Thursday, April 16, 2009

April 18th RECORD STORE DAY UPDATE plus Incoming....

Ahh yes...the highly anticipated Record Store Day and the mighty Spiral Scratch has some special surprises and whatnot in store. In case you're not familiar with what it's all about, visit for more info.
We have lots of Record Store Day exclusives (they will be in with our other stuff, marked with a small blue sticker. Limits apply, first come, first serve.
Also, just received word that Harvest Sum recording artists Besnyo will be playing live in the store (with a grill--veggie/non-veggie friendly foodstuffs) and have the acoustic Joseph Mulhollen, Mock Syringe and Alex Berkly will also perform starting at 1 pm.
Behind the counter, the man who keeps it together when we're falling apart...Bill Nehill.
We decided not to tip our hand, but make no mistake, we have a plethora of Record Store Day exclusives in addition to loads of new stock. We will tip our hand on that....see below for incoming product. One more thing...we've been sitting on is some great used stock in the back to make Record Store Day even more theres that.

April 16--Incoming Update! Pre-Record Store Day Madness! New Stuff! Sales!
In the mid-90s wasteland of manufactured alt.rock, among other things we'd rather forget about, arose Dayton, Ohio's Guided By Voices who were channeling years of obscurity as a band into the triumvirate of their greatest works. Arguably, the fi
nal piece to their apex is the absolutely essential masterpiece, Alien Lanes. Building off their previous masterpiece, Bee Thousand, Guided By Voices made another perfect record with Alien Lanes. They would, of course, continue to make great albums with different members for years following--but it's hard to argue when they were at their peak. Matador Records, along with Bee Thousands predecessor, has also unleashed Propeller, which is now back in print in vinyl form--180 grams of perfection.

Matador also presents us with two other key 90s re-issues, Pavement and their landmark Slanted and Enchanted and Crooked Rain records. Both are heavily packaged on 180 grams of wax and come with free download codes, as does all of their releases. Don't forget the Pixies reissues, either.

Also in this week, aside from our Record Store day Exclusives:

Propagandhi - Supporting Caste 2x LP/CD

Exploding Hearts - Guitar Romantic LP
Q & Not U - No Kill No Beep LP
Q & Not U - 3 song 7"
Decemberists - Hazards of Love LP

Decemberists - Crane Wife LP
Dag Nasty - Can I Say
Thermals - Now We Can See LP
Gaslight Anthem - Sink or Swim demos 7"
Gaslight Anthem - Senor and the Queen 7"
The Accused - Baked Tapes LP
Anti-Cimex - the Records 81-86
Bad Brains - Rock For Light LP
Vitamin X - Full Scale Assault 2x lp

Blitzen Trapper - Furr LP/CD loads of re-stocked/sold out titles from Velvet Underground, Beastie Boys, Septic Death, Big Black, 7 Seconds, Wilco, Springsteen, Robot Has Werewolf Hand and tons more! New Books in stock, too!

Also...keep an eye out for our Overstock Budget Crate on Record Store Day, this saturday!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Rainy Day Scratch Report -- April 3

Staff Pick: Vee Dee - Public Mental Health System 2x LP
It's been nearly 5 long years since Chicago trio Vee Dee released their nearly perfect debut, Further. In that time they've struggled with a revolving cast of drummers while remaining the underrated and overlooked stalwarts of the Chicago underground rock scene.
With Criminal IQ behind them (they allegedly helped pay for this grand package that is a double lp with free compact disc enclosed) they forged on, developing a more psychedelic/hard rock sound (leaving in the dust the punker sound they had mastered on their debut) that is on a different plane than so many other young, hip and fashionable types playing "throwback hard rock". Aside from a 7" ep teaser released last year, this is the first the outside world has heard of Vee Dee in years. Titled Public Mental Health System, this double lp explodes from the opening track, "Glimpses of Another World" with blazing fuzzed out wah guitar bursts and equally pummeling bass lines with minds of their own. 4 sides and devoid of filler despite some longer songs. They show they can also write a 3 minute long infectious "hit" on tracks like "Teens O.D." too. All in all, a 4 sided masterpiece of full throttle psych/rock done by guys who are not making music for fame and money, but because they have to. It's here for you.

Also new and in-stock this week:

Wipers - Over The Edge LP Jackpot Records, in conjunction with Wipers frontman Greg Sage, unleashes the third essential Wipers lp on high grade vinyl and deluxe packaging-leaving no stone unturned. An upgrade in sound quality over the cd box set and some earlier versions/pressings when Greg Sage was getting ripped off. Is This Real? also still in stock.

Wavves - Wavvves LP - Pitchfork gave it an 8.1. That means it probably won't be around to long.
Wavves -s/t 12" - see above.

Bonnie Prince Billy - Beware LP - re-stock of latest from prolific songwriter Will Oldham.
Bonnie Prince Billy - chimjimi 10" - limited issue companion piece to the 'Beware' lp featuring non-album tracks unavailable on cd or download anywhere else, download codes for lp music and artwork in 10" form. Limited edition and going fast. Ultraload™!
Palace Brothers - There Is No One What Will Take Care of You

Death - ...for the whole world to see LP
- Drag City unearthed this trio of Detroit african-american brothers (as in, they shared the same father) playing heavy duty proto-punk/bare bones heavy psych-rock in the early 70s. Never released (Columbia showed interest but backed off when the band refused to change it's unmarketable name, except for the single which was self-released and is part of this lp. Critics have praised the album and the bands backstory, while fans have scrambled to get their hands on it. We managed to get ours on a few with more possibly on the way in the coming weeks.

Blitzen Trapper - Furr LP

plenty of re-issues and re-stocks and stuff we haven't had in before:

Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs LP+7"

Pavement - Slanted and Enchanted & Crooked Rain 180 gram re-issue LPs
Meatmen - We're the Meatmen and You Suck! LP
Warsaw s/t LP Before they re-named they re-named themselves Joy Division, they were a pack of unruly punk rockers. Required listening.
Joy Division - Leigh Rock Festival 1979 - extremely limited and well packaged set from legendary post-punk rock festival. Limited to 1000 hand numbered copies.
Beirut - March of the Zapotec 2xLP/2x CD
Annihilation Time - self-titled CD - first album before Jimmy took hold of the mic.
Silver Jews - Natural Bridge LP
Silver Jews - Starlight Walker LP
Pissed Jeans - Hope For Men LP
Murder City Devils - s/t LP
Torche - s/t reissue LP-*special low price
Torche - Meandrathal LP*
Wire - 154 LP
Wire - Chairs Missing LP
Television - Marquee Moon LP
Television - Adventure LP
Buzzcocks - Singles Going Steady LP
mastered at half speed, spinning at 45 rpms
on two discs.
She & Him Lp/CD

and some new 7 inch arrivals:

more incoming this week including new Propagandhi 'Supporting Caste' 2x LP/2xCD. Exploding Hearts 'Guitar Romantic' lp, the Obits 'I Blame You' LP (featuring Rick 'Fork' ex-Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes debut record), Gaslight Anthem 'Sink or Swim Demos' 7" and much more.

*please note - quantities are often limited and things may sell out before we get a chance to re-order. first come, first serve. don't sleep.

and keep your ears peeled for PISSED JEANS presented by Spiral Scratch Records at Mohawk Place May 15th with special guests. Stay tuned...

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Spiral Scratch In-Store Series

On Wednesday April 8th, Spiral Scratch presents Tracy Morrow & the Magi Chippie (hosts of the grand Opening a few months back) with the touring Sam Lowry & the Circumstance and Nick Gordon. This In-Store show is the brainchild of occasional employee/full-time consultant Bill Nehill. The show kicks off a planned series of in-store performances from local and touring artists in the weeks to come--stay tuned for details on another show happening the last weekend of April. Morrows' impassioned and fragile acoustic songs are complimented by the immensely talented and burly bookends that are the Magi Chippie (Magi Tom-acoustic bass/Dave G. - acoustic guitar). Lowry is on the road and calls Bloomington, Indiana home while Nick Gordon has served time in Buffalos' London vs. New York while recording two of his own adventurous solo albums. Live music starts at 6:30 pm and is free, though we encourage you to donate to Sam Lowry's gas tank. No pressure, as always.