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    New Vinyl – December 16th, 2016

    Posted on December 16th, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. No Comments

    Bone Thugz-N-Harmony – E.1999 Eternal
    Buckley, Jeff – Live At WFMU Studios East Orange, NJ 1992 / WENZ Studios, Cleveland, OH 1995
    Can – Ege Bamyasi
    Can – Future Days
    Cohen, Leonard – I’m Your Man
    Dead Kennedys – Live At The Old Waldorf 1979
    Green, Al – You Ought To Be With Me – Live At Soul in NYC 1973
    Jorge, Seu – The Life Aquatic OST
    Kid Machine – Space Elite
    Ministry – Trax! Rarities
    Mitchell, Joni – Live At Newport Folk Festival – July 19th, 1969
    Mothers Of Invention, The – We’re Only In It For The Money
    Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die (The Remaster LP)
    Roots, The – What !! R U In Awe??
    Run D.M.C. – Raising Hell (20th Anniversary Edition)
    Scott-Heron, Gil – Live At WRVR Village Gate 1976
    Smashing Pumpkins – Gish
    Smashing Pumpkins – Pisces Iscariot
    Solange – A Seat At The Table
    Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger
    Various Artists – Ghost Dog … Read More »



    New Vinyl – December 10th, 2016

    Posted on December 10th, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. No Comments

    2pac – 2Pacalypse Now
    Allman Brothers Band, The – Fillmore East
    Avenged Sevenfold – Sounding The Seventh Trumpet
    Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage
    Bowie, David – Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars
    Bush, Kate – Before The Dawn
    Cohen, Leonard – You Want It Darker
    Dead Or Alive – You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) [Limited Color Vinyl Single)
    Dean Ween Group, The – The Deaner Album
    Iron Maiden – Number Of The Beast
    James, Jim – Eternally Even
    Jones, Norah – Come Away With Me
    Magnetic Fields, The – The Wayward Bus/Distant Plastic Trees
    Mars, Bruno – 24k Magic
    Mr. Oizo – All Wet
    Peterson, Gilles – Anthology (Box Set)
    Rolling Stones, The – Blue & Lonesome
    Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Miss Sharon Jones OST
    Sinatra, Frank – Ultimate Collection
    Temple Of The Dog – S/T
    Vince Guaraldi Trio – Charlie Brown’s Holiday Hits
    West, Kanye – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy



    New Vinyl – October 1st, 2016

    Posted on October 1st, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. No Comments

    ANOHNI – HOPELESSNESS
    Billy Bragg – Shine A Light
    Blonde Redhead – Masulin Feminin (4LP Box Set)
    Bon Iver – 22, A Million
    EZTV – High In Place
    Jack White – Jack White Acoustic Sessions
    Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch
    Nick Cave – Skeleton Tree
    Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Getaway
    Regina Spektor – Remember Us To Life
    Soundwalk Collective And Jesse Paris Smith Feat. Patti Smith – Killer Road
    St Paul & The Broken Bones – Sea Of Noise
    Survive – RR7349
    Swell Maps – A Trip To Marineville
    Taking Back Sunday – Tidal Wave
    The Bats – Daddy’s Highway
    Ultimate Painting – Dusk
    Warpaint – Heads Up



    The Next Record Riot Is October 29th, 2016!

    Posted on September 28th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. 1 Comment

    Attention! The last JCRR of the year is on Saturday, October 29th! Contact Steve Gritzan at recordriots@gmail.com if you are interested in selling! Last one was a big success and we expect the same for this upcoming one…

     



    Cassette Store Day! October 8th, 2016

    Posted on September 28th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    Ever since we started our cassette section at the store, we have been pleasantly surprised to see how much interest people have in them, from all differents walks of life – some buy for their cars (because they don’t have a CD deck!), some go for the 90’s indie rock/punk/hip hop that have historically thrived off self-released small labels, and others are young enough to have never experienced them growing up and are discovering the magic of tape for the first time!

    Join us on the 8th of October to browse our wide variety of used tapes of all genres at prices that will make you smile! In addition, we are putting out a few hundred more titles of all different genres, and of course we are carrying EXCLUSIVE CASSETTE STORE DAY TITLES that are ONLY available at participating stores!

    We’ll be … Read More »



    New Vinyl – September 23rd, 2016

    Posted on September 23rd, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. No Comments

    Banhart, Devendra – Ape In Pink Marble
    Bat For Lashes – The Bride
    Bowie, David & Gillespie, Dana – Love Dana Gillespie
    Brian Jonestown Massacre, The – The Sun Ship
    DJ Spinna – Presents The World Of Stevie Wonder Vol. 3
    Drake – Comeback Season
    Gorillaz – Demon Days
    Lanois, Daniel – Goodbye To Language
    Madonna – Something To Remember
    Notorious BIG – Ready To Die – The Remaster LP
    Parliament – Osmium
    Pink Floyd – Live In NYC 1977
    Prince – Black Album
    Prince – My Name Was Prince
    Renaissance – DeLane Lea Studios 1973
    Seahawks – Escape Hatch
    Slaughter And The Dogs – Vicious
    Springsteen, Bruce – Chapter And Verse
    Stirling, Lindsey – Brave Enough
    Tignor, Christopher – Along A Vanishing Plane
    Tyler The Creator – Bastard
    Various – Best Of 2 Tone
    Wareham, Dean & Phillips, Britta – Mistress America
    Warlocks, The – Songs From The Pale Eclipse
    Warpaint – Heads Up
    West, Kanye – 2001 Demo Tape
    Wilco – Schmilco
    Zero 7 – … Read More »



    New Vinyl – September 9th, 2016

    Posted on September 9th, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. No Comments

    Angelo Badalamenti – Twin Peaks OST
    Aretha Franklin – Greatest Hits
    DJ Shadow – Entroducing
    Guided By Voices – Under The Bushes Under The Stairs
    Jack White – Jack White Acoustic Recordings (1998-2016)
    Jarvis Cocker – Music From Likely Stories (7″)
    Lindsey Stirling – Brave Enough
    New Order – Singles (2015 Remaster 4LP Box Set)
    Sublime – 40 Oz To Freedom
    Thin Lizzy – S/T
    Tool – Lateralus
    Warlocks – Songs From The Pale Eclipse



    Live Jazz @ Iris w/ The Eric Zolan Trio

    Posted on September 2nd, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    Join us on September 24th at 8pm at the store (after the Record Riot) for some really fantastic live jazz, courtesy of The Eric Zolan Trio. Check out their last set after the last Record Riot.



    The Next Jersey City Record Riot is September 24th!

    Posted on September 2nd, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    The next JCRR is fast approaching, so save up for pennies for what is proving to be another big day at Grove Street! DJs spinning all day, free admission, 30+ tables of records, CDs and merch for you to peruse – all we need is the great weather (stay tuned on our Instagram and Facebook for updates as the date approaches). Interested in selling? Contact Steve Gritzan at recordriots@gmail.com.



    Iris Records 20th Anniversary Celebration!

    Posted on September 2nd, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    You are cordially invited to the 20th Anniversary celebration of Iris Records in Jersey City on Saturday, October 15th! The event will take place in an AMAZING newly converted cathedral (don’t worry, it’s been “desanctified” and yes, that’s a thing) at 380 Montgomery Street in Jersey City, just a block and a half from the store. DJs will be spinning all night on a huge soundsystem, and a full bar will be on premises. Come hang out, cut a rug and hang out with Steve & Steve and all the other special people that help make Iris the go-to spot for vinyl in JC. Free for all and all ages welcome! Click the flyer below for a Facebook event link…

     



    Iris Will Be Closed On the 24th and 25th of August!

    Posted on August 19th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. 1 Comment



    New Vinyl! Week of May 10th, 2016

    Posted on May 12th, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. No Comments

    2Pac – All Eyez On Me
    Ace Frehley – Origins, Vol. 1
    Anderson Paak – Malibu
    Aurora – All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend
    Beirut – Gulag Orkestar
    Charles Mingus – The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady
    Cornershop – Hold On It’s Easy
    Fuzz – S/T
    Har Mar Superstar – Best Summer Ever
    Homeboy Sandman – Kindness For Weakness
    Jennifer O’Connor – Surface Noise
    Kevin Morby – Singing Saw
    King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Quarters!
    Liquid Liquid – S/T
    Liquid Liquid – Successive Reflexes
    Mayer Hawthorne – Man About Town
    Ornette Coleman – To Whom Who Keeps a Record
    Pip Proud – A Bird In The Engine
    Ry X – Dawn
    Taylor Swift – Fearless
    The Cramps – Look Mom No Head
    The Sound – All Fall Down
    üneyt Sepetçi & Orchestra Dolapdere – Bahriye Çiftetellisi



    The Jersey City Record Riot! 5/7/16

    Posted on May 4th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. 2 comments

    The Jersey City Record Riot is this Saturday, from 9am – 6pm, right outside the Grove St. PATH train! 20+  dealers from the East Coast selling all sorts of records, CDs and merch! DJs spinning all day and free admission for all.  More info on our Facebook event page below:

     



    10 WONDERS OF THE TOURING WORLD – By M. Tent

    Posted on February 11th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. 3 comments

    Hello there, boys and girls. Please allow me to introduce myself. This is your soon- to- be- old pal Malcolm Tent talking to you. I sell records and stuff at many NYC area record shows. When not doing that, I travel this great land of ours playing my absurd brand of punk rock, either as a solo or with my fabulous band Ultrabunny.

    When I tour, I do so as a tourist. I love to check out my surroundings during the down time between gigs. Since I’m almost always surfing on local couches, I have plenty of local people to show me what’s what in their town. And I’m always running across random sights while driving.

    So here’s an alphabetical list of 10 amazing sights I saw while on tour in 2015.

    THE BRICK DICK OF YPSILANTI
    This massive, throbbing water tower was built … Read More »



    New Vinyl – Week Of January 15th, 2016

    Posted on January 15th, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. 1 Comment

    Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra ?– Last Odyssey
    Afrocena, Dayme – Nueva Era
    Barrett, Syd – An Introduction to Syd Barrett
    Barretto, Ray – Acid
    Barretto, Ray – El Ray Criollo
    Blakey, Art – Caravan
    Bowie, David – Blackstar
    Bunny Lee’s Kingston Flying Cymbals – 1974-1979
    Cage The Elephant – Tell Me I’m Pretty
    Charlie Parker – Bird On 52nd Street
    Clutch – Blast Tyrant
    Clutch – Psychic Warfare
    Davis, Gary – Harlem Street Singer
    End Of A Year – You Are Beneath Me
    Etta James – 19 Greatest Hits
    Foo Fighters – S/T
    Gil-Scott Heron – Pieces Of A Man
    Guthrie, Robin – After The Night Falls
    Hinds – Leave Me Alone
    Irvine, Weldon – Sinbad
    Keb’ Mo’ – Bluesamericana
    Lemon Drops, The – Sunshine Flower Power
    MG (Martin Gore) – Remixes
    Mayer, John – Room For Squares
    Monk, Thelonius – Monk With Sonny Rollins And Frank Foster
    Pants, James – Savage
    Rush – Moving Pictures
    Russell, Arthur – World Of Echo
    Schnitzler, Conrad – Kollektion 05
    The World … Read More »



    Reflect and party. Give thanks. Make year-end lists. Spend NYE w/Steve + Steve.

    Posted on December 29th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. 23 comments

    During this festive season, you should think about where you’ve been and where you’re going (thanks Jimmy V), what records made you crazy in 2015, how you can improve your community, your family life, your health, ok your record collection too. And exactly who is that proud man in the picture? (More on him in a minute).Reflect and party. Give thanks. Make year-end lists. Spend NYE w/Steve + Steve.

     

    Get our drift? No one ponders history more than us. During this festive season, you should think about where you’ve been and where you’re going (thanks Jimmy V), what records made you crazy in 2015, how you can improve your community, your family life, your health, ok your record collection too. And exactly who is that proud man in the picture? (More on him in a minute).

    First, a brief promotional announcement: Hanging … Read More »



    Black Friday Record Store Day Stock List! November 27th, 2015

    Posted on November 25th, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. No Comments

    Here’s what you could expect to find in the store on Black Friday…keep in mind there are EXTREMELY LIMITED QUANTITIES of these titles and we do not guarantee they will be available when you arrive, but we do promise that all of them will be out for the taking (limit one unique title per customer, of course). And no, we cannot hold anything for you…Happy Thanksgiving and see you soon!

    B-52’s – Live 8/24/1979
    Jeff Beck – Performing This Week…Live At Ronnie Scott’s…
    Behemoth – Pandemonic Incantations
    David Bowie – Earthling
    Buzzcocks – Another Music in a Different Kitchen
    The Cardigans – Long Gone Before Daylight
    Johnny Cash – Man In Black Live In Denmark 1971
    Clash – S/T (Limited Edition Colored Vinyl)
    Color Of Noise – O.S.T.
    Deerhoof – Fever 121614
    Felt – Felt, Vol. 2: A Tribute to Lisa Bonet
    Gang Of Four – Songs of the Free
    Neal Hefti – … Read More »



    New Vinyl – Week Of November 25th, 2015

    Posted on November 25th, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. No Comments

    Adele – 25
    Adolescents – S/T
    Brian Jonestown Massacre, The – Mini Album Thingy Wingy
    Dr. Dre – Compton
    Durutti Column, The – LC
    Electric Light Orchestra – Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Alone In The Universe
    Husker Du – New Day Rising
    Pop, Iggy – Idiot
    Joplin, Janis – Live At Winterland, san Francisco 1969
    M83 – Saturday = Youth
    Panda Bear – Crosswords EP
    Rolling Stones, The – From The Vault – Live At The Tokyo Dome



    A Few Words About Adele – Radio City Music Hall, November 17, 2015 – by John Bastone

    Posted on November 21st, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    Based on some shows I’ve reviewed for the site in the past, you might find it odd that I would take the time to go see Adele live at Radio City. Mrs. Bastone won 2 free tickets for the show. I like Adele’s music well enough, she’s got a fantastic singing voice, and seems to be a real and likeable person. So, I’m game. Let’s play. We head off to see Adele.

    I had already known before we started our excursion that the show was being filmed for a major television special. I expected that that would bring out a lot of industry insiders, celebrities, and other publicity seekers. So the fact that this could potentially be a bit of a pain in the ass was on the menu.

    We get there and wait in an enormous queue of other ‘lucky’ contest … Read More »



    New Vinyl – Week Of November 18th, 2015

    Posted on November 18th, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. 1 Comment

    Brooklyn Funk Essentials – Funk Ain’t Ova
    Foxing – Dealer
    Gibbons, Billy – Perfectamundo
    Lamar, Kendrick – To Pimp A Butterfly
    Merchant, Natalie – Paradise Is There – The New Tigerlily Recordings
    One Direction – Made In The A.M.
    Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden Of Delete
    Revell, Graeme – The Crow OST
    With Our Arms To The Sun – A Far Away Wonder



    New Vinyl – Week of November 13th, 2015

    Posted on November 13th, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. No Comments

    Banks, Azelia – Broke With Expensive Taste
    Deafheaven – New Bermuda
    Elbow – Asleep In The Back
    Elbow – Seldom Seen Kid
    Horrible Crowes – Elsie
    Internet, The – Ego Death
    St. Germain – S/T
    Veggies, Casey – Live & Grow
    Weeknd, The – Echoes Of Silence



    New Vinyl – Week Of November 11th, 2015

    Posted on November 6th, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. No Comments

    Aphex Twin – Richard D. James Album
    Asakawa, Maki – S/T
    Big Grams – S/T
    British Sea Power – Sea Of Brass
    De Luca, Peppino – La Ragazza Con La Pistola…
    Geist, Morgan – Megaprojects One
    Oh Wonder – S/T
    Pantera – History Of Hostility
    Russell, Arthur – Another Thought
    Russell, Arthur – Corn
    Ugly Casanova – Sharpen Your Teeth
    Usuah, Mary Afi – Ekpenyong Abasi
    White Buffalo – Love And The Death Of Damnation
    Wright, Frank – Church Number Nine
    Young Guv – Ripe 4 Luv



    Album of the Week: Neon Indian – “VEGA Intl. Night School” by J. Nifras

    Posted on October 28th, by irisrecords in Reviews. 1 Comment

    The Texas-based synthpop musician Alan Palomo, professionally known as Neon Indian, initially rose to fame in 2009 as part of an ushering in of a new style of indie pop music known as “chillwave”. The term was everywhere around the time, and Palomo’s 2009 debut record Psychic Chasms was at the center of all the buzz. He also followed this record up in 2011 with another chillwave record, entitled Era Extrana, which was also well-received.

    In the four-year gap between the release of Era Extrana and this new record, Palomo’s demos for an intended record were lost, and he decided to start fresh and record entirely new material. The result of this became VEGA Intl. Night School, the project’s third studio album.

    VEGA is a record heavily influenced by 80’s synthpop, such as the likes of Prince and Michael Jackson, to name … Read More »



    Balancing Rod Argent’s Two-Headed Career: John Bastone Reviews The Zombies Live 2015

    Posted on October 28th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. 1 Comment

    I had seen Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone at Cavestomp in NYC back in 2001, when they had first started touring again as ‘The Zombies’. While great to see, I found that show to be a bittersweet disappointment. They only did 6 Zombies songs and they also did the same number of Argent songs (the Rod Argent fronted group from the 70’s). Problem was that the 6 Zombies tracks totalled about 15 minutes, while the bloated, art rock Argent tracks totalled 40-45 minutes. The show was enjoyable, but not really what customers paying to see The Zombies were expecting. What bothered me most was that, from my perspective, Argent and Blunstone had poor perspective on their history. At that point in time, they seemed to be pretty unaware of the impact that their 60’s music had on the patrons at … Read More »



    New Vinyl – Week Of October 23rd, 2015

    Posted on October 24th, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. No Comments

    Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars
    Neon Indian – Vega Intl. Night School
    Newsom, Joanna – Divers
    Fuzz – II
    Baird, Meg – Don’t Weigh Down The Light
    Pratt, Jessica – On Your Own Love Again
    Segall, Ty – Twins



    New Vinyl – Week Of October 15th, 2015

    Posted on October 15th, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. No Comments

    !!! (Chk Chk Chk) – As If
    Air – Talkie Walkie
    Alex G – Beach Music
    Burroughs, William S. – In Dub
    Disclosure – Caracal
    Hansgard, Glen – Didn’t He Ramble
    Hopkins, John – Immunity
    Hopkins, John – Insides
    Little Boots – Working Girl
    Of Montreal – Snare Lustrous Doomings
    Queen – S/T
    Small Black – Best Blues
    Wilco – Star Wars
    Wolfe, Chelsea – Abyss
    YACHT – I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler



    Cassette Store Day!

    Posted on October 12th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    Come celebrate Cassette Store Day at Iris Records!!!
    Due to popular demand, our store will now have it’s very own cassette section! To mark the ocassion we’ll have new tapes from Stones Throw, Leaving Records, Side One Dummy, Fat Beats, Dirty Tapes and more. We will also have used tapes spanning Disco, Rock, Hip Hop, Metal, Pop, and $1 cassettes! Plus walkmen and cassette players on hand for sale. Live music throughout the day!!!!

    www.cassettestoreday.com

    12:00 DJ Skinny Steve – Cassette DJ Set

    1:00 Will-The Set

    2:00 Lateef Dameer & ‘Dre Mayes

    3:00 Jesus Himself – Cassette DJ Set

    5:00 2 Hungry Bros.

    6:00 Jay Alpha

    7:00 Lang$to

    (set times may change, TBA)



    New Vinyl – Week Of October 9th, 2015

    Posted on October 9th, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. 1 Comment

    Brian Jonestown Massacre, The – Thank God For Mental Illness
    Decemberists, The – Florasongs
    Des Ark – Everything Dies
    Inspiral Carpets – Keep The Faith
    Major Lazer – Peace Is The Mission
    Rey Pila – The Future Sugar
    Rolling Stones, The – Let It Bleed
    Sleaford Mods – Chubbed Up – The Singles Collection
    Supergrass – I Should Coco
    Teenage Time Killers – Greatest Hits Vol. 1



    New Vinyl – Week Of September 29th, 2015

    Posted on September 29th, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. No Comments

    Air – Premiers Symptomes
    Arcs – Yours Dreamily
    Billy, Bonnie Prince – I See A Darkness
    Chvrches – Every Open Eye
    Dead Weather, The – Dodge And Burn
    Duran Duran – Paper Gods
    Empress AD – Still Life Moving Fast
    Front Bottoms – Back On Top
    Gallagher, Noel – Where The City Meets The Sky – Chasing Yesterday – The Remixes
    Gilmour, David – Rattle That Lock
    Girl Band – Holding Hands With Jamie
    Hamburger, Neil – First Of Dismay
    Hamburger, Neil – Hot February Night
    Holter, Julia – Have You In My Wilderness
    Howling Hex, The – Wilson Semiconductors
    Marley, Bob – Rastaman Vibration
    New Order – Music Complete
    O’Rourke, Jim – Bad Timing
    O’Rourke, Jim – The Visitor
    OBN III’s – Worth A Lot Of Money
    Ought – Sun Coming Down
    Ramones – Live At The Old Waldorf San Francisco
    Silversun Pickups – Better Nature
    Slum Village – Fantastic, Vol. 2
    Stereophonics – Keep The Village Alive
    Various Arists – Whiplash – Crude … Read More »



    New Vinyl – Week of July 15th, 2015

    Posted on September 18th, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. No Comments

    Bashmore, Julio – Knockin Boots
    Battles – La Di Da Di
    Beirut – No No No
    Beta Band – The Patty Patty Sound
    Del Rey, Lana – Honeymoon (Deluxe 2LP)
    Dr. Dre – The Chronic
    Duran Duran – Paper Gods
    Empress Of – Me
    Four Tet – Morning/Evening
    Frank, Jackson C. – Forest Of Eden
    Happy Mondays – Pills, Thrills And Bellyaches
    Laraaji – Laraaji Remixes
    Low – Ones & Sixes
    Maya Jane Coles – Nocturnal Sunshine
    Ought – Once More With Feeling…
    Phish – The White Tape
    Phish – Lawn Boy
    Phish – Junta (Deluxe 3LP Edition)
    Slayer – Repentless
    Son Lux – Bones
    St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Half The City
    Tamaryn – Cranekiss
    Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One) – S/T



    Beats, Rhythms, and Loops 9.12.15

    Posted on September 8th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. 1 Comment

    Join us Saturday September 12th for another session of Beats, Rhythms and Loops.

    MENTPLUS is joining us after a recent trip to California, where he DJ’d Motown Mondays as well as the legendary Delicious Vinyl. Whether he’s beat juggling 45’s or flipping a sample on his MPC, he’s sure to entertain.

    https://soundcloud.com/mentplus

    CLEAR BLUE is a local beat maker from Jersey City, and we’re really excited to have him at the store. While his music exists within the realm of hip hop, its hard to pin him down to one style.

    https://soundcloud.com/clearblue

    APROPOS will be bringing some lo-fi dirty goodness. His music exists somewhere within hip-hop and noise. Maybe he’ll bring some zines to sell too!

    http://aproposzine.bandcamp.com/

    SAVVY THE SAVIOR came up to us out of nowhere asking if he could play a gig at the store. After hearing his music, we couldn’t say no!!

    https://soundcloud.com/savvythesavior



    New Vinyl – Week Of September 1st, 2015

    Posted on September 3rd, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. No Comments

    Armstrong, Louis – Louis Armstrong & The Dukes Of Dixieland
    Beach House – Depression Cherry
    Descloux, Lizzy Mercier – Press Color
    Destroyer – Poison Season
    Foals – What Went Down
    Haynes, Warren – Ashes And Dust
    Kitchen Cinq – When The Rainbow Disappears: An Anthology 1965-68
    Modern Lovers, The – S/T
    NWA – Straight Outta Compton – 20th Anniversary Edition
    Simone, Nina – High Priestess
    Skrillex And Diplo – Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü
    X Ambassadors – VHS
    Yo La Tengo – Stuff Like That There



    New Vinyl – Week Of August 18th, 2015

    Posted on August 19th, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. No Comments

    Air – Moon Safari
    Faith No More – Sol Invictus
    Numan, Gary – The Premier Hits
    Red House Painters – Down Colorful Hill
    Royal Headache – High
    Saint Etienne – Fox Base Alpha
    Saint Etienne – Tiger Bay
    Chelsea Wolfe – Apokalypsis

    New arrivals from Already Dead Tapes & Records:

    Records:

    Gwenz – Boring People 7″
    Crown Larks – Blood Dancer LP
    Lawsuits – Future Failure LP
    Problems That Fix Themselves – Which Is Worse LP
    Yeesh – No Problem LP

    Cassettes:

    Sewing Needle – Vote Of No Confidence
    Predator Hospital – Fred Thomas
    Chris Brokaw – I Ace Sociopathic King
    Iain Shaw / David Shrigley – Awesome

    New Arrivals from Little Dickman Records:

    Sharkmuffin – Chartreuse (Cassette and Vinyl)
    The Off White – Don’t Take Kindly (CD and Cassette)
    Corina Corina – Pratfall/Distance Flexidisc



    Alliance Upholstery Presents: Sasac “Talking God” Release Party w/Len Bias / Dan Briggs / Dino Proserpio

    Posted on August 12th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

     

     

     

     



    Album of the Week: Lieutenant – “If I Kill This Thing…” by J. Nifras

    Posted on August 12th, by irisrecords in Reviews. No Comments

    The solo project of former Sunny Day Real Estate/current Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel is, at its core, melodic, gentle, and at times, comforting indie bliss. For years, Mendel has been performing under the shadow of his bands’ lead songwriters, but If I Kill This Thing is the first taste listeners will get of his now-uncovered songwriting chops.

    The record also features some of Mendel’s musical friends, such as SDRE vocalist Jeremy Egink and Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett, among others. Despite the album’s long guest list, the end result doesn’t feel too congested.

    Tracks such as the rather upbeat “Bell Epoque” and “Prepared Remarks” showcase Mendel’s craft for creating very pleasant and gratifying melodies. An immediate focus on this record is Mendel’s vocal style, which, rather than loud and confrontational like his respective bands’ frontmen, is especially calm, reserved, almost mumbled. … Read More »



    New Vinyl – Week Of August 4th, 2015

    Posted on August 5th, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. No Comments

    Demarco, Mac – Another One
    La Havas, Lianne – Blood
    Social Distortion – Prison Bound
    Tame Impala – Currents
    Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy
    Various Artists – Best Of Trojan Records – DJ Reggae Vol. 1
    Various Artists – Best Of Trojan Records – Instrumental Reggae Vol. 1
    Winehouse, Amy – Lioness Hidden Treasures



    New Vinyl – Week Of July 28th, 2015

    Posted on August 1st, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. 1 Comment

    A Tribe Called Quest – The Anthology
    A Tribe Called Quest – People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
    Band, The – Moondog Matinee
    Buckley, Jeff – Grace
    Bridges, Leon – Coming Home
    Davis, Miles – Kind Of Blue
    Hendrix, Jimi = Axis: Bold As Love
    Knxwledge – Hud Dreems
    Rocky Horror Picture Show – OST
    Simon, Paul – Graceland: 25th Anniversary Edition
    Smith, Elliott – XO
    Smith, Patti – Horses
    Thompson, Richard – Still



    At The Iris Kitchen Table With Pat Byrne

    Posted on July 24th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    “In my foggy memories here at Iris Records, I had always connected Pat Byrne with drums and soul 45s. So I was taken aback when Facebook posts started shouting about “Prove It All Night” and people were talking about this amazing take-off on Great Late Night Talk Shows Of The Past. I decided to check out their June show and was impressed both with the writing and excellent collaboration of unique talent (and Pat of course). “At The Iris Kitchen Table” finally caught up with Pat Byrne on a steamy July afternoon and recorded his thoughts on comedy, writing, music and his personal journey to WFMU after moving to Jersey City. (Note: The next “Prove It All Night” performance is Saturday August 1st at 9:00 PM at WFMU’s Monty Hall. It’s the best $5 ticket in the New York area!)”

    – … Read More »



    Beats, Rhythms, and Loops

    Posted on July 19th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    Join us Saturday August 8th to celebrate the release of “Recipe for Disaster”.  Live performances by MC Doc Reevez, 2 Hungry Bros., and world class digger and producer Jesus Himself!!!

    3-5PM

    FREE!!!!!

    Cassettes and Hip Hop go together like peanut butter and jelly. There’s beat tapes, mixtapes, pause-button tapes, chopped and screwed tapes, The Purple Tape, The Lost Tapes and more.

    Record label Already Dead Tapes carries on the tradition with their latest effort from New Jersey emcee Doc Reevez and NYC production duo Deep and Ben Boogz, aka 2 Hungry Bros (Homeboy Sandman).  The project (available on cassette and digital format) is stacked with 17 tracks entirely produced by 2 Hungry Bros., with Doc Reevez as the featured emcee. Guest shots come from Philadelphia AOTP member Reef Tha Lost Cauze, K. Gaines and Sweden’s DJ Devastate. Ironically, Doc Reevez found a cassette in … Read More »



    4th Street Arts Presents: Village Block Party @ Brunswick St. & Newark Ave.

    Posted on July 15th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    4th Street Arts PRESENTS : VILLAGE BLOCK PARTY : SATURDAY JULY 25TH 2015 : ** NOON – 10:00PM* @ NEWARK AVE & BRUNSWICK STREET – A full day festival featuring Live Music (Band lineup coming soon),

    Live Art organized by Ian Kuali’i,

    a Curated Art Show organized by Rolando Ramos,

    Fine Wine by Madame Claude Wines,

    Craft Beers by Third & Vine, and mixed drinks with fresh herbs from the Brunswick Community Garden

    an Eclectic Vending Village organized by IRIS Records,

    Special tours of the Brunswick Community Garden,

    and a free Kids Area, including face painting by Faces & Twists

    and activities by Bambino Chef, this is all put together by Sarah Welt of Village Yoga.

    A fundraiser to support the Village Neighborhood Association, the Brunswick Community Garden, and 4th Street Arts – as well as the Brunswick Garden Cats, Meow

     

     



    New Vinyl – Week Of July 14th, 2015

    Posted on July 15th, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. No Comments

    Mississippi Records:

    Alemayehu Eshete – S/TAli Ag Amounine – Takamba (LP & 7″)
    Blind Uncle Gaspard And Delma Lachney – On The Waters Edge
    Boyd Rivers – You Can’t Make Me Doubt
    Cast King – Saw Mill Man
    Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family – My Ancestors
    DeZurik Sisters – Sing And Yodel
    Irma Thomas – Irma Thomas Sings
    Kesarbia Kerkar – S/T
    Michael Hurley – Back Home With Driftin’ Wood
    Michael Stirling – Deva Loka
    Nancy Dupree – Ghetto Reality
    Neo Boys – Sooner Or Later
    S.E. Rogie – The Sounds Of S.E. Rogie Vol. 1
    Teshome Meteku – Hasabe
    The Rats – S/T
    The Staple Singers – Will The Circle Be Unbroken
    Various Artists ‎– Fanafody: A Collection Of Recordings And Photography From Madagasikara, Volume II
    Washington Philips – S/T

    Other stuff:

    Chemical Brothers, The – Born In The Echoes
    Galaxie 500 – On Fire
    Harris, Emmylou & Rodney Crowell – The Traveling Kind
    Herndon, Holly – Platform
    Lower Dens – Escape … Read More »



    Live @ Iris – Cristina & Alex Peck

    Posted on July 15th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    “My sister, Alex, and I will be performing at Iris Records in Jersey City on Saturday, August 1st! We will be performing a very minimal set, somewhat trip hoppy/ Fleetwood Mac-ish groovin’ music with some ethereal-vocal drama. We do not have recent recordings of us playing together but if you’d like to check out my website www.cristinapeck.com, you will be able to connect with my soundcloud and get an idea of what the night may feel like. We both would love for you to come out to dance and just have a good time with us!

    Take Care,

    Cristina”

    http://www.cristinapeck.com/



    Live @ Iris – Impossible Cities

    Posted on July 15th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    “Impossible Cities is the conclusion and the beginning to years of restless basement music-making. Born of New Jersey native Daniel Tornatore, Impossible Cities is an idea that has become entirely possible with the likes of Alex Ziatyk’s bass grooves and Thomas Devinko’s jazz rhythms. All three members hail from diverse backgrounds, giving this band its already signature sound.

    Singer-Songwriter Daniel Tornatore, saw some early success with his high school band, Silent Reconciliation, in the post-hardcore days of the mid 2000s. Hungry for more, Dan went on to self-produce solo work always in hopes of finding new musicians to grow with and advancing his bluesy-yet-progressive sound.

    After meeting Ziatyk in 2013, a new musical idea began to ruminate. Green-minded and meditative “Z” introduced not only his bass-grooves and penchant for funk, but brought genre-bending ideas to the table thus furthering the sound Tornatore … Read More »



    New Vinyl – Week Of July 6th, 2015

    Posted on July 8th, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. 1 Comment

    Adams, Ryan – Ten Songs from Live At Carnegie Hall
    Adele – 21
    Adkins, Hasil – White Light / White Meat
    Aphex Twin – Richard D. James Album
    Arborea – Fortress Of The Sun
    Art Bears – Hopes And Fears
    Art Zoyd – Generation Sans Futur
    Aural Exciters – Emile (12 inch single)
    Banana Splits – Doin’ The Banana Split (7 inch)
    Big Data – 2.0
    Buena Vista Social Club – Lost & Found
    Can – Flow Motion
    Can – Landed
    Can – Soundtracks
    Cash, Johnny – Orange Blossom Special
    Chris & Cosey – Heartbeat
    Flower Travellin’ Band – Satori
    Fuzz – S/T
    Helm – Olympic Mess
    Morriccone, Ennio – Cosa Avete Fatto A Solange? OST
    Toop, David – Lost Shadows – In Defence Of The Soul
    Waters, Patty – College Tour



    Live @ Iris – Lip Action / Girltown / Brandon Louro

    Posted on July 3rd, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    Stop by next Saturday at 6:30pm for a triple-threat of great local bands – Brandon Louro, Girltown and our favorite, Lip Action!

    LIP ACTION:   Three girls and one guy, livin’ it up in JC. We like to have fun.

    lipaction.bandcamp.com

    GIRLTOWN:   Loud guitar hooks and tasty rhythms form a rock blanket that hugs topics from “Girls I Like” to “Girls I Don’t Much Care For.”   Girltown.bandcamp.com

    BRANDON LOURO:   Brandon is a multi-instrumentalist exploring rock, blues, punk, and American folk. His trio, Wrong Era, is based in NYC.   wrongeramusic.bandcamp.com



    New Vinyl – Week Of June 16th, 2015

    Posted on June 17th, by irisrecords in New Arrivals, Uncategorized. 1 Comment

    Banhart, Devendra – Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
    Bush Tetras – Boom In The Night
    Cave, Nick – Far From Men OST
    Cole, B.J. – The New Hovering Dog
    Dawes – All Your Favorite Bands
    Dinosaur Jr. – Where You Been
    FFS – S/T (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks)
    Germano, Lisa – Magic Neighbor
    Guided By Voices – Alien Lanes
    Harvey, PJ – To Bring You My Love
    Hudson Mohawke – Lantern
    Jamie XX – Colours
    Jlin – Dark Energy
    Mann, Manfred – The Five Faces Of Manfred Mann
    Muse – Drones
    Rew, Adrian – Slot Machine Music
    Sonics, The – This Is The Sonics
    Suicide – Ghost Riders
    Warpaint – The Fool
    XX, The – Girl/Sleep Sound
    XX, The – In Colour

    NEW BAR NONE RECORDS ARRIVALS:

    Breakfast In Fur – Flyaway Garden
    Feelies, The – Crazy Rhythm
    Front Bottoms, The – S/T
    Front Bottoms, The – Talon Of The Hawk
    Furman, Ezra – Day Of The Dog
    Happyness – Weird Little Birthday
    Of Montreal – Cherry Peel
    Of … Read More »



    Zeppelin Recordings Live In-Store Session – JuJu Christian / Fabian Siebenrock (Germany)

    Posted on June 16th, by irisrecords in Events. 1 Comment

    SHAMANIC ETHNO INDUSTRIAL FUNK / www.futurejam.net / www.discogs.com/label/27279-Zeppelin-Recordings / www.discogs.com/artist/825639-Juju-Christian-Treuter



    New Vinyl – Week Of June 9th, 2015

    Posted on June 12th, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. No Comments

    Algiers – S/T
    Atlas Sound – Parallax
    Basho, Robbie – The Falconer’s Arm
    Boogie Down Productions – Sex And Violence
    Brian Jonestown Massacre, The – Satanic
    Container – LP
    Dan Hartman – Instant Replay
    Fall, The – Schtick – Yarbles
    Fall, The – This Nation’s Saving Grace
    Galleria, The – Calling Card (12 Inch)
    Heinz, Gerhard – Schamlos OST
    In Camera – Era
    Leisure Muffin (Bunker Recordings 12 Inch)
    Lo-Fang – Blue Film
    Ratatat – Classics
    Russell, Arthur – Corn
    Soak – Before We Forgot How To Dream
    Stone Roses – Turns Into Stone
    The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Higher Than The Stars
    Various Arists – Sons Of Anarchy – Songs Of Anarchy Volumes 2 & 3
    Various Arists – Whiplash – Crude Unissued New Jersey Rock & Roll



    Jersey City Record Riot THIS SUNDAY! Wyldlife’s Dave Feldman on “At The Iris Kitchen Table” this week. Alain Cliche digs The Residents.

    Posted on June 11th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    Events. There’s plenty on the calendar. Saturday at the store: come witness “Beats, Rhythms & Loops,” with live performances by VHVL, Brain Orchestra and God’s Touch playing from 1-3 PM. Then at 7, JC musicians Fish & Kuz (of Smoke And Mirror Routine) perform a special acoustic set of their catalog. Of course the Jersey City Record Riot is this Sunday (Grove Street PATH Plaza, 9 AM-6 PM), 40 tables of amazing vinyl and CDs (plus great DJs). We’ve also got a big program planned forSaturday July 20th: “Bring The Beat Back,” strictly 45s with DJ Porno, Mr. Len, Fatha Ramsee (brought to you by the United Diggers Federation). These guys are quite funky and are not to be missed. Other upcoming highlights include Saturday June 27th, Zeppelin Records/Keep Disco Alive showcase with Juju Christian & Fabien Siebenrock (dark, dank house and disco—why not? they are German!) and then our pick of July: a special appearance … Read More »



    Alain Cliche On The Residents! “Outsider Among Outsiders”

    Posted on June 10th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    I discovered The Residents in 1981. At the time, I was doing radio with my friend André at CKRL, a community radio station in Quebec City. The purpose of the program was to cover the alternative scene. We spent our nights playing New Wave, punk, reggae, ska, industrial and just about everything that nowadays is included in the “post-punk” genre. As I said in my book, Normal, PIL was our worship group. We liked its weird side and that’s probably what got us into The Residents. Click to hear a sample.

    Commercial Album – 1980

    The first album that André bought is Commercial Album, a record of forty pieces of one minute each. We did play a “4-5 blow” and mixed it with other weird stuff. We didn’t tire of this minimal-sounding record ; each piece having a theme that stops just when you start to get … Read More »



    Beats, Rhythms, and Loops!!!

    Posted on June 9th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    We’re back for the 3rd round of Beats, Rhythms, and Loops!!! This time we’re joined by VHVL, Brain Orchestra, and Gods Touch. VHVL is inspired by “the founding mothers of electronic music” and most recently put out a split cassette with Ras G on Leaving Records. Brain Orchestra is a hip hop producer from New Jersey. He’s self-released several beat tapes through his band camp and his blissed out beats linger somewhere between classic 90’s hip hop and the ethereal. Gods Touch offers up hard knockin’ beats with a lo fi feel. Easily something you’d hear while watching your favorite anime movie.

    1-3 PM
    FREE!!!!

    VHVL

    Brain Orchestra

    Gods Touch



    Bring The Beat Back: Strictly 45s w/ DJ Porno / Mr. Len / Fatha Ramzee

    Posted on June 9th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. 43 comments

    Iris Records & United Vinyl Diggers Federation Presents…Bring The Beat Back: Strictly 45s w/ DJ Porno / Mr. Len / Fatha Ramzee. We are very pleased to invite these three heavy hitting artists to grace the decks at Iris – only spinning the 7″ format! As always we will be streaming live from our website.

    DJ Porno:

    Born Maliq Griffin in Newark, NJ in 1968. Original DJ for Tame One, formerly of Atlantic Records hip hop duo, Artifacts. Although most noted for production on, Tame One’s Eastern Conference Records releases, “When Rappers Attack” lp and “O.G. Bobby Johnson” lp, Maliq is also a pioneer graffiti artist whose work has been featured in NYC’s Fun Gallery, Eyejammie Art Gallery, the Source Magazine and Album covers.

    Mr. Len:

    Mr. Len (Leonard “Lenny” Smythe) is a hip hop DJ born in the Bronx, New York. He grew … Read More »



    The Jersey City Record Riot is this Sunday!

    Posted on June 9th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    It’s that time again! Come on down to the second Jersey City Record Riot this year! More vendors! More vinyl! More fun!

    30+ tables of vinyl, CDs, memorabilia, and other music-related goodness. Located just outside the Grove St. PATH station.

    And as always, this event is FREE!

    DJs will be spinning all day, and plenty of great restaurants and bars are just steps away for when you need a break from all that digging.

    Interested in selling? We are still taking last-minute dealers. We provide tables. Very affordable rent. Contact recordriots@gmail.com for more information.



    New Vinyl – Week Of June 2nd, 2015

    Posted on June 3rd, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. No Comments

    Beach Boys, The – Pet Sounds
    Ceremony – L-Shaped Man
    Death Grips – Exmilitary
    Dick Hyman & Mary Mayo – Moon Gas
    Florence and the Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
    Harvey, PJ – White Chalk
    Hop Along – Painted Shut
    Jackon, Michael – Thriller (Picture Disc)
    Jo Tongo – S/T (1977)
    Jorge, Seu – Life Aquatic Soundtrack
    Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart (12″ Single)
    Lamar, Kendrick – Section.80
    Lookouts – Spy Rock Road
    Morrison, Van – Astral Weeks
    Morrison, Van – Moondance
    Pearl Jam – Live In Chicago 3-28-92
    Pearl Jam – Ten
    Pink Floyd – A Saucerful Of Secrets
    Pink Floyd – Meddle
    Prince – Purple Rain
    Redding, Otis – Dictionary Of Soul
    Redding, Otis – In Person At The Whiskey A Go-Go
    Shilpa Ray – Last Year’s Savage
    Smiths, The – Hatful Of Hollow
    Superheaven – Ours Is Chrome
    Various Artists – I’m A Cult Hero Vol. 2

    NEW THIRD MAN RECORDS ARRIVALS:

    Gibby Haynes – Paul’s Not Home … Read More »



    New Vinyl – Week Of May 26th, 2015

    Posted on May 28th, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. 1 Comment

    Bill, Fay – Who Is The Sender?
    Burzum – Det Som Engang Var
    Bush, Kate – Hounds Of Love
    Cure, The – Disintegration
    Disturbed – The Sickness
    Hedwig And The Angry Inch – Original Broadway Cast Recording
    Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear – Skeleton Crew
    Sylvan Esso – S/T
    Tanlines – Highlights
    The Sound of Music – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (50th Anniversary Edition)
    The Wolverine – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Picture Disc)
    Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated at Last
    Torres – Sprinter
    Wire – S/T



    Live @ Iris – June 13th, 2015 – Fish & Kuz from Smoke And Mirror Routine

    Posted on May 28th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. 16 comments

    Join us for an acoustic set from Fish and Kuz of local rock band Smoke And Mirror Routine! Check out Jim Testa’s writeup in NJ.com about the band.

     



    Interview: Tom Hummer – by J. Nifras

    Posted on May 25th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. 3 comments

    Tom Hummer is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and music critic from Ames, IA. He is also the bass player for the band Thoughts of Crossing. Just this past week, he released his third record, entitled Sexism Sells. It marks a significant departure from his past records with a noticeably heavier sound. J Nifras from Iris Records was able to talk with him about his newest record and related endeavors, which you can read below.

    JN: I’ve noticed that on this record you sound particularly honest, more so than on your other records. Do you consider this an honest album?

    TH: Yeah, I do consider it to be an honest album. I usually put a lot of puzzles and ambiguity in my lyrics, and there’s still some of that on this record, but the big difference is that a lot of these songs have … Read More »



    Beats, Rhythms, and Loops!!!

    Posted on May 24th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    Saturday May 30th we’re back at Iris Records for our monthly beat producers showcase.  Dre Mayes will be on the cuts alongside Lateef Dameer on his MPC. More beat sets by Ewonee and XI XX and an opening DJ set by Tab Jones!!!!! 

     

    http://www.lateefdameer.com/

    https://www.mixcloud.com/tag/andre-mayes/

    https://soundcloud.com/xi-xx

    https://soundcloud.com/ewonee-thee-beatnik

    https://soundcloud.com/tab-jones-music



    Iris Is Open On Memorial Day!

    Posted on May 23rd, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    For when you get back from the beach/mountains/tropical locale/in-law’s house. 12pm – 8pm. Have a happy and safe one, everyone!



    New Vinyl – Week Of May 19th, 2015

    Posted on May 21st, by irisrecords in New Arrivals, Uncategorized. No Comments

    A Pot Of Flowers – With Love
    Bama – Ghettos Of The Mind
    Braxton, Tyondai – Hive1
    Cooke, Sam – Peace In The Valley
    D’Angelo – Brown Sugar
    Daft Punk – Get Lucky Remixes 12″
    Daft Punk – Lose Yourself To Dance 12″
    Death – N.E.W.
    Debouse, Leon – A Fine Instrument
    Django Django – Born Under Saturn
    Fahey, John – Live In Sausalito 1973
    Fahey, John – Of Rivers And Religion
    Happyness – Weird Little Birthday
    Hardy, Francois – S/T
    IAM – L’Ecole Du Micro D’Argent
    Irvine, Weldon – Cosmic Vortex (Justice Divine)
    Irvine, Weldon – Spirit Man
    Jorge, Seu – Life Aquatic Soundtrack
    Lydia Lunch – Conspiracy Of Women
    Mitchell, Joni – Live At Newport Folk Festival
    Monks – Black Monk Time
    Mulatu And His Ethiopean Quintet – Mulatu Of Ethiopia
    Nicks, Stevie – 24 Karat Gold
    Palmieri, Eddie – With Harlem River Drive Live
    Portishead – S/T
    Rundgren, Todd – Global
    Silva, Alan – Luna Surface
    Sir James Richard – Ape Hex Twins
    Stone Roses, … Read More »



    Steve + Steve = ??? – An All-Vinyl Sunday Night Affair @ Lucky 7’s Bar, Jersey City

    Posted on May 20th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    Join Steve (Gritzan) and Steve (Silvestri) of Iris Records every first Sunday of the month at their favorite local watering hole for the best in whatever the hell they think might be cool to hear on a Sunday night at Lucky’s. Same names, different generation, ALL VINYL. What could possibly go wrong?

    Sundays are Industry Nights at Lucky’s, so if you work for a restaurant or bar, bring some proof to the bartender and enjoy half-off drinks! For everyone else, drinks are nice and cheap anyway.

    Big thanks to “Dancing” Tony over at (The) Rock-it Docket for helping to put this together. Don’t miss out on a single cool event…follow him and the team that “run fun” in JC:

    http://www.rockitdocket.com

    http://lucky7tavern.com



    New Vinyl – Week of May 12th, 2015

    Posted on May 13th, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. No Comments

    Bastille – Bad Blood
    Braids – Deep in the Iris
    Can – Rite Time
    Death And Vanilla – To Where the Wild Things Are
    Death – N.E.W.
    Glass Animals – Zaba
    Grant Lee Buffalo – Mighty Joe Moon
    Green, Colleen – Sock It To Me
    Herndon, Holly – Platform
    Hot Chip – Why Make Sense?
    Penguin Prison – Lost In New York
    Shamir – Ratchet



    Album of the Week: Lupe Fiasco – Tetsuo and Youth – by J. Nifras

    Posted on February 4th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. 1 Comment

    It’s been a while since Lupe Fiasco has put out a truly remarkable album worth talking about. His first two records, Lupe Fiasco’s Food and Liquor, and The Cool, are considered by many to be modern classics. However, the Chicago rapper’s critical success declined with his next two records, the pop-fueled Lasers and the boldly-titled Food and Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album, Part 1.

    This new record, Tetsuo and Youth, was initially intended to be the second part of his last record, but ended up being re-titled and displaying technical skills and hard-hitting instrumentals unheard of from Lupe for some time now. The album’s first song “Mural” is a 9-minute monster, with Fiasco unrelentingly spitting bar after bar for the track’s duration. Further highlights include the introspective “Prisoner 1 & 2”, and the 10-minute posse cut “Chopper”.

    Along with this … Read More »



    J. Nifras’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2015

    Posted on January 9th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    Judging from words around the blogosphere, 2015 seems like a very promising year for music. Many artists are rumored to be releasing new material, and others have already announced plans to release albums in the upcoming year as well. Out of all the albums thought or confirmed to drop in 2015, these albums I’ll be looking forward to the most. Without further ado, in no particular order, here are my most anticipated albums of 2015.

    Confirmed Albums

    Panda Bear – “Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper”

    (To be released: 1/9 on Domino)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The hyped fifth studio album by Baltimore-based psychedelic songwriter Noah Lennox is among one of my most anticipated albums for many reasons. Two singles have been released from the album thus far, “Mr. Noah” and “Boys Latin”, which both are very enjoyable psych-pop tunes. Lennox has also proved to be the most … Read More »



    John Bastone Still Lives In Replacements Nation

    Posted on September 24th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. 44 comments

    The Replacements:
    Forest Hills Tennis Stadium – Friday, September 19th, 2014
    by John Bastone

    Before I start my review of the show, for purposes of full disclosure, I should first say I love The Replacements. Next to those four loveable moptops from Liverpool, they’re my favorite band of all time. So, going into it, whether I was going to enjoy this show was not in question. It was only a matter of degrees.

    The Replacements are not necessarily a household name but, for those in the know, are a pretty polarizing group. Most people don’t respond with a ‘They’re OK’, when asked their opinion. Most of the time, people fall into 1 of 2 camps. You either think The Replacements are the greatest band ever, who didn’t hit the big time, or you think they’re the most over achieving bar band that ever lived. … Read More »



    Record Show Roundup! Second Saturday In Wayne

    Posted on September 2nd, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. 5 comments

    I’ve been selling records for over 20 years now and one thing is quite clear to me: most record dealers pretty damn insecure. Most pretend that they invented the record business, that they have “secrets” that the average music fan can’t quite fathom, that they alone can find rare records and everyone else can’t. Smart vinyl collectors know that this is total bullshit, but few record sellers give too much information about their sources, fearing that the collecting audience for their store will dry up. You need to be confident in your “brick and mortar” business strategy and also believe that being stingy and selfish will get you nowhere fast. Don’t forget that I started this business years ago, record-by-record (mostly as a hobby), sometimes (and still) one record at a time. The question is the where, when and how … Read More »



    Alain Cliche: “Strange Music Will Save Your Life”

    Posted on August 14th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    In order to survive the ocean of pop shit that plays non-stop on the radio, you sometimes have to listen to stuff that’s more complex, I mean music that’s harder to approach but once tamed, will send you where you never thought you could go in terms of emotions. Every once in a while, I need to listen to this kind of music. It calms me down. Here are a few classics of this music often hermetic at first listening.

    Some gems of strange music / Perles de la musique bizarre

    Perles de la musique bizarre – sample by Dj Alain Kitsch on Mixcloud

    The Residents – Duck Stab! [1978]

    The Residents is one of the strangest bands in the history of music. … Read More »



    Eleanor Levine Muses: NYC! 1995! Flea Markets!

    Posted on May 15th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    I sold CDs in the 1990s along Sullivan Street in Manhattan, at the corner of Houston, where I
    conversed quietly with David Byrne of the Talking Heads while viewing the Christmas scene
    on display at the Catholic church behind us. Mr. Byrne was jubilant because I didn’t know who he
    was (my musical knowledge, then, and perhaps now, is inferior to, let’s say, my knowledge of
    Victorian literature). DB loved being treated like a normal, anonymous human being. I suppose
    this is play acting for the rich and famous. In addition, Mr. Byrne and I agreed that the church’s
    Nativity scene—a few feet from where I normally sold CDs—was magnificent.

    I also worked at the flea market on Grand Street, at the corner of Broadway in Chinatown, where
    large African dudes argued with lesbian South Americans who sold photos; and an insane
    German couple, code named “Mr. and Mrs. … Read More »



    Iris45 Kicks Off This Saturday! SG comments…

    Posted on May 8th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    Iris Records has always sold 45s, but not that well and almost subconsciously, secretly, without direction. I mean, the pesky suckers come with every collection, even just one or two stuffed inside of an album jacket. In the early days of Iris, shopping carts full of records would appear at our door from all of the surrounding neighborhoods, and plenty of them were 45s without jackets and I would just throw them away (!?!). God knows what I discarded. Later on I dealt with obnoxious British dealers who were always convinced that I was hiding 7″ stuff from them, and then there were dudes from the WFMU record fair (pre-armory days) who would shock and awe me by paying $5.00 for this 45 soul and $10.00 for that rock one (yes, I was a bit naive). I didn’t know about … Read More »



    What I REALLY Think About Record Store Day

    Posted on April 25th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    By Stephen Gritzan
    Now that the shards of RSD vinyl have settled and the last Ghostbusters record has been listed on eBay, life at Iris Records can get back to normal, even though “normal” is never predictable or safe or even simple. Remember that Iris has been a used record store for most of its life and all this new release vinyl stuff is still well, new and a bit unnerving. And the advent of Record Store Day (or Days, since there is a pretend RSD around Thanksgiving) has made this situation even stickier. Remember that the collectibles business is not easy because we NEVER order anything and spend much of our time tracking records down piece-by-piece. Record Store Day and new vinyl and backorders and preorders may be normal to some store owners, but not to us on Brunswick Street. … Read More »



    Fresh New Vinyl!

    Posted on April 9th, by irisrecords in New Arrivals. Comments Off on Fresh New Vinyl!

    NEW VINYL:

    5-05-15

    Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
    Aphex Twin – MARCHROMT30a Edit 2b 96
    Azalea, Iggy – New Classic
    Brand New – Deja Entendu
    Dead Kennedys – Bedtime For Democracy
    Dead Kennedys – Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death
    Dr. Dog – We All Belong
    Giant Sand – Heartbreak Pass
    Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie XX – We’re New Here
    Killers, The – Human / A Crippling Blow (Picture Disc)
    Les Sins – Michael
    Logic – Under Pressure
    Lower Dens – Twin-Hand Movement
    Mikal, Cronin – MCIII
    Mitchell, Joni – Blue
    Palma Violets – Danger In The Club
    Prass, Natalie – S/T
    Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
    Raekwon – Fly International Luxurious Art
    Ross, Rick – For Da Low (Picture Disc)
    Stott, Andy – Faith In Strangers
    Super Furry Animals – Mwng
    Tallest Man On Earth – Dark Bird Is Home
    The New Pornographers – Challengers
    Various Artist – Def Jam 25 – DJ Bring That Back, Vol. 1 & 2
    Various … Read More »


    Alain Cliche Thinks You Need Chrome In Your Life.

    Posted on April 9th, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. 1 Comment

    Chrome – Pioneers Of Industrial Rock

    by Alain Cliche
    Chrome was born in San Francisco in 1976. Founded by expert in manipulation of magnetic tapes — Damon Edge — and two other musicians, Chrome got its sound when guitarist Helios Creed joined the band the following year. Chrome can be distinguished by a psychedelic-industrial aesthetic and anxiety climates that cover all their records. Few bands explored the dark side of the psyche with equal gusto. Click here to listen to a sample of the music mentioned.

    Alien Soundtrack [1978]

    Alien Soundtrack is a strange record with a much weirder aesthetic than punk records of the time. With a drum that unleashes fury, its beyond-the-grave voice and guitar haunts “Chromosome Damage,” which is clearly an archetypal Chrome piece. In the middle, everything starts playing in reverse before starting again. “The Monitors” seems to be its … Read More »


    Can anything or anyone stop the Arctic Monkeys?

    Posted on March 21st, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    We don’t really monitor the Billboard charts around here, but it appears that the Arctic Monkeys have finally cracked the American market big-time. They have a hit single and a smash LP and thousands of passionate American fans. And I suddenly realized that Iris Records sold more copies of the  band’s latest album “AM” in the first three months of 2013 than any other new release. For those of us who love British rock, the Arctic Monkeys fill the void left by our BritPop friends Oasis, Blur, Pulp and the like (Muse sat in for a while). The fact that the AMs sold out MSG impresses me after seeing Muse play to a half-filled venue some years back. And their American popularity is underlined by massively popular Tumblr sites like this one, which boasts of 35,000 followers (Facebook “likes” of … Read More »


    Warpaint drones on. Malkmus rolls on.

    Posted on March 9th, by irisrecords in Reviews. No Comments

    Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Wig Out At Jagbags (Matador)   Warpaint – S/T (Rough Trade) Everyone has certain illusions, or more likely, outright delusions. Record store owners are no different. In the ultimate “Santa Claus complex,” vinyl dealers wait for the one or two releases that may make their month, records that might sell in quantities enough to help pay the rent. In the 90s, there were REALLY big releases: The latest U2 or the Indigo Girls or Pearl Jam sold millions and millions nationwide. In 2014, the cold months of January/February can only provide the latest from Warpaint and Stephen Malkmus. Is there really anything to get too excited about here, either for the desperate seller or the hungry buyer?

    I’ve been swimming in Warpaint for weeks now, revisiting their 2010 debut album “The Fool” first and then attempting … Read More »


    Get on the Honduras bandwagon now!

    Posted on March 8th, by irisrecords in Reviews. No Comments

    Honduras – “Morality Cuts” EP (LastPlaceTapes.com)  “Slashing Wedding Present/Gang of Four-style guitars greet my ears and I am very quickly on my way to my particular form of personal paradise. And then the cat jumps straight in the air during these opening riffs of “Borders” blasting out of my phone. Don’t want to jump the gun (I often do), but Honduras really delivers mad goods for the punk greedy on this EP, just five simple, brash songs that leave your head spinning. While they are clearly of their exact time in history, (hmm, brooklynindiepunkhipster2013), there’s also plenty of reference points for the aged: I hear Mission Of Burma merging with the best of the Buzzcocks while singer Pat Phillips takes turns with the guitar as they drag the band through their self-proclaimed “punk/haze/pop”. And there are plenty of others piling … Read More »


    Dance to these synth guys B4 they get famous.

    Posted on March 7th, by irisrecords in Reviews. 1 Comment

    THE BYNARS – X Vs. X (thebynars.com) 

    One of the joys of today’s music world is the crossing-over, the genre-bending, the mashing-up of different styles of music. It’s not that long ago that this was definitely not the case. Since Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” there seems to be nothing to stop white boys from getting funky in public. Records like Miles’ “Bitches Brew” brought jazz and rock closer together in fusion, annoying some and delighting others. Scott Walker and the Bee Gees ushered in the chamber pop of Divine Comedy and Belle And Sebastian, showing that easy listening music need not be excluded from the rock world. You can draw a straight line from Brian Ferry to Ric Ocasak and then onward to Soft Cell, with electronica morphing from Kraftwerk to the Pet Shop Boys and the Human League. “Rock music” has … Read More »


    Another Lee Ranaldo record???

    Posted on March 7th, by irisrecords in Reviews. No Comments

    Lee Ranaldo & The Dust – Last Night On Earth (Matador Records)

    Even with my late-arriving and somewhat paltry appreciation for Sonic Youth (blame my beat music upbringing for this), Lee Ranaldo doesn’t have to explain himself to anyone, anywhere. His resume and influence is crystal clear: many great SY records, scads of contributions to the work of others, a bunch of solo efforts, and of course a major contributor to a punk/DIY/indie rock ethos that lasts to this day. Personally, the “Daydream Nation” show at McCarren Pool, Brooklyn some years back was powerful, overwhelming, relevatory. While noise is definitely not my thing, you can’t argue with Moore/Ranaldo/Gordon/Shelley’s legacy and influence. Like Zappa or the Beastie Boys, they are important whether you are a big fan or not.

    That being said, Ranaldo’s tenth solo effort, entitled “Last Night On Earth” and recorded … Read More »


    The Bongos – Phantom Train

    Posted on March 5th, by irisrecords in Reviews. No Comments

    THE BONGOS – Phantom Train (Jem Records)

    You had to be on another planet if you were unaware of the Bongos in the early 80s. Living and working in the New York area, they were omnipresent/legendary, especially on stage (dig this: 300 gigs in one year!). Early singles on the UK Fetish label were lively pop answers to that label’s stable of industrial/electro bands like 23 Skidoo, Throbbing Gristle and Eight Eyed Spy. They were catchy, danceable, accessible, perfect for the upcoming world of MTV. While their albums (three to be exact, plus a UK EP and a bunch of 45s) were hardly perfect and they didn’t reinvent the wheel, the songs were well-written, with upbeat, optimistic guitar riffs and the sweet, high vocals of Richard Barone. Indie rock was in its infancy, and the Bongos would never become “big,” their … Read More »


    Alex Chiltron – Electricity by Candlelight

    Posted on March 4th, by irisrecords in Reviews. No Comments

    ALEX CHILTON – Electricity By Candlelight (Bar-None)

    It’s been 26 years since Paul Westerburg sang the praises of Alex Chilton on the Replacements’ “Pleased To Meet Me,” and a little over three years since said Alex died of a heart attack at age 59 in New Orleans. His cult-figure status was quite secure by then, thanks to three very separate careers: singer for the poppy top-ten group the Box Tops, co-conspirator of the pre-alt rock band Big Star (with Chris Bell), and a fairly spotty, inconsistent solo career. It’s this latter phase of Chilton’s life that is chronicled in Bar-None’s release of “Electricity By Candlelight,” a recording that documents a rare live Chilton solo show from 1997. It’s the stuff of rock legend: a power outage at a club, refunded tickets to disappointed fans, triumph by the hearty souls who remain … Read More »


    Scott Niblett – It’s Up To Emma

    Posted on March 3rd, by irisrecords in Uncategorized. No Comments

    SCOTT NIBLETT – It’s Up To Emma (Drag City)

    So often we attach great emotional meaning to music, mostly positive, because that’s what we prefer to remember. We cathect old tunes, they feed us, providing perspective in time and space. Memorable music makes youth seem present, love always within our grasp, optimism endless, forever, completely ours. But what of the negative experiences in our lives? Can certain songs/artists make us feel insane, worthless, torn apart, forgotten? Absolutely, and the power can be surprising and scary.

    Stumbling upon the idea of reviewing Scout Niblett’s latest release “It’s Up To Emma,” I was immediately brought back to some difficult times. A bad relationship was only part of it (don’t ask), but somehow Niblett was included in the soundtrack of those years. I found her quite annoying back then, shrill and punky in that K … Read More »


    MY HOMETOWN: A Tribute To NJ

    Posted on March 2nd, by irisrecords in Reviews. No Comments

    MY HOMETOWN: A Tribute To NJ (FDR Records)

    I come from a land where tribute albums do not exist. Research reveals that Nino Rota was the first artist afforded “tribute” status in the early 80s for some of those great Fellini soundtracks, feted by such wide-ranging artists as Carla Bley and Debbie Harry on vinyl. Prior to that, your “tribute” LP was only the sum total of the artists who covered your songs. Hence, Bob Dylan was the true “king of tributes” in the 60s and 70s, since it seemed like everyone was covering Dylan songs compulsively, obsessively, completely. Columbia should have issued some kind of LP box set around 1970, maybe a ten record compendium of Dylan covers (yes, there were that many people aping Bob). But none of this was planned of course; rather it was a testiment to … Read More »


    Speedy Ortiz – Major Arcana (Carpark Records)

    Posted on March 1st, by irisrecords in Reviews. No Comments

    Sadie Dupuis arrives at the indie rock table with plenty of legendary bio material for a reviewer. “Windowless basement apartments in Brooklyn,” “Pavement cover bands,” “Off to the wilds of Western Mass.” Well, can I let you in on my own little secret? Her band Speedy Ortiz writes and performs songs that stick in my head even on this very hot Friday night. Their fresh snippets of distorted pop remind me of the best of (ha!) Pavement mixed with a little Jenny Lewis/Chrissie Hynde, but louder and more raw. Though the quartet has become artistically more democratic of late, don’t forget that Speedy Ortiz is Sadie’s baby, nurtured through a debut 45, an EP, and now their debut full-length release, “Major Arcana.”. It’s not the longest record in the world, but Speedy gets right to the point. Apparently lead guitar … Read More »


    Iris Sound Archive

    Posted on March 15th, by irisrecords in Iris Sound, Sound. No Comments

    Here you will find an ongoing archive of recorded sound from Iris Records – DJ sessions, live performances, interviews, exclusive music from local/independent artists, and more!

     





    New Vinyl – December 16th, 2016

    Bone Thugz-N-Harmony – E.1999 Eternal Buckley, Jeff – Live At WFMU Studios East Orange, NJ 1992 / WENZ Studios, Cleveland, OH 1995 Can – Ege Bamyasi Can...

    New Vinyl – December 10th, 2016

    2pac – 2Pacalypse Now Allman Brothers Band, The – Fillmore East Avenged Sevenfold – Sounding The Seventh Trumpet Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage Bowie, David – Ziggy Stardust...

    New Vinyl – October 1st, 2016

    ANOHNI – HOPELESSNESS Billy Bragg – Shine A Light Blonde Redhead – Masulin Feminin (4LP Box Set) Bon Iver – 22, A Million EZTV – High In Place Jack...

    The Next Record Riot Is October 29th, 2016!

    Attention! The last JCRR of the year is on Saturday, October 29th! Contact Steve Gritzan at recordriots@gmail.com if you are interested in selling! Last...

    Cassette Store Day! October 8th, 2016

    Ever since we started our cassette section at the store, we have been pleasantly surprised to see how much interest people have in them,...

    New Vinyl – September 23rd, 2016

    Banhart, Devendra – Ape In Pink Marble Bat For Lashes – The Bride Bowie, David & Gillespie, Dana – Love Dana Gillespie Brian Jonestown Massacre, The –...

    New Vinyl – September 9th, 2016

    Angelo Badalamenti – Twin Peaks OST Aretha Franklin – Greatest Hits DJ Shadow – Entroducing Guided By Voices – Under The Bushes Under The Stairs Jack White –...

    Live Jazz @ Iris w/ The Eric Zolan Trio

    Join us on September 24th at 8pm at the store (after the Record Riot) for some really fantastic live jazz, courtesy of The Eric...