Welcome to the latest edition of the Paradise Found Blog, actually revisiting a Bart's Blog post from a year ago. Pandemic or not, one thing is for sure: music's therapeutic value is important now more than ever. And Paradise Found is here to keep your music needs satiated. While we all await the return of live concerts, there is no shortage of great new releases from 2020.
To keep you safe in your record-shopping, we have instituted several policies, including:
Coming Soon: Buy online and pick-up at the store. In the meantime, just call and place your order by phone, let us know when you're outside the store and we'll bring your music to you.
Revised Hours: until further notice, we're open from 11 am-7 pm, 7 days a week.
Early Opening by Appointment: if you're uncomfortable shopping during the pandemic, you can call us and arrange for a visit-by-appointment between 10 and 11 am, Monday through Friday. We will make sure you're the only one in the store besides staff, and give you 20 minutes to browse and buy.
Masks Required and For Sale: All shoppers (and staff) are required to wear face masks at all times. Our door is locked to prevent someone without a mask from entering the store, so please wear a mask when you come by. If you need one, we are selling home-made cloth masks for $15. We also sometimes have gloves behind the counter for you to use, but we would encourage you to bring your own gloves if you feel safer with them. We have set up multiple sanitation stations inside the store to use to keep your hands clean while browsing.
Social Distancing Guidelines: We are limiting our store to four shoppers at a time; if we're at capacity when you knock, please be patient and we'll let you in as soon as possible. We have segmented the store into four sections to make it easy to maintain social distancing while shopping. While 2020 has seen the cancellation of thousands of concerts, the pandemic has not been able to stop the flow of great new albums. Here are some of our favorites from the past few months:
Fiona Apple--Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Car Seat Headrest--Making a Door Less Open
This is Will Toledo's first album of all-new material since 2016's Teens of Denial (2018's great Twin Fantasy was a new-and-improved version of a 2011 LP). Making a Door Less Open finds Toledo consciously stripping down his guitar-based songs and then rebuilding them with a techno, synth-centric sensibility. It might sound strange at first, but the strong material ultimately prevails to make this record an irresistible departure for the Seattle-based band. They may already be indie low-fi alt-rock Gods, but Car Seat Headrest deserves credit for successfully navigating a radically different direction on their twelfth record.
Tame Impala--The Slow Rush
Kevin Parker's first LP in five years may not reach the stunning heights of Currents, but it gets surprisingly close. Parker continues his evolution towards synth-pop with impressive effect. Lyrically the LP is more confessional and reflective than his first three releases. The notable highlight here is "Posthumous Forgiveness," where he longs for his late father, who abandoned him as a youth and passed away before he had a chance to see his son achieve worldwide fame. Whether he's channeling Supertramp, Prince, or Daft Punk, the sonic soundscapes on this album make for superlative headphone listening and prove that Parker is still at the top of his game.
Katie Crutchfield has been making records since 2010 under the moniker Waxahatchee, a reference to a creek near where she grew up in Alabama. Saint Cloud, her fifth release, is her best, most accessible music to date. The Americana-rooted album practically leaps off the turntable and is full of catchy melodies that are bound to implant themselves in your frontal lobe. Saint Cloud is sure to be on a lot of best-of lists at the end of 2020.