Time flies, they say – and they were saying the truth. With Record Store Day behind us, and Holy Thursday but a fleeting whisper in our memory, the days and months just keep on truckin’ along here. Who said it could be May already? In fact, we’re already planning our review of the deluxe 25th anniversary reissue of Breaking Bad, cause like our Senior Discount at Best Western, it’s right around the corner. Like the man said – such a short time to be here, and something something something to be gone.
The soundtracks continue to flow like Niagara over here – and when they’re this good, we shan’t be complainin’! Look, I don’t know Hank from Henry, but if you think that’s gonna stop me from sinking my wooden teeth into this babyshit double pack, you better get back on the pumpkin truck. Dave Porter’s skeletal, pulsing soundtrack manages to engage at every turn – with or without a bald a-hole shoving a barrel in your back. Limited and going fast!
Posse have been kicking around the Seattle DIY scene for a few years, and it’s been a pleasure watching their evolution from a frantic Breeders-esque trio (a good thing) to what we have here (a great thing). Soft Opening marks a major step forward, dialing down to a more stately tempo and letting things unwind more – a la Go-Betweens and Built To Spill. If those sound like token touchstones – well, they are. But let’s be honest – this is a mode very few have managed to appropriate well, much less improve upon. Posse do both, birthing a fully-formed paean to the beautiful, mundane struggle of day-to-day modern life. Like Neil said, “I know my problems are meaningless, but that don’t make ‘em go away.” Limited to 250. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Neighbors are the sophomore (and final?) release from Posse’s BADH label. Leader, Jose Diaz has been one of the key forces behind Seattle’s recent DIY revival, running an underground venue and recording some of the better exponents of this scene (Chastity Belt, Posse, Dude York). Neighbors pick up in the young tradition – mining the rich vein of C-86 / Rough Trade / Postcard bands that, with good reason, continue to inspire new generations. Aces high.
Our ship finally came in (again). We just received a massive restock on all of the highly coveted Goblin titles (Zombi, Suspiria, Tenebre, Profondo Rosso, etc) plus a few new selections of rich vintage to wet your whistle, including Goblin’s Amo Non Amo soundtrack from ’79, starring Terence Stamp and Jacqueline Bisset! Also disembarking are killer psych-prog jams from il Balletto di Bronzo, Biglietto Per L’Inferno, and a restock of Battiato’s essential mind-bender Foetus. Get some olde country lovin’ in your life while you can – these are bound to be gone with the morning wind.
All titles mentioned above are available through our online shop or at our Seattle record shop (913 NW 50th St., Ballard). The shop is open Friday 12-8pm and Saturday 12-4pm.