May 23, 2019
NEW THIS WEEK AT THE SHOP:
As we head downstairs for this week's Used Vinyl Alert, I'm here to inform you that we have a case of very, very (very) late-onset Beatlemania to report. In addition to our usual assortment of classic, obscure, and vintage Beatles albums that roll through week-in, week-out, we have a rather gigantic collection of seldom-if-ever seen Beatles bootlegs, imports, compilations, 45 singles, 45 boxsets (located upstairs) and other unclassifiable Fab Four-iana. More audiophile, photocopy-cover, punny titles, and interview discs than you can shake a Ringo at.
SELL US YOUR CDS & LPS:
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.
The National – “I Am Easy to Find” This is the longest album that the band has ever done. It clocks in at sixty-four minutes. The album also adds a female vocalist to accompany the band on almost every cut on the album. Some of the vocalists included on the album are Lisa Hannigan, Sharon Van Etten and Gail Ann Dorsey (Bowie’s last bassist). It appears that the National added the vocal accompanists, in my estimation, to give the female point of view on their songs of love/ hate and death/ life. And added to that are the tragic emotional tolls that those life events take on a person and a relationship. Without a doubt, “I Am Easy to Find” is the most emotive album that the band has ever released. And it may also be the most fully formed and fully realized release that the band has done. It is simply a stunning achievement for a band used to making more than their fair share of great albums in the past. - Ted
Death and Vanilla – “Are You a Dreamer” This oddly named band hails from Sweden. And “Are You a Dreamer” is only their fifth album. The band also utilizes vintage sixties and seventies musical equipment while recording and on stage. A description of the band would be a cross between Stereolab, Broadcast, Mazzy Star along with sixties psychedelica, nineties shoegaze and new century dream pop. But there is a definitive “pop” element to the band that focuses the sometimes dreamy and gauzy music into a coherent and appealing musical statement. Due to the quality of “Are You a Dreamer” I will be definitely looking forward to any future Death and Vanilla releases. I may have missed their first couple of albums but I will not be missing any future ones. - Ted
Ron, Ryan, Angie, Marty, Evan, Matt, Ben, Will, Ed, Isaac, Larry, Andy & Mark