It’s Steve Reid New Vinyl Thursday at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven. Check out this week’s list of new vinyl arrivals:
2Pac- All Eyez on Me
A Tribe Called Quest- Midnight Marauders
Amy Winehouse- At the BBC
Angel Bat Dawid & Tha Brothahood- Live
Arctic Monkeys- AM
Arlo Parks- Collapsed In Sunbeams
Benedek- Bene’s World
Benjamin Tod- A Heart Of Gold Is Hard To Find
Bill Evans- Sunday at Village Vanguard
Blink 182- Dude Ranch
Cavetown- Animal Kingdom
Coolio- Gangsta’s Paradise (Anniversary Edition)
Crowded House- Dreamers Are Waiting
Dave Brubeck- Time Outtakes
David Bowie & Trevor Jones- Labyrinth (From the Original Soundtrack)
David Byrne- Love This Giant
Fall Out Boy- Take This to Your Grave
The early 2000s were a golden era for power pop. Blink-182 and Sum 41 were inescapable on the radio dial and MTV. New Found Glory and Taking Back Sunday were blowing up and elder statesmen Green Day were receiving accolades for their ambitious concept album.
Named after a Simpsons character, the Chicago quartet Fall Out Boy dove into this environment and immediately staked out a spot in the Top 40 with their debut, Take This to Your Grave. The album is loaded with huge guitar hooks, vocal lines easy to sign along with and a bouncing spirit that never flags. A shiny production makes every element shimmer under the spotlight.
Take This To Your Grave didn’t spawn any successful singles, but many tracks, including “Saturday” and “Dead On Arrival” remain concert staples.
You’ll know in the first 30 seconds if Take This to Your Grave is for you. This may not be an album that reveals new layers with repeated listens, but it definitely hits the sweet spot for Hot Topic and Warped Tour fans of a certain age.- Joel Francis.
Fleetwood Mac- The Best Of Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac
Frank Zappa – Zappa ’88: The Last US Show
I doubt many of the people gathered on Long Island in March, 1988, had any idea they were witnessing Frank Zappa’s final concert on his native soil. Zappa’s dozen-strong band had toured the United States for two months and were heading to Europe after that night’s concert. More U.S. dates were planned for their return, later that summer. Sadly, those later U.S. shows never happened. After two months in Europe, Zappa cancelled the rest of the tour and fired the band.
Although bootlegs of Zappa’s Long Island show have been around for decades, the historic night now finally receives official release, newly mixed from the master tapes.
The two-and-a-half-hour set shows off Zappa’s range, encompassing brief classical pieces and longer compositions written for that tour. The show opens with an eerily prescient call for voter registration and a reworked version of “I Am the Walrus” making fun of a televangelist. The more things change….
More than a historical document, Zappa ’88 is a great showcase of the performer’s range, humor and musicianship. The band is well-rehearsed, yet there is still room for exploration in the longer pieces. The mix of fan favorites and covers of “Stairway to Heaven” and a Beatles medley make Zappa ’88 not only a must-hear for the devoted, but a unique entry point for the uninitiated.- Joel Francis.
Frankie and the Witch Fingers – Brain Telephone
Free Music Quintet- Free Music 1 & 2
Gil Scott-Heron- Pieces of a Man
Hall & Oates- Rock N Soul Part 1
Hall & Oates- Very Best Of Darryl Hall & John Oates
Harry Styles- Fine Line
Hiss Golden Messenger- Quietly Blowing It
Iggy & Stooges- Jesus Loves The Stooges
Jimi Hendrix- Are You Experienced
Jimmy Smith- Back at the Chicken Shack
Joe Harriott- Southern Horizons
John Coltrane- Ballads
John Coltrane- Cattin With
John Coltrane- For Lovers
John Coltrane- My Favorite Things
Jonzun Crew- Lost In Space
Juju- Live At 131 Prince Street
Justin Bieber- Justice
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard- Live In London ’19
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard- Live In San Francisco ’16
Led Zeppelin- Led Zeppelin 1
Lee Perry- Roast Fish and Cornbread
Local H- Live In Europe
Lost Dog Street Band- Rage & Tragedy
Lost Dog Street Band- Weight Of A Trigger
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real- A Few Stars Apart
Mad Season- Above
Max Roach 4- Plays Charlie Parker
Michael Jackson- Thriller
Miles Davis- Merci, Miles! Live At Vienne
Miles Davis- Someday My Prince Will Come
Many of Mogwai’s best albums across their quarter-century career have felt like sweeping, cinematic soundscapes. It’s not surprise that they would flourish writing soundtracks.
The Scottish post-rock quartet wrote Zerozerozero to accompany an Italian crime series, but the music works well on its own. Taken as a whole piece, the score functions as a tense work that excels at building shadows, while also providing enough moments of light that the music doesn’t become too full of doom and dread.
While Mogwai frequently use a broad canvas to gradually layer and build epic tracks, they are more succinct on Zerozerozero. None of the 21 tracks run more than five minutes and nearly half of them are under three minutes. That economy allows Mogwai to shift moods quickly, providing quick bursts of tense shading. “Fears of Meadow” recalls Brian Eno, while “Moon in Reverse” is a moody piano piece. “Modern Trolls” floats on a gentle, pacific surf guitar line. Other moments recall Trent Reznor’s work with Atticus Ross, John Carpenter or Nick Cave.
This release marks Mogwai’s fifth soundtrack offering in eight years. Since recording Zerozerozero, Mogwai have released the excellent studio album As Love Continues. It appears Mogwai has plenty of paths to follow and the creative energy to make them an engaging journey.- Joel Francis.
Mother Mother- Inside
My Morning Jacket- Evil Urges
My Morning Jacket- It Still Moves
Nick Cave- Carnage
Nine Inch Nails- Hesitation Marks
Nipsey Hussle- Victory Lap
Old Crow Medicine Show- Best of Old Crow Medicine Show
PJ Harvey- White Chalk
Phish- LP on LP 01; LP on LP 02
Legendary jam band Phish have an official archive of live music rivaling (and no doubt inspired by) the Grateful Dead. While scores of the quartet’s complete concerts are available, the group is taking a different route for the new Live Performance on Long Play, or LP on LP, vinyl-only series.
The first two LP on LP releases consist of just a single song from a magical performance. The first installment captures a 38-minute journey through “Ruby Waves” recorded at Alpine Valley, Wisc., in 2019. The second volume contains a highly improvised version of “Waves” recorded during rehearsal in 2011. Yes, these songs are split across two sides of vinyl, but trust Phish to honor the song by not letting the side-flip disrupt the flow. The version of “Tweeter” shared between two sides on A Live One certainly doesn’t suffer from the division.
To sweeten the deal, initial pressings of LP on LP will come on sweet, psychedelic colored vinyl. While dedicated fans preordered these releases long ago, these bite-size portions of Phish are a great way to dip your toe in the water and find out what all the fuss is about.- Joel Francis.
Queen- G.H. 1
Rage Against the Machine- Evil Empire
Rose City Band- Earth Trip
Rosie Tucker- Sucker Supreme
Los Angeles-based indie singer/songwriter Rosie Tucker earned a lot of new fans with her second album. Sucker Supreme, her third release and first for Epitaph Records, should build on that success.
Tucker combines Courtney Barnett’s eye for detail and deft lyricism with the exuberance of the Beths or early Ida Marie. Opening track “Barbara Ann” is an inviting showcase of Tucker’s talents. The upbeat ode to her grandmother combines great lines such as “don’t f-k around with a Louisville Slugger under your bed” with an energetic guitar line that will have the listener pogoing around the room.
Other songs are lower-key, but no less impressive. “Habanero” is a slinky love song that uses food as analogy. What could be incredibly corny in other hands, Tucker manages to sound charming. On “For Sale: Ford Pinto,” Tucker pens a lyric that couples Doritos with anger and is so clever it takes multiple listens to appreciate.
Sucker Supreme is aided with an economy that keeps the album moving and sound shifting. None of the 14 songs last longer than four minutes and the album runs a tight 36 minutes. The second half of the album spins from the abstract lyrics of “Airport” to shape-shifting “Dogs,” which leads into the lo-fi “Clinic Poem” before landing into the dream pop haze of “Peach Pit” – all in a little more than 10 minutes. This might cause whiplash if it didn’t feel so natural. Sucker Supreme is a ride worth taking. – Joel Francis.
Sault- Sault 5
Sault- Sault 7
Sault- Untitled (Black Is)
Sault- Untitled (Rise)
Selena Gomez- Revelacion
Snoop Dogg- The Last Meal
Sonny Clark- Cool Struttin
Sparks- A Steady drip drip drip
Sparks- Kimono My House
Steve Reid- Nova
Sturgill Simpson- High Top Mountain
Taylor Swift- Speak Now
Terrace Martin- Dinner Party
The B-52’s- B-52’s
The Beatles- Mono Masters
The Kinks- Something Else By the Kinks
The Mountain Goats- Dark In Here
The Roots- Do You Want More?!!!??!
Thelonious Monk- Palo Alto
Throttle Elevator Music- Emergency Exit
Throttle Elevator Music- Retrorespective
Tyler, The Creator- IGOR
VAMPIRA WITH SATAN’S CHEERLEADERS / O.S.T.- Vampira With Satan’s Cheerleaders (Original Soundtrack)
Wipers – Land of the Lost
Portland, Ore. punk band the Wipers are one of those bands with that seem to be ignored by most but passionately appreciated by a few. No less than Kurt Cobain, Thurston Moore and J. Mascis have covered or sung the trio’s praises. A long-overdue reissue of the Wipers fourth studio album, Land of the Lost provides the perfect opportunity to see what the fuss is about.
Released in 1986, Land of the Lost arrived three-quarters of the way through an incredibly prolific period when the band released eight albums in nine years (including two live offerings). Lead by songwriter, singer and virtuosic guitarist Greg Sage, the sound of Land of the Lost is harder and angrier than the Wipers’ previous albums. The frantic “Fair Weather Friends” sounds like Motorhead and the title track is buried in layers of feedback and propelled by a scuzzy guitar riff that would make the Asheton brothers proud (and fit right in on a Stooges album).
Sage lightens up somewhat on side two. The guitar part on “Nothing Left to Lose” has a loose jangle that recalls Peter Buck’s contemporary work with R.E.M. “Different Ways” is built on an almost jazz-like guitar part. Finally, the way Sage’s voice is buried in echo (and the mix) on closer “Just Say” make the track a strong contender for being the first punk/shoegaze mash-up.
Sage became far less prolific after Land of the Lost, releasing just six albums in the 35 years since. For many Wipers fans, Land of the Lost is the final work of Sage and a band, before he retreated and became a studio hermit. However it is framed, Land of the Lost is an essential addition for any fan of ‘80s underground music or the Pacific Northwest scene.- Joel Francis.
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