Let us head down below for this week's Used Vinyl Alert, where some fantastic records await you, especially if you like jazz, hip hop, and electronic music!
The jazz really goes this week, with a lot of rare pressings on the Blue Note and Prestige labels, from names like Grant Green, Andrew Hill, Elvin Jones, Sonny Rollins, Yusef Lateef, Horace Silver, Oliver Nelson, Donald Byrd, Jimmy Smith, Billy Taylor, Clark Terry, Charles Mingus, Don Patterson, Buddy Tate, Coleman Hawkins, Arnett Cobb, Joe Henderson, Leon Thomas, Big John Patton, Duke Pearson, Art Blakey, Lou Donaldson, and Philly Joe Jones.
We've got just about the entire hip-hop hall of fame in the new arrivals this week, with LPs from E-40, Mobb Deep, Killer Mike, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, the Hot Boys, Timbaland and Magoo, Freddie Gibbs, Talib Kweli, Common, 50 Cent, Rakim, Artifacts, Madlib, JJ Doom, Quasimoto, Aceyalone, Raekwon, LL Cool J, King Britt, Roc Marciano, Grandmaster Flash, MC Hammer, Evidence, Mystikal, and the one and only Snoop Lion.
A deep trove of electronic records covers a lot of ground this week, from recent classics to some 90s deep ones, including records from Portishead, Mark Pritchard, Aphex Twin, Autechre, Andy Stott, Royksopp, Junior Boys, Underworld, Teebs, Lithops, Zomby, Sleeparchive, Monolake, Special Requests, Boards of Canada, and Lee Bannon, plus a cool selection of rare and must-hear deep house and minimal techno 12's.
Plenty of great ones here from the Beatles, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, the Grateful Dead, Roxy Music, Fleetwood Mac, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard, plus more from Quiet Song, the Lemon Pipers, Nick Low, John Lennon, Rush, Steve Forbert, Whitesnak, and Kiss, folk and blues from Richard and Mimi Farina, Spider John Koerner, John Mayall, Holy Modal Rounders, and Pete Seeger, and some soul from Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Randy Crawford, Cameo, and Con Funk Shun.
Lastly, we've a bunch of recent indie and hardcore LPs from names like Diiv, Between the Buried and Me, Devil Wears Prada, Gallows, Expire, Hierophant, Borknagar, and Carcass!
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We’re going roots on this week’s replenishment. The Byrds might have been the initial spark to bring together the rednecks and the hippies. We have four titles which include members who graduated to The Flying Burrito Brothers, including the essential “Sweethearts of the Rodeo.” There’s Wilco-affiliated material from Jay Farrar, Jay Bennett and Golden Smog, as well as three titles from Lucinda Williams and loosies from Calexico and Richard Buckner. There’s a nice haul of UK-affiliated blues from John Mayall and Climax Blues Band, as well as a pair from guitar hero Mike Bloomfield. Staying overseas, we have more aggro sounds from Throbbing Gristle and The Buzzcocks, along with a trio of peak Bowie and “Flowers” by the Stones. We have a pair of reunited Big Star live dates, along with Chris Bell’s fragile masterpiece “I Am The Cosmos.” Other notables include two apiece from both Tim and Jeff Buckley, a pair from Van the Man (including the superlative “Street Choir”) and a huge amount of Beach Boys up through “Wild Honey.”
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Amyl and the Sniffers – “Amyl and the Sniffers” This is really the band’s first album. Their first long-player was their first two eps cobbled together. Amyl and the Sniffers hail from Melbourne, Australia and their sound may best be described as old school punk rock. The band is obviously too young to have been around in the seventies and eighties. After all, most of the band members are still in their early twenties. Rest assured, however, that this isn’t a band going through tired old clichés. The band’s youthful enthusiasm really revitalizes the old school context. The band’s lead singer and lyricist, Amy Taylor, is perhaps their most potent member. Her vocal performance on the album brings to mind Joan Jett, Poly Styrene from X-Ray Spex, and perhaps a little bit of early Siouxsie Sue. Yes, she is that good. “Amyl and the Sniffers” is proof positive that punk rock is not dead. It revitalizes itself as each successive generation comes into contact with the music. And each new generation adds something new to the form. Discover what Amyl and the Sniffers bring to the music on this album. - Ted
Cate Le Bon – “Reward” Ms. Le Bon also utilizes the past to revitalize the future. She is a very long way from the folk-rock days of her 2009 debut album. On her 2016 release, “Crab Day,” she left guitar-led music behind. On “Reward” she looks back to the seventies and eighties for inspiration. But she really doesn’t go for any obvious influences. She looks back to outré performers like Slap Happy, UT, Lora Logic, Lizzy Mercier Descloux and the Slits for inspiration. And I think she found what she was looking for by looking back to the past. The songs are richly arranged but quiet. She lets the music lead the songs to wherever the songs want to go. This is striking music and at times also strikingly beautiful. “Reward” is very personal music, but it is certainly not impenetrable. In fact, there is a sense of universality that lets one in quite quickly. And the album really gets further under your skin with each successive listen. Quite simply, “Reward” has more than its share of rewards. All l you have to do is only let it. - Ted