Saturday, June 25, 2011

Blame Sally Photos

Thanks to everyone who came out on Tuesday for our Blame Sally in-store! Those gals (and guy) are some of the nicest people we've ever met. For those of you who missed it, stop by and check out their new record on the listening station. Everyone we've played it for has bought it instantly.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Decatur CD's Upcoming Show Guide - July

July. It's going to be a hot month. Perhaps the hottest of the year. But below are a ton of great places, many of them air-conditioned, where you can take a break from the temperatures and the humidity. As a bonus, they're all hosting music! Music that you might just love. From legends to newbies, metallers to folkies, July is a great month for live music. Get out and see some:

July 2 - Washed Out @ The EARL
July 3 - Mickey @ The EARL (pictured above)
July 3 - Guadalcanal Diary @ Smith's Olde Bar
July 5 - Bill Mallonee @ Eddie's Attic
July 6 - Howlies @ 529
July 7 - Harvey Milk @ The EARL
July 7 - Reptar @ Drunken Unicorn
July 8 - Animal Collective @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 8 - Dead Confederate @ The EARL
July 8 - Wizard Smoke, Hawks @ Star Bar
July 8-9 - Indigo Girls @ Atlanta Botanical Garden
July 12 - Cass McCombs, Lower Dens @ Drunken Unicorn
July 12 - Real Estate, Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele @ The EARL
July 12-13 - Sade, John Legend @ Philips Arena
July 12 - Wiz Khalifa @ Masquerade Music Park
July 13 - Nobunny @ The EARL
July 13 - Taking Back Sunday, Thursday, Colour Revolt @ Center Stage
July 14 - The Gourds @ Smith's Olde Bar
July 14 - Torche, Big Business, Helms Alee @ The EARL
July 15 - Die Slaughterhaus 10-year anniversary party, Part 1, ft. Gentleman Jesse, Beat Beat Beat, The Biters, Bukkake Boys @ The EARL
July 15 - Steve Earle @ Atlanta Botanical Garden
July 16 - Die Slaughterhaus 10-year anniversary party, Part 2, ft. Predator, Barreradactyls, Ghetto Bird, Customers, Baby Dinosaurs Vs. Extinction
July 16 - Bill Callahan @ Smith's Olde Bar
July 16 - Die Slaughterhaus 10-year anniversary party, Part 3, ft. The Frantic, Ex Humans, Hawks and Husseins @ The EARL
July 16 - Michelle Malone @ Eddie's Attic
July 16 - The B-52s @ Turner Field
July 19 - Paul Collins Beat, King Louie's Missing Monuments @ The EARL
July 20 - Hayes Carll, Scott Miller @ The EARL
July 21 - Kid Cudi @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 22-24 - Archers of Loaf @ The EARL
July 22 - Emmylou Harris @ Atlanta Botanical Garden
July 22 - John Butler Trio, Gomez @ Tabernacle
July 23 - Dex Romweber Duo @ Star Bar
July 23 - Ellie Goulding @ Center Stage
July 24 - Eels, The Submarines @ Variety Playhouse
July 27 - Kings of Leon, Band of Horses @ Aaron's Amphitheatre
July 27 - Caroline Aiken @ Eddie's Attic
July 28 - Bob Dylan, Leon Russell @ Chastain Amphitheatre
July 28 - Bon Iver, The Rosebuds @ Cobb Energy Center
July 28-29 - Rebirth Brass Band @ Smith's Olde Bar
July 29 - Drivin n Cryin, Jason Isbell, Futurebirds @ Buckhead Theatre
July 29 - Tommy Womack @ Eddie's Attic
July 29 - Wax Museums, Bad Sports, Brain Flannel, Wymyns Prysm @ 529
July 30 - Tedeschi Trucks Band @ Chastain Amphitheatre
July 31 - Liturgy @ Masquerade


Gillian Welch Listening Party

Just like we did last Saturday with Bon Iver, this Saturday, we'll be celebrating a new album. This one's from the lovely and talented and takes-too-long-to-put-out-records-ed Gillian Welch, and it's called The Harrow & The Harvest. We'll be playing it all day, so you should stop by to have a listen and pre-order it. Speaking of which, if you pre-order (or just straight up buy it on Tuesday), we'll give you goodies! We have some posters, some 12X12 inch flats, some postcards and some other stuff. Fun stuff. Gillian Welch stuff. Stuff you want. So yeah, stop by Saturday, enjoy the album with us and take home some freebies. Here's to listening parties!

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New. Release. Tuesday.

What do you MEAN it's Thursday? Your week's new releases:

Bon Iver
Dave Alvin
"Weird" Al Yankovic
Liam Finn
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
OK Go (live)
Jim Lauderdale
Peter Tosh (reissues)
Vanessa Carlton
...and more!


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Blame Sally, Beer and a Deal From Eddie's Attic

We've got a fun one coming Tuesday! From the newsletter...

As you may recall from last week, we've got an awesome in-store coming up Tuesday night that you should check out. We'll have some tasty beer in the cooler (summertime brews like Bell's Oberon, Victory Prima Pils and Magic Hat Vinyl, courtesy of the excellent folks of Ale Yeah!) as we are wont to do, and to sweeten the pot, our good friend Eddie (of Eddie's Attic) has made this generous offer: Anyone who comes to the in-store, likes what they see and wants to watch it with a full band at Eddie's later in the evening can get into the show for half price. The tickets for the show are $15, so you can pay $7.50 just by stopping by Decatur CD! Not bad, right? If you want the half-price ticket, be sure to tell us after the performance here at the store so we can put your name on the list.

Blame Sally In-Store
Comprising four Bay Area women in the their forties and fifties, Blame Sally is an excellent, rootsy outfit, and we're quite taken with their new album, Speeding Ticket and a Valentine. So taken, in fact, that we put it on a listening station. What's more, when the band comes to town on Tuesday to play Eddie's Attic up the street, they'll stop by here and treat us to an in-store at 6:30 p.m. They're just lovely, and we're not the only ones who dig it; the All Music Guide heaps heavy praise upon the band's "acoustic guitars, piano, and creamy close harmonies predominate, with occasional hints of banjo and lap steel fleshing out the politely folk-rock arrangements." Plus, they're extremely accessible. As multi-instrumentalist Renee Harcourt says on the band's website: "There are a lot of people who become really connected to us, and fascinated by, 'Ooh, what's their story?' We've had fanatical fans in their 40s and older, and also plenty of young girls who've been super into it. Just thinking that's cool: 'Wow, that could be my mom!'" Sample some of each of their albums on the Blame Sally website, or check out the new one on our listening station the next time you're in the store.

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Tractor Challenge: Accepted!

Here's a quick story about why our customers are so great...

As you probably know if you frequent this blog, we send out occasional newsletters to keep our best customers informed for what's going on at good old DCD. Those newsletters, which never come out more than once a week, and usually not even that often, are the best place to find out about sales, in-store performances, free beer and all the other general nonsense we like to traffic in. Oftentimes, these newsletters are whipped up at the very last moment, when Warren and Austin are half-delirious, so the introductory paragraphs can sometimes get a little silly. Like this one, from our Friday email:
What a busy, busy week we've got ahead of us. Let's get right into it, shall we? Oh, but before we get right into it, Monsieur Warren D. Hudson, His Holiness of DCD Chapel and Wedding Emporium would like to make this offer to each and every one of you. Neil Young's new/old album, which was recorded in the middle '80s and only just released this week as a part of his archives series, is called A Treasure. His band on this countrified gem is called International Harvesters. Keeping these two facts in mind, here's the deal: If you bring us a) an international harvester tractor, which you'll then park in our lot so we can take pictures to put on the blog, or b) a Lionel train set that we can set up to circle the interior of the store, after which we'll take pictures to put on the blog, or c) a piece of sunken treasure found deep under the sea, which we'll take pictures of to put on the blog, we'll give you a free copy of the album. Not bad, huh? Not bad at all. We're tough, but fair.
Now, we certainly didn't expect anyone to take us up on such a preposterous offer; those sentences were selfishly written in an attempt to entertain ourselves and hopefully a few readers who have yet to tire of our antics. But! Lo and behold, a gentleman walked into the store just moments ago and gifted us the lovely International tractor above. For his troubles, he received a free copy of the aforementioned Neil Young disc, because, after all, we're nothing if not true to our word.

And the tractor? Well, it's proudly displayed out in front of the cash register, cuddling with a copy of the CD. Stop by and have a look. Thanks, as always, for reading—and playing along with our goofiness. You guys are the best.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bon Iver Listening Party

Bon Iver Listening Party
This Saturday, June 18, we'll be partying Bon Iver style. No, that doesn't mean we'll be exiling ourselves in a Wisconsin cabin (Plane tickets are expensive!), nor will Kanye West be hanging out at the store (He canceled at the last minute). Rather, in honor of the new Bon Iver album coming Tuesday, the rather aptly-titled Bon Iver, we'll be playing the record all day, selling a special 12" vinyl bonus release, handing out posters and more. It's gonna be fun. If you haven't read it yet, you should check out the Bon Iver feature in the new Rolling Stone (Zach Galifianakis cover); it's pretty darn great.

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New. Release. Tuesday.

Ladies and gents, your week's new releases. We'd ramble on more, but we've got a newsletter to write. Let us know what you're looking for!

Marissa Nadler
Neil Young (A Treasure country archives release)
Junior Boys
13th Floor Elevators (box set)
Madeleine Peyroux
Pat Metheny (acoustic covers)
Marc Broussard
Barry Manilow
Owl City
...and more!


Saturday, June 04, 2011

Watch Mastodon's Brent Hinds Do Yoga

You're gonna have to give us a late pass on this one, as it's been a busy week. But on the off chance that you haven't seen this hilarious clip, you can check it out below. Why should you check it out? For starters, it features a ton of Atlanta stuff we love:

1. It's a commercial for El Myr, which serves up delicious burritos and an excellent jukebox right next door to Variety Playhouse.
2. It was made by Newmerica, the folks who have made similarly awesome videos for Anna Kramer, Chunklet and the Atlanta Mess Around.
3. It stars Brent Hinds, the face-tattooed, guitar-wielding madman of Atlanta metallers, Mastodon.
4. It's got a cute dog in it.
5. Really? You need us to give you MORE reasons? Watch below:

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New. Release. Tuesday.

It's the first release week of June, and this warm, warm month is bringing some great tunes with it. Atlanta's #1 mischief-makers are putting out what might just be their best album yet. Meanwhile, all sorts of stuff, both new and old, is also coming. It's a good week; we won't lie to you. Check it out below and let us know what you're looking for...

The Black Lips
Arctic Monkeys
Paul McCartney (reissues)
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Sondre Lerche
Paul Simon (reissues)
Jill Andrews
Arthur Lee & Love (reissue)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Frank Turner
Peter Murphy
...and more!


Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Bruce's Fishy Threepeat

For the last three years, one of our best customers, a cornhusker-loving dude named Bruce, has been sending us epic fish pictures from his annual trip with his dad. We gladly post them again and again, because, well, there simply aren't enough people sending us awesome photos of giant fish. This year's creature is the giantest yet, but for some reason, Bruce's smile has faded and turned into a hardened expression of stone-cold intimidation. Bloodlust, perhaps? Hard to say. At any rate, another great photo!

Meanwhile, another great customer, Jack, recently stumbled upon this mighty tortoise in the wilds of an Atlanta backyard. Seemed only appropriate to share that photo while we were at it.

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New. Release. Tuesday.

This week's releases are as HOT as the weather! Phew. We'll show ourselves out.

Death Cab for Cutie
My Morning Jacket
Eddie Vedder (ukulele)
Kids on a Crime Spree
The Reatards (Jay Reatard reissue)
Ozzy Osbourne (reissues)
The Vaccines
Dave Matthews Band (live @ Wrigley)
Flogging Molly
The Melvins (live)
JD Souther
...and more!