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Down to One Hoodlum

Friday, October 12th, 2012

“Have you ever thought about opening a record store?”\n\n“Uh, ambulance site not really.”\n\nThe question was posed by the Assistant Director of Arizona State University’s Student Union, recipe and although I had been managing record stores for over ten years, cure my answer was truthful.\n\n“Well,” he said, “The store that is in here now is leaving suddenly, and we’re going to need to find a new tenant.  We’d like it to be another record store.”\n\nWhile my initial response had been truthful, my situation had changed drastically over the past week: A week prior, my wife and I didn’t have any kids, and I had a good job.  A week later, I sat in my living room holding our newborn son… without a job at all.  I was what you might call desperate.\n\nSo the rest of my response went like this: “… but I’m going to start thinking about it now.”\n\nCan’t Do It By Myself\n\nI hung up the phone and tried to control my already-racing mind.  I had spent a weekend of sheer joy (new kid) and total anxiety (having my position “eliminated”) all at once, and it had been pretty tough to figure out why I was suddenly in such a situation (the no-job part, not the kid part, I knew how I did that).  Perhaps this was the way the universe was taking me.\n\nI have always believed in myself, but I wasn’t exactly sure about opening my own business.  However, if necessity is the mother of invention, she was nagging me to move forward.\n\nBut wow, what a huge task.\n\nThe ASU area was loaded with record stores.  Napster was exploding.  The corporate appliance stores were giving away hit CDs and DVDs for under cost.  More specifically, the current ASU record store had not been doing well (I knew, because it was one of eight stores under my general management just one week earlier).\n\nOne thing I knew for sure: I couldn’t do it alone.\n\nWe’re Gonna Need Another Hoodlum \n\nSo I started thinking about potential partners.  Wow, what a huge thing to think about suddenly.  What a monster relationship.  Who did I know that possessed the talent, drive, and trustworthiness necessary to even have a chance at helping pull off such a task?\n\nLuckily, I had just the guy in mind: Lloyd Hummel, my very good friend and the chief buyer and promotions wonderboy at my now-former employer (that’s Lloyd and I in L.A. meeting B.B. King).\n\n\n\nLloyd and I had worked together for the past six years, at two different employers.  He didn’t just have the characteristics needed, he had them to spare: Intelligent, creative, likeable, innovative, you name it… Lloyd had it.\n\nThe question was would he be interested.  We’d had many conversations about the direction of our current company, and I hoped that he would be.\n\nWhen I approached him about it, to my relief he was instantly ready to go.  We talked about how to approach it in terms of selection and service, and what we felt would be a general business strategy necessary to succeed in such a seasonal environment.  We both had worked closely with the store over the past few years, but we were restrained within the corporate structure of our employer, and we felt like we had some great ideas to make the store fun and profitable.\n\nThen we talked about what it would take in terms of money.\n\nWe didn’t have enough.\n\nBetter Make That Two Hoodlums\n\nWe needed another partner.\n\nAmazingly, we both knew one other guy that was intelligent, hard working, ethical, musically-knowledgeable… and cool to boot: Kristian Luce.\n\nKristian was also working with Lloyd and I at the time (and at our prior employer as well).  He was our friend and we both believed in him.\n\nHowever, we once again faced the question of whether or not he’d be interested.  It was a lot bigger mystery than it had been with Lloyd.\n\n\n\nYou see, Kristian was a laid-back kind of a dude. He did things his own way, and although he was a dependable, efficient worker in every sense of the word, he was a young man who preferred to spend his time following his muses… like the Grateful Dead.\n\nAs his manager in our previous store, I had offered to promote him into management on numerous occasions.  Even though the job meant more money, he had turned me down each time.\n\nIn short, he did things that made him happy, and he was more than happy with his below-the-radar responsibility level.  Lloyd and I were pretty sure he’d pass.\n\nBut we had to ask.  We needed one more partner.\n\nA Key Moment in Hood History\n\n\n\nI remember standing in my garage and proposing the idea to Kristian… essentially waiting to see which direction my own life might be moving.\n\nHe didn’t just like the idea.  He loved it!\n\nIt turns out that Kristian was the only one of us that had ever previously thought about opening a store.  Who knew?\n\nSo we formed a company and submitted our proposal to ASU.  It was accepted on August 17th.  On August 24th, 1998, we opened Hoodlums New and Used Music (that’s the original picture from the New Times article about it).\n\nLucky For Me, We Needed Three Hoodlums\n\nThe store started strong, and it was obvious very early on that although we already had roughly 25 years of collective experience, we had a lot to learn.\n\nIt was also obvious that it was a damn good thing Lloyd and I had needed one more partner.  Kristian, the once “reluctant-about-work-pressure” Deadhead, was a machine.\n\nIt turns out in addition to all the music-biz qualities we had already known about, the kid was super sharp with numbers and financial planning.  We soon scrapped the idea of sharing bookkeeping duties, and our puka-wearing pseudo-accountant, and turned the money matters over to him.\n\nFrom Three Hoods Down to Two\n\nWhile the store continued to grow, it was obvious that it might not be a big enough footprint to support three partners.\n\nHowever, that was OK because our partner Lloyd had grown restless.  He had spent most of his life in the Valley, and he and his lovely wife were ready for a change.  Universal music was ready to give him the opportunity to let his inner label guy out, and he was ready to move on.\n\nWe negotiated a buy-out, wished our old pal the best of luck as he headed off to L.A.… and the next thing you know Hoodlums was just Steve and Kristian.  That was the year 2000.\n\n\n\nTwelve Wild Years\n\nOver the next twelve years, Kristian and I were part of a co-dependent relationship second only to the relationship I have with my wife.  We put every bit of our heart and soul into making Hoodlums a great record store.\n\nWe expanded.  We joined the Coalition of Independent Music Stores.  We broke sales records and we hosted tons of different musicians and artists.  We became part of the ASU community.  We saw flooding.  We were part of a fire.  We closed.\n\n\n\nHoodlums New and Used Music & DVDs became Hoodlums Music and Movies.  We reinvented.  We reopened.  We joined a new community.  We won some awards, made some more money, and made some new friends.  We closed again.\n\nDuring that time, although we always had to maintain a safe distance with respect to the business partnership, we became better friends.  We helped each other through some bad personal times, and celebrated through some great ones.\n\nDown to One Hood\n\nNow, after fourteen years in business together, Kristian has decided to move on.  He’s ready for a change, and it’s the right time to do it.\n\n\n\nHoodlums Music and Movies will give way to something else.  Our little record store will be no more.  Whatever direction the company takes, whatever reinvented entity emerges, I know one thing for sure: I’ll never be able to make up for all of the amazing things my partner brought to the table.\n\nHe worked like a truck.  He came up with some of our greatest ideas.  He drove us, and planned for us, and kept us in line in so many ways.  He allowed me to be my Record Store Geek self (which can occasionally be controversial) in spite of whether or not it was the way he would have done it.  Together, we used the different parts of our different personalities to run a successful business.\n\nI can never thank him enough for helping me live such a great life over the past fourteen years, selling something I believe in with all my heart.\n\n\n\nBack to Just Being Friends\n\nThe record store we built together may have closed its doors, but we’ve got a ton to be proud of, and our friendship will live on.  That’s a beautiful thing.\n\nStay tuned.\n\n 

New Career Choice: Not Construction

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Here’s a piece of advice: Never start a remodeling project while you are moving your record store into storage.\n\nYeah, check look you haven’t heard from me in about three weeks since the store closed. It’s not because I’m sitting around watching Cartoon Network.\n\n\n\nI’ve been framing, best viagra tadalafil roofing, doing concrete… and a whole cornucopia of vicious physical work in the eight zillion degree Valley heat.\n\nThis is the kind of work I haven’t taken on since back in my teenage days with the Ward County Highway Department (you want to talk about characters… that place was a reality show in itself).  Not exactly the kind of work I’m used to doing: Peddling music to you guys.\n\nI didn’t realize it, but those long days on the rural North Dakota roads must have been the motivation for being a retail geek in the first place (admittedly, I had Record Store Geek tendencies, but Budget Tapes and Records never had any openings).  Even then, while the work was hard, it was done in the relatively decent Nodak summers, where all we had to worry about was pterodactyl-sized mosquitos, not Africa-heat.\n\n(Hood Hat Tip: Before I go any further I gotta take my hat off to those of you that kick ass in this stuff every day.  Seriously boys and girls… you cats are tough as hell.  Insane, but tough.)\n\nEr, Not A Mover Either\n\nI may have just had an epiphany about construction, but I did realize that movers were insane long ago.\n\n\n\nWhy? Because I’m insane with empathy. I’ve lived in the Valley 25 years, and I’ve managed to move (or help family) in the summer about 16 times. I literally can’t seem to do it in the fall or winter.  I know the pain.\n\nThis time was no different.  A full week’s worth of dirt and sweat.\n\n(Hoodnote: While packing trucks and fixtures is relentless, the break down and clean up of all the little stuff might be worse).\n\nSo why move and remodel in the same two weeks?\n\nMy neighbor, Mark – that’s him  on the roof with my sons (they must not have read the signs about being on the site without a hard hat) – was ready to help me, and he had to do it start during the last week of August.\n\n(Hoodnote: Mark was a Hoodlums’ customer before we became friends and neighbors. Both he and his wife were official Music Junkies at the ASU store) \n\nAnyway, in addition to being cool enough to help a neighbor, Mark is really awesome at construction, and I’m totally green. Plus, he’s a lot cheaper than a general contractor.\n\nSo basically, I had no choice.\n\n\n\nLuckily, the double duty only last about ten days… and my new boss didn’t work me more than ten hours a day on the site after that.\n\nIt’s Lookin’ Good Though\n\nThe cool thing about that kind of hard, manual work is that you can really stand back and see the results of what you’ve done. Check it out. What used to be outdoor is now totally waterproof and enclosed.  That’s my daughter getting in the action (she must not have seen the \”wear shoes on the site\” sign).\n\n\n\nCool, huh?  As a hobby maybe, just not enough to beat up my middle-aged body on a daily basis.\n\nSo while I’m not entirely ready to reveal which direction Hoodlums will go (soon, my friend, soon), I know this much:\n\nWe aren’t going to be a construction company.\n\nHope all is well with you. Stay tuned…\n\n(Note: We do have to finish the job when Mark gets back in town, so wish me luck.)\n\n 

If Someone Had to be the Last Customer…

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

I managed to keep my emotions in check until the last hour or two.\n\nWhen Ray called from Flagstaff, mind viagra it was about 6:30. He said he wanted to make sure we know that he’s been all over the state shopping at record stores throughout his life… and that we were by far the best he’d ever visited. If you know how deep into music Ray is – then you know that’s some high praise from a confirmed record store geek.\n\nTo our delight and honor, generic cialis purchase we’ve been getting a lot of high praise and feedback in the past five weeks since we announced our \”hibernation\”, and as I’ve said in our videos and emails, it’s means the world to us. But we’ve had tons of work to do, and I’ve been able to thank people and move on without letting the emotion well up.\n\nMaybe it’s because we only had a few hours of business left, and there wasn’t much else we could do to sell product or help customers (since we successfully sold off an enormous amount of our stuff and couldn’t do special orders), but as I started to say \”that means a lot to us\”… I had to stop and take one of those \”slow the emotion\” breaths.\n\nThen came Emma.\n\n\n\nEmma is one of our very best customer-friends (that’s her up there with Andy). She is the youngest of three sisters, all of whom have a passion for music, all of whom have shopped at Hoodlums since our ASU days.\n\nShe applied for a job as a hoodlum back in 2007, and made it to the finalists before we chose Andy (also pictured), the last hired hoodlum standing. The ASU talent pool was deep, and we were always lucky enough to get a ton of qualified applicants, so we told Emma that although she was ultra-qualified (plus she did great on the test), we just didn’t need that many people. We promised we would keep her \”in mind\”, but unfortunately, the danger of interviewing good customers and not hiring them often means they stop shopping at the store, so we figured we may not see her again.\n\nNot Emma. She just kept shopping.\n\nWhen we re-opened (after the M.U. fire) in 2008, there was Emma (along with her sisters, Mimi and Alison) at the grand opening. I asked her if she’s still like to be considered if we eventually hired again, and she responded with an enthusiastic \”yes\”. She showed up for nearly all of our in-stores, our art shows, even the movie screenings (the picture is from our 13th birthday party). Every time I’d ask her if she was still available, hoping we’d grow slowly but surely, and she’d still say \”yes\”.\n\nBut we never hired. While we found a way to pay our bills and make it through the lease, the economy and the industry stayed stagnant, and we just didn’t grow. We found ways to streamline and improve our efficiency, to get creative and cover each other’s vacations and appointments, and we simply didn’t need anyone.\n\nBut Emma kept shopping.\n\nEarlier in my final shift, I had looked up to see Mimi, Emma’s sister (that’s her over there), come through the door. Mimi has been an equally awesome Hoodlums’ supporter, and she had that same \”sorry to hear about your closing\” look that most of our regulars were wearing. We hugged each other, and I told her to stay tuned (like I told so many of you). When I was ringing her up, I asked about Emma. She said she thought she’d be in later.\n\nA hour or so later, in walked Alison (I’m sure there’s an Alison picture somewhere, but I can’t find it), and the scene repeated itself. Same look, same well-wishes, same \”thanks for your amazing support\”.\n\nBut still no Emma.\n\nThen, with less than an hour to go, shortly after Ray had called, in walked Emma.\n\nDon’t get me wrong, it’s not like I didn’t think she’d make it. As I said, she’s a great kid, and she’s been one of our most reliable supporters, so I was prepared to see her. Plus, as I said, I had talked to many customer-friends of equal emotional status to me without losing my composure, so I didn’t think it would be over-emotional.\n\nBut for whatever reason, seeing Emma was about all the ol’ Record Store Geek could take.\n\nI made it through the hug, but I had to head to the backroom so I didn’t lose my composure in front of the customers. Upon discovering my old pal and pseudo-employee, Sari, back there, I had to suck it up big time to keep from out-and-out crying (well, I probably didn’t have to, but my North Dakota upbringing manifests itself in a few macho hang-ups).\n\nIt turns out that even though my outlook is positive, even though both Kristian and I feel like the store did not fail, after putting every bit of my heart and soul into building up \”my baby\”, it was impossible not to be a little bit sad about shutting her down.\n\nEventually, I made it back out to the floor. I was OK from that point on.\n\nSomewhere after 8PM, I put on Paul Pena’s \”New Train\”, the first album played when we opened (see the post Thank God It’s Finally Opening Day) and the final album I wanted to play as we closed (see the Last Song Facebook post from last week) and locked the door. Emma was still in the store.\n\nSo I rang up Emma. Our final customer of the store.\n\nIt could have been anybody that happened to be last.  It could have been any number of classic customers that set me off.  The last day (and the entire run) was filled with so many loyal customers. So many friends. So many tremendous conversations, memories, and relationships. I could write stories about so many of you (and you never know, I just might).\n\nBut someone had to be the final customer.\n\nI’m glad it was Emma.

Top 10s of 2011 – Hoodlums’ Customers

Friday, January 27th, 2012

We threw a little contest and asked for Top Ten lists from our customers.  We didn’t get a ton of responses, viagra canada viagra sale but the customers who sent are some of our very best.  An eclectic bunch of true music fans that buy lots and aren’t afraid to experiment.\n\nWe cut and pasted exactly what they sent us, thumb health including comments and extra picks.  We thank all of you that participated.\n\nMicheal Pang\n\n1. Jay Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne\n2. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – We’re New Here\n3. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy\n4. They Might Be Giants – Join Us\n5. Charles Bradley – No Time for Dreaming\n6. The Beach Boys – The Smile Sessions\n7. TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light\n8. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life\n9. Little Dragon – Ritual Union\n10. Danny Brown – XXX\n\nAnthony Martinez\n\n1. Bon Iver, Bon Iver\n2. Strange Mercy, St. Vincent\n3. Watch The Throne, Jay-Z & Kanye West\n4. Wounded Rhymes, Lykke Li\n5. The Big Roar, The Joy Formidable\n6. Elsie, The Horrible Crowes\n7. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, M83\n8. The King Of Limbs, Radiohead\n9. Helplessness Blues, Fleet Foxes\n10. Metals, Feist\n\nMimi Ringness\n\nBest Albums (Defined here as: the albums that I bought and loved, not including those which I sadly missed and/or did not purchase and listen to endlessly.)\n\n1. Oh Fortune, Dan Mangan 2. We Are The Tide, Blind Pilot 3. The Rip Tide, Beirut 4. Codes And Keys, Death Cab For Cutie 5. Mine Is Yours, Cold War Kids 6. 12 Desperate Straight Lines, Telekinesis! 7. 21, Adele 8. Actor-Castor, Generationals 9. It’s A Corporate World, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. 10. No Color, The Dodos\n\nBest Songs (Defined here as: the songs that I played over and over and over again.)\n\n“Rolling In The Deep,” Adele “Oh Fortune,” Dan Mangan “Get It Out,” Blind Pilot “Bulldozer,” Cold War Kids “What About Us,” Handsome Furs “Come Closer,” Miles Kane “Woods,” The Rosebuds “Gotta Get It Right Now,” Telekinesis! “Black Night,” The Dodos “Some Boys,” Death Cab For Cutie “Goshen,” Beirut “Ash/Black Veil,” Apparat “Abducted,” Cults “I Know You Don’t Love Me,” Peter Bjorn & John “Ritual Union,” Little Dragon “Simple Girl,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. “Truth,” Alexander\n\nDeals of 2011 (Defined here as: ultimate prices that exemplify Hoodlums)\n\nDVDs: Stranger Than Fiction, $3.47 Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow, $3.99 Strangers On A Train, $5.21\n\nCDs: Gimme Some, Peter Bjorn & John, $2.78 with a $10 gift certificate It’s A Corporate World, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., $5.39 Sigh No More, Mumford & Sons, $6.95 Loud Planes Fly Low, The Rosebuds, $7.99\n\nVinyl: “Dirty Thing” 7”, Telekinesis! $5.39\n\nPosters: Useless Creatures, Andrew Bird, $8.69\n\nEmma Ringness\n\nAlbums\n\n1) King of Limbs, Radiohead\n\nIt’s Radiohead. Seriously, enough said.\n\n2) Blood Pressures, The Kills\n\nI ignored The Kills for years, until I became hooked on “Future Starts Slow.” The album doesn’t disappoint. You can hear their experience in the songwriting without any loss of spark…or gritty sexiness.\n\n3) Suck It and See, Arctic Monkeys\n\nWith the exception of the singles, which I personally feel are the weakest tracks on the album, the Arctic Monkeys deliver their strongest songwriting since Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. They are older and wiser, and while this experience might have made them a little jaded, it has certainly not made them redundant.\n\n4) Codes and Keys, Death Cab for Cutie\n\nI was pretty indifferent to Codes and Keys from what I heard before the album was released, but I, like many people, forgot that Death Cab are some of the modern masters of the album format. It must be heard as a whole.\n\n5) El Camino, The Black Keys\n\nThis one made it on suuuuper last minute, but I’m pretty sure it’s one I’ll be spinning heavily in 2012. My early assessment? Better than Brothers. No one hate me for that, please.\n\nHonorable Mention: Angles, The Strokes\n\nI feel like Angles—and all The Strokes albums since 2002, for that matter—gets disregarded by people comparing it to Is This It. Understandable, but not fair.\n\nSongs\n\nHere are my favorite songs from 2011 that aren’t on my top five albums. Note: the version of “Piledriver Waltz” on this list is different from the one on Suck It and See.\n\n“Ten-Twenty-Ten,” Generationals (Actor-Caster)\n“Civilian,” Wye Oak (Civilian)\n“Techno Fan (acoustic),” The Wombats (non-album track)\n“Piledriver Waltz,” Arctic Monkeys (Submarine OST)\n“Cruel,” St. Vincent (Strange Mercy)\n\nJeremy P.\n\n1. Steven Wilson – Grace For Drowning\n2. Abigail Washburn – City of Refuge\n3. Ma/Edgar/Duncan/Thile – The Goat Rodeo Sessions\n4. The Decemberists – The King Is Dead\n5. Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know\n6. Okkervil River – I Am Very Far\n7. Steve Earle – I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive\n8. Pain of Salvation – Road Salt Two\n9. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones – Rocket Science\n10. The Roots – Undun\n\nConnor Descheemaker\n\n10. The Mountain Goats-All Eternals Deck\n9. Chuck Ragan-Covering Ground\n8. Frank Turner-England Keep My Bones\n7. Andrew Jackson Jihad-Knife Man\n6. Explosions In the Sky-Take Care, Take Care, Take Care\n5. Fucked Up-David Comes To Life\n4. Doomtree-No Kings\n3. The Roots-undun.\n2. The World/Inferno Friendship Society-The Anarchy & The Ecstasy\n1. Bomb The Music Industry!-Vacation\n\nMitch Goyette\n\n1. Fair to Midland – Arrows and Anchors\n2. The Dear Hunter – The Color Spectrum\n3. Puscifer – Conditions of My Parole\n4. Hotel of the Laughing Tree – Terror and Everything After\n5. Dredg – Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy\n6. Opeth – Heritage\n7. Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa – Don’t Explain\n8. Deep Dark Robot – 8 Songs About a Girl\n9. Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math\n10. Frank Turner – England Take My Bones\n\nAnd because 10 isn’t enough, here’s few (er, another 10) honorable mentions that certainly could be in the top 10 if I was in a different mood today:\n\nRedemption – This Mortal Coil\nSymphony X – Iconoclast\nAmplifier – The Octopus\nThe Decemberists – The King is Dead / Long Live the King (yeah, cheating and putting the two together)\nLong Distance Calling – s/t\nJeff Martin – The Ground Cries Out\nThree – The Ghost You Gave to Me\nErland and the Carnival – Nightingale\nRiverside – Memories in My Head\nJolly – The Audio Guide to Happiness Pt. 1\n\nTammy H.\n\n1. Explosions in the Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care\n2. Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation\n3. Panda Bear – Tomboy\n4. Beirut – The Rip Tide\n5. Handsome Furs – Sound Kapital\n6. Tapes n Tapes – Outside\n7. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Mirror Traffic\n8. The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient\n9. Cut Copy – Zonoscope\n10. Okkervil River – I Am Very Far\n11. Wye Oak – Civilian\n12. Yuck – Yuck\n13. Akron/Family – S/T II: The Birth and Cosmic Journey of Shinju TNT\n14. The Strokes – Angles\n15. Portugal. The Man – In the Mountain In the Clouds

Ten Great Things About 2011 at Hoodlums

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Happy New Year to you and your family!  We are looking forward to hanging out and talking music, viagra levitra art, pharmacy medicine and movies with you in 2012.\n\nBut first we wanted to thank you for your part in making 2011 such a great year for us.  Your support feeds our families, and it puts more of your hard-earned spending money back into the community… and to say we appreciate it is beyond an understatement.  Thanks.\n\nWhat was so great about 2011?  There were a huge amount of happy Hood-happenings in 2011, but these are our Top 10 (we love making lists):\n

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  • Celebrating our 13th Birthday in October (10 at ASU, 3 at Tempe Square).
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  • Rejoining our friends (and the best indie record stores in America) in the Coalition of Independent Music Stores.
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  • Achieving our single biggest sales day ever on Record Store Day.
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  • Shattering our weekend record for Black Friday (thanks to Indie Black Friday).
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  • Raising $3,200 for the kids of Broadmor Elementary with our Hoodstock Festival (our second year over $3K).
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  • Being awarded a New Times \”Best of Phoenix\” for our Hoodstock Festival.
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  • Being voted \”Best Record/Music Shop\” in the East Valley Tribune’s Best of East Valley poll
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  • Successfully hosting in-store performances with Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Abigail Washburn, and over 25 tremendous local artists.
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  • Tripling our previous year’s sales record for local art sales (almost 300 pieces sold, including our biggest single-artist show with Jeff McDaniel).
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  • Setting a new special order record with over 1,300 special orders filled in 2011 (and not one extra charge).
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\nWe hope your 2011 was equally awesome… and that both of our 2012s will be even better.  Again, our thanks to you.  Steve, Kristian, and the hoodlums at Hoodlums.\n

Hoodlums Top 99 Vinyl Titles of 2011

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Hey vinyl lovers, cialis generic viagra check out Hoodlums’ best-selling vinyl titles from 2011.\n\nWe think it’s a pretty cool list of stuff, pills and we are really proud of (and thankful to) our great customers for buying such quality art from their local hoods.  Like the Top-selling CDs of 2011 List, this one is loaded with a diverse group of titles (I love to see the differences and similarities between the two configurations).  If you are a fan of the art, there’s probably something on here you need to add to your collection.\n\nAs you can see from the numbers, CD still outsells vinyl… but we are still selling more vinyl all the time (especially as more titles hit the market).\n\nNote: RSD means the title is from Record Store Day or Indie Black Friday.\n\nHoodlums Top 99 Vinyl Titles of 2011\n

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  1. Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More
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  3. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
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  5. Bruce Springsteen – Gotta Get That Feeling (RSD)
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  7. Black Keys – El Camino (one of the only stores in the US to get a bunch)
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  9. White Stripes – Let’s Shake Hands (RSD)
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  11. Beatles – Abbey Road (amazingly, the only Beatles LP available)
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  13. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
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  15. Roger Clyne & Peacemakers – Unida Cantina (in-store performance)
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  17. Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar/Bitch (RSD)
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  19. Mumford and Sons – Dharohar Project  (RSD)
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  21. White Stripes – LaFayette Blues (RSD)
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  23. Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
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  25. Foo Fighters – Medium Rare (RSD)
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  27. Wilco – Whole Love
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  29. Ryan Adams – Ashes and Fire
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  31. Bob Dylan – Bob Dylan in Concert
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  33. Doors – Riders on the Storm (RSD)
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  35. Kings of Leon – Holy Roller Novocaine (RSD)
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  37. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Havana Affair (RSD)
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  39. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
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  41. Tom Petty – Kiss My Amps
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  43. Black Keys – Brothers
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  45. Decemberists – King is Dead
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  47. Clash – London Calling
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  49. Florence & The Machine – Lungs
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  51. Radiohead – OK Computer
  52. \n

  53. Black Keys – Lonely Boy (RSD)
  54. \n

  55. Beatles – Singles (RSD)
  56. \n

  57. Ray LaMontagne – Live Fall (RSD)
  58. \n

  59. Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other
  60. \n

  61. Bon Iver – For Emma
  62. \n

  63. Radiohead – King of Limbs
  64. \n

  65. Radiohead – In Rainbows
  66. \n

  67. Adele – 21
  68. \n

  69. Wu-Tang Clan – Enter Wu-Tang
  70. \n

  71. Black Angels – Another Nice Pair (RSD)
  72. \n

  73. Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
  74. \n

  75. Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning
  76. \n

  77. Pixies – Doolittle
  78. \n

  79. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over The Sea
  80. \n

  81. What Laura Says – Talk
  82. \n

  83. Regina Spektor – Four from Far (RSD)
  84. \n

  85. Sharon Jones & Dapkings – Soul Time (RSD)
  86. \n

  87. Social Distortion – Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes
  88. \n

  89. Black Keys – Magic Potion
  90. \n

  91. Strokes – Is This It?
  92. \n

  93. Godspeed You Black Emperor – F#A# (infinity)
  94. \n

  95. Perfect Circle – Thirteenth Step
  96. \n

  97. Strokes – Angles
  98. \n

  99. Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced?
  100. \n

  101. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
  102. \n

  103. John Coltrane – Love Supreme
  104. \n

  105. Built to Spill – Ripple
  106. \n

  107. Rush – Caravan Blues (RSD)
  108. \n

  109. Shins – Oh! Inverted World
  110. \n

  111. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
  112. \n

  113. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
  114. \n

  115. TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light
  116. \n

  117. Tool – Opiate
  118. \n

  119. Pixies – Surfer Rosa
  120. \n

  121. She & Him – Volume one
  122. \n

  123. Elliot Smith – Either/Or
  124. \n

  125. Pearl Jam – Vs.
  126. \n

  127. Nas – Illmatic
  128. \n

  129. Black Angels – Phosgene Nightmare
  130. \n

  131. Mayall/Clapton – Lonely Years (RSD)
  132. \n

  133. Beach Boys – Good Vibrations (RSD)
  134. \n

  135. Sonic Youth – Oz Tour 1993 (RSD)
  136. \n

  137. Lady Gaga – Born This Way (RSD)
  138. \n

  139. Velvet Underground – Loaded
  140. \n

  141. Black Keys – Thickfreakness
  142. \n

  143. Ryan Adams – Gold
  144. \n

  145. Tool – Undertow
  146. \n

  147. Flaming Lips – In a Priest-Driven Ambulance
  148. \n

  149. Cursive – Ugly Organ
  150. \n

  151. Arcade Fire – Suburbs
  152. \n

  153. Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction
  154. \n

  155. Radiohead – Kid A
  156. \n

  157. Radiohead – Bends
  158. \n

  159. Jason Isbell & 400 Unit – Here We Rest
  160. \n

  161. Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker
  162. \n

  163. Johnny Cash – American VI: Ain’t No Grave
  164. \n

  165. Junior Kimbrough – All Night Long
  166. \n

  167. O’ Brother Where Art Thou? Soundtrack
  168. \n

  169. Bad Brains – Pay to Cum
  170. \n

  171. John Lennon – Imagine 40th Anniversary box (RSD)
  172. \n

  173. Soundgarden – Before the Doors Live (RSD)
  174. \n

  175. Phish – Party Time? (RSD)
  176. \n

  177. Dream Theater – Metropolis 2 (RSD)
  178. \n

  179. Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
  180. \n

  181. Air – Moon Safari
  182. \n

  183. Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones
  184. \n

  185. Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited
  186. \n

  187. Tom Waits  – Heart of Saturday Night
  188. \n

  189. White Stripes – White Blood Cells
  190. \n

  191. Iron & Wine – Creek Drank the Cradle
  192. \n

  193. Shins – Chutes Too Narrow
  194. \n

  195. Beach Boys – Smile Session
  196. \n

  197. Whiskeytown – Stranger’s Almanac (8 copies!)
  198. \n

\n(RSD) \= Record Store Day or Indie Black Friday\n\n 

Hoodlums Top 99 CDs of 2011

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Contrary to media-fueled misconception, medical ampoule people are still buying lots of CDs (and LPs). In fact, cure 2011 was a good year for Hoodlums (and music in general). Of course, thumb we thank all of you for buying so many of your CDs (and LPs) here.\n\nWanna take a look at what you bought? Let’s do it. As a store owner, I’m pretty proud of you guys. That’s a solid list of quality music (as is the Top-selling Vinyl List) and you should be proud of your taste and diversity.\n\nWhat influences the chart? In addition to noted in-store performances, I’ve included a little \”legend\” of a few of the notable influences, namely the opinions of the hoodlums at Hoodlums (click here for our Top 10 of 2011 lists), at the bottom.\n\nHoodlums Top 99 CDs of 2011\n

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  1. Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers – Unida Cantina (in-store performance)
  2. \n

  3. Adele – 21
  4. \n

  5. Decemberists – King is Dead (S, K)
  6. \n

  7. Black Keys – El Camino (S)
  8. \n

  9. Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More
  10. \n

  11. Abigail Washburn – City of Refuge (in-store performance, K)
  12. \n

  13. Ryan Adams – Ashes and Fire (A, K)
  14. \n

  15. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
  16. \n

  17. Black Keys – Brothers
  18. \n

  19. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
  20. \n

  21. Wilco – Whole Love
  22. \n

  23. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  24. \n

  25. Danger Mouse/Daniele Luppi – Rome (S)
  26. \n

  27. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  28. \n

  29. Jason Isbell and 400 Unit – Here We Rest (A, S, K)
  30. \n

  31. Gillian Welch – Harrow and the Harvest (K)
  32. \n

  33. Social Distortion – Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes (A)
  34. \n

  35. Radiohead – King of Limbs
  36. \n

  37. Florence & the Machine – Lungs
  38. \n

  39. Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong (A)
  40. \n

  41. Cake – Showroom of Compassion
  42. \n

  43. Paul Simon – So Beautiful or So What
  44. \n

  45. Sarah Jarosz – Follow Me Down (K)
  46. \n

  47. Ma/Duncan/Meyer/Thile – Goat Rodeo Sessions (K)
  48. \n

  49. Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
  50. \n

  51. My Morning Jacket – Circuital
  52. \n

  53. Tedeschi/Trucks – Revelator
  54. \n

  55. Fitz & The Tantrums – Pickin’ Up the Pieces
  56. \n

  57. Amos Lee – Mission Bell
  58. \n

  59. Florence & The Machine – Ceremonials
  60. \n

  61. Foster the People – Torches
  62. \n

  63. Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
  64. \n

  65. Chris Isaak – Beyond the Sun
  66. \n

  67. REM – Collapse Into Now
  68. \n

  69. M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming
  70. \n

  71. Adele – 19
  72. \n

  73. Small Leaks Sink Ships – Oak Street Basement (in-store performance)
  74. \n

  75. Gregg Allman – Low Country Blues
  76. \n

  77. Charles Bradley – No Time for Dreaming (S)
  78. \n

  79. Death Cab for Cutie – Codes and Keys
  80. \n

  81. Neil Young – Treasure
  82. \n

  83. Flogging Molly – Speed of Darkness
  84. \n

  85. Bright Eyes – People’s Key
  86. \n

  87. Primus – Green Naugahyde
  88. \n

  89. She & Him – Very She & Him Christmas (in a post… who knew?)
  90. \n

  91. Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You
  92. \n

  93. Amy Winehouse – Lioness: Hidden Treasures
  94. \n

  95. Bill Evans – Piano Player
  96. \n

  97. Daptone Gold – Various Artists
  98. \n

  99. Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee
  100. \n

  101. Ben Harper – Give Till It’s Gone
  102. \n

  103. Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros – Up From Below
  104. \n

  105. Arctic Monkeys – Suck It and See
  106. \n

  107. Bruno Mars – Doo Wops & Hooligans
  108. \n

  109. John Hiatt – Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns
  110. \n

  111. Drive-By Truckers – Go Go Boots
  112. \n

  113. Kooper/Bloomfield – Fillmore East: Lost Tapes
  114. \n

  115. Strokes – Angles
  116. \n

  117. Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math (A)
  118. \n

  119. Taj Mahal – Taj Mahal
  120. \n

  121. Avett Brothers – I & Love & You
  122. \n

  123. Aloe Blacc – Good Things
  124. \n

  125. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  126. \n

  127. Eddie Vedder – Ukulele Songs
  128. \n

  129. Feist – Metals
  130. \n

  131. St. Vincent
  132. \n

  133. Vaccines – What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?
  134. \n

  135. Steve Martin & Steep Canyon Rangers – Rare Bird Alert
  136. \n

  137. Black Carl – Borrowed (in-store performance)
  138. \n

  139. Jayhawks – Mockingbird Time
  140. \n

  141. Nick 13 – Nick 13 (A)
  142. \n

  143. Tinariwen – Tassili
  144. \n

  145. Beach Boys – Smile Sessions
  146. \n

  147. Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
  148. \n

  149. TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light
  150. \n

  151. Delaney & Bonnie – D & B Together
  152. \n

  153. Cults – Cults
  154. \n

  155. Wanda Jackson – Party Ain’t Over
  156. \n

  157. Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’ (S)
  158. \n

  159. Loudon Wainwright III – Album 3
  160. \n

  161. Rave on Buddy Holly – Various Artists
  162. \n

  163. Decemberists – Live at Bull Moose (RSD)
  164. \n

  165. Sharon Jones & Dapkings – Soul Time (RSD)
  166. \n

  167. Dry River Yacht Club – Family Portraits
  168. \n

  169. William Elliot Whitmore – Field Songs
  170. \n

  171. Old Crow Medicine Show – OCMS
  172. \n

  173. Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
  174. \n

  175. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life
  176. \n

  177. Kills – Blood Pressures
  178. \n

  179. Ryan Adams – III & IV
  180. \n

  181. Warren Haynes – Man In Motion (S)
  182. \n

  183. Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
  184. \n

  185. Etta James – At Last
  186. \n

  187. Ahmad Jamal – Pittsburgh
  188. \n

  189. Taj Mahal – Natch’l Blues
  190. \n

  191. Mergence – Those Vibrant Young People Are Dead (S)
  192. \n

  193. City and Colour – Little Hell (A)
  194. \n

  195. Kinch – Incandenza (A)
  196. \n

  197. Beatles – Abbey Road (15 copies!)
  198. \n

\nS \= Steve’s Top 10 of 2011 pick\n\nK \= Kristian’s Top 10 of 2011 pick\n\nA \= Andy’s Top 10 of 2011 pick\n\nRSD \= Record Store Day or Indie Black Friday title

Record Store Geek’s Top 10 Albums of 2011 (and more)

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Wow, search try 2011 was a great year for music.  I can’t remember a year when I had this tough of a time making up my Top 10 Albums list (of course, seek one Top 10 list could not contain me, so like any good \”Best of\” issue, I made up a few of my own categories).\n\nWe do these lists to share our love of music… which is pretty much the reason we opened a record store in the first place.  The reason we are still here sharing thirteen years later is because you, and thousands of other music, movie, and art fans, have supported us by purchasing your favorite albums at Hoodlums.\n\nThe depth of our appreciation for this support cannot truly be expressed.  Thanks.\n\nNow, without further rambling, my Top 10 lists for 2011 (in no particular order).\n\nSteve’s Top Ten Albums of 2011\n\nDecemberists – King is Dead\nDanger Mouse and Daniele Luppi – Rome\nCharles Bradley – No Time for Dreaming\nJason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Here We Rest\nSharon Jones & Dap-Kings – Soul Time\nRaphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’\nMergence – Those Vibrant Young People Are Dead\nBlack Keys – El Camino\nJC Brooks and Uptown Sound – Want More\nWarren Haynes – Rivers Gonna Rise\n\nTen More 2011 Albums That I Really Dig\n\nCults – Cults\nFoo Fighters – Wasting Light\nVaccines – What Did You Expect From the Vaccines?\nDawes – Nothing is Wrong\nRyan Adams – Ashes and Fire\nKooks – Junk of the Heart\nMy Morning Jacket – Circuital\nTedeschi Trucks Band – Revelator\nSteve Cropper – Dedicated\nSteve Miller Band – Let Your Hair Down\n\nFive 2011 Records Andy & Kristian are playing into my collection\n\nCity and Colour – Little Hell\nBig Talk – Big Talk\nGary Clark Jr. – Bright Lights EP\nDead Man Winter – Bright Lights\nJason Isbell and the 400 Unit – S/T\n\nTop Ten Rock Catalog Discoveries of 2011\n\nLaura Nyro – Smile\nLaura Nyro – Nested\nBig Star – #1 Record/Radio City\nAtlanta Rhythm Section – Live at the Savoy\nMarshall Tucker Band – Where We All Belong\nCountry Joe and the Fish – Electric Music for the Mind\nGraham Nash – Songs for Beginners\nJosh Rouse – Subtitulo\nElectric Light Orchestra – Face the Music\nNick Drake – Bryter Layter\n\nTop Ten Jazz/Blues/Soul Catalog Discoveries of 2011\n\nAretha Franklin – Aretha Now\nThe Meters – Rejuvenation\nWilson Pickett – Hey Jude\nLou Rawls – Soulin’\nBuddy Guy/Junior Wells – Drinkin’ TNT, Smokin’ Dynamite\nLuther Allison – Love Me Mama\nFreddie Hubbard – Blue Spirits\nBarbara Dane & Chambers Brothers – Smithsonian Archival Recordings\nJimmy Dawkins – Fast Fingers\nArt Blakey – Mosaic\n\nHappy New Year to you and your family.

Andy’s Top 10 of 2011

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

As usual, pills malady when I asked the kid for his Top 10, search buy he came up big.  Not only did he list his favorite albums, sickness but we got his favorite songs, TV shows, and even a revised version of last year’s picks.  Without further adieu, here they are…\n\nFavorite Albums of 2011 \n\n1. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Here We Rest\n\n2. Manchester Orchestra ­­- Simple Math\n\n3. The Horrible Crowes  – Elsie \n\n4. City & Colour – Little Hell\n\n5. Nick 13  – Nick 13 \n\n6. Ryan Adams  – Ashes & Fire\n\n7. Kasey Anderson + The Honkies – Heart Of A Dog\n\n8. Frank Turner – England Keep My Bones\n\n9. Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong\n\n10. Kinch – The Incandenza\n\nTop Songs of 2011\n\n1. Jason Isbell – \”Codeine\”\n\n2. Manchester Orchestra – \”Simple Math\”\n\n3. Ryan Adams – \”Lucky Now\”\n\n4. Jason Isbell + the 400 Unit- \”Stopping By\”\n\n5. Moonshine Matinee – \”Postcards From Salem\”\n\n6. Kasey Anderson + the Honkies – \”Exit Ghost\”\n\n7. Nick 13 – \”Carry My Body Down\”\n\n8. The Horrible Crowes – \”Behold The Hurricane\”\n\n9. Ladylike – \”Cinema Kiss\”\n\n10. Ryan Adams – \”Invisible Riverside\”\n\n11. Dawes – \”Fire Away\”\n\n12. Dead Man Winter – \”Nicotine\”\n\n13. Less Than Jake – \”Life Lived Out Loud\”\n\n14. My Morning Jacket – \”Holding On To Black Metal\”\n\n15. David Bazan – \”Wolves at The Door\”\n\n16. City & Colour – \”Little Hell\”\n\n17. Kinch – \”That’s Just The Mess That  We’re In\”\n\n18. Abigail Washburn – \”Burn Thru\”\n\n19. Big Talk – \”Katzenjammer\”\n\n20. Ben Harper – \”Don’t Give Up On Me Now\”\n\n21. Childish Gambino – \”Firefly\”\n\n22. The Head & The Heart – \”Down In The Valley\”\n\n23. City & Colour – \”Weightless\”\n\n24. Dave Hause – \”Melanin\”\n\n25. Frank Turner – \”Redemption\”\n\n26. Decemberists – \”January Hymn\”\n\n27. Blink-182 – \”Up All Night\”\n\n28. Social Distortion – \”Machine Gun Blues\”\n\n29. Dropkick Murphys – \”Going Out In Style\”\n\n30. Death Cab For Cutie – \”Underneath The Sycamore\”\n\nTV Shows\n\nCommunity\n\nWorkaholics\n\nWilfred\n\nLouie\n\nSouth Park\n\nThe League\n\nTop 10 of 2010 Redux\n\n1.  The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang\n\n2. Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues\n\n3. The National – High Violet \n\n4. Punch Brothers – Antifogmatic\n\n5. Jakob Dylan – Women + Country\n\n6. AM Taxi – We Don’t Stand  A Chance\n\n7. Trampled By Turtles – Palomino\n\n8. Eminem – Recovery\n\n9.  Josh Ritter – So Runs The World Away\n\n10.  Fitz & The Tantrums – Pickin’ Up The Pieces

Kristian’s Top Ten of 2011

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

What do you know?  Kristian has submitted his Top Ten the earliest of all the hoodlums at Hoodlums!\n\nHe won’t add a bunch of rambling like I do, ask prostate but he’s as serious about his Top 10 as anyone, purchase capsule especially because 2011 had so much great music.  The only thing he included beyond the list was the note that it was listed alphabetically.\n\nRYAN ADAMS – ASHES & FIRE\n\nDECEMBERISTS – KING IS DEAD\n\nGOAT RODEO SESSION – THILE/MEYER/MA/DUNCAN\n\nJASON ISBELL – HERE WE REST\n\nSARAH JAROSZ – FOLLOW ME DOWN\n\nLOW ANTHEM – SMART FLESH\n\nNOAM PIKELNEY – BEAT THE DEVIL & CARRY A RAIL\n\nCHRIS THILE & MICHAEL DAVES – SLEEP W/ ONE EYE OPEN\n\nABIGAIL WASHBURN – CITY OF REFUGE\n\nGILLAIN WELCH/DAVID RAWLINGS – HARROW & HARVEST\n\nStay tuned for more Hoodlums lists soon.  Happy Holidays