May 3, 2011
Apr 17, 2011
We still aren't doing holds on these items just yet. So if you want something, act now.
Here's what's left!
sold out Akron/Family
sold out Bear In Heaven
Black Twig Pickers
sold out Dio
sold out Esben & the Witch
sold out Flaming Box
Fleetwood Mac (1LP)
Follow Me Down
Kill Rock Stars Comp
sold out Mississippi John Hurt
sold out MMJ- Evil Urges
sold out MMJ- Z
sold out MMJ- It Still Moves
Nickel Creek- s/t
Rough Guide: Desert Blues
Rough Guide: African Guitar Legends
Sacred Bones Comp
sold out Sonic Youth
Therapies Son 10"
sold out Hank III- Risin Outlaw
sold out Hank III- Rebel Within
Omar Rodriguez Lopez Box
sold out Built to Spill
sold out Civil Wars
sold out Freddy King
sold out John Mayall
sold out Nada Surf
sold out Prurient
sold out REM
sold out Superchunk
sold out Twin Sister
Roky Erickson DVD
Omar Rodriguez Lopez
Save the Music Comp
Apr 15, 2011
Apr 12, 2011
It is here. Record Store Day is just, literally, around the corner. We are in fully stress/work-like-crazy-people mode here at Slowtrain HQ as we finalize all of the little details. We're printing t-shirts, confirming bands, organizing the beer, preparing for crafters, pricing RSD exclusives, and trying to keep the shop running day-to-day.
So as we work on all of these items, I want to just take a moment and share my Record Store Day thoughts with you. For some folks and record stores this day is all about the exclusive releases. It is about having everything on the shelf and collecting each piece, especially the most rare ones. And that is fine. The exclusives are certainly bad-ass and we ordered practically EVERYTHING we could for y'all. But I think all a person really has to do is look at what Slowtrain has planned for the day and see that, to us, Record Store Day (and record stores specifically) is about community.
We are using our biggest sales day of the year to help out 3 amazing local non-profit organizations. You can buy beer and support the Salt Lake City Film Festival. You can buy food and support Breathe Utah. And we'll have Local First Utah on site to share the local business love. SLUG Magazine will be with us showcasing some incredible crafters from Craft Lake City. Breathe Utah is providing food from local restaurant Rusted Sun Pizzeria. SLCFF will be slinging brews from the locally owned Bohemian Brewery. Our special edition t-shirts we're printing (designed by Owen Ashworth and Pete Klockau) will benefit Spy Hop Productions.
At Slowtrain, this day isn't about who has the best vinyl selection in town, who has the most RSD exclusives, who has the biggest sale, who has the hippest staff, who has the best location...At Slowtrain, Record Store Day, and every day, is about this great community that we all share. We want to continue to build it up and support it the best way we know how, by throwing a killer party and inviting all of you to join us.
We hope to see you Saturday...
Mar 29, 2011
We're suuuper honored today to offer you some incredible bonus gifts with your purchases at Slowtrain. If you pick up the new Mountain Goats CD or LP we'll give you a free cassette tape of demos that have been hand-colored by John Darnielle himself! These are ridiculously limited, so hurry in to get yours. If you can't drop everything to be at the store at 11am, we'll be raffling off 1 of these tapes next Monday. To enter the raffle you MUST purchase the CD or LP from us in this coming week, no exceptions - you must enter when you make your purchase. Ask to enter at the register.
We've also got some beeee-yooo-tiful lithograph prints to give away when you purchase the new Radiohead and the new Pains of Being Pure at Heart.
AND if you buy the new CD or LP from the Obits, which rules, you get a free band patch to put on your jeans or your jacket or your backpack or something. It's a patch! And it's red! And it's free as a gift from us to you when you buy their rad album!
Still not satisfied? How's about you buy the new Moon Duo CD or LP, which is also incredible, and then you get a bonus remix CD. The free shit is out of control!
HAVE I MENTIONED THAT ALL OF THESE TITLES ARE ON SALE TOO! Woot! Don't get much better than that! You're getting a deal on pricing PLUS free gifts.
These are all first come, first served, so get your booty to Slowtrain stat!
** a commenter wants an address on the main page. not totally sure what page or what address but here's what i've got.
web address: www.slowtrainmusic.com
physical addrss: 221 E Broadway
i'm guessing this is the page he's referring to...
Jay William Henderson
Let's not forget other cool shit we've got going on...
- Morning coffee from Nobrow for those of you early risers that will be waiting in line for first dibs on exclusives.
- Children's entertainment for you families out there from 10am to noon. Magic! Balloons! Face paint!
- Food sold by Breathe Utah as a fundraiser for their important non-profit.
- Craft booths from some of your favorite Craft Lake City crafters.
- Fun interactive booths from SLUG Magazine and Local First Utah.
- And, of course, we'll have Bohemian Beer inside from the Salt Lake City Film Festival.
Mar 19, 2011
Well we're happy to tell you all that the wonderful AMERICAN SHAKES will be bringing their brand of reverb-soaked, 70s-esque, rock to our party. This is where the Band of Annual's Brent Dreiling steps out from behind the pedal steel to share his stellar songwriting and leading-man skills.
American Shakes had their CD release here at Slowtrain so we speak as experts when we say, this band is stellar. You can get their album on vinyl (VINYL!) here at the shop now, that way you'll know all the songs by heart on April 16 ad you can sing along and swoon.
Mar 17, 2011
For this first feature we'd like to highlight the incredible BIRTHQUAKE!
We are super excited to have this band playing our big event. This band of brothers loves record stores and music and parties as much all of us here at Slowtrain. Which means we're pretty much a match made in heaven.
Check out what Ryan Hall and our good friends at Tome To The Weather Machine have to say about Birthquake.
Rejoice The Noise (Kilby Records, 12.09)
If there is one album that has consistently been the most enjoyable experience in backtracking (still much more to come) it has been Rejoice The Noise by SLC locals the Brothers Whittaker. Every virtuosic move is expertly calculated to simultaneously put a smile on your face and flip your lid (if flip your lid translates to the physical act of being totally impressed). To bring you up to speed Birthquake is comprised of three brothers who play blistering math-tinged post-rock in the vein of The F’ing Champs, Hella and A Minor Forest but with occasional woodwind accompaniment by Mark Herrera. Living in a day where huge emotional payoffs are manufactured by the most inorganic methods thinkable it is truly refreshing to be blown away by something as primitive as drums, bass, and a killer guitar solo. The excesses of a finger-tapped guitar solo, precision timed hand-claps, whistles, hell-on-wheels time changes all point to one end, celebration. Or revelry. Or rejoicing. This trifecta of fraternal familiarity is underwritten in the very fabric of the sound, as if each members internal clock is inherently understood by the other; this awareness provides for an album with nary a wasted moment. I can’t believe I have gotten this far without mentioning Mark Herrera’s incredible woodwind contributions. His tenor sax on “Farewell, Fare Thee Well, Well “ shreds like the Eighties never happened. Absolutely top-notch stuff.Ryan H.SLUG localized set.
Mar 4, 2011
We are still finalizing all of our plans, but you can follow our progress on our special RSD web-page here. We *should* have delicious Bohemian beer from the Salt Lake City Film Festival, we'll have crafters from Craft Lake City, food provided by (and supporting) Breathe Utah, and our EXCLUSIVE RELEASES. That's what it's all about, right?
Well, not really, I like to think RSD is more about the celebration. Yeah, the exclusives are cool and we want you to buy lots of them...but we just like existing and RSD is a way to celebrate us and all of you who help keep us around. So thanks for your support.
Who am I kidding, I can't just glide past the releases like that, can I? Haha.
Check out the as-official-as-it-gets lists here on our website.
Slowtrain has set up a RSD Savings Account for customers...you can come by the store anytime and deposit money into your own account via cash or credit ($25 min) and we'll hold that money for you to spend at Slowtrain on Record Store Day. PLUS any deposits you make in March will earn you an extra 10% of spending and April deposits will earn you an extra 5%. Click here for more details, or just come on in and ask us about it.
So come on down, start setting funds aside, and get your lists ready for RSD 2011. It's gonna be wild!
Feb 23, 2011
Hopefully you'll find some treats of your own in my recap of the last 2 months.
The Decemberists - The King Is Dead
A nice Americana album from Meloy and crew. This album is full of well-crafted alt-country pop songs that will get stuck in your head for days, and that is a good thing. I love that The Decemberists can change their style and output from record to record. This may not be as risky as Hazards of Love or as quirky as Picaresque, but it is a fine album to add to any music collection.
Fergus & Geronimo - Unlearn
This little gem comes from a label that is full of 'em, Hardly Art. It is a nice poppy garage-rock album full of toe-tapping beats, perfectly distorted guitar, and retro-esque vocal stylings. If you haven't heard this yet, you probably should. It is that sort of underground album that will win you all sorts of cool points next time you play it at a party.
Esben and the Witch - Violet Cries
The songs on this album start quiet and slow and build into epic swells of dark matter. It is like post-rock Blonde Redhead with a dark side. The album is intense and beautiful, depressing and uplifting. Recommended on a turntable with the volume cranked.
Yuck - s/t
There is something oddly familiar about the songs on Yuck's debut release, yet it is a distant enough memory that the album doesn't feel like a rip off. Maybe in the same way that the Girls LP, Album, swelled their listeners full of nostalgia Yuck is doing the same...just in a slightly more subtle fashion. You'll want to keep an eye on this band, I think they are going to shoot up from here.
Bright Eyes - The People's Key
I've been getting a lot of questions about "how" the new Bright Eyes album is. And truth is, it's good. It isn't "classic" Oberst with strong political/personal/religious undertones and howling for change and revolt. But it is a step up from his last solo effort, in my opinion. I like to think of it as a better version of Cassadaga. If you're at all a Bright Eyes fan, this is definitely worth owning. If you are on the fence with Bright Eyes...I think this one is a good one to have in rotation between I'm Wide Awake It's Morning and Lifted.
Destroyer - Kaputt
Oh, Dan Bejar, how do I love thee? When we went to the Matador at 21 festival and snuck into the VIP box to watch Guided By Voices I was RIDICULOUSLY distracted because I was just feet away from Destroyer's Dan Bejar. I love him. That said, I wasn't a super fan of his last release. I own it, but have barely listened to it. So when Kaputt came out I wasn't sure what to expect. BUT I've been thrilled to fall in love with this album. I predict it will easily be in my top 10 of 2011. The songs, the sax, the voice...Buy this album, thank me later.
Akron/Family - S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT
After the deep psychedelic trip on their last record, Akron/Family has mixed it up and come back strong with a less fuzzy and more beautiful album that is deserving of your ears.
La Sera - s/t
Retro pop songs with a soft modern vocal touch and the perfect amount of distorted guitar make this album a 2011 must-have. This is everything that the Best Coast album *should* have been. Smart, catchy, retro-pop. Buy now, save for summer.
Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
I wouldn't really call myself a Mogwai "fan". I don't mind them, but I, prior to this record, have never found myself *wanting* to listen to a Mogwai album. But Hardcore Will Never Die changed everything. I think about it ALL THE TIME. I want to hear it when I read, when I shower, when I work, when I sleep. The drama is toned down to a subtle and powerful climax and the soundscape is just beautiful. Sigh...
Eat Sugar - Levantense!
A little punk rock, a little electro, a little distortion - this album will get you off of your ass and get you doing something because you just can't sit still while listening. I'm guessing that is where the album title came from...My only complaint is that Mush didn't put this fun album onto vinyl.
TITLES I LIKE BUT WANT TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH BEFORE I WRITE ABOUT THEM BUT YOU SHOULD STILL CHECK THEM OUT:
Telekinesis - 12 Desperate Straight Lines
Cave Singers - No Witch
Twilight Singers - Dynamite Steps
John Vanderslice - White Wilderness
The Luyas - Too Beautiful To Work
Now it is your turn. What am I missing!?