May 3, 2011

GANG GANG DANCE - Listen First!

Ever check out NPR to stream a new album before it is out? Of course you do! We do it too, but now we're THRILLED to offer y'all the chance to stream a new album right here from our website! Bring it on All Songs Considered! We've got the new album from Gang Gang Dance right here for you to listen to from front to back. The CD and LP are out on May 10 and will be on sale at Slowtrain! Now get listening...


Apr 17, 2011

RSD LEFTOVERS

Did you miss out on some Record Store Day exclusives yesterday? Fear not, we've got some leftovers still for sale. If you see something you'd like stop by and pick it up - these are all for sale at regular retail prices. We're not trying to make a quick buck at your expense, after all. We'll even ship to you (at a small extra charge) if you're not in SLC...just give us a call and pay over the phone.

We still aren't doing holds on these items just yet. So if you want something, act now.

Here's what's left!

LP/12"
sold out Akron/Family
Bad Brains
sold out Bear In Heaven
Black Twig Pickers
Eric Clapton
Clouds
David's Town
sold out Dio
sold out Esben & the Witch
sold out Flaming Box
Fleetwood Mac (1LP)
Flying Lotus
Follow Me Down
John Hammond
Jimi Hendrix
Kill Rock Stars Comp
Mastodon Live
Midlake
sold out Mississippi John Hurt
sold out MMJ- Evil Urges
sold out MMJ- Z
sold out MMJ- It Still Moves
Nickel Creek- s/t
Oval
Rough Guide: Desert Blues
Rough Guide: African Guitar Legends
Sacred Bones Comp
sold out Sonic Youth
Submarines
Superchunk
Therapies Son 10"
sold out Hank III- Risin Outlaw
sold out Hank III- Rebel Within
Omar Rodriguez Lopez Box

7"
AC/DC
sold out Built to Spill
sold out Civil Wars
Duran/Duran
Jimi Hendrix
High Llamas
Michael Jackson
sold out Freddy King
sold out John Mayall
sold out Nada Surf
Ozzy Osbourne
sold out Prurient
Nathaniel Rateliff
sold out REM
Raphael Saadiq
Skysaw
sold out Superchunk
sold out Twin Sister
Urge Overkill

CD/Other
Bloodshot Comp
Roky Erickson DVD
Frustrators
Omar Rodriguez Lopez
Save the Music Comp
Superchunk

Apr 15, 2011

RECORD STORE DAY IN-STOCK AT SLOWTRAIN

Okay fellow music-lovers. I'm caving. I'm going to list here all of the exclusives we've received for Record Store Day tomorrow. What I will not disclose is how many of each we received...you'll have to get here yourself tomorrow to find out. The earlier the better if your DESPERATE for one or ten of these.

And, in full disclosure, I may have accidentally missed a title or two on this list as we've been rushing to get everything ready and I don't have time to double and triple check my work. So, well, godspeed.

Here ya go!

ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS 10"
ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI PLACES LIKE THIS
BAD BRAINS PAY TO CUM
BLACK ANGELS ANOTHER NICE PAIR
BUSDRIVER ATM
KATE BUSH HOUNDS OF LOVE
CARIBOU SWIM REMIXES
ERIC CLAPTON UNPLUGGED
DAMIEN JURADO LIVE AT LANDLOCKED
DEERHOOF FRIEND OPPORTUNITY
DEERHOOF/XIU XIU SPLIT
DENNIS COFFEY 7"
DIO KILLING THE DRAGON
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE MOVE OVER MAMA
FELA KUTI MONDAY
FLAMING LIPS HEADY NUGGS
FLEETWOOD MAC RUMORS
FLEETWOOD MAC RUMORS
FRANZ FERDINAND S/T
GHOST OF SABER TOOTH (SEAN LENNON) LA CARETTE
GLASSJAW WARSHIP AND TRIBUTE
GRINDERMAN PLACES OF MONT
GRINDERMAN EVIL
JIMI HENDRIX SOUTH SATURN DELTA
IGGY & THE STOOGES RAW POWER LIVE
INTERNATIONAL SUBMARINE (GRAM PARSONS) SAFE HOME
JOAN OF ARC PRESENTS DON'T MIND CONTROL
JOAN JETT I LOVE ROCK N' ROLL
KILLS SATELLITE
FREDDY KING WASHOUT
RAY LOMONTAGNE LIVE FALL
LUYAS / TWIN SISTER SPLIT
MATES OF STATE TEAM BOO
JOHN MAYALL / ERIC CLAPTON SPLIT
My Morning Jacket EVIL URGES
My Morning Jacket IT STILL MOVES
My Morning Jacket Z
MUMFORD & SONS DHAROHAR
NO ONE GOT HURT V/A
OF MONTREAL PAST IS GROTESQUE
OPETH THROAT OF
OWEN O, EVELYN
POLVO CELEBRATE
RED KRAYOLA HURRICANE FIGHTER
RUSSIAN RECORDINGS V/A
SACRED BONES VOL 1
SAVE THE MUSIC V/A
TY SEGALL TY REX
SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU BROOM
SUPERCHUNK HERE'S WHERE THE STRINGS
SUPERCHUNK HERE'S WHERE THE STRINGS
13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS WAIT FOR MY LOVE
VELVET UNDERGROUND FOGGY NOTION
Charlotte Gainsbourg / VILLAGERS MEMOIR
VIVIAN GIRLS I HEARD YOU SAY
WILD FLAG FUTURE CRIMES
YARDBIRDS GOODNIGHT SWEET
YEASAYER END BLOD
FLEET FOXES HELPLESNESS BLUES
BLITZEN TRAPPER MAYBE BABY
LOWER DENS DEER KNIVES
THE HEAD & THE HEART S/T
THE HEAD & THE HEART s/t
VARIOUS ARTISTS SAVE THE MUSIC
VARIOUS ARTISTS NO ONE GOT HURT
Flying Lotus Cosmogramma Alt Takes
Bibio/Clark Willenhall/Baskerville Grinch - Split 12 inch
Oval/Liturgy Split LP
Black Twig Pickers/Glenn Jones Split LP
Omar Rodriguez Lopez Telesterion
Omar Rodriguez Lopez Telesterion
John Doe & Jill Sobule A Day at the Pass
Urge Overkill Effigy b/w The Kids Are Alright
Daedelus Tailor-Made
Os Mutantes Everything is Possible: World Psychedelic Classics 1
Javelin Coleridge/Colleagues
Javelin Canyon Candy
Midlake Am I Going Insane
Prurient Many Jewels Surround The Crown
Clouds B Chuggas May Be Logging
Neurosis Sovereign LP
Various Artists Kill Rock Stars
Nada Surf The Moon Is Calling
Kode9 & The Spaceape Otherman / Love Is The Drug (ft Cha Cha)
Various Artists Follow Me Down
John Hammond So Many Roads
Skip James Today
Mississippi John Hurt Immortal
John Fahey Requia
Nickel Creek Nickel Creek
Nickel Creek This SIde
Nickel Creek Why SHould
Machine Head Black
Gorillaz Fall
Syd Barrett Introduction to
James Blake James Blake
Sonic Youth Whore's Moaning
Lady Gaga Born This Way
Foo FIghters Medium Rare
Decemberists Live at Bull Moose
Nathaniel Rateliff Shroud
Queen Keep Yourself Alive
Mastodon Just Got Paid
Derek & Dominos Got To Get
Rolling Stones Brown Sugar
Duran Duran Girl Panic
Skysaw No One Can Tell
Jimi Hendrix Fire
Pearl Jam Immoratality
Ozzy Osbourne Flyin High
Roy Orbison Only the Lonely
Raphael Saddiq Radio
AC/DC Shoot To Thrill
Manchester Orchestra Simple Math
Cults Abducted
Michael Jackson Hollywood
Daft Punk Tron
Beach Boys Good Vibrations
Kings of Leon Holy Roller
Adele Rolling in the Deep
Bruce Springsteen Gotta Get
Jimi Hendrix Fire
Roky Erickson Night of the
Local Customs: Pressed At Boddie (Numero) LP
Local Customs: Pressed At Boddie (Numero) CD
Local Customs: Pressed At Boddie (Numero) Cass
High Llamas 7"
Various Artists (QOTSA & others) A Rekords Rekords Record
Mike Gordon Inside In
Various Artists Rhymesayers Vinyl Picture Disc
The Submarines Love Notes / Letter Bombs
William Fitzsimmons Gold In The Shadow
Various Artists Rough Guide to Desert Blues
Various Artists Rough Guide to African Guitar
Brett Dennen B Side to the D Side
Frustrators Griller
The Kills Satellite
Polvo
Mike Gordon Moss Remixes
Phish 2 soundchecks
Grateful Dead s/t
Television Live at the Old Waldorf
Hank Williams III Risin Outlaw / Rebel Within / Lovesick / Straight to Hell / Damn Right
Mastodon Live at the Aragon
Deftones Covers
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American
Opeth The Throat of Winter
My Chemical Romance Na Na Na
Rush Caravan
Death Cab for Cutie In Living Stereo
Built to Spill Ripple
Green Day / Husker Du Don't want to know if you're lonely
Bad Brains God of Love
Jenny and Johnny / Gram Parsons Love Hurts
Mastodon / ZZ Top Just got paid
REM First Three Singles
Regina Spektor Four From Far
The Doors Riders on the Storm
Akron Family
Beady Eye
Bear in Heaven / Lindstrom
Between the Buried and Me
The Civil Wars
Frightened Rabbit / Twilight Sad
Matt & Kim
Skysaw
Superchunk / Coloseium
Guided by Voices tribute CD/LP
Arthur Russell - LP -
New Pornographers - 7"
Esben & The Witch - 12"
Fucked Up - LP
Deerhunter - 7"
Ryan Adams 7"

Apr 12, 2011

ANNA'S RECORD STORE DAY PEP-TALK

Some of you may have already read this from our newsletter...but if not, you should read it now.

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...


Love,
Anna

Mar 29, 2011

FREE GIFTS!

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...

RECORD STORE DAY ENTERTAINMENT pt 3

Screw it. Now that I've got all of our RSD bands confirmed I'm finding it hard to get motivated to write a blog about each one...there's a lot. So let's just dive right in and share the good news! We're gonna have some kick ass music on Saturday, April 16. Woo-hoo!

Birthquake
Trappers
Paul Jacobsen
American Shakes
Ryan Tanner
Plastic Furs
Jay William Henderson
Desert Noises
Joshua James

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.
Can we just fast forward to April 16 already???

Mar 19, 2011

RECORD STORE DAY ENTERTAINMENT pt 2

Are you chomping at the bit to find out who else is playing at our RSD festivities this year? Of course you are!

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

RECORD STORE DAY ENTERTAINMENT pt 1

One of the questions we've been getting the most of lately is "Who is playing at our RSD2011 party?" - and while we're not ready to unveil our full line-up just yet, we're going to feature some of our musical guests here on the blog this week. Kind of a sneak peek for those of you paying attention.

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

RECORD STORE DAY IS COMING

Have you marked your calendar yet? Record Store Day 2011 is on the books for Saturday, April 16, and you will not want to miss Slowtrain's celebration.

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

2011 HITS

2011 has been flush with stellar new releases. Some hit below the radar, others are big topping charts and such. I thought it would be wise to take notes on a bunch of my favorites so far this year so that when November rolls around I can reference this list and remember some of these gems for my year end list.

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!?