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Josey Records Blog


The Year of Y'allternative

Posted May 2, 2024 by Morgan Learn

Pull up your cowboy boots, and starch your jeans because the year of y’allternative is upon us. The year of 2024 is trending towards twangy tunes, focusing on country influences embedded into alternative steez. If the term y’allternative sounds made up, that’s because it is. “Y’allternative” was coined some years ago, however its prevalence in mainstream culture has become more apparent in recent months. ->

Townes Van Zandt

The Story of an Unreleased Townes Van Zandt Houston Radio Show & Interview

Posted April 16, 2024 by Josey HQ

When we decided we were going to open Josey in 2014, we had a line on an amazingly massive collection in South Texas that took up the majority of 2 houses that were scheduled to be torn down the following week. With a Uhaul and several people helping out, we spent a couple days boxing and loading up before heading back to Dallas. ->

DJ Declan James

DJ Declan James Discusses Techno, Producing, and the Art of Striking Through

Posted March 6, 2024 by Morgan Learn

Shifting away from his hazy Trance and staticy Vaporwave roots, DJ Declan James ventured to the unknown. The Dallas based artist and producer struck gold by redefining his vision of Techno, focusing on an Industrial sound. The steady drum lines, dotted with metallic pings, elicit feelings of a post-apoloctypilic office party. Declan James speaks to Josey Records about his journey with Techno music, upcoming shows and more. ->

Andre 3000

New Blue Sun: Something More Than A Rap Album

Posted February 12, 2024 by Morgan Learn

The long awaited solo album by Outkast member André 3000 made its debut in November, but to everyone’s surprise, the rapper never utters a word. ‘New Blue Sun’ explores ambient jazz languages and flute accents to convey its own conversation. While the tracklist features an almost cryptic kind of nonsense, don’t let it distract you. In its most quintessential state, ‘New Blue Sun’ is melodically vast. ->

New Sounds Of Goth Music

Josey Exclusive: Brendan Bond Talks Black Pumas Tour, Inspiration and More

Posted January 18, 2024 by Morgan Learn

Black Pumas broke the hinges off doors after the release of their debut album in 2019. The twists of soul and rock and roll ballads lent itself to a growing fanbase asking for more. In the height of their early success, the Austin band responded by delivering their sophomore album ‘Chronicles of a Diamond’ in October of 2023. ->

New Sounds Of Goth Music

The New Sounds Of Goth Music

Posted January 7, 2021 by Eric Shorey

In the year 2020, an epoch of history that will in retrospect surely be defined by disease and hopelessness, goth culture is simultaneously everywhere and nowhere. Goth style had permeated the mainstream long before fashion museums in New York City began showcasing the style as high art, and goth has more recently become popular amongst rappers looking towards the early 00’s for retro inspiration. ->

Tax Scam Albums

The Legend Of The Tax Scam LP

Posted December 2, 2020 by Luke Sardello

The 1970s was a wild time in America. Things were free and loose. New York City was a veritable Wild West with disco ruling the clubs and the mob ruling everything else, including flexing their muscle in the music industry by getting involved with record labels to record huge losses that didn’t exist. How did it work? ->

Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen (1955-2020)

Posted November 19, 2020 by Mark Stock

The music world lost a legend in Eddie Van Halen earlier this year. It’s one of countless losses chalked up to 2020, a year that simply takes and takes, but this death resonates, from sprawling rock sections of record stores to suburban garages where kids look to pick up a guitar for the first time. ->

Sade Box Set

The Sade Boxset is Bringing Good Vibes to 2020

Posted November 13, 2020 by Brandy St. John

This year has been quite a ride, to say the least. If there ever was a time for soothing songs of Sade, it’s now, in this thing called 2020. Sade’s airy and hypnotically percussive sound is the aural equivalent to a taking Xanax and wrapping yourself in a blanket in front of the fireplace. You can’t listen to Sade ->

Discogs Homespun

#Homespun With Discogs May 20, 2020

Posted May 22, 2020 by Josey HQ

Discogs and Audio Technica have partnered up to do a streaming series of DJs playing vinyl from home during the coronavirus lockdown. Since launching in April, the series has featured live-streams from the likes of Ben Blackwell from Third Man Records and will run a full program globally throughout May and June. The sets are streamed on Discogs’ Facebook ->

Josey Records Turns Five

Josey Records Turns Five!

Posted October 10, 2019 by Jeremy Hallock

In just five years, Josey Records became the best record store in Dallas, a one-stop shop with regular events including live performances from its state-of-the-art stage and DJ booth. They also opened three more locations and bought a vinyl record pressing plant, rare feats for an independent record store. Owners Waric Cameron and Luke Sardello say we can expect more ->

Stereolab Reissues

Stereolab’s essential new batch of album reissues

Posted September 26, 2019 by Jeremy Hallock

This month, Stereolab continued their seven-album reissue campaign with a second batch of expanded and remastered editions on vinyl and CD. All three of these late ’90s albums were among the top 25 best-selling vinyl records this week. If you were lucky enough to get one of the early clear vinyl editions, be sure to check your record for a ->

We Miss Sade

We Miss Sade!

Posted September 24, 2019 by Jeremy Hallock

After releasing a sixth studio album in 2010 and touring, this English band named after their singer went on hiatus for the third time in their career. Last year, the reunited band released two new songs for film soundtracks and confirmed that a seventh album is on the way. But now a year has passed and there is still no ->

Ric Ocasek

Ric Ocasek was never not cool

Posted September 17, 2019 by Jeremy Hallock

It is impossible to imagine someone not liking The Cars. We should all be listening to The Cars right now. The new wave rock band was huge in the ’70s and ’80s, but they were just as relevant in the ’90s, even though they disbanded in 1988. Those songs will always sound fresh and they will continue to influence new ->

Vinyl Will Outsell CDs Soon

Vinyl Records Will Outsell CDs Soon

Posted September 11, 2019 by Jeremy Hallock

For the first time since 1986, vinyl record sales are expected to overtake CDs domestically. According to the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA), recording revenues are up and expected to top $10 billion in 2019. When adjusted for inflation, this number is about half of what the industry was making two decades ago. But the first half of 2019 ->

Tool CD

A CD With an HD Screen: Tool’s New Album

Posted September, 2019 by Jeremy Hallock

Last week, Tool finally returned with a new album and it is no Chinese Democracy. It has been about forty-eight hundred days since their last record, 10,000 Days, was released. But the hype was real enough to remind us of the ’90s, the decade Tool came from. All over the country, fans camped out in front of record stores hours ->

The Cure

Let’s Get Happy: A Cure Primer

Posted September 4, 2019 by Jeremy Hallock

Robert Smith, who is now 60, recently announced that The Cure will release their first album since 2008 and that it won’t suck. He said it would happen by the end of the year, perhaps on Halloween. Sure, Smith has lied about having some really great depressing songs on the way before. But a lot of good will has been ->

Josey Seeman

Joey Seeman is Not Your Average ’80s Hair Metal DJ

Posted August 29, 2019 by Jeremy Hallock

I first became aware of Joey Seeman a few years ago after stumbling across his Instagram account. His aesthetic was straight out of a Mötley Crüe video and he looked like he could be a member of Def Leppard. I had no idea who he was or what he was doing and wasn’t even sure if he was a real ->