Friday, June 27, 2014

Come to Decatur CD, Buy Local Punk Rock

Punk is, by nature, inconsistent. Venues come and go. People move and bands fade away. Labels go inactive. In Atlanta, however, there has been one constant for over a decade—Die Slaughterhaus. If you see a star flanked by two bars, you know you're getting a quality punk record. It was true in 2002, when Die Slaughterhaus released now-classics like the Black Lips' Ain't Comin' Back and the Lids' Too Late. It's still true in 2014 with Dino's Boys' Only Ones LP and Dasher's Go Rambo 7”.

Dasher has harnessed a unique sound, as much post as punk, to quickly become one of Atlanta's best bands. Centered around the primal ferocity of Kylee Kimbrough's drumming and vocals, Dasher blasts the listener with layer after layer of brutal noise. It's not just chaos—beneath all that noise lies a pair of great songs. “Go Rambo” is an anthemic crusher, while the flip, “Time Flys,” finds Dasher at an apex of intensity that matches their live show.

Where Dasher offers pounding urgency, Dino's Boys supply infectious revelry. Only Ones is a no-frills, all-hooks testament to how much can be accomplished in less than two minutes. Standouts include the opener, “Catapult,” and “Play Dead,” which doubles as the A-side of their debut single. To best summarize Dino's Boys, simply refer to the title of the Kids' song they cover live, “This is Rock 'n' Roll.”

We have both of these records in stock and I can't recommend them enough. When Mark from Die Slaughterhaus dropped them off, he also left a couple of the latest single by the Coathangers, who need no introduction. So check out our new local vinyl section and grab these records. And be sure to keep your eyes peeled as both Dino's Boys and Dasher play frequent shows around town. Dino's Boys are opening for White Mystery at the Earl tonight. These bands deserve your support.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Ticket Giveaway: Scott H. Biram & Austin Lucas at The Earl June 17

Our giving mood continues! And once again, you're going to have to act fast. Scott H. Biram and Austin Lucas will be playing at the Earl on Tuesday June 17th and we're giving away two pairs of tickets. If you're familiar with Biram's grimy blend of country, blues and punk, you know he'll be a blast live. New West Records' Austin Lucas, meanwhile, takes a less aggressive approach but is every bit as captivating a performer. We sell a ton of both of these guys and expect an excellent show, so even if you're not lucky enough to win, go check 'em out.

As always, stop by the store or contact us via phone, email, Twitter or Facebook to enter.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Find Antlers to Find The Antlers!

This deer has some lovely antlers, doesn't he? Speaking of Antlers, the Brooklyn indie rock band will be releasing Familiars, the long awaited follow-up to 2011's stellar Hospice, on June 17th. Don't want to wait that long? If you're perceptive enough to find the above-pictured antlers in our charmingly cluttered store, you'll also find a FREE white-label vinyl copy of Familiars. It won't last long, but if you miss out, we'll be playing the record all weekend and have plenty in stock on the 17th.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Ticket Giveaways: Jake Bugg, Tommy Emmanuel, Nikki Lane

Interested in seeing great music for free? Of course you are!

We know it's short notice, but New West Records' latest signing, Nikki Lane, is playing tonight, June 4th, at the Masquerade. No plans this evening? You can't beat a free show with the New West seal of approval. We have two pairs of tickets at the counter, so just come in and ask. First come, frist serve.

More of a planning-ahead type? We're also giving away tickets for a pair of excellent shows at Variety Playhouse:

Jake Bugg on Thursday June 12th
Tommy Emmanuel on Thursday June 26th

If you're interested in either of those shows, stop by the store, email us (, or tweet us (@decaturcd) to enter.

June New Releases!

Just because we've been a little lot slow to update the blog lately doesn't mean the new releases have slowed down. The last couple weeks have given us everything from indie rockers the Parquet Courts to punk icon turned power pop virtuoso Bob Mould to a lo-fi Neil Young album to the long-awaited Led Zeppelin reissues. And the releases keep coming! Here's a heads up on some of the highlights for the rest of June. If you're interested in saving money via pre-orders on these or any other titles, give us a holler:

June 10: Jack White, Passenger, The Who (Quadrophenia Live in London), Chrissie Hynde, Michael Jackson (Xscape vinyl), Umphrey's McGee, First Aid Kit, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Eric Clapton (vinyl reissues), Fresh and Onlys, Sonic Youth (Daydream Nation reissue)
June 17: David Gray, Linkin Park, Willie Nelson, Lana Del Rey, Dave Matthews, Joshua Redman (Live), Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden, Felice Brothers, Miniature Tigers, Jethro Tull (This Was vinyl reissue), Antlers,
June 24: Mastodon, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Deadmau5, How to Dress Well, Gram Parsons (vinyl reissues), Slint (Spiderland deluxe reissue), Sufjan Stevens (Enjoy Your Rabbit vinyl reissue)