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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

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
  40. \n

  41. Tom Petty – Kiss My Amps
  42. \n

  43. Black Keys – Brothers
  44. \n

  45. Decemberists – King is Dead
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  47. Clash – London Calling
  48. \n

  49. Florence & The Machine – Lungs
  50. \n

  51. Radiohead – OK Computer
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  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
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  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
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  77. Pixies – Doolittle
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  79. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over The Sea
  80. \n

  81. What Laura Says – Talk
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  83. Regina Spektor – Four from Far (RSD)
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  85. Sharon Jones & Dapkings – Soul Time (RSD)
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  87. Social Distortion – Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes
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  89. Black Keys – Magic Potion
  90. \n

  91. Strokes – Is This It?
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  93. Godspeed You Black Emperor – F#A# (infinity)
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  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
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  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)
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  133. Beach Boys – Good Vibrations (RSD)
  134. \n

  135. Sonic Youth – Oz Tour 1993 (RSD)
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  137. Lady Gaga – Born This Way (RSD)
  138. \n

  139. Velvet Underground – Loaded
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  141. Black Keys – Thickfreakness
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  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
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  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!)
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\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)
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  3. Adele – 21
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  5. Decemberists – King is Dead (S, K)
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  7. Black Keys – El Camino (S)
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  9. Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More
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  11. Abigail Washburn – City of Refuge (in-store performance, K)
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  13. Ryan Adams – Ashes and Fire (A, K)
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  15. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
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  17. Black Keys – Brothers
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  19. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
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  21. Wilco – Whole Love
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  23. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  24. \n

  25. Danger Mouse/Daniele Luppi – Rome (S)
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  27. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  28. \n

  29. Jason Isbell and 400 Unit – Here We Rest (A, S, K)
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  31. Gillian Welch – Harrow and the Harvest (K)
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  33. Social Distortion – Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes (A)
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  35. Radiohead – King of Limbs
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  37. Florence & the Machine – Lungs
  38. \n

  39. Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong (A)
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  41. Cake – Showroom of Compassion
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  43. Paul Simon – So Beautiful or So What
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  45. Sarah Jarosz – Follow Me Down (K)
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  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
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  53. Tedeschi/Trucks – Revelator
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  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
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  63. Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
  64. \n

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

  67. REM – Collapse Into Now
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  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!)
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\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

Which guitar solo would you choose?

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Which guitar solo would you choose to announce your call?\n\nGood question, medicine sick eh?\n\nThe reason I pose it is due to two factors: 1) My pal Munzy Cat alerted me to the fantastic video (labeled \”The Greatest Guitar Solo Ever\”) I’ve attached, site in which Prince just absolutely goes off on \”While My Guitar Gently Weeps\” (along with awesome vocals by Tom Petty and ELO’s Jeff Lynne); and 2) My new iPhone, combined with Garageband, allows me to use any song in my database to create ringtones for my buddies.\n\nSo I’m going with the idea of using guitar solos for ringtones, at least for my more rockin‘ friends (hmm, the rockin’ list seems to be heavily composed of guys, which raises another series of questions regarding gender and guitar solos, but I won’t digress, for once). Seriously though, why listen to frogs, horns, and bells when you can do some wankin’?\n\nSo what would you want your guitar solo to be?\n\nI’m not talking about the Greatest Ever. I could never put one at the top. The Prince solo on this video is really fantastic (check out the Hendrix-like way he connects with his guitar), but like some of the comments say, \”Greatest ever?\”. It’s too bold of statement to even make. Hell, I’m not sure I could even decide between the Allman Brothers solos, let alone the rest of the rock and roll (or jazz) landscape.\n\nI’m talking about one that you love.  A solo that lifts your soul… moves your butt… causes you to make rock star faces. If you’re like me, then you know what I mean. I can air-guitar hundreds of solos note for note (as I’ve mentioned previously, I’m a one-man air band).\n\nFor now, I went with Jeff \”Skunk\” Baxter off of Steely Dan’s \”Night by Night\” as my general ringtone (one thing you can count on in almost every Steely Dan song is a guitar solo, one reason they are my all-time fave).  My son and I agreed to use to part of Rik Emmett’s first solo off of Triumph’s \”Fight the Good Fight\” for his ringtone.  Cliche as it may be (because it applies to the contact), I went with the mighty Jimmy Page on the double-necked finale of \”Stairway to Heaven\” for one of the pals with whom I most connect (sorry Bieber, I couldn’t find any solos by Selena Gomez’s guitarist, er, computer).\n\nThe point is: I want the solo to represent the caller. It might take me a while, but it’s a task I relish.\n\nFortunately, I’ve got a ways to go to finish off the contact list. Of course, I don’t have nearly as many friends as I have solos to consider (although many of the solos are like friends to me), so I’ll need to jam my way through a few more decisions.\n\nLuckily, it’s my day off (although it seems a lot like what I do every day, thank God) so I can stay on it.\n\nSo now that you’ve had time to think… which solo would you choose for yourself?  We’d love to see your response on Facebook or Twitter.\n

(Except for you, Disney Boy, you have to call so I can jam some Zep).

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Why I Own A Record Store: Collection and Control

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Just because I own a record store in 2011 doesn’t mean I walk the dog while listening to a Sony Walkman. I’m far from a technological luddite.\n\n\n\nIn fact, sales ampoule with my recent acquisition of my new iPhone, doctor you could say I am officially Apple’s cyberslave. I started with the initial 40 gig iPod, which was eventually replaced by my current 160 gig iPod classic (which I actually use to walk the dog). Then last year, I finally switched from PC to Mac (which allowed me to customize my rambling videos). Now the iPhone. As Kevin Bacon would say, \”Thank you sir, may I have another!\”\n\nIt goes beyond Apple. I’ve got a Sony 3D Blu-ray player that streams youtube, Pandora, Slacker (which I like better), and about eight zillion movies. The digital cable has umpteen music channels.\n\nIt’s awesome. Entertainment everywhere. It makes a guy wonder about the need for record stores, that’s for sure.\n\nSo why do I own one?\n\nObviously, it’s a question I’ve asked myself (and fielded from many of you) countless times over the past thirteen years, and continue to ask myself to this day. I know that I can listen to music from morning until night, and hear tons of great shit, without paying a cent outside of my phone and cable bills, which I already have to pay. So why not just go with the electronic flow?\n\n\n\nThe answer: I still personally like to own and have control of my music. Collecting CDs (and to a smaller extent, LPs) is my ultimate hobby.\n\nOur old partner, Lloyd, sent me a Spotify invite last month. So I logged on and created an account.  I dialed up Paul Pena’s \”New Train\” as my first search, to see what sort of depth they had (it was the very first album we ever played at this store). While they didn’t have \”New Train\”, they did have an album I’ve never seen, his self-titled album. New Pena tracks? Cool.\n\nI started to listen to the album, and of course, it was tasty. But rather than rejoice at my new digital find, I immediately dialed up my distributor to see if it was available (it wasn’t… and I couldn’t even find evidence of it’s existence on Amazon or Ebay).\n\n\n\nBecause I want to OWN it. I want it to be mine. I want to know it’s in my collection, and that it isn’t going to disappear at the whim of some company or at the surge of some electrical current. I want to be able to make a ringtone out of it, or use it in a video. I want total control.\n\nYes, I want to have it on my computer, in my phone, and on my iPod… but unless I’ve got that original digital file (otherwise known as the CD) back there on the wall, in my collection, I don’t really feel like I really own it. Plus, I want to be able to listen to it in high quality at my house, at the store, and in my car.\n\nYou see, I’m not a \”casual\” music fan, like for instance, my lovely wife. Music has always been enormously important to me, and I take my collection very seriously. I generally listen to albums (in fact, I never just drag a song into one of my devices). I don’t (and have never) buy singles (unless it’s a rare song and that’s the only way to get it). I rarely rip a CD and then trade it. If I do, I feel like I made a decision to relegate whatever the album is to a lower status… an almost not-worthy status.\n\n\n\nI’m not saying that I’m personally down on casual fans. My wife loves her music very much. Nothing is more important than the amazing spiritual vibe music provides almost all of us, so to each their own. I’m just saying that’s not my way.\n\nSo while I’ve got the files to John Hammond’s \”Southern Fried\”, and I can listen to Lee Michael’s self-titled album on Spotify, but until I  get the CD or LP, those two albums are not really mine.\n\nIn a nutshell, I’m a guy that needs a record store.\n\nLuckily, I still own one.\n\n \n\n \n\n \n\n \n\n \n\n \n\n \n\n \n\n \n\n \n\n \n\n \n\n \n\n \n\n \n\n 

Why I Own a Record Store – Customer Friends

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

One of the things that I love most about owning a neighborhood record store is making friends out of customers.  Here’s how it’s done:\n\nYou start helping a guy or girl by asking questions, viagra sale stuff and you find out some info about them.  You throw out some info of your own (usually more rambling than is necessary in my case), and they find out a bit about you.\n\nUsually it’s music-based info, but you can find out a lot about a person by talking music.  Hell, ever since I was a wee pup, one of the first things I did when I got to know someone was take a look at their record collection (or their CD collection, although I must note that I’ve never taken a look at someone’s hard drive… but that’s another blog).  After all these years of record store geekdom, I’m like Sherlock Holmes in terms of tying personality traits to musical tastes.\n\nAnyway, if a person likes your service, and your conversation, or whatever, they come again.  And again.  And you bullshit some more with each visit.  You discuss the last purchases and play some music.  Maybe the guy burns you something to listen to… or you bring something in from your house… and maybe you talk a little politics or sports.. and the next thing you know, a bond is built.  A person that was originally just some dude (or dudette) that walked in to check out the store with the MUSIC sign has become your friend.\n\nSince I write once in a while, and make videos more than I probably should, I sometimes think in terms of \”you should write about this\” or \”you should do a video about that\”.  When our old customer-turned-friend Ben Erlandson graduated (see pic, congrats Ben) and headed for Northern Cal last year after shopping at our store for almost the duration of our existence, I decided to write a blog about how Ben had grown into a friend.  How much he had gotten to know all of the main hoodlums, how we had a nickname for him (based on biking accidents), how much fun we had interacting with him online, and how much we were going to miss him… most of all how that missing went beyond the loss of a great customer.\n\nA Tribute To One of Our All-time Champion Customer-Friends\n\nSo here I am with that my \”customer-friend\” blog, but it isn’t about Ben.  Sorry pal, but there’s a good reason for it:\n\nA few months before Ben left, I had already put another \”I should do this customer video\” thought in progress.  I had the ol’ video camera in the store so I could record Record Store Geek: The Reason It’s Always Me in the Videos, and one our great customer-friends, Craig Pinson, happened to be in the store shopping (and bullshitting about music). In addition to helping spice up the RSG video with his fantastic and supportive laughter, he allowed me to turn the camera on him to make a testimonial about our special order service at Hoodlums. I told him I was going to edit it and put it up on the website next to our special order info.  He loved it.\n\nOf course, I didn’t get on it right away… meaning as I begin to write this it still isn’t on the website.\n\nCraig kept coming, and the friendship continued to grow.  Not only with me, but with Kristian and Andy as well.  Every once in a while, I’d say \”Eventually I’m going to get that special order video up\”, and he’d say \”no biggie\” or something to that extent.  It wasn’t like it was a big deal, and in our relationship the most important thing was the music.  This is the Savoy Brown you should try next.  When is that deluxe version of Derek and the Dominoes coming out?  The new Drive-By Truckers is excellent, as is the Jason Isbell.\n\nWhen the extra Elton John/Leon Russell tickets showed up on the day of the show, we knew who to call.  And Craig (and his wife Mary) were ready.  We were able to hook them up, and we all went to the whatever-it’s-called Arena to verify that Elton can still jam (he can).\n\nCraig ordered the Vanilla Fudge box set through Hoodlums, even though it was a Rhino Handmade product (just like the Delaney and Bonnie in the video), and when we called to tell him it was in, he apologized and said he was laid up and that it might be a while.  We assured him it was no big deal and we told him we hoped he would get feeling better.  It took about a month, maybe longer, but eventually he came in and grabbed his stuff.\n\nHe said he was feeling better.  We talked for a long time.  About his purchases.  About the music.  And Craig did what he always would do… he’d finish up the discussion, and he’d say he had to go, and then somehow, someway, the thought of music would take over… and Craig would stop… and fire up the discussion again.  I’d give him shit about it (no, not you, Steve) and we’d laugh.  Eventually he would leave, awesome music in hand.\n\nThen in early May, I received a call from Kristian.  Craig’s wife had called to tell us that Craig had passed away during the night.  She explained to Kristian that Hoodlums had played such a big part in Craig’s life, had provided him with so much enjoyment, that she felt we needed to be told.\n\nShe knew that we were friends.  Through Hoodlums… but mostly, through the music.\n\nKristian and I were both able to attend Craig’s funeral.  During the service, Craig’s love of music was mentioned prominently, along with his awesome kindness, his loving manner, and his terrific laugh.  On the way home, we talked about how lucky we were that this was the first funeral we’ve had to attend during our 13 years of building relationships with customers, and how much we were going to miss our friend Craig.\n\nI knew the video was at home in my Mac.  I knew I had to at least finish it and post it.  In honor of our friend, Craig.  I checked with Mary, and she said it was O.K.\n

So here’s to ya Craig.  I added Derek and the Dominoes for the music, and I listened to it while writing this.  Lord knows I’ll think about ya every time it plays.

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Hoodlums Music rejoins CIMS

Monday, June 13th, 2011

As of June 1st, viagra usa cheap Hoodlums is proud to announce that we have officially rejoined our sisters and brothers in the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS).\n\nCIMS is a group of the USA’s finest independent music stores, sickness and banded together for more than 15 years to successfully fight the giant corporate bean-counters, er, companies that infiltrated retail music (to the complete detriment of the industry, of course) in the mid-nineties.\n\nOur fearless CIMS representatives have been out there every day for 15 years, reminding record labels and the public just how important indie record stores have always been, and still are, to music fans and musicians throughout the world. Reminding everybody, via sweet events like Record Store Day, that (even in a digital age) indie record stores are still one of the primary places where breaking artists are discovered, gain traction, and turned into established acts.\n\nMost importantly, Hoodlums and the other CIMS stores promote new music via monthly listening stations and programs. Each month, we will be featuring over 60 different new titles each and every month. Major artists, breaking artists, multiple genres… the Coalition stores promote it all. The video will explain more about the CIMS listening posts (and let you know just how excited we are about having access to all this great new music).\n

\nAs you can see from the list of this month’s titles, the same CIMS reps have been out there working with the record labels to make sure that plenty of their advertising budgets are going to support the industry’s most influencial stores, to promote the artists that this veteran group of music stores think our customers might dig.\n\nThe Hoodlums/CIMS \”Back\” Story\n\nA looser way to describe the Coalition would be to say that CIMS is a bunch of record store geeks, just like Kristian and I, that get together to brainstorm about business, share our passions for music and film, and party (what the hell else did you expect?).\n\nThat’s the description we love the best. That’s the part we missed the most. The comraderie.  The brotherhood. And yeah, the party. Because after all, we’re all just partying slackers at heart, posing as business people, so why pretend? That’s us in the picture on the right, at our 10 year anniversary in Seattle at the mighty Easy Street Records (Thanks again for the great event, Matt).\n\nWhat do I mean by \”missed\”?  Why is this a \”rejoin\”?  Let me explain.\n\nHoodlums was fortunate enough to be a member of CIMS from 2002 – 2007.  During that time, we made a lot of friends, and learned a lot about our industry, ourselves, and how to run a better record store. We talked, listened, debated a number of industry issues, and worked with our colleagues to develop some of the \”think indie\” strategies (including Think Indie Distribution, which peddles the limited-edition, indie-only titles that you love so much) that have helped keep many of the country’s indie stores cranking in today’s challenging competitive environment.\n\nHowever, when a fire closed our ASU store in 2007, we were no longer CIMS members.  Of course, at that point we were no longer a store… period. The developments at the Memorial Union had led us to the decision to move on to new challenges, and we did not intend to reopen.\n\nThen we found this perfect new location and changed our minds. We formed a new store, with a new philosophy, and we moved forward. While we were still featuring cool new music, we put extra focus on making sure that we had the very best mix of classics and a phenomenal selection of used LPs, CDs, and DVDs.\n\nThe strategy worked. Our customers responded. But something was missing.\n\nThen we got the call from our old friends at CIMS. Would we be interested in rejoining?\n\nWe met with our old comrades, took a new look at the programs, and decided to jump at the opportunity. We moved our old listening posts back in (much to the chagrin of my tired back), filled them with new music, recorded the video, and started listening. It’s gonna be great to have all that new music around.\n\nBut not as great as it’s gonna be to see the gang at the conference. After all, we haven’t forgotten our real priorities.\n\n