Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Record Store Day is a-comin!

We'll have all (okay, most) of those special RSD releases for ya!  We know, it's gotten a little out of control, but it's still a great day to get out and find some cool releases, chat with your fellow vinyl aficionados, have some coffee and maybe check out some local heroes playing DJ or...just playing! 

The downtown store has some great musicians stopping thru, including Thomas Lauderdale, the Von Trapps, The Dandy Warhols, Laura Veirs & Tucker Martine, Summer Cannibals & more.  Stay tuned for details.

Here's the list of stuff you can hunt for on APRIL 18!  recordstoreday.com has all the details.



Monday, March 9, 2015

Indie Exclusives! Not just for Record Store Day.

Comin' up: Indie Exclusives from The Mountain Goats and Toro Y Moi. 

"Beat the Champ" from The Mountain Goats will be available in a limited-edition 3LP gold, green and red colored vinyl + digital download for arounnd $30. Street Date April 7.

Toro Y Moi will have a limited-edition blue & white starburst vinyl the same day. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

IN-STORE performance: THEESatisfaction!

Just announced: THEESatisfaction will be opening for the great SLEATER-KINNEY on their current tour!   

You can catch them February 24 (release day for their new album!) at the Seattle Everyday Music @ 6 p.m. for an in-store performance.

THEESatisfaction’s EarthEE is the follow up to awE naturalE, the alternative R&B group’s critically acclaimed debut. EarthEE was recorded in Seattle and Brooklyn, and features guest appearances from Shabazz Palaces, Meshell Ndegeocello, Porter Ray and Taylor Brown. EarthEE was produced by THEESatisfaction and Erik Blood at Protect and Exalt Studios: A Black Space and mastered by Adam Straney at BreakPoint Mastering in Seattle.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Neko Case Tickets & LP bundle!

The downtown PDX Everyday Music has a deal for you!
 The Neko Case show at Revolution Hall in Portland on April 18 is sold out.  But if you want this swell RED VINYL reissue of Fox Confessor Brings The Flood AND a ticket to the show...then stop by the Burnside store (1313 W Burnside) in Portland!  ***NOTE: These are sold as a BUNDLE ONLY!  the ticket and the vinyl, for $73.  You get the ticket to the show now, and the vinyl on April 18--the day of the show aka RECORD STORE DAY 2015! Whoo hoo.

These might not last thru the weekend..we only got a limited number, so get yer butt down to the store.  While supplies last!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Here are some things to look forward to in 2015!

Usually January is deadsville in terms of new releases, but January 2015 has some goodies for you.

Jan. 13 is PANDA BEAR's Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper on Domino Records on cd & vinyl.  Get to the stores early for  INDIE EXCLUSIVE versions: a 2cd or a 3LP configurations that include the four track ep.  The deluxe version on vinyl also includes a digital download card and 3 printed inner LP sleeves in a deluxe outer wrapped package.  Check out the video on Stereogum for a preview.

January 20 seems a save-the-date kind of release day!  Belle & Sebastian are back with Girls in Peacetime Want To Dance , released on cd, lp and a special 4-LP box set with a poster and extended mixes and bonus tracks.

January 20 also brings the release of beloved Sleater-Kinney!  "No Cities To Love"  comes out from Sub Pop and there is a deluxe vinyl version too, on 180gr shite vinyl with etching on the B-Side of a bonus 12", a double sided poster to go in your room above your bed, 2 custom dust sleeves, a digital download coupon and a cardboard slipcase.  You don't get any of that shit on Spotify.

Hanni El Khatib has a release on January 20 also, and if you're not familiar, now's the time to try somthing new in the new year. He'll be features in a KEXP session in February and is on tour with Dr. Dog!  Dr. Dog has a live album out Jan. 13.

Happy New Year!

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. 


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. 

Scott Kuzma, Everyday Music curmudgeon