It’s Gary Numan New Vinyl Thursday at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven. Check out this week’s list of new vinyl arrivals:
A Tribe Called Quest – Anthology
Aleister Crowley – The Black Magick Masters [Limited Glow in the Dark Vinyl]
Alice in Chains – Dirt [180 Gram Vinyl, Reissue]
Beyonce – B’day
Black Mills – Look
Blake Mills – Mutable Set
Blue Pills – Holy Moly! [Mustard w/ Black Splatter Colored Vinyl, Limited Edition]
Blue Pills – Lady In Gold
Booker T – Note by Note [Orange Vinyl]
The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band [2017 Stereo remix]
Bright Eyes – Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was (Red, Orange Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Bon Jovi – Cross Road
Brian Blade – Brian Blade Fellowship
Jazz drummer Brian Blade made his name on albums with Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Kenny Garrett and Bob Dylan before releasing his debut solo work in 1998. Produced by Daniel Lanois, best known for his work with U2, Peter Gabriel and Brian Eno, “Brian Blade Fellowship” was recorded mostly live at El Teatro, a converted movie theater outside Los Angeles.
All but two of the eight tracks run well over five minutes, giving everyone in the ensemble space to play off each other and solo. Producer Lanois subtly adds his pedal steel guitar to several tracks, thickening the sound and providing an ethereal other-wordly quality.
In the decades since his solo debut, Blade has worked with Norah Jones, Joni Mitchell, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea and many others. But Blade’s ever-expanding palette can be traced back to the first Brian Blade Fellowship release. -Joel Francis
Brittany Spears – Oops I Did It Again [Picture Disc Vinyl LP, 140 Gram Vinyl, 20th Anniversary Edition]
Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Session
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits
Chicks – Sound of the Chicks
Chuck Prophet – The Land That Time Forgot
Copy Cut – Freeze Melt Ice [Indie Exclusive]
Courtney Marie Andrews – Honest Life (With Bonus 7″, Indie Exclusive)
Drive By Truckers – The Unraveling
D’Angelo – Brown Sugar
D’Angelo – Voodoo
The Donnas – Spend The Night [Deluxe Edition, 180 Gram Vinyl, Colored Yellow Gatefold LP Jacket]
Eminem – The Marshall Matthers LP
Flesh Eaters – I Used To Be Pretty
Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits
Fantastic Negrito – Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?
The question Bay-area musician Fantastic Negrito has been asked several times during this stress-filled, uncertain year of pandemic: Have you lost your mind yet? Yet while the question points to the present, the 11 tracks on the album would sound relevant in nearly any modern area.
The music on Negrito’s fourth album ranges from rock, blues, gospel, hip hop and soul. The guitarist sounds equally comfortable in each style and controls the flow and sound of the album to a degree recalls a certain purple-clad axeman from Minneapolis.
While Tank and the Bangas drop by for the upbeat R&B song “So Happy I Could Cry,” and rapper E-40 updates his hit on “Searching for Captain Save a Hoe,” Negrito is never upstaged. He peels off an incendiary blues solo on “Your Sex is Overrated” and spars with a B3 organ on the funky “King Frustration.” The smoldering blues jam “How Long?” and interlude “Justice in America” address social unrest American has endured this summer, and perhaps the most succinct encapsulation of the problem: “In America, there is justice just as long as you have money.”
There seems to be no boundary Negrito is afraid to push against and ultimately conquer on Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? The answer to Fantastic Negrito’s titular question is maybe, but if this is how it sounds, I’m prepared to join him the rest of the way. -Joel Francis
Funkadelic – Maggot Brain
Funkadelic – Cosmic Slop
Gary Numan – Hybrid [140-Gram Red Colored Vinyl]
The Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead
The Greatful Dead – Saint Of Circumstance: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford NJ 6/ 17/ 91
Gil Scott-Heron – Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Glass Animals – Dreamland (Indie Exclusive, Blue Colored Vinyl
J.T. Taylor – Master of the Game (Disco Fever)
Jaylib – Champion Sound
Judgement Nights Soundtrack [Original Soundtrack, Limited 180-Gram ‘Flaming’ Orange & Yellow Colored Vinyl]
Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
King Gizzard & Lizard – Flying Microtonal Banana [Blue & Gold Vinyl]
Kathleen Edwards – Total Freedom
Seven years ago, it looked like Kathleen Edwards was about to break through. Her fourth album cracked the Top 40 and she was playing to large audiences as the opening act for boyfriend Justin Vernon (who also produced that fourth record). Instead, Edwards walked away from everything, opening Quitter’s Café in her hometown of Ottawa, Ontario.
Now Edwards is back with the aptly titled Total Freedom. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of Total Freedom is how lived-in and familiar it will sound to longtime fans. Edwards’ sound remains a pleasant mix of folk and Americana with a cutting wit and sympathetic heart. “We had a tour bus with a bed in the back/We bought a rock and roll dream – it was total crap,” Edwards sings on opening song “Glenfern,” before adding a in heartfelt refrain few bars later that “I will always be thankful for it.”
Unsurprisingly, Edwards references her musical sabbatical several times across Total Freedom, but she sounds both confident and at peace. Total Freedom is less a homecoming than a resumption. Regardless, it is fantastic to have Edwards back. -Joel Francis
Kanye West – 808s & Heartbreak (Deluxe Edition, With CD, Collector’s Edition)
Laura Marling – Song For Our Daughter
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV [Remastered, 180 gram Vinyl]
L.A. Witch – Play With Fire (Translucent Yellow Vinyl)
The Maypole – Maypole
Mac Miller – GO:OD AM
Mac Miller – Watching Movies With The Sounds Off (Gatefold LP Jacket, Limited Edition)
Mac Miller – Swimming
Nirvana – Unplugged in N.Y.
Otis Redding – Lonely and Blue: The Deepest Soul Of Otis Redding
PJ Harvey – 4 track Demo [Reissue]
PJ Harvey – Rid of Me [Reissue]
Pixies – Wave of Mutilation: The Best of Pixies
Panic at the Disco – Pretty.Odd
Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger In The Alps
Queen – A Night At The Opera (180 Gram Vinyl)
Queen – Greatest Hits 1
Rage Against the Machine – Evil Empire
Roxy Music – Country Life
Sarah Siskind – Modern Appalachia
Shins – Oh Inverted World
Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Creams [Remastered]
Snoop Dogg – The Last Meal
Tech N9ne – Something Else
Tim McGraw – Here on Earth [Gatefold LP Jacket]
Tom Watts – Swordfishtrombones [Special Edition, 180 gram Vinyl, Reissue]
Tanya Donelly and the Parkington Sisters – Self-Titled
Several years ago, power pop hero Matthew Sweet and ‘80s sweetheart Susanna Hoffs collaborated for three albums worth cover songs, celebrating the songs they grew up with. Tanya Donnelly’s pairing with the Parkington Sisters is a similar type of triumph.
Throughout the spring, Donnelly regularly released cover songs on her Bandcamp site. None of those performances appear among the nine songs performed with the Parkington Sisters. Donnelly covers a lot of ground with her choices. The sisters’ string arrangements bring depth and delicacy to the set. The trio helps turn Paul McCartney and Wings’ “Let Me Roll It” into a laid-back baroque number, gives Echo and the Bunnyman’s “Ocean Rain” a cinematic quality and adds muscle to the Pretenders’ “Kid” (which breaks down in laughter at the end).
Aside from the McCartney number and Leonard Cohen’s “Dance Me to the End of Love,” Donnelly chose lesser-known songs by former Monkee Michael Nesmith, Kinks, Go-Gos and Split Enz.
Donnelly was a college rock darling in the ‘80s and ‘90s as a member of Throwing Muses, the Breeders and, finally, Belly. Her output has slowed in the 21st century, but this fun, relaxed, low-key self-titled release would be a welcome addition to the catalog regardless. -Joel Francis
Van Halen – 1984
X – ALPHABETLAND [Indie Exclusive, Limited Edition, Blue Colored Vinyl, Poster]
XTC – English Settlement [200 Gram Vinyl]
XTC – Skylarking (200 Gram Vinyl)
Zombies – Odessey & Oracle
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Next Saturday, August 29, marks the first of three Record Store Day drops this year. If you’ve been to 7th Heaven for Record Store Day in the past, this year will be mostly the same – with some important changes.
Here’s what hasn’t changed: 7th Heaven has ordered every RSD title and will have them all priced below retail. Swag bags will be available while supplies last. Sealed, single-serving cans of pop and candy bars are available.
7th Heaven will open at 7 a.m. and has implemented several changes to keep both you and staff safe. While waiting in line, please stay six feet apart from your fellow record fans. Everyone entering the store is required to wear a mask over his or her nose and mouth at all times.
Once inside, there will be three table set up with RSD goods. There is a limit of two people per tables. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of open space to maintain social distancing inside. Learn more about Record Store Day Drop #1. Click HERE to RSVP.
Here are 10 RSD releases dropping this Saturday I’m excited about:
David Bowie – I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour ’74), ChangesNowBowie
Denzel Curry – Bulls on Parade 7” (limited to 2,500 copies)
Billie Elish Live at Third Man (limited to 17,000 copies)
Craig Finn – All These Perfect Crosses (limited to 1,7500)
Gorillaz – D-Sides, G-Sides (limited to 15,000 copies)
John Prine – The Atlantic Albums (limited to 2,000 copies)
Lou Reed and John Cale – Songs for Drella (limited to 8,500 copies)
Pink Floyd – Arnold Layne 7”, (limited to 7,400 copies)
The Black Keys – Let’s Rock (45 rpm edition) (limited to 7,500 copies)
The Cure – Bloodflowers (picture disc, limited to 7,500 copies)
See you next Saturday -Joel Francis
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