Vocal with Orchestra


Was spinning this 78 earlier this afternoon for someone curious about the Google doodle commemorating Ella Fitzgerald's birthday.  Didn't make the sale, which is okay. Maybe it will sell in July on Louis Jordan's birthday.




Tonight (April 23): Hardly Art Recording Artist Colleen Green with Ovlov and One Hundred Year Ocean


One Hundred Year Ocean
("Willimantic indie / emo / pop")
http://onehundredyearocean.tumblr.com/

COLLEEN GREEN
("CA minimalistic pop")
http://colleengreen.bandcamp.com/

OVLOV
("CT thick grunge pop indie rock stuff")
http://ovlov.bandcamp.com/

Willimantic Records opens at 5pm today (April 23).  Admission is free with donations to the bands encouraged.

RECORD STORE DAY/WEEKEND AT WILLIMANTIC RECORDS - SATURDAY APRIL 20th & SUNDAY, APRIL 21st


Special Hours: Saturday 9am to 10pm and Sunday 12pm to 9pm

Many, many Record Store Day exclusive releases (for sale only in true old-fashioned brick & mortar record shops like Willimantic Records). Goodie bags to the first 50 customers. A raffle, with cool prizes, to be drawn Sunday evening at 8pm (no purchase necessary). Live music right in the shop Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening and Sunday evening; including a Saturday night showcase of Broken World Media bands headlined by THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE AND I AM NO LONGER AFRAID TO DIE. Delicious chocolate treats and other refreshments will be available on Saturday at a table Lady Chatelaine's is setting up here in the record store. Scroll down for a full list of weekend performers.

If you visit Willimantic Records on Saturday afternoon, do yourself a favor and take a walk through downtown Willimantic. There are many locally owned businesses worth checking out, as well as several excellent dining options.  Willimanticdowntown.org has a full listing of downtown establishments and willimanticshops.com provides the opportunity to do some window shopping online beforehand. Saturday night and on Sunday there are fewer shops open, but still plenty of fine choices available for food and drink. 

Thanks to these generous local merchants for their contributions to the Record Store Day/Weekend goodie bags and/or raffle:



Bagel One - gotta be the best bagels in the state

Willimantic Food Co-op - awesome since 1980

Vulturetown Press - silkscreen the Willi Rec shirts & a bunch of other cool designs

Cafemantic - perfect/strong coffee, wine, beer, food, & soon a beautiful outdoor dining area

Burns BMX - friendly new neighbors up on North Street

The Bench Shop - West African drums, handmade jewelry, costumes, smoking acc., since 1967

The Skate Shop - Willi has a great skatepark and a great skateboard shop

Local Music - destroys the mega guitar chainstores on price

A Cupcake For Later - I regularly see folks lining up for their gourmet cupcakes

Rajean's Gifts & Antiques - right upstairs, and they have records too

Raffle Prizes:

$50 Willimantic Records Gift Certificate

Huge Food Basket Packed With Delicious Treats Courtesy of the Willimantic Food Co-op

Way cool coffee basket with Willimantic Frog Bridge mug courtesy of Rajean’s Antiques & Gifts

Gift Certificates for a dozen bagels from Bagel One

Gift Certificates for the Harp on Church

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Saturday Afternoon Performers:
GEORGE HAKKILA http://www.myspace.com/georgehakkila

TZ - solo project from former BASEBALL CAMP NURSE

SLEEK FOR THE LONG FLIGHT- Solo project of Matthew Davidge-Paolillo of OSIER BED/AMY LACE

CONNOR DOTAY
https://www.facebook.com/ConnorDotay?fref=ts

DAN KATZ - from HEATS OF FORMATION

DAWN COOK - from the SHRiNNiRS

DAVID F. BELLOhttp://davidfbello.bandcamp.com/

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Saturday Evening Performers (starting at 7pm):
POSTURE & THE GRIZZLY 
("Willimantic pop-punk/emo/shred")
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Posture-And-The-Grizzly/149805331795891

ONE HUNDRED YEAR OCEAN
("Willimantic indie/pop/emo")
http://onehundredyearocean.tumblr.com/

THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE AND I AM NO LONGER AFRAID TO DIE
("Willimantic atmospheric indie/emo")
http://theworldisa.tumblr.com/

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Sunday Evening Performers (starting at 7pm):
SECRET PARTS
("local poppy punkers armed with new songs and a new tape")
http://secretparts.bandcamp.com/

TINY TEETH
("NJ folk-y indie/punk, on tour!")
http://tinyteethnj.bandcamp.com/

JACKET THOR
("New Haven gloomy pop, ex-Subverso")
http://jacketthor.bandcamp.com/

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All shows are free with donations to the musicians gratefully accepted.


TINY TEETH coming to Willimantic Records 7pm on Sunday, April 21

This show is part of RECORD STORE DAY/WEEKEND at Willimantic Records. Click here for more info.


SECRET PARTS
("local poppy punkers armed with new songs and a new tape")
http://secretparts.bandcamp.com/

TINY TEETH
("NJ folk-y indie/punk, on tour!")
http://tinyteethnj.bandcamp.com/

JACKET THOR
("New Haven gloomy pop, ex-Subverso")
http://jacketthor.bandcamp.com/

Willimantic Records Open 9am to 10pm on Record Store Day 2013

Click here for more information about RECORD STORE DAY/WEEKEND at Willimantic Records.

10% Off All Vinyl Records. Sale Ends Sunday, April 14, 2013.


Hours
Wednesday: Noon to 6pm
Thursday: Noon to 7pm
Friday: Noon to 7pm
Saturday: 11am to 9pm
Sunday: Noon to 8pm

Free Movie Night Saturday April 13th


7pm - Last Shop Standing: The Rise and Fall and Rebirth of the Independent Record Shop

8pm - Searching for Sugaman

Shown thanks to the assistance of the Thread City Film Brigade

Admission is free.

If you enjoyed Brendan Toller's excellent I Need That Record documentary that screened at Willimantic Records last year, don't miss Last Shop Standing which covers similar terrain but from a British perspective.

Based on the successful book of the same name, Last Shop Standing is a celebration of the unique spirit of comradeship and entrepreneurial ingenuity that has enabled so many shops to keep operating successfully against the backdrop of massive changes in the music industry, the biggest recession in years, the growth of online file sharing and the explosion of choice in music consumption."

Record shops were always more than retail outlets, they are part of our culture; they support new bands and local talent. A place for musicians and music fans to congregate, to browse away a few hours, to walk away with music they didn’t know existed.

The film features appearances by musicians and industry insiders including Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Billy Bragg, Paul Weller, Nerina Pallot and Richard Hawley , but the real stars are the record shop owners, their stories are the stuff of folklore! The film tells the full story, holds back no punches, but also celebrates and promotes our great independent record stores. - LastShopStanding.com

LAST SHOP STANDING IS THE OFFICIAL FILM OF RECORD STORE DAY 2013 from Record Store Day on Vimeo.

Last Shop Standing: The Rise and Fall and Rebirth of the Independent Record Shop is the official film of Record Store Day 2013. Just to clarify: the film is showing at Willimantic Records on April 13th, which is seven days prior to Record Store Day. Record Store Day 2013 is on April 20th. 

By popular demand, Last Shop Standing will be followed by an 8pm free showing of the Oscar winning documentary Searching for Sugarman.