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Record Store Day 2017

April 21, 2017 Leave a comment

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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 🙂

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Happy 40th Trans-Europe Express

April 1, 2017 Leave a comment

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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

Goosebumps

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.

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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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The Spirit of Halloween – Hellraiser

October 8, 2014 Leave a comment

Hellraiser

by Cherene

It’s finally October and for most people that means a lot of different things. For me that means I can wear my jacket without anyone asking, “Oh my gosh, why are you wearing that jacket aren’t you hot?” It also means at the end of the month, for a day, it’s totally fine to have a pocket full of candy and tell people how cute their children are and it’s okay to give the said cute children candy. It also means for some reason every scary or creepy movie is even more scary and creepier.

I’m pretty excited about Halloween. I love other people’s costumes, I love candy, and I love getting scared from watching movies, and when the movie ends I feel ridiculous. For almost the whole month of October I’m watching horror movies and other movies that make you feel paranoid about answering the phone or going outside. So, if you don’t watch a lot of scary movies but want to get into the Halloween spirit, I’ll let you know what movies for sure freaked me out.

Hellraiser is directed by Clive Barker, a director who has made plenty of movies that will leave you sleeping with the light on. This movie was, from what I remember, the first scary movie I ever watched. It starts off with a guy named Frank going to a foreign country and buying a crazy looking puzzle box. He brings it to his childhood home and solves the puzzle box and is immediately ripped apart by hooked chains and is taken into the box. Creepy. Then Frank’s brother Larry moves into the childhood home to try to reconcile his failing marriage with his wife Julia, who is in love Frank.

One night Julia meets her dead lover (zombie Frank) in the attic and decides to help him lure men into the house so he can ‘restore’ himself and they can run away with each other. Soon after, Larry’s daughter thinks she catches her stepmother sneaking dudes into the house to cheat, but soon realizes she’s very wrong.

I haven’t seen every scary movie ever made, but from what I have seen I can say that Hellraiser still scares me. Definitely not as much as it did when I first saw it, but enough to make me jump from my light switch to my bed after I do watch it.

One time when I was 5 or 6, my uncle, who couldn’t have been more than 16, babysat me at my grandparents house while my parents were gone. He rented Hellraiser and let me watch it. I have no idea why he thought that would be okay and to this day, I still haven’t asked him about it. From what I remember I didn’t cry or freak out, I just sat on the couch with my knees serving as my new chin rest and watched it. To this day Rubik’s cubes kinda weird me out.

If you’re ready to get totally scared, or lightweight scared, head on down to Streetlight
Records and check out our horror section. We’ve got movies that will make you need a flashlight to take out the trash.

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Your Favorite Non-Traditional Christmas Songs of All Time

December 23, 2013 Leave a comment

Yesterday on our Facebook page, we asked the question, What’s your favorite non-traditional Christmas song of all time? We got some great answers and decided to share them. So, here you go:

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Have any others to add to the list? Let us know in the comments.