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.