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Email February 21, 2019


JAZZ POP-UP - MARCH 3RD NOON-4PM - We will have thousands of fresh & prime used Jazz LPs & CDs plus bargain Jazz LPs & CDs - none of which have been for sale anywhere else until now.
Our warehouse is located at 4253 Argosy Court. Please park only in our front parking lot or on the street (NOT in the trucking company's back lot).


Jenny Lewis' new album On The Line is out on March 22nd and she'll be supporting the release with a big show in Madison at The Sylvee on 3/27! Stop in the shop or visit our website to pre-order an indie-exclusive blue vinyl version and get entered to win two tickets to the show + a $50 gift card to Brasserie V ! We'll pick a winner on 3/15.


With their powers combined, singer-songwriters Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers are Better Oblivion Community Center, and this week brings the arrival of their debut album as a unit. BOCC is even greater than the sum of its parts (which would probably be enough for most of us, to be honest!), finding the pair trading verses and songs like two mildly drunk barflies trying to outdo the other. We have very limited supply of Orange vinyl on this one, so stop in for your copy quick or settle for black! Just as anticipated by our estimation is the latest album from Gary Clark Jr, the modern Americana star who seems to have achieved near-universal appeal with his genre-blending blues-folk-roots-rock. Early reviews of this one have been all raves. 

Perhaps the week's most refreshing release comes from an artist named Cochemea, aka Cochemea Gastelum, the longtime saxophonist from Sharon Jones' backing band the Dap Kings. 'All My Relations' finds Cochemea branching out significantly from his work as a sideman, concocting a cool, uplifting, and out-reaching album of indigenous rhythmic folk and jazz that sounds like a mix of Art Ensemble live jams and Arthur Lyman's 'Taboo'. Connected by a cowbell, we've also got a fresh vinyl pressing of the unreal 'Instead' album by the UK group Collocutor. The Ethiopique-leaning spiritual jazz ensemble first released this one as a short run in 2014 and copies now fetch 3 figures, so jump on this one quick. 

Two huge releases from the world of dreamy trap finally see the vinyl format this week. Feast your noggins on LP versions of Quavo's 'Quavo Huncho' and Lil Yachty's 'Nuthin 2 Prove'. 

Dearly beloved indie-men Martin Frawley (the frontman of Australia's Twerps)
and Telekinesis aka Michael Benjamin Lerner have lovely new releases in the house via the Merge Records label; and both are on color vinyl whilst they last!

Producer Al Dobson Jr set the stage for the Rhythm Section label's dominance of the new UK jazz-house phenomenon with the release of 2014's 'Rye Lane Volume One', a suite of rhythmic sketches that combined mellow beatdown-style house with ceremonial percussion in a manner so casual it almost sounds like he just a hung a microphone out the window on a warm day. Back in print now, complete with sampled interludes of Elvin Jones talking about John Coltrane! Speaking of jazz legends, please do not miss this new record from Ivan Conti. As one-third of the storied group Azymuth, Conti helped define the still-unrivaled clarity, precision, and style of Brazilian jazz-funk from the 70s onward, and this is his first solo album since 1997! Every track on 'Poison Fruit' oozes pure poise and class. 

Hot off it's well-deserved Grammy victory (two actually: Best Historical Album and Best Liner Notes), we have vinyl and CD formats of Dust-to-Digital's phenomenal 'Voices of Mississippi' collection. Also repressed for the first time ever is Sun Ra's space-age 1974 masterpiece, 'Pathways to Unknown Worlds'.

Two essential reggae reissues hitting the racks this week! Check out Tapper Zukie's 'Black Man' and Don Drummond's 'Memorial Album', the 1969 ska classic featuring Tommy McCook, Jackie Mittoo and the rest of the Skatalites in fine style. 

'Celestial Realms' was a one-off cassette collaboration between new-age zither legend Laraaji and reiki-healing guitarist Lyghte. Originally released in 1986, the sonics on this one are incredible, and I'd easily rank it among the top Laraaji listening experiences alongside 'Essence/Universe' and his album for Brian Eno. True character Joe Tossini provided the 'spiritual comic relief' on the genre-defying 'Sky Girl' compilation with his drum-machine driven, longing lounge-pop wonder 'Wild Dream'. If you ever wondered what an entire album of 'Wild Dream' would sound like, we now have 'Lady of Mine', the 1989 self released gem from Atlantic City's first and last minimal wave crooner. Just as cool is this reissue of a dead rare 1976 LA jazz-funk album from singer Jaye P. Morgan, which is laden with studio talent. We've also got a killer new record from under-the-radar UK downtempo veterans Ultramarine. Their lovely, endlessly drifting new album has guest vocals from none other than Anna Domino on four tracks!


Two comprehensive boxsets cover a pair of 70s musicians who occupied basically polar opposite spaces during that decade, while leaving a durable lasting legacy. 'Keep On Keeping On' chronicles Curtis Mayfield's stunning run of studio albums from 1970 to 1974: 'Curtis', 'Roots', 'Back to the World' and 'Sweet Exorcist', while 'Michael Rother Solo' contains the Neu guitarist's marvelous solo LPs 'Flammende Herzen', 'Sterntaler', 'Katzenmusik' and 'Fernwarme', plus two more discs of soundtrack works and live cuts.

Five long-out-of-print singles from the early days of the Arctic Monkeys are here! Including 'I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor' and 'Don't Sit Down Cause I've Moved Your Chair'. 

Indie, folk and soul new releases are here from Lily & Madeleine, Adia Victoria, Ry X and the hotly-tipped Dan Auerbach produced debut from UK singer Yola called 'Walk Through Fire'.

Indie, underground and lifer-weirdo mainstays bring us new releases this week, including the Claypool Lennon Delirium, the Unknown Instructors (Mike Watt, George Hurley, and J Mascis), and a great new album from Sleaford Mods called 'Eton Alive'. First class pun, right there. We've also got a new vinyl version of the long-requested Band of Horses live record 'Acoustic at the Ryman'.

A bountiful harvest from contemporary jazz this week includes new CDs from Nate Wooley, whose 'Columbia Icefield' includes support from Susan Alcorn and Mary Halvorson, saxophonist Chris Potter's 'Circuits', a new one from Julian Lage called 'Love Hurts', 'Chi', a new trio album from Dave Liebman, Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake, young composer Anna Webber's latest, 'Clockwise', and a super-phenomenal all-female vocal/percussion ensemble headed up by Marilyn Mazur called 'Shamania'.

Lastly we get some fantastic jazz classics back in print on vinyl. Art Ensemble of Chicago's 1974 rarity 'Tutankhamun', Stan Getz & Bill Evans' 'Previously Unreleased', Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster, and Billie Holiday's 'Body and Soul'.


Heading downstairs for this week's Used Vinyl Alert, we have quite a spread of warmer-uppers from which you may select! A fantastic collection of cornerstones, must-haves, and seldom-seens from the early indie/new wave/punk underground has come through, and we pair that with some stunners in blues, jazz, folk and soul, so read on!

First off, lets take a trip back to a time when gas was cheap and our president was an actor. Wait, that doesn't narrow it down, I'm talking about the 80s! This week's new arrivals include classics from the Talking Heads, the Clash, the Replacements, Joy Division, Gang Green, Gang of Four, the Dead Kennedys, Descendents, the Smiths, Husker Du, XTC, Sparks, the Tubes, Psychedelic Furs, Gary Numan, Oingo Boingo, Sham 69, and the Gun Club.

Classic rock and pop comes through in major numbers from our favorite names, like Bob Dylan, the Kinks, Queen, Frank Zappa, Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, John Prine, the Grateful Dead, Captain Beefheart, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty, T Rex, Pink Floyd, Prince, Lou Reed, Gram Parsons, and Jimi Hendrix, plus more from Blue Cheer, Robert Fripp, the Zombies, WIld Butter, the Damnation of Adam Blessing, Terry Reid, Jeff Beck, the Band, and Deep Purple, and some heavier stuff from Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, Demon, Dead or Alive, Dokken, and Dust!

A deeply-dug vein of folk and traditional LPs is here this week, with LPs from Pentangle, Pete Seeger, Harry K McClintock, Steve Goodman, Norman Blake, John Hartford, Curt Newbury, Evie Sands, Tom Paxton, Jeanie West, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Chris Hillman and David Bromberg, plus some blues from Taj Mahal, BB King, and Dr. John.

Jazz LPs are here from Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, Sun Ra, Eddie Harris, Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock, Richard Davis, and Keith Jarrett. Plenty of soul from names like the Swan Silvertones, Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Funkadelic, Mary Wells, Sam & Dave, Sly Stone, Zapp, the Temptations, Clara Ward, Solomon Burke, and Nina Simone!

Lastly, we've got some fine recent vinyl releases from Frightened Rabbit, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane's Addiction, Ride, Phish, and Pavement, plus international tunes from Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Yellowman and Vinicius Cantuaria, capped off with a one of a kind record from Dr. Timothy Leary! If you plan on dropping out this weekend, make sure you drop in here first for your sonic supplies!



Chase away the blues with the blues is what it says on the card. If you’re looking for a chance to grab some great foundational titles, pay attention to the following titles: Buddy Guy “Stone Crazy;” Albert King “Thursday Night in San Francisco” & “In Session with Stevie Ray Vaughan;” Freddie King “Texas Cannonball;” Bobby Bland “Two Steps from the Blues;” Otis Rush “Right Place, Wrong Time;” Butterfield Blues Band “S/T;” and Robert Nighthawk “Bricks in My Pillow.” For the deeper blues enthusiast, look for ace works on Delmark, Arhoolie, and Rounder, with headliners including Carey Bell, Fenton Robinson, Ronnie Earl, Earl King, Earl Hooker and John Lee Hooker. Even the jazz arrivals this week have a bluesy bent: look out for burners from Brother Jack McDuff, Jimmy Griff, Charles Mingus and Strictly Discs legend Ivan “Boogaloo Joe” Jones. We’ll be unveiling top-shelf contemporary soul from Sharon Jones (3 titles!) and Nicole Willis, along with work from selector’s faves Shuggie Otis and Syl Johnson. Finally, we have in two mammoth box sets from legendary reissuer Mosaic Records: T-Bone Walker “Complete 1940-1954” and “The Complete Stan Getz/Jimmy Raney.” These two items are on the shelves and they are pricey, but if you know Mosaic, you know how big of a deal it is to see these.


Join us Tuesday, March 19th for Music Trivia at the High Noon Saloon. 

Test your music knowledge monthly at High Noon!

Registration starts 5:30 | First question at 6:00 PM
FREE | 21+

New prizes to the winning team each month and a cumulative prize for the top team of the year includes a golden ticket to every show at High Noon Saloon the next year! 

March 19 | April 2 | May 14 | June 18 | July 16 | August 13 | September 17 | October 15 | November 12 | December 17



Stay tuned - our list of Record Store Day releases should be available on or around March 1st. 


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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.

David Bowie – “Serious Moonlight (Live ‘83)”   This two disc live set was recorded just months following the commercial success of the “Let’s Dance” album.   This concert was originally only released as a laserdisc in the eighties and this album marks the first time the music has ever been released on CD.   That being said, the show really doesn’t have that many songs from “Let’s Dance.”  It is more of a greatest hits live show, with some selections going back to the late sixties/early seventies.   Of course, this being a Bowie live album, there are several left-field selections that were rarely played live. His band is rather large, but it gels and is on fire for most of the concert.   Also just released is the two disc live album “Glass Spider (Live Montreal ‘87).”   This concert previously had a very limited release in 2007.  “Glass Spider” contains more tracks from the “Let’s Dance, ”Tonight” and “Never Let Me Down” albums. - Ted

Hayes Carll – “What Is It” Although it is his sixth album, “What Is It” may be his best album yet.  His last album was a rather bleak and black post-divorce album.  “What Is It” is his technicolor return to the real world.  This album is full of wry and cutting humor and Mr. Carll’s barbed observation of the state of the country.  "What iIs It"  contains some of his most rocking songs but also some of his most touching songs.   If you have never heard of Mr. Carll before, picture a cross between roots rock and old-school outlaw country. - Ted

Ryan Bingham – “American Love Songs” Mr. Bingham is a also a cross between roots rock and outlaw country.  “American Love Songs” is his seventh album.  Some people may remember his songs being featured  in the movie “Crazy Heart” for which he won an Academy Award.    “American Love Songs”  may be his most political album as he observes and comments on what the heck is going on in America almost 20 years into the twenty-first century.  Mr. Bingham must think that the music on this album really are love songs for America.   And in my mind, they obviously are. - Ted

Ron, Ryan, Angie, Marty, Evan, Matt, Michael, Ben, Will, Ed, Isaac, Larry & Sean

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