Strictly Discs

Record Store 2019 is TOMORROW!

Launched in 2007 with the humble idea to recognize independent record stores, Record Store Day (RSD) has blossomed into a global phenomenon. The list of RSD vinyl†and CD exclusives continues to expand, as†more labels continue to throw open their catalogs to an appreciative audience that grows each year.†

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. It's a capsule-sized snapshot of what this whole record world is about. Whether youíre 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 youíll join us on Saturday, April 13th.


It's true, on Record Store Day there's typically a line outside the shop all morning, just as there is at hundreds of other local shops across the country (and the world). But walk through this line, and you'll find ardent music fans of every stripe: young, old, male, female, seasoned pro and beginners. The line has come to symbolize the size, passion and staying power of both the physical music audience and the locally-oriented music community. Amidst the RSD crowds, we've seen musicians discussing upcoming gigs and tours, knowledgeable jazz heads giving high schoolers tips on the essentials, people meeting up for the first time "in real life" or for the first time in a decade, parents buying their kids their first new LPs, or better yet, a huge stack of 99 centers.


With all of the hubbub about "The Line" each year at Record Store Day, we thought it would be nice to remind everyone that your RSD experience doesn't just boil down to how early you line up. Each year, we've gotten better and better at targeting the items that are the most in-demand, so that we have as many copies as possible to go around, and also ensuring that we have the broadest selection of everything that's available. In short, we want to make sure that whether youre busting down the door at 7 am, or rolling in by the end of the day, you're still looking at quite the spread. In some degree, this day is about our regular customers, for whom just about every day is Record Store Day, and we want you to know you are welcome to stop through any time. Enjoy the digs, the beers, the sounds of the local DJs, and just hang out!


Record Store Day means a lot of things to us here at Strictly Discs. From opening a lot of boxes and ticking off countless checklists across long hours of prep, to lining up food and beverages and DJs and prizes; from scratching our heads at Toto picture discs, to saying 'Hi' to just about every regular and irregular customer in the SD galaxy in the span of one day. It's also got an even simpler meaning, the one it started off with in the beginning, way back in 2008: dang, we really love records, and we really love spreading them around. In that spirit, we prepare a super special selection of used LPs for browsing on RSD, with the hopes of delivering you a record or two that you've been looking for forever, and maybe never thought you'd see in a store. Summing up all the used vinyl we have hitting the floor on Saturday would be impossible, but do read on to get an idea of the surprises we've got for you down here. These are some of our all-time favorites, some we can't even believe are here, in all of our most-charted genres, from jazz to metal to hip hop to psych to disco to folk to punk to reggae and much farther beyond!

Expect to find a little of everything: private press folk, psych, prog, and metal, East Asian rock and pop, French singers like Francoise Hardy, staggeringly rare LPs from Judee Sill and Karen Dalton, exotic obscurities from Eden Ahbez, Barney Wilen, Moondog and Yma Sumac, Polish rock, Latin funk, Italian prog, Wisconsin loner, sealed disco, "porno groove", Brazilian MPB, Bollywood, Hotrod LPs, out of print comps from Pebbles and the Numero Group, Mobile Fidelity and other audiophile pressings, Dead Boots, Morricone soundtracks, Library records, reggae from Gregory Isaacs and the Mighty Diamonds. Slayer! Kate Bush! Popcorn Wylie! R Stevie Moore! Aaliyah! Townes Van Zandt! Literally the first ever Lightning Hopkins LP! A sealed copy of one of Dr. Dre's earliest productions! Just about every Tom Waits album ever! Flaming Lips records from the dang 1980s! This is nuts.

We've got the hall of fame of early punk and indie here, with beloved titles from the Buzzcocks, Minutemen, Minor Threat, the Stooges, Sex Pistols, Husker Du, Ramones, Television, Dead Kennedys, the Wipers, Devo, The Cure, They Might Be Giants, Misfits, Gang of Four, and the Clash, then heading even deeper with rare ones from the Nation of Ulysses, X-Ray Spex, Scritti Politti, Swans, the Residents, Rocket From the Crypt, the Dickies, Nomeansno, Born Against, Dillinger 4, Rudimentary Peni, the Lemonheads, Jawbreaker, Dag Nasty, Ignition, Heavenly, Chisel, and the Dream Syndicate.

Pert near every big name in hip-hop turns up here, with LPs from Outkast, Freddie Gibbs, Madlib, Kanye, Cypress Hill, Lootpack, the Fugees, Ghostface, Cannibal Ox, Beastie Boys, Tribe Called Quest, Run the Jewels, Mellowhype, Czarface, MIA, Miguel, Gangrene, Flying Lotus, NWA, De La Soul, the Roots, Beyonce, Dr. Octagon, Raekwon, El-P, Major Lazer, and Kendrick Lamar. Soul aplenty with rare ones from Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, the Crystals, Stevie Wonder, and Boogaloo Joe Jones.

All types of rock records in here, from early trailblazers like Dick Dale, Elvis, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, the Seeds, the Rolling Stones, Skip Spence and Strawberry Alarm Clock, to classics from Neil Young, Deep Purple, Bruce Springsteen, Love, King Crimson, Roy Harper, Hawkwind, David Bowie, Camel, Leonard Cohen, Pink Floyd, Doug Sahm, Fotheringay, Nick Cave, Van Morrison, and a comprehensive run of albums from Captain Beefheart.†

Heavy hitters in jazz include Mary Lou Williams, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Don Cherry, Roscoe Mitchell, Charles Mingus, Art Blakey, Cecil Taylor, Jackie McLean, Roland Kirk, Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders and Thelonious Monk. Electronic and experimental LPs are here from Brian Eno, Kraftwerk, Morton Subotnick, Laurie Spiegel, Harry Partch, John Cage, Vangelis, and Zru Vogue.

We have a special selection of rare, classic and obscure 1980s electro, disco, boogie and house records that goes deeper into those genres than we've ever seen at SD. We're talkin rare EPs, many sealed, on classic labels like Prelude, Philly World, Easy Street, Profile, Trax and others. Italo, synthwave, acid house, early West Coast gangster boogie here, plus big ones from names like Farley Funkin Keith, Uncle Jamm's Army, Bohannon, Dazzle, Chip E, Larry Levan, Kano, Whatnauts, Paul Hardcastle, Patrick Adams, Alexander Robotnick, Patrick Cowley, Culture Club, Key-Matic, Roxanne Shante, El Coco, Maggotron and so much more.†

A nearly life-size replica of the last decade of indie music is down here, too. Battles, Beach House, Warpaint, Sufjan, MGMT, Godspeed, the White Stripes, Oh Sees, Radiohead, Whitney, Deerhunter, Ty Segall, Spoon, James Blake, the National, LCD Soundsystem, Sleater Kinney, Joanna Newsom, and Bon Iver, plus crucial 90s jams from Pavement, Built to Spill, Nine Inch Nails, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Tool, Medicine, Failure, Temple of the Dog, Elliott Smith, and the Mountain Goats.

From straight up country like Patsy Cline, Eddie Noack, Shooter Jennings, Sturgill Simpson, Hank Williams, and Steve Earle, to country rock like Drive By Truckers, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Blues Traveler, Gov't Mule, and Jason Isbell, to festival jammers like Phish, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band and U2, we've got all bases covered. No disrespect to the godfathers of rock as well, with clutch blues slabs from John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Ma Rainey, Josh White, Big Bill Broonzy, Albert King, Mance Lipscomb, Mississippi John Hurt, Spider John Koerner, Clifton Chenier, Furry Lewis, and many, many more.

So brace yourself and get down here when these are unveiled at 3PM!


Oi! We're also lucky enough to grab copies of some select UK Record Store Day releases for you! These will be upstairs, separate from their American counterparts.

First up, one of the rarest records from Roy Ayers! 'Silver Vibrations' was released in small amounts on Roy's own short-lived Uno Melodic label in 1983, and it's electro-fied jazz-funk of the finest kind, full of the unbridled joyfulness that only he can bring. John McLaughlin's 1970 rarity 'Where Fortune Smiles' is here on picture disk, and we have an authorized repress of a heady gospel funk rarity from Shirley Finney called 'Pray Again'.

DJ Pierre's 3rd volume of the 'Acid 88' compilations provides a solid overview of acid techno classics from the late 80s up to the present day. Smith & Mighty's 'Three Stripe Collection' is a greatest hits of sorts for the 90s Bristol institution that blended hip-hop, drum n bass, dancehall and downtempo. Ethik's 'Music For Stock Exchange' is on LP for the first time. The 1993 CD was an early classic for Jorg Burger and Wolfgang Voigt, who would later go on to define the sound of German dance music in the 90s via Kompakt.

Some classics from the world of British new wave and dream pop hit us next, with reissues of AR Kane's swan song 'New Clear Child', Sad Lovers & Giants' 1982 debut album, a later-period delight from The Durutti Column called 'Obey The Time', and Crispy Ambulance's psychy post-punk wonder 'The Plateau Phase'.

Last up, some fine ones from David Sylvian and Mark Wastell, a crucial†Spacemen 3 live album, and EPs from†Blancmange and†Bronski Beat!


Record Store Day is a day crammed full of records, so naturally we've got a full schedule of entertainment for your listening and imbibing enjoyment as you browse all of the many new arrivals. Our DJ lineup this year will take you on a journey through sound, with lively sets of dance, funk, jazz and psych rock all morning and afternoon, bookended by two of our favorite chillers to start and end things on a more relaxing note.

7 - 9AM - Julian Lynch, solo musician and Real Estate guitarist: mellow morning moods

9-11:30AM -†DJ†Nate Zukas, Great Dane brewer: disco and house

11:30-2PM -†Michael Bell, local record collector: soul, jazz and funk

2-4PM - Dan Donahue and Page Campbell, local musicians: psych-pop and krautrock

4-6PM - Erik Kramer, Anthropocene Recordings: mellow evening moods

Our doors open at 7AM!


The morning will get started right this year with FREE TREATS courtesy of our neighborhood friends.

Barriques is cooking up our traditional chili-rubbed, half-dipped in chocolate bacon. Bloom Bakery is bringing over one of their specialties, (gluten free) sweet potato doughnuts, and Colectivo is supplying the caffeine with free hot coffee! Things are looking up!

Plus, El Grito will roll through at midday selling their amazing lunch tacos!


Every year The Great Dane collaborates with Strictly Discs to brew a beer in celebration of Record Store Day, and this year it's the Oranje Crush Saison. We will be serving this up starting at 7AM! Fruit is part of a balanced breakfast, right?


In celebration of RSD 2019, the Great Dane is giving away a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon turntable (valued at $400). For your chance to win, all you gotta do is a little social media-izing:

1. Post a picture of you and the offiicial RSD beer Oranje Krush at Strictly Discs on the 13th.
2. Tag†@greatdanepub†AND†@strictlydiscs
3. Use the hashtag†#GDXSD

The winner will be chosen on April 13th and must be able to pick up the turntable at†at Strictly Discs†before 6PM on the 13th.


What if we kick the keg? We've got a plan. One Barrel Brewing, another one of our favorite brewers in town, has stepped up to supply those crucial mid-day beers with a keg of their most popular brew, the Commuter Kolsch.


Last but certainly not least, we will be pouring up a variety of award winning beers from New Belgium Brewery to close out RSD 2019!


Loaded grab bags for the first 200 customers†FREE†with every RSD purchase. Each of these will include a coupon good for a free pizza from Pizza Brutta (yum!), a coupon for a free cocktail from Everly (hello!) & a coupon for free frites from Brasserie V (wow!).


Enter to win AWESOME prizes, including:†

Gift Certificates & Prize Packs from our friends & neighbors at: Hive, Brasserie V and Monroe Street Framing

Oodles of concert tickets from the good folks at the Sylvee, Majestic Madison, Barrymore Theatre and High Noon Saloon



We're partnering with our friends at The Sylvee to†give away a $100 Sylvee giftcard + a $100 Strictly Discs giftcard!

Let's be real, you're going to show off your haul on Instagram anyways. All you have to do to enter is use†#StrictlySylveeRSD†and tag us in your photo on Record Store Day. Make sure you follow @TheSylvee and @StrictlyDiscs while you're at it!

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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†



Cancelled Titles: Dio, Sigur Ros (x2), Stray Cats, Record Safari DVD, Record Safari LP & Midnight Oil

Transit Delayed Titles: Editors, Allman Brothers & Ghost World Soundtrack


We do not buy used CDs or LPs on Record Store Day.

No bags will be permitted downstairs.

We do not accept coupons for Record Store Day releases.

Record Store Day titles do not count towards the Buy 12 Get 1 Free program.

Record Store Day items are limited to one copy per title per person.

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