It’s been a while since we’ve dug into the new stuff that has come out on vinyl so we’re going to get you caught up on the all the fresh wax here at Backbeat. New releases from Primus, Beck, St. Vincent Margo Price and more have all come in the past few weeks.
We’ve also got a bunch of great re-issues that have come in recently including Jane’s Addiction “Nothing’s Shocking”, Barenaked Ladies “Gordon” a couple more of the Tragically Hip re-issues and Jet’s to Brazil have started rolling out their catalog.
Looking for some great soundtracks for Halloween? There’s been a few John Carpenter releases lately plus Return of the Living Dead and Nightmare Before Christmas have been re-released on vinyl.
You need more music?! The big list of re-stocks and additions to wrap things up is way down at the bottom of the post.
Let’s get diggin’ into these albums!
Recent New Releases
Beck – Colors
(Indie Store Exclusive Yellow Vinyl)
Colors was recorded at Greg Kurstin’s Los Angeles studio with Beck and Kurstin playing nearly every instrument themselves between 2013 and 2017. Beck described the recording process to music publication NME, saying “for the first year, we were experimenting and there was a lot of trial and error. I was touring constantly while making it, so I was attempting to bring some of that energy back to the studio, which isn’t always the easiest thing to do. ‘Dreams’ was one of the early songs to come along and make me think the idea had legs.” – Wikipedia
St. Vincent – Masseduction
Masseduction is the culmination of years of writing, with songs crafted from voice memos, text messages, and snippets of melodies that came to Clark while travelling the globe. Special guests on the album include Thomas Bartlett on piano, Kamasi Washington on saxophone, Jenny Lewis on vocals, and beat production from Sounwave. Greg Leisz and Rich Hinman add pedal steel, and Tuck and Patti Andress contribute guitar and vocals respectively on select tracks.
The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die – Always Foreign
(Indie Store Exclusive Clear Vinyl)
The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid To Die have released their third full-length, Always Foreign. Always Foreign follows the Connecticut-bred collective’s acclaimed 2015 album Harmlessness.
Produced by TWIABP guitarist Christopher Teti, Always Foreign confronts everything from the opioid epidemic to xenophobia to emotional abuse in relationships. Throughout the album, TWIABP match their sprawling arrangements and layered lyricism with a raw emotionality.
“When we started writing we were fresh off Trump being elected, so there’s an anger to the album that’s different from what we’ve done in the past,” says TWIABP vocalist David F Bello. “There’s a lot more resistance thinking throughout the songs—not in a way that’s strictly anti-Trump, but also addressing things like white supremacy and controlling elements of the state.”
Primus – The Desaturating Seven
(Rainbow Splatter Coloured Vinyl)
This is the first studio album of original material since 1995’s Tales From The Punchbowl with the classic Primus line-up of Les Claypool (vocals, bass), Larry LaLonde (guitar) and Tim Alexander (drums). The Desaturating Seven is inspired by a 1970’s children’s book Claypool often read to his kids when they were growing up. The book tells a story of seven goblins – one representing each color of the rainbow – who simultaneously pull all of the color out of the world.
“Many years ago when my children were little kidlets scurrying around the place wreaking havoc and whatnot till it was time for bed and book time, my wife turned them on to a book called “The Rainbow Goblins” by Ul De Rico,” Claypool explained. “The dark imagery and beauty of the art struck me immediately and I thought, ‘this would make good fodder for a piece of music.’ The use of color and darkness both in the paintings and the writing was compelling and now, near two decades later, the metaphor of greed, gluttony and deceit vs unity of the masses is eerily relevant. I brought the notion to the Primus guys and they were all for it. Plus, I figured it’s about time someone brought ‘Goblin Rock’ back to the fold.”
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard & Mild High Club – Sketches of Brunswick East
Sketches is a soothing balm of a record, a chance to get to know King Gizzard’s sunny, playful side. Where previous albums have slipped down sonic worm-holes to explore distant galaxies, this one is an examination of (and homage to) the Melbourne suburb in which King Gizzard write and record in their own studio, and from where they run their planet-spanning psychedelic operation.
“We’re always walking up and down the street all the time,” described lead singer Stu Mackenzie. “Going to get coffee, lugging amps, just constantly wandering Lygon Street and spending a lot of time looking out into the distance, seeing the terrain change as new apartment buildings are erected, watching the cranes build bigger cranes. In that respect, perhaps it represents greater changes that are happening in the wider world, and this is our attempt to find beauty within a place that we spend so much time.”
Margo Price – All American Made
A prolific writer with a knack for candid self-reflection, Price has never had to look too far for inspiration, and on ‘All American Made,’ she and her songwriting partner/ husband, Jeremy Ivey, continue to depict the trials of everyday life with un inching honesty, painting poetically plainspoken portraits of men and women just trying to get by.
Highs and lows, long nights and hard days, wild women and cocaine cowboys, politics and sexism, it’s all in there, singularly filtered through Price’s wry, no-bullshit perspective. Throughout the album, her contemporary take on classic sounds is at once familiar and daring, an infectious blend of Nashville country, Memphis soul, and Texas twang that tips its cap to everyone from Waylon and Willie (who makes a guest appearance) to Loretta and Dolly, all while flipping a middle finger to the cookie-cutter pop that dominates modern country radio. Rich with swirling pedal steel, honky-tonk rhythms, and Price’s stop-you-in-your-tracks vocals, ‘All American Made’ is deeply reverent of tradition even as it challenges conventions, a nuanced exploration of conflicted emotions for our deeply conflicted times.
Barenaked Ladies – Gordon
Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking
Jets To Brazil – Orange Rhyming Dictionary (Indie Store Exclusive Colour Vinyl)
Jets To Brazil – Four Cornered Night (Indie Store Exclusive Colour Vinyl)
Tragically Hip – In Between Evolution
Tragically Hip – World Container
Recent Creepy Soundtracks
Various – The Return of the Living Dead (Limited black & brown coloured vinyl)
John Carpenter – Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 Deluxe (Limited “Christine Red” coloured vinyl)
John Carpenter – Lost Themes (Limited to 500 copies on “Obsidian Green” coloured vinyl)
John Carpenter – Lost Themes II (Limited to 500 copies on “Last Sunrise” coloured vinyl)
Danny Elfman – The Nightmare Before Christmas
Against Me – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Against Me – Reinventing Axl Rose
Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
Louis Armstrong/Duke Ellington – Great Summit
Chet Baker/Art Pepper – Playboys
Black Keys – El Camino
Blind Melon – Soup
Boards Of Canada – Geogaddi
Clifford Brown/Sonny Rollins/Max Roach – Three Giants!
Dave Brubeck – Time Out
Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Style
Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
Ornette Coleman – Shape Of Jazz To Come
Cult – Pure Cult: The Singles
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue
Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley
Bo Diddley – Go Bo Diddley
Foo Fighters – Concrete And Gold
Fugazi – Repeater
Rory Gallagher – 1974: Irish Tour
Stan Getz/Oscar Peterson Trio – Stan Getz And The Oscar Peterson Trio
Joao Gilberto – Brazil’s Brilliant
Dexter Gordon – Go!
Coleman Hawkins – Back In Beans Bag
Have A Nice Life – Deathconsciousness
Killers – Hot Fuss
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
Lumineers – Lumineers
Metallica – Kill Em All
Modest Mouse – Good News For People Who Love Bad News
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
Oasis – Definitely Maybe
Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
Charlie Parker – Jazz At Massey Hall
Parliament – Mothership Connection
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon
Pixies – Wave of Mutilation: Best of Pixies
Portishead – Dummy (import)
Queens Of The Stone Age – Rated R (import)
Rancid – And Out Come the Wolves
Straight Outta Compton – Soundtrack
Strumbellas – Hope
Tragically Hip – Fully Completely
Tragically Hip – Day For Night
Tragically Hip – In Violet Light
Tragically Hip – Live Between Us
Tragically Hip – Music @ Work
Tragically Hip – Phantom Power
Tragically Hip – Tragically Hip
Tragically Hip – Trouble At The Henhouse
Ben Webster – Meets Oscar Peterson
War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
Weezer – Weezer BLUE
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
Neil Young – Hitchhiker
Zombies – Odessey & Oracle
Have a great weekend!