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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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