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Friday, June 24, 2011

Celebratin' America

The fourth of July is upon us and we're dusting off the lawn chairs to catch the fireworks. What fireworks you may ask? Arcata may not have the money for fireworks but best believe that over off Alliance Rd, Garyfest will be blowing your eyelids clean off and up into the AC/DC filled sky. Before that though, come see our new delivery of Peruvian, Persian and French delicacies and ask us about the awesome events coming up soon.

Saturday July 3rd, start your weekend pre-game party off right with a night of butt shakin' and prize winnin' with your local Pirate Radio Station. As a benefit to increase their broadcasting range, Humboldt's own Free Radio Alliance will be hosting a shindig at the Arcata Alibi, starting at 10pm, with tons of prizes donated by local businesses, and the amazing DJ Mantease (Brian Woida) spinning tons of Funk, Soul, Cumbia and Afro-Beat to stir the beast within you. Even if you're just looking for something to do, come see what your local Pirate Radio Station is all about all for a measly 3 bucks!


Well its just about time to strap in for another full day of fun and music. July 23rd come on down to the Arcata Playhouse for our 2nd annual Jefferson State Old Time Revue. Sponsored by BANG BANG, AMPT and SAVAGE HENRY, it'll be an all-ages, family friendly explosion of music going from 5 'till midnight. This year we're excited to welcome back some old friends as well as wave hello to some new ones.







Doors will open at 4:30, show starts at 5pm and tickets are on sale now at the shop ($20 in advance $25 at the door). We'll have pulled pork and cake pops if you're hungry and beer to slake your thirst should you be over 21. BANG BANG will be there with their Costume & Curio Corner, Savage Henry will be podcasting live! and Pirate Radio has graciously offered some of their amazing DJs to staff the event! This will be a night to remember so make sure you're there with us, or you know maybe you'd rather watch Atlanta Braves v Cincinnati Reds, your call.


Without a doubt this is one of our top five records of this year. Sounding like a Psychedelic Bossanova Freakout, veteran rocker Decheman and his young Gardener have created an album that is so good, we had them shipped all the way from France rather than miss out on this 300 copy run of LPs. Organ, Flute, harmonica and guitar collide with the drums to create that kind of original throwback sound so many musicians have tried unsuccessfully to capture. We don't know if it's the relaxed climate, the warm sound of the home recording, or maybe it's the rosé but whatever the cause, these two frenchies have succeeded in recording just the kind of rump shaker this U.S. of A needed for the summer. As we mentioned, copies of this are limited so grab one while you can, and check out the back where our own little Mattjackson got his first album mention! Thanks to Yannick and the fine folks at Kizmiaz Records for putting out an album we wholeheartedly believe everyone should hear.



Two weeks ago, our friends at Secret Stash gave us the sad news that this amazing LP has gone out of print. We were just about to gnash our teeth over selling our copies when we discovered a box tucked behind the desk of another of our distributors! Fantasy Entertainment, one of the top producers of porno during the 70's and 80's, in a dramatic turn of events, apparently recorded more awesome music for porno than they did porno itself! 30 reels of unreleased music, along with the music from their blockbusters, was discovered by the former CEO's son Mort Rosen and after lengthy legal battles over the rights, Secret Stash was able to release 2 volumes of material from awesome action films like Grateful Head, Ride Me Like a Wave and The Beaver Hunter.

WATER TOWER BUCKET BOYS "Meet Me Where The Crow Don't Fly"

Our favorite Portlandians have returned with an EP to keep your thirst up for their modern Americana sound. If you came out to their last show at the Arcata Playhouse or maybe caught them at the barn dance then you saw just how these boys can transition seamlessly between original material, traditional standards like Cumberland Gap or even a Misfit's cover. Showcasing the songwriting skills of each of the band's core members, this EP shows the continuing evolution of a band that is helping to carry traditional American music into the future.

Enjoy your 4th of July everyone and when we come back for another post, Adam will tell you all about the two new genres of Music he's discovered: Apocalyptic Appalachia and Swing Diskoteka so stay tuned kiddies and, as always,

keep diggin' those crates
--Matt n' Adam

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Busy Season

Ah Oysterfest, when the plaza explodes with fake tits & chin straps all stuffed to overflowing with overpriced shellfish and tiny cups of beer. We've broken out the army helmets, sharpened a box of projectile 45s and dug a trench in the used Classical section. If you need a parlay, just wave a white flag first so we don't send a razor sharp Johnny Tillotson your way.



Just in time for the warm weather comes another shake your moneymaker release. Released on the heels of their first album in 20 years and part 1 of Analog Africa's new Dance Series, the hypnotic sounds of Orchestra Poly Rythmo return with their first release from 1973. Originally recorded twice because of feedback from a keyboard amp, the originals have been lovingly restored so that two of the four tracks on this album have never hit the light of day.

YUCK "s/t"

Recently, we had a visit from some of our uber music nerd friends who live in Seattle and while looking through our 7" we were told to stock this new album from the UK band Yuck. Released on Fat Possum records, they've been compared to Dinosaur Jr or Sonic Youth. Seeing as we love Fat Possum and our friends have turned us on to countless bands over the years, both good and bad, we threw some on the order. Come tell us what YOU think.
Yuck - The Wall .mp3
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PAKISTAN "Instrumental Folk & Pop Sounds 1966-76"

Oh Sublime Frequencies, it's like you always know what to get the record collector who thinks he has everything. This limited 2-LP set, recorded straight from the original masters, comes lovingly wrapped in a heavy duty full-color gatefold package filled with bands photos and extensive liner notes from Stuart Ellis of Radiodiffusion Internasionaal, who spent the greater part of the last ten years tracking down these musicians and compiling this awesome new comp.

ROB "Funk Rob Way"

Analog Africa have released a new series in their collection called "Limited Dance Editions." Their objective: "to release African and tropical records (in strictly limited editions) which concentrate on single artists that have had an impact on the label in a way or another." Along with the first Orchestra Poly-Rythmo, Funky Rob Way is the musical story of Rob "Roy" Raindorf, one of the most enigmatic artists to ever come out of Ghana. Trained on the piano at a music school in Cotonou, Benin, Raindorf played with acts like Orchestre Poly-Rythmo and the Black Santiagos before returning to Ghana to begin his own career. This, as well as his second release, featuring the backing power of an immense traveling army band called 'Mag-2.'Just One More Time - ROB by Analog Africa


End of this month will see what hopes to be an awesome compilation of Buddy Holly tunes from acts like My Morning Jacket, CeeLo Green, Modest Mouse, The Black Keys, The Detroit Cobras and more. It won't be all roses though as they're also joined by acts like Kid Rock, She & Him, Karen Elson and The Strokes' Julian Casablancas. Here's a sneak peak with the amazing rendition of "Not Fade Away" by Florence & The Machine.


Another one of our favorite group of musicians today, these boys have been dear to our hearts since it was just one well dressed scrawny guy yellin' beat move shake. After being named best new act at last year's Newport Folk Festival by SPIN magazine, setting the UK on fire, being booked for this year's Pickathon as well as recording a single for Jack White's Third Man Records, The South City 3 and Pokey come runnin' with a new album full of their trademarked 'Riverboat Soul' sound. We can't say enough about how good this music is but we can tell you that it comes with our "you don't like it we'll buy it back" guarantee.


After sequestering themselves at a mysterious little shack in the hills of Red Bluff, the Alive Records Power Trio is finally returning with a new album. Back from their U.S. tour and planning a big Summer excursion in Europe, these stony former Humboldtians are prepping their third album for release. Check out the video below for a peak at a recent live show where they try out a possible new tune from the album.


It's been almost a week now since we opened our copies of the new Frank Fairfield album and it shows no signs of being kicked off the #1 spot. We've said it over and over again, this guy is awesome. We sold 15 copies the first week, which for our sleepy hamlet is a pretty awesome thing. This week only, you can check out a short film about Frank filmed in collaboration with IFC, Dust-to-Digital and KEXP Seattle.

We'd write more, but it's time for us to break out the broom and shoo the drunk from our front porch.

keep diggin' those crates.
--Matt n' Adam.