Mike Campbell New Vinyl Thursday

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

A Place To Bury Strangers – See Through You

Allison Russell – Outside Child (Orange Colored Vinyl)

Animal Collective – Time Skiffs

Weekly Review:

Describing Animal Collective’s sound is difficult. The group is impressionistic (as opposed to
merely referential) and gives the listener impression that band members have probably spent
time with records by the Beach Boys, early Pink Floyd, probably the Grateful Dead, and maybe
Talking Heads. There doesn’t seem to be a template for Animal Collective albums, and its
albums can best be judged against themselves.

The new album, Time Skiffs, is immediately more spacious and hospitable than the previous
studio album, Painting With (and even the album before that, Centipede Hz). Perhaps that’s due
to the presence of more hammered, malleted, and scraped instruments that attack more than they
sustain. It feels like there’s more space, more breathing room.

The songs still feel a bit unique, but this is Animal Collective after all. Melodies feel jerky, at
times a bit like a skipping CD. And even as difficult as it might feel to roadmap some of these
songs, they feel like they go somewhere. The opening two tracks feel the most bombastic. The
band seems to settle in when the third song, “Prester John.” After that, the pacing feels perfect
with field recordings and extended passages that break up the busy moments.

“Cherokee” is an homage to road trips, a fun song that takes its time and seems to dissolve into
the next song, “Passer-by.” Unlike some previous albums, the emphasis is not on the drum kit.
There is an openness to Panda Bear’s time-keeping on Time Skiffs that opens space for the

Something final or complete about the last track, the unhurried “Royal and Desire.” Dekin’s
vocals feel hopeful, buoyed by the band’s harmonies. It feels almost like it could be a grandiose
Fleet Foxes song. But this is still Animal Collective, a band that has practically become its genre
and challenging to compare to others. And, in comparison only to other Animal Collective
albums, Time Skiffs is vital and invites the listener back for repeated listens.-Jonathon Smith

Black Stone Cherry – Black Stone Cherry (180 Gram Vinyl)

Bad Brains- Bad Brains

Band of Horses – Things Are Great [Translucent Rust Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)

Bob Marley- Best of Bob Marley

Childish Gambino – Awaken My Love

Cactus – Ultra Sonic Boogie (180 Gram Vinyl, Poster)

Cat Power – Covers

Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram- 662 (Purple Colored Vinyl)

Cassandra Wilson – Blue Light Til Dawn

Chloe Moriondo – Blood Bunny

Chuck Berry – Live From Blueberry Hill

Diana Ross – Thank You

Dr Dog – Be the Void – Anniversary Edition (Red Colored Vinyl, Clear Vinyl)

Dolly Parton – Run Rose Run

Fleetwood Mac – Rumours (Deluxe Edition, 180 Gram Vinyl)

Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits

Flying Norwegians – New Day

Frank Zappa – Chunga’s Revenge

Friimen Muzik Company – Free Man

Father John Misty – Chloë and the Next 20th Century (Gatefold LP Jacket)

Gil Scott-Heron – Free Will

Geri Allen – Twenty One

Ghost – Prequelle

Grateful Dead – Ready Or Not

Jon Hopkins – Music For Psychadelic Therapy
Weekly Review:
Jon Hopkins is a British electronic musician/ producer who has contributed to albums by such well known acts a Brian Eno and Coldplay.
Hopkins has release five studio albums of what is often referred to as ambient music.  He has no affiliation with the famous Baltimore based research university Johns Hopkins.
Ambient is a term that most of us are probably familiar with but perhaps not so clear on exactly what it refers to, in regards to a specific genre of music. The label was first coined by Brian Eno in his 1978 album “Ambient 1: Music For Airports.” In the liner notes he speaks of a musical form created to “…accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting.”
Hopkins most recent album, “Music For Psychadelic Therapy” takes on a more focused theme. It expertly weaves organic sounds with singing bowls recorded in the Tayos Caves of Ecuador as well as subtle piano and other electronic sources.
The germination for “…Psychedelic Therapy” started back in 2018 with a trip to the Amazon Rain Forest. In search of inspiration for a new form of music specifically designed to enhance guided psychedelic experiences. The demo recordings from the expedition  formed the basis for the album.
Without question a great amount of music has been inspired by psychedelics. But a much smaller amount has been specifically designed to accompany an actual trip. Rumor has it, this immersive soundtrack to consciousness exploration was actually  timed to the length of an average peak ketamine high.
The glacial expansiveness serves less as a guide and more as a malleable backdrop to an assisted journey of exploration and healing. Void of any rhythmic elements the only real stabilizing elements are the sounds of nature: moving water, distant bird calls, and the suspended echoes of the caves.
The first single, a collaboration with fellow ambient artist East Forest, utilizes rare recorded footage of a the spiritual leader Ram Dass entitled “Sit Around the Fire.”
All drug taking and spiritual quests aside this a fantastic record to just unwind to after a long day at work or daily yoga or exercise routine. -Major Matt

Jack White – Fear Of The Dawn (Blue Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)

Weekly Review:

When the global pandemic forced prolific Jack White off the road, the rock guitarist found his pen had
dried up as well. After spending a year away from music, the creative floodgates opened and White
found himself with enough ideas for two albums. Fear of the Dawn is the first and most bombastic of the
two releases.
The man who wrote the sports anthem “Seven Nation Army” nearly 20 years ago, wants you to know
that he can still rock a mean guitar riff. Fear of the Dawn’s dozen tracks and 40 minutes are loaded with
grandiose guitar moments that channel anything from Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, delta
blues and AC/DC.
The eccentric experimentalism that overwhelmed White’s previous solo album, 2018’s Boarding House
Reach, are still present, but dialed back. Rapper Q-Tip returns the favor from White appearing on the
final A Tribe Called Quest by spitting a verse on “Hi-De-Ho,” a track that samples Cab Calloway. For “Into
the Twilight,” White samples two Manhattan Transfer songs.
Often, the tracks on Fear of the Dawn feel less like songs than excuses for White to create fuzzed-out
soundscapes and wail on his guitar. How well White succeeds depends on your appetite for overloaded
guitars. These pieces will no doubt sound amazing when White’s tour rolls into Starlight in August, but
music fans who prefer moderation might want to hold tight until White’s acoustic-based follow-up drops
in July. -Joel Francis

John Coltrane – Giant Steps

Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart (2020 Remaster)

Kiss – Rock and Roll Over

Kurt Vile – (Watch My Moves) (Green Clear Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)

King Garbage – Heavy Metal Greasy Love (White Clear Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)

Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City

Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin 2 (Deluxe Edition, 180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered)

Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti (180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered)

Led Zeppelin – Song Remains The Same

LIL BABY / LIL DURK – The Voice Of The Heroes

Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs -External Combustion

Max Roach – We Insist Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite

Morgan Wade – Reckless (150 Gram Vinyl)

Muddy Waters – Folk Singer (180 Gram Vinyl, Limited Edition, Indie Exclusive)

My Chemical Romance- Life On The Murder Scene

My Chemical Romance – I Brought You Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love

Morphine – Good (180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Expanded Version)

Michael Jackson – Thriller (Picture Disc)

Miles Davis- Bitches Brew.

Madonna – Immaculate Collection

Mamas Gun – Cure The Jones

Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (50th Anniversary)

Nathaniel Mayer – Going Back To The Village Of Love

Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death

Of Monsters and Men – My Head Is An Animal (10th Anniversary Edition) (Red Colored Vinyl, Bonus Tracks, Anniversary Edition)

Orville Peck – Bronco

Weekly Review:

In 2019, country visionary Orville Peck released his debut album, Pony. Now Bronco, the eagerly
anticipated follow-up, is out. The analogy of pony to bronco is apt when comparing the two records.
Bronco is bigger in every measurable way – bigger budget, bigger supporting cast of musicians, bigger
song arrangements – without sacrificing the spirit of what made Pony so exciting.
The difference between Bronco and Pony is like going from VHS to DVD: Everything you loved is still
there, it’s just present in greater detail. A string section augments “Kalahari Down” and “Let Me Down,”
while a trumpet accents “Iris Rose.” Some of the album’s best moments come courtesy of Bria Salmena.
As lead vocalist for the Canadian indie rock band FRIGS, Salmena’s voice is the perfect counterpart for
Peck’s rich baritone.
Lyrically, Peck provides a peek behind the fringed veil, delivering an introspective set of songs that
embrace Pony’s queer subtext. Across the arc of the album, Peck tells the story of a wanderer caught in
the conflicting yearning between independence and companionship.
Peck may have upgraded his Pony for a Bronco, but the cowboy remains just as compelling as ever. -Joel Francis

Olivia Rodrigo- Sour

Prince – Parade

Prince – 1999 (150 Gram Vinyl)

Prince – Sign O The Times (150 Gram Vinyl)

Prince – Purple Rain (Picture Disc Vinyl LP)

Patty Griffin – Servant of Love (180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Digital Download Card)

Patty Griffin – Patty Griffin

Pink Floyd – The Later Years (1987-2019) Highlights (Gatefold LP Jacket, 180 Gram Vinyl)

Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon

The Police – Greatest Hits (Gatefold LP Jacket, Remastered, Anniversary Edition, Half-Speed Mastering)

Pearl Jam – Vs. (180 Gram Vinyl)

Pixies – Doolittle [180 gram Vinyl]

Queen – Greatest Hits

Roxy Music – Roxy Music (Half-Speed Mastering)

Rex Orange County – Who Cares? (150 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Poster)

Sparks – The Sparks Brothers (Original Soundtrack) (Deluxe Edition, Poster, Gatefold LP Jacket)

Sade – The Best Of Sade (180 Gram Vinyl)

The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble – Step Down

Seether – Vicennial – 2 Decades Of Seether (Limited Edition, Gatefold LP Jacket, Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)

Stevie Nicks – Bella Donna (Remastered)

Talking Heads – Fear of Music (180 Gram Vinyl)

Tinariwen – Amassakoul (Colored Vinyl, Limited Edition, Digital Download Card)

Tyler Childers – Purgatory

Tears for Fears – The Tipping Point (Green Colored Vinyl, Lithograph, Indie Exclusive)

Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak (180 Gram Vinyl)

Voka Gentle – Writhing!

Various – The Crow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Wet Leg – Wet Leg (Yellow Clear Vinyl, Limited Edition, Indie Exclusive, Digital Download Card)

Weekly Review:

The British indie rock duo comprised of Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers known as Wet Leg hits all the right notes when it come to catchy, witty, sexy, and probably several more “y” words.

They were one of the biggest bands to watch at this year’s South By Southwest Music Festival and have just released their self titled debut album on Domino Records.
Wet Leg’s first single, Chaise Longue, has caused quite a splash (pun intended), combining a driving post-punk rhythm mixed with a dead pan vocal delivery about useless degrees and hanging out backstage at rock shows. The song garnered millions of streams and video views and managed that sweet spot between the fresh and the familiar.
Track one on the album is an insightful take on the feeling of being in love: “I try to meditate/ But I just medicate/ Pour mе another a drink/ Don’t wanna have to think/ I think I lost my shit/ Some kind of fuckеd up trip/ But I kinda like it cause it feels like being in love”
The second single “Wet Dream” doesn’t leave a lot to the imagination, as the title might suggest. Luckily, the song has an infectious groove reminiscent of  second wave British Invasion 90’s rockers Elastica.
But contrary to the not so subtle sexual innuendo and loud quiet loud rock formula, Wet Leg is far from a novelty act. Songs like “Angelica” and  “Loving You” convey deeper folk-pop indie influences reminiscent of a Velvet Underground or  later period Raincoats.
Perhaps, one of the more unique and inspiring qualities of Wet Leg is their ability to play dark and (dare I say) existential subject matter in a light, even humorous way while maintaining a musical guitar driven edge. This can be seen in the sonic doom scroll Oh No:
 “On my phone/ All alone/ In the zone/ Oh no/ Hours pass/ Pizza rat/ I like that/ Oh no/ 3 A.M./ I feel Zen/ Fucking Zen/ Oh no/ Suck the life/ From my eyes- It feels nice/ I’m scrolling, I’m scrolling, ah”
This album is twee as fuck but like all good pop there is something brewing beneath the surface of Wet Leg that will keep listeners engaged beyond the dirty words, short skits and big crunchy guitar riffs.
On limited edition transparent yellow vinyl. Wet Leg is an instant indie pop classic! – Major Matt
Weekly Review #2:

The British indie rock duo Wet Leg might be the best thing to come out of the pandemic so far.

Longtime friends Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers were inspired to cut loose and be more musically
playful after watching Idles perform in 2019. The lockdowns gave the pair more time to write and record
together. After a steady trickle of singles across the second half of last year, Wet Leg’s full-length debut
has finally arrived.
Those who got hep to Wet Leg last year, will be glad to know that all of the band’s singles to date have
been collected here. Even better – the half-dozen songs album tracks that accompany the pair’s six
singles and just as bubbly and infectious.
Musically, Wet Leg draw from the energy of riot grrl and the snark of Mean Girls, turning chauvinistic
insults on their head on “UR Mom” and rejecting objectification on “Wet Dream.” It’s the kind of music
that makes you want to pogo around the room, shoot air pistols and make pew-pew sounds with the
band on the song “Angelica.”
Wet Leg is a giddy afternoon at the amusement park, full of warm sunshine, belly laughs and broad
smiles stained with cotton candy. Ignore this instant classic at your own detriment. -Joel Francis

Weather Station – What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know

Zachary Williams – Dirty Camaro

Zombies – Odessey & Oracle (Mono)


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