Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christmas Vinyl Countdown: Looking at Some Classic and Not-So-Classic Holiday Records

With the holiday season upon us, let's make like the Ghost of Christmas Past and look back at our historic examination of Xmas vinyl from 2015. Last year we devoted 25 days to listening to and singing the praises of some new and old records, all Christmas-themed. We still have many of these records in the shop, as well as some new classics. You should also check out our 5.99 bins, which are chock-ful of weird and wonderful Xmas records from all periods and genres.

This is a real "Good, Bad, and Ugly" type list, so be prepared for some duds, some crtiticisms, and some hidden gems.

Here's the list. (click on the albums to read our posts):

25. Santa Claus is Canadian by Various Artists
24. Christmas Cheer by Les Paul and Mary Ford
23. Imagene Peise: Atlas Eats Christmas by The Flaming Lips
22. Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Fred Astaire and Friends
21. A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi Trio
20. Country Christmas by Various Artists
19. Elvis' Christmas Album by Elvis Presley
18. Rocky Mountain Christmas by John Denver
17. A Dave Brubeck Christmas by Dave Brubeck
16. Christmas Wishes by Anne Murray
15. An Oscar Peterson Christmas by Oscar Peterson
14. Merry Merry Christmas by New Kids on the Block
13. A Very Special Christmas by Various Artists
12. The Jackson 5 Christmas Album by The Jackson 5
11. Christmas Songs by Bad Religion
10. The Sounds of Christmas from Blacks by Various Artists
9. Christmas with the Chippers by The Chippers
8. Light of the Stable by Emmylou Harris
7. Ace Records presents Rhythm & Blues Christmas by Various Artists
6. It's a Holiday Soul Party by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
5. A Very She & Him Christmas by She & Him
4. Phil Spector's A Christmas Gift for You by Various Artists
3. Burl Ives' Christmas Album by Burl Ives
2. If I Should Fall From Grace With God by The Pogues
1. Christmas 1979 by Wild Billy Childish

Saturday, December 3, 2016

December Whispers Winds of Vinyl

December is here and so is the Christmas season. Tons of holiday-themed vinyl in the shop and new stuff arriving every day. In fact, it's hard to keep up most of the time. Here is a partial list of new arrivals and re-stocks. There is also a big list of used vinyl and we replenished the Bargain Bins with over 100 new additions, plus vintage Christmas records, and more! Tons of gifts for the vinyl collector on your list and maybe even something for your own collection...


Arcade Fire, Reflektor
Billie Holiday, All or Nothing At All (180g) 
Bing Crosby, Merry Christmas 
Black Keys, Turn Blue 
Bob Marley, Rasta Revolution 
Bob Marley, Soul Rebels 
David Bowie, Aladdin Sane 
Ella Fitzgerald, A Swinging Christmas 
Elvis Presley, Good Rockin Tonght (180g) 
Elvis Presley, The #1 Hits (180g)
Flaming Lips, Imagene Peise Atlas Eets Christmas 
Flaming Lips, In a Priest Driven Ambulance (pink vinyl) 
Flaming Lips, Telepathic Surgery (blue vinyl) 
Fleet Foxes, s/t with Sun-Giant 
Frank Sinatra, A Jolly Christmas 
Guided By Voices, Let’s Go Eat at the Factory 
Hole, Skinny Little Bitch 10-inch (white vinyl) 
Intended, Time Will Tell
Iron Maiden, The Clairvoyant 7-inch 
Iron Maiden, The Evil That Men Do 7-inch
Jackson 5, Jackson 5 Christmas Album 
James Brown, A Soulful Christmas 
James Brown, Live at the Apollo (180g blue vinyl) 
James Brown, Night Train (red vinyl)
Jimi Hendrix, Smash Hits
Johnny Cash, With His Hot and Blue Guitar 
Marilyn Munroe, s/t picture disc 
Michael Jackson, Bad picture disc 
Michael Jackson, Thriller picture disc 
Monkees, Logo picture disc 
Motorhead, Ace of Spades 
Motorhead, Iron Fist & the Hordes from Hell picture disc 
Muddy Waters, Hoochie Coochie Man (180g) 
New York Dolls, s/t (colour vinyl)
Outkast, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik 
Pearl Jam, Aladdin in Vegas 
Pete Seeger, Traditional Christmas Carols
Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon (180g) 
Pixies, Bossanova 
Pixies, Wave of Mutilation 
Prodigy, Invaders Must Die 
Radiohead, In Rainbows
Rancid, Indestructible 
Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed
Shaggs, Philosophy of the World
Small Faces, First Step (orange vinyl)
Sparks, s/t 
Stevie Wonder, Someday at Christmas
Thee Oh Sees, An Odd Entrances
Various, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (green vinyl) 
 Various, Kill Bill Vol One OST
Various, Stax Records Christmas in Soulsville
Various, Stax Records It’s Christmas Time Again 
Velvet Underground, and Nico picture disc
Vince Guaraldi, A Charlie Brown Christmas (green vinyl) 
White Stripes, Under Great White Northern Lights
XX, Coexist 


Amazing Blondel, Blondel 
April Wine, Electric Jewels 
Beatles, Let It Be
Billy Joel, Glass Houses 
Billy Joel, Greatest Hits vol I & II
Billy Joel, The Stranger 
Billy Joel, Turnstiles 
Bing Crosby, Christmas Classics 
Bing Crosby, Merry Christmas
Bob & Doug McKenzie, Great White North
Bob Dylan, Desire 
Bob Marley, Exodus 
Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run 
Cars, s/t 
Cream, Best of Cream 
Cyndi Lauper, She’s So Unusual 
David Wilcox, Out of the Woods 
Deep Purple, Machine Head 
Depeche Mode, Some Great Reward 
Depeche Mode, Speak and Spell 
Dire Straits, Brothers in Arms 
Dire Straits, Communique 
Dokken, Under Lock and Key 
Doors, The Soft Parade 
Eagles, Hotel California 
Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 
Elvis Presley, Blue Christmas 
Elvis Presley, Elvis’ Christmas Album 
Fleetwood Mac, Heroes Are Hard to Find 
Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night 
Frank Sinatra, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 
Genesis, Trick of the Tail 
George Michael, Faith 
Guy Lombardo, New Year’s Eve 
Harry Belafonte, Belafonte’s Christmas 
Harry Nilsson, The Point 
J. Geils Band, Best 
Jethro Tull, Minstrel in the Tapestry 
Joe Cocker, s/t 
Joni Mitchell, For the Roses 
King Crimson, In the Court of the Crimson King 
Kinks, Golden Hour
Led Zeppelin, IV 
Madonna, Like a Virgin 
Marianne Faithful, Broken English 
Meatloaf, Bat Out of Hell 
Michael Jackson, Thriller 
Nat King Cole, The Christmas Song 
Neil Young, Zuma 
Peter Gabriel, Car 
Peter Gabriel, So 
Phil Spector, Christmas Album 
Pink Floyd, Animals 
Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon 
Police, Synchronicity 
Police, Zenyatta Mondatta 
Psychedelic Furs, Mirror Moves 
Queen, The Game 
Rush, 2112 
Steely Dan, Gaucho 
Steppenwolf, Gold 
Stevie Nicks, Bella Donna 
Talking Heads, More Songs ABout Buildings and Food 
The The, Soul Mining 
U2, Rattle and Hum 
U2, The Joshua Tree 
Uriah Heap, Best 
Van Halen, s/t 
Van Morrison, Beautiful Vision
Various, A Cabbage Patch Kids Christmas 
Various, A Very Special Christmas 
Various, Fathers and Sons 
Waterboys, This is the Sea 
Whitesnake, s/t 
Yes, Fragile

Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday and Small Biz Saturday 2016 Sale

Come celebrate music on vinyl at Royal Cat Records! We are kicking off the Holiday Season with a big 2-day event at the shop. We have special Black Friday releases galore and many other promotions, including a 20% OFF SALE on used vinyl, tapes, and cds.

Here is the list of new arrivals this week, starting with the special Black Friday vinyl:

2016RSD2 (Black Friday exclusives)

Afghan Whigs, Black Love
Alice Cooper, Live From the Astroturf 7-inch
Angel Olsen, Live at Pickathon
Anthrax, A Monster at the End 7-inch (purple vinyl)
Bangles, Ladies and Gentlemen (red vinyl)
Beach Boys, Becoming (colour vinyl)
Big Star, Complete Third Vol One
Bob & Doug McKenzie, 12 Days of Christmas 7-inch
Bob Dylan, Royal Albert Hall 1966
Bruce Springsteen, Chapter and Verse (tortoise shell vinyl)
Cars, Just What I Needed 7-inch picture disc
Charles Fox / Bob Crewe, Barbarella OST picture disc
Chvrches, Under the Tide (yellow vinyl)
Danny Brown, Dance 7-inch (gold vinyl)
Death Grips, Fashion Week
Deicide, To Hell With God
Dungen, Haxan
Erykah Badu, But You Caint Use My Phone
Frank Sinatra, White Christmas 7-inch
Frank Zappa / Mothers, How Could I Be Such a Fool 7-inch
Gene Howard, Love is a Drag
Geto Boys, Mind Playing Tricks (green vinyl)
Gonn, Time Travel
Gwar, Get Outta My Car 7-inch picture disc
Harry Nilsson, Popeye OST
Heltah Skeltah, Game Master 7-inch
Integrity, Seasons in the Size of Days (colour vinyl)
Iron Horse, Fade to Bluegrass
Jethro Tull, Ring Out Solstice Bells 7-inch
Jimi Hendrix, Morning Symphony Ideas
Jive Turkeys, Get Down Santa 7-inch (green vinyl)
Johnny Winter, Live Bootleg #13
Kinks, DAvid Watts 7-inch 7-inch EP
Kinks, God’s Children 7-inch EP
Kinks, Till Death Do Us Part 7-inch EP
Knock Out Kid, Manic
Lil Yachty, Lil Boat (red vinyl)
Metallica, Hard-Wired to Self-Destruct red vinyl (indie exclusive)
Motley Crue, logo picture disc
Muddy Waters, The London Sessions
Napalm Death, Like Piss to a Sting 7-inch
Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Got a Mind to Give Up Living (bue vinyl)
Prophets of Rage, The Party’s Over EP (colour vinyl)
Puscifer, Money Shot Your Re-Load
Raconteurs, Steady As She Goes
Rudy Rae Moore, This Ain’t No White Christmas
Shag Kava, Jabba Flow (Star Wars picture disc)
Sugarhill Gang/ Chic, Rapper’s Delight split 7-inch
Tav Falco / Panther Burns, Sway 7-inch
Timothy Leary, The Psychedelic Experience (magenta splatter vinyl)
Tragically Hip, Tired as Fuck 7-inch (green vinyl)
Twiztid, Are You Insane Like Me 7-inch picture disc
Various, Arts & Crafts Label Sampler
Various, Collateral Damage
Various, Generations hardcore (colour vinyl)
Various, Jazz Dispensary Holiday Treats (candy red vinyl)
Various, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic picture disc
Various, Rockabye Baby (Depeche Mode)
Various, Underworld OST (blue vinyl)
Various Muppets, Sesame Road (colour vinyl)
Vitamin String Orchestra, True Love Waits


General New Releases & Reissues plus Christmas Vinyl

1975, I Like It indie exclusive (clear vinyl)
Archers of Loaf, Icky Mettle (blue vinyl)
Bad Religion, Christmas Songs
Beach Boys, Christmas Album (mono)
Big Star, Complete Columbia
Black Keys, Thickfreakness picture disc
Brian Setzer, Boogie Woogie Christmas
Buddy Guy / Junior Wells, Pure Raw Blues
Carole King, A Holiday Carole
Charles Mingus, Mingus Ah Um (180g blue vinyl)
CIV, Set Your Goals (colour vinyl)
Dave Brubeck, A Dave Brubeck Christmas
Dave Brubeck, Take Five (180g orange vinyl)
DJ Snowboy, The Good Foot
Dropkick Murphys, Blackout (picture 10-inch)
Ella Fitzgerald, A Swinging Christmas
Flaming Lips, Hear It Is (white vinyl)
Flaming Lips, Imagene Peise Atlas Eets Christmas
Flaming Lips, In a Priest Driven Ambulance (pink vinyl)
Flaming Lips, Oh My Gawd (clear vinyl)
Fleet Foxes, s/t with Sun-Giant
Frank Sinatra, A Jolly Christmas
Guided By Voices, Let’s Go Eat at the Factory
Hole, Skinny Little Bitch 10-inch (white vinyl)  
Intended, Time Will Tell
Iron Maiden, The Clairvoyant 7-inch
Iron Maiden, The Evil That Men Do 7-inch
Jackson 5, Jackson 5 Christmas Album
James Brown, A Soulful Christmas
James Brown, Live at the Apollo (180g blue vinyl)
James Brown, Night Train (red vinyl)
Jimi Hendrix, Smash Hits
Marilyn Munroe, s/t picture disc
Metallica, Hardwired to Self-Destruct
Michael Buble, Christmas (180g)
Michael Jackson, Bad picture disc
Michael Jackson, Thriller picture disc
Monkees, Logo picture disc
Motorhead, Ace of Spades
Motorhead, Iron Fist & the Hordes from Hell picture disc
Muddy Waters, Hoochie Coochie Man (180g)
New Fries, More
New York Dolls, s/t (colour vinyl)
Nick Cave, Give Us a Kiss 10-inch
Outkast, Player’s Ball EP 10-inch (green vinyl)
Outkast, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
Pearl Jam, Aladdin in Vegas
Pete Seeger, Traditional Christmas Carols
Phil Spector, A Christmas Gift For You (180g)
Prodigy, Invaders Must Die
Radiohead, In Rainbows
Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed
Shaggs, Philosophy of the World
She & Him, A Very She & Him Christmas
Small Faces, First Step (orange vinyl)
Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Essential SRV & Double Trouble
Stevie Wonder, Someday at Christmas
Television, Adventure
Thee Oh Sees, An Odd Entrances
Tyvek, Origin of What
Various, Kill Bill Vol One OST
Various, Psych-Out Christmas
Various, Trainspotting OST (orange vinyl)
Velvet Underground, and Nico picture disc
Vince Guaraldi, A Charlie Brown Christmas (green vinyl)
Wedding Present, Four Chansons 10-inch (coloured vinyl)
White Stripes, Under Great White Northern Lights
Wilco, Speak into the Rose 10-inch (red vinyl)

Saturday, November 19, 2016

New Restocks of the Rolls and Rocks

Let's get funky with vinyl. Lots of restocks, vintage Christmas records, and more fun vinyl in the shop this week:

AC/DC, Highway to Hell
AC/DC, Powerage 
Amy Winehouse, Back to Black 
Arctic Monkeys, Favourite Worst Nightmare 
Arctic Monkeys, Whatever People Say 
Beatles, Abbey Road (180g)
Beatles, Revolver (180g)
Beatles, Rubber Soul (180g) 
Beatles, White Album (180g) 
Bing Crosby, Merry Christmas
Bob Marley, Legends 
Bon Iver, 22 A Million 
Bon Iver, For Emma
Bon Iver, s/t 
Charles Bradley, Victim of Love 
Clash, London Calling (180g) 
Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think 
Daft Punk, Homework 
DIIV, Oshin 
Exploited, Troops of Tomorrow 
Father John Misty, Fear Fun 
Fleetwood Mac, Greatest Hits 
Flying Lotus, Cosmogramma 
Flying Lotus, You’re Dead 
Gord Downie / Sadies 
Guns n Roses, Appetite for Destruction 
Howlin Wolf, Killing Floor 
Iron Maiden, The Number of the Beast 
Janes Addiction, Nothing’s Shocking 
Jeff Buckley, Grace 
Jeff Rosenstock, We Cool (colour vinyl) 
Jimi Hendrix, Are You Experienced
John Lee Hooker, Sittin Here Thinkin
Kanye West, Late Registration
Kanye West, The College Dropout 
Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid MAAD City 
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly 
Lana Del Rey, Born to Die 
Leonard Cohen, Songs of Love and Hate (180g) 
Metallica, Master of Puppets  
Metallica, Ride the Lightning 
Misfits, Static Age 
Mumford and Sons, Babel 
Nick Cave, Skeleton Tree 
Oasis, Be Here Now (180g) 
Pink Floyd, Meddle (180g) 
Pink Floyd, Obscured by Clouds (180g) 
Pixies, Wave of Mutilation 
Public Enemy, Fear of a Black Planet 
Public Enemy, Yo Bum Rush the Show 
Rage Against the Machine, Evil Empire (180g) 
Rolling Stones, Exile on Main Street 
Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers (180g) 
Run the Jewels, II 
Sheepdogs, s/t 
Slayer, Reign in Blood 
Sonic Youth, Experimental Jet-Set Trash and No Star 
Stooges, Funhouse (180g) 
Stooges, Raw Power Live 
Sufjan Stevens, Carrie and Lowell 
Sufjan Stevens, The Age of Adz 
Taylor Swift, 1989 
Tom Petty, Greatest Hits (180g)
Tragically Hip, Fully Completely 
Tragically Hip, Man Machine Poem 
Tragically Hip, Road Apples
Tribe Called Quest, Beats Rhymes and Li
Tribe Called Quest, Midnight Marauders 
Tribe Called Quest, The Low End Theory 
Tupac, 2Pacalypse Now
Vampire Weekend, s/t 
Various, Kill Bill Vol 1 OST 
Velvet Underground, s/t (colour vinyl) 
Vince Guaraldi, Charlie Brown’s Holiday Hits 
Weezer, Blue Album 
Weezer, Green Album 
Weezer, Pinkerton 
Weezer, Red Album 
Various, How the Grinch Stole Christmas OST (green vinyl)