Strictly Discs

August 29, 2019



Heading downstairs for this week's Used Vinyl Alert, we have a staggering selection of super-hot new arrivals, including a stash of low-priced 2018 and 2019 releases, some rare psych and folk, plus a deep trove of soul and disco!

Check out essential catalog heat from our favorite names, like Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Frank Zappa, Brian Eno, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, the Kinks, the Band, Yoko Ono, Gram Parsons, Paul McCartney, Dr. John and Marianne Faithfull, plus more from the Doors, the Who, Dwight Twilley, the Troggs, Traffic, Warren Zevon, Bruce Springsteen, Steely Dan, Van Morrison, Tom Petty, Jerry Garcia, Yes, and Sammy Hagar.

Folk and psych is here from Bo Hansson, Pappo, Chicken Shack, Caboose, Peter Hammill, Aynsley Dunbar, Family, the Equals, Kevin Coyne, Rodney Crowell, Vassar Clements, and Doc Watson.

A wide spectrum of jazz comes through from Cedar Walton, Keith Jarrett, Coleman Hawkins, Cal Tjader, Randy Weston, Gil Evans, Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans, Sun Ra, Cannonball Adderley, Jimmy Smith, Miles Davis, and many more. Soul and funk is here from Funkadelic, Jimmy Castor, Nina Simone, Wade Flemons, the Impressions, Lamont Dozier, Temptations, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, and Marvin Gaye.

Disco and boogie fans rejoice as we have a seriously deeply-sourced stack of classic LPs and 12"s, especially of the Prelude, Island, and Garage-house variety. Big names and deep cuts abound here, alongside a host of other dance and electronic records from Cajmere, the Orb, Daft Punk, Black Devil, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tangerine Dream, Boards of Canada, Philip Glass, and Kraftwerk. A cool assortment of post-punk and industrial records is in the mix as well, with an awesome selection of seldom seen EPs from the Factory Records label.

Punk and new wave is here from The The, A Certain Ratio, Shriekback, the Cure, the English Beat, Sparks, and more, plus metal from Amon Amarth, Metallica, Megadeth, Pelican, Iron Maiden, and King Diamond. A bunch of newer indie and alt-folk LPs are here, many still sealed, from names like Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Black Midi, Blood Orange, Aldous Harding, Skepta, Perfect Pussy, Half String and a whole lot more. Lastly, we have some cool, collectible blues LPs from Johnny Ace, BB King, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Lee Hooker, Son House, Little Willie Littleton, Lightnin Hopkins, Howlin Wolf, Leadbelly, and Memphis Slim.

My brain hasn’t been smoothed out to the point where I can’t recall INS’s verse on “Reunited,” but, ah…lost my train of thought there. This week is shaded in blue and ranges from the spare unamplified styles of Skip James and Blind Willie Johnson up through hippie-fried work from Electric Flag and Mike Bloomfield and taking in Chicago touchstones Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Magic Sam and Fenton Robinson. There’s also some great Madison-related sides from Joel Paterson, Luther Allison and the Cash Box Kings. We continue to get in a steady diet of meat-and-potatoes classic rock from the Stones (digipacks of “Let it Bleed” and “Beggars”), Dylan (digipack of “Blonde” and “1964 Philharmonc”), Kate Bush, Patti Smith, the Dead and Joni. Jazz and soul isn’t as robust as some weeks but there’s still gold courtesy of Prince, Coltrane, Monk and the classic “Swiss Movement” live burner from Eddie Harris and Les McCann, as well the buy it when you see it Miles-Coltrane Live in Stockholm 1960 set. A generation ago we were selling one of the four shows on this bad boy as an import for more than we’re pricing this 4-cd set. Lastly, keep eyes peeled for stray shots from Brandi Carlile, First Aid Kit, MC5, Slint and Killing Joke. Plenty to be had whether you’re back in school or too cool for school. 


Join us this Saturday from 9:30AM - 5:30PM for the 42nd annual Monroe Street Festival / Sidewalk Sale.





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Lala Lala - “Sleepyhead”  This album originally was a very limited cassette only release in 2016.   It was recorded in the basement during a bleak Midwestern winter in Chicago, while Lillie West (singer, songwriter and guitarist of the band) attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  “Sleepyhead” is much more raw and loud guitar-based than her 2018 album “The Lamb.” And that 2018 release was universally acclaimed by all who heard it. Rest assured, “Sleepyhead” has the sharp songwriting that “The Lamb” had.  It is just a little more immediate and live-wire than that prior album. - Ted

Redd Kross “Beyond the Door”  Redd Kross is basically the McDonald Brothers (Steve and Jeff).  They started the band in 1979 back when both were teenagers. Through numerous line-ups, the band had released only six albums until “Beyond the Door.”  But back in the eighties, the Brothers were much more punk rock than they are now. Over the intervening forty years the McDonald Brothers have moved much more to the power pop spectrum.  And the passage of the decades has made them masters of that genre. Accordingly, “Beyond the Door” is chock-full of stellar power-pop anthems. There is, however, a slight under current of prog rock that somehow seems right in this context.  Redd Kross is almost the definition of a band flying under the radar. Let's hope that “Beyond the Door” finally finds the acceptance that the band and this album rightly deserve. - Ted

Ron, Ryan, Angie, Marty, Evan, Matt, Ben, Will, Ed, Isaac, Larry, Andy, Mark, Jack, Eric & Mike

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