The Rude Mechanicals and Kitty Kat Nail Salon

Our next instore will be at 3PM on Sunday, March 4th. Please join us for an afternoon of acoustic music performed by Kitty Kat Nail Salon and the Rude Mechanicals.

Bill, from the Rude Mechanicals, has been a generous friend in helping to stock the shop with carloads of records. We look forward to hosting his band on Sunday. Not quite sure what to expect, which makes it all the more intriguing. Based on a couple of Bill's past ensembles, The Rhythm Assassins and But I'm Not Bitter, it is sure to be a well-crafted and enjoyable set of songs (from some genre or maybe from some other genre). He did mention being strong on "Irish stuff". I'm not sure if that means Finbar Furey or Bono Vox or covers of Gaelic Doom bands like Mael M├│rdha. You never know with Bill. It is often a surprise, and always very good.

Tracy Weiss is Kitty Kat Nail Salon. Pretty much all we know about Tracy is that when she is bored she sings to her computer. We are looking forward to hearing her sing here in person, cozily surrounded by 99 cent records and back issues of the Journal for the Study of Ethnomusicology. Below is a sweet Big Star cover, performed in Tracy's bedroom, captured by our favorite wildlife videographer, astrobunny3000, on his Flip camera.

Colorguard and Greg Conte Video From First Willimantic Records Instore

Thanks to everyone who came down for the Colorguard/Greg Conte instore yesterday, and thanks to Greg and Kryssi for the music. Up above is dawn's photo of two young noise enthusiasts, soaking in the sounds of Colorguard while enjoying the view of the railroad freight yard from our front window.

We now have a Willimantic Records YouTube Channel. If you couldn't make it to the shop yesterday, or you would like to hear the show again, almost all of it has been uploaded.

Here are a couple of clips: the beginning of Greg Conte's set, and Kryssie Battalene's entire Colorguard performance. Thanks, again, to both of these wonderful people, and all who came out in support.

Colorguard and Greg Conte: 3PM, Sunday, Feb. 26th

We will host our first instore performances on Sunday, February 26, 2012. Store hours on Sunday will be noon to 5PM, with the live music starting sometime around three. Admission is free, with donations gratefully accepted.

Kryssi, from Colorguard, and Greg are two of our favorite musicians. We are very fortunate to have them here for the opening installment of what we hope will be a diverse and memorable series of Sunday afternoon instore events.

Below is a a little bit about Colorguard:

Kryssi Battalene is a New Haven experimental angel who channels the sound of cosmic snowbirds through the physical friction of ferrous oxide tape against smoldering tapeheads. She also plays an astoundingly wicked guitar both traditionally and out of this world. We first saw her perform as a duo with Danny Moore in the amazing Heaven People, since disbanded, and she has been currently soloing every once in a while under the name Colorguard.  - Byron Coley & Thurston Moore

And here is a video of Greg Conte abusing a Fender Jazzmaster. Some of our old friends may remember Greg as Mi6's  outstanding bass player back at Studio 158 in the early 1990s.

Take a Walk in Willimantic on February 11th

Saturday,  February 11th, will be a good day for a walk in Willimantic. The Willimantic Food Coop will be celebrating their 32nd Anniversary with live music and 32 cakes, and the 8th Annual Willimantic Chocolate Festival will take place from 11AM to 3PM with over 30 downtown businesses handing out free treats to all who visit.

February 11th will also be the first time we will have our doors open to the public. It will be more of a soft opening than a grand opening. We'll have a somewhat small selection of records, books and audio equipment for sale that weekend. It may give curious folks passing through for the Chocolate Festival a hint at what we've got planned for later in February when we will be better stocked and more fully up and running. Our hours will be 11AM - 5PM on Saturday (2/11/12) and Noon-5PM on Sunday (2/12/12).

Please stop by if you're in the neighborhood. Willimantic Records is located right behind Rajeans Antiques at 744 Main Street in Willimantic. Our entrance is in the back of the building, by the railroad tracks.

For our friends who collect 78rpm records, we likely will only have a few crates of quarter priced batwings for sale on the 11th & 12th. If you come back in a few weeks, we will have a far larger and more diverse selection of shellac to flip through.
For those who don't collect 78s: we will also have many, many more LPs, 45s and CDs for sale in a couple of weeks (and batwings have nothing to do with bar food or crime fighting).

Regular store hours will begin on February 16th, with our first instore performance tentatively scheduled for February 19th. Details will be posted as plans are finalized.