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I’m back at Dusty Groove hunting down more Tribe samples on my Quest Called Dig. This time I’m hitting the jazz section and I found some amazing wax, including a Bob James record that has a song sampled in 289 hip hop songs. Check this out:

Bob James- One

Bob James!! Daaaamn!!! Like wow!!! My new favorite! This is some crazy intense jazz shit here.

Put this album on. “Valley Of The Shadows” starts us off and it’s not just the name that sounds deep. You are immediately pulled in- and not just a little. However, as deep as you just got the song reverses and ends by rejuvenating and propelling you to new heights. This feat is followed by the light hearted “In The Garden” and then “Soulero”- a very cool, rather uniqero song.

As much as I love the album so far, side two starts off with Bob James’ version of “Night on Bald Mountain.” It’s an inspirational,  intense, riveting, hold on to your effing ass rendition that is followed by “Feel Like Making Love”- a smooth, soulful melody. The transition between these two songs- the contrast- is an all star musical moment. As an exclamation mark of pure musical genius he finishes off the album with “Nautilus.” The most sampled song I’ve come across yet.

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The hype! The Jive! It’s almost here! Record Store Day 2017!!!! Chi Grooves presents our official guide to #RSD2017 in the city of Chicago. We’ll be updating this blog all the way up to and possibly during record store day so check back frequently.

Just in case you fell off the face of the planet for a few months or possibly have been living in some vegged out state like a coma or something, this is the 10th annual record store day and it is happening Saturday, April 22. Here is the official record store day release list.

As part of Record Store Day 2017 Vocola has been putting out shows on Chicago record stores. These are pretty fun. Check ’em out:

Dusty Groove

Rolling Stones Records

Reckless Records

So here we go. This is what you’re looking at for Record Store Day 2017 in the Chi:

  • Dusty Groove is having free comics, toys & other fun stuff for the kiddos while supplies last, plus a magician in the early afternoon. Here’s their record store day list.
  • Beverly Records has published their list of inventory and will have the following:
    • 20% off used vinyl
    • Giveaways
    • White Castle Sliders
    • $2.00 LPs
    • 25 cent 45s
    • Railway Gamblers will perform an accoustic concert.
    • Check out this DNA-Info piece on Beverly.
  • Kstarke Records has free food, drinks, RSD releases, new and used vinyl plus DJs: Mark Grusane, Alexander William Gonzales, Jesse S Andwich, Glenna J Fitch, Jarvis Mason, Jerome Derradji, Kevin Starke, Tim Zawada, Mike L Bangles and bands: LETTUCEHEAD and The Wick!!!
    • Check out this Reader article on Kstarke!
  • Reckless Records put out a google doc to help you navigate their stores. In addition, they’ll have some cool free stuff including slip mats celebrating their beer collaboration “Hand Over Fist” with Revolution Brewing & much more. They will also be having bands:
    • At the Milwaukee Ave store: The Smoking Popes, OHMME, and MAGAS.
    • At the Broadway store: CARPENTERSville plays the Brown Album, TALsounds and The Poison Arrows.
  • Dave’s Records published official rules for RSD2017. Additionally, Stonebelly will be performing an acoustic set at 3PM. 
  • Bucket O’ Blood is having one of the more interesting parties. A Luau Extravaganza!!!! No $h!t. They’re also turning this into a neighborhood party. I can’t describe this in my own words so here are the deets from their facebook event:
    • A Hawaiian-themed celebration with tons of food, drinks, games and fun! Come dressed in your finest Hawaiian shirt or coconut bra!
    • How low can our sales prices go?? It depends how low YOU can go in our limbo competition! A hula hoop contest? Sure why not?!!
    • Tropical themed drinks will keep things festive throughout the day, and as usual, everyone buying RSD releases will get a special themed shot!”
    • They’ve teamed up with their neighbors for a “dream vacation package.” Grab a passport from us and say Aloha as you take a trip around the ‘hood.
    • Get yourself some celebratory beers at The Beer Temple and bring them!
    • Take your newly aquired records over to DMen Tap and have them played while you take a load off in their cozy bar!
    • Make sure you get your passport stamped at each destination because at the end of the day we will come together to raffle off a very special Great Lakes Brewing Company turntable!!!! (you do not need to be present to win; you do need stamps from all 3 businesses). There will be
    • Additional prizes 
    • Great Lakes has teamed up with us to celebrate their delicious Turntable Pilsner -which will be available at Beer Temple, DMen and right here in the store.
  • Bric-a-Brac has live music, limited RSD releases, and some vegan treats! Bands are: Staring Problem, Roman Polanski’s Baby (Nashville), Bev Rage and the Drinks, Evil Triplet, and L.I.A.R.
    • Over 2000 45s two for a dollar. Once we sell enough the cases will be available, too!
  • Borderline Music has 25% off all used vinyl and free beer from Empirical brewery.
  • Bloodshot Records Chicago HQ storefront pop-up shop will be open for business! with free refreshments. 
    • They’ll have some unique items, test pressings, signed stuff, out-of-print stuff, and just regular stuff. We’ll bring out some rare vinyl, old RSD releases, and more.
  • Pinwheel Records has live music all day and food.
    • Dirt Cheap Date, Dream Version, Jesse W. Johnson & Coyote Scream, Junkee Girl, Gia Margaret, Mother Nature Music, and Not Myself
  • Gramaphone Records is hosting release parties for two exclusive titles: Mr. White’s new Memphis based label, Edgewood Estate and new Chicago imprint “Night Sea Journey” have prepared limited Gramaphone editions of their 12″s. Both feature full-cover screen-printed jackets.
    • There will be in-store performances by NSJ crew, Mr. White, Gphone staffers







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Up next in my Quest Called Dig is a record store just south of Milwaukee on Ashland, Dusty Groove. I started out in the soul/funk section and took home six records. I listened. I ate dinner. I slept, and when I woke up I realized I was still funked up!

Kool And The Gang- Live At The Sex Machine

Great album!!! I haven’t heard much of the older, earlier Kool and the Gang. I like it waaaaaaaay more than the poppier 80’s version of the band. For those of you who may only be familiar with their later, more popular work, Kool and The Gang has it’s roots in jazz and funk more than r&b. They are rather talented. This album captures their energy  as well as that talent.

Tribe used a sample from “Who’s Gonna Take The Weight Parts 1 and 2” and  used it in “Oh My God.” I’m not sure exactly how the parts are broken down but early in the song we learn that “one day we will be judged for creating all this corruption and debt and pollution and all these difficult situations on earth and he’s gonna want to know who’s gonna take the weight” (cue funky guitar). Later the music kind of fades and bam- they kick in with the tribe sample and your head is nodding and your smiling :).

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Hello crate diggers, vinyl collectors, and record store enthusiasts!

Record store day is just under a month away, and hype is rapidly building! Here’s some basics on record store day:

Official Record Store Day Release List

Record Store Day at Shuga

Special Releases from Dave’s

Keep on checking back for more Chicago record store day news or follow me for real time updates.

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Happy St Patrick’s Day!!!!

Welcome to the blog series Chicago Record Store Updates formerly known as Around Town. The goal of this series is to provide updates on the latest news and releases in Chicago’s thriving record store community. Chi Grooves is tirelessly monitoring newsletters and social media to be your one stop shop for all the information you need to find, buy, and collect records in Chicago.

Check back frequently for updates or follow us on facebook or twitter. In the meantime have fun browsing through the record stores listed below, and, in case you didn’t notice, there is a new illustrated blog post out on Chicago record stores.

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I was really happy with the funk records I found at Shuga records on my Quest Called Dig. I’m not only referring to the high quality wax at Shuga- I mean I really fell in love with some of these and listened to them over and over and over and… Let’s not waste anytime:

Stevie Wonder- Songs In The Key Of Life

This is probably the most classic album I’ve bought on my Quest Called Dig  so far. It’s two records and a 7″ of timeless Wonder (note the pun). The accolades for this album speak for themselves. This is Stevie Wonder’s best selling album. Rolling Stone ranked it 57th in it’s list of the 500 best albums EVER (in 2003). The Library of Congress has deemed the album “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The album debuted at number 1 and spent 24 weeks there in 1975 and 1976.

It’s truly timeless. It’s a great record to put on for any mood. It’s got some of Stevie’s top hits: “Isn’t She Lovely,” “Sir Duke,” “I Wish,” “Knocks Me Off My Feet,” “Another Star,” and more. Where would the world be without this album? Way further down the shitter than it already is- that’s for damn sure in so many ways. And yes, I am very good at answering my own rhetorical questions.



Tribe samples the “Sir Duke” intro horns in “Footprints.” It’s very recognizable. The song was sampled several other times, and the album was obviously sampled a ton. The most notable sample is probably Coolio’s use of “Past Time Paradise.” I’ll let you guess what song that was used in.

Rotary Connection- The Rotary Connection

Minnie Riperton is in Rotary Connection. MINNIE RIPERTON IS IN ROTARY CONNECTION AND YOU DIDN’T TELL ME!!!!! Breath… You are forgiven. I love Minnie!!!!

This is psychedelic soul from Chicago! Very cool. Very eclectic and quite the listening experience. You’ve got songs like Lady Jane which makes me feel like I’m in church, a catholic church- one of the big ones with stained glass windows and candles, and at the same time I’m at a rock concert, a heavenly devilish rock church. I like the covers too: “Soul Man,” “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Ruby Tuesday.” In summary, pretty cool to say the least!

The group has some interesting history. Rotary Connection was first conceptualized by the son of Leonard Chess (founder of Chess records), Marshall. According to the biography on Sidney Barnes’ Rotary Connection web site, Marshall handpicked the members of this group. It’s an interesting story.

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Around Chicago and In the News

Hey all!! There’s another Chicago record store birthday. This week Audio Archaeology celebrated its three year anniversary serving YOUR vinyl needs! Happy birthday Audio Archaeology!!!!!

If you’re interested in keeping up to date with what’s going on around Chicago’s record stores I highly recommend you take the following steps:

  1. Follow me on twitter
  2. Like me on Facbook

There is absolutely no reason to NOT take these two simple steps, and if you don’t follow and friend me it can only mean you are a hateful and spiteful person. Don’t be that guy/girl.

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A little while back I went to a resale store called Village Discount Outlet. This is a chain. They have several locations in the Chicago area. I hit up the one by me on Clark just north of Lawrence. There wasn’t much to see here, but I’m on a mission so I thought I’d report back and give you a play by play of my experience off the beaten groove. Here we go:

I stepped in and looked around. This place is mainly clothes. Clothes! Lots of clothes. I peered down the aisles and spotted a bunch of crap on the back walls. I walked over. Yup. Crap. Useless crap at that! I know there are records here! I followed the perimeter to the back left of the store an lo and behold in all it’s glory: vinyl!!!!!!!!!!!!!


There seemed to be a lot of Christian/folkish type stuff here. They had artists like Regeneration, Orrells, The Downings Lots, aKinsgton Trio, The Oak Ridge Quartet, The Oak Ridge Boys, Neil Diamond, The Righteous Brothers, and even some Ray Connif.

I bought nothing. I think they were all a buck. The quality was typical thrift store quality, not good. But hey, if any of these artists interest you or you are looking to expand your horizons I suggest you hop on over to the Village Discount Outlet pronto!

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Back to the Shuga dig. This was still my first trip to Shuga on my Quest Called Dig. These record rounded out what I found in their jazz section.

Lou Donaldson- Mr. Shing-A-Ling

Would you like to Dance? Dance fast, dance slow, dance funky. That’s the first side. You’ll want to dance, dance, dance. The second side you’ll want to sit back and absorb some seriously awesome jazz fusion. Puff… puff… pass… absorb… This record is solid AF period.

I’d also like to stress the “continuity” of the album. The album is a sum greater than the individual songs. From start to finish it is a piece of art all to itself. Lou Donaldson’s sax takes you on a bluesy, soulful trip that should have you coming back for more… unless you hate music and take pleasure torturing kittens. That is the only way you could possibly not like this!

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