Tuesday, July 31, 2007

New release Tuesday - 7/31/07

Sorry about the lateness this week, folks. Your honorable friend and Decatur CD blog official, The Security Chicken, was stuck in Philadelphia International for upwards of eight hours yesterday. Traveling woes nonwithstanding, here are the artists that have new music on our shelves this week:

Bat for Lashes
G. Love
The Starting Line
Charlie Hunter
Sean Kingston
Jimmy Eat World
Oh No
The Raspberries (live)
Josh Rouse
The Simpsons (soundtrack)
Alan Vega
...and more!

Let us know the usual. As always, we have plenty of other stuff that didn't come out today, so come in and have a look, wouldya? Leave questions and concerns in the comments section below.


Monday, July 23, 2007

New release Tuesday - 7/24/07

Another week, another set of new releases. What, you wanted creativity? Come on, now! We waxed ridiculous on chicken sandwiches last week! Lots of interesting stuff this week, though. Check out this list of artists:

Yeah Yeah Yeahs (EP)
Teddy Thompson
MF Doom (reissue)
Simpsons (soundtrack)
Bishop Allen
Tegan and Sara
Bobby Bare (reissue)
John Vanderslice
Trey Anastasio
Ella Fitzgerald (best)
The Doors (live)
Sebadoh (reissue)
Emily Haines (EP)
Marc Anthony
Harvey Milk
Juliette and the Licks
Portugal. The Man
Manic Street Preachers
Dalek (rarities)
Saturday Looks Good to Me (EP)
Nicole Willis
Tiny Vipers

Glancing over that list, there is quite a variety coming out tomorrow, no? A little indie rock, some singer/songwriter fare, a smidge o' metal, some jazz, a bit of R&B, a soundtrack, some country, a little hip-hop... Not bad at all. We know you're a lot that enjoys all kind of stuff, so this is a release date that should apply. Alrighty. We'll see you tomorrow then...


Saturday, July 21, 2007

Attention, muggles...

Harry Potter shops at Decatur CD. Or, he would, if he lived in Atlanta. Just a friendly reminder from your friends at DCD that the best way to take a break from a book binge is to stop by the store and peruse our plastic discs. Hope to see you all soon...


Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Q: Are We Not Men? A: We are Ireland!

A friend of ours in Ireland hit us up on MySpace and sent us this photo. After viewing it, well, it's pretty obvious why we had to blog about it. Awesome! Click to enlarge, and for extra credit, leave your favorite Devo song in the comments.

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Monday, July 16, 2007

New release Tuesday - 7/17/07

Boy howdy, there is something to be said for a tasty sandwich. Here we sit, ostensibly pondering tomorrow releases, but really, all we can think about is how delicious this bit o' Chick-fil-A tastes right now. Recently, in a righteous fit of rage, young Eliot pledged a boycott against the establishment because they don't serve chicken biscuits all day. He's taken his business to Zaxby's instead, where his idiosyncratic food desires are fulfilled consistently. You hear that, S. Truett Cathy? It's time to change your menu hours, lest you never win back the money and loyalty of our blonde-haired, baseball-playing, Japanese-psych-rock-listening, um, employee.

Wow. What just happened? Where are we? Is JFK still president? Maybe it's time to get to the new releases already. Check out this cut-and-dry list of artists that will have new CDs on our shelves on Tuesday:

Chemical Brothers
Magic Numbers
Raul Malo
Meat Puppets
Robert Pollard
Teddy Thompson
Suzanne Vega
David Allen Coe (live)
Yesterday's New Quintet (Madlib)
The Cribs
Minnie Driver
Too Short
Ben Jelen
Emerson Hart
Eliza Gilkyson
Los Campesinos! (EP)
Laurie Anderson (reissue)
Popa Chubby
Steve Kuhn
Rocket Summer
...and more!

As usual, holler at us if you're looking to pre-order, want us to hold something for you or don't see what you're looking for. Thanks...


Saturday, July 14, 2007

Vanity Fair profiles Sylvester Stewart

Above: One of 14 shots from the VF slideshow

There was a fascinating -not to mention, super lengthy- article on Sly Stone in a recent Vanity Fair. The timing is pretty sweet as far as we're concerned, considering the recently released box set of his material (and its crazy-affordable single-disc reissue counterparts). He's such a mysterious and wonderful artist, and it's great to see someone attempt to get to the bottom of his elusive legacy.

"Will Sly show up?" the piece begins. "I sure hope so. I have an appointment with him. I've flown across the country and quadruple-checked to make sure we're still on."

Read more:
Sly Stone's Higher Power

Feel free to argue about which Sly Stone album is the best below in the comments.

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Deerhunter takes on NYC

Normally, when a band is as insanely buzzed as Deerhunter, we tend to shy away. As Chuck D once taught us, "Don't believe the hype." Far too often, obscenely talked-about groups just can't live up to their own press, leading to the inevitable letdown upon actual listening. But take our word for it: Deerhunter is the real deal. We stock the band's self-titled debut, the gorgeously noisy full-length from early this year, Cryptograms, and the most recent EP, all with good reason. This is a young Atlanta band tapping into a certain intangible something, and when it comes to producing that something live or on record, the result is stunning to say the least.

On July 11th, amidst a short set of tour dates (they play the Pitchfork festival in Chicago tomorrow), the band played at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. This isn't the first time Deerhunter's been to NYC, but it seems to be the most memorable. A writer for MTV called the evening "unforgettable," further gushing, "It was one of the most genius rock and roll performances I've ever witnessed." The Village Voice was similarly impressed claiming the show was "one of those moments you see wrinkly faces recalling in Behind the Music."

It's exciting to be part of such a vibrant, up-and-coming music scene. With bands like Deerhunter, Black Lips, Snowden and Manchester Orchestra making a dent across the nation, one can only hope that other excellent Atlanta artists like The Selmanaires, Rising Appalachia, Anna Kramer, Silver Lakes and countless others will get some attention as well. Don't take this for granted, folks. It's a great time to live in the Atlanta area.

Here are some additional Deerhunter links for extra credit:
Deerhunter on MySpace
Deerhunter's blog
Cryptograms on Metacritic
Paste's photos from the Bowery Ballroom show
Kranky Records

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Steve Albini wants YOU (to ask a question).

We stumbled across this link about a week ago on Stereogum, but are just getting around to posting it now. Apparently, this Internet message board called The 2+2 Forums got ahold of legendary music engineer and notoriously cranky person Steve Albini, a man who has worked with countless artists and bands, including Nirvana, Pixies, The Jesus Lizard, PJ Harvey, Low, Superchunk, Slint, The Breeders, Urge Overkill, Mogwai, Cheap Trick and others too numerous to mention. It's hard to say whether or not this is him, but whomever is answering the questions, if it's not him, it surely must be his biographer or closest friend. Either way, there is some awfully entertaining stuff within these pages:

Ask a music scene micro celebrity

Have fun reading, and feel free to leave your own question. Or, even better yet, leave your favorite response in the comments below. There are plenty to choose from.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Vote for Decatur CD in Creative Loafing!

Tomorrow is the last day that you can vote in Creative Loafing's Best of Atlanta 2007 poll. Without groveling too much, we'd like to point you in the general direction of said poll in hopes that you might pour some sugar on Decatur CD. Don't get overwhelmed, though. Despite the fact that there are 316 categories you can vote on, you only have to pick out 10 to be counted. Then again, we know you're all opinionated, so show your support for your local businesses and personalities! And hey, if you vote for DCD, well, all the better. Check it out:

Best of Creative Loafing Atlanta

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Monday, July 09, 2007

New release Tuesday - 7/10/07

Tomorrow's a pretty healthy new release day, and to celebrate Spoon's new record (which is quite good, in case you were wondering), our friends at Merge, ADA and Jake's Ice Cream have banded together so that we can provide some of the latter's cold, delicious goodies and gift certificates to anyone who buys a disc after 6pm Tuesday night. And thanks to the generosity of a customer named Tom, we'll also have some beer in the house. AND for those who buy the new Spoon album specifically, we'll be handing out a rare seven inch vinyl single while supplies last. Stop by to get your fix.

Oh, and there are also all sorts of other great releases coming. Check out this rather impressive list:

Smashing Pumpkins
Crowded House
They Might Be Giants
M. Ward (reissue)
Rocky Erickson (soundtrack)
Patton Oswalt
Flaming Lips (DVD)
Nick Drake (rarities and family tracks)
Kinky Friedman (live)
Gogol Bordello
The Gourds
Jason Isbell (former Drive-By Trucker)
Buck Owens (live)
Fionn Regan
Chris and Rich Robinson
Mark Ronson
Ulrich Schnauss
Roddy Woomble
...and more!

Let us know what you're looking for. But if you're looking for beer, ice cream and rare vinyl all free with purchase, well, we'll see you tomorrow evening.

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Meanwhile, the sale continues...

Even though the Summer of Love party finally drew to a close at around 10:30pm last night, the psychedelic sale continues through the weekend. As you can see, there's a rather colorful selection of releases that are 10% off through the end of business hours (6pm) on Sunday. That means that at the time of this posting, you've still got 24 hours and 45 minutes to get your cheap psych on. Hurry in to save on our liberal selection with includes 13th Floor Elevators, Sly Stone, Country Joe and the Fish, The Zombies, Cream, Pink Floyd, The Remains, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Vanilla Fudge, The Grateful Dead, The Kinks, Donovan and The Yardbirds, to name but a few.

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Summer of Love photos

Last night was a little bit hectic and a lotta bit awesome. For one thing, The Back Yardbirds TOTALLY rocked it. After treating us to a full hour of Yardbirds tunes (touching on all the big ones, from "Train Kept A-Rollin'" to "For Your Love" to "Heart Full of Soul"), the guys returned and gave the still-eager crowd a few songs by the Rolling Stones, The Who and The Animals.

Let us just say that Warren's praise-laden description of the band was actually right on, as we had countless customers come up and tell us how much they loved the performance. The response was honestly pretty astounding, rivaling that of the Wilco listening party madness from a couple month's back, with tons of crowd-sung, call-and-response action. If The Back Yardbirds had a CD, we would've sold out of it. Thanks to the band and thanks to the many fine folks who showed up and spent their Friday evening with us. Oh, and don't forget that The Back Yardbirds open for Ian McLagan at the Five Spot on July 12th.

Additionally, the beer was delicious, plentiful and quickly gone. Thanks again to our friends at Rhino for sponsoring this event. The psych-specific 10% sale went quite well, and anyone who showed up clad in tie-dye or other Summer of Love regalia received 10% off everything in the store. We love it when people have fun and get involved, and in those instances, we're more than happy to hand out a little reward.

For now though, we have some more cleaning to do (buncha savages!), so enjoy the photos below and be ready for another special event coming on Tuesday...

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

REMINDER: Summer of Love party

Without going into too much detail (especially since you can read what we said just a few days ago by clicking right here), suffice it to say we're quite excited about the Summer of Love party on Friday (July 6th). We'll have beer (Victory, Terrapin, Lagunitas and Dogfish Head), a sale and a performance. Check the post linked above (or scroll down, bloggity style), and we'll see you Friday night!

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Monday, July 02, 2007

New release Tuesday - 7/3/07

Tomorrow isn't a completely weak release date, but boy, it is a modest one. Nevertheless, just like every other Tuesday, there are a few diamonds amidst a valley of tumbleweeds. Or...something? Take a look, and we'll see you in here tomorrow:

Transformers (soundtrack)
Kelly Rowland
John Coltrane (live reissues)
Velvet Revolver
Joe Ely (reissues)
Widespread Panic (best of)
Talk to Me (soundtrack)

Let us know if you'd like us to hold you anything. Also, according to the clock as we post this, you have 45 minutes to get in any last-second pre-orders. Hurry!