Thursday, April 27, 2006

New release Tuesday! (5/2/06)

Next week's new release list is coming a little early this time around, as our blogdaddy supremo and Chairman of the New Release Committee, Austin L. Ray, will be taking off for a few days, retiring to the desert for the best music festival in the country, Coachella. Luckily, before he begins hobnobbing with Madonna, Kanye West, Daft Punk and so many others, he's going to dictate the new release list to yours truly. Once Tuesday arrives, we'll have new music on our shelves from all of the following:

Alejandro Escovedo
Pearl Jam
Glen Phillips
World Party
Al Green
Black Keys
Charlatans UK
Snow Patrol
Willie Nelson

Looking for any of these? Looking for something else? Looking for that special someone? Looking for a mortgage on your home? Leave a comment!

Monday, April 24, 2006

New release Tuesday! (4/25/06)

It's that time of the week again. And if the adorable little girl above tells you anything, it should be that a bunch of great new albums come out tomorrow. Makes sense, right? If you had a pre-order, we will call you tomorrow, and that includes all of you who are eagerly awaiting the Mark Knopfler/Emmylou Harris record. Here are all the artists releasing new music tomorrow:

The Streets
Secret Machines
Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris
Starlight Mints
K.D. Lang
The Coup
Bruce Springsteen
Taking Back Sunday
Irma Thomas
Flogging Molly
Elf Power
Amel Larrieux

If you want us to hold any of the above for you, just say the word. If you've already asked for what, we'll have it. Oh, and speaking of which, Martha, we'll have your Starlight Mints here. Since we have no contact info for you, just come in and ask for it. Cool?

See you tomorrow, folks...

Friday, April 21, 2006

Guess what? More t-shirt auctions!

First and foremost, we must mention that the big used CD sale is going well. If you haven't come in to the store yet, be sure to check out the thousands of cheap CDs ($1-$7) we've lugged out (and will be lugging out all weekend) for the event. Of course, all used discs $8 and up will be discounted 25% at the point of purchase, so you have some serious deals to take advantage of over the next couple days.

Also, the eBay t-shirt auctions are moving along better than expected. In fact, read an inspired paragraph from a particular buyer who just won a Dead Milkmen tee from us:

"This shirt means a lot to me. I use to have it a long time ago and it is really hard to find. I am a diehard Dead Milkmen fan: I have all their albums and an OK from the band to cover any of their songs. I have a passion for music and I carry a guitar around wherever I go. This shirt will go well with my pyramid belt buckle and my combat boots with American flags all over them. I am working hard on a new style of music for this one eye future new millenium. I am usually not this social, just wanted to let you know this shirt means a lot to me as an artist and musician... I am on a mission to save our nation."

And how! Check out the new stuff via our screen name:


PS - Don't forget about the sale...

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Jack White Coca-Cola advertisement

Recently, Jack White of the White Stripes wrote a jingle for a Coke commercial. The ad recently debuted in Australia. To watch the commercial, just press the play button in the middle of the screen below. Enjoy:

Monday, April 17, 2006

New release Tuesday! (4/18/06)

Another week, another Tuesday, another batch of new releases, another list of things you might just want to get yr grubby lil' paws on. Check out these folks who have new stuff tomorrow:

Adrian Belew
Frog Eyes
The Fiery Furnaces
Spank Rock
Marshall Chapman
Drive-By Truckers
The Disco Biscuits
Richard Butler
Jon Dee Graham
The Dresden Dolls

Questions? Last minute pre-orders? Etc.? Comment away...

Saturday, April 15, 2006

SALE - Thursday-Sunday (4/20-4/23)

Remember that sale we mentioned a while back? Well, it will begin this coming Thursday. Huzzah! All used titles $8 and up will be reduced in price by 25%. In addition to those usual specifics, we'll be hauling out all kinds of used material we've had in the back of the store but haven't been able to unveil until now. Fun times. So make sure you come by sometime between Thursday and Sunday to take advantage of these savings. See you then...

Thursday, April 13, 2006

More eBay shirts for YOU to bid on...

Well, the first round of eBay auctions went better than expected, so we're forging on. Just today, we added t-shirts from the likes of Depeche Mode, City High, The Dead Milkmen, Ride, Delbert McClinton, Debbie Harry, 2Pac, CSNY, The Ocean Blue, Nine Inch Nails and Modern English. So, if you're looking for a shirt of one of those artists for yourself or a friend, get to bidding. Good luck:

eBay Seller: decaturcd

Porterdavis photos

It's getting to the point where we might have to rename this the Porterdavis blog. But we have some nice photos from the in-store they other day, so we'd be silly not to post them. After these, we'll get back to our regularly scheduled Decatur CD blogging. Enjoy:

Thanks to Claire for allowing us to borrow her camera for this.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Porterdavis recap

Just as we mentioned earlier, the fellas from Porterdavis graced Decatur CD with a performance on Sunday evening. Meanwhile, customers drank delicious, free beer, the band sold some records, and a good time was had by all. If you weren't there, you should be jealous. Also, more photos hopefully coming soon...

Monday, April 10, 2006

New release Tuesday! (4/11/06)

Once again, another release day is nearly upon us. Here's a quick rundown of the artists that will have new music which you can pick up at the store tomorrow:

Built to Spill
Pretty Girls Make Graves
Grateful Dead (more reissues)
David Byrne/Brian Eno
Daniel Powter
Josh Ritter
Death Cab for Cutie (DVD)
Eagles of Death Metal
Imaad Wasif
Parts & Labor

If you have any questions or would like for us to hold one of these for you, just drop a note in the comments. See you tomorrow!

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Sufjan fans rejoice!

Judging by the way Mr. Stevens flies off the shelves, we figure there are more than a few Sufjan fans stopping by Decatur CD on a regular basis. As such, we also assume said fans would be interested in knowing that ol' Sufie will release The Avalanche: Extras and Outtakes from the Illinois Album on July 25th. Apparently, the prolific songwriter had quite a bit of leftover material from the Illinois sessions, and we benefit because of this. Read the press release for more information, including track listing:

Sufjan Stevens set to release The Avalanche: Outtakes and Extras from the Illinois Album in July
Asthmatic Kitty Records has announced plans to release a new collection of songs from Sufjan Stevens, titled The Avalanche: Outtakes and Extras from the Illinois Album which will hit shelves on July 25, 2006.
The little secret behind the Illinois record is that it was originally conceived as a double album, culminating in a musical collage of nearly 50 songs. But as the project began to develop into an unwieldy epic, common sense weighed in—as did the opinions of others—and the project was cut in half. But as 2005 came to a close, Sufjan returned to the old, forsaken songs on his 8-track like a grandfather remembering his youth, indulging in old journals and newspaper clippings. What he uncovered went beyond the merits of nostalgia; it was more like an ensemble of capricious friends and old acquaintances wearing party outfits, waiting to be let in at the front door, for warm drinks and interesting conversation. Among them were Saul Bellow, Ann Landers, Adlai Stevenson, and a brief cameo from Henry Darger's Vivian Girls. The gathering that followed would become the setting for the songs on The Avalanche.

Sufjan gleaned 21 useable tracks from the abandoned material, including three alternate versions of Chicago. Some songs were in finished form, others were merely outlines, gesture drawings, or musical scribbles mumbled on a hand-held tape recorder. Most of the material required substantial editing, new arrangements or vocals. Much of the work was done at the end of 2005 or in January the following year. Sufjan invited many of the original Illinoisemakers to fill in the edges: drums, trumpet, a choir of singers. The centerpiece, of course, was the title track—"The Avalanche"—a song intended for the leading role on the Illinois album but eventually cut and placed as a bonus track on the vinyl release (also on iTunes). In his rummaging through old musical memorabilia, Sufjan began to use this song as a meditation on the editorial process, returning to old forms, knee-deep in debris, sifting rocks and river water for an occasional glint of gold. "I call ye cabin neighbors," the song bemuses, "I call you once my friends." And like an avid social organizer, Sufjan took in all the odd musical misfits and gathered them together for a party of their own, like good friends.

A careful listener may uncover the obvious trend on this record: almost every song on the Illinois album has a counterpart on the outtakes. Carl Sandburg arm-wrestles Saul Bellow. The aliens landing near Highland salute Clyde Tombaugh, the man who discovered Pluto. The loneliness of "Casimir Pulaski Day" deepens even further in the foreboding soundtrack to "Pittsfield." At its best, The Avalanche is an exercise in form, revealing the working habits of one of the most productive songwriters today. As an illustration, the avalanche refers to the snow and rubble that falls off the side of a mountain, or, in this case, the musical debris generously chucked from an abundant epic. It's unlikely you'll find a mountain in the Prairie State so the metaphor will have to do. Also, Sufjan has still not made an official decision on the next state in his epic 50 States project, but we will keep you posted.
1. The Avalanche (3:14)
2. Dear Mr Supercomputer (4:40)
3. Adlai Stevenson (2:34)
4. The Vivian Girls Are Visited In the Night by Saint Dargarius and his
Squadron of Benevolent Butterflies (1:49)
5. Chicago (acoustic version) (4:40)
6. The Henney Buggy Band (3:16)
7. Saul Bellow (2:53)
8. Carlyle Lake (3:15)
9. Springfield, or Bobby Got a Shadfly Caught in his Hair (4:17)
10. The Mistress Witch from McClure (or, The Mind That Knows Itself) (3:24)
11. Kaskaskia River (2:15)
12. Chicago (adult contemporary easy listening version) (6:06)
13. Inaugural Pop Music for Jane Margaret Byrne (1:25)
14.No Man's Land (4:45)
15. The Palm Sunday Tornado Hits Crystal Lake (1:38)
16. The Pick-up (3:23)
17. The Perpetual Self, or "What Would Saul Alinsky Do?" (2:24)
18. For Clyde Tombaugh (3:43)
19. Chicago (Multiple Personality Disorder version) (4:35)
20. Pittsfield (6:41)
21. The Undivided Self (for Eppie and Popo) (4:59)

(Total 75:55)

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Porterdavis in-store performance on Sunday (4/9/06)

Because Decatur CD loves you so much, we have another (albeit, last minute) in-store performance coming your way this Sunday, April 9, in this foul year of our Lord, 2006 (at 5pm). That's right, in just a few days you can come by the store and see a band play. What band, you ask? Well, shuffle on into the next paragraph with us...

Porterdavis is a rootsy trio with its origins in the Boston subway system, though the guys now call Austin, Texas home. Adding to the all-overness of the band, harmonica player Simon Wallace hails from Cambridge, England and vocalist Mike Meadows began his professional singing career at the age of five with the Atlanta Boys Choir. The band's history is an interesting one, and you can really see how their americana pop sound has evolved by reading it in detail.

Never listened to Porterdavis? Well, we've got you covered there too. Or, rather, the band does. Helpfully included on its official site are some song clips and mp3 downloads, so check those out to get an idea of what we'll be hosting in the store:

porterdavis loves you

Hope to see you on Sunday!

PS - The band will also be playing Eddie's Attic that night.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Looking for musical t-shirts?

Decatur CD has officially taken the eBay plunge. Just yesterday, we began auctions on half a dozen music t-shirts. Over the next several weeks, we plan to consistently add new auctions (and we have about 3.5 quillion shirts) every few days, so be sure to check back in case you see something you'd like to bid on. Of course, if you live in town or nearby and happen to win an auction, we'll gladly forgo any shipping costs; you can just pick up your winnings at the store.

That said, here's a handy way to see all of our auctions at once:
Decatur CD eBay shirts galore!

Or, if you prefer, here are the respective links to each of our first six auctions:
Nitzer Ebb
Dixie Dregs
Depeche Mode

We admit that these initial artists are a bit random, but rest assured, it only gets weirder and better and worse and all over the place from here. Seriously... So. Many. Shirts. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments. Happy bidding!

Monday, April 03, 2006

New Releases Tomorrow! (4/4/06)

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Tuesday is coming, did you bring your coat? Seriously though, tomorrow is another release day. Perhaps you dig on Morrissey, the Flaming Lips, The Concretes, Babyshambles, The Vines, Envelopes, Rainer Maria, Pink, 50 Foot Wave, Ani Difranco, Aceyalone, Massive Attack or Placebo? Well, we'll have all that and more tomorrow. Oh, and those who pre-ordered, we'll be giving you a call as well. If there's anything you'd like us to hold for you, or you're wondering why we didn't mention your favorite artist in that list, please leave a comment. See you tomorrow!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Decatur CD hearts curling

Above: Decatur CD's new mascot and idol, Debbie McCormick

Although we are certainly woe to admit it at times, alas, there is more to this life than music. On that note, anyone else watching the epic contest on ESPN2 right now that is USA vs. Sweden in an all-out curling battle of insane proportions? Phew. We're getting worked up just writing about it.

Sure, Warren thinks the game would be improved by putting it outside so that players would be forced to deal with the elements -snow, sleet, wind, think about it!- and Austin feels like it's nothing more than oversized shuffleboard on ice, but one thing is for certain: These folks are talented. And being The Security Chicken, I appreciate the fact that, though they can't fly, they never fall down on the ice.

Related link:
World Curling Federation homepage