Lincoln has a new record store.
It's called Lefty's Records, and it's at 2776 South St. It will primarily sell new and used vinyl.
Les Greer, a Lincoln music store veteran who worked at Homer's, Twisters and most recently Recycled Sounds, opened the store last weekend as he had scheduled. But because remodeling of the space took longer than anticipated, Lefty's isn't yet up to full speed.
When Greer gets everything together, he will offer a selection of new vinyl that he hopes will fill some of the gap left by the closing of Spindle and Homer's, along with used records, a market already well served in Lincoln.
Examples of the kind of new records Lefty's will stock -- already in the bins -- are tUnE-yArDs' "WHOKILL" and 45s from Jack White and Wanda Jackson on White's Third Man label.
I'll have more about Lefty's Records and Lincoln record stores in general in a few weeks. Until then, consider this a heads-up for a place to get some vinyl. Lefty's is open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
Homer's Music down to one store
Speaking of record stores, Homers Music & Gifts is closing one of its two remaining Omaha stores on Sept. 10.
The independent music retailer, which at one time had operated six Lincoln stores in addition to its Omaha locations, is shuttering its Orchard Plaza store, near 132nd Street and West Center Road, leaving just the Old Market location at 1210 Howard St. in business.
"Quite frankly, we're surprised we made it that long with two locations in Omaha," Homers' general manager Mike Fratt said in a press release. "Most of our indie record store brethren in the Coalition of Independent Music Stores are down to one solid location per city."
Homer's closed its last Lincoln store, at 61st and O streets, in 2009. Lincoln has not had a full-service indie record store since.
Free Hold Steady show Friday at Slowdown
The Hold Steady, my favorite rock 'n' roll band, is playing a free show Friday in the parking lot of Omaha's Slowdown.
Sponsored by Toyota Antics, the "Omaha Block Party" will feature four bands: Conduits, The Donkeys, Mister Heavenly (which features members of The Shins and Modest Mouse) and the headlining Minneapolis-gone-to-Brooklyn rockers.
Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; the show is set to start at 8 and end at midnight. Free tickets are available at uptheantics.com/omaha2011. Admission is first-come, first-served.
Notable shows on the Lincoln horizon
A handful of just-announced Lincoln shows are worth noting, starting with the Sept. 24 Zoo Bar appearance of Austin, Texas, veteran Jon Dee Graham.
The rest of shows are set for the Bourbon Theatre: Taking Back Sunday on Oct. 7, Manchester Orchestra on Nov. 4 and Ra Ra Riot on Nov. 16.
With Lincoln Calling set for mid-October, and previously announced shows by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Pretty Lights and The Hood Internet, the Lincoln calendar is starting to fill with some superb offerings.
Stay tuned for more.