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BACK-TO-SCHOOL STEREO GEAR SALE:

Sweet summer days, warm, long and lazy; we thought they'd never end. Well, we hate to break it to you, but Back-To-School season is just around the corner. We want to help soothe the ache of this transition, so we've got a sale going through August on all new and used equipment and gear in the shop.

Our full inventory of new and vintage turntables, receivers, speakers, and miscellaneous stereo components at the shop will be 15% OFF this month. Whether you need to upgrade a piece, want to completely re-do your whole rig, or maybe you're putting the finishing touches on a new apartment or dorm, now is the time!

And because you need something new to listen to, all gear purchases this month come with an unlimited 15% off coupon for new and used LPs (to be used on the same day).

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NEW THIS WEEK AT THE SHOP:

 
We begin this week's new arrival rundown with two of this generation's great folk underground legends, who see diamonds from their catalog freshly restored to vinyl. 'Soul Journey' was Gillian Welch's fourth album, released in 2003. After a trio of records that cemented her as America's foremost songster of sorrow since Norman Blake and Townes Van Zandt, this album was presented as her turn towards the light. Added instrumentation from collaborator David Rawlings took Welch out of the pure traditionalism of her earlier efforts, as her lyrical power grew in strength, showcasing a new dimension of a fascinating artist. Speaking of dimensions, no guitarist this century has pushed his craft in more directions than the late Jack Rose, who's final album 'Luck In the Valley' is back on vinyl via Thrill Jockey. Released months after his tragic passing in 2009, this slab finds Jack in peak form, describing distant vistas, hypnotized wanderings, and dark nights of the soul with his fingertips, joined at times for more countrified rambles by longtime cohorts Glenn Jones, Nathan Bowles, and Mike Gangloff.



Boundary pushers in the hip hop world rear their heads this week. At last, the very pissed off, slightly online, resolutely indescribable "rap duo" Death Grips drop their latest, 'Year Of The Snitch', which sounds (to me) like the Judgment Night soundtrack and My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, with some lo-fi interludes to cleanse the palate. It's good times. The vinyl will be here next month. Equally challenging is a new album from NYC-via-London rhymer Mike, who enlists the very fascinating musician known as Standing On the Corner for the back tracks through a solipsistic journey through a crowded urban landscape.


 
 

Plenty of fresh excitement in the rock, country and folk genres this week, with new albums from Jason Mraz and Shooter Jennings, Austin psych-poppers White Denim, clever midwest indie fellas Foxing, plus new ones from Americana legends Jim Lauderdale and Glenn Jones.


 
Ballistic acid consciousness meets The Knife's sense of drama on Helena Hauff's latest, 'Qualm', via Ninja Tune, while leftfield chanteuse Tirzah delivers some addictingly strange R&B with 'Devotion'.


 
 
We see a reissue of 'Big Beat', a very singularly heady library album from percussionist and composer Nick Ingman. Released in 1973 and rare as all get out, this one is coveted for a reason; breaks for days, and an irresistible chilled funk vibe all over this record. Continuing on the Sun Ra spaceways we go with 'The Saga of Padani', an early 90s recording of elementary students in Oakland joined by Marshall Allen, Fred Frith and Terry Riley to do some full-on improvs, as well as some Sun Ra covers. We've got a lovely tribute to the recently departed Cecil Taylor from the Tzadik label, collecting encomiums to the legend from six of today's most creative pianists, including Craig Taborn and Sylvie Courvoisier. We've also got copies of the late Serbian ambient composer Rex Ilusivii's rarities collection on vinyl.


 
 
We've got reissues of doom drone meisters Sunn's pair of white albums, 'White1' and 'White2', on limited vinyl. Boom-bap legends Showbiz and AG see their genre defining 90s album 'Runaway Slave' back on wax, and we've got a new EP from the Wu-Tang Clan.


 
 
Vinyl reissues! If you only own one Fall album, well...get more! But if you really only want one, you could do much, much worse than their A-Sides compilation, which collects big boomin hits like 'LA', 'Cruisers Creek' and 'Hit The North'. We've got remastered LPs of Warren Zevon's 'The Wind' and Tom Waits' 'Blue Valentine', and the first ever vinyl version of the oughties answer to Tuli Kupferberg: Jeffrey Lewis and his 'City and Eastern Songs'.


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USED VINYL ALERT

USED VINYL ALERT

Heading downstairs for this week’s Used Vinyl Alert, we have yet another balanced diet of records to serve you. Read on for a briefly sketched run-down of what’s just arrived.

Plenty of staples in the pop, rock and folk realms, including cornerstone titles from Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Gene Clark, the Beatles, David Bowie, the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia solo, Hawkwind, Led Zeppelin, Blue Cheer, Black Sabbath, Fleetwood Mac, the Groundhogs, Gram Parsons, and Link Wray.

Plenty more in the way of rock from names like Warren Zevon, Blues Image, Green on Red, the Kinks, Captain Beyond, Stealers Wheel, the Doors, Joan Jett, Camel, Jethro Tull, Blue Oyster Cult, the Animals, Cream plus some Derek & the Dominoes, the Box Tops, Canned Heat, Jeremy Spencer, Giant Crab, plus some Soup!

Jazz runs the gamut from Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Paul Bley, Coleman Hawkins, Chet Baker, Donald Byrd, Jack McDuff, Esquivel, Michal Urbaniak, Yusuf Lateef, Jan Garbarek, and many many more!

Folk and Blues is here from names like Doc and Merle Watson, Leo Kottke, Buffy Sainte Marie, Steve Earle, Sonny Boy Williamson, Johnny Copeland, James Cotton, Lloyd Glenn, Lowell Fulsom, and Bobby Bland. We’ve got some great soul along the lines of Carl Carlton, Sade, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Bootsy Collins, Rotary Connection, Rance Allen, Creative Source, Arthur Conley, and many many others.

New wave, punk and hard rock rolls through from the Clash, Queensryche, the Feelies, the Specials, the B-52’s, AC/DC, the Cure, the Church, John Cale, David Lindley, Alternative TV, the Buzzcocks, Everything But the Girl, Oingo Boingo, Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, and the English Beat.

Check out some great ones on the international front, like some great Bollywood records alongside Ravi Shankar, a couple of Afro-funk records, plus some very cool South African pop and dance, and some nice Hawaiian records from Sol Hoopii. Lots of great reggae as well, including a couple of crucial comps, and LPs from Burning Spear, Bob Marley, Sly and Robbie, the Heptones, Jimmy Cliff, Third World, and Mutabaruka.

We’ve got some more recent releases from the White Stripes, Korn, Shearwater, Sublime, and Hot Chip, plus some electronic titles from Four Tet, Efterklang, Isolee, Dopplereffekt, and more experimental things from Eno/Byrne, Carolyn Hester, Erik Satie, Laura Allan, Bill Laswell, and Wim Mertens, wrapped up with a broad selection of classical and soundtracks!

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USED CD ALERT:

The used cd forecast this week is a wintry mix square in the dog days of summer. Multiple titles this week from dour midwesterners Low and Zola Jesus, as well as a handful of widescreen sonic epics from And You Will Know By The Trail of Dead. We got a pair of clean 5-cd boxes of Richard H Kirk material priced to move, along with the White Zombie box put out by Numero. Art-damaged stuff from Psychic TV and Beefheart, early work from The Residents and a trio of albums from Art of Noise highlight the incoming batch. Won’t see these licensed by Starbucks in the near future. Watch this space for a whole new batch next week of the deepest and cleanest used CD selection.

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MONROE STREET CONSTRUCTION UPDATE:

Thank you for making the trip to come and see us; we appreciate it!

DIRECTIONS FROM REGENT/EAST:

From Regent Street:

Continue on Regent through the Monroe St intersection

Turn Left on SPOONER ST

Turn Right on West Lawn or Keyes

Turn Left on Harrison St.

We are on the corner of Harrison & Monroe Streets (the street level parking lot outside of the Trader Joe's doors is a public City of Madison lot & the side streets all have FREE 2 hour parking.

MONROE STREET IS OPEN FROM THE WEST

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SELL US YOUR CDS & LPS:

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Ten Bands One Cause

Ten Bands One Cause 2018

Four years ago, the charity initiative Ten Bands One Cause began with a diverse array of artists releasing 10 albums in limited quantities on pink vinyl with the goal of raising awareness for Gilda’s Club NYC, a charity that provides free support for everyone living with cancer along with their families and friends.

The Ten Bands One Cause program, which includes notable past participants Run The Jewels , Red Hot Chili Peppers , Sturgill Simpson , Jason Isbell , The Black Keys , and Anthrax , coincides with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Since 2014, nearly $200,000 has been raised for Gilda’s Club NYC.

Starting on Vinyl Tuesday September 25th and running through October 26th , The Orchard will release a fifth annual run of pink vinyl, featuring titles by Silversun Pickups, Modest Mouse, Local Natives, Black Moth Super Rainbow, EL-P, Tyler Childers, Soccer Mommy, Daryl Hall & John Oates, The All-American Rejects and The Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack. These limited releases will be available for purchase at vinyl-selling music retailers nationwide, and proceeds benefit Gilda's Club NYC.

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NEXT MUSIC TRIVIA TUESDAY AUGUST 28TH:

NEXT MUSIC TRIVIA TUESDAY AUGUST 28TH:

Our next MUSIC TRIVIA at the High Noon Saloon is Tuesday, August 28th. Registration starts at 5:30 with the first question from Angie and Marty at 6PM. Save the date for September 25th and October 9th.

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WAREHOUSE POP-UP EVENT - AUGUST 23RD:

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MADISON NIGHT MARKET - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH:

Join us Thursday, September 13th at the downtown Madison Night Market on Gilman Street from 6-11PM.

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NEW & VINTAGE TURNTABLES + STEREO GEAR IN STOCK

The basement is fully stocked with new and vintage equipment:

New turntables (Pro-Ject Debut Carbon) & New speakers (Kantu YU2)
Vintage turntables, speakers & receivers starting at $99.
Full vintage systems including turntable, receiver & speakers, starting at $299.

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MONROE STREET FESTIVAL - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22:

Save the date! The 41st annual Monroe Street Festival/Sidewalk Sale will be Saturday, September 22nd.

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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.

Jason Isbell – “Sirens of the Ditch”  This album first came out in 2007, and has been remastered and expanded with four additional cuts.  I have always followed Mr. Isbell since the Drive By Trucker days, but when I listened to this album I really had no recollection of hearing it before.  Even though it was his first solo album after leaving the Truckers, none of the songs registered that I had heard them before.  I know I listened to it when it came out in July 2007, and I know that I have the original album, but it was like I had never heard it before.  My fresh ears found this a delightful album, probably one of his best before 2013’s “Southeastern” and the albums after that.  The album is split between heartfelt slower songs and rocking faster songs.  About the only complaint that I have is that the songs can be a bit verbose.  Mr. Isbell had not developed the economical way of lyric writing that he found with “Southeastern.” And that is only the complaint that I have, and that is a minor one.  This eleven year old album has gem after gem on it, and it really was a lost treasure until this reissue. - Ted Talks

Jayhawks- “Back Roads and Abandoned Motels”  The Jayhawks played a great concert just a few weeks ago in Madison, right before the fireworks downtown.  They played several songs from this album which wetted my appetite for hearing the album.  All the songs on this album, with the exception of two originals, were co-written by Gary Louris, the main songwriter, guitarist and vocalist of the Jayhawks, with other performers.    Performers like the Dixie Chicks, Jakob Dylan, Ari Hest, Carrie Rodriquez and others.  Even though most of the songs were not written for the Jayhawks and most had been released by other performers, they fit seamlessly into the Jayhawks oeuvre effortlessly.  The band’s performance made these songs Jayhawks songs.    And “Back Roads and Abandoned Motels” is their best album since 2011’s “Mockingbird Time.”  Twenty-two years after the first Jayhawks album, and this album shows that the Jayhawks are still going strong. - Ted Talks

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