It’s Jeff Tweedy New Vinyl Thursday at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven. Check out this week’s list of new vinyl arrivals:
The Avalanches – We Will Always Love You [180 gram Vinyl]
Ashley McBryde – Never Will
Aaron Frazer – Introducing Aaron Frazer
Perhaps better known as the drummer for Durand Jones’ Indicators, Aaron Frazer gave fans a sneak
peak at his vocal talents with a stand-out performance on the group’s second album. Now, Frazer has a
whole album to himself, aptly titled Introducing….
Produced by Black Key Dan Auerbach, the dozen songs on Frazer’s debut are wrapped in a 1970s gauze
of opulent strings and soft brass. The connection to the Me Decade grows even more pronounced on
the song “Ride with Me,” which recalls the O’Jay’s “Love Train” and Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get
Ready” by using the train as a metaphor for change.
On the song “Lover Girl,” Frazer’s falsetto recalls Smokey Robinson. At other times Frazier’s singing
summons visions of Temptations vocalist Eddie Kendricks or Mayfield. While the sound is familiar, the
Frazer’s singing and the arrangements around him never let the songs become a boring nostalgic rehash.
Introducing… represents the softer side of the Durand Jones and the Indicators. The easygoing, engaging
album is versatile enough to soundtrack everything from a dance party to a quiet night at home. Put this
on and let the good vibes flow. -Joel Francis
Al Green – I’m Still in Love with You [180 gram vinyl]
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
Aretha Franklin – Aretha’s Gold
Art Blakey – Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World Vol 1
The Beatles – Abbey Road
The Beatles – Revolver
The Beth – Jump Rope Gazers
Beach Bunny – Blame Game
Beastie Boys – Ill Communication [Limited Edition, 180 gram vinyl]
Bill Withers – Greatest Hits [150 gram Vinyl]
Black Puma – Black Puma
Blink 182 – Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
Bob Marley – Legend [180 gram Vinyl]
Brad Mehldau – Live In Tokyo [180 gram Vinyl]
Brad Mehldau – Suite: April 2020 [140 gram vinyl]
Bruce Springsteen – Greatest Hits [150 gram Vinyl]
Buffalo Springfield – Retrospective: The Best of Buffalo Springfield
Charlie Parker – The Complete Savoy Dial Records [180 gram vinyl]
Chip Wickham – Blue To Red
Chip Wickham – La Sombra
Chip Wickham – Shamal Wind
Childish Gambino – Because the Internet
Somehow, between the final season of Community and the launch of Atlanta, Donald Glover, a.k.a.
Childish Gambino, found the time to drop his second solo album.
Because the Internet is something of a concept album – it was initially released with a 76-page
screenplay – but as with most concept albums, it’s easier and more worthwhile to ignore trying to figure
out the overarching narrative and enjoy the music.
Gambino brings several A-list stars along for the ride, including Chance the Rapper, Miguel, Azaelia
Banks, Lloyd, Mystikal and Jhene Aiko. But the features are merely icing on the proverbial cake –
Gambino does most of the rapping himself. The album’s production – much of it done by Gambino
himself – is an ADD wonderland that glitches between harsh electronic sounds, spoken interludes and
The album culminates with “Life: The Biggest Troll (Andrew Auenheimer),” which tries to make sense of
the thin line that divides digital culture from real life and the consequences of when the two collide. The
song features some of the best bars in Gambino’s career and sums up why Because the Internet works
so well: Despite all the tangents and indulgences, Glover/Gambino is a talented artist who knows how to
make the journey worthwhile. -Joel Francis
Danny Elfman – Batman: Music from the Original Motion Picture
Danny Elfman – Dick Tracy: Music from the original motion picture
Depeche Mode – Some Great Reward
Depeche Mode- Violator
Doug Carn, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad – Jazz Is Dead 5
Dr Dre – Chronic
Eartha Kitt – Three Original Albums
Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full
Erykah Badu – Baduizm
Fela Kuti & Roy Ayers – Music of Many Colours
Fela Kuti – No Agreement
Fleetwood Mac – Rumors
Fleetwood Mac – The Best of Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac [140 gram Vinyl]
Fontaines D.C. – A Hero’s Death
Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel
Frank Zappa – Hot Rats
Goldlink – Diaspora (Gatefold LP Jacket, 150 Gram Vinyl, Yellow, Colorized)
Gorillaz – Demon Days
Harry Styles – Fine Line
HAMMERLORD – Wreck Shop
Hamilton – Original Broadway Soundtrack
Jeff Tweedy – Love Is The King (Limited Edition, Clear Vinyl)
John Prine -The Tree of Forgiveness
John Carpenter – Escape from New York Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
John Fogerty – Fogerty’s Factory
John Mayer – Room For Squares
John Prine – Common Sense
Joshua Redman – Come What May
Joshua Redman – Roundabgain
Joy Division – Closer [Limited Anniversary Edition]
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
Kevin Morby – Sundowner
Khruangbin – Mordechai
Kurt Vile – Speed Sound Lonely KV
The Kinks – Kinks
The Kinks – Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society
The Kinks – Something Else by The Kinks
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Live in San Francisco ‘16
Lana Del Rey – Born to Die
Led Zeppelin – Mothership [180 gram Vinyl]
Leon Bridges – Coming Home [180 gram Vinyl]
Leonard Cohen – Death of a Ladies Man
Leonard Cohen – Ten New Songs
Leonard Cohen – Various Positions [150 gram Vinyl]
Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Mac Miller – Blue Slide Park
Mac Miller – Best Day Ever
Mac Miller – Circles
Mac Miller – Go:Od Am
Mac Miller – Watching Movies With The Sound Off
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On [180 gram Vinyl]
Matthew Halsall – Sending My Love
Matthew Sweet- Catspaw
Mary Timony – Mountains
Metallica – Metallica
Michael Jackson – Thriller
Michael Jackson – Off The Wall
Morgan Wallen – Dangerous: The Double Album
N.W.A. – Niggaz4Life
Nirvana – Unplugged In N.Y.
The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die
Orville Peck – Pony
Outkast – Aquemini
Weekly Review #1:
With their music in everything from Kidz Bop to car commercials, it’s almost difficult now
to remember when Outkast wasn’t a household name. But there was a time when many in
the hip-hop industry seemed reluctant to acknowledge the creativity on
Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik and Atliens, simply because Outkast was from the South
and not one of the coasts.
As great as the group’s early hits “Players Ball” and “Ain’t No Thang” were, Big Boi and
Andre 3000 wanted bigger hits for more recognition within the industry. But instead of
taking the expected path and packing a third record with songs sculpted for airplay, the
two (an Aquarius and a Gemini, respectively) did it their way. They went as far as featuring
a harmonica solo on the album’s biggest hit, “Rosa Parks.” Doing things their way would be
the theme of Aquemini, as Andre lays out the album’s thesis in the album’s first song, “Let’s
talk about time travelin’ rhyme javelin, somethin’ mind unravelin’. Get down.”
Apart from a few tracks produced by Organized Noize, a production team that already had
some success with singles by TLC and En Vogue, the record was mostly self-produced.
Outkast continued the sonic exploration of the first two records. “Synthesizer” mixed hip-
hop with electrofunk, the harp and horns in “Return of the G” would be at home on an Isaac
Hayes record, and much of the pitch-shifted vocals were inspired by Funkadelic records
(which is not surprising, as George Clinton makes an appearance on the album).
And while Aquemini features some hit singles, maybe the most lasting impact from the
album is the storytelling in the deeper album cuts. It’s still easy to get caught up in the
delivery, details, and arrangements of songs like “Spottieottiedopaliscious” and “Da Art of
Storytellin’.” The regal horn arrangement on “Spottieottiedopaliscious” continues to be
With proclamations like “thought-provoking records, radio never played them” and “I gotta
hit The Source, I need my other half a mic,” Big Boi and Andre felt underappreciated within
the industry like they had something to prove. Feeling that their backs against a wall, they
declared “the South got something to say” and created an album that is still revered. – Jonathon Smith
Weekly Review #2:
The third album from Atlanta rappers Outkast is one of only two in their catalog not to contain a Top 40
single, but don’t let this relative lack of chart success (the album went double-platinum) fool you into
thinking it’s a dud.
A combination of Andre 3000 and Big Boi’s astrological symbols, Aquemini is a complex, experimental
work. Consider the album’s biggest hit, “Rosa Parks,” a song driven by acoustic guitar and sonorous
drum track that features a harmonica breakdown. The sound of Aquemini was miles removed from Dr.
Dre’s California G-Funk sound or the soul- and jazz-based samples from the northeast.
Lyrically, the pair put a face on the drug epidemic with “Da Art of Storytellin” and put a name to
incarceration with “Nathanial,” an a capella rap built from an inmate’s phone call. On “Return of the
Gangsta” Andre 3000 details the pressure he felt to fit in with the urban culture around him. Erykah
Badu and Cee-Lo stop by for “Liberation,” a nearly nine-minute tour de force built around gospel, jazz
and African rhythms that features no rapping.
At 16 tracks and 75 minutes, Aquemini is a lot to take in, but never feels ponderous or burdensome. It’s
an art project to be sure, but one that’s easy to dance to and bob along. More than 20 years on,
Aquemini remains the pinnacle of Outkast’s innovative, enchanting catalog. -Joel Francis
Panic! At the Disco – Pray For The Wicked
Pop Smoke – Shooting for the Stars Aim For The Moon
Primus – Pork Soda
Richard Buckner – Dents and Shells
Roddy Ricch – Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial
Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed
Abkco Records has pulled out all the stops for this lavish, 50th anniversary edition of Let It Bleed. The vinyl
box set includes remastered pressings of the album in both stereo and mono, a seven-inch single of
“Honky Tonk Women” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” in a picture sleeve, lithographs, a
poster and an 80-page hardcover book with previously unpublished photos and an essay.
Of course, the best part of this – or any – edition is the music itself. The Stones’ 1969 classic arrived
during the band’s peak era and while it is light on radio hits, it delivers on every other count. Opening
number “Gimme Shelter” is the sound of the apocalypse thanks to Merry Clayton’s haunting duet vocals
and Keith Richards’ insistent staccato guitar line. Over on side two, “Monkey Man” slithers with a
sinister, sensual intent. The title track is a country rock invitation to coke and sympathy with a junkie
nurse who makes pleasant company. Add a cover of Robert Johnson’s “Love in Vain,” a country version
of “Honky Tonk Women” and album-closer “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and Let It Bleed
becomes so good that even non-Stones fans like it. Whether you spring for this opulent reissue or grab
the standard edition, this is a must-have. -Joel Francis
Sigur Ros – ( )
Sleater-Kinney – Dig Me Out
Sonny Rollins – Freedom Suite
Soundgarden – Live From The Artists Den
Sturgill Simpson – Cuttin’ Grass
Santana – Abraxas (Poster, Gatefold LP Jacket, 180 Gram Vinyl)
Thin Lizzy – Bad Reputation [180 gram Vinyl]
Thin Lizzy – Fighting [180 gram Vinyl
Talking Heads – Speaking in Tongues, The Name of this Band is Talking Heads
The Talking Heads 1984 film Stop Making Sense is widely regarded as one of the best concert films of all
time. While director Jonathan Demme’s visuals cannot be topped, the 1982 double- album The Name of
This Band is Talking Heads is the definitive live snapshot of the group.
The first record in this set features the original quartet performing without the extra musicians that
characterized their later work. The songs are drawn from 1977 and 1979 tours and feature early classics
“Don’t Worry About the Government” and “Love → Building on Fire.”
While the second record draws from performances just one and two years later, the band has expanded
its sound and line-up considerably. King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew and P-Funk keyboard wizard
Bernie Worrell are among the half-dozen musicians augmenting the core four.
Although a couple songs from this set are also repeated on Stop Making Sense, the earlier performances
are hungrier and more energetic. This isn’t meant as a knock against Stop Making Sense, which is a fine
release – it’s a compliment to The Name of This Band.
The Heads’ fifth album, Speaking in Tongues, is the studio released sandwiched between these
incredible live statements. “Burning Down the House” became the band’s first Top 10 hit, while “Making
Flippy Floppy” and “Girlfriend is Better” showed that they didn’t need producer Brian Eno to build on
the expansive sound he helped craft. Album closer “This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)” is one of the
best synth-pop ballads of all time.
The Talking Heads made some questionable choices after Stop Making Sense, but they were pretty
much bulletproof until that point. These albums should be in any art-rock, indie or ‘80s collection. -Joel Francis
Tom Petty – Greatest Hits
Toundra – III
Twisted Sister – Come Out And Play [180 gram Vinyl]
Tyler Childers – Long Violent History [140 gram Vinyl]
Tech N9ne – Strangulation
The Travelling Wilburys – The Travelling Wilburys Vol 1
Tone Poets: Donald Byrd – Byrd in Flight, Tina Brooks – The Waiting Game
Blue Note Records has added two new titles to its acclaimed Tone Poets series.
Donald Byrd’s 1960 album Byrd in Flight finds the trumpet player working with saxophonists Hank
Mobley and Jackie McLean (in separate quartets). Pianist Duke Pearson is the album’s secret weapon,
composing half of the album’s six tracks.
The driving “Ghana” is a tribute to that’s country’s liberation, while “My Girl Shirl” has a Latin flavor.
Byrd and Mobley trade high-flying solos on “Lex.” Pearson’s ballad “Little Boy Blue” is the high point.
The pianist and trumpet player trade mournful lines around a captivating Reggie Workman bassline. All
told, Byrd in Flight is hard bop at its best.
Saxophonist Tina Brooks didn’t record many albums as a session leader during his tragic lifetime. The
1961 sessions for The Waiting Game were among his final recordings. For some reason, Blue Note didn’t
release the album until 1999, but the half-dozen tracks here stand as testament to an overlooked talent.
Brooks’ playing on “Talkin’ About” and “Dhyana” has a wistful, romantic feel. The title cut has a feeling
of restlessness and searching. “David is the King” is a complex piece of modal jazz that recalls Miles
Davis’ work at the time. If you haven’t yet discovered Brooks, this is a good place to start.
As with previous Tone Poets releases, both the music and packaging has been remastered. The album
photos pop off the page with startling clarity, while the music is at audiophile quality at reasonable
pricing. Whether you have a state-of-the-art setup or a more modest system, dropping the needle on a
Tone Poet album will take you straight to Birdland. -Joel Francis
Various Artists – Soul Slab 1
Weezer – Pinkerton
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