It’s Ghost Funk Orchestra New Vinyl Thursday at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven. Check out this week’s list of new vinyl arrivals:
Aaliyah – One In A Million
Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Jean Carne – Jean Carne Jid012
Bad Brains – Rock For Light – Punk Note Edition (Deluxe Edition, Remastered)
Billy Cobham – Spectrum
Brockhampton – Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine (Gatefold LP Jacket, 150 Gram Vinyl, White Colored Vinyl)
Beyoncé – B’day
The Cramps- Big Beat from Badsville
Cake – Fashion Nugget (180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered, Reissue)
Craig Finn – A Legacy of Rentals
It’s almost easier to think of Craig Finn’s fifth solo release as a set of short stories set to music than an
Finn has always displayed a keen eye for detail and narrative on the albums he’s helmed for the Hold
Steady, his main gig. A Legacy of Rentals distinguishes itself from Finn’s Hold Steady work by steering
clear of the bombastic choruses and big hooks and letting the lyrics/stories do most of the lifting.
These 10 songs were informed by isolation of the Covid shutdown, which was amplified for Finn when
he was told to sleep separately from his partner, a nurse. The George Floyd murder in Finn’s hometown
Minneapolis and the resulting protests that reverberated across the country (and the world) and the
death of a close family friend also contributed to Finn’s mindset when he was writing these songs.
There is a weariness in Finn’s voice and his characters across the record. These cinematic flickers are
often melancholy and rarely feel good, but Finn delivers them with empathy and passion.
From the strings on “The Year We Fell Behind” to the lengthy, Clarence Clemons-indebted sax solo on
“Birthdays,” each track is a sumptuous story. The problem comes when these tracks are programmed
consecutively. Without the extra muscle that the Hold Steady bring, these songs all percolate mightily,
but never boil over. This minor drawback ends up putting more focus on Finn’s storytelling, which is
more than up for the task. -Joel Francis
Cage the Elephant- Melophobia
Calexico & Iron & Wine – Years To Burn
Danzig – 6:66: Satan’s Child (180 Gram Vinyl)
Darius – Velour
David Bowie – Black Tie White Noise (2021 Remaster)
David Bowie – Earthling (2021 Remaster)
David Bowie – The Buddha Of Suburbia (2021 Remaster)
David Bowie – Outside, Hours, Toy (2021 Remaster)
A spate of new remastered reissues spotlight David Bowie’s work at the end of the 20th century, and his
shift from an artist at the vanguard to a musician comfortable with his legacy.
In the middle of the decade, Bowie resumed his partnership with Brian Eno, the groundbreaking
producer who provided the backbone of Bowie’s celebrated Berlin Trilogy of the late ‘70s. Their new
venture, 1. Outside, carries the subtitle & The Diary of Nathan Adler or The Art-Ritual Murder of Baby
Grace Blue. A Non-Linear Gothic Drama Hyper-Cycle,” which does a good job of summarizing the album.
It’s pretentious, inscrutable and has too much going on. For the devoted, there are some wonderful
isolated moments, including lead single “Hallo Spaceboy,” “The Hearts Filthy Lesson,” which pointed the
way to Bowie’s next album and played over the end credits of Se7en, and the beautiful pop song
“Strangers When We Meet.”
By the time Hours arrived four years later, Bowie had moved from aggressively pushing the envelope
and performing with Nine Inch Nails to being at peace with being himself. Hours is a relaxed album that
draws inward, from Bowie’s own catalog, rather than trying to subsume a current trend. The result is an
album that sounds more timeless and natural, but not as vital. The 10 songs here are solid, particularly
the numbers on side one and there’s not a dud in the bunch. There’s also nothing especially compelling
about Hours, other than the opportunity to hear Bowie be himself, which is reason enough to play it
every now and again.
Bowie’s next project after Hours continued his introspective/retrospective gaze, but wound up being
shelved for more than 20 years. Toy found Bowie recording songs he wrote and recorded in the 1960s,
before he was famous, with his band from the Hours tour. Delivered with little fuss, it’s interesting to
hear these songs from swinging London performed in with modern production, in the style of Hours.
Toys was shelved by Bowie’s label and several tracks slipped out as b-sides over the years. After being
included on some box sets, this is Toy’s first stand-alone release. -Joel Francis
Ghost Funk Orchestra – Night Walker / Death Waltz (Red Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Hampton Hawes – Four! (Contemporary Records Acoustic Sounds Series)
Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids – Shaman
Incubus – Light Grenades
Incubus – A Crow Left Of The Murder
Incubus – Make Yourself
Jay-Z – The Blueprint
John Coltrane – Blue Train (180 Gram Vinyl, Limited Edition)
Kanye West – Donda (Boxed Set, Deluxe Edition)
Kelsey Waldon – No Regular Dog
Lauryn Hill- Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Leon Bridges – Coming Home (180 Gram Vinyl, Download Insert)
MF Doom – Operation Doomsday (Original Cover, Poster)
MF Doom – Operation: Doomsday (Remastered, Grey Marbled Vinyl)
Mankunku Quartet – Yakhal Inkomo (Deluxe Edition)
Michael Franti & Spearhead – Follow Your Heart
Metallica – Metallica (Remastered)
My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t Anything (Limited Edition, Indie Exclusive)
Orville Peck- Show Pony
Opeth – Watershed
Opeth – In Cauda Venenum (Black, Gatefold LP Jacket)
Os Mutantes – ZZYZX (Green Colored Vinyl)
Osees – Foul Form
Phish – LP On LP 03 (Tweezer / Prince Caspian 8/ 22/ 15)
Power of Zeus – The Gospel According To Zeus
Primus – Conspiranoid (Extended Play, White Colored Vinyl)
Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger In The Alps
Queen – Greatest Hits
The Rolling Stones- Exile on Main Street
Scone Cash Players – Blast Furnace! (Pink Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Valley of the Sun – The Chariot
Various Artists – Eccentric Soul: The Shiptown Label (Pink Colored Vinyl)
Various Artists – Tim Burgess & Bob Stanley Present Tim Peaks
Various – Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Wet Leg – Wet Leg (Yellow Clear Vinyl, Limited Edition, Indie Exclusive, Digital Download Card)
The Weeknd – Starboy
Wu-Tang Clan- Enter Wu-Tang
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