It’s Margo Price New Vinyl Thursday at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven. Check out this week’s list of new vinyl arrivals:
Albert Ayler – New Grass (180 Gram Vinyl)
Andrew Hill – Smoke Stack (180 Gram Vinyl)
Aphex Twin – I Care Because You Do (Digital Download Card)
Aphex Twin – Come To Daddy
Blind Willie McTell – Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order, Vol. 1 (180 Gram Vinyl)
Brendan Benson – Dear Life
Best Coast – Always Tomorrow (Gatefold LP Jacket)
Best Coast lead singer/songwriter Bethany Cosentino is finally living her best life. She has never been happier and the music on their latest release, “Always Tomorrow” has never been better. It’s a celebratory account of sobriety, of growing up and breaking out of the “rut” that put them in a successful position to begin with.
Cosentino was struggling with alcohol, drugs and writer’s block. The old ways weren’t working, and she noticed how much pain there is in her older songs, yet she was doing nothing to change her behavior. Instead of creating more pain to write about, she started writing about who she wants to be. Similar to her friend, Jennifer Clavin of Bleached, she wrote a song that would become a guiding light for her sobriety. That song is “Everything Has Changed.” It’s a retrospective of how much things have changed,and how she likes it better this way. It’s accented with grinding “I Love Rock n’ Roll” guitars and a hook that almost gives it an anthemic feel that makes you want to chant “Everything Has Changed” at their next show. Unlike the past, where she wrote about the life she had, she wrote about the life she wanted, and then went out and made that life a reality.
The rest of the album is equally inspiring “Different Light” is a pop-punk inspired jam that you would expect out of a band called Best Coast. “Graceless Kids” is an ode to her fanbase, to try not to be the role model they want, but the role model they deserve.
In the song “Master Of My Own Mind” Consentino sings “We’ve all made choices that we’re not happy with, I guess the good thing is we always get… a second chance to make things right / I’ve gotta focus, gotta rewind, gotta stay the master of my own mind.” Let’s hope she remains the master of her own mind, because the music that mind creates is her best. -Brad Simmons
The Beatles – Rubber Soul (180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered, Reissue)
The Beatles – Revolver (180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered, Reissue)
The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (2017 Stereo Mix)
The Beatles – The Beatles (The White Album) (180 Gram Vinyl)
The Beatles – Abbey Road Anniversary
The Beatles – Let It Be (180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered, Reissue)
Booker T. Jones – Note by Note
As leader of Booker T. and the MGs, Booker T. Jones helped define the sound of the Stax label and southern soul. Trust me, you’ve heard him play even if you don’t recognize the name. Now Jones is back with his first album since 2013 revisiting the songs and music that built his reputation.
Note by Note jumps out of the speakers with “Cause I Love You,” a duet between Evvie McKinney and Joshua Ledet. From there, Jones takes the mic for the swampy blues “Born Under a Bad Sign” before turning the singing over to Ayanna Irish on the playful “B-A-B-Y.”
Regardless of the style or the singer, Jones’ distinctive B3 organ holds the performances together. His talent is especially evident on seemingly disparate performances of the gospel number “Precious Lord” and Chuck Berry’s “Havana Moon” (delivered with a distinct south-of-the-border feel).
Two new songs close out the album, but by then the deal has long been sealed. Fans of the Colemine and Daptone labels will find a lot to love here, but any fan of sweet soul music should celebrate Note by Note. -Joel Francis
Bob Marley – Legend (180 Gram Vinyl, Special Edition, Reissue
Bruno Mars – 24k Magic
Cavetown – Sleepyhead (Turquoise, Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Coriky – Coriky
The Cramps – Date with Elvis
Childish Gambino – Camp
Diet Cig – Do You Wonder About Me
If you happen to wander into 7th Heaven asking for Diet Cig, you may raise some eyebrows in the smoke shop, but in the vinyl department, you will be treated to latest release from the two piece pop/punk band from New York. It’s their second album and it showcases their growth over the past few years. The topics are still the same, young love, heartbreak, longing, loneliness… but the music beneath the lyrics is more diverse and wide ranging. From the distorted power-chords of “Flash Flood” to the mellow melon-collie moods of the piano ballad “Priority Mail” there is a variety here that really completes this album.
The album for me has what I like to call a new nostalgia, new songs that remind me of older songs “Broken Body” has a Rentals, “Friends of P” vibe, fuzzed out guitar and the bouncing organ in the background. “Thriving” feels like it could have been pulled straight off of a Letters to Cleo album or right off of the “10 Things I Hate About You” soundtrack. The sugar sweet pop hooks over the grinding guitar is always a perfect combo.
Unlike a “real” diet cig, this 25 minute album is all killer and no filler. It’s addictive, and because of that I am hooked. – Brad Simmons
Dead Kennedys – Bedtime for Democracy
Drake – Take Care
Earl Sweatshirt – Feet Of Clay (Tan Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Elmore James – Hits & Rarities (180 Gram Vinyl, Red Colored Vinyl)
Evanescence – Fallen
Earthgang – Mirrorland
Frances Quinlan – Likewise (Black, Digital Download Card)
Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits
GoGo Penguin – GoGo Penguin
The Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, Picture Disc Vinyl)
The Grateful Dead – Fillmore East 2-11-69 (180 Gram Vinyl, Limited Edition)
Glass Animals – Zaba
The Jayhawks – Xoxo(Indie Exclusive)
John Waters – Make Trouble
Jonathan Fire Eater – Tremble Under Boom Lights (Bonus Track)
Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer
Kenny Dorham – Tromepeta Toccata
Khruangbin – Mordechai (Pink Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
Kandace Springs – The Women Who Raised Me
Lauryn Hill – Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin 3 (180 Gram Vinyl)
Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy (180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Remastered)
Larry Young – Into Somethin’ (180 Gram Vinyl)
Lil Baby – My Tum (Blue Colored Vinyl)
Margo Price – That’s How Rumors Get Started (With Bonus 7″, Indie Exclusive, MP3 Download)
Modest Mouse – Lonesome Crowded West
Mac Miller – Watching Movies With The Sounds Off (Gatefold LP Jacket, Limited Edition)
Norah Jones – Pick Me Up Off the Floor
Although Norah Jones’ second album in as many years shares many similarities with last year’s Begin Again, Pick Me Up Off the Floor hangs together better as a cohesive album.
Working once again with a revolving cast of musicians, Jones maintains a consistent mood and tempo throughout the album. The joy in these performances lie in their subtleties, like the pedal steel guitar on “Heartbroken, Day After,” soulful B3 organ on “Flame Twin” or horns on the gospel song “To Live.”
Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy’s idiosyncratic guitar playing and unique phrasing are evident throughout “I’m Alive,” one of the best songs on the album. Ultimately, however, these nuances aren’t distinct enough to win Jones any new fans. The mid-tempo pop/jazz singer may need to be picked up off the floor, but only the most devoted fans will be swept off their feet. -Joel Francis
Norah Jones – Come Away with Me
Post Malone – Hollywood’s Bleeding
For an established pop artist, Post Malone’s third album takes a while before the hooks arrive. There are a few flourishes of energy – DaBaby’s rap on “Enemies,” the bridge on “Allergic” – before “A Thousand Bad Times,” the fifth song, finally delivers something to sing along to.
From there, Hollywood’s Bleeding starts building momentum. “Circles” is perfect for a night at the club (whenever that can be a thing again), while Future and Halsey steal the spotlight on “Die for Me.” Ozzy Osborne and Travis Scott take over on the arena rock anthem “Take What You Want.” In danger of disappearing on his own album, Malone grabs center stage on “I’m Gonna Be” and “Staring at the Sun” (with SZA). This sets up the massive hit “Sunflower,” which appeared in the animated Spider-Man film.
At 17 tracks and 51 minutes, Hollywood’s Bleeding could benefit from some editing, but the genre mashup, something-for-everyone approach winds up delivering plenty of fun. -Joel Francis
Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
Panic! At the Disco – Death of a Bachelor
Queen – A Night At The Opera (180 Gram Vinyl)
Ramones – Ramones
Radiohead – Kid A
Roy Ayers – Virgin Ubiquity: Unreleased Recordings 1976 – 1981
Selena – Ones (Picture Disc Vinyl LP, Limited Edition, Reissue)
Sturgill Simpson – Sound & Fury (Colored Vinyl, Red, Indie Exclusive)
Sturgill Simpson – Sailor’s Guide to Earth (Bonus CD, 180 Gram Vinyl)
Tame Impala – Currents
Tool – Undertow (Re-Issue)
Tyler the Creator – Flower Boy (Gatefold LP Jacket, 150 Gram Vinyl, Download Insert)
Various – Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969: Deluxe Edition (Red, Blue Colored Vinyl, Limited Edition, Indie Exclusive)
Various – If You’re Not Part Of The Solution: Soul Politics & Spirituality InJazz 1967-1975
The Velvet Underground – Velvet Underground and Nico (180 Gram Vinyl)
Wooden Shjips – Back To Land (Limited Edition, Colored Vinyl)
White Stripes – De Stijl (180 Gram Vinyl, Limited Edition, Remastered, Reissue)
White Stripes – White Stripes (180 Gram Vinyl, Reissue)
Will Hoge – Tiny Little Movies
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