February 12th, 2008 5:33 pm | by LocalCut News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Jackpot Records is Cool.

CROWNFabulous Jackpot Records (the "Fabulous" is in the name, you know) is on a roll, seemingly taking over for the dearly missed West End Music Millennium as protectors of all that is sacred in local music and live in-store performances. So here's the rundown of their recent announcements:

1. The store's new location, opening over at 3574 SE Hawthorne, that will replace the old Hawthorne Jackpot on March 1. Pimper and larger spot, so they say.

2. Decemberist Colin Meloy will play a free solo show there at noon the next day in support of his forthcoming solo endeavor, Colin Meloy Sings!. That's Sunday, March 2. Noon. Get there early.

3. According to the Pitchfork, Jackpot's record-releasing arm (also creatively titled Jackpot Records) will re-issue the Wipers' second album, 1981's Youth of America, on vinyl. Jackpot gave the same treatment to the Wipers' 1980 debut, Is This Real? (and now the song of the same title will be stuck in my head all day).

Did I miss anything?

Jackpot has also featured in-store performances and signings from the Black Lips and Lupe Fiasco as of late. 'Course, Music Millennium has Kimya Dawson (the kids love it since that damn Juno movie came out) this Saturday (3 pm), so it isn't a total one-horse race as far as Portland music store coolness is concerned. But it's heating up.

Jackpot Records
Music Millennium

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