Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Record Store Day 2014 - Store opens at 9am. Live music starts at 2pm.

The shop will be open from 9am to 9pm with live music starting sometime early in the afternoon and running until closing. 

Thanks to James Szarkowicz for the fantastic artwork.

Tentative live music schedule with additional performers likely to be squeezed in here and there:

2pmLITUYA BAY (ambient drones from Oberlin, Ohio)
3pm - CONNOR DOTAY (solo stuff from SO SORRY lead dude)
4pmBRISTOL BARNSTORMERS  (guitar & a couple of harmoniums with new cd)
5pm - GEORGE HAKKILA (ex-HAMSTEAK freakin' magic)
6pm - THE CRISPIES (Dan & Maggie from SPIT-TAKE)
8pm - LOSING SEASON  (pop punk but heavier)

7pm, Monday, April 21st at Willimantic Records: LIFE IN VACUUM, PATCH KIT, BLOODPHEASANT, SPIT-TAKE

"challenging angular post hardcore that will totally blow your mind! on tour from north-north america!"

"indie pop princesses from central connecticut celebrating the completion of their new (and first) record!"

"desperate, dark, and dirty desert-metal from the state next door that will decimate and destroy!"

"hometown heroes and soon-to-be legends. lync meets the 21st century. new record = non-stop rotation"

Normally closed on Mondays, Willimantic Records will open at 6pm on Monday, April 21st.

Thanks to Jess from Patch Kit for setting this up.

MAPMAKER, WORN LEATHER, YOUNG ENTHUSIASTS, JULES LEFEVRE - 7pm, Friday, April 18th at Willimantic Records

("triumphant punk from western new york, with members of the state lottery")

("garage rock by punks, for punks, with members of dead uncles, snotrocket, iron hand")

("western mass math pop magicians, returning to willimantic")

("solo stuff from the only member of snotrocket who is subject to conscription into the french military")

Thanks to Dan Katz for setting this up.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Used Records on Sale Now Thru Sunday, April 13th

All used vinyl LPs, EPs & singles on sale from April 2 to April 13, 2014. 
20% will be taken off the current sticker price of used 7", 10", and 12" vinyl records at the register. 

Store Hours 
Wednesday: 12pm - 7pm
Thursday: 12pm - 7pm
Friday: 12pm - 7pm
Saturday: 11am - 5pm
Sunday: 12pm - 5pm

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

"Every man for himself and God against them all."

Parte Records has released an LP of Bruno S recordings:

These exclusive recordings of Bruno S’ music were made in Berlin in 2009 shortly before his untimely death at the age of 78. They capture perfectly his distinctive voice, accompanied by accordion and glockenspiel, in the places where he performed for many years - the streets of Berlin, a local tavern, and his own apartment.
Bruno S was a street musician and painter who first came to public attention through the two films he starred in for director Werner Herzog, The Enigma Of Kasper Hauser (1974) and Stroszek (1977), a film that in some part was based on Bruno’s own life. He was born in 1932, likely in Berlin, to a prostitute who placed him in a mental hospital as a child, where he was subjected to Nazi experiments. Bruno would go on to spend twenty three years in institutions, including jails and homeless shelters. As an adult he began to perform on the street as well as working as a forklift driver, before ultimately catching Herzog’s eye. The common themes of Bruno’s street ballads, folk songs and operettas are crime, abandonment, passion, and, perhaps most significantly, the role of the mother. In dealing with his troubled life, Bruno pulled himself out of isolation through his art, at first through music, and later also through his paintings and drawings. Pressed on 180gram audiophile vinyl. Features a large format full-color booklet containing lyrics and reproductions of some of Bruno’s artwork. A strictly limited edition of 500 copies.  - Parte Records

Since Stroszek and The Enigma Of Kasper Hauser are two of my favorite Herzog films, the arrival of a Bruno S record is all the excuse I need to share them here in the shop.  The store will be open for shopping and there is no admission charge. It's all casual. Feel free to bring a snack or beverage if you want. Thanks to the Thread City Film Brigade for helping out with projecting equipment.

Thursday, April 3rd at 6:30pm: The Enigma Of Kasper Hauser

Friday, April 4th at 6:30pm: Stroszek

Saturday, March 15, 2014

March 20th at Willimantic Records: CRAPAPPLE, BRAVE HANDS, BABYSNAKES, JOE KATZ

A free show with donations to the bands encouraged. 

Music starts at 7pm.

("California indie pop with members of Sourpatch and Joyride")

("Boston pop-punk with members of Peeple Watchin'")

("CT grunge pop, full band!")

("solo stuff from spit-take front person")

Thanks to Dan Katz for putting this together.

Wednesday, March 19th at Willimantic Records: ABSOLUTELY, GREG GORLEN, LEAN, PAINTED FACES, COLORGUARD

A free 6pm show with donations to the musicians encouraged. 

Absolutely: post-midwest hardcore Milwaukee math rock

"Greg Gorlen is an experimental musician living in San Francisco. He produces music and noise using junk, found tapes, and home made cassette loops. Sounds emerge and fade in a constant state of flux and decay. Greg records and performs under a variety of group banners and aliases such as Black Thread, Vibrating Garbage, Von Himmel, Dark Spring, Esther Chlorine, and the Catabolic Junk Ensemble in addition to running the cassette label Turmeric Magnitudes and writing about music for demagnetization blog."

"Lean is the duo of Mickey O’Hara and Seamus Williams, described as ‘ultra hushed electro-acoustic sound collage’ and ‘Seamus is the surfer; Mickey is the wave,’ but I think we’ve gotten beyond that at this point. "

"Painted Faces is the NYC-based solo recording project of David Drucker, often joined live & on tour by a rotating assembly of outsiders and outcasts comprising the Painted Faces collective. Self-described psych/experimental/free rock/improv/performance art."

Colorguard - is the best.