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Hey all —

All is Record Store Day, Record Store Day is all… at least in our world here at Twist! We've obviously been gearing up for RSD for a couple months now, but with it just over a week away it's consuming most of our energy — or anyway it would be if it weren't for three huge releases — Beyoncé, Pearl Jam and Taylor Swift — split between today and next Friday. And of course this year's RSD, happening on Saturday April 20th! Check out the full, most updated version of the list HERE because it gets tweaked regularly, or feel free to check out the printed ones we have available in the store. As always, we've ordered as much as we can of everything available, but will be subject to allocations on some titles. We will open at 8AM on Record Store Day, so start getting your list together now to strategize your RSD experience! A quick reminder of the rules for RSD:

1. All sales are in-store only for the weekend of Record Store Day (no phone or web orders).

2. We cannot give out any information about pricing or quantities on hand during the RSD weekend (you'll just have to come down to find out, though we will tell you if our system tells us we've sold out during the weekend to save you an unnecessary trip).

3. We cannot do any pre-orders on any RSD titles or holds on any RSD titles for anyone for any length of time during RSD weekend.

4. We limit customers to one copy of any RSD release for the weekend – buy as many different things as you'd like, but only one of each so everyone gets a shot at getting their faves!

5. Starting Monday April 22nd all restrictions are lifted and you can go to town! If you have any questions about RSD, please give us a call or drop by and we'll help as best we can.

But before that happens, we also want to let you know that we're pairing with our pals next door at the Sie Film Center to help curate a little social event on Mondays. Every week the lounge at the Sie will be hosting Music Movie Mondays, a free event running from 4-8 PM, featuring a different music or music-adjacent film (or films) every week curated by the staff here at Twist! There will be drink specials and happy hour pricing all evening, and we'll do it every Monday that there's no special event happening. We've already run David Byrne's True Stories and the career-spanning Miles Davis documentary Birth of the Cool, and we've got two more weeks before a little break for some Film Center programming, then we'll see you again in March! The remaining April schedule will be as follows:

Music Movie Mondays April Schedule
April 1: True Stories (1986)
April 8: Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019)

April 15: A Woman Is a Woman (1961)
April 22: Urgh! A Music War (1981)
April 29: no MMM this week

This week in new music releases it's the usual mix of biggies and some smaller cool stuff. Read on: we've got a limited edition 10th anniversary blue vinyl LP reissue of Against Me!'s classic punk record Transgender Dysphoria Blues; we've also got LP reissues of a half dozen titles by pioneering death metal band Death; the latest album by British band James Yummy is also out now on CD and indie exclusive red vinyl LP; Mark Knopfler's first album in six years, One Deep River, is out now on CD, indie exclusive blue vinyl LP, and a super deluxe 3LP/2CD set that includes an exclusive litho print, guitar picks, and enamel pin; saxophonist Harold Land's 1960 album The Fox has been reissued on LP as well; Canadian punk rockers Metz are back with their fifth studio album Up On Gravity Hill, out now on CD and limited “Loser Edition” clear vinyl LP; Meshell Ndegeocello has a new release as part of the Red Hot Foundation's “Red Hot & Ra” series, The Magic City, featuring Ndegeocello surrounded by a host of other musicians ranging from rapper Pink Siifu to Sun Ra Arkestra leader Marshall Allen, out now on black vinyl and limited edition yellow vinyl LP; our pal Nathaniel Rateliff has reissued his 2018 album Tearing At the Seams in a limited edition white vinyl LP version this week; Shabaka — leader of the superb bands Sons of Kemet and Comet Is Coming — has foresworn sax playing (for the time being) in favor of focusing on the Japanese shakuhachi flute, and his new guest-laden album Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace reflects that (even if there's still a little bit of sax from him) — it's out now on CD and LP; and lastly for this week, jazz singer Lizz Wright is back with her latest album Shadow, out now on both CD and LP.

On Blu-ray and other video formats it's a fairly mellow release week, but as always we've got a few titles of note: Aki Kaurismäki's first film in six years, the acclaimed Fallen Leaves, is out on DVD and Blu-ray; Mondo Macabro continues its series of Blu-ray releases of international cult films with the 1985 film Death Squad, touted as “One of the sleaziest and most violent crime films ever made in France”!; also on Blu-ray this week we have the 1998 theatrical take on the classic sci-fi TV show Lost in Space, the 1997 Ice-T/Christopher Lambert crime thriller Mean Guns, the 1973 cult/horror film Messiah of Evil, the 2023 horror film Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey, and on the other end of the spectrum from that film, the latest by the great Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda (and my favorite film of 2023), Monster. In 4K UHD reissues this week we've got a pair of 70s winners, starting with the 1976 remake of King Kong, starring Jessica Lange, and also including the Criterion Collection UHD/Blu-ray combo pack release of Peter Weir's enigmatic mystery Picnic at Hanging Rock!

On Blu-ray and other video formats, things have also been impacted by shipping problems, but there are a few things worth mentioning — just call first to see if they're arrived in stock (and for the record, the three James Cameron films slated for UHD release this week have not yet arrived as of this writing): for starters, the Criterion Collection has a pair of excellent releases this week — the documentary about the brilliant photographer Nan Goldin, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, out on DVD and Blu-ray, and a Blu-ray upgrade of William Dieterle's 1941 classic All That Money Can Buy (a.k.a. The Devil and Daniel Webster); Michael Mann's latest film Ferrari has been issued on DVD and Blu-ray this week; Arrow Films has release a limited edition Blu-ray version of Don Siegel's 1976 film The Shootist, starring Lauren Bacall and John Wayne (in his last screen role). And in UHD reissues for the week, we've got a few of note — the 1981 fantasy film Dragonslayer, the 1997 horror/sci-fi film Event Horizon, and the 1990 Tom Selleck Western Quigley Down Under.

Outside the store, TONIGHT, Friday April 12th at Bar 404 (at 404 N. Broadway) there will be a FREE show by Denver legends Jux County, playing the music of The Pretenders! Here's a link to the 404's FULL CALENDAR to peruse for updates on this show and any others they have. As long as I'm keeping this local (and punky), I should also mention that on Saturday April 13th over at the Hi-Dive, Denver punk rockers Spells will be celebrating the release of their new album Past Our Prime (which is out that week) with support from Church Fire and others — get the deets and tix HERE. And next door to us, the Sie Film Center is in the midst of a Wednesday film series celebrating the works of the great Belgian filmmaker Agnès Varda. It runs through May 8th, and this Wednesday the 17th they'll be screening one of her very best, the 1985 drama Vagabond. You can read more about the film and reserve your tix HERE, but stay tuned for upcoming screenings of The Gleaners and I (April 24th) and Varda By Agnes, the last film she directed, showing on May 8th. Another new series that continues this week and runs until June is a lecture series coordinated by Twist alumnus Roger Green, who has organized a series of lectures around the topic of Improvisation in the 21st Century — but not just in music; the series encompasses music (of course), but visual arts, stand-up comedy, and more. On Wednesday the 17th, this week's featured topic revolves around writing and the tarot, and though I'm not sure how that plays out… there's only one way to find out — attend the lecture! You can read all the details of the programming and get a series ticket, or individual tickets HERE. And if Record Store Day doesn't wipe you out, it's definitely worth finding your way back to the Hi-Dive that night to continue keeping it local and see one of Denver's heaviest stoner metal bands, Green Druid, celebrating 4/20. You can read all the details and the supporting cast on the Hi-Dive's site HERE. And the very next night on Sunday April 21st Munly & the Lupercalians will be taking the same stage at the Hi-Dive, and you can get all the details and order tix HERE. The next Wednesday, April 24th, the Immediate Music series at the Roxy on Broadway continues with music by Conrad Kehn, performing both solo and in various configurations with other players. You can read more about the event and get your tix HERE.

Looking out just a touch further to May (and beyond), former Denverite and longtime friend of Twist & Shout Esmé Patterson will be co-headlining with singer-songwriter Sean Hayes at the Bluebird on Thursday May 2nd (and also up and down the Front Range in the days surrounding that show if you happen to not be in Denver on the date). You can get all the details of the Bluebird show and get your tix HERE. And coming up on Thursday May 16th, we also wanna let you know that the hosts of the Last Podcast on the Left will be at the Paramount Theater for their JK Ultra Tour. Check out details and get your tix HERE!

Also, Levitt Pavilion has announced their first round of free events for the summer, their season starts up May 1st and includes free concerts from folk singer-songwriter Sunny War, Mexico City-based cumbia band Son Rompe Pera, Chali 2na with Cut Chemist, a 4th annual “block party” with Common, and Melvin Seals with JGB — and many others, plus more still to be announced. Read all about it HERE and be sure to also check out the ticketed shows they have coming HERE — including Fela's son Seun Kuti on Saturday July 20th (which you can read about HERE), and shows by Slowdive, Kurt Vile, Blonde Redhead, and many more. Read about all of them HERE!

Lastly, just because tickets are running low (for the first night at least), we should also note that the Magnetic Fields are touring and performing the entirety of their 1999 masterpiece set 69 Love Songs for its 25th anniversary over two nights at the Boulder Theater on Saturday Oct. 26th and Sunday the 27th. If you need tix to this, you better act fast, and can get them HERE!

Be sure to stay safe and healthy out there. Please feel free to take advantage of our complimentary masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer while shopping to help keep yourself and your community healthy!



We're always trying to find ways to recommend good stuff to you and let you know what we're listening to, so we like to use this space for staff members to show you what's been lighting up their sound systems lately and tell you a little about it without it having to be some scholarly in-depth essay. This week Maggie tells of her non-guilty and now not so secret love of Billy Joel, just ahead of his 100th show at Madison Square Garden that'll be airing on Sunday night! Read on:

I don't believe in guilty pleasures. However, some things I have learned to keep to myself — such as my love of Billy Joel. To my great dismay, not everyone around here appreciates his dulcet singing and evocative storytelling — at least, not the way I do! Despite this, today I share with you my boundless appreciation for the piano man.

This spring, Columbia Records marks 50 years of Billy with new vinyl reissues of his earliest albums. Cold Spring Harbor, Streetlife Serenade, Turnstiles, 52nd Street, and his fabulous live compilation Songs in the Attic will all be available on vinyl beginning April 5, with the rest sure to follow. Between these reissues and his new surprise single "Turn the Lights Back On" it seems to be a perfect time to reflect on his illustrious career. Billy Joel is the rare pop star that doubles as a genuinely masterful instrumentalist — his control over a piano is something I'm sure Rachmaninov himself would respect. He's an artist that conjures vivid images, both musically and lyrically, so it's no surprise he claims to have synesthesia. The sonic diversity of his catalogue is continuously surprising to me; I can hardly think of another artist who has created such a flavorful discography using primarily a piano and their own voice (sorry, Taylor).

Perhaps my favorite thing about Billy Joel's music, though, is that it always rings true. They say to write what you know, but when Billy sings about a gritty working-class lifestyle, such as on "Allentown" or "Downeaster Alexa," you believe him. One of his greatest talents is simple observation, which is why he remains one of the favorite artists of any New Yorker looking for themselves in his music. He may not share their struggles and hardships — but he understands them. At one of his recent performances for his historic residency at Madison Square Garden, fellow Long Islander Jerry Seinfeld stated that Billy is "like the companion that we've gone through our whole lives with. His music is our best friend for our whole life." I may not be from New York, but Jerry, I couldn't agree more.

— Maggie

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