The 20th Anniversary Mug!

12032227_10152991692851891_3888675879123737872_nIt’s our 20th anniversary year, and we now have an official coffee mug! Also useful for tea, bourbon, or holding pencils on your desk.  Just $6.99!

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11232940_10152948978991891_974742784257623781_nWe are often asked about phonograph needles (also called styluses), specifically when to replace them. If the needle is obviously bent or damaged, then replace it immediately. Unfortunately, it’s not always obvious when the needle is excessively worn and needs replacement. Sometimes there is audible distortion, sometimes not. A worn needle can also cause premature degradation of your records. As a rule of thumb, a diamond needle should last between 500 – 1000 hours of play before replacement is necessary. If you’re playing lots of scratchy, beat-up records, your needle will wear out faster. If your record player is a yard-sale purchase, you don’t know how old the needle is and you should replace it right away, or risk damaging your records.
We have replacement needles for most popular turntables, and can special order many others. Bring in your old needle or complete turntable and we’ll match it up with a correct replacement.

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Top Selling Music, Week of Oct. 5-11, 2015

1. Dead Weather- Dodge & Burn
2. DeBraun Thomas- All My Colors Are Blind
3. Wavves- V
4. Front Bottoms- Back On Top
5. Gary Clark Jr.- Story Of Sonny Boy Clark
6. Kendrick Lamar- To Pimp A Butterfly
7. Keith Richards- Crosseyed Heart
8. Dr. Dre- Compton
9. Ben Folds- So There
10. Robert Cray- 4 Nights Of 40 Years

1. City & Colour- If I Should Go Before You
2. Moon Taxi- Daybreaker
3. Jamie XX- In Colour
4. Dungen- Allas Sak
5. Run The Jewels- Run The Jewels 2
6. Jimi Hendrix- Electric Ladyland
7. J. Cole- 2014 Forest Hills Dr.
8. Black Keys- Thickfreakness
9. Decemberists- Florasongs
10. Chvrches- Every Open Eye

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New Releases — Oct. 9, 2015

A Skylit Drive – ASD CD (Tragic Hero)
New album from the California post-hardcore band.

Tori Amos and Samuel Adamson – The Light Princess [Original Cast Recording] 2xCD (Mercury Classics)
With music and lyrics by Tori Amos and book and lyrics by Samuel Adamson and suggested by a story by George MacDonald, Amos weaves her delicately crafted music throughout the narrative, with Adamson poignantly telling the story of a young woman facing her fears. The Light Princess is the next chapter in Amos’s career, best described as “a huge triumph” by The Huffington Post. “Amos’s score has its own pulsating beauty, as if Philip Glass had been commissioned to score Cinderella.” — New York Times

Jason Boland and The Stragglers – Squelch CD (Proud Souls Entertainment)
Jason attributes his success to his determination to remain steadfast and true to the country music of old, avoiding the constant allure of what many consider watered down, cliché-driven songs that seem to dominate mainstream country radio today. Squelch, referring to the knob on  wide-band radios that is used to keep the unwanted noise out, is exactly what this album represents. Eleven tracks of steel and fiddle driven country songs for the country music connoisseur.

City And Colour – If I Should Go Before You CD/2xLP (Dine Alone)
Singer/songwriter/performer City And Colour (aka Dallas Green), returns with his fifth album, If I Should Go Before You. Unique to this project, the studio players on the album are made up of Green’s trusted touring band: Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs, Dead Weather) on bass, Dante Schwebel (Spanish Gold, Dan Auerbach) on guitar, Doug MacGregor (Constantines) on drums and Matt Kelly on pedal steel guitar and keys. “This is sort of what I’ve been looking for the last five, six years, since I really kind of started to focus on City And Colour,” the former Alexisonfire member told Billboard. “My goal is to always have, for lack of a better term, a sh*t-hot band, and it was hard to find that at first because I was juggling with the other band, Alexisonfire, a lot. This time I found guys who are not only great players but became great friends, and now it feels like a band to me, and I honestly believe that I wrote all of these songs because of the band.” Continue reading

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Top Selling Music, Week of Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2015

1. Clutch- Psychic Warfare
2. Jason Isbell- Something More Than Free
3. Chvrches- Every Open Eye
4. Patty Griffin- Servant Of Love
5. Deafheaven- New Bermuda
6. Slayer- Repentless
7. Collective Soul- See What You Started
8. Gary Clark Jr.- Story Of Sonny Boy Slim
9. Glen Hansard- Didn’t He Ramble
10. Iron Maiden- Book Of Souls

1. Sturgill Simpson- Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
2. Dead Weather- Dodge & Burn
3, Kurt Vile- B’lieve I’m Goin’ Down
4. Run The Jewels- Run The Jewels 2
5. Primus- Frizzle Fry
6. Kamasi Washington- Epic
7. Blitzen Trapper- All Across This Land
8. Ramones- Ramones
9. Arctic Monkeys- AM
10. Sufjan Stevens- Enjoy Your Rabbit

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New Releases — Oct 2, 2015

ALO – Tangle Of Time CD/LP (Brushfire)
Jam-packed with freewheeling exuberance and deft songwriting, Tangle Of Time features tracks penned by each of the band’s four members who individually take stock in life, love, and family and combine their musings with a healthy dose of humor. A jubilant collection of songs that evoke the California cool of ‘70s pop/rock while embracing the in-the-moment improv that has propelled the band for almost two decades. Although there is a distinct songwriting voice that can be heard on each track, the band’s collective efforts string the album into an unmistakably ALO offering.

Autre Ne Veut – Age Of Transparency CD/LP (Downtown)
“Along with artists like How To Dress Well and Holy Other, Autre Ne Veut makes music that’s sometimes categorized as ‘PBR&B,’ suggesting a point where indie pop (ironically) meets modern R&B. Autre Ne Veut’s Arthur Ashin uses R&B tropes in his music, but rather than soundtrack a romantic moment, the songs instead voice the anxious thoughts that surround love. So while most R&B singers prowl the register somewhere between a pillow-talk purr and a sultry croon, only scaling upward toward a voice-cracking, la petite mort falsetto for emphasis, Ashin has his voice begin on the other side of that crack.” – NPR

Avicii – Stories CD (Island)
Sophomore album from the Swedish DJ featuring guest appearances by Zac Brown Band, Chris Martin and Martin Garrix. Vinyl version due October 30.

Blitzen Trapper – All Across This Land CD/LP+MP3 (Vagrant)
“Touted as a return to the “classic” sound of the band, which man will associate with the 2008 breakthrough Furr, Portland folk-rockers Blitzen Trapper release their eighth album All Across This Land. If ever there was an indication that the record promises to be a return to the sunny, riff-oriented classic rock sounds the band has excelled at for so long, it’s the title track. Tapping into the sun-dappled sounds of early-‘70s blues rock, classic Laurel Canyon rock, and of course the perpetual influence of Neil Young and Crazy Horse, ‘All Across This Land’ is a perfect balm for the dog days of summer, its breezy optimism reflected in the accompanying ‘visualette.’ It’s the kind of track you want to blast in the car with the windows rolled down.” – Pop Matters Continue reading

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Top Selling Music, Week of Sept. 21-27, 2015

1. Dead Weather- Dodge & Burn
2. David Gilmour- Rattle That Lock
3. Jason Isbell- Something More Than Free
4. Wilco- Star Wars
5. Arcs- Yours Dreamily
6. Chvrches- Every Open Eye
7. Metric- Pagans In Vegas
8. Lucero- All A Man Should Do
9. Jewel- Picking Up The Pieces
10. Black Dahlia Murder- Abysmal

1. Dead Weather- Dodge & Burn
2. Chvrches- Every Open Eye
3. Lucero- All A Man Should Do
4. Kurt Vile- B’lieve I’m Goin Down
5. Beach House- Depression Cherry
6. Lana Del Rey- Honeymoon
7. David Gilmour- Rattle That Lock
8. Black Keys- Brothers
9. Arctic Monkeys- Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
10. Daft Punk- Discovery

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