It’s Duran Duran New Vinyl Thursday at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven. Check out this week’s list of new vinyl arrivals:
Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Henry Franklin – Jid014
Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls (10 Year Anniversary Edition, Clear Vinyl)
Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
Bill Evans – At Town Hall, Vol. 1
The Beatles – Abbey Road Anniversary (1LP)
Billy Strings – Me/and/Dad (Indie Exclusive, Limited Edition, Colored Vinyl, Black, Smoke & Yellow Versions)
Charles Lloyd – Trios: Sacred Thread
Connie Han – Secrets Of Inanna (Limited Edition, Colored Vinyl)
Death Grips – No Love Deep Web (Indie Exclusive, Limited Edition, Colored Vinyl, Clear Vinyl, Anniversary Edition)
Donald Byrd – Live: Cookin’ With Blue Note At Montreux July 5, 1973
Duran Duran – All You Need Is Now (Indie Exclusive, Pink Colored Vinyl)
Duran Duran – Astronaut (Indie Exclusive, White Colored Vinyl)
Duran Duran – Red Carpet Massacre(Indie Exclusive, Ruby Clear Vinyl)
The Doors – L.A. Woman
Descendents – Everything Sucks
Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate (Digital Download Card)
Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables; In God We Trust, Inc.; Bedtime for Democracy
The Dead Kennedys are one of greatest bands to emerge from the Southern California punk scene of the
1980s. They bridged the gap between Johnny Rotten’s caustic politics and the hardcore intensity of
The band’s influential debut has been reissued with a new mix, while a couple of the Dead Kennedy’s
other projects are also newly available.
Issued in 1980, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables remains an invigorating, if disarming, listen. Lead
singer Jello Biafra makes up for his unconventional vocal style with passion and snark. From opening cut
“Kill the Poor” to the album closing cover of “Viva Las Vegas” it’s not readily apparent if the band is
laughing at or with the listener. “California Uber Alles” and “Holiday in Cambodia” have become staples
of many punk mixtapes and compilation and for good reason. It’s not often searing political statements
rock this hard. Other high points include “Let’s Lynch the Landlord” and “Funland at the Beach.” The
new mix cleans up the instrumentation as much as possible for a lo-fi underground album recorded on a
The EP In God We Trust, Inc. appeared a year after Fresh Fruit and continues the Kennedys’ ferocious,
confrontational style. The opening one-two of “Religious Vomit” and “Moral Majority” expose the
album’s thesis, but the minute-long “Nazi Punks F-k Off” remains the band’s best song. A cover of
“Rawhide” closes the 14-minute release. Like “Viva Las Vegas,” it is hard to tell if the performance is
earnest or a prank.
By the time Bedtime for Democracy came out in 1986, Biafra and his bandmates were weary. This time,
the album opens with a cover – David Allen Coe’s “Take This Job and Shove It.” At 21 songs and nearly
50 minutes, it’s the band’s longest album. Bedtime for Democracy turned out to be the final Dead
Kennedys album. While it doesn’t the same highs as their debut, it’s still a strong, blistering statement
against the status quo. -Joel Francis
Ed Askew – Ask The Unicorn
Engine Kid – Everything Left Inside (RSD Exclusive, Boxed Set, With Book, Gatefold LP Jacket)
Florence + the Machine – Lungs (Digital Download Card)
Foo Fighters – The Essential Foo Fighters (140 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket)
Florence + the Machine – Lungs (Digital Download Card)
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
The Flaming Lips – Oh My Gawd!!!… Thw a flaming Lips
To commemorate the thirty fifth anniversary of its release, Flaming Lips have recently reissued a beautifully sounding remastered version of their second studio album, “Oh My Gawd…”
Before the absurdly hooky, surprise hit “She Don’t Use Jelly,” a song about a girl that eats Vaseline sandwiches, before the emotive, orchestral indie anthems of “The Soft Bulletin,” before the trippy Beatles cover collaborations with Miley Cyrus, there was the bombastic, ramshackle, mind shattering explosiveness of “Oh My Gawd.”
Wayne Coyne, the frontman and prime force behind the Oklahoma based band, has referred to it as “some sort of no-talent, derivative, hillbillies-gone-punk version of The Who.”
If all you had heard was the album “Oh My Gawd” you might be compelled to agree.
For me, an anxious college freshman living in the Midwest in the late 80’s, it was like someone had tapped into my brain and filtered it out through the sounds of pummeling drums, crashing guitars and psychedelics inspired poetry that had me questioning everything in my life, including my own existence.
I first heard “Oh My Gawd” three years after it’s release in 1990, in the back of my friend Tom’s car.
It just so happened to be the early invasion of the Gulf War. This was the first time the US had engaged in formal military air strikes since Vietnam.
The opening track, “Everything’s Explodin’,” was an appt interpretation of what was going on inside and outside my head at the time.
The nearly nine and a half minute second track opus “One Billion Millionth of a Millisecond on a Sunday Morning” sounds like The Replacements had a head on collision with Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of the Moon.”
To understand how revolutionary this album was, unlike the constant genre bending and crossover of today’s popular music, when it came to fashion, activities, and musical tastes, it helps to remember how segregated things were back then.
Pink Floyd was a band that guys that used to beat me up in high school listend to. It is indirectly one of the reasons I got into punk and alternative music to begin with. Outside of Money and the song off The Wall with the creepy kids choir I wasn’t really familiar with Pink Floyd’s legacy.
The trippy sonic explorations and esoteric lyricism combined with walls of bone snapping guitars gave me the permissions to explore more dynamic, experimental music, as well as drop my judgments upon a lot of great classic rock. I learned that my personal or political choices didn’t have to dictate my musical choices.
Being a fan for nearly thirty years, it’s satisfying to listen back on a band just starting to dabble in some of the sonic acrobatics that it would grow to master institutionalize.
I’m also happy to see the original album art has been fully restored in all of its disturbing, psychedelic glory!- Major Matt
Ghost Funk Orchestra- A New Kind Of Love
Gerry Mulligan – Night Lights
Grateful Dead – Europe ’72 (Live) (50th Anniversary Edition)
Jimi Hendrix – Experience Hendrix: The Best Of Jimi Hendrix (150 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket)
John Prine – John Prine
John Prine – Sweet Revenge
Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking (180 Gram Vinyl)
Jazz Epistles – Jazz Epistles – Verse 1
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered.
Michael Jackson – Thriller
Michael Jackson – Bad (Picture Disc Vinyl)
Michael Jackson – Invincible (Picture Disc Vinyl)
Miles Davis – Bitches Brew (140 Gram Vinyl, Download Insert)
N.W.A. -Straight Outta Compton
Nina Simone – Her Ultimate Collection (Limited Edition,Yellow Colored Vinyl)
Norah Jones – I Dream Of Christmas
Neil Young – Tonight’s The Night
Neil Young & Crazy Horse – World Record
Neil Young – Harvest
Rock legend Neil Young has released a staggering number of albums. Less than a month ago, he dropped
his 42nd studio album, World Record. But among the dizzying amount of material, Harvest holds a
special place. It was one of the few moments when Young’s artistic vision lined up with popular taste,
resulting in a No. 1 hit in “Heart of Gold” and becoming Young’s best-selling album.
A new 50 th anniversary edition of Harvest not only features a remastered version of the beloved album,
but an intimate live recording of Young performing Harvest’s songs alone for the BBC, a 7-inch
containing three outtakes and a hardcover book featuring photos from the period and extensive liner
notes. Finally, the box set contains a DVD of the BBC sessions and a second DVD containing a new two-
hour documentary about the making of Harvest.
All these extras add up to an immersive experience, but are also a little less than they seem. All but one
of the songs on the BBC performance may also be found on the archival Royce Hall, 1971 LP Young
released earlier this year. Recorded just a few weeks before the BBC gig, the Royce Hall show also
featured Young in a solo, acoustic setting. Two of the three outtakes on the 7-inch platter are also
performed at Royce Hall.
Harvest combines the earthiness of The Band’s roots rock with musical accents from Nashville and a
weary worldview that makes Young, then 25, seem much older than he is. The album itself has earned
its classic status over the past half-century. Throwing down for the box set depends on how much one
values the Harvest Time documentary and hardcover book. If you already have Harvest and Royce Hall,
you can probably sit this one out. If Harvest isn’t yet part of your music library, this is the perfect
opportunity to add it.-Joel Francis
The Nuclear Banana – Riot on Kansas City Strip
Prince – Purple Rain (180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered)
Prince – 1999 (150 Gram Vinyl)
Pink Floyd – A Saucerful Of Secrets (Limited Edition, 180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered, Mono Sound)
Queens of the Stone Age – Villains (White Clear Vinyl)
Ride – Going Blank Again
Robert Gordon – Hellafied (Blue, Purple Colored Vinyl)
Samara Joy – Linger Awhile
Steely Dan – Can’t Buy A Thrill (180 Gram Vinyl)
Steely Dan – Can’t Buy A Thrill (200 Gram Vinyl)
Smashing Pumpkins – Gish
Summer Walker – Over It
The Smiths – Hatful Of Hollow (180-gram)
Todd Rundgren – Something / Anything (50th Anniversary Edition, RSD Exclusive, Colored Vinyl, Boxed Set)
Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy ( 150 Gram Vinyl)
Taylor Swift – Midnights [Blood Moon Edition]
Vacant Lots – Interzone (With Bonus 7″)
Various Artists – Life Moves Pretty Fast – The John Hughes Mixtapes (Boxed Set, 140 Gram Vinyl, Colored Vinyl, Red)
Various Artists – Soul Christmas (180 Gram Vinyl, Colored Vinyl, Limited Edition)
Weyes Blood – And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow
William Shatner – Shatner Claus: The Christmas Album
In the late 1960s, when the original Star Trek show was on television, William “Captain Kirk” Shatner
released an album of then-current songs earnestly delivered as dramatic monologues. It’s unclear if
Shatner was trying to be funny when he recorded these songs. Half a century later, when Shatner Claus
appeared, it is obvious everyone is in on the joke.
Shatner Claus contains well-worn holiday numbers expressed in Shatner’s now-signature, overly
expressive style. He recites the lyrics as poems for the most part, but whenever the arrangement calls
for a burst of melody beyond Shatner’s limited ability a superstar guest jumps in and carries the musical
load. Whether it’s Brad Paisley on “Blue Christmas” or Iggy Pop on “Silent Night” this formula works
One’s milage with Shatner Claus depends on the ability to enjoy this performance across the album’s 45
minutes. Shatner only steps away from the schtick for the very Trans-Siberian Orchestra “One for You,
One for Me,” making this a fairly one-note concept.
That said, Shatner Claus is enjoyable in small doses. The punk rock version of “Jingle Bells” at the end
with Shatner and Henry Rollins yelling the chorus is my favorite moment, but any of these tunes have
enough charm and novelty to enliven a holiday part for a bit. Or quickly clear out the room.-Joel Francis
White Zombie- La Sexorcisto: Devil Music (180 Gram Vinyl, Reissue)
Zach Bryan – American Heartbreak
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