April 9, 2020
STRICTLY DISCS OPERATIONAL UPDATES - THURSDAY 4/9:
Effective today, we will be offering pick up of online orders outside of the shop. If you select, curbside pick up at checkout, we will let you know when your order is ready for pick up safely without contact (generally Monday - Friday 3-5PM and Saturday NOON-2PM)
Please know that orders will take longer than they have typically as shipments are now arriving just a couple of times a week instead of daily.
Please take care & have #HOPE
STRICTLY DISCS CURATED BOXES OF 45S & LPS:
UPDATE: The “Rando” (a curated box of 60-80 records or 100 45s) has been a smash hit and we thank all of you who’ve requested them. We’ve put a smattering of classical titles in each because we feel it’s important to have certain pieces for your collections.
We’ve received a lot of requests for these random, though curated, boxes of records. The truth is, and it may sound corny but, our focus in this business for 31+ years has always been about getting people exposed to music. These random boxes are definitely a unique example of it and can serve as a foundation/exploration of new genres.
Expect something from any genre you can think of and nothing has any real condition issues. Every record is a surprise! $50.00 for a big stack of LPs (+/- 65-80) and $35 for 45s (100). Available for doorstep drops or curbside pick ups while we can (if you are in the neighborhood and going to Trader Joe's or Neuhauser Pharmacy we can leave them outside our door for pickup. We can send them as gifts and we can drop them on door stops as gifts.
VINYL NATION DOCUMENTARY SCREENING - TICKETS BENEFIT OUR SHOP:
On April 18th and 19th, you’ve got an opportunity to watch Vinyl Nation, a new documentary about the vinyl resurgence. The creators of this documentary are graciously donating the $10 viewing charge to indie record stores around the country.
From the creators: The vinyl record renaissance over the past decade has brought new fans to a classic format and transformed our idea of a record collector: younger, both male and female, multicultural. This same revival has made buying music more expensive, benefited established bands over independent artists and muddled the question of whether vinyl actually sounds better than other formats.
Vinyl Nation digs into the crates of the record resurgence in search of truths set in deep wax: Has the return of vinyl made music fandom more inclusive or divided? What does vinyl say about our past here in the present? How has the second life of vinyl changed how we hear music and how we listen to each other?
The online screening will be available starting 12 midnight Eastern Sat. April 18 until 11:59 PM Pacific Sun. April 19.
Ordering through our link benefits Strictly Discs directly. We're grateful to the Vinyl Nation crew for their support!
NEW THIS WEEK AT THE SHOP:
RECORD STORE DAY IS SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 20, 2020:
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 exclusive releases continues to expand, as more labels 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 you’re 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 you’ll join us on Saturday, June 20th.
RSD AT STRICTLY DISCS:
It's true, on Record Store Day there's typically a line outside the shop all day, 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.
THE LIST - WISHLIST DEADLINE EXTENDED:
Our list of Record Store Day exclusives can be found HERE! You will need to register for our list or you can also jump over to the RSD site which shows the list (just without our pricing). 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.
If you create a wishlist, it will be updated within our system prior to June 20, 2020.
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.
Espers - "The Weed Tree" This album of covers was originally released in 2005. It is probably their best loved album and it is fitting that it is finally reissued some fifteen years later. The songs that Espers covered on the album come from a wide variety of artists, The original artists covered range from idiosyncratic rock artists like Nico, Blue Oyster Cult and the Durutti Column to folk performers such as Michael Hurley and Burt Jansch. The band obviously took the time to live with the songs and find out what made each of the songs so memorable in the first place. They then used their musical skills to translate the hidden quality they found in each song into their own musical style. The members of Espers were all master musicians and excelled at fusing folk, rock and psychedelica into a style that could only be called their very own. It is a great covers album where the covers are as good as the songs that the original artists performed. "The Weed Tree" certainly is one of those albums. Espers has been silent for over a decade. I doubt if they will ever release another album. And "The Weed Tree" is their classic album. It should be noted that an artist the caliber of Meg Baird started in Espers and most definitely can be heard on this album. - Ted
Ron, Ryan, Angie, Marty, Evan, Matt, Ben, Ed, Isaac, Larry, Mark, Jack, Eric & Dave