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Hi!  My name is Ross and in the coming months I will be contributing some blog posts and other assorted content for Redscroll.  

My first order of business is to tell you about a last minute giveaway the shop is doing to help promote NY-based Variance Films new documentary, entitled “Sound City”, directed by none other than rock master general Dave Grohl.  Up for grabs are two (2) pairs of tickets to see the film at Real Art Ways in beautiful Hartford, CT this Thursday, January 31st.  One pair for a showing at 7:00 PM, and the other for 9:30 PM.  

All you have to do is be the first person to respond/retweet/reblog/comment on this here entry, and a fresh pair of tix will be yours!  

Here is the official trailer for the film:

And here is a list of reasons I personally think you should be interested in seeing this film:

1.  Dave Grohl rocks.  You might not personally be a fan of his work, but it’s pretty indisputable the dude can rock.  

2.  Sound City Studio’s, located in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles, CA, is where they recorded Nevermind.  You know that song “Breed”?  That track is siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick!

3.  Neil Young recorded After The Gold Rush at Sound City.  Neil rules, duh!

4.  I know there’s like ton’s of other people as obsessed with Fleetwood Mac as my little cousin.  Well, the Mac laid down BOTH their Self-Titled and Rumours LP’s at Sound City, not to mention the Buckingham Nicks jammer.      

5.  Tom Petty is a hard rocking mofo.  Dude recorded ton’s of devastating LP’s up in this joint (to me that’s like every LP he’s ever done).  Peep this melancholic yet fist-pumpable track featuring your girl Stevie Nicks from his 2nd LP recorded at Sound City.

6.  I could go on, and on, and on, and on, but just read through this studio discography!!!!  I’m sure there is something recorded at Sound City you have probably ripped at max volume at least once in your life.  

7.  As you can gather from the official trailer, the film is basically a bunch of famous rockers (some with more inflated egos then others), shootin’ the breeze about this very special place, and particularly the analog equipment and mindset that Sound City stood for.  Though I by no means decry the advent of digital recording technology, the film brings up important ideas regarding ethics in sound recording, and is a testament to the art of analog methods.  

Intrigued?  Then get sharing!  The screening on Thursday is part of a special nationwide one-night-only event (the film has previously only been shown at that famous celeb film fest held last week).  If you win a pair of the tickets, it is crucial that you note the specific time (either 7 PM or 9:30 PM) on your free pass, and get to Real Art Ways half an hour before the show time to claim your seats.  Says our connect at Variance – It looks like these screenings are going to sell out and we can’t guarantee choice seats for the winners or that the theater will keep seats vacant once the show is starting.”  But hey, you’ll be saving between $9-20, so play by their rules, umkay?  

In case you don’t win any tickets, you should still go check out this film at Real Art Ways at either listed time, or if you are closer to the New Haven area, head to Criterion Cinemas where they will be doing a 7:30 PM showing.

That’s all folks, thanks for reading, and ’till next time…  



The True Story of the American Giant Red Squirrel (new t-shirt)

The True Story of the American Giant Red Squirrel 
(new t-shirt)

The Indian giant squirrel is well documented. The American red squirrel is also very well documented. In the family Sciuridae there are myriad well documented species. There is one glaring omission: the American Giant Red Squirrel.

Here is an artists interpretation of the mythological Megared Squirrel:

I cannot stress enough how mythological this thing is. Megared squirrels are not real.  The Giant American Red Squirrel is not this big. Look at that thing. That’s ridiculous. Do you think it could hide if it were actually that big?! Seriously, jeez!

The Giant American Red Squirrel is giant comparatively to other squirrels (of course), but not mythologically giant in comparison to large buildings.  Let’s use record store terms to put it in perspective.  If a Giant American Red Squirrel were to be compared to a 12″ record its head would be just smaller than one (basically like a human’s, but y’know a squirrel). 

American Giant Red Squirrels generally live by large bodies of water, are nocturnal and proportionally more skittish than their smaller counterparts (which makes them hard to photograph or study).

 [Squirrel Drinking Water]

While a small squirrel must drink some water to keep itself healthy a giant one must drink more water (thus living by large bodies of water; fresh water – did I forget to mention that the first time, well, it’s large bodies of fresh water they live by). 

Introducing the new Redscroll Records T-Shirt (as shown by Al):

The shirts are available
at the shop in sizes S-XXL and are $12 – printed on American Apparel by our friends at Print Indie and designed by our friend Todd Rogers (Teaessare)

[Read beyond the page break for the actual thinking behind the shirts or don’t because you prefer the fun story of The Giant American Red Squirrel.]

 You might remember that our last sale flyer had a red squirrel on it. Here it is:

That squirrel’s inspiration was simply our name, Redscroll, which often gets heard as a variety of other things in spoken conversation. Redscroll? Red Squirrel? Red’s Crawl? (I’ve actually never heard that last one. We do get calls for the Red Cross every so often though which isn’t really that close when spoken – maybe when written/read.)

The squirrel reappeared in sticker form recently – the same design as the front of the shirts:

The size of the squirrel with what must be a 12″ record (because of it’s label to vinyl ratio) is very big.  That was totally a design decision by Todd and we entirely support it. It looks good.  Here’s a doodle Al (the guy wearing/holding the shirts above) did on break recently further confirming the aural folly:

So, what’s up with the “DRINK MORE WATER,” written on the back? Well, it’s got nothing to do with squirrels. It’s got to do with making a strong declarative statement that mostly no one would disagree with. “DRINK ALL THE WATER,” is too strong and if one tried to do that it would not be advantageous to their health.  “DON’T DRINK ANY WATER,” is absolutely something we don’t support and I’d be hard pressed to find anyone that did support that.  “Drink some water,” is not a strong statement so that’s right out.  It is also notable that this originally came from a conversation about The statement behind that website is a bit flawed and whereas it can be a bit of an annoyance to hear the word, “vinyls,” when referencing records the fact is “vinyls” is not entirely grammatically incorrect though it generally is used in the world of polymers (for instance) rather than audio records.

SALE! Blackout at Sunrise #5

SALE! Blackout at Sunrise #5
On November 25-27th we’ll be having our annual Blackout at Sunrise Sale. It’s the 5th one so far! 
On Black Friday we’re opening up at 6AM and closing at 10PM.
On Saturday and Sunday we’re opening at 10AM and closing at 9PM.
25% Off Everything (Excluding Turntables)
The $1 Records are marked down to 10 cents.
A fun new thing we’re doing this year is giving out a free Christmas LP (there might be other winter holiday LPs mixed in too, but mostly Xmas) to anyone who spends $20 or more.
We’ve lowered the amount total in order to get a free Redscroll T-Shirt to $100.
We’ll have some free refreshments while they last on Friday morning – cider & chocolate covered sandwich cookies.
We’ll have some more secrets and surprises as well.  We’ll be dropping hints leading up to the event so stay tuned.

We are participating in the Record Store Day Black Friday releases as well.  A full update including these releases will be up by Wednesday evening (November 23rd). 

And here’s a fun video we made with our friend Kyle to celebrate this announcement!

Brass Caskets / Cold Snap 7" OUT NOW!

Brass Caskets / Cold Snap 7″ OUT NOW!
You probably didn’t even know this was coming out.  We’ve been working on this quietly in dark corners of places we dare not speak. Two of Connecticut’s current bearers of the torch in the hardcore tradition. Conspiracy theorists and intergalactic heathens join forces in sonic exploration and unraveling of ancient mysteries. Limited to 300 copies.
Available in the store right now. If you can’t make it into the store you can buy it online right now here.
Oh, and we may even be working on more releases right now.

Live Music: Iceage, Female, Medication, The Men- June 23, 2011 (New Haven, CT)

Thursday June 23, 2011 7PM $7 All Ages

Perhaps you’ve caught wind of the buzz surrounding Iceage, a young rock and roll group out of Denmark.  Perhaps you read the review I did of it here.  Perhaps you’re well aware of this band and have already made your mind up.  And you’re probably right, they are great.  I was very excited to be able to host them on a show here in CT (one of not very many stateside shows – I think there’s going to be 6 total for this tour).  If you haven’t yet made up your mind on Iceage you can check out the New Brigade LP on Dais (now on it’s 2nd pressing).  We have some at the shop (1st press went fast so be quick about it).  If you need a fix right now, then check this video:

Female is a local progenitor of the minimal wave sound. It’s quite good (and yes, Female is a moniker). Female has been very prolific and very under-the-radar. They’ve got many albums worth of material (66 tracks) available for free at the Free Music Archive.  Dig around on that for a while.  It should keep you busy for a minute. 
Medication and The Men have rounded out the bill.  Coincidentally enough they both have recently released LPs on Sacred Bones Records.  I swear it’s a coincidence.  Good label.  You should check out their wares (uhh, we sell them).
Should be fun!