June 27, 2019
NEW THIS WEEK AT THE SHOP:
Heading downstairs for this week's Used Vinyl Alert, we've got a whole lot of cool ones to show ya. The record goddesses rain down on us with rare pressings from Nirvana, many sealed 70s albums from the Beatles and related side/solo projects, Dylan boots, rare Blue Notes, some deep psych one-offs, private press folk, and some great blues and punk. Plus, we've got several LPs from three of the artists responsible for some of the beautiful music of the last couple centuries, Erik Satie, Kate Bush and birds. No, not "The" Byrds. Birds, the things that fly!
Psych of the household and dungeon varieties is here from Glass Prism, Blackwood Apology, the Myrrors, the Outsiders, Moby Grape, Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Orpheus, Lightning, Osmosis, Soft Machine, Pearls Before Swine, Love, Caravan, John Peterson, the Left Banke, Link Wray, and T. Rex. Plenty more from the rock and pop realms, including nice ones from Van Morrison, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Paul Simon, Prince, Madonna, Santana, King Crimson, Dick Dale, JJ Cale, the Yardbirds, Fleetwood Mac, the Velvets, and David Bowie.
Punk, wave, and metal is here from the New York Dolls, AC/DC, the B52's, The Sound, Siouxsie, and Black Sabbath, plus some more recent rock and 'alternative' from Pavement, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Mudhoney, Thurston Moore, Elliott Smith, Bill Callahan, Deafheaven, Autolux, King Gizzard, the Nots, Interpol, Mount Carmel, Flaming Lips, Tobacco, Minus the Bear, and Air. Hip-hop rolls in from Guru, Major Lazer, Twin Hype, Roxanne Shante, and KRS One.
We go ham on jazz this week with LPs from Charles Mingus, Elvin Jones, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Sam Noto, Michael Urbaniak, Bill Evans, Django Reinhardt, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Duke Pearson, Lonnie Smith, Tony Williams, Larry Coryell, John McLaughlin, Sonny Stitt, and Brother Jack McDuff. Folk and country is in from John Fahey, Pete Seeger, John Renbourn, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Patsy Cline. Some great soul is in from Funkadelic, Isaac Hayes, the Time, and Roberta Flack, plus some killer James Brown LPs, some still sealed. Last up, some deep blues is in from Papa John Creach, Lightning Hopkins, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Leadbelly, Robert Nighthawk, Willie Dixon, Sonny Boy Williamson, and the brothers Vaughan.
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Titus Andronicus – “An Obelisk” This is the shortest album of the band’s career. Clocking in at thirty-eight minutes, it is a lesson in brevity from the band. Not only has Titus Andronicus streamlined the running time of an album, they have also streamlined their sound. Gone are the arty over-the-top extravagant songs that filled their prior five albums. This also has to be their most focused album ever. Perhaps credit has to be given to Bob Mould (Husker Du, Sugar), the producer of the album? Maybe Mr. Mould’s trademark guitar pop rubbed off on the band. And the short and to-the point songs really showcase what good songwriters that the band possesses. The band is still noisy and a bit punky; that was never going to change. But Titus Andronicus sounds reinvigorated with “An Obelisk”” and that bodes well for the band’s future. - Ted
The Raconteurs – “Help Us Stranger” Jack White is the White Stripes guy. Brendon Benson is the power pop guy. Patrick Keeler and Jack Lawrence came from the Detroit garage rockers the Greenhornes. But the bands that the band members were in before no longer exist. And to a certain extent, the band members have left behind the sounds that made them famous, or infamous, in the first place. “Help Us Stranger” is a rocking album, but the whole proceedings have a common sound and a common bond that makes me think the band members think of themselves as a band, rather than just individuals. It is interesting that the slower songs are the ones that stick out upon the first several listens. It seems that the band cared enough to take the time to get the slower songs right, rather than just quickly bash out a whole album of sloppy fast songs. I think that restraint is the watchword for this album. The question has to be is why it took eleven years for them to put out their third album? I just hope it doesn’t take as long for another Raconteurs album to arrive. - Ted
Calexico/Iron & Wine – “Years to Burn” Both bands put a collaborative ep out in 2005 and there was talk of an album to follow. Fourteen years later the album finally appears. Both bands have a slightly similar folk-rock sound, but the bands seem to have made a compromise on the sound of this album. To my mind, ‘Years to Burn” sounds like a country rock album from the early seventies. And I mean it sounds like a really good seventies country rock album. Nothing in both bands’ careers prepared me for the sound of this album. “Years to Burn” is pleasant shock, and it is also a pleasant shock on just how good it is too. - Ted
Ron, Ryan, Angie, Marty, Evan, Matt, Ben, Will, Ed, Isaac, Larry, Andy, Mark, Jack, Sam & Eric