Wet Leg New Vinyl Thursday

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

Alhaji Chief Kollington Ayinla – Blessing

Allison Russell – Outside Child (Orange Colored Vinyl)

Aldous Harding – Warm Chris

Weekly Review:

New Zealand folk singer Aldous Harding’s fourth album, Warm Chris, is an intricate, layered affair. Each
instrument is carefully placed in the proper space, creating an atmosphere not quite as spare as her
previous albums, but in no way ornate.
A bouncy piano line recalling Sufjan Stevens or Regina Spektor opens the album. “Come back and leave
it in the right place,” Harding sings repeats. A saxophone enters and the song concludes with a blown
note on the horn and the piano dissolving.
Not even a second later, we’re into “Tick Tock,” the second track. Harding’s double-tracked vocals and
accent bring to mind her Australian contemporary Courtney Barnett. The scant verses read like they
were composed with refrigerator word magnets – “Party people, they all want to start at me/All I want
is an office in the country” – as a bent acoustic guitar line and incessant chorus holds the song together.
Working yet again with frequent PJ Harvey collaborator John Parrish, Warm Chris is both nimble and
personal in surprising ways. A song like the buoyant “Lawn” doesn’t make much of an impression the
first time around, but a few hours later you’ll be humming the melody.
The spare arrangements also create an intimate listening experience. Harding sounds like she’s singing
to an audience of one when she intones “One day/You won’t have to prove your love in any other
way/But not today” on “She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain.”
Warm Chris is both quirky and affectionate creating a playful landscape filled with deeply personal and
cryptic lyrics that will engage both the heart and mind long after the album has stopped spinning. -Joel Francis

Azar Lawrence – Shadow Dancing

Animal Collective – Time Skiffs (Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive, Digital Download Card)

Adia Victoria – Southern Gothic
Weekly Review:
Rolling Stone describes Adia Victoria as “PJ Harvey covering Loretta Lynn at a haunted debutante ball.”
Jon Freeman described the song Magnolia Blues, the first single off her 2021 release Southern Gothic, as “an eerie, acoustic-guitar-driven tune that expands to thick bass and a ghostly orchestra of strings and banjo.” With a creeping riff just two notes shy of the Beatles “Come Together” mixed with a  backwards string arrangement, the track already has the album living up to its name.
The murder balladesque style continues with the slow swagger of track two’s “Mean- Hearted Woman” as reflected in the lyrics to the song…
“And now you’ve gone and broke my heart in two
You got me in a black screaming mood
I got it in me to burst in to flames
Let the whole world burn, let the ashes rain
You made me a mean-hearted woman
You made me a mean-hearted woman”
Victoria seems especially suited for this type of deeply passionate heartbreak song.
Her filled out version of Blind Willie McTell’s “You Was Born To Die” features guest vocals by Kyshona Armstrong, and Margo Price along with a smoking hot solo by Jason Isbell. Hearing this song performed with with all female vocals adds another level to its lovesick lyric content.
The last track on side one, “Troubled Mind,” sounds like a long lost Bond Theme  while side two stretched out into more Mazzy Starr territory with tracks like “Please Come Down”and “My Oh My” featuring Stone Jack Jone, of whom she seems to have found a kindred spirit.  There’s plenty haunting banjo and distant vocal delivery as the song was coming from the bottom of a dark and desolate coal mine.
“Deep Water Blues” ups the energy to a mid-tempo soul level, which is about as high the energy gets on Southen Gothic. But I’m not complaining.
The record ends nicely with a heartfelt duet ballad with The National’s Matt Beringer.
For fans of Luciana Williams, Valerie June, and Mazzy Starr! – Major Matt

Blackberry Smoke- You Hear Georgia

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

Bad Brains – Live CBGB 1982 (Limited Edition)

Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home (150 Gram Vinyl)

Boston Tea Party – Boston Tea Party

Black Sabbath- Master Of Reality

Bastards Of Soul – Corners
Weekly Review:
The story of the Dallas, TX based neo-soul group Bastards Of Soul is a heartbreaking story of a band on the precipice of breaking through to a mass audience only to be struck down by tragedy.
Flowing and extend hiatus due to COVID, just weeks after completing his final vocal for “Corners,” their most recent studio album, lead singer Chadwick Murray suddenly died of a rare autoimmune disease, anti-MDA5 dermatomyositis, which causes rapidly progressing interstitial lung disease.
As shocking as Murray’s passing was, the silver lining is the document of incredible vocal performances he left behind on Corners.
With an almost encyclopedic ability to reference some of the greatest soul singers of all time, Murray manages to seamlessly move from  the longing of an Otis Redding to the smooth soundings of a Bobby Womack from track to track.
 “American Scheme,” starts off Corners with a string arrangement nod to the great Curtis Mayfield’s politically charged cinematic soul. From one track to the next this album stays in the pocket and doesn’t quit.
This album is sure to join the cannon of exciting new neo-soul acts to emerge in last five years like Black Pumas, The Dip, Durand Jones and the Indications.  – Major Matt

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

Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex

The Cure – Seventeen Seconds (180 Gram Vinyl)

The Cure – Head on the Door

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

Claud- Super Monster

Chris Stapleton – Starting Over

Earthless – Sonic Prayer (Clear w/Black Splatter, Indie Exclusive, Remastered)

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

Foster the People – Torches X (Deluxe Edition, Orange Colored Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, 140 Gram Vinyl)

The Ghost – Impera

Weekly Review:

Swedish metal band Ghost thrives on drama and mystery. The band members’ identities are unknown,
shrouded in costume and billed only as A Group of Nameless Ghouls. The exception to this is singer and
visionary Tobias Forge. For the band’s fifth album, Impera, Forge delivers a 12-track song cycle seeped in
arena rock and the ‘80s glam metal that lit up Sunset Strip.
After a brief introduction that features an electric guitar soloing over a bed of acoustic six-strings, Forge
unleashes a wail worthy of Ronnie James Dio and blast of hard rock theatricality big enough to raise Jim
Steinman from the dead.
Forge has said Impera’s concept is built around “the rise and fall of empires,” but you don’t need to
follow his thesis to have a good time. The chunks of Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Blue Oyster Cult, Boston and
other hard rock heroes of yesteryear Forge hurls through the speakers are more than enough to
guarantee nothin’ but a good time.
Forget about all the subterfuge about Satanism and Ghost’s overwrought mythology and crank Impera
to 11. For fans of the Darkness and album-oriented rock Imprea is paradise by the stereo’s light. -Joel Francis

The Grateful Dead – Dicks Picks Vol. 19 10/19/73 Oklahoma City Fairgrounds (180 Gram Vinyl, Limited Edition, Boxed Set)

Gil Scott-Heron – Free Will

Guerilla Toss – Famously Alive

Ibibio Sound Machines – Electricity
Weekly Review:
Ibibio Sound Machine sound machine is a London based band fusing West African funk with elements of disco, modern post punk, and classic electronic music.
ISM has teamed up with legendary British synth pop artists/ producers Hot Chip in their latest album Electricity in Durham, NC label Merge Records. Rumor has it the two parties bonded over a shared interest in Francis Bebey and Giorgio Moroder.
From the very first track, “ Protection From”  the collaboration is easily felt through the the pulsating drum machine and glistening synthesized waves of sound.
Lead singer Eno William’s voice adds a distinctive World flavor as she combines words from her Nigerian parents native language  Ibibio with French and ultimately landing on the repeated English phrase “Spiritual Invisible Protection From Evil.”
For Williams language is clearly something to play with and ultimately diffuse, as the title track, Electricity, claims:
What does it mean to me?
All these words
Big, big English, big, big grammar
All these words
Mean so much to some people
To me, it’s all the same
The broad stokes of Jupiter synths and throbbing bass modulations run rampant throughout  this records.
Songs like “All That You Want” and “Wanna See Your Face Again” hearkens back to 90’s Club days when old school disco was fusing into the newer trends of house, break beat and drum and bass.
Part of the genius of ISM is that they can turn on a dime from tripped out club to a pretty straight forward Afro-beat track like “Oyoyo” and then with out missing a beat transition into an almost dubstep inspired sound collage of “Freedom.”
The music of ISM represents multiple bridges across time and genres. Ultimately, this music is gonna open up your soul and make you wanna share it  on the dance floor. I for one am ready!
Cool limited edition black and yellow splatter vinyl! – Major Matt

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

Jon Hopkins – Music For Psychedelic Therapy (Clear Vinyl, Indie Exclusive, Digital Download Card)

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

Jon Batiste – Anatomy Of Angels: Live At The Village Vanguard

Jon Batiste – Hollywood Africans

Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced

Jackie McLean – Tippin’ the Scales

Weekly Review:

Six months after recording his masterpiece Let Freedom Ring, jazz saxophonist Jackie McLean returned
to the studio with different trio of supporting musicians to record what would become Tippin’ the
For whatever reason, the half-dozen songs McClean and his bandmates recorded that day aren’t as
intense or boundary-defying as the cuts on Let Freedom Ring or One Step Beyond, the classic album
McClean would record just a few months later. Perhaps this is the reason why Blue Note kept Tippin’ in
the Scales in the vaults until 1979, when it was released only in Japan. It wasn’t until 1984 – 22 years
later – that America and the rest of the world got to buy Tippin’ the Scales.
Recorded with pianist Sonny Clark and the rhythm section of Butch Warren and Art Taylor, Tippin’ the
Scales is by no means a bad album. Although the playing is more relaxed and straightforward it is still a
delight to hear McClean and Clark play off each other.
The opening, six-minute title song was as out there as McClean and company get on this date. A pair of
blues – McClean’s “Rainy Blues” and Clark’s “Nursery Blues” – appear back-to-back but are different
enough in tone and texture to keep the listener engaged. After two more Clark originals, a cover of the
standard “Cabin in the Sky” closes this laid-back release. -Joel Francis

Kahil El’zabar Quartet – A Time for Healing (180 Gram Vinyl, Deluxe Edition, Audiophile)

King Hannah – Im Not Sorry, I Was Just Being Me (Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive, Digital Download Card)

King Hannah – Tell Me Your Mind And I’ll Tell You Mine (Green Colored Vinyl, Limited Edition, Indie Exclusive)

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

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Infest The Rats Nest (LIVE) (US Fuzz Club Official Bootleg, Red Colored Vinyl, 180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Indie Exclusive)

Leon Bridges- Gold-Diggers Sound

Lady Blackbird – Black Acid Sou

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

My Chemical Romance- Life On The Murder Scene

Miles Davis- Bitches Brew

Michael Jackson – BAD (Picture Disc)

Metallica – Metallica

Morgan Wade – Reckless (Deluxe Edition, Gatefold LP Jacket, 150 Gram Vinyl)

Night Beats – Levitation Sessions (Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)

Natalie Jane Hill – Solely (Clear Vinyl, Digital Download Card)

Natalie Cole – Unforgettable…With Love(180 Gram Vinyl,30th Anniversary Edition)

Nina Simone – The Hits

Nirvana – In Utero

New Order & Joy Division- Total

Nas – King’s Disease II

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

Orville Peck – Bronco (Gatefold LP Jacket, 140 Gram Vinyl)

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

Peter Murphy – Last And Only Star

Pixies – Doolittle [180 gram Vinyl]

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

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Unlimited Love (Deluxe)

The Replacements – Please To Meet Me

Sleeping with Sirens – Madness

Sonny Red – Out Of The Blue

Suicide – Surrender

Sade – The Best Of Sade (180 Gram Vinyl)

Slowdive – Souvlaki [180 gram vinyl]

The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble – Step Down

Spiritualized – Fucked Up Inside

Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Summer Walker – Still Over It

Tom Waits – Closing Time (180 Gram Vinyl)

Tom Morello – The Atlas Underground Fire (Orange Colored Vinyl, Sticker)

Tool – Fear Inoculum (Limited Edition, 180 Gram Vinyl, Etched Vinyl)

Tears for Fears – The Tipping Point

Twenty One Pilots – Vessel (FBR 25th Anniversary Edition, Silver Colored Vinyl)

The Velvet Underground – White Light/ White Heat

Various – Soul Drops

Voka Gentle – Writhing!

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

The Weeknd – Starboy

White Zombie – La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1

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