Saturday, November 27, 2010

Record Sleeves

As we know, collecting vinyl has a price. Sometimes that price is a great find from a dollar bin or it could be up to and over $100 for a rare out of print collectible record. One of the things we do to help preserve your records is offer poly record sleeves. We offer them up in packages of 100 poly sleeves for $16.50 (plus tax). They are the 2 mil poly sleeve. Protect your vinyl investment with record sleeves! Sure, it may be a bit of a headache taking the jacket out of the sleeve but the end result is well-protected records.

Often times, if you are buying records in store at Rediscover Records we will ask if you want a poly sleeve for the records you have bought. Now, excuse us while we show our music
snobbery, (as we grin mischievously) some records do not deserve a poly sleeve! Soooo, if we don't ask if you want a sleeve, either, one, we actually forgot to ask, or two, you just may have purchased a record deemed unnecessary for "sleeve-dom", usually those from the aforementioned dollar bins. We must make this point very, very clear though. No matter what records you buy here at Rediscover Records, the latest Pitchfork hipster band or even Englebert Humpedherdink from the dollah bin, we are *always* grateful that you are shopping at Rediscover Records and the Two Doors Down Shop. It's not like we're gonna go Jack Black's "Barry" from High Fidelity. Actually, if we do not ask, don't hesitate to ask for a sleeve. Some choose not to take them and that's fine too.

Thanks for reading, thanks for keeping the sound alive, and keep 'em spinnin' with Rediscover Records!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Black Friday

We're open early on Black Friday! Well, not 5 a.m. early but we'll be open at 9 a.m. on Black Friday. Remember, we're located in the Two Doors Down Shop in wonderful downtown Elgin. So with Black Friday in mind, we'll be offering 10% off everything in the store including new vinyl and new turntables.

Then with all things Black Friday, anything with the word "black" in the title, is 20% percent off! Bill Black's Combo? 20% off. AC/DC's "Back In Black"? 2o% off. Black Sabbath, Ritchie Blackmore, Blackfoot, Black Dog? All 20% off. How does that sound for a Black Friday sale? (Just a little fine print here, the word "black" must appear in print somewhere on the record, in song title, name, artist name. Now, let's not get greedy here, most records are "black" so we're not gonna take it that far with all "black records 20% off". Nice try. These ground rules seem reasonable enough and are here in black & white, for a Black Friday sale.) There will be other sales throughout the Two Doors Down shop, check with each "store within the store" for their own sales details.

In honor of Black Friday, let's get a watch of one of the great American Bands, Steely Dan, with their song "Black Friday" from their 1975 record, Katy Lied. Also 20% off with "Black" Friday.

Remember, we're not some Elvis museum or some dusty ol' nostalgia record store. We have the best in new releases and sealed vinyl. Here are some of our titles.

Broken Bells - self-titled
The Black Keys - Brothers
Arcade Fire- The Suburbs
Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women - s/t
Band of Horses - Infinite Arms
Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
The Cure - Disintegration Reissue on 180g. vinyl
Deadstring Bros. - Sao Paulo
Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards
Scott Lucas & the Married Men - Absolute Beginners
Mark Utley & Magnolia Mountain -Redbird Green (This record is a stunning alt. country record)
The Promise - Bruce Springsteen 3 LP set on 180g vinyl
Of Montreal - False Priest
Ra Ra Riot - The Orchard
The Roots - How I Got Over
The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main St. (Reissue)
Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
She & Him - Volume II
Versus - On the Ones and Threes

Also many other new selections and and reissues on vinyl. Rediscover Records is the place to buy your vinyl in the Elgin area.

Why go to a Ho, Ho, Ho, Hum shopping mall or a Big Box store for your shopping needs when you can shop in downtown Elgin and the Two Doors Down Shop. It's a great place to be. Come see for yourself.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

When Rediscover Records was in it's planning stages, the main requirement for the storefront was to be in downtown Elgin. If it wasn't to be in downtown Elgin, it wasn't to be at all.

With the gentrification of the U.S. for several years, downtown businesses gradually dwindled, drifted, wept, and became tumbleweeds while the malls and big box stores were striving as they were strewn all over the country. Downtown Elgin is nothing like that. The tumbleweeds are leaving. Color me impressed with all things Elgin.

Downtown Elgin is historic as it is "cool". It has an urban feel, even though in the suburbs. It very much feels like a city without the suburban sprawl. Sure there are pockets along Randall Road in Elgin that look like "Any Suburb USA" but downtown has a very "Ma & Pa" feel to it. It is the best kept secret in the area.

There are wonderful book shops such as Elgin Books, several great restaurants like Villa Verone, Elgin Public House, Al's Cafe (Pictured at the top. It's an old bank building), El Faro Mexican Restaurant, Ravenheard Coffee, Domani Coffee, Top Notch Tattoos, Hill Top Skate Shop, Toom Toom Thai, Bangkok House, and so much more. I guess "so much more" acts as a qualifier for any businesses I may have overlooked or didn't link.

Also pictured is a image by loco artist Barb Broeske. This is of Medusa's Night Club with Elgin Books in the lower right. In case you were wondering, Rediscover Records is next to the book store.

This isn't your father's downtown Elgin. Sure, it may not be from the hey day of the 1940's and 1950's when it was a thriving downtown but it certainly is not the blighted monstrosity that it was in late 1970's to the early 1990's. To paraphrase an old Elgin slogan, "Elgin, It's Happening Here"

That's the PSA from Rediscover Records for the day. Now, let's go play some records!

Monday, November 15, 2010

New Releases

Greetings from Elgin, Illinois. Home of Rediscover Records. Elgin has had some pretty cool record shops over the years but they, unfortunately, drifted, crumbled, wept, and gradually left the landscape of Elgin. Rediscover Records is a place in Elgin where you can browse record bins, have your sound palette whetted by unique soundscapes while in store. Rediscover Records today, it's where you can find new vinyl, used vinyl, 45's, and even those old 78's.

On Tuesday November 16th we'll have a few new exciting new releases on vinyl.

First and foremost, one of the more awaited releases in the world of Rediscover Records, it's the remastered version of Bruce Springsteen's "Darkness On the Edge of Town". It's an amazing collection of songs that, some say, tragically never made it on to the "Darkness" record because they didn't fit thematically with the record. Here is actor Ed Norton interviewing Springsteen on the making of Darkness. Ed Norton interviewing Bruce Springsteen

We'll have a limited supply of the 3 CD and 3 DVD boxset available on November 16th.
We'll also have the vinyl "The Promise" on a 3 record 180g. vinyl spanning 21 songs.

The "Darkness" tour of 1978 was one of the more epic tours in Springsteen's history. Here is but a small sample with a blistering version (pardon the rock critic speak) of "Prove It All Night" with the full on instrumental introduction.

Not to get lost in the E Street shuffle are a couple other releases we'll have on November 16th. One of the more exciting bands in recent memory are Japandroids. We already have in the "No Singles" record and you'll be able to pick up the new single "Heavenward Grand Prix". Very limited copies in store and they'll go quick so get yours today.

Here are the Japandroids live on KEXP. Get yer rock on!

In the spirit of rock 2 person groups, we bring you Scott Lucas of Local H fame. The release date for this record is November 16th as well. This time Lucas is with the Married Men and their new release, Scott Lucas & the Married Men "The Absolute Beginners". Again, limited supplies in stock so get them while you can.

Rediscover Records today!