All Senses Festival is literally a feast for the senses. It is a collaboration of several ongoing local artistic endeavors combined under one umbrella: music, poetry, film, local craft beer & food along with an antique/arts fair. The Festival incorporates multiple venues on both sides of the Mississippi River. All Senses is a four day event taking place at The Figge Art Museum and Rozz Tox. Head over to allsensesfestival.com for ticket information.
Angel's Frank Dimino sits down with Eric and the rest of the Nothing Shocking podcast crew to bring you an up close conversation with one of America's top prog rock frontman. Listen below.
Join Ragged Records for Record Store Day 2017! As always Ragged will have the best selection of RSD titles this side of the Mississippi and beyond. We order nearly every title and as much as we can get of each title and will open promptly at 9:00 am. Get in line early to get the best chance at getting everything on your list. Early bird customers will receive goodie bags filled with free RSD stuff, in addition to the RSD releases, we will have 20% off all used merchandise including LP's, CD's and vintage audio equipment. Trash Can Annie Vintage Clothing (located next to Ragged Records) will have 50% off all used clothing and jewelry.
The RSD list: http://recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases
As always with RSD no titles can be held --NO EXCEPTIONS.
Only 1 of each title per person-- NO EXCEPTIONS.
LIVE MUSIC STARTS AT 9 AM
9:00 AM - speaking of secrets (QC's Indie pop)
10:00 AM - Dead Forms (QC's, Heavy melodic rock ala Failure)
11:00 AM - The Right Now (Chicago Soul) https://www.therightnow.com/
12:00 PM - Bill MacKay (Chicago guitarist/composer) New album on May 5th on Drag City Records. https://billmackay.com/
1:00 PM - Archeress (QC's heavy shoegaze)
2:00 PM - Haunter (Iowa City Ambient/Noise/Drone)
3:00 PM - Dog Hairs (QC's Experimental/Ambient )
4:00 PM - inasmuch (QCs Emo/punk)
Check out this interview with keyboard wizard Derek Hilland on the Nothing Shocking Podcast. Derek has played with a lot of classic rock and heavy metal bands over the years including White Snake and Iron Butterfly. Give it a listen below.
LIST: RAGGED RECORDS STAFF PICKS
Here is a little taste of some records that we are really digging over here at the shop so far this year. A few reissues including the album Pops De Vanguardia by the Paraguay psych weirdos Jodi and a solo album from Wally Tax who was in the Dutch group garage band The Outsiders. Wally's solo album "Love In" is a great mix of Leonard Cohen and dark hippy folk on bad acid.
Ragged Records and Trash Can Annie Vintage Clothing will be hosting the kick off for Saturday's Daytrotter Downs 2017. Starting at 10:00 AM Grandfather Confusion (solo set), will be performing live.
Come in an sign up to win a Daytrotter letter jacket and Daytrotter Growler from Growler Werks. You must be present to win.
After Grandfather Confuision you can walk a block to Abernathy's and catch Liv Carrow at 11:00 AM.
One hour later and a few more blocks and Pulsing will be performing live at Analog Arcade Bar and at 1:00 PM Xavy Rusan will be doing a set at The Full Kit.
All of this leads up to Daytrotter Downs 2017 festival starting at The Redstone Room @ River Music Experience and Daytrotter at 2:00 PM.
2016 has been quite the bummer of a year for all kinds of reasons. We've seen some of the most well respected and talented musicians of our time pass away this cold and dark year BUT we here at Ragged have observed an insurgence of incredible new music. So 2016 hasn't been all that bad, I guess. Anyway here is a list of new releases, soundtracks, compilations and reissues that we have enjoyed, in no particular order, this year. We hope that you enjoy these titles as much as we did and don't forget to check out the Spotify Playlist below.
Ragged Records is once again participating in Black Friday Record Store Day and as usual Ragged will obtain as many of the RSD release as we can get our hands on.
List of BFRSD titles for 2016: http://www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases
Ragged Records and Trash Can Annie will feature 20% off all used and vintage items.
Plastic Crimwave Syndicate (Acid Psych Punk from Chicago) https://pcwsyndicate.bandcamp.com
Mama (Garage Power Pop from Chicago) https://mamamamamama.bandcamp.com/
The Golden Fleece (Garage/Psych from Peoria) https://thegoldenfleece.bandcamp.com
The Rubs (Garage rock from Chicago) https://therubsaretrash.bandcamp.com
Harsh Times (Garage Punk from the QC's) https://harshtimes.bandcamp.com/releases
Harakiri (Psych rock from somewhere in Minnesota) https://harakiriofficial.bandcamp.com/releases
Entcounter at L-5 (Heavy acid psych from Peoria)
“Elements: Rock and Roll in Black and White”, A 50 page photo book by local photographer Kevin Richard Schafer, the dramatic images range from classic to modern rockers, including Bo Diddley, Prince, Steve Earle, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, and many others. Kevin will be signing copies of his book with an exclusive Ragged Records Record Store Day offer of a free Prisma™ Art Print of your choice with each book sold!
Ragged is hosting a Black Friday afterparty at Rozz-Tox starting at 7:00 PM featuring live sets from: Condor & Jaybird, The Rubs, MAMA, Plastic Crimewave, Harakiri, The Golden Fleece and Encounter at L-5
Ragged Records and Ribco are teaming up to bring you a killer night of riffs of gigantic proportions! Riding Easy Record's Electric Citizen are easily one the best doom metal bands around right now, taking the U.S. by storm. Hopping along for the ride with Electric Citizen is Sweden's Horisont. Conjuring up the the ghosts of Rocka Rolla era Judas Priest and Thin Lizzy, this will be their first time on American soil. Trust us, these guys are not to be missed! Their last album Odessey was easily one of our favorite metal records of 2015. Also joining the bill will be Madison's Vanishing Kids, bringing their Doom Gazer sound to the Quad Cities for the first time. This is a show not to be missed! Seriously. Peep out some videos of Electric Citizen and Horisont down below.
Special Early All Ages Show Sponsored By Ragged Records
Electric Citizen https://www.facebook.com/ElectricCitizen/
and Vanishing Kids www.facebook.com/Vanishing-Kids-328568887984
live at Rock Island Brewing Company
Sunday November 6th 7pm - All Ages
$10 advance tickets available online at
or hard tickets at Ragged Records / CoOp Records and RIBCO
Devin Frank's Vanishing Blues Band
Live at Daytrotter!
Saturday, July 9th 2016
Ages: 19 +
Doors: 7 PM
Music: 8 PM
Join Ragged Records for Record Store Day, April 16th 2016! As always Ragged will have the best selection of RSD titles this side of the Mississippi and beyond. We order nearly every title and as much as we can get of each title.
We open promptly at 9:00 AM.
Get in line early to get the best chance at getting everything on your list.
The RSD list: http://www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases
Early bird customers will receive free goody bags filled with free RSD stuff and local businesses including Analog Arcade Bar, Daytrotter, Dam View Inn, Rock Island Brewing Company.
In addition to the RSD releases, we will have 20% off all used merchandise including LP's, CD's and vintage audio equipment.
Trash Can Annie Vintage Clothing (located next to Ragged Records) will have 50% off all used clothing and jewelry.
As always with RSD,
-No titles can be held --NO EXCEPTIONS.
-Only 1 of each title per person-- NO EXCEPTIONS.
Live music starts at 9:00 AM
The Surf Zombies - 9:00 AM
Sister Wife- 10:00 AM
Brody Maag Hits - 11:00 AM
Archeress - 12:00 PM
The Dawn (Tribute to David Bowie) - 1:00 PM
Sister Missile - 2:00 PM
The Blacklights - 3:00 PM
At Ragged we have a great selection of Afro Beat and world music reissues. It's a great way to discover new sounds from the past that you might not ever have been able to get your hands on. Included on the playlist below is a song from legendary Afro Beat musician/activist Fela Kuti and a great mini documentary on the mysterious Nigerian synthesizer guru William Onyeabor. All of William's records have recently been reissued on David Byrne's Luka Bop label and are in stock at the shop. We also carry records from great reissue labels like Light In The Attic, Now And Again, Awesome Tapes From Africa and Finders Keepers.
A couple of weeks ago Chicago rock icons Urge Overkill graced the RIBCO stage for a Moeller Mondays event. driftlessdave.com was there to snap some photos of the legendary rockers in full swing and with a couple of shots of them recording their Daytrotter session.
Last week Quad City Power Violence Punks Wax Moth ripped up the stage at Blackhawk Room with Peoria's Larks Tounge and Iowa City's Aseethe. Our friend Tony Logan was there to take some photos. Below is a link to stream Wax Moth's album "Spiracle" that was recorded by John Hopkins at Minstrel Recording.
October 17th is Cassette Store Day and we will be getting in a VERY limited supply of some very cool punk, indie and metal titles to celebrate the occasion. If you dig tapes you should pop on in before these are gone, they might not last long. Some of these releases are limited to only 200 copies! Here is a list of the tapes we will be recieving and some words from the Cassette Store Day website below.
Alex G - Beach Music
Down I, II, II
Free Kitten - Sentimental Education
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - S/T
Strfkr - Reptilians
Motorhead - Bad Magic
Method Man - Meth Lab
Chris Walla - Tape Loops
"Cassette Store Day is back this autumn on October 17th with a day of global celebrations and more international partners than ever before. Founded by UK indie labels Suplex Cassettes, Kissability, and Sexbeat in 2013, last year’s Cassette Store Day saw prolific tape lovers Burger Records at the helm of US releases and events. This year they are joined by Rice is Nice in Australia, Arch Hill in New Zealand, andMansions and Millions in Germany. Co-founder Jen Long of Kissability said, “Cassette tapes aren’t just a format, they’re a culture, and cassette culture is as much about collaboration as doing it yourself. This year we’ve gone even further to try and include as many tape fans around the world. We want as many people as possible to be able to get involved and put out a tape, put on a gig or event, or get hold of that release they really want.” Burger Records add, “The snowball that is Cassette Store Day rolls into 2015 bigger, better and badder than ever before!!! When we’re done spreading the good word of our fave format no one will ever ask “why cassettes?” again!!! BURGER BELIEVE THAT!!!” Applications to be a part of Cassette Store Day will open for events, shops, and labels on July 11th and close on September 1st. It will be free to list your store or event, with a small admin fee of £5 (or relative amount outside the UK) for labels looking to list an official release. This year labels will also be able to sell their releases online on Cassette Store Day instead of having to wait a week after. Jen Long explained, “While we still want as many stores as possible involved, we felt there was too much burden on understaffed shops to order from the release list and smaller labels were being left out. We also felt that fans in more remote areas were excluded from the celebrations if they didn’t have a store in their area. Hopefully this way we can include everyone for the best Cassette Store Day yet.”
This year marked the first Raggedtrotter showcase as a part of River Roots Live and we couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. Amazing performances from Barry Phipps, J.E. Sunde, Lissie, Liza Anne, Tow3ers, Jaaws and locals Mountain Swallower, Erin Moore, Centaur Noir and more. The fine folks at Festival Footprints wrote a great review and provided us the photos below. Photographs by Tim Gillman.
The fine folks at Daytrotter just unleashed a session from Melbourne's own King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard. Starting up in 2010 the 7 piece band has released a whopping two EP's and six LP's on their own label Flightless. 2014's "I'm In Your Mind Fuzz" stuck out in an over sea of neo psych garage bands. The Wizards are on tour in the U.S. right now in support of their upcoming release "Paper Mache' Dream Ballon" with a release date of November 13th on Heavenly Records. Swing by the shop and pick up a copy of "I'm In Your Mind Fuzz".