Today Only: Free Baseball 7" Single

The first game of the big league baseball season is tonight. Not that I care. It is as good an excuse as any, though, to give away some Dizzy Dean/ Rico Petrocelli split 7” singles. Willimantic Records is open noon to 5pm today (Easter Sunday). Buy anything and receive a free Dizzy/Rico record. Limit one per customer.

One side features Dizzy Dean singing about how you don’t need to be a country bumpkin to appreciate both country and western music. The flipside has Boston’s Rico Petrocelli drumming along to “The Impossible Dream (from Man of La Mancha)” accompanied by the Red Sox organist. The Diz last played pro ball in 1947. His appearance on a record commemorating the 1967 Series makes about as much sense as his appearance on any record at all.

The cut and paste packaging of Diz & Rico’s split single is goofy through and through. The photocopied insert reprints excerpts from an old Rico Petrocelli comic book and a couple of Dizzy Dean’s cereal ads battling ‘Limey’ for Grape Nut pearls.

7pm Saturday, March 30: Priests, Downtown Boys, Road Worrier, Sunken Cheek

Free show with donations to the bands encouraged.

Priests - from Washington DC

Downtown Boys - from Providence, RI

Road Worrier - from Willimantic

Sunken Cheek - from Syracuse, NY

Don't miss this. Priests are fantastic live. Lucky to have them stopping in here for a show while they are on their way up to MA for a Boston Rape Crisis Center benefit. Downtown Boys blew folks away when they played Willi Records in February. Road Worrier have played here a lot and that's because I want a lot of people to hear their music. Sunken Cheek is passing thru on tour, just added to start the show off right.

This is a 7pm show and it should actually get going at 7pm. 

Priests (via tumbler)

Downtown Boys from previous Willimantic Records show
Road Worrier at Willimantic Records (via flickr)

Saturday, March 23rd at 1pm: Damon & Naomi / Elisa Flynn

Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang started playing music together as the rhythm section, co-songwriters, and sometime singers in Galaxie 500. When that band ended, they continued as a duo, first recording for Shimmy Disc and then on a series of albums for Sub Pop Records. In 2005, they formed their own label (20/20/20) and have since released three further Damon & Naomi albums – The Earth Is Blue, Within These Walls, and False Beats and True Hearts – alongside reissues of their own and the Galaxie 500 back catalogue. 

In addition to their work as musicians, Damon & Naomi are the publishers of Exact Change, a small press dedicated to avant-garde literature and artists’ writings. Individually, Damon is a writer (books, blog, articles for Artforum and others), and Naomi is a visual artist (photography, video, and graphic design). -  

Elisa Flynn grew up in Yonkers, NY, and after taking years of classical piano lessons, discovered the Clash, and her life was changed forever. She decided it was her destiny to play punk rock guitar, but had no idea how. (This was illustrated in her role as a founding member of noise rockers the Bunny Brains.) 

A few years later, she bought a $70 sparkly red Sears guitar in a run-down Main Street music shop, and began her musical career in 90’s Danbury, CT, a small city with a quirky local music scene.  Learning as she went, she took up playing with a vengeance as a member of Freakbaby (later called Jet Jaguar), a roiling punk and free jazz-inspired combo, for 6 years. 

After moving to Brooklyn, Elisa spent 2 years in the band The Happy Ending as a guitarist and singer, but when the band split up, she went solo. After taking voice lessons from Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), she took her stronger voice and headed out with an acoustic guitar and a suitcase full of effects pedals. Her first EP, "Dimestore Mary" came out in 2006, and was called a “collection of songs raw and rigid in execution,” by, and said “the world needs more songs like this.” She released her first album, Songs About Birds & Ghosts, on her own Cat in a Dress Records. Recorded at Emandee Studio in Brooklyn by Mark Ospovat, it features Anders Griffen (who has worked with Jeff Lewis, Regina Spektor, Diane Cluck and many more) on drums, and Ospovat on bass.  A new EP "19th Century Songs" has just been released, also featuring 
Griffen and Ospovat. -

Free show with donations to the musicians encouraged.

1pm matinee on Saturday, March 23rd.

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)

10% OFF All Vinyl Records Sale Extended Through Sunday, March 17, 2013

Store Hours: 
Wednesday: 12 to 6pm
Thursday: 12 to 7pm
Friday: 12 to 7pm
Saturday: 11am to 5pm
Sunday: 12 to 5pm

Saturday, March 9, 2013: Live music in the shop this afternoon and Sublime Frequencies films tonight.

Two in-store events today, and don't forget the 10% off all vinyl records sale continues this weekend.

3pm - Live in-store concert, free with donations to the musicians encouraged:

(garage punk from Cincinnati)

Circle Circle 
(uke punk from New Haven)

Posture and the Grizzly
(Willimantic based pop punk/emo)


Hisham Mayet is coming to Willimantic Records to show two of his films followed by a Q&A session with the audience. DJ Robert Jaz will also be present to share gems from the Sublime Frequencies audio vault. 

The Divine River: Ceremonial Pageantry In The Sahel

Vodoun Gods on the Slave Coast

Admission is free, with donations to the filmmaker encouraged and appreciated.

Thanks to the Thread City Film Brigade for screening these films.


 Store Hours: 
Wednesday: 12 to 6pm
Thursday: 12 to 7pm
Friday: 12 to 7pm
Saturday: 11am to 5pm
Sunday: 12 to 5pm