Ghost New Vinyl Thursday

It’s Ghost New Vinyl Thursday! Check out this week’s list of new vinyl arrivals at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven:

Alice Cooper – Welcome To My Nightmare (Colored Vinyl, Purple)

Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Beautiful World

Black Keys – Attack & Release (Bonus CD, 2LP)

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Live at the Record Plant ’73

Baby Huey – The Living Legend

Ben Miller – Choke Cherry Tree

Big Thief – Capacity (Digital Download Card)

Weekly Review:

Big Thief – Capacity

“By all accounts, 2017 was a pretty good year for music. We heard from big names and small.  Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Lorde, Paramore and… Big Thief?

Seven months after their first release, Big Thief gave us Capacity, and Capacity gave us Mary.  Mary is a flowy, hypnotic run on sentence of a song that quickly sweeps you away to another place.  Adrianne Lenker’s vocals are passionate and personal.  They wander in a way that only someone who lived in 14 different houses by the age of 8 could wander.  The song pays homage to her grandparents’ house and tells of reconnecting with an old friend.  A comfortable place and a comfortable face help her to relax into her real self. A safe place, not just physically, but emotionally.  NPR says it’s the top song of 2017 and they could very well be right.

Speaking of Mary, Shark Smile is driven by a guitar riff that could have been pulled straight out of the CCR hit Proud Mary. The driving guitar drum combo combined with Lenker’s vocals flowing over the top are the perfect paring. This song is a perfect soundtrack for adventure.

Coma is hauntingly repetitive and deeply personal.  It weaves a tale of someone waking up from an assault and the disorientation and confusion that ensues.  As the vocals begin to build and grow in confidence, so does the sound of the band, perfectly illustrating the growth of our victim.

Big Thief mixes styles and emotions to match the ups and downs of 2017 and as you selectively remember the good times, be sure to remember this album.”

Brad Simmons

Charles Mingus – East Coasting

Drive-By Truckers – Pizza Deliverance (2LP 180g)

David Dondero – Spider West Myshkin & A City Bus (Limited edition of 100 on purple vinyl. Digital Download Card, 2LP)

Dr. Dre – Chronic

First Aid Kit – Ruins (Gatefold LP Jacket, 180 Gram Vinyl, Digital Download Card)

Review of the Week:

First Aid Kit – Ruins

“Ruins is the fourth album by the Swedish sisters in First Aid Kit.  They have come a long way since they were first discovered as teenagers recording Fleet Foxes cover songs on YouTube. The album is beautiful from start to finish, weaving love and heartbreak into a ten song basket of soft songs and big moments.

“Rebel Heart” leads the way and in many ways sets the tone for this album.  The song swells and morphs into a culmination of sound that pushes right into the heartbreak of lost love. In an interview with Consequence of Sound “The ending of “Rebel Heart” begged to be epic, we wanted to take the listener on a journey.” A journey in which the destination becomes a new beginning. In what feels like the songs end, the drummer counts off and into an up-tempo instrumental break that represents the culmination of the heartbreak. “Nothing matters, all is futile, and it’s fading fast. I fell so hard, so blindly, had to come back and find me” soars over the top.  It’s cinematic and thrilling, foreshadowing not only themes but upcoming crescendos throughout the album.

If it’s possible to have a modern nostalgic sound then First Aid Kit has found it the first single on the album, “Fireworks.” It feels like it could have been played at the “Enchantment of the Sea” dance, you know the one, where George McFly and Lorraine share their first kiss? It is full of soaring vocals and arpeggios, and a vocal combination that that compliments each other in ways only sisters can. Inspired by the Everly Brothers and Skeeter Davis classic “The End of the World,” it’s a bit of a departure from their classic sound but in the best way possible.

The “Hem of Her Dress” captures heartbreak in more of a nonchalant way.  The feeling of being dumped but almost kind of expecting it.  “So here we go again” and “Oh I guess that’s the way it goes”… The sound matches the attitude of the lyrics, a bit more free and easy, less polished, more… nonchalant.  Word is the choir at the end is the band, the girls mom and little brother all singing at the top of their lungs.

The band shared a special story about the last song, “Nothing has to be True.” “We’d been to Carter Vintage Guitars where we saw this incredible guitar. It was a custom made, one of a kind Gibson from the 20s with gorgeous star decorations. It was the most beautiful guitar we’d ever seen. The price tag was no joke though. We posted a photo of Klara holding it on Instagram. That same night we had plans to meet up with our friend Jack White. At the end of our dinner, he told us he had gifts for us. He had bought the guitar (!!!) as well as a beautiful mandolin to go along with it. The guitar came with a note that said “write one for all of us on this piece of wood.” So we did.” Noticeably absent from this song are the harmonies, giving it a more stripped and vulnerable feeling. Coming in with the strength of “Rebel Heart” and ending with the softness of “Nothing has to be True” is the perfect bookend to a really enjoyable record.”

Brad Simmons

Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac (1968)

Geinoh Yamashirogumi – Akira: Symphonic Suite

Ghost – Ceremony & Devotion (140 Gram Vinyl, With Book, 2LP)

Glass Animals – Zaba

Golden Smog – Weird Tales (Colored Vinyl, Green, 2LP)

Green Day – Dookie (180 Gram Vinyl)

Jason Isbell – The Nashville Sound

Joni Mitchell – Blue

Joe Satriani – Is There Love in Space (2LP)

James Hunter Six – Whatever It Takes (Digital Download Card)

Jon Dee Graham – It’s Not As Bad As It Looks

Joni Mitchell – Second Fret (Colored Vinyl)

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Polygondwanaland

Kaleidoscope – A Beacon From Mars

Kamasi Washington – Harmony Of Difference

Khalid – American Teen (Gatefold LP Jacket, Download Insert, 2LP)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Sketches Of Brunswick East (Feat. Mile High Club) (180 Gram Vinyl)

L7 – Wireless (Colored Vinyl, Yellow)


Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy (180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Remastered)

Muddy Waters – Best Of Muddy Waters (Picture Disc Vinyl LP)

Neil Young – Hitchhiker

Nirvana – Live at Reading (2LP)

New York Dolls – Butterflyin’

Prince – Prince

Prince – Purple Rain (180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered)

Placebo – 1973

Radkey – Delicious Rock Noise (Limited Edition, Slipsleeve Packaging)

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Greatest Hits (2LP)

Rocky Horror Picture Show – Absolute Treasures (Original Soundtrack 2LP with bonus tracks on red vinyl)

Richard Thompson – Music From Grizzly Man

Savoy Brown – Witchy Feelin’

Talking Heads – Speaking in Tongues (180 Gram Vinyl)

Tom Waits – Blood Money (Remastered)

Tom Waits – Mule Variations (Remastered)

Townes Van Zandt – Live at the Old Quarter (2LP 180 Gram Vinyl)

Takushi Hiyamuta – Metal Slug Original Video Game Soundtrack (180 Gram Vinyl, Yellow Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Download Card)

Tom Waits – Real Gone (Remastered, 2LP)

Throbbing Gristle – 20 Jazz Funk Greats (Colored Vinyl, Green)

Various – Straight Outta Compton Original Soundtrack (Gatefold LP Jacket, 2LP)

Various Artists – Cold Heat, Vol. 1 (2LP)

Various Artists – Guardian Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix 1 (Picture Disc Vinyl LP)

Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Bonus CD, 3LP)

The Wood Brothers – One Drop Of Truth

W.A.S.P. – Reidolized (soundtrack To The Crimson Idol)

Willie Nelson – Greatest Hits And Some That Will Be (180 Gram Vinyl, Limited Edition, Gatefold LP Jacket, Gold, Colored Vinyl)

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