Our Funny Valentine

Hey all

We hope that anyone who’s interested in the holiday is looking forward to a great Valentine’s Day this Thursday! And for those who’d rather not (a perfectly understandable decision), there are always options out there in the anti-Valentine’s world – restaurants, bars, and pubs around town are holding both pro- and anti- Valentine’s events, so take your pick. And of course there’s always music, which can fit any mood. Undoubtedly touching on some affairs of the heart, coming up this Friday we’re expecting a batch of new releases and reissues on LP and CD, including albums by Bardo Pond, Ryan Bingham, David Bowie, Hayes Carll, Czarface, Trevor Horn, Hot Water Music, India.Arie, Ladytron, Avril Lavigne, Motet, J.S. Ondara, Pinegrove, Matthew Shipp, Wadada Leo Smith, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Yann Tiersen, Dale Watson, and more. Come on down and check out what we’ve got or feel free to call the store with any questions! Note that it’s always worth a visit to our Facebook page HERE, where there are all kinds of giveaways and more up-to-the-minute information. Check back regularly, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram to keep on top of things! On our website, please take a minute to check out the link for Twist & Shout Digital Downloads. We have a phone app that allows you to scan most items in stock and check them out on your phone – which will be immensely helpful for vinyl records that we can’t open for listening – and also check out other featured items and more info. Follow the link through and get the app now! Also be sure to check out our latest I’d Love to Turn You On reviews. In the CD version of ILTTYO, Jonathan hits us with a review of the seventh and final regular-release album by central Washington-based grunge rockers Screaming Trees, 1996’s Dust. His review is available to peruse on the regular display endcap in the center of the store near the C and D section of the Rock CDs, or you can read it on our Spork blog HERE. In the DVD version, I’d Love to Turn You On – At the Movies Harry reviews F For Fake, a house-of-mirrors styled documentary that is the last full-length film Orson Welles completed in his lifetime. As always, the review is available to read in the DVD room, or on our Spork blog HERE.

Outside of the store, we’ve still got a couple more weeks of this edition of Scream Screen at the Sie, where they’re paying tribute to the late horrormeister Tobe Hooper. This Friday the 15th they’re screening the Spielberg-produced Poltergeist, and the series wraps up next week on Feb. 22nd with Lifeforce on 35mm! Screenings are preceded by live music, and the event kicks off at 9:30PM each of the days. You can read more details or purchase tickets by clicking HERE! Appearing at Ophelia’s on Tuesday February 26th is one of my favorite hip-hop artists currently working – Chicago-based rapper Serengeti. Serengeti is a nearly unclassifiable entity unto himself with over 15 albums released since his 2005 debut, many of them self-distributed, but the few that are out there through regular commercial channels, like the double album Dennehy – in which Serengeti, in the guise of his most renowned character, avowed Bulls/Sox/Bears/Hawks fan Kenny Dennis, raps about, among other things, his all-time favorite actor and his favorite foods for cookouts – are well worth your time for Serengeti’s witty wordplay, brilliant characterizations, and unending sense of humor. Read more about the show or get tix on Ophelia’s site HERE. And back at the Sie a few weeks out, they’ll continue their monthly Tattered Cover Film Classic series on Sunday March 3rd with Henri-Georges Clouzout’s grim, existentialist thriller Wages of Fear. Read all about the screening – which takes place at 1PM and only costs one buck – by clicking through HERE. And back to music again, Sun of Goldfinger – an experimental-leaning jazz trio featuring saxophonist Tim Berne, guitarist David Torn, and drummer Ches Smith – appearing on Sunday March 17th at Dazzle. I’ve seen all these superb players separately, but not as a group, and this show promises to be something special, especially since they don’t have a record out as this trio. Check out all the details HERE. For some jazz that will be considerably more straightforwardly jazzy, Dazzle is offering a lot more of interest coming soon, but on my radar the most is the pair of nights’ shows they announced from the Carla Bley Trio (with Steve Swallow and Andy Sheppard) on March 24th and 25th. Bley’s personal and professional association with Swallow goes back to the 80s, and Sheppard has been playing with them on and off since the mid-90s, so when people talk about jazz as a form of intimate communication between the players, you’re not going to get much more intimate than people who have been close for decades like this. They were fantastic when I saw them as a trio at Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival back in 2017 (and they’re playing there again this year right before flying to Denver for these shows), so this should be a killer event. Check out the deets HERE (link is to the 24th, but you can easily bounce to the next night’s show within Dazzle’s site).

For this week’s Monday Timewaster, we take a look at a very thorough Rolling Stone interview with Bob Mould published this past week in recognition of his excellent newest album Sunshine Rock. They talk at length about the more positive tone of the record, the passing of his former bandmate Grant Hart, his relocation to Berlin and its influence on the record and much more. Enjoy!

Bob Mould new album interview

Until next time,


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