April 28, 2017
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Quick Spins: Celebrating Record Store Day Saturday

New releases by the Mavericks, Aimee Mann




Record Store Day began when a group of like-minded friends decided to celebrate the existence of some 700 independently owned record stores across the country.

Held on a Saturday every April, Record Store Day officially kicked off on April 19, 2008, with an in-store appearance by Metallica at Rasputin Music in San Francisco.

The good news for you?

Well, for starters, many labels are putting out special vinyl releases to celebrate.

Something that you’ve always needed to complete your particular collection just might be back in print this weekend.

Luckily for us, our local mom n’ pop record shop, CD-DVD-Games Warehouse, will be celebrating Record Store Day this Saturday (April 22), so stop in and grab that rarity you’ve been searching for!

CD-DVD-Games Warehouse will open at 10 a.m. Saturday at 3717 80th St. For more information locally, call 262-942-9400.

For more about Record Store Day nationally, log on at www.recordstoreday.com.

The Mavericks, “Brand New Day” (Mono Mundo)

www.themavericks.com, $14.99

The Mavericks sprang out of Miami in 1989, sounding more like a band from West Texas. Blending elements of country, roots rock, swing and Tex-Mex, they sounded like nothing else happening at the time. Embraced by country fans, their major-label debut launched no less than four country hits, including “O What a Thrill” and “There Goes My Heart.”

Over the years, they’ve continued to release gold and platinum albums, despite the fact that most mainstream music fans have no idea who they are.

On their latest, they continue on as they have, although there are more Latin-flavored rhythms than usual. The opening track, “Rolling Along,” would sound at home filling the open air of a Mexican cantina patio. “I Will Be Yours” has a similar charm, with vocalist Raul Malo approaching Roy Orbison heights.

These 10 tracks went by far too quickly and had no problem holding my interest for an immediate second listen. If you’re looking for something a little left of center, and enjoy any of the genres ticked off in this review, “Brand New Day” will not disappoint you.

Very highly recommended.

Aimee Mann, “Mental Illness” (SuperEgo)

www.aimeemann.com, $14.99

“Mental Illness” is Mann’s first release since 2012’s “Charmer,” and it’s quite a bit different.

Whereas “Charmer” and the single of the same name were a nod to Mann’s time in the new-wavy group ’Til Tuesday, her latest is built around a more organic and folky sound.

Adding to Mann’s often morose demeanor, she herself comments that her new songs are some of her most sad material. That being said, Mann’s true gift is her cinematic ability to paint a picture with lyrics and mood, recalling the painful awkwardness of childhood in “Goose Snow Cone” and “Knock It Off,” an ode to missed opportunities.

Whatever mode and mood she is in, Aimee Mann has my ear, as I know I’ll hear something worth listening to. She has a knack for letting you see her at her most vulnerable, without sounding self-serving or whiny.

“Mental Illness” is a personal conversation you’ll want to continue. Well done.

April 21 releases

Kendrick Lamar/DAMN. (Aftermath)

Michael Nesmith/Infinite Tuesday (Rhino)

Moana/Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Disney)

Special EFX/Deep as The Night (T&R)

Various Artists/Now That’s What I Call Music 96 (R&T)

Teena Marie/Epic Anthology (Sony)

Julia Fordham/Language of Love (Red River)

Accept/Reissues (AFM)

CDs provided by CD-DVD-Games-Warehouse,

3717 80th St., 262-942-9400.


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