So, I guess I got to make some space…

I realised that I haven’t posted anything in a while.  I’ve just been a bit busy with some other stuff and I just can’t seem to find the time, or motivation, to get around to writing something here.  Truth be told, I’ve wondered whether or not just to quit posting, as I’d still feel part of the community; what with all the conversation off the back of interesting posts elsewhere.  But, y’know, here I am.

I recently bought some more of those nice ‘dust sleeves’ to put the vinyl in and I thought “maybe I’ll post a wee ‘here’s some new records’ type of post”.  I also spent a bit of time going through the collection.  I realised that I have a few of albums I don’t really bother with, cause I really kinda forgot that I had them.  There’s also a ton of stuff that I haven’t really gotten to yet… and there’s some stuff that I really should get to.

Anyhoo, what are the new additions?

Mythic Sunship – Upheaval

Yup, it’s that El Paraiso lot again.  Some incredible stuff on this one (naturally) and seriously, this is the soundtrack to Kaiju and Jaeger’s flattening cities.  I suggested this one to a pal of mine and he said it reminded him of yon Godspeed You! Black Emperor lot.  I don’t get that myself, right enough, but that should please some of you Canadialanders.

Walking Papers – WP2

As much as I loved the first Walking Papers album, this took me by surprise.  It’s really pretty brilliant… the sound of that first album replaced with all sorts of one-two punches.  And they roll with them.  It’s great hearing Duff McKagen’s playing on this kind of album and it highlights just how good that guy is.  Not just cause he’s Duff McKagen, but cause he’s one of the best bass players out there.  Fact.  As well as having some excellent lyrics (again) Angell’s playing is focussed and intense and Barrett Martin, as always, lays down some incredible percussion.  I’m really hoping the GN’R reunion doesn’t spell the end for these guys, cause it sounds like they’re just getting started.

Sacri Cuori – Douglas & Dawn / Rosario

Two Sacri Cuori releases that I didn’t previously own on vinyl.  Only cause I wasn’t vinyl daft at the time and instead opted for the smaller, compact disc variety.  Anyhoo, I found these cheap and I figured now was the time to buy them, as Sacri Cuori are brilliant and, regardless of how much I like them, I just keep liking them even more.  Although both albums are different sonically and texturally, they’re unmistakably the work of Antonio Gramentieri.  Plus, the Rosario cover was always one of the most beautiful looking in my CD collection.

Patterson Hood – Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance

I don’t think I’ve ever really spoke much about the Drive-By Truckers.  They’re a ridiculously talented bunch of songwriters and we’ve obvioulsy been seeing that over the last few years with Jason Isbell’s solo stuff.  Well, Patterson Hood has a couple, too.  The last of which was this one.  And it’s brilliant.  I dare say I love it more than Isbell’s stuff… but they’re different in subtle ways.  Anyhoo, the Isbell praise got me thinking how I’d love to own this one on vinyl.  I happened to find a copy cheap.  So here it is.

Blind Melon – Soup

Quite possibly my favourite purchase this year so far.  I was delighted to see this was reissued fairly recently, as I’ve been waiting for it since the reissue of the debut a few years back.  Turns out that it was reissued by not one, but two labels within months of each other.  I opted for the slightly more expensive remastered Analog Spark release over the Music On Vinyl one, cause I had read such good things about it.  I ordered from a US based seller on Discogs (with very, very reasonable postage costs) so it took a few weeks for it to arrive.  As you can imagine, I was pretty excited when it did, but I was a bit disappointed by some tearing on the front cover.  I hummed and hawed about sending it back (helluva wait, copies now more expensive), but the offer of a part refund, meant that all in all it cost me £14 and change.  How does it sound?  Great.  Genuinely pretty brilliant.

Damien Jurado – Where Shall You Take Me?

This is the 10th Anniversary Edition of my favourite Jurado album.  This 2 LP set includes some bonus material (a handful of reel to reel demos and the Just In Time For Something EP that was never made available on vinyl) and, while I’m not sure how often the second slice of vinyl will be played, I can tell you that the main album has already received a couple of spins.  This also happens to be an album that my wife is fond of, too… so it was extra special adding this one to the collection.

Blind Melon – Tones of Home EP

This was a surprising gift from my pal.  The second side includes very different tracks than advertised, and as much as I was looking forward to hearing the live version of Drive, I’m happy with the alternatives (a live version of Time – likely recorded at The Ritz in 1992 – and the unreleased Wooh D.O.G).

Earthless – Black Heaven

The (very early) contender for album of the year.  It’s like Black Sabbath meets The Black Crowes.  Can you imagine that?  It’s one that really gets its hooks in you and I dare say it will win them some new fans.  As I said elsewhere, there are plenty vocals, but the guitars still scorch the Earth.

As always, I’ll have plenty more to say about these when I get the chance.  Feel free to let me know whether you have any of them, dig them / don’t dig them, and tell me what the Hell you’ve been buying and gotten excited about recently.

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29 Comments Add yours

  1. stephen1001 says:

    I’m happy reading your posts J, however infrequent they may be – write whatever, however often but you’re right, one doesn’t have to post to be a part of a community.
    Fabulous seeing 2 Blind Melons among the new additions – you inspired me to break out soup recently, a fine record!

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    1. J. says:

      Cheers, Geoff. I’m glad you gave Soup a listen… I think it’s such a great, and under appreciated, record. I’ve been really loving dropping the needle on the vinyl.

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      1. stephen1001 says:

        Though curiously, on any given day, my favourite Blind Melon track might be ‘soup’ – yet it doesn’t appear on Soup!

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      2. J. says:

        Yeah, I think we may have discussed this before (or I’m getting a case of deja vu); Soup is an incredible song. Made more so by the fact it highlights the strength of the tracks that made the album!

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  2. Paul Kerr says:

    I feel your pain, or, I did at one time. Looking back I can see two spikes in my music loving history, pre and post kids (not post really, they just grew up). In between there’s a plateau of sorts, still buying and listening, fewer live shows to be sure but now, over the hump as it were I’m glad I’ve kept my collections as I’ve much more time to spend with them. Don’t divest yourself of that future pleasure. See you on the other side.

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    1. J. says:

      Thanks – I’m very much in that place where I’m not too motivated to write when I get the opportunity to listen, cause I want to just enjoy that listening experience. Like you suggest, I expect that’ll change in a few years.

      I’m just happy that I get some listening in and that the wee man is keen on listening to records with me.

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  3. DanicaPiche says:

    Like Geoff, I’m always happy reading your posts. The partial refund made me smile. I like honorable-seller stories especially anywhere online.

    I’m really going to have to get myself some Earthless.

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    1. J. says:

      Thanks, Danica.

      The refund was particularly pleasing, as it meant there was very little inconvenience. Hurrah!

      … and yeah, you really do need to get some Earthless. I can’t stop listening to it!

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  4. Three points:
    1) Don’t stop posting
    2) Nice haul
    3) Need more Danzig

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    1. J. says:

      Haha! One of these days I’m gonna surprise you!

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  5. Chris says:

    So many albums, so little time. That’s life! I could have sworn the Mythic Sunship album was from decades ago based on the psychedelic artwork and band name, then I googled and it’s brand new! The words Sacri Cuori remind me of Sacré-Cœur in Paris, maybe was supposed to, who knows. Damien Jurado is prolific and sounds like a good one to own that your wife enjoys too.

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    1. J. says:

      You bet! I say that pretty much every day!

      The Mythic Sunship album is pretty incredible. I kind of forgot just how good it was until I was done writing this post. I had it spinning again and I dare say it’s also gonna be up there as a favourite at the end of the year. Sacri Cuori have been a favourite since I saw them open for and back Richard Buckner in 2012 or so. Really exceptional band. Sacred Heart, right enough!

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  6. Great swag! So you weren’t ‘vinyl daft’ and now you are. Really unsure whether congratulations or commiserations are in order (except that I DO know… vinyl… YAY!)

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    1. J. says:

      I’ve only been vinyl daft for about 5 years now. It all started when my brother gave me his old record player (he’s been vinyl daft a while longer).

      I’ve always been daft about music, though!

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  7. deKE says:

    Deke’s Three Points( Idea nicked from HMO)
    1- We are always here waiting for ya to drop words of wisdom!
    2- Blind Melon I have the debut that sold mega
    3-Need more Maiden!

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    1. J. says:

      Yas! Glad to know folks will still be hanging around!

      The debut is mighty fine, eh? I’ve been tempted by the vinyl, but Soup was the essential one for me!

      … and I actually do need more Melon. I only have two albums here, so definitely need a couple more – especially Fear Of The Dark and Powerslave.

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  8. jprobichaud says:

    I like what I’ve heard of that Jurado fellow. I just keep forgetting to investigate further.

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    1. J. says:

      I think you’d find a lot of his stuff to like, JP. Saint Bartlett would be a very fine entry point for you.

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  9. Jay says:

    I’m so glad to hear from you. Hello, friend. Glad you’re still finding some time to listen.

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    1. J. says:

      Thanks, Jay! A big hello to you, too. I should have added in that post that I still appreciate you all dropping by!!

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  10. Man you just gave me a load of new music to check out. So far your batting average is Ted williams like. Will check out all of the ones that are new to me. Boppins Blog turned me onto ‘Earthless’. Diggin it. DBT caught my attenbtion a while ago so will check out Patterson. I’m going to give Melon a listen just on your recommendation. They had the one song that I used to hear but will give some of their other stuffa go.

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    1. J. says:

      Patterson Hood is really worth checking out. His songwriting is exceptional… he’s one of the best out there as far as I’m concerned. And I’m glad that you’ll give Blind Melon a listen… I dare say the one song you used to hear was No Rain (?) and, if so, they are so much more than that.

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      1. PH is going to get some time. Yeah with Melon I don’t remember the title but it wouldn’t be the first time I found more and became a fan. Thanks.

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  11. Been listening to ‘Nico’ Enjoying it. After some repeated listenings will delve into some of their other stuff. J they bring to mind a band I really like Widespread Panic. WP is a jam band but have some real cool stuff. Check out ‘Blue Indian’ or Dyin Man’ for a taste. Maybe you know them already.

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    1. J. says:

      Glad you’re enjoying it – it’s a wonderful wee selection of bits and pieces. I’m thinking you’ll dig the album Soup quite a bit.

      I checked out Blue Indian there… very much a less intense version of what Blind Melon has going on. I quite like what I hear. The album with Blue Indian the best place to start?

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      1. Oh man, that’s a hard one with WS. I was late to the party with them and came in on ‘Til the Medicine Takes’. Both cuts I mentioned are on that record. They are such a great live band (never seen them but top of the list). I really got hooked when I seen them on Austin a few years ago. Still exploring their intense library. I don’t think you can lose with any of it. Melon’s lead singer reminds me of John Bell. WS is a bunch of very cool guys that play great music. I’m digging BM and am getting some of their other tunes sprinkled in

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      2. J. says:

        Apple Music has a bunch of them (whole load of live things), so I’ve added that one and a couple others (including their most recent). I’ll dig in and let you know what I think (early signs are promising).

        John Bell is the singer? Definitely can draw comparisons to Hoon… sprinkle in some Janis Joplin too. He was an incredible talent. Lyrically brilliant, too. I tell you, I’m genuinely chuffed that you’re digging them.

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      3. WS did a great version of ‘Blue Indian’ on Bluegrass Underground another very cool live music program.
        Melon is a nice discovery for me. Always into adding good music that my ears and head like. Look forward to more of them.

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