NEW COLUMN: Store of the Week!

Hey, wait a second, this isn’t Friday’s edition of The Distribution Tango … is it?

No sir, no it isn’t. We know you’ve been eagerly trolling our website since Tuesday, looking out for whatever new gem we unearth from our vaults, but we’ve got a new trick up our sleeve and we think you’re going to like it.

Josh Wright, co-founder of Light In The Attic, works an incredible amount each week making personal contact with an assload of independent record stores across the country. Truthfully as much as we love highlighting the great bands we have on our record label, none of them would be able to succeed without the hard work and dedication of these great little stores. Without them we’d be homeless vagabonds, trading unsold copies of They Say I’m Different for brown-bagged bottles of Thunderbird. We wish we were kidding.

Thus, we’ve decided to spend a little time each week spotlighting one of these amazing, vastly important stores. Each week we’ll select one store across the nation that’s done right by us, sit down with them and let them tell you a little about what they’re all about, what they’re listening to, and what they’re selling.

Introductions aside, our Store of the Week is Strictly Discs, Madison, Wisconsin’s first all-CD music store. Congratulations gentleman, you’re gold plaque and half-drank bottle of Night Train are in the mail.

Tell us a little bit about Strictly Discs.

Strictly Discs was launched in 1988, just in time for all the baby boomers making the jump from analog to digital. The first all-CD store in Madison, Strictly Discs made a choice to carry new, used and collectible compact discs. By the time the store moved into a location tucked between the UW-Madison and Edgewood campuses, it had solidified a reputation as one of the Midwest’s best independent music retailers. Throughout its history, Strictly Discs has displayed a knack for coming through with unsurpassed customer service, particularly in its ability to fulfill special order requests in under 24 hours. Blessed with a savvy staff whose knowledge may only be surpassed by their cumulative experience, insightful recommendations, along with seven custom listening stations displaying 500 recent releases for perusal, help ensure a satisfied clientele that has us going strong 20 years in the game.

strictly discs discs

What’s your favorite record of the year?

If the Nicole Willis counts (ed. It most certainly does), then great. If not, Chuck ProphetSoap & Water.


What about your favorite record you may not have heard?

This question just blew my mind.

What’s playing in the store these days?

Chuck Prophet – Soap & Water
Vic Chesnutt – North Star Deserter
Mary Gauthier – Between Darkness and Light
Allan Toussaint – Toussaint
Art Farmer – Farmers Market
Black Lips – Good Bad Not Evil
Jorge Be – Forca Bruta
M.I.A – Kala
Jaki Byard – Blues For Smoke
Spanky Wilson – Westbound Years
Dynamics – First Landing
Joy Denalane – Born & Raised


What’s a recent customer purchase that blew you away?

All at one time:

Mary Gauthier – Between Darkness and Light
McCoy Tyner – Nights of Blues and Ballads
Various – Complete Stax Volt Singles – 1958 -1968
Nina Nastasia & Jim White – You Follow Me

And finally, what’s been your favorite in-store performances so far?

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Rogue Wave (2005)
Marty Finkel (2007)
Possibly Coming (Chuck Prophet) If it goes down, it will rule.

Thanks a lot guys.


There you have it, our first edition of Store of the Week, a column we’re going to try to get up once, well, every week. We’re busy people though, so if occasionally we slip, don’t hate.