It’s Beyoncé New Vinyl Thursday at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven. Check out this week’s list of new vinyl arrivals:
311 – Evolver (180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket)
Alvvays – Blue Rev – Marbled Blue (Blue Colored Vinyl)
Archie Shepp – Live In Paris 1974
Alice in Chains – Dirt (150 Gram Vinyl, Remastered)
A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders
Beyoncé – Renaissance (180 Gram Vinyl, Booklet, Poster, Deluxe Edition)
Beth Gibbons – Henryk Gorecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs)
The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Fudge (10-Inch Vinyl)
Black Jesus Experience – Good Evening Black Buddha
Broken Bells – Into The Blue (Purple Clear Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Black Sabbath – Paranoid
The Cars – Candy-O (Clear Vinyl, 140 Gram Vinyl, Brick & Mortar Exclusive)
The Cars – Panorama (Clear Blue Vinyl, 140 Gram Vinyl, Brick & Mortar Exclusive)
The Cult – Under The Midnight Sun (White Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Comet Is Coming – Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam
Caleb Caudle – Forsythia (Blue Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Captain Beyond – Live In Texas – October 6, 1973 (Red Colored Vinyl)
Courtney Marie Andrews – Loose Future (Red Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Daft Punk – Alive 2007
Death Grips – No Love Deep Web (Limited Edition, Colored Vinyl, Clear Vinyl, Indie Exclusive, Anniversary Edition)
Florence + the Machine – Lungs (Digital Download Card)
Funkadelic – Maggot Brain
Gil Scott-Heron – Free Will
Ghost – Meliora
Incubus – Make Yourself
Jay-Z – The Blueprint
Joe Chambers – The Almoravid
Kraftwerk – Computer World
Kenny Burrell – Kenny Burrell
Kinks – Face To Face
Kinks – Kinda Kinks
Korn – Path Of Totality [180-Gram Black Vinyl]
Korn – Korn
Katy Guillen and the Drive – Another One Gained
After six successful years as Katy Guillen and the Girls, Guillen and Girls drummer Stephanie Williams
have quietly shifted gears into Katy Guillen and the Drive. The duo released an EP in 2020, just before
the pandemic shutdown, and another EP at the end of 2021. Now, they present a full-length offering,
Another One Gained.
While the Girls performed on the bedrock of blues, the Drive have a more expansive sound. There’s a
rootsy feel to their rock and roll that is anchored in dusty rural backroads and set loose into a cloudless
prairie sky. Ironically, Another One Gained is Guillen’s first album not produced in her native Kansas City,
Mo. The pair traveled to Los Angeles record and work with producer Kevin Ratterman, who has worked
with My Morning Jacket, Heartless Bastards and Ray LaMontagne.
Writing these 10 songs was obviously cathartic for Guillen, who develops chord structures and lyrics and
takes them to Williams to fine-tune together. The album mourns old relationships while celebrating the
freedom of new opportunities. Guillen grapples with self-doubt and grief but ultimately throws her
heart into an opportunity for rebirth.
While the bluesy instincts of the Girls appear from time to time, the Drive are distinct entity that
hopefully have a long road in front of them. -Joel Francis
Little Beaver – Party Down
Lauryn Hill- Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
The Mars Volta – The Mars Volta
MF Doom – Operation Doomsday
My Chemical Romance – Black Parade
Mac Miller – Macadelic (Limited Edition, Embossed, Silver Colored Vinyl, Poster)
Mac Miller – Circles (Clear Vinyl, Poster)
Motel Radio – Garden
Mythic Sunship – Light/Flux
MGMT – Oracular Spectacular (Pink Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Nduduzo Makhathini – In The Spirit Of Ntu
NOFX – White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean (Blue Colored Vinyl, Clear Vinyl, Anniversary Edition)
Nirvana – Unplugged In N.Y.
Nirvana – Bleach
Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Pavement – Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement
Princess Chelsea – Everything Is Going To Be Alright
Pink Floyd – Animals (2018 Remix) (180 Gram Vinyl, Booklet)
Pixies – Doggerel (Limited Edition,Yellow Colored Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Indie Exclusive)
Queensrÿche – Digital Noise Alliance (Colored Vinyl, 180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Lilac)
The Reverend Horton Heat – Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em
Radiohead – In Rainbows
Sofi Tukker – Wet Tennis
Starcrawler – She Said
Starcrawler – Devour You
Stone Temple Pilots- Core (2017 Remaster)
Sudan Archives – Athena
Sudan Archives – Sink (Digital Download Card)
Sun Ra Arkestra – Living Sky (180 Gram Vinyl, Deluxe Edition)
Theo Croker – Love Quantum (Gold Colored Vinyl, 180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Limited Edition)
Tom Waits – Blood Money – Anniversary Edition – Metallic Silver (Silver Colored Vinyl, 180 Gram Vinyl, Anniversary Edition)
True Loves – Famous Last Words (Purple Colored Vinyl, Remastered)
Tyler Childers – Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?
Country singer/songwriter Tyler Childers has found a way to have his cake, eat it, then eat it again on his
fifth album, Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven? The triple LP set presents the same eight songs three
The first album – Hallelujah – was recorded live, while the second platter – Jubilee – adds overdubs to
the live versions. Joyful Noise finds the material remixed and recontextualized.
Backed by a six-piece band dubbed The Food Stamps, Childers aims to take more than his hounds to
heaven. These are gospel recordings, but thanks to Chase Lewis’ big B3 organ the sound is closer to The
Band than the Louvin Brothers. The set opens with Hank Williams’ “The Old Country Church” then
swings into the title song. Later, Childers revisits his 2017 song “Purgatory.”
These passionate performances preach without being preachy, lifting up the listener by implying but
invoking the almighty. It’s a nifty trick that mainstream preachers and gospel performers might want to
The differences between the Hallelujah and Jubilee versions are often subtle and only sometimes
interesting. The New Orleans horn section on “Way of the Triune God” is one of Jubilee’s best moments.
The string arrangement on “Heart You’ve Been Tendin’” elevates the performance. Two songs – “Two
Coats” and “Jubilee” – go from instrumentals on Hallelujah to vocal numbers on Jubilee. Having two
versions of each song doesn’t add anything to the experience and deciding between the first two albums
ultimately feels like a coin toss.
The Joyful Noise disc, however, is an interesting alternate path through this material. Sections of each
song are sampled and looped with drum machines, snippets of session dialogue, sermons and
conversation from The Andy Griffith Show. While these versions aren’t essential, they are entertaining
and represent the tradition of experimental third platters on triple-album sets, from the long jams on
George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass to the dub versions on the Clash’s Sandinista. -Joel Francis
Taylor Swift – 1989
Talking Heads – Remain in Light
Velvet Underground & Nico- The Velvet Underground & Nico
Various Artists – Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs Of John Prine 2 (Blue Clear Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Various Artists – Romeo Must Die
Warrant – Greatest & Latest – Red & Black Splatter (Red, Black Colored Vinyl)
Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (11-LP + 1 CD Super Deluxe Edition, Boxed Set, With CD)
Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2022 Remaster) (White Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive, Remastered)
Arriving after the band’s poppy Mellotron masterpiece Summerteeth and a pair of albums putting new
music to lost Woody Guthrie lyrics with British folkster Billy Bragg, Wilco’s fourth album could have gone
any number of directions. An exhaustive new 11-LP box set chases down all of the rabbit holes in
chronicling how Yankee Hotel Foxtrot came to be.
The first two LPs – a newly remastered version of the classic, 20-year-old album – will be very familiar to
anyone willing to pony up for this behemoth. Thankfully, this is also available as a stand-alone release
for newer or more budget-conscious fans.
Four double-LP collections sort nearly 60 outtakes, demos and alternate versions into thematic sets.
American Aquarium bears the fingerprints of Summerteeth. The material on Here Comes Everybody and
The Unified Theory of Everything is a bit more abrasive, while Lonely in the Deep End is a clearinghouse
of ideas and sketches. These collections are sequenced similarly, so you can hear how songs and ideas
grow (especially when played consecutively).
What’s more another three LPs capture a complete 2002 concert in St. Louis, allowing the listener to
hear how the wizardry of the studio translated to the stage. The Yankee Hotel Foxtrot tour was the only
one to feature multi-instrumentalist Leroy Bach and the first for drummer Glenn Kotche. After this tour,
the band coalesced around the lineup that has been around for the past couple decades. While the
setlist is very heavy on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, the performance also looks back at several older numbers
and looks ahead with concert closer “I’m a Wheel,” which would appear on the band’s next album.
Finally, a CD of a 2001 interview and performance on Chicago Public Radio recorded a week after the
9/11 attacks and more than half a year before YHF became available in physical format shows that how
quickly the album’s mythology started unraveling and spinning away from the band.
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot has been thoroughly documented, both at the time and after the fact. Fans who
have poured over the books, documentary and online think-pieces will never run out of new stones to
overturn with this massive, exhaustive collection.
The less imposing remastered reissue of the original album should be in every serious contemporary
music fan’s library. -Joel Francis
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Cool It Down (Opaque Yellow Colored Vinyl)
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