It’s Mitski New Vinyl Thursday at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven. Check out this week’s list of new vinyl arrivals:
Animal Collective – Time Skiffs (Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive, Digital Download Card)
Bastille – Give Me The Future (Orange Clear Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Beths – Auckland, New Zealand 2020
Billy Bragg – The Million Things That Never Happened (Blue Clear Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Beat The Devil’s Tattoo
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Specter At The Feast
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Wrong Creatures
Bob Marley – Soul Rebels Dub (Yellow & Red Haze Vinyl)
The Beach Boys – “Feel Flows” The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971 (Boxed Set)
Brent Cobb – And Now Lets Turn To Page
Bonobo – Fragments (Limited Edition, Colored Vinyl, 140 Gram Vinyl, Indie Exclusive, Digital Download Card)
Cairo Free Jazz Ensemble – Heliopolis
Caravan – It`s None Of Your Business (140 Gram Vinyl)
Cavetown – 16/04/16 (White Colored Vinyl)
Curtis Mayfield – The Very Best Of Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield- There’s No Place Like America
Childish Gambino – Camp
Don Julian & the Larks – Super Slick (Blue Colored Vinyl)
The Dead Milkmen – Welcome To The End Of The World
Drive-by Truckers- The Dirty South
Drake – Take Care
Eels – Eels : Extreme Witchcraft (Yellow) (Limited Deluxe 2LP + CD Boxset) (Yellow Colored Vinyl, With CD, Limited Edition)
Fugees – The Score
Goo Goo Dolls – Greatest Hits Volume One – The Singles
Grant Green – Grant’s First Stand (180gm Vinyl)
Halford – Resurrection
HARARI – Genesis
Hank Molby – Soul Station (180gm Vinyl)
Hippo Campus – Lp3 (Purple Clear Vinyl, 140 Gram Vinyl, Limited Edition, Indie Exclusive)
John Lee Hooker – Plays & Sings The Blues (180gm Vinyl)
Jethro Tull – The Zealot Gene (With CD, Black, Gatefold LP Jacket, With Booklet)
Classic hard rock heroes Jethro Tull haven’t released an album in nearly 20 years, but it doesn’t take long
to recognize The Zealot Gene by the band’s signature sounds of a nimble flute juxtaposed against
progressive rock synthesizers and hard rock guitars.
Flautist, singer and songwriter Ian Anderson remains the only founding member in Jethro Tull – and,
indeed, the only musician present here who also participated in Tull’s previous release, 2003’s Christmas
Album. Anderson’s voice is warm and crisp and his storytelling ability hasn’t diminished.
Across these dozen tracks, Anderson weaves stories about the bombing of Hiroshima (on “Mrs.
Tibbets”) and the betrayal of Jesus by Judas in the garden (“The Betrayal of Joshua Kynde”). On the title
track, Anderson warns of “the populist with dark appeal, the pandering to hate / Which xenophobic
scaremongers deliver on a plate to tame the pangs of hunger and satisfy the lust.”
The message never comes across as strident, thanks to buoyant arrangements that blend folk and rock,
with touches of prog here and there.
Three of the four musicians backing Anderson here, also played on his 21 st century solo work, blurring
the line and begging the question of what the difference is between an Ian Anderson solo album and
one from Jethro Tull. The answer might just be marketing, but regardless it is good to have this classic
voice and sound addressing contemporary issues. -Joel Francis
Jon Batiste – WE ARE
Kenny Cox – Clap Clap The Joyful Noise
Korn – Requiem (Clear Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Koichi Matsukaze Trio – At The Room 427
Lady Wray – Piece of Me (Deep Emerald Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Although R&B singer Lady Wray released her debut in 1998, Piece of Me is just her fourth album (and
first since 2016). Piece of Me was recorded in three stages, during which Wray was pregnant, a new
mother and finally in a post-vaccination pandemic.
The emotion and turmoil of these phases bubble just under the surface of these dozen songs, and
occasionally bubbles to the surface. Album closer “Storms” captures a lonely moment when Wray was
away from her daughter and fiancée. The tender “Melody” was named after and inspired by Wray’s
daughter, who also appears on the track.
Producer Leon Michels deserves a lot of credit for putting Wray in an environment to shine. His
arrangements range from stripped-down, guitar (or piano) and voice to bigger productions that echo
what one might hear on an album released by the Daptone or Colemine labels. One of Michels best
tricks is bringing back the sped-up chipmunk sampling technique found on Kanye West’s early singles.
Anyone missing Amy Winehouse or Sharon Jones will find a lot to love on Piece of Me, but Wray is her
own artists who demands to be heard in her own way. She may take her time between albums, but they
are always worth the time. -Joel Francis
Lady Gaga – Dawn Of Chromatica (Clear Vinyl)
Larry Douglas Alltet – Dedications
Leonard Bernstein – West Side Story (Original Soundtrack)
Lucinda Williams – Lu’s Jukebox Vol. 6: You Are Cordially Invited….A Tribute To The Rolling Stones
When the Rolling Stones wanted to channel the Deep South in 1969, they went to the swamp, recording
three tracks at the famous Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama. The truth is, that marshy aesthetic
informed much of the Stones’ work during their peak ear of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams had the good fortune of growing up in Louisiana. Born with the
muddy sound the Stones chased in her blood (and vocal cords), Williams chose the perfect subject for
the sixth – and final, to date – entry in her Lu’s Jukebox tribute series.
You Are Cordially Invited rounds up a dozen songs from the world’s longest running rock and roll band.
While Williams isn’t shy about covering the Stones’ biggest hits, she doesn’t have any twisting them into
new forms. Here, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” is a fuzzed-out nugget of garage rock, and “Street
Fighting Man” is stripped back (but by no means dialed down) and reimagined as a backroads anthem.
Lesser-known tracks fare even better in Williams’ hands. “Moonlight Mile,” “Salt of the Earth” and “Doo
Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)” sound like they were written for Williams to perform. These songs are
infused with so much of Williams’ spirit – harkening back to that muddy, Deep South spirit the Stones
coveted – that if you placed them strategically on Williams’ original albums, one might not believe she
didn’t write them.
The Lu’s Jukebox series was an experiment for Williams to shine a light on some songs and artists she
loved and play with her incredible band while touring was off the table. It has proven to be a rousing
success. While one hopes that the circumstances that created this enterprise never return, You Are
Cordially Invited closes the chapter so convincingly one can’t help that there might be a few more
volumes in the future. -Joel Francis
Lauryn Hill- Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Lady Blackbird – Black Acid Soul
The cover of Lady Blackbird’s debut album hints at something dark and psychedelic. Listeners expecting
a moody, trippy experience will be disappointed. Instead, we are treated to 11 haunting songs of
romance and heartache in the vocal jazz tradition.
Blackbird, born Marley Munroe, carries the weary hopefulness of Nina Simone, the anguish of Billie
Holiday and soaring grace of Mahalia Jackson. The songs here pull from expected places, such as
Simone’s “Blackbird,” which opens the album and introduces Munroe, and Bill Evans’ “Fix It.” But
Munroe is also capable of turning Allen Toussaint’s R&B romp “Ruler of My Heart” into a torch song. Tim
Hardin’s “It Will Never Happen Again” has never sounded this elegant.
The closest Black Acid Soul gets to living up to its title comes on a cover of the James Gang song
“Collage.” The closing title song – an original – is layered in mysterious textures with Munroe’s vocal on
Black Acid Soul lingers long after the final note has died, leaving a haunting residue in the air. There are
only two options at this point: play the album again and wallow in its rare atmosphere, or turn the page
with something completely different. In my house, it’s 50-50 which will happen. -Joel Francis
Mitski – Laurel Hell (Opaque Red Vinyl)
Mary Lou Williams – Mary Lou Williams
Miles Davis – Live Evil
Montrose – Montrose (180 Gram Vinyl, Red Colored Vinyl, Limited Edition)
Ornette Coleman – Round Trip – The Complete Ornette Coleman
Poppy – Flux (Blue, Black, Clear Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Prince – 1999 (150 Gram Vinyl)
Prince – Sign O The Times (150 Gram Vinyl)
Prince – Purple Rain (Picture Disc Vinyl LP)
Pinegrove – 11:11 (Red Clear Vinyl)
The global pandemic seemed to create the perfect environment for a band that has recorded all of its
catalog in home studios. Surprisingly, indie rock band Pinegrove ventured to commercial studios for the
first time for 11:11, its fifth album.
The resulting 11 tracks are a concise and focused songs, right down to the mostly single-word titles.
Most of the performances hover around three minutes, although album opener “Habitat” more than
doubles that length. These song titles also convey songwriter Evan Stephens Hall’s theme of nature:
“Flora,” “Cyclone,” “Respirate.”
For Stephens Hall, nature is both something to celebrate and a cause for concern. A lyric like “I insist it
wasn’t always like this / I saw the sun, saw red in the grass / With every fiber vibrating alive” (in “Flora”)
captures both sides of this dynamic. Several songs – “Orange,” “11th Hour” – are explicit calls to arms
about the imminent dangers of climate change and political inaction to address these threats.
Although Stephens Hall and guitarist Sam Skinner produced the album, the band enlisted former Death
Cab for Cutie member Chris Walla to mix 11:11. The result is an earthy mixture of indie rock and
Americana. The result is a catchy, engaging album that will please longtime Pinenuts, as the group’s fans
are known, while plowing enough new soil to grow the band plenty of new converts as well. -Joel Francis
Pinegrove – Skylight
Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon
Pearl Jam – Vs. (180 Gram Vinyl)
R.E.M.- New Adventures in Hi Fi
Ryan Adams – Big Colors (Red Vinyl with Bonus 7″)
Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd – Jazz Samba (180gm Vinyl)
Stanley Turrentine – Rough & Tumble
Sunn 0))) – Metta Benevolence Bbc 6music : Live On The Invitation Of Mary Anne Hobbs (Red Clear Vinyl)
St Paul and the Broken Bones – Alien Coast (Limited Edition, Gold Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
On their fourth album, St. Paul and the Broken Bones turn away from the buoyant, horn-laden, retro-
soul dance songs to deliver a darker, more reflective set of songs.
The church organ and gospel singing that open the album on “3000 A.D. Mass” swell to a point that it
feels like the speakers will explode, but it turns out this is just an 80-second tease that gives way to a
mélange of psychedelic rock, synthesizers, hip-hop rhythms, jazz and Spanish guitar.
Named after the European imperialists’’ nickname for the Gulf of Mexico during colonization, much of
The Alien Coast grapples with the conflict between good and evil. On “3000 A.D. Mass,” lead singer Paul
Janeway cries “Lord, sink your teeth so I can feel it in my spine/ the fire and the brimstone” on “3000
A.D. Mass.” This gives way to an interpretation of Spanish painter Bartolomé Bermejo’s painting, “Saint
Michael Triumphant Over the Devil” on the next song, “Bermejo and the Devil.” This, in turn, leads to
“Minotaur,” a look at Pablo Picasso’s use of this mythical beast to portray the authoritarian Spanish
This ponderous weight is lightened in a few places. The disco song “The Last Dance” opens with Janeway
instructing listeners to “Lose yourself in a song that doesn’t want to make you want to cry / God knows
we need it right now.”
It would be easy for St. Paul and the Broken Bones to continue mining their throwback Stax-inspired
sound. While the current sonic shift might alienate fans who want more of the same, the band should be
applauded for following their muse and experimenting with more adventurous terrain. -Joel Francis
Thelonious Monk – Live In Montreal 1
Thelonious Monk – Live In Montreal 2
Tori Amos – Under The Pink
Tori Amos – Ocean To Ocean
The Traveling Wilburys- The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1
Voka Gentle – Writhing!
Wendell Harrison Tribe – Get Up Off Your Knees
Wes Montgomery – Incredibel Jazz Guitar Of (180gm Vinyl)
The Whitmore Sisters – Ghost Stories (White & Purple Swirl, 140 Gram Vinyl)
Young Gun Silver Fox – Canyons
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