Our next in store show is Saturday, Dec. 29th at 6pm

("replacing osier bed. local pissed-off indie pop")

("tour kick off! recently-local bummed acoustic pop")

("w.mass complex/mathy pop")


Willimantic Records
744 Main St (enter around back!)
Willimantic, CT

Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints, 2013

As mentioned in the previous post, the 2013 Autonomedia calendars are now in stock and for sale ($9.95). The 2012 Autonomedia calendar on the wall here at Willimantic Records attracted a lot of attention, so I am glad to be able to offer customers the new 2013 calendar. For those unfamiliar with Autonomedia's Jubilee Saints calendars, this is their 21st annual edition. The cover artwork is by James Koehnline (whose collage was used for the F.O.G. III Tulpa comp) and the text by the Autonomedia Collective. Each day of the year is designated as a holiday, with a radical hero highlighted as a "Jubilee Saint," and  historical events listed along the side of the calendar.

Arthur Magazine is Back! And the 2013 Autonomedia Calendars are in, too!

Arthur Magazine  is publishing again. Their comeback issue just arrived today. The Autonomedia Jubilee Saints 2013 calendars were delivered today, as well. Many folks have asked about the 2012 Autonomedia calendar on the wall here at Willimantic Records. Now is your chance to scoop up the 2013 edition. And for anyone who wanted the new FM3 Buddha Machine 4, restock of all four colors came in this afternoon.

The Next Instore Show is Sunday, December 23rd

Milkshakes ("Indie/Punk, leaving to go record new EP in PA")

Dagwood ("Punk Pop, robbed from opening for Sum 41")

Disco Teen '66 ("Fuzzed Out Indie, full length might be out by this on Seagreen")

Alethea ("New hardcore band from Fairfield")

FREE for one and all.
2 PM - 5PM


10% off on used vinyl Wednesday thru Friday (12/12/12 - 12/14/12). 

I'll put on the Ravi Shankar "Raga: A Journey Into The Soul Of India" documentary at 6:30pm tonight (12/12/12) if anyone feels like hanging out. 

The 10% off used vinyl sale applies only to used vinyl records, and does not include anything sealed or marked on the price tag as "new".

Sublime Frequencies Filmmaker Olivia Wyatt Will Screen 3 of Her Films Here At Willimantic Records at 5pm on Sunday, December 16th

Olivia Wyatt went to Ethiopia to document the Festival of a Thousand Stars. When the festival was cancelled, she ended up hitchhiking across the country and visiting as many tribes as she could. Come to Willimantic Records on Sunday, December 16th to see the resulting beautiful film along with two of her other films. Olivia Wyatt will be there to take questions and share her adventures feeding wild hyenas and riding in the back of trucks with AK47 armed fellow hitchhikers.

Staring into the Sun is the latest ethno-folk cinema classic from Sublime Frequencies. Ethiopia is known to be one of the oldest areas inhabited by humans and presently has over 80 diverse ethnic groups. Photographer/filmmaker Olivia Wyatt explores 13 different tribes throughout Ethiopia in this visually stunning film. Traveling from the northern highlands to the lower Omo Valley, Wyatt brings together the worlds of Zar spirit possession; Hamer tribal wedding ceremonies; Borena water well polyphonic singing; wild hyena feedings; and bizarre Ethiopian TV segments; presenting an enchanting look at these ethereal images, landscapes and sounds from the horn of Africa. The tribes featured in this film are captured with an unflinching sense of realism and poetic admiration resulting in a visual and aural feast of the senses.”

Staring into the Sun Trailer from olivia wyatt on Vimeo.

The Pierced Heart and The Machete to be released on Sublime Frequencies later this year. Olivia Wyatt’s latest film, The Pierced Heart & The Machete, is a vivid, unflinching exploration of two annual Vodou pilgrimages in Haiti. The first is for Èzili Danto, goddess of love, art and passion; worshippers from all over the world descend on the southwestern town of Ville-Bonheur to bathe in the sacred waterfall where Dantò resides. The second pilgrimage is for Dantòs' husband Ogoun, god of war, iron and healing. It takes place at the end of July in the northern town of Plaine du Nord, where hundreds of enraptured practitioners bathe in a mud pool and make flamboyant sacrifices. This beautifully shot film offers disorienting yet illuminating glimpses of the contradictory and complementary aspects of these two Lwa, the electrifying rites that summon them, and the intense musical performances that accompany these ecstatic and bloody ceremonies. As in her previous film for Sublime Frequencies, Staring Into the Sun, Wyatt’s vision is always incisive, unerring and unobtrusive.”

The Pierced Heart & The Machete from olivia wyatt on Vimeo.

Vibraquatic: “a new multimedia collaboration of Cooper Crain’s Bitchin Bajas (CAVE) and globetrotting film-maker Olivia Wyatt (Sublime Frequencies). In Vibraquatic, three psychedelic movements are paired with lush prismatic distortions and intense ritual behaviors. Fans of Terry Riley and Bryon Gysin will not be disappointed. Get into the zone.”

Bitchin' Bajas - Vibraquatic from olivia wyatt on Vimeo.

SUBLIME FREQUENCIES is a collective of explorers dedicated to acquiring and exposing obscure sights and sounds from modern and traditional urban and rural frontiers via film and video, field recordings, radio and short wave transmissions, international folk and pop music, sound anomalies, and other forms of human and natural expression not documented sufficiently through all channels of academic research, the modern recording industry, media, or corporate foundations. SUBLIME FREQUENCIES is focused on an aesthetic of extra-geography and soulful experience inspired by music and culture, world travel, research, and the pioneering recording labels of the past including OCORA, SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS, ETHNIC FOLKWAYS, LYRICHORD, NONESUCH EXPLORER, MUSICAPHONE, BARONREITER, UNESCO, PLAYASOUND, MUSICAL ATLAS, CHANT DU MONDE, B.A.M., TANGENT, and TOPIC. http://www.sublimefrequencies.com/

This event is presented by Willimantic Records and the Thread City Film Brigade.

Admission is free with donations to the filmmaker encouraged. Olivia Wyatt is a Rockaway resident. She lost almost everything to Hurricane Sandy. If you attend, please consider donating $5 to help make her trip up to Willimantic worthwhile.

Willimantic Records
744 Main Street
Willimantic, CT 06226 USA
(entrance and parking are in the back of the building on Riverside Drive, near the railroad tracks)

Special Store Hours November 21 to November 25

Wednesday, November 21st:  10am to 7pm
Thursday, November 22nd: closed
Friday, November 23rd: 10am to 9pm
Saturday, November 24th: 10am to 7pm
Sunday, November 25th:  11am to 6pm

Admittedly, I have not done much to hype Black Friday, but please rest assured that Willimantic Records is a participating Record Store Day retailer and several of the exclusive Black Friday Record Store Day releases will be available here on Friday, November 23rd. Willimantic Records will open at 10am on Friday, so there will be time beforehand for those who plan on visiting my friends at Redscroll in Wallingford (they do Black Friday right, and it is always a lot of fun, plus they usually have delicious snacks).

From 5pm to 9pm on Friday there will be a celebration of the Desmond Von Bora/Vulturetown Press joint art show with free live music here at Willimantic Records performed by Night of the Rabbit, Norm, Banjo Besties, Amy Lace, and the Lamb Bombs.

But don't wait until Friday to stop by. There are plenty of new releases in now (Wednesday 11/21). The 20th anniversary Bikini Kill ep reissue is in, along with the new Neil Young, the fantastic Jukebox Mambo comp, new Brian Eno, a new LP by The Evens (Amy Farina & Ian Mackaye), new Menahan Street Band, a vinyl reissue of the Elliot Smith "XO" LP, new Acid Mothers Temple, a reissue of the long out of print Bert Jansch "Heartbreak" LP, a limited edition Sleep reissue, a live Dinosaur Jr. album recorded during the "Livin' All Over Me" era, a drcarlsonalbion and the Hackney Lass double 7" (Dylan Carlson from Earth), and a bunch more new stuff, including the wonderful new Colorguard/Weak Flesh split cassette release.

On Saturday several Willimantic businesses will be taking part in Small Business Saturday. Check the brand new DowntownWillimantic.org website for information on the great restaurants and locally owned businesses in the area. "While we share the enthusiasm for Small Business Saturday, in Willimantic's Downtown it's Small Business Every Day." - DowntownWillimantic.org

November 13th New Releases

A bunch of new releases this week including the Sufjian Stevens Silver & Gold box set, the deluxe edition of Sharon Van Etten's Tramp, the Philip Glass Rework project (remixed by Beck and several others), a beautifully packaged Paul Metzger/Milo Fine split LP, a reissue of  Marcel Duchamp's recordings, a reissue of the Folkways Dariush Dolat-shahi Electronic Music, Tar and Sehtar LP (a unique mix of traditional Persian instruments with modular synths, field recordings and tape manipulation), Dust-to-Digital's Lonnie Holley CD (check out the video below), and a live Sonic Youth LP recorded in 1985. 

Store Hours:
Wednesday 12-6
Thursday 12-7
Friday 12-7
Saturday 11-5
Sunday 12-5
Closed Monday & Tuesday

New Haven Record Riot - Sunday, Nov. 11th

Willimantic Records will have a table at the New Haven Record Riot.
9:30AM - 3:30PM

Annex YMA
554 Woodward Ave
New Haven, CT 06512

$3.00 regular admission
$10.00 early admission from 8:00-9:30 am


The store will be open the regular Sunday hours 12pm to 5pm, just with fewer collectible LPs than usual.

File Under: "No Maggie Thatcher And No Government"

This morning Sweet Apple released a promo video for their cover of Alice Cooper's "Elected". Here it is:

Monday, Nov. 5th: Willimantic Records will be open 5pm to 10pm tonight for in store show and shopping.

 Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis (drums/guitar/vocals),  Cobra Verde's Tim Parnin (guitar) and John Petkovic (vocals/guitar), and Witch's Dave Sweetapple (bass/vocals) are Sweet Apple. Willimantic records still has copies of their limited edition "Elected"/"No Government" single for sale. They cover Alice Cooper on the A-side of the 7" and Anti Pasti on the flip. Since Sweet Apple haven't released a video to promote the record, up above is the Alice Cooper promo clip from 1972. A couple of used copies of Alice Cooper's LPs with "Elected" are also currently in stock. Sorry, the Anti Pasti sold already.

A few long time Willimantic residents might remember seeing Petkovic's band Death of Samantha up the block at the Populous Pudding about a quater of a century ago, which is all the excuse I need to share a couple of their tunes.

The Lesserthans, Hanging Hills, and Connor Dotay are playing in the shop tonight. Normally Willimantic Records is closed on Mondays, but we will be open 5pm to 10pm tonight for what should be a great show. Stop by, maybe pick up an election themed record, then try to forget about politics for a while and just enjoy some good live music.

Vulturetown Press just dropped off their latest design.


Downtown Willimantic Businesses Hosting Trick or Treating on Main Street today 4:30 to 6:30pm

Joey Zone and Perilous Cheryl just dropped in to the shop, which means it is now officially Halloween.

New Reissues, New Repressings, and New Releases Never Previously Pressed to Vinyl

Three new albums from Mississippi Records just arrived: a compilation of "Golden Age" Ethiopian R&B, a second Mahmoud Ahmed reissue, and a new solo LP by Peter Buck (of REM). The UPS shipment also included new releases by Rites of Spring (early demos), Hasil Adkins, Michael Chapman,  Old Man Gloom and Rudimentari Peni reissues, a bunch of classic dub reissues, and a repress of the fun as heck Shangaan Electro compilation of New Wave Dance Music from South Africa.
Restock of recent releases by Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Flying Lotus, Dinosaur Jr., and Ty Segall came in as well. Stop by, you'll probably hear Mahmoud Ahmed playing as you flip through the bins.

The World Is Cancelled, but we're still open.

The in store show scheduled for today has been canceled. Apologies for the late notice. SLINGSHOT DAKOTA and THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE AND I AM NO LONGER AFRAID TO DIE both had to cancel. Hopefully both bands, along with ROAD WORRIER,  will play here some time soon.  We are still open 12 to 5pm this afternoon. Please stop by and check out the artwork Desmond Von Bora has hanging from the walls.
Sunday: 12-5
Wednesday: 12-6
Thursday: 12-7
Friday 12-7
Saturday: 11-5
closed Monday & Tuesday

"I Need That Record" Filmmaker Brendan Toller's New Project

Back in May, following the suggestions of many customers, Willimantic Records and The Thread City Film Brigade hosted a screening of I Need That Record followed by a Q&A session with INTR filmmaker Brendan Toller and an acoustic set of music from Malcolm Tent. It was a great night. A large crowd turned out, with the event drawing in many members of the community who had not previously had occasion to visit the store.

While Brendan was up here for the screening he told me a bit about the amazing material he had been archiving for Danny Fields as part of a huge documentary project on Fields. Ever since that conversation I have been eagerly awaiting a chance to see the completed doc. The historic audio recordings Brendan had been cataloging along with old photos and new interviews with several intriguing folks who had crossed paths with Danny Fields should be of intense interest to everyone who dug the book Please Kill Me! and most anybody in to VU, the Ramones, the Beatles, Andy Warhol, Jonathan Richman, the Stooges, MC5, Cream, the Doors, Alice Cooper, Yippies, Patti Smith, the Clash, Bob Dylan or even just 60s & 70s pop culture history in general.

The documentary is titled Danny Says, which many of you know is the title of a Ramones song from when Fields worked as their manager.

Earlier this week a Kickstarter drive was launched to attain the funding needed to complete this massive work. Please check it out and contribute if you can.

Josh Young Art Exhibit Closing Party: The Meteorological Society, Giles Corey, and The Guy From Beastmaster

Josh Young's fantastic artwork has been falling off the wall here for the last few weeks. It looks like there is enough duct tape to make it until Sunday night. Please stop down and have a look while Giles Corey, The Guy From Beastmaster, and The Meteorological Society play live in the shop.

Giles Corey: http://gilescorey.bandcamp.com/

The Meteorological Society: http://youtu.be/XoK_WLJE3Tk

The Guy From Beastmaster:http://youtu.be/6pj96vH9G1Q

A free 6pm show with donations to the musicians encouraged. 

Free Live Music: HANGING HILLS, LAURA LACY and E.B. WOOLWORTH - Saturday, Sept. 22 at Willimantic Records

The Hanging Hills have a new ep out which has received some well deserved attention from CTINDIE and Bob D. at Connecticut Rocks. They will be returning to Willimantic Records on Saturday for their third performance here since we opened in February. Also appearing will be The Raven and the Wool's singer E.B. Woolworth, and Laura Lacy (her fourth time here at the shop). The show starts at 4pm. As always, there is no admission charge, but donations to the musicians are welcome.

Video from the September 16th in store show

Gerald, from Cafemantic, missed the band Merchandise on Sunday and was hoping to see video. Here is their entire set. Thanks to Dan Katz for booking them and Dawn for recording them.

Merchandise - Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Zone and Amy Lace also played. Check them out here:

MERCHANDISE, AMY LACE, and ZONE - Sunday, September 16 at 3pm

Merchandise - I Locked the Door from Id House Vid. Group on Vimeo.

MERCHANDISE have 3 NYC shows this week and are also playing CMJ. They are from Tampa, FL and here is your chance to see them right here in the "quiet corner" of eastern CT.

Also on the bill:  ZONE from New Haven, and Willimantic's AMY LACE.

Since there is never an admission charge, donations to the bands are always encouraged.

Willimantic Records
744 Main Street
Willimantic, CT 06226
entrance & parking are in the back of the building, near the railroad tracks on Riverside Drive

DEEP HEAT (from Australia) at Willimantic Records with GROOMERS and SWIFT MOVING

Free show at 6pm on Friday, September 7th, here at Willimantic Records.

As always, donations to the bands are encouraged.

Deep Heat - "Green Box"

Deep Heat - "When It Hums" (live)

The Groomers - "Space"

Swift Moving - last time they were here at Willimantic Records

Thanks to Angela & Steve from Duck That, Nick Greyglitch, and Paul & Randy for a wonderful night of music.

Dawn documented some of the performances on Saturday. 
Here they are:
Paul Flaherty and Randall Colbourne

Duck That


Sale August 23 thru September 02, 2012: All vinyl LP records in the 99¢ section will be ten for a dollar.

We need to make room for the soon to be unveiled 78rpm hobo, cowpoke, yodel, tamburitza, gamelan and bird call sections; so until the end of this month, all vinyl LPs in the 99 cent LP section will be 10 for a $1 (just ten cents each). ECSU and UCONN will both be back in session soon and we want to be ready to meet the expected demand for Skertich Brothers and Smiley Burnette 78rpm sides.

August 25th: Sort of a Closing Party for Paul Flaherty's 37 Paintings Exhibit

On July 1st Paul Flaherty nailed up 37 paintings here at Willimantic Records. They're all coming down on the morning of September 2nd. 

Starting at 7pm on Saturday, August 25th, we will have an evening of live music in the very same room as the 37 paintings. Performing will be Greyglitch, Duck That!, and the Paul Flaherty/Randall Colbourne Duo. Admission is free, with donations to the musicians very much encouraged.

"The pair produce a tightly wound, hallucinogenically intricate lattice of burnt-edged and whizzing notes. Crawling through each other's eye sockets like metallic ghost snakes, these two are all over the place but right on top of their combined shit the whole time. Colbourne's drumming spirals inward with the power of a whirlpool, and Flaherty's horn lines constantly break standard patterns and head for places that are not often touched. The Nutmeg State should be proud." - Byron Coley (1990 Spin review of the first Paul Flaherty/Randall Colbourne LP)

.. .. Ducks are sometimes confused with several types of unrelated water birds with similar forms, such as loons or divers, grebes, gallinules, and coots. The word duck (from Anglo-Saxon duce), meaning the bird, came from the verb "to duck" (from Anglo-Saxon supposed *ducan) meaning "to bend down low as if to get under something" or "to dive", because of the way many species in the dabbling duck group feed by upending (compare Dutch duiken, German tauchen = "to dive"). Duck That were once seen in the same room as Paul Whiteman, although they'd deny it if asked. Angela Sawyer, electronics and game calls, etc... Josh Jefferson, reeds and game calls, etc... Steve Norton, reeds and game calls, etc...  - from the DUCK THAT! Myspace Page

"I pick up toys that make sound, then I open them up and make them do things that they were never meant to. This is known as circuit bending." - Greyglitch

More about Flaherty's paintings from an anonymous explanation thumb-tacked to one of the walls here at Willimantic Records:

Paul Flaherty is a free-form jazz saxophone improviser who also creates visual artwork. He often uses Markers as his tools of expression, but he painted with oils in the 1980s and early 90s and has finally started painting again after two decades of threatening to do so. The Oil Paintings (with a few acrylics) will be displayed from July 1 - Sept 1 , 2012 at Willimantic Records. There'll be a couple of new ones but this show is comin' out of mothballs.The paintings are basically of two natures . . . some will be abstract splashes that make people say “My kid could do that !”  The rest will be strange looking humanoids that either will be seen carrying musical instruments or wearing ties. 

Willimantic Records

744 Main Street
Willimantic, CT 06226 USA
(entrance and parking are in the back of the building on Riverside Drive, near the railroad tracks)
Phone: 860-450-7000

File Under: Even Dinosaurs Can Use Fresh Air

It's Third Thursday in Willimantic and I'm putting together a table this afternoon for the street fest tonight. Annie's creatures will be up on Main Street at the Willimantic Records booth along with a rack of Willimantic USA t-shirts. And if you stop by between bands, I may be cranking 78s on the old wind-up Victrola. The shop will be open until 9pm tonight, the Main St. booth probably only until 7 or 8pm. 

Click here for more information on Willimantic's Third Thursday Street Festival.


Poor Old Shine (Americana Country Folk from Storrs)

Blue Pontiac ("neo-billy" from Michigan)

Zebras & Bulls Fight Tonight! (emo/jazz/prog from New Jersey)

All shows are free with donations to the musicians welcomed and encouraged. 

Willimantic Records
744 Main Street
Willimantic, CT 06226
Entrance & parking are in the back, near the railroad tracks on Riverside Drive

INFINTE VOID, from Australia, playing at Willimantic Records on Wednesday, August 8th.

(Willimantic - broken gear dissonance, formerly Book Slave)

(Melbourne, Australia - dark and affected post-punk/garage, ex- Diamond Sea)

(New Haven - weird pop, real good)

+ 1 TBA

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Wednesday, August 8th
Willimantic Records
744 Main Street (Entrance in back on Riverside Drive)
Willimantic, CT


My Gay Banjo, Joshua Marcus & Über Haggard are coming to Willimantic Records

Saturday, July 28th at 6pm

My Gay Banjo (Brooklyn, NY)
My Gay Banjo is Owen Taylor and Julia Steele Allen on guitar, banjo, uke and vocals. Singing homespun gay-themed duets and occasional queered-up mash-ups, My Gay Banjo plays songs for you and your kind.

Joshua Marcus (Philadelphia, PA/Providence, RI)
Joshua Marcus has been quietly emerging, banjo in tow, as one of today's most intriguing songwriters. As a solo artist and with his group Fan of Friends, Marcus' astonishingly honest and powerful songwriting is steeped in Appalachian tradition and pre-AAA folk innovation. At the heart of his songs is the simple beauty and subtlety of a great melody.

Über Haggard (Canaan/NYC/Willi)
A project of Jordan Lorrius and Thomas Stanton.

Free show with donations to the musicians encouraged.

Willimantic Records
744 Main Street,
Willimantic, CT 06226
Entrance and parking are in the back of the building, near the railroad tracks, on the Riverside Drive side.


(Willimantic - "pop" "band" that never leaves the house, ex-Book Slave)

(Brooklyn - noise from CT's dreamiest expat, ex-Bombs Away)

(Brooklyn - touring noise)

(West Virginia - noise)

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Saturday, July 21st 2012
Willimantic Records
744 Main Street (Entrance in back)
Willimantic, CT

We will be closing at 5pm on Friday, July 13th

Willimantic Records will be closing at 5pm on Friday, July 13th so we can attend the WHRC fundraiser. Click on the WHRC R'n'R Art Auction flyer above for a larger, easier to read image.

Open on the 4th of July

Willimantic Records will be open 12 to 6pm on the 4th of July. Stop in if you are downtown for the Boombox Parade.

6pm Show on Thursday, July 5th

(CT screamy emo)

(CT noise pop)

(NJ indie/emo)

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Thursday July 5, 2012
Willimantic Records
744 Main Street (Entrance in back)
Willimantic, CT

Paintings by Paul Flaherty on Display at Willimantic Records July 1st to September 1st, 2012

Paul Flaherty is here this morning hanging his paintings. They will be on display until September 1st. No opening reception, but there will be a closing party on Labor Day, September 3rd. 


From banjo and fiddle to kalimba and mbira, Ralph White is a master of ethnomusicology, and it's all self-taught. The 56-year-old troubadour served as fiddleman in Austin punk-grass legends the Bad Livers. He toured with the Butthole Surfers, played with the Gulf Coast Playboys, traveled to Africa and Australia, and finally settled here at home. Off the road is just his style. Since 1999, White has played solo, and it's indescribable. The blues mentality mixed with Outback echoes and safari serenades echoes off 2006 release Navasota River Devil Squirrel. His solo shows, as well as those he plays with new Austinite Amy Annelle, are stocked with hipsters, old-timers, music professionals, and doe-eyed fans. He matches old-school with new-school, kids with elders, and the line doesn't cross down the middle. Close your eyes, and listen to a million decades coalesce into one eerie, beautiful one-man band, with one foot on a chuck of wood and hands full of sound. There's nobody in the world like Ralph White. -Darcie Stevens - Austin Chronicle (Mar 28, 2008)

Ralph White - http://ralphewhite.com/

Frozen Corn - http://youtu.be/TN2QOp-aJik

Lynz Morahn & Friends - two fiddles and a guitar

Plus one more still to be confirmed.

1pm, Sunday, July 1, 2012 at Willimantic Records

Free show with donations to the musicians encouraged.

3pm Sunday, June 24 - Original Recipe Band, Greenleaf, and Kitty Kat Nail Salon

Free show with donations to the musicians encouraged.


GREENLEAF (Ryan Major)



Willimantic's HEATS OF FORMATION and New Haven's DEAD UNCLES will play at Willimantic Records. It's the day before both bands embark on a two week tour of the Eastern US and both bands will have new releases for sale.

("Willimantic dissonant guitar punx," will have a new 7")

("CT's only pop punk band is also the best pop-punk band, new LP out on cassette")

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Monday June 18, 2012
Willimantic Records
744 Main Street (Entrance in back)
Willimantic, CT

6pm | $donate for touring bands

Yup, The Can "Lost Tapes" Are Here. No Live Music This Weekend, But a Lot of Used & New Recent Arrivals.

The DUCK THAT! instore has been rescheduled from June 16 to August 25, so there will be no live music at the shop this weekend, but plenty of new and used recent arrivals to make a visit well worth your time. The Can Lost Tapes 3cd boxset, the Dabke compilation LP (which should interest Omar Souleyman fans), along with Codeine and Chubby Checker 180 gram vinyl reissues are among the more notable new releases.
Over the last few months several record collectors have asked if I plan to stock more used 7" singles. The still,  admittedly, small singles selection has more than doubled in size this week and will continue to be added to it over the weekend with recent used arrivals and other stuff which is being sorted through and dug out of the back room maze.
As always, more and more used LPs are hitting the bins everyday. Customers shopping upstairs at Rajeans Antiques may not have appreciated hearing the Jac Holzman morse code instructional record through the floorboards, but Mad Men viewers may appreciate the three dozen+ "Businessmen's Record Club" albums from the early to mid 1960s in the used recent arrivals section. (if you haven't yet, definitely visit Rajean's - they have all sorts of unique treasurers, including records)
Just yesterday, Annie Morris dropped off her latest vinyl creatures. This time a brontosaurus and a chorus of frogs.  
Why frogs? For those not familiar with local frog battle lore, here is why.
The magazine racks continue to slowly fill with cheap back issues of all kinds of interesting and/or cheesy stuff. Whether you want to read what John Fahey wrote in a 1970s issue of Guitar Player about listening to old records he had recorded while on drugs, or you are  drawn more to articles from early '60s teen rags like "How Do Teenage Stars Get Spanked" and photo specials like "How the Stars Make Love", it can be fun to time travel through the old periodicals and other ephemera. Still plenty of issues of Mojo, Uncut, Record Collector and Rolling Stone kicking around, too. 
And there are a few newly added pieces of used audio equipment out for sale, including this 1/2" reel-to-reel which runs great, and comes with the remote and a brand new reel of tape. (vinyl critter not included)

If you are from out of the area, Saturday would be a good day to visit Willimantic. Along with shopping at Willimantic Records for recycled vinyl dinosaur Father's Day presents, and dining in one of our fine local restaurants, you can also catch Joey Zone's lecture at the Mill Museum with sci fi author Paul Di Filippo on the Origins of Steampunk and the Willimantic Connection.  JZ knows this topic as thoroughly as anyone, having been there and collaborated with writers as a graphic artist back in the days of the wonderful Zeising Bros. Book Emporium