I'm keeping it short this week, because yesterday we had a big cleaning day and I inhaled too many chemical fumes while battling a mysterious yellow spill in the fridge, so my brain is fried. Guess how many empty hummus containers were in there? If you guessed six you'd be right, but only because we had already thrown away a whole bunch of them last week.
Anyway, I'll be back in two weeks with a fully functioning noggin (I hope). In the meantime, I hope to see all of you Friday opening for the opening of our February art show. For more info on that and everything else going on in Harvestland, read on.
Vinyl Reorganization Update
If you haven't been in the store in a while, you're in for a surprise! Over the past few months we've been adding new racks so we can expand our vinyl offerings, starting with a larger new arrivals rack and two new bins for used vinyl. This week we unveiled some additional new racks and rearranged the punk/metal, folk/americana, blues, and electronic sections. It might take some getting used to, but this new set-up means there's much more space to flip through the bins while still adding more records every day. If you aren't sure where your favorite genre is now, just ask- we're more than happy to show you around.
February Art Show Opening Reception
Join us Friday, February 3 from 6-8 PM for the opening reception of our February art show featuring work by Forest Wallingford.
Forest is a documentary photographer in Asheville, North Carolina. She is currently a student at UNC Asheville.
More information about Forest's work can be found here.
Friday, February 3
"Across six years, four full-length albums, and two EPs, Parquet Courts have always littered their lyric sheets with question marks, interrogating the outside world to varying degrees. Light Up Gold considered peanuts versus Swedish Fish, an introduction of their sharp, young wit and language of mundane, everyday NYC imagery. Sunbathing Animal channeled that language into noisy punk philosophy, raising wide-view questions about agency versus captivity, choice versus freewill. Content Nausea wondered about anxiety and emotional deterioration under the age of big data, in an aptly self-aware way: 'And am I under some spell? And do my thoughts belong to me? Or just some slogan I ingested to save time?' And with Human Performance—their fifth album and second for Rough Trade—the question marks get turned on themselves more than ever."
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Saturday, February 4
"We recorded this record live in five days, using just an acoustic guitar, a mix of bass, percussion, pianos and organs, and a touch of pedal steel. I didn’t have one song that I knew would be a sing along or would make people dance. I felt vulnerable in a way that I hadn’t in a long time. But I got what I wanted – a record with space, nuance, and room to breathe. It felt right for my art. It felt right for my life."
Tuesday, February 7
"As introductions go, these 12 songs waste no time in cutting close to the bone. This is a young artist with something to say, one who has found her voice, as both singer and songwriter, after years venturing down a crooked path. After cutting her teeth in New York and Boston, where she was a touring musician and played in other people’s bands, “Emotions and Math” signals an assured new direction for Glaspy."
Sunday, February 12
"Hill was one of the first female rappers to appeal beyond hip-hop’s initial audience as she incorporated elements of soul, R&B, and reggae into her music. She wasn’t the first person to integrate disparate sounds or styles, given that rap’s first two decades were an exercise in that creative process. Acts like Run D.M.C., Beastie Boys, and Public Enemy perfected the art of rapping over samples and beats. Old School, New School, and Golden Age artists often sampled recordings in ways that innovatively juxtaposed genres, including the Fugees. But where Miseducation differed was in its cohesive production. Hill’s album drew from the songs of classic rockers (the Doors) and heralded contemporaries (Wu-Tang Clan), recognizable singles (Labi Siffre’s “I Got The…”) and deep cuts (Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam”). She remained rooted in older influences while arriving with a sound that was, by and large, her own."
Saturday, February 18
"A defining figure of the european electronic scene, Wax Tailor’s unique sound lays somewhere between cinematic electro and orchestral hip-hop. Digging through the crates of the forgotten melodies, the DJ / producer crafts musical fantasies where silver era hollywood and 20th century music come together."
Tycho - Epoch (cd/lp)
Foxygen - Hang (cd/lp/tape)
Japandroids - Near to the Wild Heart of Life (cd/lp)
Ty Segall - S/T (cd/lp/tape)
Cloud Nothings - Life Without Sound (cd/lp)
Emptyset - Borders (cd/lp)
Sleater-Kinney - Live in Paris (cd/lp/tape)
Allison Crutchfield - Tourist in This Town (cd/lp/tape)
Grateful Dead - S/T (deluxe 2xcd/lp picture disc)
Austra - Future Politics (cd/lp)
Frank Turner - Sleep is for the Week (2xcd/2xlp reissue)
Kreator - Gods of Violence (cd/deluxe cd+dvd/2xlp)
Tift Merritt - Stitch of the World (cd/lp)
Chris Thile - & Brad Mehldau -- S/T (2xcd)
Michael Chapman - 50 (cd/lp)
For the full list, see the New Releases
page on our website.
Casey Ellis: Ornette Coleman, This Is Our Magic
Nina Simone, Here Comes the Sun
Ken Nordine, Colors
(1985 movie, available at Orbit DVD
Sarah Simpson: Ty Segall, S/T
Clem Snide, You Were a Diamond
PJ Harvey, To Bring You My Love
Anne Peebles, Straight from the Heart
Thom Staton: Buzzcocks, Love Bites
Wire, Chairs Missing
Abdou El Omari, Nuits d'Ete Avec
Zoe Golden: Nina Hagen, Unbehagen
Lucinda Williams, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Whitney Houston, Whitney
The Nerves, One Way Ticket
Sally Morgan: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Illuminations
Solange, A Seat at the Table
Space Lady, Greatest Hits
Ryan Untalan: DAWN, Infrared
Hampton Grease Band, Music to Eat
Hunderby (TV show)
Mark Capon: Dr. Octagon, Dr. Octagonecologyst
Don Cherry, Organic Music Society
Scarface, Mr. Scarface Is Back
Rashied Ali and Frank Lowe, Duo Exchange
Matt Schnable: Emptyset, Borders
Esquivel, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music