Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Record Store Day Celebration Schedule

ST. LOUIS: Euclid Records has put together a top-flight mixture of national, regional, and local acts to perform live as part of the Record Store Day celebration Apr. 16 and 17. (Please note that there was a typo in our previous release concerning this event, and it did not, in fact, happen in March.) There is still one slot left to fill, but this is the schedule:

Saturday, April 16

11:00 AM John Doe & Jill Sobule
12:00 noon The Deciders
1:00 PM tba
2:00 PM Sleepy Kitty
3:00 PM Troubadour Dali
4:00 PM The Jans Project
5:00 PM The Sights
6:00 PM The Skeletons
7:00 PM The Bottle Rockets

Sunday, April 17

12:00 noon The Pelvic Girdles
1:00 PM Warm Jets USA
2:00 PM Black Fast
3:00 PM Ultraman
4:00 PM The R6 Implant
5:00 PM Snake Ranch
6:00 PM LucaBrasi
7:00 PM The Blind Eyes

In between each live musical performance, there will be sets from local dj’s – that schedule should be firmed up in a day or two, and it will be announced as soon as we have it ready.

Euclid Records, located at 601 E. Lockwood in Webster Groves, will be staying open later than normal on Sunday, April 17 to allow for the fun to continue.

Monday, March 28, 2011

New Releases Mar. 28

The Mountain Goats - - All Eternals Deck: "One of America's most startling lyricist/poets" - Boston Herald

Willie Nelson / Wynton Marsalis featuring Norah Jones - - Here We Go Again: Celebrating the genius of Ray Charles.

Peter Bjorn and John - - Gimme Some: "Peter Bjorn and John cannot be described with any other word besides "Awesome."" - Team Coco

Radiohead - - The King of Limbs: Perhaps you've heard of this band and the music they make.

The Sounds - - Something To Die For: "Dancing to hot beats is clearly the rallying cry." -

Also new this week:

All Tiny Creatures - - Harbors
Marcia Ball - - Roadside Attractions
Rory Block - - Shake 'Em on Down
Matt Duke - - One Day Die
William Fitzsimmons - - Gold In the Shadow
The Jeff Healey Band - - Get Me Some
Hunx and his Punx - - Too Young To Be In Love
Los Lonely Boys - - Rockpango
Marillion - - Live From Cadogan Hall
Melting Season - Harmoni-Pet Deluxe
Moon Duo - - Mazes
Naked on the Vague - - Twelve Dark Noons
Obits - - Moody, Standard and Poor
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - - Belong
Secret Cities - - Strange Hearts
Snoop Dogg - - Doggumentary
Southeast Engine - - Canary
Amy Speace - - Land Like a Bird
Sum 41 - - Screaming Bloody Murder
Those Darlins - - Screws Get Loose

And the following reissues and compilations:

The Books - - Lost and Safe
Derek and the Dominoes - - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
Henry Gray - - Lucky Man
Ladytron - - Best of 00-10
Ocean Colour Scene - - Moseley Shoals Deluxe edition
Pearl Jam - - Vs. Vitalogy Deluxe Edition
Yank Rachell - - Blues Mandolin Man

Best Sellers Week Ending Mar. 27

1. The Strokes - - Angles
2. J. Mascis - - Several Shades of Why
3. Lucinda Williams - - Blessed
4. Joe Bonamassa - - Dust Bowl
5. Black Keys - - Brothers
6. Iron & Wine - - Kiss Each Other Clean
7. Green Day - - Awesome As F**k
8. R.E.M. - - Collapse Into Now
9. Decemberists - - The King Is Dead
10. P.J. Harvey - - Let England Shake

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spectacular Line-Up of Live Music & DJs for Record Store Day

Euclid Records will be celebrating the fourth annual Record Store Day with not just one, but two full days of live music, dj’s, food, drink, and a storewide sale, Saturday and Sunday Apr. 16 and 17. Very quickly, Record Store Day has become the favorite holiday of music lovers nationwide, as artists of all stripes perform in record stores everywhere, and an ever-increasing bounty of limited edition rarities are released into the world just for the event.

Our final schedule of performances is still being assembled, but we have confirmations from national and local musicians including John Doe & Jill Sobule (fresh from their gig at Off Broadway the night before), the Bottle Rockets (headlining their fourth consecutive Record Store Day at Euclid Records with a special acoustic performance), Snake Ranch, LucaBrasi, Ultraman (the legendary St. Louis punk band), the Sights (Detroit rockers with a fine 10” record on our own Euclid Records label), Jans Project (featuring former members of Turning Curious), the Pelvic Girdles, the Deciders, Troubadour Dali (who are mixing their second full-length album to be released later this year on our label), the Blind Eyes, Sleepy Kitty (whose debut full-length album will be out before too long on our label), Warm Jets USA, the The R6 Implant (with former members of Fragile Porcelain Mice), and Black Fast. There will likely be another band or two. We will have the complete schedule posted on our blog at as soon as it is finalized. Further information will also be available at

But that’s not all. Many of the finest disc jockeys and record spinners from St. Louis will be on hand providing the music between the bands. KDHX programmers Thomas Crone, Rob Levy, Cat Pick, and Al Swacker will be here, as well as local club faves 18 & Counting, Elemental Child, Billy Brown, Deadasdisco, Josh Levi, DJ Chilly C, DJ Trash Talk, DJ Parisian, super conductor, Cor(e)yography, DJ Black Guy, and DJ Luxxter.

We published a complete list of the limited edition releases we expect to have at Quantities of some of these titles can be very small, but we are getting as many as we can of the most popular items. Everything in the store will be on sale 10% off both days, except for these limited editions and the Euclid Sessions releases.

Food and drink will be available for purchase outside the store. Our good friends at the Highway 61 Roadhouse will be selling their delicious barbecue, and our next-door neighbors at Cyrano’s will be offering drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

This is the 4th annual Record Store Day, a nationwide event celebrating the special cultural achievements of the record store. While it is true that there aren’t as many record stores as there once were, customers continue to cherish the experience of shopping for the music they love in an environment completely devoted to it. On Record Store Day, musicians, record companies, and music lovers team up to remind everybody just how social an occasion it can be to shop for music.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Book Review - 33 Days by Bill See

It’s the young man’s dream. Your 22, you play music with your friends and you’re hitting the road for a month, finally finding your independence through music. The highway’s a just an excuse for getting from point A to point B, sleeping, reading or just plain meditating. When you hit the next exit your van and your life will be either turning left or right as the adventure begins, seeing new places, meeting new people and adding a distinct chapter to your life.

This was the life for Bill See, lead singer from a band called Divine Weeks. At the age of 22, he along with his buddies Raj, George, Dave and tour manager Ian embark on their first tour of North America. Bill being the singer, lyricist and fledgling writer, kept a diary of those 33 days spent “touring in a van, sleeping on floors and chasing a dream”. Bands such as Divine Weeks try to find success, though few succeed, but at the age of 22 this is the milestone moment of your life, independence from family, school and work, doing what you like to do best, performing. This is the one shot at fame. If you’re lucky (and good enough) and it happens, then you’ve hit the lottery. If it doesn’t, you have many tales to tell.

Bill’s tale is told in the book “33 Days”. Not only does it explore in detail life on the road, but the good times and bad times that happen once you hit that highway exit. We were fortunate enough to be a part of the story. While preparing to do a new music video program for cable, I reviewed dozens of videos submitted by bands and their management. We ran across a video that we liked a lot by Divine Weeks, only to find out that the band would be performing at Cicercos Basement a couple weeks later. This revelation changed the entire format of the show. We decided to get out the cameras and do some remotes with the bands performing at the various St. Louis venues. We began with Bill and Divine Weeks, doing a song from their latest record, a tribute to Jim Carroll titled “Idiot Son”. We filmed them while playing outside the original Euclid Records at 6 North Euclid. This began a tradition of capturing the touring bands and making the show more interactive.

Their adventures in St. Louis and Euclid Records are documented here in the book. Although I’m referred to as Tom, it’s excusable considering this all took place some 23 years ago. But despite the years that have flown by since those glory days, this book is still an essential guide to touring for any 20-somethings look for fame and fortune on their journeys down those long boring interstates.

33 Days: Touring In A Van. Sleeping On Floors. Chasing A Dream by Bill See is available through Amazon and Kindle. But, PLEASE, don’t purchase it there. Make sure to support your local book store. Although it’ll take a couple days to order, it will cost the same. Remember that these independent stores are what shape our neighborhoods. Please support them.

Record Store Day Limited Editions

Record Store Day is coming in just a few weeks - in fact, Euclid Records is celebrating both Saturday, Apr. 16 and Sunday, Apr. 17 with lots of bands and djs and a storewide sale.

But the real juice of Record Store Day comes from the limited edition titles available only at select record stores around the country. These are the titles we've ordered and expect to have in time for opening on Apr. 16. Quantities are limited, and we don't know for sure if we'll get every single title, and we don't know for sure how many we will get. If you want something specific, we suggest you get here early on Record Store Day, as many titles have been known to sell out in just a few minutes.

We're excited about the coming celebration, and we hope to see you on Apr. 16 and 17.

13th Floor Elevator Wait For My Love 7"
A Day To Remember All I Want 7"
AC/DC Shoot To Thrill 7 "
Adams,Ryan Class Mythology EP
Adele Rolling In The Deep 10"
Akron/family bmbz LP
Anberlin Cities 2 LP
Anthony & The Johnsons Swanlights EP 10"
Architecture In Helsinki Places Like This LP
Bad Brains God Of Love 7"
Barrett, Syd Introduction LP
Beach Boys Good Vibrations/Heroes And Villians 10"
Beadyeye Box Set 7"s
Bear In Heaven/Lindstrom Lovesick LP
Bibo Willenhall/Baskerville Grinch LP
Black Angels Another Nice Pair LP
Black Angels Phosgene nightmare LP
Blake James James Blake LP
Blitzen Trapper Maybe baby/Soul Singer 7"
Boris Attention Please LP
Built To Spill Ripple 7"
Busdriver ATM 7"
Caribou Swim Remixes LP
Cars Sad Songs 7"
Circa Survive Appendage CD
Circa Survive Appendage LP
Civil Wars Dance Me To The End Of Love 7"
Clapton,Eric Unplugged LP
Clouds Chuggas LP
Coffey,Dennis Ubiutious 7"
Costa,Matt Songs We Sing LP
Country Joe & The Fish Electric Music For The Mind And Body LP
Crowded House North America Travelouge 3 CDS
Cults Abducted 7"
Daedelvs Tailor Made LP
Damien Jurado Live At Landlocked LP
Db's Picture Sleeve LP
Death Cab For Cutie Home Is A Fire/You Are A Tourist 7"
Decemberists Live At Bull Moose CD
Deerhoof Friend Opportunity 180 G.
Deerhoof/Xiu Xiu Almost Xiu Almost Deerhoof 7"
Deerhunter Memory Boy 7"
Deftones Covers LP
Dengue Fever Cannibal Courtship LP
Dennan,Brett B Side To The D Side 7"
Derek & The Dominoes Got To Be Better/Layla 7"
Disordance Axis LP
Dodos All 7"
Doe,John/Sobule,Jill A Day At The Pass CD
Doors Riders On The Storm 7"
Duran Duran Girl Panic 7"
Dylan, Bob Brandeis University 1963 LP
Earle,Justin Townes Move Over Mama 7"
Earle,Steve I'll Never Get Out Of Here Alive 7"
Esben And The Witch Chorea EP
Fahey,John Requia LP
Fan Modine Gratitude For The Shipper LP
Fistful Of Mercy Fistful Of Mercy LP
Fitzsimmons,William Gold In the Shadow LP
Flaming Lips Heady Nuggs 1rst 5 LPS LPS
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues/Grown Ocean LP?
Fleetwood Mac Rumours 45RPM
Flogging Molly Don't Shut 'Em Down 7"
Flying Lotus Cosmogramma Alt. takes LP
Foo Fighters Medium Rare LP
Franz Ferdinand Franz ferdinand LP
Frightened Rabbit/Twighlight Sad Demos Tape
Frustrators Griller CD
Fucked Up Town camp LP
Gainsboug,Charlotte Memoir.Set The Tigers Free 7"
Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger La Carotte Bleue LP
Glassjaw Worship & Tribute LP
Gordon,Mike Moss Remixes 7"
Gordon,Mike Inside In LP
Gorillaz Fall LP
Grateful Dead Grateful Dead LP
Green Day/Husker Du Don't Know If You Are Lonely 7"
Grinderman Palaces Of Montezuma LP
Grinderman evil LP
Gun,Steve/Ahmed 7"
Hammond John So Many Roads LP
Hank III Risin Outlaw LP
Hank III Lovesick,Broke,&Driftin LP
Hank III Straight To Hell LP
Hank III Damn Right Rebel Proud LP
Hank III Rebel Within LP
Hendrix, Jimi Fire/Touch You 7"
Hendrix, Jimi Foxey Lady 7"
Hurt, Mississippi John Immortal LP
Jackson, Michael Hollywood Tonight 7"
James,Skip Today LP
Javelin Coleridge 7"
Javelin Canyon 7"
Jenny & Johnny Love Hurts 7"
Jett,Joan I Love Rock N Roll LP
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American Deluxe 3 LPS
Joan Of Arc Presents: Don't Mind Control 2LP
Kills Satellite 10"
Kings Of Leon Holly Roller Novocaine 10"
Kode 9/Spaceape 7"
Kuti,Fela Monday Morning 7"
Lady Gaga Born This Way Pic Disc
Lopez, Omar Rodriguez Telesterion Box Set LP
Lopez, Omar Rodriguez Telesterion Box Set CD
Lower Dens Deer Knives/Tangiers 7"
Luyas/Twin Sister When I Am A Woman/Meet The Brownies 7"
Manchester Orchestra Simple Math 7"
Manhattan Murder Mystery Manhattan Murder Mystery LP
Mastadon Live At The Aragon LP/DVD
Mastadon/ZZ Top Just Got Paid 7"
Mates Of State Team boo LP
Matt & Kim Block After Block 7"
McKagan,Duff The Taking LP
Midlake Am I Going Insane LP
Mitchell/Manley Normal Values LP
Mumford And Sons Dharohar Project LP
My Chemical Romance Na Na Na Na 7"
My Morning Jacket Evil Urges Pic Disc
My Morning Jacket It Still Moves Pic Disc
My Morning Jacket Z Pic Disc
Nada Surf
Neurosis LP
New Pornographers Movies 7"
New York Dolls Dancing Backward In High Heels LP
New York Dolls Fool For You Baby 7"
Nickel Creek Nickel Creek LP
Nickel Creek This Side LP
Nickel Creek Why Should The Fire Die LP
Nirvana Hormoaning LP
Of Montreal The Past Is A Grotesque Animal LP
Off Live At Generation Records 7"
opeth Throat Of Winter 7"
Orbison, Roy Only The Lonley 7"
Os Mutantes Everthing Is Possible LP
Osbourne, Ozzy Blizzard Of Oz LP
Osbourne, Ozzy Diary Of A Madman LP
Osbourne, Ozzy Flyin High 7"
Otis,Shuggie Inspiration Information LP
Oval/Liturgy 7"
Owen O, evelyn 7"
Oxbow LP
Pearl Jam Vitology 2 LP
Pearl Jam VS LP
Pearl Jam Immorality 7"
Petty Tom & heartbreakers Tom Petty & The Hearbreakers LP
Petty Tom & heartbreakers You're Gonna Get IT LP
Phish Two Soundchecks 7"
Piebald Vol 1-3 3 LPS
Pinback Information Received 7"
Pink Floyd London 66/67 LP
Polvo Celebrate The Dark New Age EP
Prurient Many Jewels 7"
Queen Keep Yourself Alive 7"
R.E.M. First 3 Singles 7"s
Rancid Let The Dominoes Fall CD/LP
Ray Lamontane Live Fall 2010 LP
Red Crayola Hurricane Fire 7"
Red Hot Chili Peppers/Ramones Havana Affair 7"
Republic Tigers Merrymke It With Me/Whale Fight 7"
Republic Tigers No Land's Man EP
Rise Against Join The Ranks 7"
Rival Schools Wring It Out/Choose Your Adventure 7"
Robertson,Robbie How To Be Clairvoyant 2LP
Rolling Stones Brown Sugar 7"
Rush Caravan 7"
Russian Recordings We Just Call It Roulette LP
Saddiq, Raphael Radio 7"
Sennen Age Of Denial LP
Simon Paul So Beautiful Or So What LP
Sky Saw No One Can Tell 7"
Someone Still Loves You Boris.. Broom LP
Sonic Youth Whore's Moaning 93 Tour Edition LP
Spektor,Regina Four From Far 7"
Springsteen, Bruce Gotta Get That Feeling 10"
Submarines Love Notes/Letter Bombs 7"
Superchunk Here’s Where The Strings Come In CD
Superchunk Here’s Where The Strings Come In LP
Superchunk/Coliseum Horror Buisness Bullet 7"
televison Live At The Old Waldorf 2 LP
Therapies Over The Sea EP
Tosh, Peter Legalize It 7"
Tron OST 10"
Urge Overkill Effigy/Kids Are Alright 7"
Various Sacred Bones LP
Various Tribute To GBV Sing For Your Meat CD
Various Tribute To GBV Sing For Your Meat LP
Various Kill Rock Stars LP
Various Rough Guide To African Guitar Legends LP
Various Rough Guide To Desert Blues LP
Various No One Got Hurt (Bloodshot Sampler) CD
Various Rhymesayers LP
Various Save The Music CD
Various Save The Music #1 LP
Various Save The Music #3 LP
Various Vanguards Lost Psychedelic Era LP
Various Parlaphone Box Set 7"s
Vivian Girls I Heard You Say 7"
Wavves/Trash talk Thorns/TV Love Song 7"
Wild Flag Future Crimes/Glass Tambourine 7"
Yeasayer End Blood 7"
Young The Giant Apartment 7"

Monday, March 21, 2011

New Releases Mar. 22

The Strokes - - Angles: Highly anticipated new album - it's been a long time.

Soundgarden - - Live on I-5: First live album from long-lived band.

Edwyn Collins - - Losing Sleep: "A triumph. 4 stars" - Q

Solomon Burke & De Dijk - - Hold On Tight: The last studio recording from the King of Rock and Soul.

Joe Bonamassa - - Dust Bowl: With guest performances by Vince Gill, John Hiatt, & Glenn Hughes.

Also new this week:

Maggie Bjorklund - - Coming Home
James Blake - - James Blake
Chris Brown - - F.A.M.E.
Duran Duran - - All You Need Is Now
Eulogies - - Tear the Fences Down
Green Day - - Awesome as F**k
Charlie Haden Quartet West - - Sophisticated Ladies
Jennifer Hudson - - I Remember Me
Josh Kelley - - Georgia Clay
Saliva - - Under Your Skin

And the following reissues:

Rick Derringer & Carmine Appice - - Party Tested
Harvey Mandell - - The Best of Harvey Mandell
Howlin' Wolf - - This Is Howlin' Wolf's New Album
Rick Nelson - - Rockin' At the Universal
Rainbow - - Down to Earth Deluxe Edition
Rainbow - - Rising Deluxe Edition
Rod Stewart - - A Night on the Town
Rod Stewart - - Atlantic Crossing

St. Louis Symphony 1/2

I suppose I'm getting a reputation for being clumsy, so I'll just come out and say it--I've been seeing way too much of the pavement lately. Whilst walking from my parking spot in Midtown on the way to the Symphony, the sidewalk bit my boot and sent me sprawling. I took it on the hands and knees mostly before finally settling on my torso.

By the time I meet my friend in the lobby and we get in line to pick up the tickets, I realize that both of my palms are bleeding and I've broken or fractured a rib. Instead of washing up and taking care of the blood dripping from my left hand, as my friend suggests, I insist, instead, that we head straight to the Met Bar on the second floor of Powell Hall.

Soon enough we hear the bells ring, signaling that we should head to our seats. I'm still in a lot of pain. Looking at the program, I notice we've got a guest conductor, Carlos Kalmar, and the first half of the evening's program will be Liszt's Mephisto Waltz No. 1 and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, featuring Arnaldo Cohen on piano. All I can tell you is that the Listz was fun and the Beethoven was pleasant enough, but--because I must continue to breathe--I was completely distracted every time my ribcage expanded. I'm sorry to report that I can't really comment intelligently on what I heard. So I'm not going to. I'll trust that one of the other bloggers can fill in the gaps for me.

Intermission comes and we make a second trip to the Met Bar for fortifications. I try to pull myself together because I'm really interested in the second half of the program: Ligeti's Atmospheres (because I like the weird stuff) and Richard Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra (which most folks would recognize from the soundtrack of Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The Ligeti, composed in 1961, was fascinating from the start. The piece begins with long, sustained tones--which actually continue throughout the composition--colored by the different sections of the orchestra. The tones start low, and shift and swirl organically as the sustained sounds move from section to section of the orchestra; woodwinds, horns, strings, piano and percussion. The only metaphor I can think of is that this must be the aural equivalent of walking in zero visibility fog--walking slow, seeing wisps of fog shift, unsure of where exactly you are, though somehow that doesn't seem to matter. The flute section blows tone clusters, drawing a long string of dissonance before fading and moving elsewhere. Later, I take a look at the Playbill and read "Ligeti himself noted that 'the piece contains absolutely no rhythmic or melodic motif.'"

Then a delightful surprise. After nine minutes of shapeless sounds, the conductor leads the orchestra straight into the dramatic opening tones of Also sprach Zarathustra. From expansive nothingness we suddenly have form...and the transition works, flawlessly. We are transported through the next thirty minutes of the piece and at the end, feel as if something magical just happened. I don't even notice that most of my pain is gone.

Thanks to Eddie Silva and Dale Fisher.
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Best Sellers Week Ending Mar. 20

1. Lucinda Williams - - Blessed
2. R.E.M. - - Collapse Into Now
3. P.J. Harvey - - Let England Shake
4. Dropkick Murphys - - Going Out in Style
5. Wanda Jackson - - The Party Ain't Over
6. Black Keys - - Brothers
7. Decemberists - - The King Is Dead
8. Adele - - 21
9. Bright Eyes - - The People's Key
10. Iron & Wine - - Kiss Each Other Clean

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wave Wednesdays: Talk Talk

Missed last week's installment, due to a trip to New Orleans, visiting the Euclid NOLA store along the way. Know that this caused regular readers no small amount of stress, so we feature two videos today by Talk Talk.

As fans of the band are aware, the group moved from pure wave to absolute ambience over the course of five albums. That 10-year period (1982-1991) saw vocalist Mark Hollis shedding members, eventually finding his perfect studio partner in Tim Friese-Greene. Together they, and longtime drummer Lee Harris, crafted a really beautiful, sparse pair of records in "Spirit of Eden" and "Laughingstock," which were hinted at the transitional (and, ultimately, most-satisfying) Talk Talk album "The Colour of Spring."

In the early '80s, though, the group was still all about the flaned guitars, electronic drums and swooping keys. And they did that style proud on a pair of early releases, "The Party's Over" and the breakthrough "It's My Life," which spawned a much-loved title track hit.

Today, we shoot up a couple of early cuts. (Thomas Crone)

Monday, March 14, 2011

New Releases Mar. 15

Buffalo Tom - - Skins: "a gifted and grown-up rock & roll band." -

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears - - Scandalous: "In light of string theory's premise that life is at base music, put on Black Joe Lewis and dance" - David Johansen, New York Dolls

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers - - Rare Bird Alert: More bluegrass from Martin, w/ guest stars Paul McCartney & the Dixie Chicks.

J Mascis - - Several Shades of Why: First ever studio acoustic album from the Dinosaur, Jr. frontman.

And also new this week:

Arbouretum - - Song of the Pearl
The Berg Sans Nipple - - Build With Erosion
Black Francis - - The Golem
Cornershop - - And the Double-O Groove of
Al DiMeola - - Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody
Dodos - - No Color
Bob Geldof - - How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell
Mother Mother - - Eureka
The Naked and Famous - - Passive Me Aggressive You
New York Dolls - - Dancing Backward in High Heels
Noah & the Whale - - Last Night on Earth
Ringo Death Starr - - Colour Trip
Rise Against - - Endgame
Screeching Weasel - - First World Manifesto
Smoking Popes - - This Is Only a Test
Larry Sparks - - Almost Home
Dionne Warwick - - Only Trust Your Heart
Matt Wertz - - Weights & Wings
Yellowjackets - - Timeline
Music From the Motion Picture - - Rango

And the following reissues:

Art Blakey - - Ugetsu
Nick Lowe - - Labour of Lust
Phil Manzanera - - Diamond Head
Thelonious Monk - - Monk's Music
Cal Tjader & Stan Getz - - Sextet
Traffic - - John Barleycorn Must Die Deluxe Edition

Best Sellers Week Ending Mar. 13

1. Lucinda Williams - - Blessed
2. R.E.M. - - Collapse Into Now
3. P.J. Harvey - - Let England Shake
4. Drive-By Truckers - - Go-Go Boots
5. Iron & Wine - - Kiss Each Other Clean
6. Robert Plant - - Band of Joy
7. Hayes Carll - - KMAG YOYO
8. G. Love - - Fixin' To Die
9. The Baseball Project - - Vol. 2: High and Inside
10. Bright Eyes - - The People's Key

Monday, March 7, 2011

What's In Your Bag?

If you're like me, you feel like a bit of house money's in your pocket when you've got record store trade. Late last week, I traded in some chit for albums and CDs. Here's what in my bag.

AC/DC, "Powerage" (used CD, $7.99): Working for the benefit of my completist gene by trying to finish out my AC/DC collection. Though not possessing all of the monster radio hits, this one's got everything you need from a batch of songs from AC/DC. No need to list what those things are; it rocks, it's fun, it's mine.

Adam Ant, "Antics in the The Forbidden Zone" (used CD, $7.99): Growing up in the 1980s, I never had a ton of use for Adam Ant (and his Ants), even as I enjoyed the glammy, wavey pop of his contemporaries. This collection features songs from five, different, early albums and I have to say that there's no shortage of fun material here. Maybe the key to Ant appreciation is simply taking albums down by half, saving the best four, or five cuts per album. Entertaining. Think this'll grow on me.

Camel, "The Snow Goose" (used LP, $7.99): Every so often, I'm on a YouTube bender and wind up deep down the rabbit hole of progressive rock. Camel's been cropping up on these sessions lately and I've bent back in time to pick up an album that I'm pretty sure I've bought and sold in the past. Let's see how this one sticks after some years away. Have a feeling that a lot noodling goodness is coming my way. (See video inlay below.)

The Cars, "Candy-O" (used LP, $6.99): A replacement for the $1.00 vinyl copy that'll now cycle out of my collection. What a great batch of songs, with standouts "Let's Go" and the title track.

Devo, "Duty Now for the Future" (used LP, $9.99): With a fair bit of compilation tracks in my iPod, there's still some "new"/old Devo out there for me to discover. Have enjoyed sampling from this one, already, with "Red Eye" an early favorite.

Green on Red, "Gravity Talks" (used LP, $8.99): KDHX has plenty of American on the playlist and I'm always wishing that a little Green on Red spotted into the mix. An interesting group that veered between off-kilter wave and country-fried folk. This one splits the difference, in a near perfect way. Dated in sound, perhaps, but quite likeable.

Albert Hammond, "The Free Electric Band" (used vinyl, $4.99): Confess to buying this one for the price and the cover art. Think it's going to work for me; just need the album to meet the needle, which hasn't happened just yet.

Jumbling Towers, "The Kanetown City Rips" (used CD, $6.99): Over the past half-dozen years, I've slipped a bit on following the local scene. Hey, you get older. It happens. This group's among a bunch of bands that came along and, in some cases, moved along, ala: So Many Dynamos, Elsinore, Say Panther, Berlin Whale, et al. Finally catching up. Haven't listened to it yet, but it's in the house! And that's the first step.

That's what's in my bag. What's in yours? (Thomas Crone)

Baseball Project To Record at Euclid NOLA for 45

Spring is only a few days away, and we’re already craving the sounds of balls popping into gloves and the cracks of bats. But now, in addition to Spring Training rituals, we have a new tradition to celebrate. The Baseball Project has just released “Volume 2: High and Inside,” the second collection of rock’n’roll songs paying tribute to some of the game’s finest moments and most memorable characters. Better yet, the Baseball Project will perform live at Euclid Records NOLA on Tuesday, March 15 at 5 Pm. Euclid NOLA is located at 3401 Chartres St.

The Baseball Project is made up of Steve Wynn (formerly of the Dream Syndicate, and currently of Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3), Peter Buck (guitarist for R.E.M.), Scott McCaughey (formerly of the Young Fresh Fellows, currently of the Minus 5, and an adjunct member of R.E.M.), and Linda Pitmon (of Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3). The band’s first album, released in July, 2008, contained tuneful and energetic songs for Curt Flood, Fernando Valenzuela, Satchell Paige, and Willy Mays, among others. It also memorably contained the ode to the perfect game, “Harvey Haddix,” a song which had to be updated not once but 3 times after the album came out, as the number of pitchers to achieve this rare event went from 15 to 18 in just a few months.

“Volume 2: High and Inside” contains the magnificent “Don’t Call Them Twinkies,” a heart-felt celebration of what the Minnesota Twins mean to their fans, as well as songs about Bill Buckner, Ichiro Suzuki, Carl Mays, Reggie Jackson, and Pete Rose. The band is out touring the South and then the West Coast in support of the new release, and we are thrilled to have their only New Orleans performance be right here in our store. This is a terrific event for both baseball fans and rock’n’roll fans alike.

This will be the latest in a series of live in-store performances to be followed up by the release of limited-edition 45 rpm singles recorded in the store. Each release is strictly limited to 1,000 copies, and $1 for each one pressed is donated to the New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund (NOMRF) to benefit musicians displaced or suffering loss of equipment in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The performance will be recorded live, and the Baseball Project members will choose one or two songs to be released on the 7” single.

Since opening up a store in New Orleans last September, Euclid Records has committed to live performances by both local and touring musicians. We believe that record stores are places to congregate with fellow music lovers, and bringing in live music is a great way to increase the congregation.

New Releases Mar. 8

Exene Cervenka - - The Excitement of Maybe: Some lovely folkish songs from the singer of X.

R.E.M. - - Collapse Into Now: One of the most anticipated albums of 2011.

Also new this week:
Bruce Cockburn - - Small Source of Comfort
The Curious Mystery - - We Creeling
Sara Evans - - Stronger
Lupe Fiasco - - Lasers
Ellie Goulding - - Lights
Grails - - Deep Politics
Sierra Hull - - Daybreak
Avril Lavigne - - Goodbye Lullaby
Morning Teleportation - - Expanding Anyway
Parts & Labor - - Constant Future
Raekwon - - Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang
Rival School - - Pedals
Starfucker - - Reptilians
Daniel Tosh - - Happy Thoughts
Kurt Vile - - Smoke Ring For My Halo
Wires Under Tension - - Light Science
Wye Oak - - Civilian

And the following reissues and compilations:

Tommy Bolin - - Teaser Deluxe
Cut/Copy - - Zonoscope
Bo Diddley - - Bo Diddley's Beach Party
Billy Joel - - Live at Shea Stadium
Al Kooper - - Easy Does It / New York City (You're a Woman) / A Possible Projection of the
Future - Childhood's End
Elvis Presley - - Elvis Is Back! / Something For Everybody
Simon & Garfunkel - - Bridge Over Troubled Water 40th Anniversary

Playing In-Store: Bunnygrunt

Noisy STL popsters Bunnygrunt should already be on your musical radar. They've played hundreds of shows, in dozens of states, with a career that's now carried across three decades. (Admittedly, the tail end of '90s and the start of current one, but you get the idea. They're pop lifers.) Over time, they've created a batch of records; not only CDs, but real vinyl records, every one of them with several standout cuts. Last week, the CD version of "Action Pants!" was twice played at Euclid Records, by different clerks/DJs on different days. That fact says this: we're living amidst a Bunnygrunt zeitgeist. And it means that if you don't have "Action Pants!," conveniently priced at $7.99, you need it now, before the store version gets all worn away.

Best Sellers Week Ending Mar 6

1. Lucinda Williams - - Blessed
2. Adele - - 21
3. Gregg Allman - - Low Country Blues
4. Drive-By Truckers - - Go-Go Boots
5. Mumford & Sons - - Sigh No More
6. Black Keys - - Brothers
7. PJ Harvey - - Let England Shake
8. Cold War Kids - - Mine Is Yours
9. Baseball Project - - Vol. 2: High and Inside
10. Civil Wars - - Barton Hollow

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wave Wednesdays: Ten Ten

At some point in the mid-'80s, young men in America began wearing classic Bolo ties and Spanish Bolero hats, which were accompanied, always, by baggy, black pants and long, flowing white shirts. I know this, as I, uh... had friends (a whole lotta friends!) sport this very look.

At least one member of Ten Ten brought that vibe to the soundstage of their video shoot for "When it Rains," the lead cut of their major label debut (and, seemingly, swan song) "Walk On." It's a nice wave record from 1986, on the Chrysalis label, one that occasionally pops up in the dollar vinyl bins; it's well worth your hundred pennies. It's filled by hooky pop songs hinting at the down-under, flanger-heavy rock of The Church and The Hoodoo Gurus. In addition to their own songs, the Richmond, VA, band took at stab at an edgier cover of The Plimsouls' "Million Miles Away," captured well in this live video.

But, today, we tip our flat-brimmed Bolero to "When it Rains," which captures a certain slice of the new wave aesthetic just perfectly. Especially amazing is the moment, at roughly the 50-second mark, when the chorus kicks and the band's three guitarists all break into a dance that can be replicated, but never fully captured, at new wave nights today. The song's kinda boss, too. Enjoy your Wave Wednesday.

-- Thomas Crone

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Let Us Celebrate PJ Harvey

With the release of "Let England Shake" (available at Euclid Records, it just so happens!), we give a major nod to the queen of depressingly awesome, delightfully quirky, curiously crafted rock'n'roll. A fivesome of fine cuts, from today to yesterday.

Please don't stop being perfect anytime soon. (SIGH.)

"Let England Shake" from "Let England Shake" (2011)

"The Devil" from "White Chalk" (2007)

"Good Fortune" from "Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea" (2000)

"A Perfect Day Elise" from "Is This Desire?" (1998)

"Down by the Water" from "To Bring You My Love" (1995)