It’s Richard Thompson New Vinyl Thursday at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven. Check out this week’s list of new vinyl arrivals:
2Pac- 2pacalypse Now
2 Chainz – Collegrove
Accept – Too Mean To Die (Silver Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Adam Ant – Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Hussar Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter
Aldous Harding – Warm Chris (Gatefold LP Jacket)
A Place To Bury Strangers – See Through You
Since 2003 the, New York City based, indie noise band A Place To Bury Strangers has been carrying the torch for fans of a loud, blown out, distorted, guitar sound made popular by bands like The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and Suicide.
Armed – Ultrapop (Orange Colored Vinyl, Digital Download Card)
Art Blakey & Jazz Messengers – Chippin In (Clear Vinyl, Limited Edition, 180 Gram Vinyl)
Bud Powell – Time Waits: The Amazing Bud Powell
Jazz pianist Bud Powell sadly gets overlooked behind his contemporary Thelonious Monk and the next
generation of keyboardists he influenced, such as McCoy Tyner and Horace Silver. A new reissue of
Powell’s 1958 release for Blue Note, Time Waits, should make jazz aficionados take a second look at
Powell and celebrate his music.
Recorded in a single day, the seven cuts on Time Waits find Powell backed by bass player Sam Jones and
drummer Philly Joe Jones, who was a member of the Miles Davis quintet at this time. The threesome
play well off each other, but just as impressive as the performance is the sound engineer Rudy Van
Gelder captured. The playing is so immediately and immaculate it sounds you are in the room with the
trio. Powell’s off-mic vocal responses to the playing makes the listening experience even more intimate.
Powell wrote all of the songs here and several numbers, including the title track, went on to become
standards. There isn’t a bad tune among the bunch, making Time Waits the perfect album to put on
pour a drink and imagine you’re in the club. -Joel Francis
Bill Evans – Village Vanguard Sessions (Limited Edition, 180 Gram Vinyl)
Binker and Moses – Feeding The Machine
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Branko Mataja – Over Fields And Mountains (White Colored Vinyl)
Beyoncé – Homecoming: The Live Album (140 Gram Vinyl, With Booklet)
Beastie Boys – To the 5 Boroughs
The Twin Towers had been down for nearly three years when the Beastie Boys released their sixth
album during the summer of 2004, but they figure prominently in the album’s cover art.
The towers loom large over the message of To the 5 Boroughs as well. Time and again, the three MCs
drop loving references to their hometown: names of subway lines and neighborhood restaurants and
landmarks. This valentine to the Big Apple culminates deep on side two on “An Open Letter to NYC.”
“Dear New York I hope you’re doing well/I know a lot’s happened and you’ve been through hell,” Adam
“MCA” Yauch rhymes through a husky growl. “So, we give thanks for providing a home/Through your
gates at Ellis Island we passed in droves.”
The specter of 9/11 also informs the album’s politics. There’s no disguising MCA’s reference to the
Columbine shooting and call for gun control on “Right Right Now Now.” The request to “impeach Tex”
on “It Takes Time to Build” seems a bit more oblique, but contextual rhymes about he Kyoto treaty,
OPEC leave no doubt.
Political lyrics aren’t the only place the Beasties show maturity. Unlike previous releases, To the 5
Boroughs isn’t concerned with pushing the boundaries of what modern music should sound like.
Instead, the three MCs, who produced the album themselves, rely on nostalgic samples from Cleveland
punkers the Dead Boys to Kool and the Gang. The sound of the album is also more focused – there
aren’t any random instrumentals or hardcore numbers, just straight-up old-school hip hop.
It wouldn’t be a Beastie Boys album without some humor, and while it seems a little more forced, the
three still deliver some laughs. Adam “Adrock” Horovitz’ line on “Rhyme the Rhyme Well” about buying
his grandma a brand-new broach (he rhymes it with roach) always cracks me up. The sampled bridge on
“Hey F-k You” commands “So put a quarter in your ass, & cause you played yourself.”
Hearing the Beasties as elder statesmen takes some adjustment, but once the listener is able to accept
this new paradigm To the 5 Boroughs is an enjoyable – if not top-tier – listen. -Joel Francis
Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Colored Vinyl)
Billy F Gibbons – Hardware
Black Country, New Road – Ants From Up There (Boxed Set, 140 Gram Vinyl, With Booklet, Deluxe Edition)
Beach House – Once Twice Melody
It’s difficult to avoid words like cinematic, panoramic, and sprawling to describe the new Beach
House record. But it’s true, and the band continues to expand its sound. And at 84 minutes in
length, the new double album Once Twice Melody gives the group plenty of space to do so.
In some ways, the band keeps doing what it’s always done on the new record. Some dreampop
bands are quite referential, but Beach House is a band that sounds like it’s absorbed many
disparate influences. It’s easy to assume Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally probably listen to
Cocteau Twins, M83, Stereolab, The Cure, America, Rocketship, and maybe even Judee Sill, but
it’s hard to pinpoint a moment where the band is specifically tipping its proverbial hat to any of
What’s “new” on this record are the tweaks in the sound. The occasional real strings add a
flourish that contributes to the album’s soundtrack-like impression. While the organ beats and
pitch-shifted drum machines hold down much of the rhythms, James Barone lays down some
live drum tracks to add dynamics. The drumming feels more intentionally open, as Barone
almost entirely avoids cymbals. Alan Moulder’s mix feels heavier yet more pristine than the
Double albums can symbolize excess, and the 85-minute run time of Once Twice Melody
requires a commitment. But then again, it’s hard to think of what songs the band would have left
off the album! To make the listening process a little easier, the band arranged the pieces into a
set of four EPs—Pink Funeral, New Romance, Masquerade, and Modern Love Stories—one for
each side of the record.
Once Twice Melody features some great Beach House songs. It’s not hard to imagine “Pink
Funeral” being a staple of their live shows for years to come. “The Bells” feels like it could
almost be a George Harrison song, with a slide part reminiscent of “Behind That Locked Door.”
The album is well mixed. Sometimes, it feels sparse when there’s quite a bit going on, or
sometimes songs feel ginormous when the arrangements are sparse. And it’s hard not to overlook
the artwork. Even the standard, non-deluxe edition is intended to feel like a book with a textured
cover and pull-out poster. The album is quite an artifact that fans, both old and new, will revisit
for years to come. -Jonathon Smith
Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex
Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy
Chet Baker – Cool Cat (Clear Vinyl)
Chi Lites – Too Good To Be Forgotten: Best Of (140 Gram Vinyl)
Carl Perkins – The King of Rockabilly
Music legend Carl Perkins joined the Sun Records roster in the wake of Elvis Presley’s massive success
for the label. Perkins was only with Sun for a handful of years, but during this brief time, Perkins and his
label-mates Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis created a new style of music known as
rockabilly. Their playing combined the rhythms of country music with the energy and abandon of rock
Despite working from a modest one-room studio in a small storefront on Union Avenue in Memphis,
Tenn., the world was paying attention to Sun Records. That Presley, Jimi Hendrix and Black Sabbath all
made Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes” part of their repertoire speaks to the reach and influence of Perkins’
“Blue Suede Shoes” and 13 other numbers appear on the new Perkins collection that celebrates his 70th
anniversary with Sun Records. The Beatles recorded no less than three songs from this set and Paul
McCartney cut one more on his own. Although these celebrated covers might be more familiar, Perkins’
originals cannot be denied. Perkins was a masterful guitarist and you can feel him putting his soul into
There is a joy in Perkins’ music that never fades, no matter how many times one hears his songs.
Whether Perkins singing about riding a horse to the movies so he can hold his girlfriend’s hand (on
“Movie Magg”), getting dressed to the nines for a night on the town (on “Get Your Cat Clothes On”) or
sarcastically comparing his lack of a love life to a movie role (on “Act Naturally”) Perkins delivers
everything with a broad smile.
If there is any flaw in The King of Rockabilly, it’s that this easily could have been a double-LP set with
twice as many songs without sacrificing any quality. Fortunately, there are enough other Perkins albums
available that this can be easily rectified. -Joel Francis
Darius Jones – Raw Demoon Alchemy (a Lone Operation) (Pink Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive, Digital Download Card)
Destroyer – LABYRINTHITIS (Green, White Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive, Digital Download Card)
David Bowie – Lodger
Drake – Take Care
Earthless – From The Ages (Clear w/ Dark Red Splatter, Indie Exclusive, Remastered)
Ghost – Opus Eponymous(Turquoise Colored Vinyl)
Gang of Youths – Angel In Realtime (Pink Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Goliath – Hot Rock & Thunder
Giant Dog – Pile (Digital Download Card)
Giant Dog – Toy (Digital Download Card)
Guerilla Toss – Famously Alive (Purple Colored Vinyl, Limited Edition)
Harold Johnson – House On Elm Street
Ibibio Sound Machine – Electricity (Yellow, Black Colored Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Indie Exclusive)
John Carpenter – Halloween Kills (Original Soundtrack) (Orange Vinyl)
The Jam – This Is the Modern World (Clear Vinyl)
The Jacka – Jack of All Trades
Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back
Juice Wrld – Fighting Demons
Juice Wrld- Legends Never Die
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City
King Hannah – Tell Me Your Mind And I’ll Tell You Mine (Green Colored Vinyl, Limited Edition, Indie Exclusive, Digital Download Card)
Leslie West – Legacy: A Tribute To Leslie West (Silver Colored Vinyl, Limited Edition, 140 Gram Vinyl)
The Lumineers – Brightside (Oceania Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
The Lemonheads – Varshons 2
Maren Morris – Humble Quest
Melanie Charles – Y’all Don’t (Really) Care About Black Women
Muslims – Gentrifried Chicken (Indie Exclusive)
Michael Jackson – BAD (Picture Disc)
Mammoth WVH- Mammoth WVH
Mac Miller – Swimming In Circles (Deluxe Box Set)
Nas – King’s Disease II
Nico Gomez – Soul Of Samba
Orville Peck – Pony
Orville Peck- Show Pony (Purple Colored Vinyl, Sticker, Extended Play, Poster)
Oingo Boingo – Only A Lad (Green, White Colored Vinyl, Limited Edition)
Porcupine Tree – On The Sunday Of Life
Pink Floyd – The Wall (180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket)
Queen – Greatest Hits
Run the Jewels – Run The Jewels 3 (Gold Colored Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Poster)
Run the Jewels – Run The Jewels (Orange Colored Vinyl, Poster, Indie Exclusive)
The Replacements – Please To Meet Me
Richard Thompson – A Collection Of Unreleased And Rare Material 1967-1976
Screamin Jay Hawkins – At Home With Screamin Jay Hawkins (Limited Edition, 180 Gram Vinyl, Red Colored Vinyl)
Suicide – Surrender
Steve Vai – Inviolate (180 Gram Vinyl)
Spoon – Lucifer On The Sofa (Orange Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Tears for Fears – The Tipping Point (Green Colored Vinyl, Lithograph, Indie Exclusive)
Theon Cross – Intra I
Thurston Moore – Screen Time
Willie Hutch – Seasons For Love
Yasuaki Shimizu – Kiren
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