It’s Freight Train Rabbit Killer New Vinyl Thursday at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven. Check out this week’s list of new vinyl arrivals:
Arcade Fire – WE (White Colored Vinyl, 180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Poster)
Arctic Monkeys- AM
Buffalo Nichols – Buffalo Nichols
Belle and Sebastian – A Bit of Previous (Indie Exclusive)
Brother Ah – Divine Music
Billy Strings- Renewal
Caroline Spence – True North
Cowboy Junkies -Songs of the Recollection
The Canadian quartet Cowboy Junkies made their name in the alt-country scene in the late ‘80s with a
cover of “Sweet Jane” and have demonstrated in the decades since they know how to inhabit and
reinterpret classic songs. Because the Junkies are adept at turning out amazing original material, Songs
of the Recollection is only the group’s second all-covers affair, and first since 2005.
David Bowie’s “Five Years” kicks off the album with a feeling of longing, but the mood quickly shifts to an
oddly celebratory version of Gram Parson’s “Ooh Las Vegas.” Michael Timmon’s guitar sets the tone for
many tracks, bringing a gentle slide guitar part to the Rolling Stones’ “No Expectations” and sheets of
jagged sound on Neil Young’s “Don’t Let It Bring You Down.” On The Cure’s “Seventeen Seconds,”
Timmons’ playing is gnarled and mysterious.
Almost half of the album’s nine songs have been previously released on tribute albums or EPs over the
years, making Songs of the Recollection feel a bit like a clearing house. Fortunately, the performances
hang together well, despite some being recorded decades a part.
From expected songs by the usual suspects – two songs each from Young and Parsons and one by
Gordon Lightfoot and old friend Vic Chesnutt – to unexpected covers of The Cure and Bowie, and a
reading of Bob Dylan’s “I’ve Got My Mind Made Up to Give Myself to You” that somehow hits both
categories, Songs of the Recollection is a great addition to an underrated catalog. -Joel Francis
Claypool Lennon Delirium – Lime And Limpid Green (10-Inch Vinyl)
Charley Crockett – Lil G.l. Presents: Jukebox Charley
Charli XCX – Crash (Gray Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Childish Gambino – Awaken My Love (Black, 140 Gram Vinyl)
Deftones – White Pony
Daft Punk – Homework
Daft Punk – Tron: Legacy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Gatefold LP Jacket, 180 Gram Vinyl)
Decasia – An Endless Feast For Hyenas (Colored Vinyl)
Def Leppard – Pyromania
Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
Dusty Springfield – See All Her Faces: 50th Anniversary -(Limited Edition, Expanded Version)
Dusty Springfield – The Complete Atlantic Singles 1968-1971 (Gatefold LP Jacket)
Dusty Springfield – There’s A Big Wheel (180 Gram Vinyl)
Envy of None – Envy Of None
Eddie Vedder – Ukulele Songs
Freight Train Rabbit Killer – Hammer of Judgment
Freight Train Rabbit Killer is an amalgamation of two Kansas City local legends.
Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse
Girls Against Boys – House of GVSB (25th Anniversary Edition) (White Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Hot Garbage – Ride (180 Gram Vinyl, Pink Colored Vinyl)
Ibeyi – Spell 31
Jackson+Sellers – Breaking Point (Poster)
Japanese Breakfast – Sable (Original Video Game Soundtrack)(Gold Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Jaco Pastorius – Invitation
Jazz legend Jaco Pastorius used his first solo album to prove his virtuosic playing ability. He used his
second to demonstrate his skills as an arranger. When it came time to take those tunes on the road,
Pastorius assembled an all-star band, including trumpet players Randy Brecker and Jon Faddis and
harmonica wizard Toots Thielemans. Live concert recordings from the Japanese leg of this tour provide
the material for Invitation, Pastorius’ third solo release.
Pastorius dominates the elastic opening number and delivers a brief, solo version of “America the
Beautiful” (here, titled “Amerika”) before letting the ensemble shine. Although he never takes a back
seat, Pastorius clearly understands that there is no reason in assembling a group this strong without
giving them the spotlight.
Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady” is basically a showcase for Thielemans, and Bob Mintzer’s lengthy
solo dominates “The Chicken.” Over on side two, Pastorius wraps his piece “Reza” around John
Coltrane’s “Giant Steps.” It’s a courageous step made even bolder by letting Othello Molineaux carry
Coltrane’s signature melody on his steel drum.
Invitation is a fusion album, but it is also a big band album. As such, it should appeal to a broad swath of
jazz fans. Pastorius’ self-titled debut is still the best place to start with his catalog, but Invitation should
be one of your next stops after that. -Joel Francis
John Coltrane – Blue Train (Limited Blue Colored Vinyl)
Joy Division – Closer (180 Gram Vinyl)
J. Cole – The Off-Season
Kansas – Somewhere To Elsewhere (Colored Vinyl, Red, Limited Edition)
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Fishing For Fishies (Green Colored Vinyl)
Lizzo – Cuz I Love You (Deluxe Edition)
Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs – External Combustion
Michael Jackson – Thriller (Picture Disc)
Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It on
Madonna – Immaculate Collection
Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It on
Moon Duo – Occult Architecture Vol. 1 (Gray Colored Vinyl)
Moon Duo – Occult Architecture Vol. 2 (Sky Blue Colored Vinyl)
Moon Duo – Stars Are the Light (Neon Pink Colored Vinyl)
Nina Simone – Amazing Nina Simone (180 Gram Vinyl, Bonus Tracks)
Norah Jones – Come Away with Me
Twenty years ago, it was impossible to spin the radio dial and not hear “Don’t Know Why.” From NPR
and adult contemporary to jazz and pop, it seemed like the only stations ignoring this song were classic
and hard rock. It is entirely possible that just reading these words has propelled the song back into your
head and for that I’m sorry/you’re welcome.
Now the album that spawned that hit – and three others – and has sold more than 27 million copies
worldwide, receives an anniversary reissue on wax.
It’s not hard to see why Come Away with Me was such a runaway success. The music is elegant and
sophisticated, yet accessible. It can be played at dinner parties with friends and grandparents or
romantic, candlelit occasions. It works as well mid-day, folding laundry, as it does at night, slow dancing.
In the years after this release, Norah Jones has worked hard to subvert this image, collaborating with
everyone from Jeff Tweedy and Billie Joe Armstrong to Outkast and Danger Mouse. Despite these
detours, Come Away with Me remains the essence of Jones’ artistry. -Joel Francis
Opeth – Blackwater Park (180 Gram Vinyl)
Opeth – Ghost Reveries
Pat Martino – Formidable (180 Gram Vinyl)
Pink Floyd – A Saucerful Of Secrets (Limited Edition, 180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered, Mono Sound)
Queen – Greatest Hits
The Replacements – Please To Meet Me
Ramones – The Sire Albums (1981-1989) (RSD Exclusive)
The Residents – Third Reich N Roll
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Unlimited Love (RSD Exclusive)
Scott Walker – Childhood Of A Leader (Original Soundtrack)
Scott Walker + Sunn O))) – Soused (180 Gram Vinyl)
Sharon Van Etten – We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong (Smoke Colored Vinyl)
St Vincent – The Nowhere Inn (Official Soundtrack) (RSD Exclusive)
Sun Ra Arkestra – Live At Babylon (180 Gram Vinyl, Limited Edition)
Sun Ra Arkestra – The Sun Ra Arkestra Meets Salah Ragab in Egypt (Booklet)
Summer Walker – Over It
Tyler, The Creator- Igor
Toro Y Moi – Mahal (Silver Colored Vinyl)
True Loves – Sunday Afternoon (Blue Marbled Vinyl, 180 Gram Vinyl)
somewhat comforting to hear Tesfaye address the inevitable end-game to all this partying on the
Weeknd’s fifth studio album, Dawn FM.
Although Tesfaye has been clear that Dawn FM is not a concept album, there is an overarching theme
running throughout the album courtesy of Jim Carrey’s between-song DJ banter as an afterlife pitchman.
This cohesion fills the album with even more grandeur and drama, while simultaneously lightening the
The best moments on Dawn FM come when Tesfaye unravels. You can hear him falling apart across the
nearly six-minute “Take My Breath.” Later, Tyler the Creator provides the emotional meltdown on “Here
We Go … Again,” singing the line “you gon’ sign this prenup” a little more forcefully each time.
Sonically, Dawn FM is enraptured with the smooth synthesizers of 1980s adult contemporary. Billy
Ocean, Lionel Richie and “Kokomo”-era Beach Boys are the touchstones here. It all adds up to the best
moment in the Weeknd’s already strong catalog. -Joel Francis
Warpaint – Radiate Like This (Yellow Clear Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Indie Exclusive)
The Walker Brothers – Nite Flights (180 Gram Vinyl)
The Who – A Quick One (Half-Speed Mastering)
The Who – Greatest Hits (Limited Edition, Red Colored Vinyl)
The Who – My Generation (Half-Speed Mastering)
Willie Nelson – A Beautiful Time
Willie Nelson turned 89 years old the same day he released his 72nd studio album. More than a
generation past the point of having anything to prove, Nelson doesn’t offer any surprises on A Beautiful
Time, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a rewarding listen.
Death has been a cornerstone of country music since the beginning, but Nelson’s musings on mortality
have picked up in recent years as more and more of his friends pass on. Several departed pals are
namechecked on “I Don’t Go to Funerals” (which ends with the punchline “and I won’t be at mine”).
Thoughts on the end of life and the hereafter dominate more than half of the album, inspiring tunes
wistful, inspirational, obstinate and resigned.
Nelson’s voice is noticeably thinner, but his sound is still timeless. The solo that opens “We’re Not Happy
(Till You’re Not Happy)” could have been plucked from the ambitious songwriting cycles of Nelson’s
Atlantic era or the groundbreaking outlaw albums from his time on Columbia. Nelson’s pen is as vibrant
as his playing. He co-wrote five of the album’s 14 songs with producer Buddy Cannon and can still
deliver great lines such as “She could turn right on a nickel/And give you back four cents in change” on
“My Heart was a Dancer.”
Nelson is so consistent and prolific that it’s almost detrimental to his artistry. Because there’s always a
new album a few months around the corner, it is easy to take him for granted. A Beautiful Time is a
tender reminder that Nelson won’t be here forever and should be celebrated while he is in our
presence. -Joel Francis
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