May 7, 2020
METCALFE'S MARKET GIFT CARD SALE:
We are a participating business in Metcalfe's Market NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS program.
For every $25 Strictly Discs gift certificate purchased HERE, you will receive a bonus certificate for $20 off a $100 purchase at Metcalfe's.
Sale ends May 17th.
STEVE EARLE VIRTUAL IN-STORE NEW RELEASE BUNDLES:
Steve Earle LOVES indie record stores and he has created an in-store/pre-order bundle that directly benefits OUR SHOP.
- Pre-order a copy of Ghosts of West Virginia on CD, LP or Limited Edition Indie Only Vinyl (while supplies last) through this LINK
- Each order includes a ticket to a virtual in-store that will go live on May 15th.
- Each pre-order will be shipped to your door on or before May 22nd.
- A link and password to the in-store will be sent to you on May 14th from New West Records.
BOOM! Simple as that. Thank you Steve Earle and New West Records!
STRICTLY DISCS IS ON SPOTIFY!
FACE MASKS AVAILABLE TO BENEFIT MONROE STREET:
BACK IN STOCK! Need a face mask? The Monroe Street Merchants Association has commissioned a batch of professionally-made cotton masks in a variety of colors and patterns. They are available now for $10 and can be added to any curbside/delivery order. Proceeds from the sale of the maskes will support promotions to help Monroe Street businesses recover from the pandemic once we are all able to reopen. Please call us to coordinate payment/pick-up (608.259.1991).
NEW THIS WEEK AT THE SHOP:
STRICTLY DISCS CURATED BOXES OF 45S & LPS:
2020: year of the "Rando!" We've seen incredible demand for these curated boxes of vinyl from our warehouse, so much so that we are now over 1 week out on requests! If you'd like one, please expect to wait a little while, but if you don't want to wait, consider our CLASSICAL RANDO and 45 RANDO boxes! We've delivered a few of these classical boxes to some folks, and they've been amazed at their depth! If you've ever wanted a tastefully selected classical music collection to just *appear* in your house, this is the way. Our 45 boxes have also been drawing raves, as they are chock-full of pop, soul, country and rock gems.
Still available for ordering. 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 (+/- 60-80) and $35 for 45s (100). Available for doorstep drops. We can send them as gifts and we can drop them on door stops as gifts.
These options available for pick up and delivery by calling the shop between 10AM and 5PM Monday - Saturday.
IMPORTANT RECORD STORE DAY UPDATE!
It's an unusual year, which means unusual news about Record Store Day.
Earlier this spring, Record Store Day announced a rescheduled June 20 date for the annual holiday, but with ongoing health and safety concerns, we now have a new plan.
Instead of a single-day global celebration, the 2020 releases will now be available over a series of monthly **RSD Drops** events, from August to October, followed by a regularly-scheduled Black Friday in November. This means we'll have four months of release events – the RSD 2020 exclusives spread out over three months, followed by a new round of exclusives for Black Friday – to end this strange year on a high note.
If you missed the deadline to make a wishlist earlier this year, great news! On or around June 1, we will be rolling out a new, revised wishlist system to reflect the new RSD Drop schedule. If you already completed a wishlist, you will need to re-create one. We will have more instructions on this in a forthcoming email.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we evolve on the fly with this one. Our goal is to keep the RSD spirit intact, connecting musicians, fans and record stores in a time where we need eachother the most!
Here's the official announcement from Record Store Day headquarters:
Since 2008, Record Store Day has grown into the world’s largest single-day music event, shining a light on the culture of the indie record store across the globe. In 2020, that world is different, so Record Store Day will be, too. RSD is now scheduled to be celebrated with special, properly-distanced release dates on Saturdays in August, September and October.
Record Store Day will look very different this year, but supporting indie record stores may be more important than ever. We don't know what sort of rules will be in place, or what sort of gatherings people will be in the mood for this year, so we're focusing on the music and getting the really great titles on the RSD official list this year into the stores and into your hands, in the most financially and socially responsible way.
The titles on the RSD 2020 official list, launched on March 5, will be released at participating record stores on one of these three RSD Drops: Aug. 29, Sept. 26 and Oct. 24. The new version of The List, with newly assigned RSD Drops dates, will launch on June 1, so check back here for a look at when you'll be able to pick up the titles on your RSD 2020 wishlist.
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.
Ride - “Clouds in the Mirror (This Is Not A Safe Place reimagined by Petr Aleksander)”- Ride’s 2019 album is almost completely redone by the English duo Petr Aleksander. All of Ride’s instrumentation is stripped away, with only the vocals remaining from the original album. Petr Aleksander adds piano, synthesizers and violin to the vocals giving the proceedings an ambient underpinning. The duo then tops off everything with a string quartet. The strings take everything up several notches, achieving a majestic classical feel that galvanizes the listener. And it is surprising how well Ride’s vocals and melodies lend themselves to such a radical treatment. “Clouds in the Mirror” is a radical reimagining of the shoegaze/indie sound of the original Ride album by Petr Aleksander. It is almost a completely new album, with just enough of the original album to satisfy Ride fans; but also with enough of the new to hook serious music fans. - Ted
Ron, Ryan, Angie, Marty, Evan, Ben, Will, Ed, Larry, Isaac, Mark, Jack, Eric & Dave