Monday, December 15, 2014

Panda Bear Exclusive a-Comin'

New Year, New Music!  It never stops coming.  January 13 will bring the new release from PANDA BEAR and indie record stores (like us!) will have a limited-edition Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper as a deluxe 2-cd or 3-lp edition (w/digital download).

Panda Bear is the fifth studio album from Animal Collective founding member Noah Lennox. 

Hooray!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Here's Why You Should Buy CDs....Now.


Hello all,

2014 will go down as the year of the resurgence of the vinyl record and as the owner of record stores I am very happy. If vinyl hadn’t made its comeback there would definitely be fewer record stores. In fact, maybe there are too many records; records in coffee shops, in clothing stores, in lifestyle shops, and even at Target and Best Buy. Records are all over advertising and in movies. Records, Records, Records!! (Please don’t call them vinyls.)

So, will 2015 mark the end of CD and DVD? I doubt it and I hope not.

In 1995, people were dumping records. Remember, they were too bulky, too much trouble to care for, and nobody read liner notes or noticed cover art anymore. And we were buying ‘em …. thousands of ‘em. Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, Hall & Oates, we bought everything and everyone thought we were nuts. Who would ever buy vinyl again? Nobody even had a turntable so what was the point.

It was a golden time for the vinyl shopper. You could find pristine copies of 70s and 80s analog recordings for a few bucks. If you weren’t so picky about condition they could be had for nickels and dimes. Compact discs were too expensive and records were a bargain.

Our warehouse filled up with pallets of boxes of records. We had hundreds of copies of Fleetwood Mac / Rumours and Hall & Oates / H2O and Frampton Comes Alive and Supertramp / Breakfast In America and  …. on and on.


For twenty years, we couldn’t give them away until 2014 and now all of our Fleetwood Mac / Rumours LPs are gone and sold and Supertramp and Hall & Oates. (We still have lots of Frampton).

And the CDs and DVDs are piling up; thousands and thousands of them. And they are priced to sell. New CDs of older catalog titles can be had for $5.00. Used CDs are selling for a few bucks. We recently starting selling Green-Tag CDs and DVDs for 50 cents.

Here’s why you should start buying compact discs and I know it’s sacrilegious to say it:

  1. They are bargains! Tom Waits vinyl, if you can find it, is expensive. The CDs are a fraction of the price and we have overstock. You can find a used copy of  a CD for less than the cost of a digital download.

  1. A CD with slight scratches (we call them skufs) will play like a new copy. It takes a lot of abuse to affect playback of a CD, but a record with slight scratches will have noticeable background noise. I guess that’s part of the charm.

  1. Compact discs sound better than MP3 files. I know we’ve been programmed to believe that all digital is equally bad, but it’s simply not true. If you’re listening to an MP3 through a mediocre ear bud you are not hearing all the music… Period!

4.  A vinyl re-issue copy of a digitally mastered record does not necessarily sound better than a CD. This would be true if you have an expensive turntable, a great amp and fantastic speakers. If you’re playing those expensive records on a cheap USB platter through a crappy wireless speaker system … probably not. If you want the vinyl, pay more for a very good copy of an original analog recording.

  1. They are bargains! History doesn’t always repeat itself (but I do) --- just look at the      8-Track and cassette tape --- but 8-tracks and cassettes are sonically inferior to CDs and vinyl. I have CDs in my collection that I bought 30 years ago and the sound quality has not diminished.
  2.  Corporate spies: Do you really want a corporation/cloud spying on your every purchase? Analyzing you, using you?  And your laptop crashes, you haven't done a backup, and so long music collection.  Have fun re-installing everything. 

In closing, I am ecstatic that people are buying vinyl again. I love records. When I started working in a record store in 1978(!) it was all records. I sold my first record collection to buy a house and I will never find some of those records again, but I have replaced some of them with CDs and that’s good enough. 

~Yours, 
Scott Kuzma, Everyday Music curmudgeon



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Johnny Marr and Arctic Monkeys!

You love both, right?  We'll have indie exclusives on vinyl from Arctic Monkeys, Johnny Marr and Zola Jesus!  All out on October 7. 

Here's the deets:
Arctic Monkeys-Who The Fuck Are The Arctic Monkeys limited-edition 10" & includes digital download. 

Johnny Marr--Playland Only 1500 copies will be blue vinyl!  Includes digital download as well.

Zola Jesus--Taiga on marbled vinyl and includes digital download.  Only 1,000 pressed so come in Oct 7 bright & early to get yours.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lookout! Indie exclusives coming your way: Interpol, New Pornographers & more

New Pornographers will release a limited color splatter vinyl of their release Brill Bruisers. New Pornographers is one of my favorites because it's AC Newman, Neko Case & Dan Bejar (Destroyer)!  Out 8/25/14.


 Interpol is back!  Just put Turn on the Bright Lights to remind yourself how much you love that band.  Their new release, El Pintor will be available to indie stores in a limited-edition white vinyl that includes a digital download.  Due 9.9.14



GRMLN's Soon Away will be available on blue vinyl.  Only 250 copies will be pressed this way!  Out 8/20/14.

My Brightest Diamond This Is My Hand will have a limited-edition red vinyl available 8.20.14

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Seattle in-store Saturday July 19 -- BLOOPER!

Come hang with Blooper Saturday July 19 @ 6 p.m.! They'll be playing at our Seattle store 1520 10th Ave.

 Here's what Emily Nokes said about them in a recent Stranger issue:

"Blooper reminds me of the first gulp of catchy rock n' roll someone's way cool older brother played when summers were suddenly about complicated social interactions and discovering what makes the opposite-sex tick."

Their most recent release is an ep called So Very Small.

Come on down! 


Monday, June 9, 2014

In-Store Performance Seattle = NO


 NO
Performing in-store at the Seattle Everyday Music 
1520 10th Ave
Saturday June 14 @ 3 p.m.!


After a spate of personal misadventures in 2010, NO was born through the chance encounter of Bradley Hanan Carter and Sean Daniel Stentz at a local LA diner. Bonding over stories of disastrous relationships as well as their mutual admiration for storytelling artists like Leonard Cohen, Bill Callahan, Johnny Cash and Lou Reed, the two decided to unite and build something for themselves. 




Native New Zealander Carter states, “We wanted something to believe in. It sounds kind of dramatic, but there was really nothing to wake up for at the time.” This came at a stage when he found himself divorced, bankrupt and experiencing a new kind of alone after deciding to walk away from the lifelong religious beliefs of many friends and family back home. “I think for some of us, we’ve been so worried about where we’ll go when we die, that we’ve never really thought about where we should go while we’re still alive.”
Fast forward a few months, add in more like-minded band members and NO was on the way to being fully formed.

NO quickly gained recognition with the local Echo Park crowds, and both NME and the LA Times tipped them as an act to keep a close eye on. 2012 saw them wrack up over 100 live shows, including supports for Best Coast and Electric Guest, and a European tour with Father John Misty
  The six piece are now looking forward. Newly signed to tastemaker record label Arts &
Crafts
, NO have just finished their self-produced debut album “El Prado," mixed by Billy Bush (Tegan & Sara, Foster The People, Jake Bugg) and mastered by Joe LaPorta (Beach House, Foo Fighters, Vampire Weekend).

NO is Bradley Hanan Carter (Vocals), Sean Daniel Stentz (bass), Reese Richardson (guitar), Ryan Lallier (guitar/keys), Simon Oscroft (guitar) and Michael Walker (drums)