like-minded musicians and started recording at Sam Phillips Recording Service in the fall of 1979. He also met Alex Chilton and Mr. Chilton told him that he would show up at the studio and would show Mr. Holsapple how to “do it right.” Lo and behold, Mr. Chilton arrived one night and recorded five songs with Mr. Holsapple’s band. At the time Mr. Chilton was beyond the power pop of Big Star and was about to write Big Star out of his life for over a decade. The music he made that night was mainly fifties covers with his originals in the same mold. Mr. Chilton then mined that same territory for most of the eighties. Mr. Holsapple contributed the majority of the tracks here and they are power pop tracks not much different than what he brought to the DB’s. In fact, he brought several songs on this collection to the DB’s. Also included are eight additional tracks of mainly rehearsals. “The Death of Rock” is certainly a historical document. But it is also a fascinating look at Mr. Holsapple at the beginning of his career and Mr. Chilton starting a new chapter in his long and varied career. - Ted
The Monkees – “Christmas Party” Yes, it is beginning to be that most wonderful time of the year! But you may ask why a Monkees Christmas album? The fact is that it is quite good. I think that secret of the success is to have Adam Schlesinger, of Fountains of Wayne fame, produce the album. Mr. Schlesinger steers the band in all the right directions for this Christmas album. While there are several seasonal standards on the album, the boys also tackle Christmas songs from the likes of XTC, Big Star, Roy Wood’s Wizzard, Elvis Presley and Paul McCartney. This is such a fun album, regardless of the fact that it is a Christmas album. The Monkees made a great reunion album in 2016 with “Good Times,” and now follow it up with another excellent album. And by the way, all of the Monkees are on the album, including Davy Jones via vocals he cut in the nighties. - Ted
Bottle Rockets – “Bit Logic” The Bottle Rockets are an American treasure. Since 1992 they have released 12 albums, with “Bit Logic” being the thirteenth. The band has never released a bad album, and in fact they have released more than their fair share of great albums. They tour like crazy and I estimate that in the last five years I have seen them live about fifteen times just in the Madison area. “Bit Logic” is not a let-down in any sense of the world. It is as good as any of their last several releases. The band always has high standards when they release an album. “Bit Logic” meets and at times exceeds those standards. The Bottle Rockets were at the beginning of the alt-country renaissance twenty-five years ago. And they are still on the cutting edge of alt-country after all these years. - Ted