It’s Wilco 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
2Pac – Greatest Hits
2Pac – The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory
13th Floor Elevators – Easter Everywhere (Limited Edition, Colored Vinyl)
13th Floor Elevators – Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators (Limited Edition, Colored Vinyl)
49 Winchester – Fortune Favors The Bold (Orange Clear Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
ABBA – Gold – Greatest Hits (180 Gram Vinyl, Colored Vinyl, Gold)
Adam Green – That Fucking Feeling
Ahab – The Coral Tombs
Amyl & the Sniffers – Amyl And The Sniffers
Archie Shepp & Mal Waldron – Left Alone Revisited
Art Blakey & Jazz Messengers – Hard Drive (Remastered)
AC/DC – Highway To Hell
Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
Amy Winehouse – Live At Glastonbury 2007
Ari Lennox – Shea Butter Baby
Aaliyah – Ultimate Aaliyah
A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders
A Tribe Called Quest – People’s Instinctive Travels..
The Art Ensemble of Chicago – The Sixth Decade: From Paris To Paris
The B-52’s – Whammy! (Colored Vinyl, Brick & Mortar Exclusive, 40th Anniversary Edition)
Beach House – Depression Cherry (Digital Download Card)
Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Colored Vinyl)
Bobby Hutcherson – San Francisco (Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series)
Billy Strings – Renewal (180 Gram Vinyl)
Beastie Boys – Check Your Head (180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered)
Beyoncé – Renaissance (180 Gram Vinyl, Booklet, Poster, Deluxe Edition)
Charles Mingus – East Coasting
Cage the Elephant – Melophobia (180 Gram Vinyl, Digital Download Card)
Cage the Elephant – Tell Me I’m Pretty (180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket)
Chris Stapleton – Traveller
The Cure – Faith (Bonus Tracks)
The Cramps – Let’s Get Fucked Up: Live At The Vidia Club Cesena – May 5th 1998 – TV Broadcast
Cinderella – Live At The Key Club – Marble Purple Splatter (Colored Vinyl, Purple)
Duke Ellington – Duke Ellington Presents (2022 – Remaster)
Death Grips – No Love Deep Web (Indie Exclusive, Limited Edition, Colored Vinyl, Clear Vinyl, Anniversary Edition)
Death Grips – The Money Store (180 Gram Vinyl, Download Insert)
Def Leppard – Pyromania
Domi & JD Beck – Not Tight
Dolly Parton – Jolene (140 Gram Vinyl, Download Insert)
Daft Punk – Alive 1997
Daft Punk – Alive 2007
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (180 Gram Vinyl, Digital Download Card)
Electric Hot Tuna – Burgers (50th Anniversary, Colored Vinyl, Brick & Mortar Exclusive)
Evanescence – Fallen
Fleetwood Mac – Tango In The Night
Foo Fighters – The Essential Foo Fighters (Gatefold LP Jacket, 140 Gram Vinyl)
The FARM – Farm
The Flamingos – Flamingo Serenade
The Grateful Dead – Aoxomoxoa (140 Gram Vinyl)
The Grateful Dead – Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses)(Remastered)
Grant Green – Green Is Beautiful (Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series)
Green Day – American Idiot (180 Gram Vinyl, Poster)
Gorillaz – Song Machine, Season One (Deluxe Edition)
Harry Styles – Harry Styles (180 Gram Vinyl, Booklet, Gatefold LP Jacket)
Incubus – Make Yourself
J. Cole – KOD (Gatefold LP Jacket)
John Cale – Mercy (Indie Exclusive, Clear Vinyl, Purple)
Joyce Hurley – Joyce
The Juliana Hatfield Three – Become What You Are (Indie Exclusive, Colored Vinyl, Yellow, Clear Vinyl)
Jaco Pastorius & Rashid Ali – Blackbird (Yellow Colored Vinyl, Limited Edition, 180 Gram Vinyl)
Jason Isbell – Sirens of the Ditch (Limited Edition, Colored Vinyl, Deluxe Edition)
In the decade and a half since he left the Drive-By Truckers, singer/songwriter Jason Isbell has developed
considerable and reverential following. A new reissue of Isbell’s 2007 solo debut Sirens of the Ditch
shows an ambitious talent that started strong and found room to grow over time.
Given the chance to make a statement all his own, Isbell makes the most of it. On “Dress Blues,” the
album’s best song, Isbell tries to make sense of an Iraq War casualty from Isbell’s hometown. Small
details like scripture on grocery store signs and sweet tea in Styrofoam cups make the poignant story
land even harder, because it’s easy to picture yourself in those situations.
Sirens of the Ditches is loaded with these tiny moments. On lead single and opening cut “Brand New
Kind of Actress,” Isbell imagines Lana Clarkson trying to make an escape from Phil Spector’s mansion,
pleading “Just put the piece away and let me call a cab.” From dancing to “Purple Rain” on “Grown” to
the wealthy small-town proprietor with “a bullet in his pocket no matter where he’s at” in “Down in a
Hole,” Isbell turns each song into something between a short story and a one-act play.
Sonically, Sirens of the Ditch isn’t that far from the Truckers’ literate Southern rock, but Isbell injects a
healthy dose of blues and soul into the mix. Recorded at Fame studios in Alabama – the place where
Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, the Staple Singers and the Rolling Stones recorded back in the ‘60s and
‘70s – Isbell gets help not only from his former bandmate Patterson Hood, but Hood’s father David
Hood. The elder Hood played bass on many of Fame’s biggest sessions. Spooner Oldham, another Fame session mainstay, contributes Hammond organ. -Joel Francis
Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced
Janelle Monáe – The Archandroid
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
The Logic – Vinyl Days
Ladytron – Time’s Arrow (Indie Exclusive, Clear Vinyl)
Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy (180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered, Gatefold LP Jacket)
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin 3 (180 Gram Vinyl)
Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti (180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered)
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV (180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered)
Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah & Songs From His Albums (180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket)
Lillian Axe – Poetic Justice
Leon Bridges – Coming Home (180 Gram Vinyl, Download Insert)
Lauryn Hill- Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Lana Del Rey – Blue Banisters [2 LP]
Madvillain – All Caps
Modest Mouse – Good News for People Who Love Bad News (180 Gram Vinyl)
Makaya McCraven – In the Moment
In less than a decade, drummer Makaya McCraven has become one of the hottest names in jazz by
pulling off two perilous projects perfectly. In 2020, McCraven reworked poet Gil-Scott Heron’s final
album, replacing the cold, electronic elements with vibrant rhythms and sampled jazz loops. Eighteen
months later, he grafted new jazz musicians onto classic Blue Note recordings by Art Blakey, Hank
Mobley and others.
The success of these projects, in addition to ambitious concept albums, have made McCraven a go-to
producer and performer. A reissue of McCraven’s 2015 breakthrough In the Moment lets listeners
revisit an impressive early accomplishment.
To make In the Moment, McCraven took 48 hours of live, improvised performances and spliced and
mixed them together into a singular 19-track, 75-minute statement. Miles Davis’ producer Teo Macero
perfected this technique more than a decade before McCraven was born. But McCraven takes this
approach one step further, manipulating background chatter from the venue and incorporating shouts
of excitement and applause from the crowd.
The result is an album that is sometimes more interesting in execution than as a listen. Because the
pieces are based on freeform performances, there aren’t many earworms. In many ways, In the Moment
has more in common with hip hop producer Madlib’s sonic creations than jazz. Nevertheless, In the
Moment is a fascinating stepping stone.-Joel Francis
Metallica -Master Of Puppets (Remastered)
Michael Jackson – Off The Wall (Picture Disc Vinyl)
Michael Jackson – Bad (Picture Disc Vinyl)
Michael Jackson – Thriller (Gatefold LP Jacket)
Margo Price – Strays
Singer-songwriter Margo Price has never been afraid to mine her yesterdays for musical inspiration.
Price’s 2016 debut Midwest Farmer’s Daughter and its follow-up, All American Made – both released on
Jack White’s Third Man Records – draw heavily (and successfully) from Price’s past. Price’s third album,
2020’s excellent That’s How Rumors Get Started, found the performer leaning less heavily on her own
history and backing away from the roots/Americana sound that informed earlier releases.
Strays continues this path, cutting a musical tapestry that is as much classic rock and Carole King as it is
country. Indie rocker Sharon Van Etten guests on “Radio,” an upbeat number built on a programmed
drum part that contains the album’s most delectable lyric: “The only thing I have on is the radio.”
A few songs later, “Time Machine” is built around a looped guitar line with the main hook delivered on
xylophone. Lucius stop by on “Anytime You Call,” but the best cameo belongs to former Heartbreaker
Mike Campbell who pops up in “Light Me Up” to deliver a psychedelic guitar solo that conjures up the
raging outro to “Don’t Come Around Here No More.”
Never afraid to get political (check out “Pay Gap” and the title song from All American Made), Price is
even more bold here. On “Lydia,” Price creates a nuanced, sympathetic portrait of a woman considering
having an abortion. The juxtaposition of Price’s acoustic guitar against a lush string section adds gravity
to the complex depiction.
The piano part that opens “County Road” deliberately recalls Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run.” While
the Boss ruminated on Mary’s dress, Price speaks to a deceased friend, revisiting their awkward path
from childhood to adulthood, recalling “when we got drunk that time in Ontario/Listening to Warren
Zevon on the radio.” -Joel Francis
N.W.A. – Greatest Hits (Bonus Track, Remastered)
N.W.A.- Straight Outta Compton
Nirvana – Nirvana
Opeth – Blackwater Park (180 Gram Vinyl)
Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon(180 Gram Vinyl)
The Pharcyde – Bizzare Ride II The Pharcyde (Indie Exclusive, Clear Vinyl, Purple, Yellow)
Pharoah Sanders – Karma (Verve Acoustic Sounds Series)
Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Prince – Purple Rain (180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered)
Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against The Machine XX (20th Anniversary Edition)
Spotlights – We Are All Atomic
Sylvan Esso – No Rules Sandy (Indie Exclusive, Limited Edition, Colored Vinyl)
Smashing Pumpkins – Gish
SZA – CTRL (150 Gram Vinyl, Colored Vinyl, Green, Gatefold LP Jacket)
Savoy Brown – Shake Down
Scolohofo – Oh! (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)
Suicidal Tendencies – Suicidal Tendencies
Steely Dan – Can’t Buy A Thrill (180 Gram Vinyl)
Tool – Fear Inoculum (180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Poster)
Talking Heads – Talking Heads: 77 (180 Gram V
Taylor Swift – 1989
Taylor Swift – Evermore (Green Colored Vinyl, Deluxe Edition, Bonus Tracks)
Tyler Childers – Long Violent History (140 Gram Vinyl)
Tyler Childers – Purgatory
Tyler The Creator – Call Me If You Get Lost (Gatefold LP Jacket, Poster)
Tyler Childers – Live On Red Barn Radio I & II
Thelonious Monk – At The Village Gate 1963
The Velvet Underground – Loaded
“Loaded” is the fourth and what many hardcore fans consider to be the final studio album by legendary art-rock band Velvet Underground.
It would be the last album to feature founding member Lou Reed, who quit shortly before “Loaded’s” release in 1970. Other original members Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker would leave VU in 1971.
Though she was credited on the album, Tucker doesn’t actually appear on Loaded (she was pregnant at the time of the recording). Drumming duties were handled by bassist Doug Yule, recording engineer Adrian Barber, session musician Tommy Castanero and Yule’s brother Billy.
The album’s title is a humorous double entendre referencing Atlantic’s request for a record “loaded with hits” and the band’s association with heavy drug use and beatnik culture.
The sound of “Loaded” is a clear departure from VU’s three previous records. It was widely aimed at a more commercial sound in hope of increased radio airplay.
Even though Reed is credited with being the main songwriter, Yule took on a larger role in the band as far as arrangements and singing. He handles lead vocals on three of the albums ten tracks.
Even though “Loaded” never achieved the commercial success it aspired to, it did produce some of VU’s most popular songs including “Who Love’s the Sun” and “Sweet Jane.”
This limited edition Crystal-Clear vinyl sounds amazing. If you missed out on the 2015 45th anniversary reissue this a great chance to pick up a copy of this iconic album. – Major Matt
Various Artists – A Tribute to Pink Floyd: Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon (Red, Black, Blue, Colored Vinyl, Bonus Track)
Van Halen – Van Halen
Wayne Shorter – Live At The Detroit Jazz Festival
The Who – Who’s Next (180 Gram Vinyl)
Wilco – Cruel Country (Indie Exclusive, Colored Vinyl, Red, White)
Wu-Tang Clan – Enter Wu-Tang
The Weeknd – Starboy
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