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Sundays & Cybele – Gypsy House Guruguru Brain – GGB-002LP Vinyl LP, Clear/Half Sky Blue Released: 2012 (2019 Reissue)
Modern Japanese psych rock, with classic rock lessons and garage grit thrown in for good measure. I would hand this record to Jack White or Ty Segall and beg them to listen. Then I’d bug every fan of obscure 70s Japanese drug music and know they would pick it up immediately. I’ll include a buy link below but I expect they’ll be gone immediately. Tag us if you manage to snap up a vinyl copy, tell us what you think!
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma Warp Records – WARPLP195V 2 × LP, Black and White Marble Released: 2010 (2019 Reissue)
Moving records is a helluva job; them mofos is heavy! I took the opportunity to dig out all my VMP and Black Lion records so I can get more spine porn going. It’s not as uniform or impressive looking as the wall of orange and black that’s beneath it, but getting there slowly.
The Vinyl Lab is one step closer to being done. Yesterday was spent setting up the camera and putting up display shelving. It’s not painted yet and there’s no backdrop to speak of yet but I’ve got ideas… I’ll keep posting progress pix and spinning the wax. Also, this new Flylo reissue of Cosmogramma is LOUD AS FUCK! VMP gave it the half-speed mastering treatment, had it pressed at GZ Media and added exclusive new cover art. It’s pretty, it sounds great and the vinyl experience is immersive and tactile. Vinyl done right.
Erykah Badu – But You Caint Use My Phone Vinyl Me, Please – VMP-028 Series: Vinyl Me, Please. Rap & Hip Hop – RH07 Vinyl LP, Clear w/ Multicolor Splatter Released: (Mar 2018 Reissue)
All Badu is essential, no exceptions. Previously only available as an Record Store Day exclusive, VMP made it more easily available by choosing it as one of their Rap/Hip-Hop picks. Also, Badu’s version of “Hotline Bling” demolishes anything Drake coulda done with it. Not even close.
Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love Anti- – 87582-1YEL, Anti- – 87582-1 2 × LP, Yellow Opaque Vinyl Released: Aug 2018
The more commercial mall metal isn’t really my bag. From the perspective of a non-fan, there’s a sameness to a lot of it that doesn’t ring true. In any case, that’s the preconception that Deafheaven held for me. Pretty post-rock, melody/scream/melody scream, rinse and repeat. That sweet and salty marketing mixture geared towards the eyeliner crowd.
I hear all those elements on “Ordinary Corrupt Human Love” as well. Somehow, I still really like it! I don’t even know why, to be honest. Doesn’t matter, it’s one of my favorite albums of the year. Fact is, I’d have never given this a chance if I had to Spotify it for myself. It had 2 strikes against it before I ever heard a note. I like being wrong; otherwise I’d never give anything new a chance. I’ve been told the earler Deafheaven albums are heavier, this is the only reference I have so far. Any other albums I should be looking out for?
Main Source – Fuck What You Think 242 Music – none Format:Vinyl LP White, 180 gr Released: Nov 2018
I can’t help but think this could’ve been huge, when it originally dropped in ‘94. I don’t know the back story to this album but it’s sure reminiscent of everything I loved about the harder rap being released during that period of hip hop. It’s as hard as NWA or Ice Cube, but has a lot of the jazzier elements I’d usually associate with A Tribe Called Quest or De La Soul. The jazz is just served up harder. That laid back Digable vibe is replaced by a funkier, harder street groove. A no-brainer vinyl pick for fans of 90’s hip hop. All the elements are there; it plays like a long lost instant hip hop classic that never got its due. It makes me wonder how the existence of Main Source eluded me for so long. Had I known about this back in the day, it would have certainly been a part of that stack of hip hop cds I now consider a part of my essential listening, DNA hip hop.
Shina Williams & His African Percussionists – African Dances Mr Bongo – MRBLP168, Phonodisk Studio – PHD017 Vinyl LP, Cyan Transparent Released: 1979 (Oct 2018 Reissue)
Mr. Bongo Bundle, LP 1/3
This was the afrobeat album I was playing for some of you, on yesterday’s live feed. Yesterday was the first needledrop, it was AWESOME to see how many of you dug it. It was even more awesome to be able to have a community spin sesh like we did. I’m giving this a proper spin today. Side 2 is every bit as amazing as side one, funky as funky can be. Immediate recommend, for fans of Fela and funky 70s Africa in general.
Ever wish you could buy some of those sweet VMP exclusive releases but never really liked the idea of committing to a monthly record club? Well, they’re currently having an “Open House” which gives EVERYBODY the opportunity to pick up some back titles, at a considerable discount. The kicker?
FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE! All those European Vinyl Junkies who wanted a copy of VMP’s purple, remastered copy of Black Sabbath “Paranoid”? How about Betty Davis’ debut, or their exclusive variant of “DoggyStyle”? It’s all there, it’s cheap and the shipping is included for the rest of August.
Hessler and me live – recorded a show earlier today, discussing our favorite VMP picks over the years (airs tomorrow). Badbadnotgood “IV”: Horrible album cover, fantastic record. That album title wasn’t exactly noteworthy either. But that album cover though…what were they thinking! We went on at length about how bad the album pic is, agreeing that neither of us would have ever bought it based on the album cover alone. That said, BBNG IV made the cut among our all-time favorite VMP releases. So did Black Sabbath (duh). Tune in tomorrow for the rest, we had fun and the hour just flew by; the show turned out well and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did. VMP Open House: The Best of VMP (So Far)1PM EST LISTEN: BADBADNOTGOOD – “And That, Too.” (Official Stream) BUY LINK
His voice is gravelly with age and everything sounds more pondered upon. It’s a first needledrop but I’m immediately connecting with this, in a late-period Johnny Cash kinda way. This one’s getting an immediate second spin.