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TACOCAT – Live In-Store Performance

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TACOCAT – Live In-Store Performance
Thursday, July 21st 7:00pm

The bio says “Hanging out with Tacocat and listening to Tacocat are remarkably similar experiences, like the best party you’ve ever been to, where, instead of jostling for social position, everyone just wants to eat candy and talk about Sassy Magazine, sci-fi, cultural dynamic shifts, and bad experiences with men.” and it nails the fun, quirky, nerdy, art rock, grrl-power, party-all-the-time atmosphere that practically oozes from the speakers as soon as the needle drops.
Pitchfork said “Only the sarcastic irreverence of Tacocat can lift you out of your vortex of suckitude.” which perfectly mirrors our experience here at the shop, when we’re down and troubled, and we need a helping hand, we reach for Tacocat.Spin says “Tacocat…have earned a reputation for slinging punchy power-pop in the unruly vein of All Girl Summer Fun Band and Tiger Trap.” And while we would have added in L7, Cub, Shonen Knife, and The Julie Ruin, Spin nails not only the Grrl-power aspects, but also the power-pop songcraft that embraces their early 90s roots, while tying them to the elusive “now”.Check their soundcloud page for some tasty samples.

Lost Time is Tacocat’s latest release, and for the moment we’re opening the guest list with purchase of Lost Time, or one of their catalog releases. If space allows when we’re a bit closer, we’ll open first come first served (with RSVP). Pre-purchasing will get you priority entry and an event poster. Order/RSVP in person, or at 562.433.4996

SPAIN Live in-Store Performance

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SPAIN Live in-Store Performance
Friday August 5th 7:00pm 

 
There was a time in the 90s when sad and slow bands like Red House Painters and Tindersticks, and songwriters like Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen dominated our playlist; quietly sad, and beautiful, and while they were all sonically gorgeous, Spain took a lot of those same sadcore elements and added a warm smokiness that brought them a refined and well-rounded quality that somehow elevated their sound to something beyond rock and roll, yet cost them none of their edge to do it.
Well, many years and several albums down the road, and we’re still listening to slowcore, and Josh Haden and Spain are back with their sixth album, Carolina. Loaded with alt-country elements, Carolina is Spain walking us through history, coming-to-terms of the death of Spain frontman Josh Haden’s father (jazz bassist Charlie Haden), nostalgia over lost youth, and cautionary observations on our future.
You may be familiar with Spain’s song “Spiritual” from Johnny Cash’s version on his Unchained album, or Mark Lanegan’s Soulsavers’ version on the album It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s the Way You Land album, and neither are a bad introduction, but if it’s all you know about Spain, it’s time to visit the source.
There are a lot of great samples at Spain’s soundcloud page, give them some exploration, early in the morning or late at night is our favorite time with them.
We are opening the guest list with RSVP beginning now. Pre-order/purchase of Carolina, or one of Spain’s catalog titles will get you priority entry and an event poster. RSVP in person or by calling562.433.4996

 

Best of 2014 – Staff Picks

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  1. Drums – Encyclopedia
  2. Tom Vek – Luck
  3. War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
  4. Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems
  5. King Tuff – Black Moon Spell
  6. Ex Hex – Rips
  7. De Lux – Voyage
  8. Avi Buffalo – At Best Cuckold
  9. Rival Sons – Great Western Valkyrie
  10. N0 – El Prado

 

FPCHANCE

  1. Wytches – Annabelle Dream Reader
  2. BBNG- III
  3. Trance Farmers – Dixie Crystals
  4. The Drums – Encyclopedia
  5. De Lux – Voyage
  6. Fat White Family – Champagne Holocaust
  7. The Acid -Limnal
  8. White Fence – For the Recently Found Innocent
  9. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead
  10. Clipping – CLPPNG    

  Best Reissue – Killed by Death Rock Vol. 1  Wild card - Rick and Morty

 

FPHEATHER

  1. Ty Segall – Manipulator
  2. Temples - Sun Structures
  3. St Vincent – S/T
  4. Real Estate – Atlas
  5. Alvvays – S/T
  6. First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
  7. TV On the Radio – Seeds
  8. Thee Oh Sees – Drop
  9. Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
  10. Ex Hex – Rips

 

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  1. Electric Wizard - Time to Die
  2. Run the Jewels - RTJ2
  3. D’Angelo – Black Messiah
  4. Karl Hector & the Malcouns – Unstraight Ahead
  5. Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams
  6. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead
  7. Aphex Twin – Syro
  8. Thee Oh Sees - Drop
  9. Bongripper – Miserable
  10. Melvins – Hold It In

 

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  1. Atmos by A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN
  2. Voyage by DE LUX
  3. Sea Island by LOCSIL
  4. In A Dream – THE JUAN MACLEAN
  5. Ruins by GROUPER
  6. Dissed and Dismissed by TONY MOLINA
  7. Kenny Dennis III by SERENGETI
  8. Rips by EX HEX
  9. Out Of Body by THE KVB
  10. Chorus by LITERATURE

 

FPGEMMA

  1. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead (Warp)
  2. BadBadNotGood - III (Innovative Leisure)
  3. Silk Rhodes – Silk Rhodes (Stones Throw)
  4. St Vincent – St Vincent (Loma Vista)
  5. Chicano Batman – Cycles of Existential Rhyme (El Relleno)
  6. VA – Tropical Disco Hustle (Cultures of Soul)
  7. Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband (Loma Vista)
  8. Ana Tijoux – Vengo (Nacional)
  9. Brown Sabbath – Brown Out Presents Brown Sabbath (Ubiquity)
  10. Only Lovers Left Alive – OST

BEST REISSUE: Cocteau Twins- Heaven or Las Vegas (4AD) MOVIE : Blue is the Warmest Color

 

FPBILL

  1. D’Angelo and the Vanguard -Black Messiah
  2. His Name Is Alive - Tecuciztecatl (Vinyl LP,CD,Dwnld)
  3. Cavern of Anti-Matter – Blood Drums
  4. Laeticia Sadier – Something Shines
  5. A Winged Victory for the Sullen – Atomos  and it’s ep
  6. FRAZEY FORD – Indian Ocean
  7. First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
  8. God Help The Girl
  9. Gravenhurst – Offerings:Lost Songs 2000-2004
  10. Watter - This World
  11. Badbadnotgood – III

 

FPGABBY

  1. Raveonettes – Pe’ahi
  2. Karl Hector and the Malcouns – Unstraight Ahead
  3. White Fence – For the Recently Found Innocent
  4. Real Estate – Atlas
  5. Be Forest – Earthbeat
  6. Pure X – Angel
  7. Tycho – Awake
  8. BadBadNotGood – III
  9. Alvvays – S/T
  10. Ariel Pink – Pom Pom

 

FPASHLEY

  1. D’ANGELO & THE VANGUARD – Black Messiah
  2. TY SEGALL – Manipulator
  3. CONNAN MOCKASIN – Caramel
  4. JOZEF VAN WISSEM – Only Lovers Left Alive
  5. ANDY STOTT - Faith In Strangers
  6. ENO HYDE – High Life
  7. ST. VINCENT – S/T
  8. THE WYTCHES – Annabel Dream Reader
  9. CHAD VANGAALEN – Shrink Dust
  10. EX-HEX - Rips

Songs of Our Father’s – Staff Father’s Day Memories

What better way to celebrate our dads than to talk about the songs that remind us of our ol’ man? Here some of our staff discuss tunes that remind them of their dads. We’d love to hear your stories and the songs that remind you of your dad! Share them on our facebook page! We’re open today, so if you’re hanging with your dad today, swing by and grab a few tunes and sing along to your favorite songs with dad!

Happy Father’s Day!

ADAM “FRENCH”

One album that always reminds me of my father would have to be The Best of…The Guess Who. Later on, My parents and grandma took me to see them with Joe Cocker opening for my first official rock show in the 6th grade. Randy Bachman played with the Guess Who that night and also performed his BTO hits! I still have my tie-dye concert t-shirt from the show.
The Guess Who – “These Eyes”

 

 

 

ASHLEY

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The clock chiming in the rain that opens Black Sabbath’s debut eponymous album, always transports me to an age when I was too tiny to be riding shotgun in my dad’s ’83 silver Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. The car was loud and fast, of course, but the music grew even louder and faster. I found myself pinned to the seat by a fast wind coming through the open window, nursing a strange mix of fear and excitement–my eyes growing wider, my ears perked–pondering what Ozzy Osbourne himself had already asked, “What is this that stands before me?” It’s a feeling I’ll always remember because it came with the realization that I’d never be satisfied by music unless it elicited that same nascent fear and excitement. My dad has always been a man of few words, he was happy to just drive and let the music play. He may not have known it then, but he was already gifting me one of the most precious things a father could give his son or daughter: curiosity. Not just about music, but everything.
Black Sabbath is still required listening on any road trip I take. Each time, I remember my dad.  Even after all these years, I still feel like that excited little kid riding along in that fast car ready to take flight like the bird adorning its hood.
Black Sabbath – “Black Sabbath”

 

 

 

DENNIS

As a teenager, my father was a regular dancer on the original pre-Dick Clark American Bandstand being broadcast locally in Philadelphia. Think “Hairspray”…he was a local celeb, of sorts. My mother went to a taping in hopes of meeting him. She did. They danced together to The Platters song It’s Raining Outside.
They danced to it once more at their 50th anniversary party last year.

 The Platters –  ”It’s Raining Outside”

 

 

 

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The Weavers – “Goodnight Irene”

The Weavers – “On top of Old Smoky”

 

 

 

TAMMY

“Green Onions” by Booker T & the MGs. I grew up listening to this with my Dad. He is the reason I love jazz and R&B.

Booker T & the MGs -”Green Onions”

What We’re Listening to: The H. DAVID Correspondence

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So many introductions are in order, so it’s hard knowing exactly where to begin, but staffer H. David is a great place to start.

Should you stroll into our vinyl room some fine afternoon, you may notice a tall , salt and pepper bearded man with an authoritative voice. Do not be afraid.  That voice is one of earned authority.

One conversation with H and you’ll walk away with newfound knowledge of the most obscure musical anecdotes and of course, a list of homework. He is never short a good recommendation and is always eager to expand your musical horizons.

Please note: H is definitely a musical purist whose taste is as much analog as he is. In such a digitized world, he is  breath of fresh air. That said,  here are his recommendations as he envisioned them: sent to us in a handcrafted envelope with a meticulous blueprint and now presented to you via fancy scanners and photoshop magic.

 

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Platform Double Suede Review: Costa Blanca by The Limiñanas

Our clerk /youtube wizard extraordinaire Andrew discusses The Limiñanas  in this episode of Platform Double Suede.

Now Available at Fingerprints

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