Since we focused on vintage vinyl, cassettes and audio gear last week we didn’t post about some of the new vinyl that has been coming in. The hugely anticipated new album from Danny Brown “Atrocity Exhibition” is now out on vinyl and a new album from Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions (we have been waiting 7 years) has arrived. She sure likes to make us wait between album releases we had to wait 17 years for Mazzy Star‘s “Seasons of Your Day” release in 2013, still my favourite album from the past 5 years and a Backbeat best seller.
New reissues that have come in this past week include Pink Floyd‘s “Dark Side of the Moon” (Animals will be out November 18th), Weezer‘s albums have now been reissued at a more affordable price, these are only $19.95. Yes, The Verve has more than that one important album you should all know, “A Storm in Heaven” was their first album in 1993 and has never had a wide release on vinyl until now. We have already sold out of the vinyl reissue of their second album “A Northern Soul” but should have more in next week.
On to the new releases!
Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
Atrocity Exhibition is one of the freshest and boldest-sounding rap albums in recent memory, a sonic swirl inspired by the work of Talking Heads and Joy Division that nonetheless sounds like nothing else from the past or present. Featuring contributions from producers like Evian Christ, Petite Noir (who also lends vocals to the world-weary clang of “Rolling Stone”), Black Milk, the Alchemist and frequent collaborator Paul White, the album is full of laser-beam guitars, gym-teacher whistles, creaking vocal samples, and air-raid drones. It is the most intriguing take on hallucinatory rap since the heady heights of Cold Vein or Madvillainy.
Known for his wide range of collaborations, including everyone from Purity Ring, the Avalanches and Rustie to Schoolboy Q, E-40, and Ghostface Killah, Atrocity Exhibition sees a continuation of this carefully curated mix. Kelela lends her snaking vocals to the intriguingly murky “From the Ground,” Cypress Hill’s B-Real delivers “Get Hi”’s languid hook, and Earl Sweatshirt, Kendrick Lamar, and Ab-Soul all convene for the twinkling ominousness of album standout “Really Doe.” “When XXX came out, all of us were peers, and those were the three rappers who were the best,” Brown explains on having the star-packed trio appear on the track. “I felt like we were competitors, they made me want to step my game up. I wanted to put the hottest rappers in the game on there.”
This album is a highly personal take on Brown’s ruminations on life and the changes that have occurred -and those that didn’t – following the ups and downs of career success. Atrocity Exhibition makes for a thrilling third installment in the Danny Brown biopic, one not to be missed.
Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions – Until the Hunter
Third studio album from Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions. The band includes Colm O Ciosoig of My Bloody Valentine. Hope is also the vocalist for Mazzy Star, best known for ‘Fade Into You’. The album’s lead single is “Let Me Get There” featuring Kurt Vile.
Hope Sandoval was born June 24, 1966 and grew up in east L.A. with her Mexican-American family. She started her career together with her friend Sylvia Gomez in a band called “Going Home”, a folk duo formed in 1986. Hope had admired Kendra Smith as a teen-age Dream Syndicate fan. Sylvia Gomez handed Kendra Smith a demo tape which was comprised of Hope Sandoval on vocals and Sylvia on guitar. David Roback offered to produce some recordings for them and they went into the studio and recorded an album that to this day is yet to be released.
Hope and Sylvia played gigs in California throughout the mid ’80s, and stayed friends with both Kendra and David. During the Opal tour in December ’87, Kendra left the band and disappeared. David called Hope to see if she would be interested to take Kendra’s place in Opal. They found Kendra and had some discussions. They did two more shows together but then she flew home. Keith Mitchell flew home and the next day he flew back with Hope. After that tour Opal became Mazzy Star.
Mazzy Star has released 4 albums: She Hangs Brightly (1990), So Tonight That I Might See (1993), Among My Swan (1996), and Seasons Of Your Day (2013).
Hope writes almost all the lyrics for Mazzy Star. Hope is a very shy and private person. “For me recording is better,” says Sandoval. “Live, I just get really nervous. Once you’re onstage, you’re expected to perform. I don’t do that. I always feel awkward about just standing there and not speaking to the audience. It’s difficult for me.”
In 2001, Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions released Bavarian Fruit Bread and toured the US and Europe in the fall of 2002. Two EPs were also released: At The Doorway Again and Suzanne.
We also received the following vinyl re-stocks this past week:
Alice In Chains – Dirt
Louis Armstrong/Oscar Peterson – Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson
Beastie Boys – Solid Gold Hits
Belle and Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister
Blink 182 – Enema Of The State
John Coltrane – Blue Train
Willie Dixon – Willie’s Blues
Duke Ellington/John Coltrane – Ellington And Coltrane
Green Day – American Idiot
Howlin’ Wolf – London Howling Wolf Sessions
Hank Mobley – Workout
Nirvana – Nevermind
Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory
Charlie Parker – Jazz At Massey Hall
Pixies – Doolittle
Nina Simone – Little Girl Blue
Smashing Pumpkins – Gish
Sublime – 40 Oz. To Freedom
Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface
Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
White Stripes – Elephant
Jack White – Acoustic Recordings
M-i-c… K-e-y… M-o-u-s-e