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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April Comes and Goes


Another Record Store Day has come and gone and we all survived. Down here at the shop we were happy to see that everyone seemed to find most of what they were looking for and to those who got skunked we apologize but as we've all heard over and over again, we ordered it all and we got what we got. The crowd was soothed by the sounds of DJ Mantease and as our friends at Aquarius Records reminded everyone, we stock limited and hard to find shit EVERYDAY, not just in April. That being said, we had a blast checking out everyone's purchases and trying to answer questions, can't wait for next year.


Reason number 5,723 we love these guys. After Record Store Day ended, news came out that 10 of the 300 cassettes released for Record Store Day were gold colored. The lucky winners of the golden tickets receive an even more limited 45 as a special Record Store Day gift! Featured on Numero Group's blog, check out the photo of our lucky customer Jonathan Webster, who won himself an uber rare Reverb Lmt. 45!


Get a firm grip on your seats before reading this next part, we're going to Reggae on the River. Now on sale at the shop, tickets to this year's event are only 95 bucks and the lineup includes Seun Kuti and Africa 80!


Come see us May 13th for Arts Arcata with this month's artist/musician Jeff Jensen. Our walls will be filled with Jeff's woodcuts and our store will be filled with the sounds of him and his band-mates The No Good Redwood Ramblers.


May 7th marks the yearly Free Comic Book Day! and since the big boys won't let us play in their sandbox without spending $1,000, we're throwing our own party. Come check us out the first Saturday in May and we'll have comic book buttons courtesy of Daisy Drygoods, on-sale graphic novels for the snagging as well as a box full of free comics at the counter. Anyone who walks through the door is encouraged to grab a free issue. Make sure to visit Northcoast Roleplaying for official Comic Book Day stuff and when you're done, head over to the kid's table where we'll be flinging spoonfuls of casserole and prostrating ourselves before a stone idol of Jack Kirby.



Oddfuturewolfgangkillthemall. Where to start with these guys? A Hip Hop collective out of L.A. featuring leader Tyler, The Creator and members Earl Sweatshirt (quite possibly our favorite rap moniker of all time), Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis, Mike G, singer Frank Ocean, producers Left Brain, Syd tha Kyd (who is also the group's engineer) and the Super 3 and other non-musical members. Crazy ass skate kids who's live shows bring to mind the energy of early Bad Brains or other D.C. hardcore bands. With a gravel tongued swagger we haven't seen since early Wu-Tang releases, Tyler is set to drop his debut album Goblin sometime this May. While we could do without the F bombs...and we don't mean Fuck, this is some next level shit that west coast hip hop desperately needs. Check out the self released video for his single "Yonkers"


We're not gonna lie, we have a big ole' crush on Ms. Holly and love pretty much everything she does. Hell, Adam even danced his first wedding dance to a Holly song. This new album, on brown swirl vinyl, is a shot in the arm of blues, country and rock that promises to take over our record player for at least the rest of this week. While not straying too far from the last couple of releases she's done with her man Lawyer Dave they switch it up enough to make it interesting. Even throwing in a cover of a Wavy Gravy song "L.S.D. made a wreck of me". WE LOVE HOLLY GOLIGHTLY!!


Their first album in twenty years, recorded on all analog equipment in Paris, hail the latest album from musical legends Orchestre Poly-Rythmo. Released on Strut Records, this heavy double Lp sees not only revamping of old material but new songs and guest spots by Angelique Kidjo and Franz Ferdinand!


This was a staple of the tour van during Radio Moscow's last European tour. A mix of honky-tonk, hard rock and slide guitar influenced by Mississippi bluesmen, Left Lane Cruiser stays in the vein along with duos like Hillstomp and Doo Rag but puts the pedal to the metal when the goin' gets loud. Their new album, released in March of this year on Alive, was partially recorded by labelmate John Wesley Myers, of The Black Diamond Heavies.


Uncovered on one of Adam's digging trips, the story behind this band is a sad and all too repeated tale in musical history. These boys wrote a hit number called Woo-Hoo, were threatened with a plagiarism lawsuit from another artist so they sold the rights to their producer for pennies. What they didn't know was that their producer had already brokered a deal to sell the song to Roulette for a tidy profit. The band recorded one album after the single's success but then faded into obscurity. This is the song from Kill Bill that launched the 30 second fascination with the 5678's...but better.

We're excited to highlight a local comic in our blog this month! Created by local Brother and Sister Team , Coin-Op is printed right here in town by Bug Press. The layout is grabbing, the colors vibrant and the stories a sort of comic strip meets ZAPP, with art that brings to mind the work of R. Crumb and Moscoso. Come check it out, as each issue is published in a limited run.

That's all for now everyone, we've got lots of records to price and sweatshirts to take to the printer. Don't forget to come out and catch Frank Fairfield at the Jambalaya May 10th and until then, catch you next time.

keep diggin' those crates
--Matt n Adam.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

We've hit the terrible two!


April 1st marks our second year anniversary here at the store and we're celebrating the birthday the way any parent of a two year old would, by foam wrapping everything in preparation for the storm to come. Already our heads are spinning from three awesome and completely different in-stores this week plus the incredible submissions from the art contest and the shop shows no sign of stopping for a nap anytime soon. We'd like to thank all our customers, supporters, friends & family and most importantly, the hobo who regularly cleans out our ashtray for us...we couldn't do this without you. Seriously though, we really couldn't be doing this job we love so very much without all of you who buy records, come to the shows, bring us your used music, or even just tell your friends about us, thank you for being a part of our dream.


There are those moments here at the shop where we're reminded how much we don't know about music hitting the scene and this, dear readers, is one of those times. Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, the three children of Graeme Durham, (owner of The Exchange, a British mastering studio known for recent albums like "the XX" and "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix"), have been releasing singles since all the way back in 2005. Their music, which incorporates elements of Western Swing, R&B, Sun-era rock n' roll and even Hawaiian, is like something you'd expect coming out of an old Victrola on Sunday nights. Though they've toured with bands like Coldplay and Jools Holland, the band is true to their sound, collecting all vintage equipment with which to record not only cds and lps but limited runs of 78s as well. Their new album comes out May 30th and we're hoping it will get US release at the same time. Until then, we'll have their other album in stock in cd.

TV ON THE RADIO "Nine Types of Light" April 22

After letting down most of their original fans with "Dear Science," TVOTR are back at it again. Billed as an album/movie, "Nine Types of Light" will release right before Record Store Day. Personally, we were big fans before that last album and this one sounds like another push in the direction "Dear Science" took, (like a bad RHCP from the mid 2000's), but hey what do we know. We'd love to show you the full trailer for the release but it's only on itunes and we don't even know what pinging it to you means. Instead, here's a mini trailer and a song from the album.


It's the Mountain Goats. Anything we say about this album doesn't really matter, we're biased and we buy anything John Darnielle does and worry about if it's any good later.

FLEET FOXES "Helplessness Blues" May 3

Ok, here it is. We've all been here before. Last year Fleet Foxes kicked ass and took names with Sun Giant and their self titled release. On the heels of this comes their second full length album. Will it win people over as much as the first? Truthfully we've only listened to one track pre-release date and while it sounded more Simon and Garfunkle than the CSN sound their last album seemed to have, there was similar orchestrations with lyrics that were a manifesto beating at the walls of the its construct (in other words, he's got a lot to say in each line).

PANDA BEAR "Tomboy" April 12

Now we know all of you are sleeping at night with your Animal Collective tickets clutched tightly in your hands, but April 12th will also mark the release of Panda Bear's next full length album. If you've been some of the lucky few snagging copies of the singles as they've come out, or you just listened to a track online, you know that this is a slightly new direction since the last album. Personally, we like what we've heard so far and can't wait. Also, be on the lookout for the 7"/t-shirt he's releasing for RSD, we ordered it and let's all hope they come in. And if Panda Bear is reading this, how about coming by to promote your album when you're in town?


Speaking of Record Store Day, they've finally put up a list you can download with your choices for this year. We've ordered a metric shit ton of stuff and we're lighting candles at Conway's portrait in hopes that it all shows up. Regardless of what happens, it will be a stomping good time as DJ Brian Woida spins his funky ass off.


billed as a "whistling, throat-singing, slide guitar playing one-man-band," this native of Vermont comes all the way to the west coast promoting his new album. Tuesday, April 5th come check out the all ages show, starting at 5pm.

See You Tuesday.

Keep diggin' those crates
--matt n' adam