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Indie Retail ONLINE STORE Directory

To be plain, without the support of the hundreds of wonderful independent retailers around the country and world, there would be no pressing plants.

Records stores, big and small, have supported us, and our customers large and small, from the beginning by stocking records and informing their customer base about our operation and wonderful stable of artists. These proud purveyors are facing a challenge many small businesses are currently facing: how to keep the doors open in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The answer for many is to move an online/mail order model temporarily in order to get through the current storm. So, if you’re thinking about buying a record online (and you’re not buying it from the artist directly), consider purchasing it from a wonderful independent retailer. Check out this list put together by our buds at Colemine Records. Keep it independent!

Ruby Boots — Don’t Talk About It

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At 14 years old, Ruby Boots—real name Bex Chilcott—left a conflicted home in Perth, Western Australia to do grueling work on pearling boats, and she hasn’t stopped migrating since. Her nomadic streak has taken her around the world, and eventually to Nashville, TN.

Don’t Talk About It charts this drifter’s odyssey, tattered passport in hand. Behind her commanding and versatile voice, sharp guitar playing, and adept songwriting, Ruby Boots confidently maneuvers past the whirlwinds life has tossed on her occasionally lost highway. It’s an album of hope, breakthrough, and handling the unknown challenges around the next bend.

The roads taken, the miles traveled and the voices heard during Ruby’s life’s trek resonate throughout Don’t Talk About It. Informed as much by the wide-open landscapes of her homeland as the intimate writing circles of Nashville, the album may range far and wide but always maintains a firm sense of place. Echoes of first wave UK power pop and jangly punk intersect with the every(wo)man indie and pop-inflected muscle of Best Coast. Classic rock touchstones from T. Rex to the girl group Wall of Sound to personal hero Tom Petty meld with a weary poet’s eye recalling Hope Sandoval.

Preorder now from Bloodshot Records – street date is February 9.

 

Josaleigh Pollett — Strangers

Available now from Lavender Vinyl — Recorded by Casey Romney in Ogden, UT; Mixed by Stephen Cope at Studio Studio Dada in Provo, UT; Mastered by Cade Thalman; Genevieve Smith – Cello, Vocals; Spencer Howe – Bass; Carson Wolfe – Drums; Jory Carroll – Lead Guitar; Joe Kingston – Pedal Steel; Sydney Jo Goodwill – Piano; Kat Day Romney – Vocals, Banjo; Harvey Day – Vocals; Josaleigh Pollett – Guitar, Lead Vocals. Front Cover by Eden Buxton; Back Cover Photo and Lyric Insert Photo by Trevor Wilson; Layout Design by Jackson Kerbs.  Grab one today!

 

Record Store Day 2017

Happy RSD 2017!  10 years of celebrating the indie record stores that so many of us spend much of our free time and spare dimes…here’s a list of titles pressed by GGR this year:

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Cheap Trick – The Epic Archive Vol. 1 (1975-1979)

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Colemine Records – Soul Slabs Vol. 1

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Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen – Live Ebbett’s Field

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Corey Feldman (feat Snoop Doff and Doc Ice) – Go 4 it b/w Everybody 7inch

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Count Five – Psychotic Reaction

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Electric Flag – Whisky A-Go-Go: September, 1967

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Emerson Lake and Palmer – Once Upon A Time in South America

Friendship Commanders – Junebug 7inch

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Mark Mulcahy – The Possum In The Driveway

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The Music Machine – (Turn On) The Music Machine

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Paul Butterfield – Live in New York 1970

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Son House – Oberlin College, April 15, 1965

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Soundtrack – Pineapple Express

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Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes – Live From E Street

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Stone Roses – Sally Cinnamon

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Tillers / Frontier Folk Nebraska – Split 7inch

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Todd Rundgren & Utopia – Utopia Live at the Fox: 1973

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Walter Lure & The Waldos – Live in Brooklyn

Wussy – Self Titled

 

 

The Dollyrots — Whiplash Splash

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Whiplash Splash is an assertive doubling down on the power pop hooks and punk rock flair issued by California duo The Dollyrots. Tracking much of the raw performances of this 6th studio effort themselves, the band once again enlists Producer John Fields to add polish to Kelly Ogden’s vocals and craft a radio-ready mix. The resulting 13 songs exude authenticity and shift between breakneck tempo changes (“Babbling Idiot”), extreme loud/soft dynamics (“Mermaid”) and bubblegummy melodic three-chord punk (“I Do”).

Recorded during singer/bassist Ogden’s pregnancy with her and guitarist Luis Cabezas’ second child, Whiplash Splash is The Dollyrots’ first studio LP since 2014’s Barefoot and Pregnant and follows two Top 20 peaks on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. Standout tracks include guest vocals by Kay Hanley of Letters to Cleo (“Just Because I’m Blonde”), Jaret Reddick of Bowling For Soup (“Other Trucker”), and a modernized buzzsaw-guitar cover of Katrina and the Waves’ “Walking On Sunshine”. As a whole, the record fits sonically between any modern pop-punk and guitar goddess rock & roll… with a hint of Ronnie Spector.

 

Record Highlight — Old Head

 

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Pittsburgh’s Old Head returns March 19 at The Brillobox! Get there early for Terry & The Cops and Outsideinside.

Featuring Modey Lemon’s Phil Boyd and Jason Kirker, along with bassist Bill Wehman and Mike Layton, the band’s brand new self-titled release via Omentum Records is officially available at the show.

 

Record Highlight — Al Nobriga

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A rare look into the discotheque era of Waikiki, Al Nobriga’s “My Last Disco Song” tells of a time when nightclubs lined Kalakaua Avenue and practically every hotel hosted live entertainment. Seven days a week, locals rubbed elbows with visitors in discos like The Point After, Cock’s Roost, Garden Bar, Infinity, Duke Kahanamoku’s, Foxy Lady Too, Valentino’s, Hawaiian Hut—the list goes on.

In the years following the release of Al Nobriga with Island Company’s LP, They’re Playing My Music, a massive shift in Waikiki’s tourism industry began. More and more nightclubs closed their doors or hired duos and disc jockeys to entertain guests. The venues that once lined Kalakaua Avenue eventually gave way to newly constructed luxury shopping centers, a trend that continues into the 21st century.

Nobriga offers a poignant escape from what would soon become decades of ongoing development in Waikiki. Not just another yacht rock tune, “Break Away” carries the listener to a place where one finds enlightenment in the tropical winds and cool ocean blue, far from the concrete jungle of Honolulu.

 

Record Highlight — Pippo Spera

Lilting melodies, including a shimmering cover of Eduardo Mateo’s ‘Mejor me voy,’ infused with an undercurrent of bossa nova and the drowsy, faded memory of sun-drenched islands. All of this melodic loveliness is made ever-so-groovy in an Afro-Cuban sort of way thanks to a mighty contribution from world famous percussionist Jorge Trasante, Totem drummer Roberto Galletti, and Limonada drummer José Luis Sosa. Pippo Spera had come into the orbit of Uruguayan master Eduardo Mateo back during the days of El Kinto (one of that band’s finest songs is about a visit by Mateo to Pippo’s house). From 1967 to 1970, Pippo concentrated on studying classical guitar at the Conservatorio Nacional of Uruguay, until the military dictatorship closed the school.

So, Pippo started his songwriter career, which culminated in 1975/1976 with the recording of “A Buen Puerto.” As Pippo says, “It was a beautiful experience to me. I had the help of the best musicians in town, they were like brothers. At that time in Uruguay, nobody used to get money to perform in a recording studio; for the musicians it was a pleasure, it was just love of art…” After the release of this LP, Pippo decided to leave a Uruguay oppressed by a brutal dictatorship. He sailed to Brazil in a ship much like the one hovering behind him on the “A Buen Puerto” album. Brazil was indeed “a good port” for Pippo—he became friends with many of the best Brazilian musicians of those years: Milton Nascimento, Geraldo Azevedo, Renato Rocha, and Alceu Valença, and ended up writing for and playing on Nascimento’s “Clube da Esquina 2” album.

 

Record Highlight — Lucinda Williams

We’ve all heard about the iconic vibe of Route 66, the neon lights on Broadway and the ocean air of the Pacific Coast Highway. But there are untold stories emanating from countless blue highways across the land – like Interstate 20, which cuts a 1500-mile swath from South Carolina to Texas, and cuts deep into the spirit of those who’ve spent their lives traversing it. Lucinda Williams is one of those people, and with the expansive, enveloping The Ghosts of Highway 20, she brings those stories to life – and gives listeners a remarkably vivid look at how the highway has been a literal and figurative backdrop throughout her entire life. The intensely involving 14-song collection may be the most deeply felt, deeply affecting work of Lucinda Williams’ illustrious 35-plus-year career, a career that has been established on a foundation of remarkably personal songs.  Pre-order the vinyl now.

 

Record Highlight — Matthew Logan Vasquez

2015 (The Year of The Ram) has been a year of major change for Matthew Logan Vasquez. He moved with his wife, Marthe, from Brooklyn to Austin, he saw the birth of his first child Thor, and after a decade since founding his critically acclaimed band, Delta Spirit, he’s finally decided to go it alone FOR THE FIRST TIME, with his solo debut, The Austin EP, to be released November, 2015 , and a full length LP, Solicitor Returns, to shortly follow in early 2016 (it just shipped out from GGR this week).

Matt went solo for simple reasons– to return to the style of rock he loves. And when he went solo he REALLY went solo. He plays every instrument on the record, except for two drum tracks and one guitar track. Delta Spirit undoubtedly will be back but he wanted to make a collection of music without the influence of his beloved brethren (it’s only natural for a frontman to feel the need to let loose from time to time). You will hear his new material and you will hear Iggy Pop. Neil Young. Kurt Cobain. Gram Parsons. But ultimately, you’re hearing Matthew Logan Vasquez.

 

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