Some of what UPS delivered today.

Along with the double album from The National, several other new recordings and expansive reissues arrived this morning, including: Tombeaux by master musician Paul Metzgerthe latest collaboration between The Ex and Brass Unbound, the deluxe 20th anniversary edition of Come's 11:11 album, Time Lags' hand assembled version of the very rare Ellie Daniels Both Sides  LP, a new 12" by Om, the soundtrack to the new Father Yod documentary The Source, a repress of Los Saicos' ¡Demolición! anthology, Lee Perry at Wirl Records; a limited edition reissue of the Wipers' classic Youth of America, Anatolian rocker Baris Manco's Sakla Samani Gelir Zamani, Spider John by the great Spider John Koerner, a vinyl LP version of one of my favorite Sublime Frequencies releases - Brokenhearted Dragonflies: Insect Electronica from Southeast Asia, and Kranky represses of Schöner Flußengel and Antithesis, both originally released in 2004 by the amazing Keith Fullerton Whitman. Stop by, there are more brand new records I didn't get to, as well as the never ending additions to the used LP stock.


May 28th: Animal Lover, One Hundred Year Ocean, Heats of Formation, For Everest

("Minneapolis punk/noise rock, one of my favorite current live acts" - D.K.)

("Willimantic space-y stone-y pop, on some next level shit")

("Willimantic dissonant punk, on their way to putting out a full length")

("NY indie/emo, has the derrick shanholtzer seal of approval")

Free with donations to the bands encouraged.

Willimantic Records is normally closed on Mondays & Tuesdays. The store will open at 5pm on Tuesday, May 28th for this show.

Third Thursday Street Fest - May 16th: Glocca Morra, from Philadelphia, playing instore show at Willimantic Records

The first Third Thursday Street Fest of 2013 has crept up on us and is happening this week, Thursday, May 16th:
From May to September, on the 3rd Thursday of each month, 6 blocks of Main St. are closed to vehicular traffic for the evening & filled with festival-goers.
Thousands of pedestrians browse merchandise within a background of musical, theatrical, visual & olfactory delights. There are clowns and bands and stilters to entertain you as you meander through the fest. Local & regional vendors set tables in the street showcasing the wealth of goods produced in CT.

This area is rich in musical talent. Seven stages, placed along Main Street, have continuous performances ranging from rhythm & blues to Latin jazz to folk rock to African drumming. The music is interspersed with performances by dance troupes, Kung Fu and puppeteers. 
Street performers and children’s events are strategically placed throughout Main Street so a new adventure is always unfolding. One block may hold the Bounce Room and another face painting. Kids of all ages will have something special to enjoy. 
Our cultural diversity brings wonderful food to the festival. There’s authentic Indian, Mexican, Syrian, Puerto Rican, Italian, and Ukrainian food vendors providing gastronomic delights from around the world. And there’s old-fashioned ice cream floats and other great desserts! -

Willimantic Records is always open during the Third Thursday Fests and this week will be hosting an instore show featuring Glocca Morra, SOFX, Posture & the Grizzly, and David F. Bello. All shows at Willimantic Records are free, with donations to the musicians encouraged.

Live Music Here In The Shop On Friday And Saturday, May 3 & 4

More info on the May 3rd show here.

More info on the May 4th show here.