It’s Sonny Clark New Vinyl Thursday at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven. Check out this week’s list of new vinyl arrivals:
Amanda Shires – Take It Like A Man (Red Colored Vinyl)
Art D’Ecco – After The Head Rush
Arctic Monkeys- AM (180 Gram Vinyl, Digital Download Card)
Black Midi – Hellfire (Red Clear Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Beach Bunny – Emotional Creature
Lili Trifilo is a gifted songwriter, but producer Sean O’Keefe, who has worked with Fall Out Boy and
Motion City Soundtrack, does her no favors on Beach Bunny’s second album.
In the past, Beach Bunny occupied the same sonic territory as the Beths, Kansas City’s own Greeting
Committee and Bleached. Trifilo’s bared her songwriting soul over jagged guitars and indie rock jangle
that originated somewhere near Weezer’s Pinkerton album.
On Emotional Creature, O’Keefe has sanded any rough edges smooth and placed Trifilio’s songs under a
sheen of smooth production that places the band in the same bland aural territory as Michelle Branch
and Demi Lovato. This is understandable, because Branch and Lovato are playing bigger venues and
getting played on commercial radio stations. If that’s what Trifilio and Beach Bunny want, more power
But it’s also a shame, because the songs Trifilio wrote during the pandemic for Emotional Creature,
songs mainly about the rush of adrenaline, uncertainty and clumsiness that comes with a new crush, are
worthy of so much more than the generic sheen O’Keefe glazes over every track.
In a perfect world, Beach Bunny, Soccer Mommy and Snail Mail would all be rubbing elbows in playlists
and onstage. Instead, Emotional Creature’s dozen solid songs are diluted for mainstream consumption.
Beach Bunny’s talent is still there. Let’s hope they find the right vehicle next time. At the band’s current
rate of releasing an album or EP every year, we hopefully won’t have to wait long. -Joel Francis
Bob Marley & the Wailers – Babylon By Bus (Half-Speed Mastering)
Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natty Dread (Half-Speed Mastering)
Black Sabbath – Paranoid
Bad Brains- Bad Brains
Crosby Stills Nash & Young – So Far
David Bowie – Hunky Dory (2015 Remaster, Picture Disc Vinyl)
David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
The Dream Syndicate – Ultraviolet Battle Hymns and True Confessions
The Dream Syndicate is one of the most notable bands to come out of the Los Angeles, Paisley Underground scene of the 1980s.
Drake – Take Care
The Doors – The Doors (180 Gram Vinyl, Reissue)
Doors – L.A. Woman
Def Leppard – Pyromania
Dead South – Easy Listening For Jerks, Pt. 1 (10-Inch Vinyl)
Dead South – Easy Listening For Jerks, Pt. 2 (10-Inch Vinyl)
Eddie Vedder – Earthling (Blue, Black, Clear Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket)
The Eagles – Their Greatest Hits Volumes 1 & 2
Funkadelic – Maggot Brain
Gorillaz – Song Machine, Season One (Deluxe Edition)
Grateful Dead – Europe ’72 (Live) (50th Anniversary Edition)
H.P. Lovecraft -H.P. Lovecraft
HEAVY HEAVY – Life And Life Only (Yellow Colored Vinyl)
Harry Styles – Harry’s House (180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Booklet, Postcard)
Interpol – The Other Side Of Make-Believe
Jack White – Entering Heaven Alive (Blue Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Three months after dropping the electric guitar freak-out Fear of the Dawn, Jack White is back with a
gentler, acoustic release, Entering Heaven Alive.
The unabashed romance that appears throughout the album makes it hard not to think about White’s
recent onstage wedding. On “Help Me Along,” White asks “If I help you all along, will you try to forgive
me? Holding your arm as I follow your lead.” Later, on “Queen of the Bees,” White slyly flirts, “Let’s take
a stroll to the end of the street/Put your hand in my pocket so the neighbors can see.” The cumulative
effect makes Entering Heaven Alive the happiest album White’s catalog.
Sonically, Entering Heaven Alive is painted with acoustic guitars, fiddles, pianos, soft organs and gently
brushed drums. It’s a sound White has mastered in his previous incarnations with the White Stripes on
“I’m Bound to Pack it Up” and “As Ugly As I Seem” and on “Thoughts and Prayers” performed by the
Raconteurs, another of White’s bands.
While much of Entering Heaven Alive is familiar territory, White displays a few new wrinkles. “I’ve Got
You Surrounded (With My Love)” features jazz piano bubbling under pinched electric guitars. That jazzy
vibe continues on the swinging “Queen of the Bees.”
Whether it’s the brother-sister ruse of the White Stripes, male and female backing bands on an early
solo tour or the LP that played at three speeds with inside-out rotation and a hologram on one side,
White’s music is always tied to a gimmick. The dual acoustic/electric albums might be the latest
gimmick, but ultimately, it’s a satisfying one. -Joel Francis
John Coltrane – Blue Train (180 Gram Vinyl, Limited Edition)
Jayne County – Rock N Roll Resurrection
Jim James – Regions Of Light And Sound Of God (Deluxe Edition,Purple Clear Vinyl)
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
Korn – Korn
Kanye West – College Dropout
Kawaida – Kuumba-Toudie Heath (Aka Albert Heath) (Gatefold LP Jacket, 180 Gram Vinyl)
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Live In Adelaide 19 (US Fuzz Club Official Bootleg) (Poster, Deluxe Edition, Boxed Set, Pink Colored Vinyl)
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Live In Asheville 19 (US Fuzz Club Official Bootleg) (Deluxe Edition, Boxed Set, Green, Red Colored Vinyl)
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Live In London 19 (us Fuzz Club Official Bootleg)(Boxed Set, Blue, Orange, Cream Colored Vinyl)
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Live In Melbourne ’21 (US Fuzz Club Official Bootleg) (Boxed Set, Blue, Pink, Orange Colored Vinyl)
Lizzo – Special (Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert (Milky Clear Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket)
Lil Peep – Everybody’s Everything (150 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket)
Maggie Rogers – Surrender (Parental Advisory Explicit Lyrics, Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
Moor Mother – Jazz Codes (Opaque Turquoise Vinyl)
Marty Robbin – Sings Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs(Black Clear Vinyl)
The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die
Noso – Stay Proud Of Me (Blue Clear Vinyl)
Nirvana – Nirvana
Nas – Illmatic
Nas – King’s Disease II
Oliver Tree – Cowboy Tears
Opeth – Blackwater Park (180 Gram Vinyl)
Opeth – Ghost Reveries
Prince – Purple Rain (180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered)
Pyramids – Otherworldly
Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger In The Alps
Sonny Clark – Dial ‘S’ For Sonny
Soccer Mommy – Sometimes, Forever (Pink, Black Colored Vinyl, Limited Edition, Indie Exclusive)
Tom Waits – Closing Time (180 Gram Vinyl)
T. Rex- Electric Warrior
Tyler, The Creator- Igor
Viagra Boys – Cave World – Red (Red Colored Vinyl)
The White Stripes – Icky Thump
Woody Guthrie – This Machine Kills Fascists (Colored Vinyl, Gold)
Yo La Tengo – I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One (Yellow Colored Vinyl)
ZZ Top – RAW (That Little Ol’ Band From Texas) (Original Soundtrack) (Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
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