Thursday, September 29, 2011

Euclid Records Storewide Sale, Gazebo-A-Go-Go, and Great Performances

Euclid Records is gearing up for a big celebratory weekend. This Saturday, Oct. 1 is the store’s annual Sidewalk and Storewide Sale, with everything inside the store 10% off the everyday price, and a ton of exciting LPs and CDs piled everywhere outside at incredibly low prices. Euclid Records customers have found dozens of bargains digging through the crates in years past, and this time will be no exception.

But that’s not all. Euclid Records is proud to present the first Gazebo-A-Go-Go festival held Saturday, Oct. 1 as well. Just a short walk down the street, five terrific St. Louis rock bands will be performing outdoors at the Old Orchard Gazebo, as crafters, artists, and food & drink providers sell their wares nearby. And then to top off the day, there will be two hours of rarely seen video clips of outstanding performances from the 60s shown on the movie screen at the Gazebo.

The Gazebo-A-Go-Go schedule is as follows:

1:00-2:00 Black Fast
2:00-2:30 DJ
2:30-3:30 Incurables
3:30-4:00 DJ
4:00-5:00 Painkillers
5:00-5:30 DJ
5:30-6:30 Sleepy Kitty
6:30-7:00 DJ
7:00-8:00 Troubadour Dali
8:00-8:30 DJ
8:30 -11:00 Spike Priggen-Your VJ for the evening

More details can be found on our label website at (Somebody ask Blogger why it wouldn't let us post a link to that site today.)

There is equally exciting news concerning the New Orleans store. At 8 pm Friday, Sept. 30, on KETC Channel 9, the PBS series Great Performances will feature a documentary starring Hugh Laurie as he explores the musical traditions of New Orleans. One of the places he explores is our own Euclid Records down in the Bywater region of that great city. We’re honored to be considered a part of the rich heritage of New Orleans.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Music Around the Web Pt. 6

Of course, the first thing on our minds is the Gazebo A-Go-Go event this Saturday, Oct. 1. We'll be having a sidewalk and storewide sale at Euclid Records all day, with great live music down the street at the Gazebo from Troubadour Dali, Sleep Kitty, the Painkillers, the Incurables, and Black Fast, topped off with rare videos from curator Spike Priggen. Crafts, food, drink, more will be available for sale. This is the place you'll want to be on Saturday.

The big new release this week is the brand new album by Wilco, The Whole Love. For those of you lucky enough to have tickets to their quic sold out show next Tuesday at the Peabody Opera House, here's a great review hinting at what we can expect.

We were as surprised as the rest of you when R.E.M. suddenly announced last week they were calling it a day. But Mike Mills has some interesting things to say about how they reached the decision.

We just found it a wonderful coincidence that as we were listening to an old Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire record in the store, this video suddenly popped up on the computer screen of Bird playing live just a few days ago.

We suggest you set your DVRs if you like George Harrison; this should be on HBO next Wednesday night.

Our own Steve Pick (the tall one) wrote a bit about a classic Stevie Wonder album for the KDHX blog, to help promote a pretty cool event, Higher Ground: a Tribute to Stevie Wonder happening this Friday night at Off Broadway.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Best Sellers Week Ending Sept. 25

1. Jayhawks - - Mockingbird
2. Washed Out - - Within and Without
3. Nick Lowe - - The Old Magic
4. Red Hot Chili Peppers - - I'm With You
5. Glen Campbell - - Ghost on the Canvas
6. Bottle Rockets - - Not So Loud
7. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - - Hysterical
8. Neon Indian - - Era Extrana
9. Beirut - - Riptide
10. Lindsey Buckingham - - Seeds We Sow

Sunday, September 25, 2011

What's Playing | Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Hysterical

by Jack Probst

Hysterical is the third record by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, one of the best bands to come out of 2005. Back then this band did something completely unheard of at the time, but now seems pretty commonplace. Their fame sprouted directly from internet buzz, as opposed to being signed to a label. They even appeared on Conan O’Brien, and eventually got the attention of the Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA), who offered to distribute the record to a wider audience. That record was spastic, fun, fresh, and we couldn’t keep it in stock.

As soon as I turned on Hysterical and the drums kicked in, I was immediately transported back to the summer I first heard Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. While this record may not have the same kick their debut had, I’m very pleased with the whole thing. It has a nice mix between their sound on the first and second record, that one being much more mellow and dark. Songs like “Maniac” & "Ketamine and Ecstasy" will make you want to dance, and "Misspent Youth" is sweeter than anything this band has ever written. The spaced out guitar on "Into Your Alien Arms" is one of the best moments of this album. Alec Ounsworth still has his strange and wonderful way of singing, which has always gather comparisons to Talking Heads-era David Byrne. Overall, it's a very well rounded and great sounding album.

I highly recommend this album for fans of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, as well as those who are new to the band and might find this record much more accessible than previous efforts. Check out the video for "Maniac" below:

Maniac from CYHSY on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wilco Listening Party & Contest

The wait is almost over - Wilco's brand new album, The Whole Love, will be available for sale when we open on Tuesday morning at 10 AM.

But, what if you could hear it the night before, eat some free pizza, and enter a contest for a very cool prize package of Wilco promotional materials, including a poster signed by the members of the band? That's what you can do Monday, Sept. 26 between 5 and 6 pm. We'll be spinning the brand new Wilco album, and everybody who shows up can enter a drawing for the prizes. All that and the pizza is free. Stop by after school or after work, and let's get excited about Wilco.

As if that wasn't enough, tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7 pm Central time, Wilco will be streaming a live concert over the internet. They're on the Live on Letterman webcast, and we have a pretty good feeling they'll be playing some of their new material.

Monday, September 19, 2011

New Releases Sept. 20

Miles Davis - - Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1: 3 CDs and 1 DVD of incredible music from the 2nd great Quintet - Miles, Hancock, Shorter, Carter, & Williams.

The Jayhawks - - Mockingbird Time: "Mark Olson and Gary Louris have reconvened the Jayhawks' classic line-up and made one more great album." - Uncut

Pearl Jam - - Twenty: Soundtrack from the film by Cameron Crowe includes 2 CDs of rare & unreleased tracks.

Also new this week:

Tori Amos - - Night of Hunters
Tony Bennett - - Duets II
Kenny Burrell - - Tenderly
Gavin DeGraw - - Sweeter
Bill Frisell - - Blues Dream
Grateful Dead - - Europe '72 Vol. 2
Lisa Hannigan - - Passenger
Katie Herzig - - The Waking Sleep
Ivy - - All Hours
Jens Lekman - - An Argument With Myself
Ramsey Lewis and His Electric Band - - Ramsey, Taking Another Look
Megafaun - - Megafaun
Nurses - - Dracula
Mike Oldfield - - Incantations
Patton Oswalt - - Finest Hour
Leslie West - - Unusual Suspects

And the following reissues and compilation:

Sandy Denny - - The North Star Grassman and The Ravens
Brad Mehldau - - Largo
Pat Metheny Group - - Still Life (Talking)
Thin Lizzy - - Bad Reputation
Bob Welch - - His Fleetwood Mac Years and Beyond Two

And the following LP new arrivals:

Jimi Hendrix - - Winterland (8 LP set)
Jens Lekman - - An Argument With Myself
Megafaun - - Megafaun
Nurses - - Dracula
Tammar - - Visits

Best Sellers Week Ending Sept. 18

1. St. Vincent - - Strange Mercy
2. Girls - - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
3. Wild Flag - - Wild Flat
4. Neon Indian - - Era Extrana
5. Beirut - - Riptide
6. Lindsey Buckingham - - Seeds We Sow
7. Nick Lowe - - The Old Magic
8. Red Hot Chili Peppers - - I'm With You
9. Bottle Rockets - - Not So Loud
10. Blitzen Trapper - - American Goldwing

Music Around the Web Pt. 5

It was 20 years ago this week that popular music changed forever. Or maybe at least for ten years or so. Nirvana's Nevermind can't possibly be that far in our past, can it?

We've all been long-time supporters of Fountains of Wayne. We really do recommend their new album, Sky Full of Holes. The fine folks at KDHX have a great interview with Adam Schlesinger of the band.

There aren't many left who played with Muddy Waters. RIP Willie "Big Eyes" Smith.

Have you ever wanted to read the first article on Bob Dylan from his hometown newspaper?

How about a little classic Iggy Pop and James Williamson?

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Music Around the Web Pt. 4

We've been playing over and over this new album from Pajama Club, a band featuring Neil Finn from Crowded House and his wife Sharon. Here's a cool interv with Neil on writing these songs and songwriting in general.

Yesterday was the anniversary of Marc Bolan's death in a car crash back in 1977. We still love T. Rex.

Here's a very nice ">interview with a member of Okkervil River, from the excellent website for KDHX, our community radio station in St. Louis.

Well, you know what they say - check your local listings for a cool documentary on the Kinks that sounds way more interesting than normal.

We certainly had a great time at LouFest this year - here's a nice little update on it from Post-Dispatch music writer Kevin Johnson.

Let's just rock out with the Ramones in their prime!

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Tomorrow, September 16th at 5pm, Girls (a.k.a. Christopher Owens and JR White) will be playing an in-store at Grimey's in Nashville. Thanks to great record stores like us, you can stream the event right here on our blog! Girls Across America, the first nation wide in-store! Just come back here to this post at 5pm on Friday and enjoy!

Video streaming by Ustream

Music Around the Web Pt. 3

Some fine stuff to share with you today. First off, we know a lot of our love Deerhoof. We've still got their latest album, Deerhoof Vs. Evil on CD and LP. But the band is offering a free download of a brand new live album right now.

We've got all sorts of Nick Lowe material on sale right now, including his brand new album The Old Magic. (And don't forget to get your free deck of playing cards with purchase.) Here's a cool interview with the man talking about some of his classic compositions.

Amy Winehouse recorded a beautiful duet with Tony Bennett for his upcoming album - the video is out now, and it's well worth watching.

NPR did a nice feature on St. Vincent in honor of her brand new albu, Strange Mercy. It's turning out to be one of the biggest releases in the biggest week of new releases we've seen in months.

Sometimes, holy grails are found. How about 2 hours of impeccable live concert footage from Ray Charles back in 1961? It's coming out on DVD soon, but here's a taste.

Finally, let's go back into time to 1968 for a couple hours of actual broadcasts from KATZ, the premier soul radio station in St. Louis at the time. Hear Gentleman Jim Gates (father of our regular customer and prominent local talent DJ Needles) and Lou "Fatha" Times play some of the hottest soul of the era. (Thanks to Tony C for tipping us in this direction.)

Monday, September 12, 2011

New Releases Sept. 13

Blitzen Trapper - - American Goldwing: "a centralized expression in plains-riding country and rusted Southern rock" - Paste

Nick Lowe - - The Old Magic: "Few musicians get better with age, Nick Lowe is an exception." - NPR

Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton - - Play the Blues: Legends in 2 genres meet in the middle for a live DVD & CD.

St. Vincent - - Strange Mercy: "challenging thematically and intellectually, while also entertaining." - Consequence of Sound

Trombone Shorty - - For True: with guest appearances by Jeff Beck, Warren Haynes, and Kid Rock.

Also new this week:

Anthrax - - Worship Music
Blind Pilot - - We Are the Tide
The Bloody Hollies - - Yours Until the Bitter End
Michael Camilo - - Mano a Mano
Ron Carter - - Ron Carter's Great Big Band
Alice Cooper - - Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Devil Wears Prada - - Dead Throne
Dream Theater - - A Dramatic Turn of Events
The Drums - - Portamento
Brantley Gilbert - - Halfway to Heaven
Girls - - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
The Gourds - - Old Mad Joy
J.J. Grey & Mofro - - Brighter Days
Grouplove - - Never Trust a Happy Song
Mason Jennings - - Minnesota
The Kooks - - Junk of the Heart
Lady Antebellum - - Own the Night
Ladytron - - Gravity the Seducer
Charles Lloyd & Maria Farantouri - - Athens Concert
Lydia Loveless - - Indestructible Machine
Mates of State - - Mountaintops
Memory House - - The Years
Milagres - - Glowing Mouth
Mogwai - - Earth Division EP
Neon Indian - - Ere Extrana
Pajama Club - - Pajama Club
Primus - - Green Naugahyde
Chuck Ragan - - Covering Ground
Reckless Kelly - - Good Luck & True Love
Todd Rundgren - - [Re]Production
Staind - - Staind
Toro y Moi - - Freaking Out
Umphrey's McGee - - Death By Stereo
Wild Flag - - Wild Flag
Music From the HBO Original Series - - Boardwalk Empire Volume 1

And the following reissues and compilations:

Aerosmith - - The Essential Aerosmith
Shirley Brown - - Woman to Woman
The Dramatics - - Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
Jimi Hendrix Experience - - Winterland (single disc)
Jimi Hendrix Experience - - Winterland (box set)
Jimi Hendrix - - Hendrix in the West
Laura Nyro - - The Essential Laura Nyro
Queen - - News of the World
Queen - - Jazz
Queen - - Flash Gordon
Queen - - The Game
Queen - - Hot Space
Lou Reed - - The Essential Lou Reed
Bob Seger - - Live Bullet
Bob Seger - - Nine Tonight
Superchunk - - Foolish
Rufus Thomas - - Do the Funky Chicken
Hank Williams - - The Legend Begins

And the following LPs:

Acrylics Lives and Treasure
Against Me! White Crosses
Anthrax Worship Music
Blitzen Trapper American Goldwing
Bloody Hollies Yours Until the Bitter End
Cooder,Ry Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down
Cooper,Alice Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Deacon,Dan Silly Hat Vs. Egale Hat
Deacon,Dan Meetle Mice
Dream Theater Dramatic Turn of Events
Girls Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Grouplove Never Trust a Happy Song
Hendrix,Jimi In the West
Jennings,Mason Minnesota
Ladytron Gravity the Seducer
Lowe,Nick The Old Magic
Mates of State Mountaintops
Memory House The Years
Milagres Glowing Mouth
Mogwai Earth Division EP
Morello,Tom the Nightwatchman World Wide Rebel Songs
Neon Indian Era Extrana
Pajama Club Pajama Club
Primus Green Naugahyde
Reckless Kelly Good Luck & True Love
St. Vincent Strange Mercy
Superchunk Foolish
Umphrey's McGee Death By Stereo
Walker,T-Bone T-Bone Blues
Wild Flag Wild Flag
Williams,Hank 20 of Hank Williams' Greatest Hits
Yoro Y Moi Freaking Out

Best Sellers Week Ending Sept. 11

1. Lindsey Buckingham - - Seeds We Sow
2. Ry Cooder - - Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down
3. Washed Out - - Washed Out
4. Beirut - - Riptide
5. Bon Iver - - Bon Iver
6. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks - - Mirror Traffic
7. Hugh Laurie - - Let Them Talk
8. Troubadour Dali - - Let's Make It Right
9. Adele - - 21
10. Sleepy Kitty - - Infinity City

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Around the Web in Music Pt. 2

Let's face it - finding any previously unheard music from Miles Davis at this late date is an exciting thing. Look for the debut of Miles Davis "The Bootleg Series" coming out on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Some very nice words about the new Troubadour Dali album - you know we have it on vinyl now, right?

We've been dropping hints here and there about our next Euclid Sessions recording of a live performance in the store. Details will be forthcoming, but you might want to circle the date Oct. 29 on your phone calendar - Mike Doughty will be performing live in Euclid Records at 6 pm. For now, we recommend you pick up his excellent new CD Yes and Also Yes, and check out his constantly interesting blog.

The man who designed the cover for the Beatles White Album has passed away.

Today would have been Bill Monroe's 100th birthday. How about a 35-minute concert performance by the master of bluegrass?

How did Elvis Costello not have a hit record with commercials like this?

This has nothing to do with music, but you'll leave your heart in a toothpick San Francisco once you see it!

Sleepy Kitty Testimonial

by Tony Patti
(Tony is a long-time customer of Euclid Records and one heck of a good writer; when we saw him post this review on his Facebook page, we asked if we could run it here on the blog.)

When I walked into the Pageant to see the Dresden Dolls last year there was a mighty rock noise going on stage that grabbed me obliquely and instantly; a loping groove full of confused sounds of varied and interesting kinds.

As I sought to orient myself in the crowd, some words came floating off the stage, sung by the blonde girl standing with a guitar behind some keyboards. "She was just seventeen..." and it made me smile. A Beatles reference, a nod to the pop of the last century, sung in a different tempo, a different tune. Before I even found myself a seat or a friend, I was caught up in Sleepy Kitty's deconstruction of a great pop song, startled and captivated by their seriously twisted rendition, and by all the noise they were making with just two people, especially since one of them was busy playing the drums.

They played a few more songs, all of them really good, and the vocals came across as on key and dynamic. When they finished their set I was a fan. I liked their facebook page and promised myself I'd go see them play again as soon as the opportunity presented itself. Anyone who knows me will guess that I never made it out to see them again; I hardly ever go out, since my home life is almost irresistibly heavenly, and my social set largely absent from the scene unless one of our own is playing. It's lonely to be out watching music by yourself, no matter how much you like it.

When I was busy making an ass of myself mistaking Jason Hutton for Jason MacEntire, which had the unintended effect of kind of booking myself into two different studios at the same time while thinking I was booking in one, I heard that Jason Hutto was recording a CD for Sleepy Kitty, which made me hopeful for something good. Meanwhile I was busy with my own recording. When the CD came out, I was traveling so heavily and working round the clock on multiple projects and couldn't get over to Euclid records to buy myself one. I finally got my chance the other day, and was excited enough to throw it in the CD player in my car on the way home

To simply state that it exceeded my expectations is the kind of restraint that is far from my style, but I tried to control myself anyway. After less than two minutes of the first song, "Gimme A Chantz!", I was trying desperately to calm myself down long enough to get the word masterpiece out of my head, but it kept coming back, and keeps coming back every time I've heard in the three or four days I've been listening to it. If someone wanted to design a pop song just for me, that has every element I most ardently desire in a pop song, this one comes very close. Long melody lines, pop beats, clever instrumentation, heart-stopping voice trilling thrilling harmonies, clever words (but not too clever, one of my bemoaned vices), and enough changes to amaze and delight me to a point approaching astonishment and deep delight. And in under 4 minutes.

Not every song on the disc is change music, my favorite kind of music, but nothing seems like random crap either. They put a lot into each song, some of them almost as sublime as "Gimme A Chantz!" Overall the effect is something like Bettie Serveert, but younger and hipper, and with a continuing joyous love of incorporating random and select pieces of musical culture at odd moments - "Meet me in St. Louie, Louie" in "Ridin' With St. Louis Tonight," a Gershwin quote from American In Paris in the wall of guitar ballsy "Speaking Politely," and a few other gems tucked here and there, with the hope that there are more too obscure for me to notice.

I'm hoping against hope that this CD, which has charmed me completely so incredibly quickly, becomes one of my favorite local releases ever, as it seems to be right now.

(For samples of Sleepy Kitty's music, and lots more info, check out our Euclid Records Records site.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Around the web in music

Everybody else does this, why shouldn't we? We'll be updating the site with links to cool info, thoughts, and sounds, just to keep in touch. After all, we figure, it's fun to share.

First up is the review from regular customer Daniel Durchholz of the Glen Campbell concert the other night, and another one from our customer Roy Kasten. These made us realize what a treasure we are losing as Campbell faces his disease with a farewell tour.

The St. Louis music community took a major hit this week with the passing of Rondo Leewright, lead singer for years of various line-ups known as Rondo's Blues Deluxe.

Buddy Holly would have turned 75 this past Wednesday. Here's a great video showing just how different the world was back when he was around.

Jazz and blues fans (and music fans in general) should head down to Webster Groves next Saturday, Sept. 17 for the 11th Annual Jazz & Blues Festival. There's a great line-up of live music, food, drink, face-painting, and lots more fun. And it's all just a few blocks down the road from your fave record store, so you can pick up some music to take home on the same trip.

Don't forget the big Gazebo A-Go-Go / sidewalk sale / storewide sale coming up Saturday Oct. 1. We'll have more updates as we get closer to the event.

Monday, September 5, 2011

New Releases Sept. 6

Lindsey Buckingham - - Seeds We Sow: His 6th solo album and first entirely self-produced and released.

The Rapture - - In the Grace of Your Love: First release in 5 years and a return to form!

Also new this week:

AM & Shawn Lee - - Celestial Electric
The Blasters - - Live 1986
The Chemical Brothers - - Hanna
Slaid Cleaves - - Live at the Horseshoe Lounge
Hank's Attention Deficit Domination - - Prescriptions
Donald Harrison - - This Is jazz
The Horrible Crowes - - Elsie
Hugh Laurie - - Let Them Talk
Peter Wolf Crier - - Garden of Arms
Pregnant - - Lifehard: Itry
Roberts & Lord - - Eponymous
Tom Russell - - Mesabi
Samiam - - Trips
George Strait - - Here For a Good Time
Tierney Sutton Band - - American Road
Luke Temple - - Don't Act Like You Don't Care
Wu Lyf - - Go Tell Fire On the Mountain
40th Anniversary celebration - - Godspell

And the following reissues and compilation:

Grace Jones - - Hurricane
Paul McCartney - - Chaos & Creation in the Backyard
Frank Sinatra & Count Basie - - The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings

And the following LP releases:

Black Sabbath Sabotage
Bon Iver Holocene
Grateful Dead Anthem of the Sun
Grateful Dead Aoxomoa
Grateful Dead Workingman's Dead
Grateful Dead American Beauty
Grateful Dead Grateful Dead
Hank 3 Guttertown / Ghost to a Ghost
Horrible Crowes Elsie
Peter Wolf Crier Garden of Arms
Radiohead Give Up the Ghost
Rapture In the Grace of Your Love
Temple,Luke Don't Act Like You Don't Care
World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation Go Tell Fire To the Mountain

Best Sellers Week Ending Sept. 4

1. Red Hot Chili Peppers - - I'm With You
2. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - - Mirror Traffic
3. Troubadour Dali - - Let's Make It Right
4. Sleepy Kitty - - Infinity City
5. Glen Campbell - - Ghost on the Canvas
6. Troubadour Dali - - Troubadour Dali
7. Painkillers - - Painkillers
8. Robert Earl Keen - - Ready For Confetti
9. Bottle Rockets - - Not So Loud
10. Mike Doughty - - Yes and Also Yes