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Record Store Day: Black Friday 2017 Top Ten Vol. 2

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

by Mat Weir



  1. Sonny Clark Trio — The 1960 Time Sessions

Been getting into Jazz lately and this particular record caught my attention. Not only was Sonny Clark a master but his death at 31 from a heroin overdose helped to create a mythos around him. Featuring greats Max Roach and George Duvivier, the 1960 Time Sessions is a treat in pure, soulful jazz. Of course it’s just a remastering of the Sonny Clark Trio, but this pressing also contains alternate versions of the album and takes giving the listener a true recording experience.




1967 was a crazy time for America. The Vietnam War raged as people fled to the streets in protest, the Monterey Pop Festival was held and Leonard Nimoy recorded his debut album as Mr. Spock. This highly illogical move produced a cult gem filled with eerie, 1960’s sci-fi sounds and out-of-this-world noise. With the popularity of Star Trek, the album reached number 83 on the Billboard charts and earned Nimoy his only hit single, the Emo-Before-Emo named, “A Visit to A Sad Planet.” Definitely a fun piece to add to your collection and a great album to test on new people to see who’s cool.




I love The Kills. LOOOOOVVVEEE them. Every release they’ve done is unique while remaining within their signature sound. Over the years they’ve come to evolve and grow their style, adding more layers and production in lieu of their original, gritty start. Black Rooster is a reissue of their debut EP of the same name, which is the same songs they first recorded for a demo tape. A first issue of this 10” can cost some big bucks so I was stoked to see this on the Black Friday list.




The man. The myth. The legend. Bill Hicks was a comedian’s comedian. Highly prophetic, he tapped into the same cosmic river of George Carlin and called bullshit on everything in the society we’ve built around us. Like any guru, he received relative success in his lifetime–selling out major shows– but after his untimely death his popularity soared to saintly heights. This double LP is the full special of his final, 1992 recording, Revelations. If this is on your list–and it should be–put it on the turntable and see how many things the sage got right about who we are today.



  1. BLUE OYSTER CULT — RARITIES VOL. 1 1969 – 1976)

Finally, number one! This spot goes to the one and only, Blue Oyster Cult, another band I absolutely love to the point of getting their logo tattooed a couple times as filler on my sleeve. This special, double LP on white vinyl contains their original, Columbia demos under their short-lived name, Soft White Underbelly. If you’re like me, you’ve never seen the originals and any that you might find online will cost rent for the month. Here’s a great, cheap way to experience the magic that is early Cult. The rest of the album contains live cuts from the band’s archive spanning their self-titled to Agents of Fortune, basically their best material minus Spectres. Feel the tyranny and mutation blasting at you from the height of these heavy metal godfathers this Friday!



November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

by Mat Weir




         Okay, I’m kicking this off with a gimmicky picture disc. But for all you purists, cynics and elitists out there: GET OVER IT. After a decade of RSD releases, you need to accept the fact that gimmicks are part of the fun. So don’t be a wretched ol’ White Walker. Why not buy one of the best soundtracks from one of television’s hottest shows, and have some rad art in the process?




    Death From Above (re: Death From Above 1979) has earned themselves a bit of a cult following over the years. In 2002, Canadian duo–Sebastian Granger and Jesse F. Keeler–released their debut release, Heads Up, to minor success. Two years later they began recording their debut album, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine, and released it with major, underground success. Their minimalist sound is thick as gravy and boiling hot with blues riffs covered in post-rock music. But in 2006 they disbanded, leaving fans to cling to their record. In 2011 they reunited but it wouldn’t be until this year that they would drop a second album, Outrage! Is Now. This 7” is the single and B-side to that album.


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    Every stoner has their 420 playlist. Music sites and apps like Spotify, Pandora and iTunes have made it easy to throw hundreds of fire tracks into a playlist that will keep you lit all night. But for those of us who like to spin wax, making a playlist ends up with a stack of records and constant flipping or changing, totally harshing the vibe. Thankfully, this Black Friday, High Times Magazine has released a comp of sweet, stoney tracks to keep the party going and the smoke floating featuring Damian Marley, Action Bronson and more.

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  2. I love me some John Lee Hooker. He was one of the first blues musicians my dad got me into and one that remains near and dear to my heart. This is a killer live recording from the Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club (Montreal) in 1977 when Hooker was still cookin’. Featuring staples like “Boom Boom” and “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” this is the perfect LP for Hooker fans to spin AND for noobs to check out to get a taste of the blues master.




    For almost two decades Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band has breathed new life into American blues, country and bluegrass. With a voice as thick as mountain mist, the Reverend, his wife–”Washboard” Breezy and drummer, Max Senteney, bask themselves in the rays of all blues genres and cultivate original tunes chock full of wholesome goodness. This Black Friday, don’t miss out on their cover of Tennessee Ernest Ford’s classic, “16 Tons,” for a rootsy sound about Capitalism’s exploitation of the working class. What’s more American than that?

Record Store Day 2017

April 21, 2017 Leave a comment


It’s that wonderful time of year!

Tomorrow, April 22, is International Record Store Day. That means that you can get exclusive, limited-run records, singles, cds, merch and more from your favorite independent record store.

This year is extra special as it marks the 10th anniversary of this global event that celebrates music, artistry, community and local record sellers.

Check out the 2017 releases and we’ll see you at the store.

BTW, we open an hour early at 10am on Record Store Day. Plan accordingly 🙂

Happy 40th Trans-Europe Express

April 1, 2017 Leave a comment


by Raul

Trans-Europe Express was released March 21st 1977, the sixth release by German electronic music band Kraftwerk.

This release came about through friends expressing to the band members that they should write an album based on the railway that connected 130 cities in Europe, running west from Spain east to Austria and from Denmark to the south of Italy.

Kraftwerk founding members Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider met with David Bowie and Iggy Pop prior to the recording of Trans-Europe Express and were so flattered by the attention they were giving by both artists that references of the two can be found in the lyrics on the album.

Though the release was given lukewarm reviews upon its release, it’s been a heavy influence on a wide variety of bands and genres to follow such as Joy Division, Afrika Bambaataa, and Radiohead to name a few. Forty years later, it still holds its own.

Happy 45th, Thick As a Brick

March 27, 2017 Leave a comment

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by Raul

Released on March 10th, 1972, Thick As A Brick was the fifth release for British rock band Jethro Tull.

After the success of Aqualung, frontman Ian Anderson decided to go with another concept album.

Though it was received to mixed reviews by the critics, Thick As a Brick reached the top of the charts and earned Jethro Tull another gold album.

In the Name of Love

January 19, 2015 Leave a comment

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The Spirit of Halloween – Goosebumps

October 14, 2014 Leave a comment


by Cherene

When I was younger I saw some pretty scary movies and didn’t think anything else would freak me out, but I was proven wrong by Goosebumps in elementary school. Goosebumps was first brought to me by the Scholastic Book Fair as a book series written by R.L Stine. I went crazy with those books. Anytime I saw one I’d have to own it. I know I wasn’t the only kid who freaked out about them because soon there was a Goosebumps TV show and Goosebumps stuff every where, from pencils to bedsheets.

When I was younger I used to watch a lot of weird TV shows. For some reason I really liked Designing Women, Welcome Back Kotter and Perfect Strangers, but there were some shows that were normal for a kid to like; like Goosebumps. The book series was now a television show and I watched it whenever I could. It was scary but not too scary to where I’d be sleeping with the light on. There were two episodes in particular that really freaked me out as a kid: “Night in Terror Tower” and “Say Cheese and Die.” I had already read the books but for some reason seeing it played out weirded me out way more.

“Night in Terror Tower” was a two-parter and I think they made you wait a week until you found out if these kids were going to be lost in time forever or if this crazy guy is going to kill them or not.

“Say Cheese and Die” was also another one that scared me. These kids find a weird looking camera when they’re snooping around an old warehouse. The camera predicts the future of people when you take their picture. The weird thing about it is that camera only predicts bad things happening to people. I don’t know why that weirded me out as a kid, because now that I’m older and rewatching different episodes it’s all hilarious, noticing that some of the masks and makeup were really bad and now understanding that most of the actors were Canadian and that’s the reason why when they said ‘alright’ or I know’ it sounded funny. Oh, and some of the characters are in other stuff as adults; the main character in “Say Cheese and Die” is Ryan Gosling.


There is talk of a Goosebumps movie in the works. Jack Black will play a young writer named R.L Stine whose imaginary monsters are set free in a town in Maryland. His niece and a neighborhood kid team up to cage all the monsters. I’m actually excited for this to come out in theatres!

So, if you have a niece or nephew that you’d like to scare and not scar for life, the Goosebumps TV series is a good starting point. You can find our Goosebumps DVDs in our kids’ section.

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