Thursday, April 30, 2009

Cute Puppies!

Just in: Flying Dog's Canis Major 8-pack.
Contains 8 7oz beers, 2 each of their Gonzo Imperial Porter, Horn Dog Barley Wine, Double Dog Double Pale Ale
and Kerberos Tripel.
Take home the entire litter, only $13.99.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New CDs in today from Bob Dylan, Diamond Watch Wrists (Prefuse 73 with Zach Hill), Great Northern, Joe Jackson (Live BBC), NOFX. Restocked vinyl : Animal Collective, Andrew Bird, M83, Mr Bungle (self titled).
Mikkeller's Beer Geek Breakfast stout arrived today. I may need to have one for lunch.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Just arrived : Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale from Lagunitas.
Beat Surrender:

Camera Obscura My Maudlin Career CD (LP delayed)
"On the title track of Camera Obscura's fourth album, My Maudlin Career, Tracyanne Campbell sings, "This maudlin career has come to an end/ I don't want to be sad again." As usual, she's being sincerely ironic. Camera Obscura fans will be pleased to know that she's still turning out maudlin torch songs with apparent ease. It is a record of the most immoderate sentiment: Thirty seconds in, on "French Navy", you've already got a dusty library, a French sailor, and the moon on the silvery lake. By the second track, "The Sweetest Thing", Campbell's ready to trade her mother for a compliment from a certain someone. She might not want to be sad again, but judging from the kind of tangled romantic assignations she confesses to here? Album number five already lurks in the inevitable fallout." ~ Pitchfork 8.3 "Best New Music"

Tinted Windows Tinted Windows CD
Depeche Mode Sounds Of The Universe CD
Art Brut Art Brut vs. Satan CD
Booker T. Potato Hole CD
BrakesBrakesBrakes Touchdown CD
Chairlift Does You Inspire CD
Men Without Pants Naturally CD
Various Artists Eccentric Soul: Smart's Palace CD
Special Ed Youngest in Charge (reissue) CD

Friday, April 17, 2009

New Books:

"A spectacular visual biography of the life and career of one of the most colourful and innovative artists of the twentieth century. Phaidon was granted unprecedented access to public and private archives and collections to collect this staggering quantity and array of material: a rare, behind- the- scenes look at the New York art world of the 1950s to the 1980s. With rare or unseen pictures of the New York glitterati over three decades along with receipts, letters, documents, family snaps, press cuttings and more, there is no better insight to the man beneath the wig. Introduction by renegade art critic Dave Hickey, who has his own cult following, and additional texts by Bruno Bischofberger, Ronnie Cutrone, David Dalton, Kenneth Goldsmith, Ivan Karp and Peggy Phelan. A must- have for Warhol fans and any pop culture enthusiast, it is now accessible to all, in this slightly smaller (but still quite massive) edition, and at this amazing new price. 8 3/4" by 11 3/8", 1400 color illustrations, 600 b&w illustrations."

"...compelling road map to the artist's most recent and ambitious journeys in paint, pencil, and sculpture. Tara and her work have been featured in numerous publications and websites, including Vanity Fair, Elle, The New York Observer, Juxtapoz, and Bust. Foreword by Tim Biskup. Hardcover, color."

"This final volume of previously unpublished drawings and photographs completes the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia trilogy. Danzig Baldaev's unparallelled ethnographic achievement, documenting more than 3,000 tattoo drawings, was made during a lifetime working as a prison guard. His recording of this esoteric world was reported to the KGB, who unexpectedly supported him, realizing the importance of being able to establish facts about convicts by reading the images on their bodies. The motifs depicted represent the uncensored lives of the criminal classes, ranging from violence and pornography to politics and alcohol."

"The legendary unpublished collaboration between William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac: a hard-boiled crime novel about a shocking murder at the dawn of the Beat Generation. Written when the writers were far from famous, And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks is an incomparable artifact from the early days of the Beats, a fascinating piece of American literary history, and a remarkable window into the personal lives of two hugely influential writers at the very beginning of their careers. It is also an engaging novel, a hypnotic descent into lust and obsession, drugs and alcohol, art and outsized dreams."

"Aye Jay, creator of the Gangsta Rap Coloring Book and the Heavy Metal Fun Time Activity Book, takes on punk with mosh- worthy results. This activity book will challenge kids and adults alike with word searches and drawing games, or just sharpen your crayons and color legends of punk's past and present! Help Siouxsie Sioux apply her makeup. Draw Henry Rollins' tattoos. Color in the members of Green Day, etc."

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Need a beer for tax day?
Über Sun is here!
Record Store Day
It's that time again. This Saturday is Record Store Day. Yay! Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional freebies have been arriving all week. Check out this list of goodies, compiled by our friends at Landlocked Music. Will we be receiving all of these? No, but we're getting as many as we can put our grubby little hands on. AND we're sure to have some beer-related freebies too. Sweet! All used DVDs, CDs and vinyl will be 52.5% off for the day. Plus, we're having a special art show. Our friend, Chuck Keppler, has put together another great show for us. This one will feature prints by 38 artists. The artists were asked to design and print an image based on a favorite song lyric. Check out this one. All prints will be available for purchase.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Beat Salad:
Destroyer City of Daughters b/w Thief Double LP.
Nice reissue of these long out of print albums.

Agoraphobic Nosebleed Agorapocalypse CD
Agoraphobic Nosebleed returns with Agorapocalypse, their second proper full-length album of gonzo violence in a ten-plus year history of sordid deeds -- the epitome of 21st century grindcore.

Bill Callahan Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle CD and LP

Handsome Family Honey Moon CD

Brutal Truth Evolution Through Revolution CD
Legendary grindcore trailblazers return after ten-plus years.

Immortal Technique Revolutionary Vol. 2 LP
Back in print on vinyl!

Lotus Plaza Floodlight Collective CD
Member of Deerhunter plays solo.

Monks Black Monk Time
DLX CD reissue. LP soon.

Joe Gibbs Scorchers From the Early Years 1967-73 2xCD
An amazing collection of rocksteady and reggae hits from the late 60’s and early 70’s that helped break reggae internationally. This essential jam-packed double-disc anthology, produced mainly by Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Niney The Observer for Joe Gibbs, features the genre’s most influential icons and marks a momentous time in musical history. This 17 North Parade release from the Reggae Anthology series contains many special edits only available on this album.

Devendra Banhart Oh Me Oh My LP
Reissued on LP!

Metric Fantasies CD

Easy Star All-Stars Lonely Hearts Dub Band CD
The band behind Dub Side Of The Moon and Radiodread with Steel Pulse, Matisyahu, Michael Rose, U Roy, Luciano. Sugar Minott, Frankie Paul, Max Romero, Rangking Roger and Mighty Dieamons. Includes a free download card to unlock bonus material.

Prefuse 73 Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian CD now, LP soon (I hope)
For Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian, Herren rejected the idea of straight digital recording and instead went the much more intensive route of recording to analog Ampex tape, giving the album the sound of a lost tape of exploratory studio musicians from the not-too-distant past. In addition to the recording process, Ampexian also differs in its composition, existing as a tapestry of tracks of varying lengths and moods, albeit with a remarkable linear flow and, of course, unmatched rhythmic bump.

Silversun Pickups Swoon CD and LP
The follow-up to the critically acclaimed Carnavas. Driven by the exciting "Panic Switch" single, Silversun Pickups' second album delivers on the promise of their debut and ups the guitar genius a notch. HQ-180 double vinyl includes download.

also back in stock on vinyl:
Beastie Boys In sound From Way Out
Beatnuts Rarest Nuts
Kraftwerk Computer World
Run DMC Raising Hell
and 12" singles from Flying Lotus, Black Cock. Donk Boys and Jazz Liberatorz

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Beers in today:
Oskar Blues Gordon
American Double / Imperial IPA 8.70% ABV

North Coast Old Stock Ale
Old Ale 11.70% ABV
The Felice Brothers - Yonder Is The Clock CD (Team Love)

Neil Young - Fork In The Road CD+DVD (Warner Bros.)
The new album featuring ten new songs about Neil's homegrown hybrid car. DVD includes high definition, 24-bit/96 khz stereo mixes for the highest quality audio plus live performance clips.

The Thermals - Now We Can See CD (Kill Rock Stars)

Doves - Kingdom Of Rust CD (Astralwerks)

Bat For Lashes - Two Suns CD (Astralwerks)
"One of the most dynamic and intriguing performers out of the UK, Bat For Lashes (aka Natasha Khan) returns with her dazzling second album, produced by David Kosten (Faultline), featuring guest spots by Yeasayer and Scott Walker."

Bob Mould - Life And Times CD (Anti)

Ramblin' Jack Elliott - A Stranger Here CD (Anti)
Elliott is one of folk music's most enduring legends, influencing everyone from Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger to the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead. On ''A Stranger Here'' Elliott takes on depression era blues songs that have a particular resonance in these turbulent times. With his world-scarred voice wrapped around these dark songs of dark days, Elliott has made his masterpiece, and album at once elegiac and defiant, that can stand beside great late-career recordings by Billie Holliday and Frank Sinatra. Produced by Joe Henry (Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello, Solomon Burke).

The Hold Steady - A Positive Rage CD+DVD (Vagrant)
17 audio tracks recorded live at The Metro in Chicago. Enhanced CD links to download five bonus tracks. Bonus DVD includes a documentary.

Junior Boys - Begone Dull Care CD (Domino)

Black Dice - Repo CD (Paw Tracks)

I Was A King - I Was A King CD (The Control Group)
"Oslo, Norway's I Was A King debuted in 2007 with the album "Losing Something Good For Something Better". They were labeled "royally brilliant" and given 8 out of 10 by NME. The Independent, The Times, and The Guardian gave similar praise. This follow-up features performances by Emil Nikolaisen (Serena Maneesh), Sufjan Stevens, Daniel Smith (Danielson), and Gary Olson (Ladybug Transistor). Mixed by Nick Terry (Primal Scream, The Libertines). Front man Frode Stromstad has a unique gift for creating addictive melodies with distinctive roots to the 60s distorted through the sound of the '90s."

Micachu & The Shapes - Jewellry CD/LP (Rough Trade)
21-year old Mica Levi, a.k.a. Micachu, presents ''an ear-bashing of crazy paving beats, junk shop punk, electronic drones, and deceptively mellifluous bedsit pop'' - The Times. Equally at home making brilliant leftfield pop as she is composing for orchestras and making mix tapes that mash up dub step, grime, garage, and pop, it comes as no surprise that Micachu's debut is the aural equivalent of a chameleon: a multi-colored, multi-layered conflation of ground breaking sounds and ideas. "Sideways-thinking pop genius." -- The Fly

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Beers and books.