When Spring finally arrives and the days begin to stretch out longer, it’s time to celebrate. More sunshine! Birds chirping! It’s not terribly hot yet!
Spring often fills us with hope (although the last couple have been tough), and makes us want to dance, and gives us the boost we need to get into Spring cleaning.
We’ve put together four records to help you shake off the winter blues and get into Spring cleaning mode, and just in time. After the last few years, we’re ready for the Spring refresh, and we hope you are too.
Sly and the Family Stone – Greatest Hits
When you absolutely have to get up and get moving, Sly and the Family Stone is always a good choice. This classic compilation starts off with a bang on “I Want to Take You Higher”, with a rhythm section and a rowdy harmonica riff that always get us in gear.
It’s nearly impossible to get all the way through both sides of Sly’s Greatest Hits in a foul mood. The psych-rock pioneers packed this one to the gills with life-affirming jams and booty-scooting beats to get us moving and also reflecting on the positive sides of living. From “Stand” to “You Can Make It If You Try” to album closer “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” Sly and company reach across the decades to remind us to shake it while we get ourselves together.
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Mo Lowda & The Humble – Ready Coat
Looking for something dancy and more modern to follow up Sly and the Family Stone? We like putting on rising post-rockers Mo Lowda & The Humble. This stellar record recalls Tennessee natives Kings of Leon with a dash more get-up-and-dance.
Mo Lowda’s inventive melodies and rhythm section keep us coming back to this one for standout tracks like “Before Noon”, “Holding On”, and short-but-sweet “She Used To”. Put this on and get moving!
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Grace Potter – Daylight
A bittersweet part of Spring cleaning is letting go of the things that don’t serve us anymore and clearing them out for good. If you’re like us, letting go of familiar things has never been our greatest strength! But, changes of season are inevitable, and Grace Potter is here to sing our feelings back to us on Daylight.
Potter’s voice is unstoppable, and her songs always get us moving while they tug at our hearts. On “What You Need”, she accepts that she’s not what another person needs, like we all have to do from time to time.
Things slow down a bit on “Release”, and Potter does a bit of relationship Spring cleaning, letting go of a relationship past its expiration date. In a way, she releases us from the darkness of the wintertime, too.
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The Lone Bellow – Half Moon Light
Not too many folks deliver thick, tight harmonies and uplifting choruses quite like The Lone Bellow, and Half Moon Light is the perfect record for wrapping up your Spring refresh.
Tracks like “Count On Me” and “Wash It Clean” speak to getting by and letting go, and leave us feeling understood and refreshed.
The Lone Bellow are veterans of making masterpiece songs out of their personal losses and wins, and we always feel a bit more normal after songs like “Dust Settles”. After the strange and difficult last few years, Half Moon Light gives us a sense of calm as we turn the page and head into a whole new season.
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A good Spring refresh and cleaning always goes better with some great vinyl records playing as we say goodbye to the short, dark days and hello to something brighter.
These are only a few of the amazing records we have here at Magnolia Record Store – why don’t you stay and look around for a while? You may find something that you didn’t expect to add to your record collection.
And by the way…
We are currently stocking, or will soon have, the Beatles’ “Abbey Road”, David Bowie, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, and some classic Beastie Boys.