After celebrating the New Year, we at Borderline Music took a moment to reflect on the year we’re leaving behind. We launched a brand new website, celebrated several in-store achievements, grieved the passing on of so many incredible talents, set a record number of online sales, threw fun in-store events, and so much more. 2016 was a great year here at Borderline – AND IT IS ALL THANKS TO YOU.
Your support of our store and small businesses across the country is the reason we can keep doing what we love – putting the best, rarest, and most unique music in the hands of thousands of people around the world. Together with you, we have watched a “dead” media form (vinyl records) come back to life.
As a special thank you to our loyal customers, we’re making our ENTIRE ONLINE STORE 15% OFF until January 8th! Just use promo code: SPOTLIGHT17 at checkout!
Listen Up! Vol. 103 – The best one yet! Listen Up! remix series compiles the best remixes of today’s biggest hits. The latest installment includes songs by Britney Spears, The Weeknd, LeAnn Rimes, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Sia, Little Mix, Pet Shop Boys, DNCE, and more! Available as a continuous or non-continuous mix. *Continuous mix comes with a bonus track by Jessica Sanchez!* Click HERE or search “103” at the top of the page to check it out!
Madonna – American Life and Music reissued vinyl! Collect these two of THE QUEEN’s greatest albums, remastered for 2016 on 180-gram vinyl! Click here to order online. Live in Chicago? Select “in-store pickup” at checkout to reserve a copy behind the counter at the store just for you! Click HERE to check them out!
Kylie Minogue – Kylie Christmas: Snow Queen Edition – Kylie’s stellar Christmas album re-released on deluxe edition CD, featuring 6 new songs for 2016! Pre-order is currently available on our site! Click HERE or search “Kylie Snow Queen” at the top of the page to check it out!
Celebrate the holidays with the greatest Christmas music ever released. We have a large selection of Christmas CDs and vinyl available in store. Click here to see the CDs we have available in our online store!
Record Store Day:
Many of you probably know about April RSD, but less know about Fall RSD. Every year on Black Friday, several artists drop special releases exclusively to independent record stores like Borderline! There were tons of great titles this year and we still have a few copies of some of them left in store! The Ramones, The Rolling Stones, Jerry Garcia, The Bangles, Motley Crue, and Jimmy Hendricks to name a few. Check them out at our Chicago storefront!
How about October? So much new music. So many new arrivals. We’ll list some of the most notable ones in this post. Click on any paragraph to open a new window displaying that product in our store! Click on this paragraph to open our Facebook page in a new window!
Lady Gaga – Joanne. How can we start by talking about anything else? LADY GAGA released a new album last month! THE Lady Gaga!! The album is called Joanne and it is amazing. Gaga tries a new style that contrasts her previous album – ARTPOP. Jumping from a folk rock feel to Gaga’s famous pop sound and then finally landing on almost a show tune vibe, this album seems to satisfy a lot of expressive needs for Gaga. The album title and accompanying title song pay tribute to the singer’s late aunt who Gaga cites as inspiration for much of her work. The ballad “Angel Down” is a memorial to the late Trayvon Martin who was a black 17 year old killed by police in 2012. “How could I not say something?” Gaga responded when asked why she wrote the song. “Dancin’ In Circles” and “Perfect Illusion” are reminiscent of the old Gaga. “Come To Mama” and “Hey Girl” are throwbacks to her days before becoming Lady Gaga and was still performing as Stefani Germanotta – the young Italian girl from New York with a dream of ending up on Broadway someday. “A-YO,” “John Wayne,” and “Diamond Heart” point at a new Gaga – insisting that vocals be raw and real, guitars be featured, and fun be had. We recommend this one for sure!
Melanie C – Version Of Me. This former Spice Girl is back and better than ever with a hot new dance album! Every song shows off why we all loved Sporty Spice in the first place and shows us why we should continue to love her even more each year! Check out the CD by clicking HERE!
Michael Buble – Nobody But Me. He’s back and better than ever! In his ninth studio album, Buble features 3 original songs and 9 covers. He says that this is the most fun he has ever had writing an album and we can tell! A little bit pop, a little bit jazz, a whole lot of good music! Check it out by clicking HERE!
NEW VINYL ARRIVALS
Frank Ocean – Blond. The wait is over. Frank Ocean’s album Blond is finally out on vinyl as an import version, pressed on colored vinyl! The album features guest vocals from Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Yung Lean, André 3000, Sebastian, James Blake, and Kim Burrell among others, and production from Frank Ocean himself, as well as Pharrell Williams, Tyler, The Creator, Jamie xx, Rostam Batmanglij, Om'Mas Keith, and many more. Click here to check it out!
David Bowie – Low. Now in stock on vinyl, a 2016 reissued import of Low pressed on orange vinyl! This 1977 album is one of our favorites from Bowie, written during a tough time in the late artist’s life. This album marked his unique transition into ambient and electronic music.
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The days are getting shorter, the sky is getting gloomier, and the air is getting colder. That can only mean one thing – it’s fall! Whether you’re someone who loves fall or someone who needs a little help getting into the spirit, there is music to bring out the best of the autumn spirit. This post will highlight a few of our autumn favorites at Borderline to help get you into the season!
Brian’s #1 FAVORITE fall band is The Neighbourhood. The dark tones contrasting the fast beats with the singer’s soft, whiney voice droning over the songs makes it the absolute perfect band to listen to on a rainy fall day. Look no further than their first single, “Sweater Weather.” The title is telling enough. Both of The Neighbourhood’s full length albums are available on vinyl at Borderline.
Another Borderline favorite for fall is MADONNA – Chilled, vol 1 & 2! Listen to Madonna in a whole new way with these gorgeous, stripped down versions of her greatest hits! “Beautiful Stranger” features only ambient vocals and a single organ while “Ray Of Light” has full band instruments and almost feels like smooth jazz. The best part of this series is that it features ALL MADONNA’S ACTUAL VOCALS! That’s right, these aren’t covers. They’re chill remixes that couldn’t be any COOLER! Play this CD on a cold morning with a cup of coffee, or in the background of an evening with some friends over and a bottle of wine. BOTH volumes are available through our ONLINE store! Just click HERE!!
Have you ever had that moment when you’re sitting in a cab or a bus while it’s raining, you’re looking out the window, and the music matches the moment perfectly so you feel like you’re in a music video? (Or that one scene from Lindsey Lohan’s remake of The Parent Trap?) So have we. The perfect album for that moment – Strange Little Birds by the band Garbage. We know you’ve heard Garbage before, and this 2016 album is possibly their best. A little softer than some of their past releases, but still packing a nice punch. CD and Vinyl available in store, CD available online! Click HERE!
Finally, the kings of fall weather music – My Chemical Romance. TWO of their albums were re-released this month. Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge was included in the Ten Bands, One Cause charity fundraiser for which ten albums are reissued on PINK VINYL with the proceeds benefitting breast cancer patients and their caretakers. Also released this month – The Black Parade/Living With Ghosts 10th anniversary LP Vinyl Box Set! Both of these are available in store and sound PERFECT on vinyl. Great for a dark fall night as Halloween approaches.
Share your favorite fall tunes in the comments!
August was a month of tremendous new releases to vinyl and CD. Here are some highlights of the past month, as well as new releases this coming month! Remember to click on any paragraph to see the item being described in our store. (Links will open in a new window).
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July brought two exciting new REMIX COMPILATIONS. The first being Listen Up! Vol. 101. Remixes featuring songs by Adele, Zayn, J Lo, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Nick Jonas, and more. This compilation is available as both a continuous and non-continuous mix. A perfect compilation of summer jams for end-of-summer road trips, parties, or just the commute to and from work!
The second remix compilation was PRIDE 2016! Released the same week as the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, this compilation celebrates LOVE and what it means to be gay. Remixes, some previously unreleased, feature songs by MADONNA, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Diana Ross, Deee-lite, and more. The must-have remix compilation of 2016!
The most exciting release this August was the much anticipated new BRITNEY SPEARS album – Glory. Available as a DELUXE EDITION CD, Britney brought her best this time around with what is being called her “best album yet” by critics around the world! Highly danceable but also very modern – Britney seems to not have aged a bit, and she is definitely at the highest point in her career so far! Love it.
Barbra Streisand struck again with her 11th #1 album, her 35th album altogether. Perfectly titled “Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway,” Barbra finds herself among the likes of big movie stars such as Alec Baldwin, Anne Hathaway, Melissa McCarthy, Hugh Jackman, Jamie Foxx, and more singing the best hits Broadway has to offer! Babs, you know we love you!
Other new releases we LOVE: Broods – Conscious, Roisin Murphy – Take Her Up To Monto, Blood Orange – Freetown Sound, Ingrid Michaelson – It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense, Lindsey Stirling – Brave Enough, and Kygo – Cloud Nine!
Also out this week, Jack White – ACOUSTIC RECORDINGS 1998-2016! This album, soon to be available on VINYL, features B-Sides, remixes, acoustic versions, demos, new versions of old songs, and some unreleased. We’re excited to hear this one!
What could be better than Madonna’s greatest albums reissued for 2016? Literally nothing. Already available, we have Madonna, Like A Virgin, True Blue, and Like A Prayer in stock. These can be purchased online or in our Chicago storefront. See the vivid artwork of these amazing albums revitalized for the 2016 repressing. To see or purchase these titles, click HERE!
OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES:
Short form contest rules:
What: Enter a raffle to win an official Tegan & Sara – LOVE YOU TO DEATH – prize bundle.
How & Where: To enter, purchase Tegan & Sara on CD or Vinyl IN STORE ONLY at Borderline Music.
When: Purchase any time before 7pm on Friday, June 10 (7:00 PM, 6/10/16).
How to win: Raffle winners will be drawn FRIDAY, JUNE 10 between 7-8 PM. (7:00 PM – 8:00 PM, 6/10/16)
Long form contest rules:
IN STORE ONLY! To enter, purchase any TEGAN AND SARA title on CD or Vinyl in the store at Borderline Music. At the checkout counter, you’ll be asked to fill out a raffle ticket. Online orders ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR CONTEST.
ON FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2016 (6/10/16), from 7PM – 8PM, we will be listening to the brand new album by Tegan & Sara – LOVE YOU TO DEATH. During that time, we will draw winners for an OFFICIAL PRIZE BUNDLE! Contestants MUST be present on Friday between 7-8 PM to claim their prize! Prize bundles may include any of the following: An official promotional poster, official Tegan & Sara LOVE YOU TO DEATH sunglasses, official promotional buttons, back catalogue Tegan & Sara vinyl LPs, and official Tegan & Sara stickers.
Bring and wear your prizes to BIG CHICKS in Uptown on Sunday, June 12 beginning at 3PM for their Tegan & Sara ALBUM RELEASE PARTY!
This year has been great so far here at Borderline, and we have a lot of new releases to share! All paragraphs are linked to the item in our store that is being described. Just click anywhere in the paragraph to be taken to a new window!
It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here! Kylie Unreleased: Vol. 3! This album is packed with 19 previously unreleased tracks recorded by Kylie Minogue and we LOVE it! Hear Kylie collaborate with huge artists such as Shaggy, Just Jack, Sam Sparro, Jake Shears, and more! Kylie also covers “Bette Davis Eyes” originally recorded by Kim Carnes. This album also features a brand new Spanglish version of her World Music Award – World’s Best Song winner “Limpido,” now titled “Limpio.” You need to hear this album! Kylie Unreleased vol. 1 and 2 also available in our store! Click here!
Another new release we can’t stop listening to is Sia: The Remix Collection! Hear Sia’s greatest hits a whole new way – remixed by the top DJ’s in the industry! This one is sure to get you singing and dancing along! Remixes by Markus Schulz, Benny Benassi, Mylo, Barry Harry and others on songs such as “Titanium,” “Chandelier,” “Breathe Me,” “Cheap Thrills,” and more! Click here to see the long description in our store!
Remember New Order's amazing 2015 release - Music Complete?? They've re-released it with extended versions and remixes of the same songs called Complete Music! This double CD features extended versions of all tracks from New Order's 2015 album: Music Complete. These mixes have been compiled into a new version of the album titled Complete Music.Complete Music was released on CD and digital formats on 13 May 2016. Click HERE to check it out!
After a little wait, Gwen Stefani’s third studio album – This Is What the Truth Feels Like – is available on vinyl!! Featuring the hit singles “Used to Love You,” “Make Me Like You,” and “Misery.” We’ve already told you how much we LOVE this one, but we love it even more on vinyl! Click here to see our huge selection of Gwen Stefani and No Doubt!
You’ve all been asking and here is the answer: June 17!! That’s right, get Radiohead’s ninth studio album, A Moon Shaped Pool, on CD and Vinyl on June 17. We’ll have it in store, online, and available online for in-store pickup (for those living in Chicago).
We all know that Ariana Grande is super talented, that's why it's no surprise that her third studio album -- Dangerous Woman -- is simply outstanding. Fresh modern pop anthems with a little 90's throwback vibe make this album really stand out. Click HERE to buy it on CD!
Other New Releases
Cyndi Lauper – Detour. Cyndi proves to us that age is just a number with this fresh, exciting country album. Rightfully titled “Detour,” Cyndi takes us in a new direction with her music. Available in CD and Vinyl formats, click here!
Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered. This album is really something else. Kendrick Lamar compiled some of the demo tracks recorded in the time leading up to his 2015 release – To Pimp A Butterfly – into this unique album that debuted at number 1 on the US Billboard 200. Available on CD and Vinyl HERE! (Click)
CHANGE IN STORE HOURS
HOWEVER, if it is busy, the weather is nice, and you come into the store -- we will GLADLY stay open even later!! If you're going to be here just after 8, give us a call and let us know! We'll keep the door open!
RECORD STORE DAY
We still have a limited supply of Record Store Day 2016 titles left! Click anywhere in this paragraph to be taken to the titles we still have in stock. David Bowie, Madonna, Bleachers, Brandi Carlile, Fleetwood Mac, Alanis Morissette, Muse, Star Wars, Across The Universe, Dark Shadows, a-ha, James Bay, Sex Pistols, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Belinda Carlisle, Skrillex, John Coltrane, AND MORE!
WHAT'S NEW? (click in any paragraph to be taken to the product(s) being discussed)
Lights - Midnight Machines is available on both CD and Vinyl. Hear this Canadian electro-pop star strip down songs off of her Juno award winning 2014 album LITTLE MACHINES to ethereal, acoustic new versions. Featuring the lead single "Meteorites" and two brand new songs "Head Cold" and "Follow You Down," this album is perfect for driving, relaxing, easy listening... Pretty much every occasion!
Sia - This Is Acting -- Finally available on vinyl, featuring the hit singles "Alive" and "Cheap Thrills." This album of songs pop mega-star Sia wrote for other artists that were rejected is one of her best albums yet.
Troye Sivan - Blue Neighbourhood. We love this album here at Borderline! Featuring the singles "WILD" and "YOUTH," this album really packs a punch. Available in both regular and deluxe CD, as well as vinyl LP!
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust Remixed, presented by dj BC. This unique collection of mash-ups and remixes features Bowie's voice over music by other artists such as the Beatles, Jay-Z, MGMT, Bob Marley, and more! Only available on CLEAR, LIMITED EDITION VINYL!
We've gotten a lot of questions about in-stock Prince. We are currently SOLD OUT of VINYL. Our distributors have told us that they do not know at this time when we will have more in. WE DO HAVE a selection of Prince CD's, including Purple Rain, Greatest Hits, Ultimate Prince, and Unreleased Remixes. Click anywhere in this paragraph to see these products. Follow us on Facebook to be the first to know when we have other Prince titles in stock. Link to our Facebook provided below.
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Record Store Day!
This Saturday, April 16, is RECORD STORE DAY 2016 and Borderline Music is an official participant! We'll be opening the door at 9am. We expect a line outside the door so get here early to get the best deals and most titles. We don't have an official complete list of all the titles we're getting in, but we expect MADONNA, GRATEFUL DEAD, BRANDI CARLILE, CHVRCHES, DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, JAMES BAY, JOHNNY CASH, FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD, THE WEEKND, FLORENCE & THE MACHINE, WALK THE MOON, FLEETWOOD MAC, DAVID BOWIE, and SO... SO MANY MORE!!!!!
One of our favorite new releases this month is LIGHTS - MIDNIGHT MACHINES. Canadian Electro-Pop star LIGHTS strikes gold by reimagining songs off of her Juno Award winning album - LITTLE MACHINES - by making them acoustic, atmospheric, and super chill. The album includes six acoustic versions of songs off of the parent album including the hit single "Up We Go," as well as two brand new songs. This album is perfect for a night in with a loved one, a dinner party with friends, or just relaxing at the end of a long work day. 5 stars: would definitely recommend! Midnight Machines is available on CD and LIMITED EDITION CLEAR VINYL.
One of the most exciting releases this month was the brand new PET SHOP BOYS record - SUPER! Celebrating 30 years of making music, the Pet Shop Boys return with an album of short stories set to both modern and nostalgic sounds. This album, a sure classic, makes you want to get up and dance and sing along while reminiscing the 90's. Available on CD and Vinyl. Click anywhere in this paragraph to be taken to our store!
Speaking of nostalgia, what do Frank Sinatra, the B-52's, Queen, and Beyonce all have in common? -- They were all influences on Panic! At the Disco's latest release - DEATH OF A BACHELOR. They're not the same pop-punk group you remember from ten years ago -- in fact, they aren't even a "group" anymore. Frontman Brendon Urie has taken full control of the operation and proven that he has what it takes to carry on alone. This album is fun, weird, pop, rock, jazz, modern, classic, and obviously - very eclectic! Available on CD and VINYL now. Check it out!
Any new MADONNA products, Borderline? You betchya! Check out EMMY & THE EMMYS CD in our store by clicking anywhere in this paragraph! Emmy & The Emmys was a group Madonna formed in the late 70's/Early 80's. These recordings were made between 1979 and 1981 and they are GOOD! Some are studio tracks, others are demos and live recordings. The audio quality of some of the live recordings is poor, but this CD is a perfect addition to any Madonna fan's collection!
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