Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's first Record Store Day Drop last Saturday! Everything ran smoothly and it was a huge success, so thank you for helping make that happen! As you probably already know, the next RSD Drop will take place on Saturday July 17th and will be roughly the same size event as last week's, especially given that a number of titles got bumped to the later event at the last minute. You can read the latest list of RSD titles for the next Drop HERE. Please feel free to call the store with any questions you may have about RSD!
Outside the store, Levitt Pavilion continues to keep their ticketed and free events flowing with a whole new batch recently added, including a ticketed event for Thievery Corporation taking place on Friday July 9th. You can read all the details of that event and get your tickets HERE. You can read more of their lineup of free and ticketed outdoor concerts for the summer season, including a free show by Robert Randolph on Sunday June 27th and another freebie by Yonder Mountain String Band on Thursday August 5th. You can reserve your tickets for the Randolph show HERE and for the Yonder Mountain show HERE and check out their whole lineup of free and ticketed events by clicking HERE. Also coming up in July at the Denver Sculpture Park next to the Performing Arts Complex, Itchy-O will be bringing their oddball, chaotic magic to the Park on Saturday July 24th. Like the Levitt, it's an outdoor event in case you still want to be in a socially distanced setting for live music. You can read more details and get your tickets for this event HERE. And recently announced, a fave of mine – Tune-Yards – will be returning to the Gothic Theater on Wednesday August 11th. It's a 16 and up show and you can read all the details and get tickets on the Gothic's site HERE. And a ways further out, it was a delight to find out that this year's Underground Music Showcase (UMS) will be happening on the weekend of August 27th – 29th! They still haven't announced any bands performing, but getting tickets for $50.00 now ensures that A) you'll get them and B) you'll get them before the prices start creeping up closer to the date of the event. You know it's always the best festival weekend in Denver, so lay down your $$ now and make sure you get in!
In new music releases, it's a mellower week in the wake of RSD, but there are still a few titles that popped out and caught my eye (in addition to plenty of other smaller releases this week and the featured items below): we received Burial's Chemz 12”, which contains the recently released “Dolphinz” as the B-side; Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey (formerly of the dB's) have come out with another duo record (their third) called Our Back Pages on CD (LP was an RSD release last week and should still be in stock); Angelique Kidjo's new album Mother Nature is out now on CD (LP slated for release in December!); and the 25h anniversary issue of Squarepusher's seminal release Feed Me Weird Things is out on CD, LP, and a limited double 10” vinyl release.
Over in DVD and Blu-ray there's a lot out this week, and we've got a few goodies to focus on and bring to your attention: my friends divided on whether it's delightful trash or just trash, but I'm game for Godzilla vs. Kong, out this week on DVD and Blu-ray; multiple César Award-winning French film Tous les matins du monde is also out this week on both DVD and Blu-ray; and Criterion Collection has treated us to a Blu-ray upgrade of Stan Brakhage's By Brakhage Volumes 1 & 2 along with both DVD and Blu-ray issues of their new documentary release Streetwise/Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell, pairing the 1984 doc Streetwise with the 2016 follow-up centering on one of its main subjects.
Hope you're all doing well and staying safe and healthy!