Friday, April 20, 2012

Rediscover Records Record Store Day List 2012

Here is our modest Record Store Day list. As with the nature of Limited Releases, we did not get everything we ordered. We hope you find something here you like. We will open promptly at 9am. Please enter in an orderly fashion (Remember, "Love & tolerance of others is our code"), we will expedite the line and the check-outs as quickly as possible. Certain items we ordered or received just (1) copy.

We will also have complimentary fresh fruit, pastries and coffee. Plenty of *FREE* Record Store Day Promotional items will be given away with your purchase, but be advised, supplies are limited. Also, with the nature of limited pressings on certain records, the number we ordered, and the number of items we actually received, we're going to run out of certain things. We can only hope you find things to your liking as you spend time at Rediscover Records.

We'll also have our special Rediscover Records T-Shirts on special for $10.00.


Arcade Fire - Sprawl II
Brendan Benson - What Kind of World
Black Keys - El Camino
Blitzen Trapper - Hey Joe
Bloos Magoos - So I'm Wrong & You're Right
Blue Project - Punchman Farm
David Bowie - Mick Rock Tin
Richard Buckner - Willow/Lost
Breakfast Club Soundtrack -Various
James Brown - Live at the Appollo
Dave Bruback - Fantasy 3-3
Bruno Mars - Grenade Sessions
The Byrds - I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Wand - Diddy Wah Diddy
The Clash - London Calling
Common - Dreamer the Believer
The Cult - For the Animals
The Cure - Entreat Plus
Cursive - Burst & Bloom
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr - We Almost Lost Detroit
Miles Davis - Forever Miles
Deerhoof/Of Montreal -Stygian Bisection
Lana Del Rey - Born to Die
Dry the River - New Ceremony
Justin Townes Earle - Nothings Gonna Change. . .
Empire Records - Soundtrack
Farrar, Johnson, Parker, Yames - Let's Multiply
Flaming Lips/Mastodon - Spoonful Weighs A Ton
Flogging Molly - Drunken Lullabies
Florence & the Machine - Shake It Out
Futurebirds - Seney Stoval
Garbage - Blood For Poppies
Lee Hazelwood - The LHI Years
Patterson Hood - After It's Gone
Mastodon / Feist - Feistodon "A Commotion" with "Black Tongue"
MC5/Afrika Bambaataa - Kick Out the Jams
Metallica - Beyond Magic
Misfits - Walk Among Us
The Neanderthals - Teen Dance Time
Of Monsters & Men - Into... 10"
Ozzy Osborne - Believer
Phish - Junta Deluxe Pollock Edition
Iggy Pop - Raw Power
Pussy Galore - Feel Good Abour Your Body EP
Otis Redding/Aretha Franklin - Respect
Paul Revere & the Raiders - Ride Your Pony
Paul Simon - Graceland 25 Anniv. LP
Small Faces - Itchycoo Park
Small Faces - Tin Soldier
Regina Spektor - Sings Two Bulat Okudzhava
Bruce Springsteen - Rocky Ground with The Promise (Live)
Starf***** - Heaven's Use
Stax Box Set - 1968-1974 "Never To Be Forgotten: The Flip Side of Stax"
Peter Tosh - Legalize It
Pete Townsend - Quadrophenia Demos
Uncle Tupelo - No Depression
Uncle Tupelo - Still Feel Gone
Uncle Tupleo - March 16-20
M Ward - Primitive Girl
Mike Watt - Sweet Honey Pie
White Stripes - Hand Springs
Widespread Panic - Live Wood

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Record Store Day 2012

Record Store Day is fast approaching! As of now, it is less than one week away! What's on your list? We will be posting our list to this blog, our Facebook page, and of course, our website as soon as we know our full Record Store Day inventory. We don't even know what we will have until we have it in our grubby little mitts. We're excited, are you excited?

See you on Record Store Day!

On Saturday April 14th we posted several quotes about independent record stores that were culled from the Record Store Day quotes page to our Rediscover-Record Facebook Page. Ahem, like this page if you have not already, please. Here are a few of them.

"One of my most vivid record store memories was being in Belmont Records in Springfield, Massachusetts when the first shipment of Bruce Springsteen's "Darkness on the Edge of Town" arrived. I helped the manager, John Dougan, unpack the boxes. We pulled out the first two copies, looked at the great cover shot, then flipped it over to the list of songs on the back, imagining their greatness solely by their titles: "Badlands", "Candy's Room", "Racing In The Streets", "Prove It All Night", "Promised Land"... How could they not be great songs with titles like these?! We put the album on the store's turntable, blasted it, and we were right - it was incredible. I must confess that I use iTunes and buy CD's online when I'm not near a record store, but I'll never have a moment like that sitting at my computer." -Mike Scully (writer for "The Simpsons")

“The idea of, ‘The journey is the destination’ is put into action by browsing in an indie record store. Besides, a human being is a much better guide than a ‘More Like This’ link on the internet.”
--Patton Oswalt

“It’s important to keep indie record stores alive because their unique environments introduce music lovers to things in a very personal way.” --Norah Jones

I don't know what I would do without indie record stores. Having grown up in a town without them, I can tell you that it's no fun to shop for indie records at chain box stores. Independent record stores like Sonic Boom in Seattle, Rockin Rudys in Missoula and 2nd Avenue in Portland were holy golden shrines to me growing up. Actually, they still are.
--Colin Meloy (The Decemberists)

"Yes, yes, I know. It's easier to download music, and probably cheaper. But what's playing on your favourite download store when you walk into it? Nothing, that's what. Who are you going to meet in there? Nobody. Where are the notice boards offering flatshares and vacant slots in bands destined for superstardom? Who's going to tell you to stop listening to that and start listening to this? Go ahead and save yourself a couple of quid. The saving will cost you a career, a set of cool friends, musical taste and, eventually, your soul. Record stores can't save your life. But they can give you a better one.. " --Nick Hornby

Thursday, March 8, 2012

"C'mon and take your best shot
Let me see what you got
Bring on your wrecking ball"
-Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen's new release, "Wrecking Ball" (Columbia Records) has been hailed in many circles as one of the better new releases of 2012. The song "Wrecking Ball" is about the demolition of Giants_Stadium in the Meadowlands of New Jersey, or as one might say, "somewhere in the swamps Jersey".
As with most of the gentrification of these United States, the City of Elgin is no stranger to the destruction of the wrecking ball. Take a look at any older picture of downtown Elgin and you will see the landscape of this urban city dramatically different than what you see today.

The most significant building in Elgin to suffer the wrath of the wrecking ball was the Elgin National Watch Factory. The Elgin National Watch Factory (on National Street) was in operation from 1867 to the early 1960's. It was the premier watch manufacturer in the world. Over 1 million watches were produced at the factory. Over half of the pocket watches produced in the United States were manufactured at the Watch Factory. To tie some music into this, the Robert_Johnson recording "Walkin Blues" mentions an Elgin Watch, "She's got Elgin movements from her head down to her toes." We can count foreign competition, like the themes of some Springsteen songs, as the main culprit for the Watch Factory's demise.

The photo above is an actual Elgin pocket watch (placed on the Springsteen album cover "Wrecking Ball") from around 1948. It is a "Railroad" watch. Railroad watches had to be calibrated to such precise times that trains and their conductors could run their train schedules around these watches.
Here is the Elgin Watch Factory in it's hey day. Today, if you are familiar with the Elgin Grand Victoria Casino, the GVC is just to the left of this picture on Grove St.

The wrecking ball came to the watch factory beginning in the summer of 1966. These photos here are from the E.C. Alft's book, "Old Elgin: A Pictorial History". The Watch Factory clock tower had a face and hands that rivaled the size of London's "Big Ben". Its almost criminal the powers that be of Elgin didn't at least have the foresight to at least preserve the Tower. They did not.

"All of our victories and glories have turned to parking lots" -Bruce Springsteen "Wrecking Ball"

The Watch Factory land, more or less, stood vacant until a shopping center was built in the mid-1980's. Much of the soil under the factory had to be eradicated because of radium. In fact, the layout of the parking lot is in such a way to encapsulate whatever radium that may have remained. Today a Butera Grocery store and several other strip mall type stores occupy the Watch Factory grounds.

To see a fantastic exhibit on the Elgin Watch Factory visit the Elgin Historical Society at 360 Park St. in Elgin. In it is an actual hour hand from the Tower.

Find Bruce Springsteen's new record "Wrecking Ball" at Rediscover Records. Here is Springsteen performing "Wrecking Ball"

Thursday, February 2, 2012

2011 Faves and other News

Welcome back to the Rediscover Records music blog (Why do we feel the need to chuckle at the words "music blog"?) where you can find news and updates to all things Rediscover Records.

We are always looking to stock the best in new releases and we found that 2011 had no shortage of great releases. Here were a just a few of our favorite records of 2011!

-Lydia Loveless - Indestructible Machine
-Wild Flag - Wild Flag
-The Decemberists - The King Is Dead (Yes, the title is an homage to The Smiths)
-Frank Turner - England Keep My Bones
-Okkervil River - I Am Very Far
-Centro-matic - Candidates Waltz
-Richard Buckner - Our Blood
-Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit - Hear We Rest

Here is Jason Isbell with "Alabama Pines"

We were really struck by the Wheedles Groove Box Set, which is a wonderful selection of 45's from Seattle's funk and soul scene from the 1965 to the late 1970's. (Read more about it in the different colored font above). You can order from our website as well with our secure "Buy Now" pay pal buttons. They bring you directly to your own pay pal account.

Other news, the Louvin Brothers reissues are fantastic. Get your really old school country on with the Louvins! Inspirations to generations of singers and songwriters.

We are also particularly fond of the recent reissue of Morphine's "Cure For Pain". Find the classic reissue on vinyl at Rediscover Records.

Now, of course, our blog entries are time sensitive, so if you are reading this weeks or months from the date, shoot us an email (, a phone call (847.961.8445) or check our website to make sure some of these releases are still in stock. Thanks for reading and as always, Keep 'Em Spinnin'!