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Ziggy Stardust New Vinyl Thursday

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

Art D’Ecco – In Standard Definition

Bill Evans – Trio ’65 (Verve Acoustic Sounds Series)

Brad Mehldau – Jacob’s Ladder

Adia Victoria – A Southern Gothic

Amyl and The Sniffers- Amyl and the Sniffers

Black Stone Cherry – Live From The Royal Albert Hall… Y’All! (140 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket)

Billie Eilish- Happier Than Ever

The Beatles- Abbey Road Anniversary

Bon Iver – For Emma Forever Ago

Ceyleib People – Tanyet

Charles Lloyd – 8: Kindred Spirits (Live From The Lobero) (With Book)

Corb Lund – Songs My Friends Wrote (Clear Vinyl, Limited Edition, Indie Exclusive, Autographed / Star Signed)

Childish Gambino – Camp

Childish Gambino – Kauai (RSD Exclusive)

Childish Gambino – Because the Internet

Daft Punk – Tron: Legacy Reconfigured (Original Soundtrack) (Limited Edition)

David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (Picture Disc Vinyl LP, Remastered)

David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (Remastered, Half-Speed Mastering)

Daft Punk- Random Access Memories (180 Gram Vinyl, Digital Download Card)

Funkadelic – Free Your Mind (180gm Blue Vinyl)

Frogpond – TimeThief

Fontaines D.C. – Skinty Fia
Weekly Reviews:
Fontaines D.C. is a post punk band originally from Dublin, Ireland (the D.C. stand for Dublin city).
The majority of the band resides in London at the the moment, which may or may not be a telling factor in the difference between the scrappy, angular sound of their 2019 debut Dogel, and the much more sweeping, cinematic strokes of their most recent release Skinty Fia.
Skinty Fia is a phrase that drummer Tom Coll’s great-aunt used to say. It translates to English as “the damnation of the deer.” The album’s cover art features a deer, plucked from its natural habitat and deposited in the hallway of a home, illuminated by a red glow. Press releases for the band have claimed both the title and the cover art allude to the extinct Irish elk, also known as the “giant deer”.
The haunting, restraint that starts odd Skinty Fia’s nearly six minute opening track “In ár gCroíthe go deo” feels much more akin to the dramatic art rock of Radiohead or Joy Division than anything the legendary Irish alt rockers The Undertones ever put out.
Track two, “Big Shot,” continues the broad brooding guitar strokes while “How Cold Love” shows the band unabashedly  competing  for the self loathing goth crowd with lyrics like:
“They all consume
They fall in their bed
They wanna go dead
They sit in their room”
In light of the album’s symbolic title and cover art, the subtext to all the doom and gloom takes on stronger cultural meaning.
The first single from the album “Jackie Down The Line” is a play on words.  A “Jackeen” is a derogatory term used by people from other parts of Ireland to describe someone from Dublin due to its close affiliation to England. Jacken refers to the British flag, commonly known as the Union Jack.
The Music on “Roman Holiday” sounds like late period Sonic Youth while the howling vocal melody wouldn’t be out of place on an Oasis record.
Finally the title track kicks in some more aggressive rhythms and slicing guitars. The understated monotone vocal delivery creates  contrast to the subject matter of a fellow basically at the end of a relationship and consequently at the end of his rope.
If you’re looking for some light tunes to brighten a heavy work week, “Skinty Fia” might not be the first album you wanna reach for. But if your looking for a companion, perhaps even a surrogate voice for that odd wave of cultural, existential dread… this might be your ticket for the dark ferry ride through it. – Major Matt

Foo Fighters – Greatest Hits

Hank Williams Jr – Rich White Honky Blues (Gold Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive)

Harry Styles – Harry’s House (180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket, Booklet, Postcard)

Information Society – Information Society (Clear Vinyl, 140 Gram Vinyl)

Koffee – Gifted

The Kills – No Wow (The Tchad Blake Mix 2022) (Gold Colored Vinyl, Indie Exclusive, Digital Download Card)

Kiss – Kissworld: The Best Of Kiss (140 Gram Vinyl)

Lana Del Rey – Chemtrails Over The Country Club

Lonnie Smith Liston & the Cosmic Echoes – Cosmic Funk

Molchat Doma – Etazhi – 15 Year Edition – Seaglass Wave (Colored Vinyl)

Momma – Two Of Me

Mumford & Sons- Sigh No More

Nas – Illmatic

N.W.A.- Straight Outta

Olivia Rodrigo- Sour (Pink Colored Vinyl, Limited Edition, Indie Exclusive)

Only the Family – Only The Family – Lil Durk Presents: Loyal Bros (Black Vinyl with Red) [

Pink Floyd – The Wall (180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold LP Jacket)

Pixies – Doolittle (180 gram Vinyl)

Post Malone – Hollywood’s Bleeding (Colored Vinyl, Pink)

Prince – 1999 (150 Gram Vinyl)

Prince – Purple Rain (Picture Disc)

Queen – The Platinum Collection

Robert Fripp – Exposure – Fourth Edition (Steven Wilson Mix, 200 Gram Vinyl)

Radiohead – Kid A Mnesia (Gatefold LP Jacket, 3LP

Roxy Music – Siren

Weekly Review:

British art rockers had done a lot of things right by 1975. Their previous four albums – released in just
three years – had made music critics weak in the knees. The first two Roxy albums launched the career
of producer and audio artist Brian Eno. The band’s other Bryan – songwriter and frontman Bryan Ferry –
was the embodiment of cool, dating models, dressing smartly and floating above life on a cloud of
panache.
The one thing Roxy Music didn’t have was a Top 40 hit in the United States. That finally changed in the
fall of ’75, when the album’s lead single (and opening track) burrowed its way to No. 30. Driven by Andy
Mackay’s saxophone, “Love is the Drug” is the story of a single man on the prowl for something more
primal than romance. You can hear the foundation of Blondie and the Talking Heads’ sound in the song’s
drumming and bassline.
Although Sire was the band’s most straightforward album to date, none the of other eight songs sound
like “Love is the Drug.” “Sentimental Fool” is the antonym of “Love is the Drug.” The extended, angular
opening passage features touches of free jazz being assaulted by Phil Manzanera’s guitar. Ferry’s lyrics,
delivered in falsetto, genuinely espouse the beauty and power of women. “Both Ends Burning,” the
album’s other single, is a dance single that swaps out a disco beat for washes of synthesizers.
Between the violin on “End of the Line” and hard-rocking “Whirlwind,” Siren never stays in one place
very long. That the songs hold together as well as they do across the course of the album is a testament
to the band’s musicianship and vision.
No one knew it at the time, but Siren was the pinnacle of Roxy’s artistry and the end of an era. The band
went on hiatus for several years. When they returned, their albums had a more commercial appeal. In
fact, the group’s 1982 swan song, Avalon, is the only album that measures up to that initial burst of
glory. -Joel Francis

Stooges – Fun House

Stooges – Stooges (Remastered, Expanded Version)

Samantha Fish – Black Wind Howlin’

Weekly Review:

Blues guitarist Samantha Fish has steadily increased her presence on the national scene for the past
several years. A reissue of her second album, Black Wind Howlin’, is a pleasant reminder of when her
skills were open secret here in Kansas City but had yet to dazzle the rest of the country.
Fish’s style of blues is more like Lou Ann Barton than Bessie Smith, and she hits hard on “Miles to Go,”
an explosive opener designed to put bodies on the dance floor. The groove on “Go to Hell” is so dirty
and primal it could fit on a Black Keys album.
Elsewhere, Fish covers Howlin’ Wolf’s “Who’s Been Talking,” which features some great blues harp from
Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone. “Let’s Have Some Fun” find Fish working solo, on acoustic guitar. The album’s
best track, “Lay It Down,” is another dirty, greasy slice of blues that’s perfect for dancing and singing
along.
The success of Black Wind Howlin’ got Fish’s foot in the door across the country. Her next album was
produced by Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi All-Stars. After that, the cat was out of the bag
and Fish no longer belonged to Kansas City alone. -Joel Francis

Smile – A Light for Attracting Attention (Gatefold LP Jacket, Limited Edition, Colored Vinyl, Yellow, Indie Exclusive)

Skull Snaps – Skull Snaps
Weekly Reviews:
One of the most interesting and perhaps unforeseen byproducts of early hip-hop’s extensive use of sampling is the rejuvenation,  if not canonization, of what might have otherwise been obscure r&b, funk and soul records of the 60’s and 70’s.
One such record is the mysterious 1973 self titled album by the New York based, rare groove, soul band SKULL Snaps.
Known as The Diplomats for the majority of their career, they released eleven 7”s on various labels between 1963 and 1970 and even performed regularly at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem as well as were among the first RnB groups to play Carnegie Hall.
Then, suddenly, the band changed their name , booked some time in New Jersey’s Venture Sound Studios where they rapidly recorded one of the most coveted albums in crate digger history and faded into obscurity.
The band was revered for their chops by other artists of the time. Legend has it R&B artist Loyd Price was responsible for the name change. After seeing them perform one night he went up to the band and said, “If you’re not going to use The Diplomats name, what can your name be, sounding like that? Because when I listen to you, it’s like to snap my fuckin’ skull.”
Needless to say, in the early 70’s, Black Music was not topping the pop charts at the time. Band member Samm Cully describes the motivation behind the macabre cover: “We decided not to have our pictures on there, so people really couldn’t know who we were. If you went into a record shop and saw that album sitting there and you’re a rock fan, you’d say, ‘Damn, let me take that home and see what it is.”
Unfortunately, whatever success the strategy managed had inadvertently writing the band’s members out of what would become one of the most sought after Records in Hip- Hop history.
Everyone from The Pharcyde, Eric B. & Rakim, Digable Planets, Common, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, to chart topping groups like The Prodigy, Linkin Park, and even Alanis Morissette would all make use of the rock solid, in the pocket drum into to “It’s A New Day.”
Skull Snaps – Samm Culley, Ervan Waters and George ‘Buzzy’ Bragg – were written out of history, lost behind that sample and that iconic, unusual, spooky album cover.
Ranging from Blaxploitation era orchestral soul to classic funk and heat sinking ballads this is a record no fan of 70’s soul or early hip hop should be without. Lucky for you we’ve a line on the Mr Bongo reissue of this iconic album. -Major Matt

Tindersticks – Past Imperfect The Best Of Tindersticks ’92-’21 (Limited Edition, Boxed Set)

Tycho – Awake Remix (Colored Vinyl, Blue, Digital Download Card)

The Sea and Cake – One Bedroom

Weekly Review:

The Sea and Cake’s sixth album capped an incredibly creative and vibrant decade for the Chicago-based
indie rock group.
Released in 2003, One Bedroom finds the group refining the sound of their previous album. Album
opener “Four Corners” percolates along with a gentle was of synthesizers playing off a meandering
guitar line before singer/guitarist Sam Prekop steps to the microphone more than two minutes into the
track. A few tracks later, the backing arrangement on “Hotel Tell” sounds like someone playing Stereolab
backwards. One Bedroom closes with a brilliant cover of David Bowie’s “Sound and Vision” which
reimagines the song as bedroom pop.
After the success of One Bedroom, The Sea and Cake went on hiatus for three years. Prekop and
Prewett each released a solo album during that time, but when the band finally came back together
there were so many side projects and outside ventures, The Sea and Cake never got the time and focus
it deserved. It’s now been four years since the band’s latest release, making this the perfect time to
revisit the charming elegance of One Bedroom. -Joel Francis

Various Artists -Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Whitesnake – Greatest Hits

The White Stripes – The White Stripes Greatest Hits

RSD Preview:
Thanks to the ever-present, nebulous “supply chain issues,” there’s another bonus Record Store Day this
weekend. While the list of new titles isn’t as robust as other RSDs, several titles have still managed to
catch my eye.
That’s why Seventh Heaven has ordered every RSD title and will have them priced below retail. The
store will open at 7 a.m. with several measures in place to keep both you and staff safe.
Here are 10 RSD releases dropping this Saturday I’m excited about. Don’t forget to grab some tasty
treats after checking out. -Joel Francis

Miles Davis – What It Is: Montreal 7/7/83 (2xLP, limited to 10,000 copies)
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Travelin’ Band (Live at the Royal Albert Hall) (7” single, limited to 5,000
copies)
The Kinks – Waterloo Sunset EP (12” record, limited to 3,150 copies)
Pearl Jam – Live on Two Legs (2xLP, limited to 20,600 copies)
Prince – The Gold Experience (2xLP, limited to 24,150 copies)
Keith Richards – Talk is Cheap/Live at the Hollywood Palladium (2xCassette, limited to 650 copies)
Surfbort – Keep on Truckin’ (LP, limited to 1,000 copies)
Viktor Vaughn – Vaudeville Villain (2xLP, limited to 10,000 copies)
Wilco – Cruel Country (2xCD, limited to 8,000 copies)
Various artists – Soul Jazz presents 100% Dynamite (2xLP, limited to 1,500 copies)

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