The return of Sunrise Records to Canada has been one of the most exciting stories of 2017 for fans of physical product. I rarely leave without new music under my arms. This time I went for the new Alice Cooper album Paranormal, deluxe edition CD of course. It was there front racked, $29.99. A bit pricey compared to Amazon, but I wanted to buy it so I went for it.
I always get good customer service at Sunrise, and I went to the counter to ask a question. The lady working looked it up — the Alice Cooper “Paranoiac Personality” single on 7″ vinyl. No luck, as it turns out Sunrise don’t get many 7″ singles that aren’t for Record Store Day. And that’s fine, but here’s where she went the extra mile. She was working on something else and said, “I’ll be right over here in this isle if you have any more questions.” Cool. I appreciated that.
I had no more questions as I came for a few specific things.
- Something on vinyl that I didn’t already have on CD.
- A fidget spinner.
Mrs. LeBrain bought me a fidget spinner for my birthday, but I didn’t know how many levels of quality there are in those things. That one is a light silver metal and doesn’t spin very long. Mrs. LeBrain’s is much heavier and spins much longer. I timed it once at 11 minutes! It so happens that Sunrise had a buy one/get one free sale on fidget spinners. So I bought the heavy one that Mrs. LeBrain owns, and a second metal one that looks like a ninja star!
Finally, some vinyl. There were plenty to tempt me, but I didn’t want some crappy reissue. I chose July Talk’s Touch. And it’s excellent! This band is impossible to describe. Lead singer/guitarist Peter Dreimanis has a whiskey soaked Tom Waits howl, but it’s his own twist. Leah Fay (lead vocals) contrasts Dreimanis, sometime delicate and sometimes loudly. There is nothing easy to pigeonhole on this album. They go from bluesy to punky to dancey. But always with a toe in another genre too. They get heavy and they get soft and every track is good.
Thanks Sunrise for another successful music run. It won’t be our last I assure you.