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Hey all

This weekend we could definitely feel the holiday rush, starting, and it’ll ramp up from here even while the release schedule slows down. So I’ll be keeping things pretty short and sweet for a few weeks here. Last weekend we also put out our top staff picks of the year (kudos to Kamasi Washington and Parquet Courts, who tied for the top spot!) and you can check out the whole shebang – all-store list, individual staffers, etc – by clicking through to our site HERE. Check it out to spur gift ideas or just to check out some of the best music we’ve been hearing all year! And even with fewer releases than the norm, this Friday we’re expecting new LP and CD releases and catalog reissues, including titles by Atmosphere, Beta Band, Boogarins, Chicano Batman, Decemberists, Depeche Mode, Doomtree, Gringo Star, Jarboe, Lady Gaga (ltd. 10th anniversary collectable USB release of The Fame), Lil Uzi Vert, Los Straitjackets, Ella Mai, Trixie Mattel, Outrageous Cherry, Primus, Lee Ranaldo, Robyn, Irmin Schmidt, Bruce Springsteen, Super Furry Animals, Swizz Beatz, Neil Young, and more, so give us a call or come visit and see what all we’ve got! And please note that we have our Holiday Music sections on all formats in the back of the main room. Holiday vinyl can be found in the second-to-last row, while the Holiday section of CD, DVD, and Blu-ray are in the next row over toward the front of the store. As always, please ask a friendly staff member if you are having trouble finding anything in the store! 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 Paul reviews one of the paragons of the reggae genre, the 1976 classic Satta Massagana by The Abyssinians. 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 Paul reviews Fritz Lang’s sinister 1933 German film The Testament of Dr. Mabuse. As always, the review is available to read in the DVD room, or on our Spork blog HERE.



Outside of the store, New Year’s is fast approaching so let me throw in my two cents to say that I strongly recommend that you plan on catching at least one of Itchy-O’s New Year’s Trifecta shows at the Oriental Theater. They’re playing on the 29th, 30th, and 31st and their shows – for me at least – have just kept shifting, changing, and staying hugely entertaining, and they promise three different shows in this run. If you haven’t caught a headlining show from this 50+-person, percussion-centered performance art group, no amount of words I can write will give you a sense of what the live show holds for you – just trust me and go see them while this improbable project is still around. Read info about the shows and get tickets on the Oriental’s site HERE. And once we roll over into 2019, the Sie Film Center will continue its Tattered Cover Film Series on Sunday January 6th with Charlie Chaplin’s classic The Great Dictator. As always, the film is at 1PM and is only $1 to get in! And looking out a little further, Ophelia’s has really started stretching out in their booking, and on February 9th, they’ll be bringing guitarist Nels Cline’s two-guitar quartet (cleverly named the Nels Cline 4) to perform. Cline bridges rock, jazz, and free improv in his work, and this group allows him to show off all the facets of his playing. Check out more about the event HERE. And you can check out a taste of what they do HERE.



For this week’s Monday Timewaster (and for the next few weeks), I’ll use this space to point you toward several magazines’ top music lists for the year to complement our staff picks of the year. This week we point you to the reliable Paste Magazine, to NPR’s lists of both top albums and top songs, and Jazzwise Magazine’s top 30 jazz albums. Enjoy!

Paste Magazine
NPR Top 50 Albums
NPR Top 100 Songs
Jazzwise Magazine top Jazz albums

Until next time,







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