A Hazy Shade of Winter

Hey all –

A strong January release schedule continues unabated this week. First off, the Start Your Ear Off Right program for Vinyl Tuesday continues tomorrow with limited indie-exclusive LP releases by Badfinger, Alice Cooper, and the New York Rock & Soul Revue. And then coming up at the end of the week there’s another good batch of LP and CD releases and catalog reissues expected this Friday, including titles by Action Bronson, Calexico, Leonard Cohen, Hollie Cook, Cornelius, Django Django, Brian Eno, Evidence, Nils Frahm, Mary Gauthier, Beth Hart/Joe Bonamassa, Khruangbin, Liminanas, H.C. McEntire, Migos, Nightmares on Wax, No Age, Idan Raichel, Ty Segall, Steep Canyon Rangers, Tiny Moving Parts, Ultravox, and more, so give us a call or come visit and see what all we’ve got!

Also, please remember our upcoming in-store event that we’re all very excited about. On Monday February 12th at 6PM, Twist & Shout is proud to present a performance and signing by musician, songwriter, and music journalist David Gans. Guitarist and songwriter Gans, the host of the weekly syndicated radio show The Grateful Dead Hour, will be performing songs from his new album Drop The Bone. Read all the details of the event by clicking HERE. And next time you’re in the shop, make sure you pick up a copy of our latest My Back Pages newsletter, chock full of staff reviews of recent releases and other fun stuff to help guide your through some of the best releases of the last few months. And we’ve also got our staff’s Best of 2017 lists out there to peruse as well in case you’re wondering what was good last year. As always, we poll all the staff members and give them the opportunity to turn in lists of their favorite releases of the year, then tally those up to see what the store’s collective top choices are. See our collective faves and individual lists by clicking HERE.

And it’s always worth a visit to our Facebook page HERE, where there are all kinds of giveaways and tons more up-to-the-minute information. Check back regularly, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram to keep on top of things! If you watch our website regularly, you’ve probably noticed a new link for Twist & Shout Digital Downloads. We now 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 John reviews one of the best albums by the much-missed soul great Sharon Jones (& her Dap-Kings) 100 Days, 100 Nights. 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, Patrick reviews director Carol Reed’s first great film, the 1947 IRA thriller Odd Man Out, starring the great James Mason as a doomed organization leader. As always, the review is available to read in the DVD room, or on our Spork blog HERE HERE.

Outside of the store, our neighbors at the Sie Film Center are gearing up to join forces again with host Theresa Mercado on Friday nights in February for another of her inimitable “Scream Screen” series! This time, the title is “As Seen on TV” and it celebrates some of the best horror films from the golden age of made for TV movies. Films in the series will be: Feb. 2, The Night Stalker (1972) on 16mm film; Feb. 9, Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981); Feb. 16, Bad Ronald (1974) on 16mm film; and Feb. 23, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1973) also on 16mm! Each film will be preceded by a surprise classic TV gem starting at 9:30PM! Read all about the event by clicking through HERE. And over at the other end of the weekend that series kicks off, the Sie will continue the Tattered Cover Film Classic series that runs the first Sunday of every month on Feb. 4 at 1PM with Roberto Rossellini’s Neo-realist masterpiece Rome, Open City. Admission is only a buck, so get there early before things fill up! The Film Center will also be continuing its monthly Film Noir series of films and lectures on Sunday February 11th, with Howard Hawks’ famously tangled Bogie/Bacall noir, The Big Sleep. Read about that screening HERE and keep your eyes peeled here for other films in the series! And if you love film but your tastes don’t happen to line up with mine, you should check out the Denver Film Society’s website HERE and see all the other great things that will be screening there in the coming weeks!

Also coming up next month the Lakewood Cultural Center will be bringing the Maria Schneider Orchestra on Tuesday February 27th! This legendary arranger/composer/bandleader has won Grammys for her work in jazz, in classical, and for work she did with David Bowie as well. Read more about the event and purchase tix at the Lakewood Cultural Center’s site HERE. And way further out, the Boulder Theater will be bringing Tune-Yards, whose excellent new album I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life came out last Friday, in concert on Thursday April 26th. I mention it this far out because their last shows sold out and even though they’ve stepped up the venue size, it’s entirely likely to do so again, so get your tickets now! You can read more details of the show and get tickets HERE and check the Monday Timewaster below for an excellent article about Tune-Yards’ new album.

We also wanted to make sure you knew that our pals over at The Goods restaurant have a couple fun regular events worth checking out. They’ve got one of the country’s largest Cards Against Humanity tournaments happening regularly on Saturday nights from 9:15 – midnight, featuring drink specials for the ladies, and the ever-popular party game for horrible people being played throughout the restaurant. It’s on a holiday hiatus at the moment but returns next weekend. Read all about the event, which returns to the restaurant this weekend, by clicking HERE. And on Mondays they’ve got a Bring-Your-Own-Vinyl DJ night hosted by Twist & Shout, kicking off at 9PM and running until close. So here’s your chance to bring down some of your favorite tunes and rock the crowd! Read more about this event HERE. And once the holidays are totally done and over with, we’ll check back in with you with much more happening around the city!

For this week’s Monday Timewaster, we point you to a superb NPR article in which Tune-Yards’ leader Merrill Garbus recounts the ideas she had in creating their new album I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life. She offers a track-by-track appraisal of the album and a reassessment of how she can use her music to both speak to her audience and assess her own feelings about the subjects she sings about on this highly politicized record. Enjoy!

Tune-Yards NPR article

Until next time,


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