It’s PJ Harvey New Vinyl Thursday at The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven. Check out this week’s list of new vinyl arrivals:
ABBA – The Vinyl Collection (Boxed Set, Colored Vinyl)
Atmosphere – God Loves Ugly
The Beths – Jump Rope Gazers
Indie rock darlings The Beths are back with their second full length album, Jump Rope Gazers. As soon as I heard the first few notes of the lead single “Dying to Believe” play on my stereo I knew I was hooked. The guitar builds to crescendo with the drum and then drops out like the floor beneath your feet right as the vocals come in. Accented by slashing guitars, soaring vocals and sugar sweet harmonies, this song is guaranteed to get some serious playing time on my stereo.
Lucky for us we don’t have to wonder about just this this one hit, as the album is chalk full of good songs for your listening enjoyment. Title track “Jump Rope Gazers” has an 80’s pop rock ballad feel that hearkens back to the day of John Waite’s “I Ain’t Missing You.” “Out of Sight” brings twinkling mid-west emo guitars into the mix. With lyrics hopeful, heavy lyrics “If your world collapses/I’ll be down in the rubble/I’d build you another.”
I’ve already purchased a copy, so be sure to snag a copy today. The one I picked up was a very cool tangerine colored variant with a printed inner sleeve. -Brad Simmons
Barbara Lynn – The Atlantic Years 1968-1973(Limited Edition, 180 Gram Vinyl)
Bill Withers – Live at Carnegie Hall (180 Gram Vinyl)
Bon Iver – For Emma Forever Ago
Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways
The timing for the first collection of songs to come from Bob Dylan’s pen since 2012 couldn’t be better. Dylan obsessives have always made the time to pour over the bard’s lyrics for hidden meanings, but with so many competing options shut down for the time being, these poetic deep dives are even more enticing.
Sonically, Rough and Rowdy Ways splits the difference between Tempest, Dylan’s last original album, and the American songbook albums he’s released since then. “False Prophet,” “Crossing the Rubicon” and “Good Jimmy Reed” are upbeat blues numbers, while “I’ve Made Up My Mind” and “Mother of Muses” find Dylan in gentler, crooner mode.
Gallons of digital ink have been spilled over “Murder Most Foul,” a nearly 17-minute ode to John F. Kennedy with no chorus. The song has a nearly hypnotic effect on me. As Dylan’s words wash over, I am drawn to and comforted by the cascading piano and violin.
Dylan’s 39th album reinforces why he remains such a compelling and fascinating artist heading into the seventh decade of his riveting career. -Joel Francis
Big Star – #1 Record
Big Star – The Best Of Big Star (180 Gram Vinyl)
Bob Marley – Legend (Picture Disc Vinyl LP, Limited Edition)
The Chicks – Gaslighter
They may have dropped the dixie, but these Chicks still aren’t ready to make nice. The opening title track has many of the band’s hallmarks – a catchy, sing-along chorus, propulsive banjo picking backed with big drums, and a nasty kiss-off.
Production from Jack Antonoff, the man behind the boards for Taylor Swift’s recent pop albums and Lana Del Ray’s 2019 gem NFR, gives the album a shiny, poppy gloss. Fans missing the country and bluegrass elements of the Chicks’ older material should love “March March,” a strong performance with banjo, violin and plenty of stomps and claps.
If Gaslighter has a weakness, it is the multitude of mid-tempo numbers and ballads. The album would be better with more upbeat performances sprinkled throughout. As it is, Gaslighter stalls after the momentum established by the early numbers. Compounding the problem, most of these songs deal with the same topic: the dissolution of Natalie Maines’ marriage.
This won’t be a problem for long-time fans. Despite the weighty heartbreak behind the material, Gaslighter is filled with self-empowerment and determination to embrace the future regardless of the past. -Joel Francis
Childish Gambino – Camp
Cigarettes After Sex – Cry (Clear Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)
CKY – Carver City
Courtney Marie Andrews – Old Flowers
David Bowie – Hunky Dory (180 Gram Vinyl)
Deer Tick – The Black Dirt Sessions
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – Close But No Cigar
Ellie Goulding – Brightest Blue (140 Gram Vinyl)
Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters
When this Fiona Apple’s fifth album was released digitally last April, and dealing with the coronavirus appeared to be a season and not A Thing We’d Have to Live With Indefinitely, I was convinced it was going to be the soundtrack for the pandemic.
Although this naiveté is laughable in hindsight, Fetch the Bolt Cutters still captures that mood. It is charming, angry, insecure, elegant, awkward and funny – often effortlessly shuffling through several emotions within a few bars.
Apple recorded these songs at her home studio in the years following her previous album, eight years ago. The resulting baker’s dozen tunes are complex and authentic and provide a heartening catharsis especially needed right now. -Joel Francis
Frank Zappa – Hot Rats (Clear Vinyl, Pink, 50th Anniversary Edition)
The Garden – Kiss My Super Bowl Ring
HAIM – Women In Music Pt. III
Iration – Time Bomb
The Jayhawks – XOXO
Jesse Dayton – Gulf Coast Sessions
Kansas – The Absence Of Presence (Indie Exclusive, with Booklet, 180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket,Green Colored Vinyl)
Lil Wayne – Funeral
Marvin Gaye – His Classic Duets
Misfits – Land Of The Dead [Clear Red Vinyl] [Limited Edition]
Misfits – Twilight of the Dead
Mac Miller – Blue Slide Park
NINA SIMONE / DJ MAESTRO – Little Girl Blue Remixed [Limited Transparent Vinyl]
Orgone – Mos / Fet (Colored Vinyl)
OutKast – Speakerboxxx: The Love Below
Otis Redding – Lonely and Blue: The Deepest Soul Of Otis Redding
PJ Harvey – Dry (180 Gram Vinyl)
PJ Harvey – Dry – Demos (180 Gram Vinyl)
Pretenders – Hate for Sale
Every so often, if music fans are lucky, a veteran artist will put out an album that reminds fans why and how they fell in love with the band in the first place. Hate for Sale, the 11th album from the Pretenders, is that album.
Clocking in at a brisk 30 minutes, Hate for Sale snarls out of the gate with and rarely slows down. Frontwoman Chrissie Hynde seems invigorated by the return of founding drummer Martin Chambers and guitarist James Walbourne, with whom she wrote every song. Walbourne’s riffs and solos add muscle to Hynde’s undiminished vocals. He even manages to singlehandedly salvage the album’s least-effective track (“Junkie Walk”). Sidesteps into reggae on “Lightning Man” and orchestral pop on the introspective ballad “You Can’t Hurt a Fool” reinforce the raw force on the rest of the album.
The Pretenders are selling hate. Buy it. There is a lot to love. -Joel Francis
Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger In The Alps
Post Malone – Stoney(Colored Vinyl, Orange)
Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys (Clear Vinyl)
Public Enemy – Fear of a Black Planet
Pink Floyd – Obscured By Clouds (180 Gram Vinyl)
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
Paris Hilton – Paris (Gatefold LP Jacket, Limited Edition, Colored Vinyl)
Queens of the Stone Age – Rated R (180 Gram Vinyl, Bonus Tracks)
Queens of the Stone Age – Songs For The Deaf (180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket)
Queens of the Stone Age – Lullabies To Paralyze (Gatefold LP Jacket)
Rebelution – Dub Collection
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
Roddy Ricch – Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial
Roy Ayers – Virgin Ubiquity: Unreleased Recordings 1976 – 1981
Son Volt – Trace
Tame Impala – Innerspeaker
That Dog – Totally Crushed Out! (180 Gram Vinyl, Black)
Thievery Corporation – Mirror Conspiracy
Velvet Revolver – Contraband
Various – High Fidelity (Original Soundtrack) (Black, 180 Gram Vinyl)
Various – Until the End of the World (Music From the Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Various – Devil Got My Woman (Various Artists)
Various artists – Soul of a Nation: Jazz is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher
Given the number of collections available, there must be a substantial appetite for jazz and funk music created during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Soul of a Nation: Jazz is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher is another new three-album collection covering the era of the Black Arts Movement, when jazz, funk, fusion and street poetry crisscrossed and inspired the mind as much as the feet.
Several of the names included here – Funkadelic, Gil Scott-Heron, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Don Cherry – should be recognizable, even if the performances are more obscure. Some songs may take some acclimation. “Theme De Yo-Yo,” by Art Ensemble of Chicago sounds like a R&B song wedged into a free jazz performance. “Space Jungle Funk” by Oneness of Juju is everything you think it is.
Even the more accessible numbers, such as Baby Huey’s “Hard Times” and James Mason’s “Sweet Power of Your Embrace,” a synthesizer-driven funk song that could have been the theme song to a ‘70s cop show, refuse to become background music. Jazz is the Teacher is a demanding collection, but if you’re willing to invest, it is richly rewarding. -Joel Francis
Wooden Shjips – Back To Land (Limited Edition, Colored Vinyl)
White Stripes – White Stripes (180 Gram Vinyl, Reissue)
Xxxtentacion – Bad Vibes Forever (Black, White, Gatefold LP Jacket
Y.G. – Still Brazy
Yo La Tengo – Summer Sun
50% OFF Prince – Purple Rain- Thursday, July 23rd ONLY!
Modo & DJ Johnny Bravo Present: Saturnight Sound Space – Saturday July 25th @ 5:30 PM – 8 PM
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