August 22, 2019
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Heading downstairs for this week's Used Vinyl Alert, we've got a powerful spread of tunes this week, going heavy on early indie, post-punk and industrial.
We’re real heavy on the rock tip this week. Rather than unleashing a barrage of words, here’s the highlights cafeteria-style:
Bob Dylan: “Nashville Skyline”; “Desire”; “Blood on the Tracks”; “Another Side”
David Bowie: “Aladdin Sane”; “The Man Who Sold the World”
Jimi: “Band of Gypsies”; “Are You Experienced?”; “Axis”
Zombies: “Odessey & Oracle”
Bonnie Raitt: “Bonnie Raitt”
Jack Bruce: “Things We Like”; “Songs for a Tailor”
New York Dolls: “Too Much, Too Soon”
Richard Thompson: “I Want to See the Bright Lights”
Odetta: “Sings Ballads and Blues”
Kinks: “Lola vs Powerman”
Shuggie Otis: “Inspiration Information”
Not so bad, no? Keep your eyes open for various gray-area recordings from The Beatles, New York Dolls and Badfinger for good measure.
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Ride - “This Is Not a Safe Place” This is Ride’s second album since their reformation in 2014, and their sixth album overall. And this new album utilizes the band’s classic gauzy shoegaze sound of the early nineties. While 2016’s “ Weather Diaries” may have been a declaration of independence from their past, “This is Not a Safe Place” revels in their history - especially their early history from almost thirty years ago. “This is Not a Safe Place” will remind the listener why they fell in love with Ride all those years ago. - Ted
Frank Turner - “No Man’s Land” Mr. Turner started out in punk rock, but for the last decade or so has been a folkish singer-songwriter. “No Man’s Land” is his eighth album. And there is a theme connecting all the songs. All of the songs deal with women who died in the past. Some died natural deaths, but most died violent and forgotten deaths. A few were famous such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Kassiani (a saint and one of the first recognized musical composers). But most are unknown and most tried to declare their independence from the male dominated world and were definitely thwarted. While this may seem to be a bit heavy, Mr. Turner has graced “ No Man’s Land” with some of the most gorgeous melodies he has ever crafted. It is a bit astounding how well crafted this album is. It seems obvious that “No Man’s Land” was an important album for Mr. Turner and he gave it all he could muster. - Ted
Purple Pilgrims - “Perfumed Earth” Purple Pilgrims are two sisters, Valentine and Clementine Nixon. The sisters come from New Zealand, and their music imagines a New Zealand shrouded in fog and mist, with night and dark shadows predominating. But there is a purity and joy shining through their sisterly harmonies. It is easy to imagine the Purple Pilgrims as a new century Cocteau Twins. The sisters use their voices much the same way that Liz Fraser did back in the eighties. Purple Pilgrims are the latest in a long line of groundbreaking New Zealand musicians. And they even cover a Nico song. - Ted
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