James Booker – The Paramount Tapes (1973) First time on vinyl VJQC Score: 99% Buy It On Vinyl
This here is the Louisiana gutbucket funk album you never knew about. I didn’t either, until it arrived in yesterday’s VMP box. I have likely played it a half dozen times in succession, then realized what a funk BOMB song 1 of side 2 is. Added to Spotify BBQ Playlist and proceeded to spontaneously record the next 2 Minute Vinyl review. I don’t wanna write it, I wanna say it. About another half dozen spins of side 2 and here we are. Listen to the link below. Song 1, side 2,”So Swell When You’re Well”. You can smell it. And yes, that’s a whole lotta cowbell.
VJQC Score: 99%. It sounds flawless, the booklet that comes with these VMP Classics records take the vinyl experience to another level. Copies of this reissue are also available at independent record shops, sans booklet. If dirty New Orleans funk is your thing, oh boy….
See that absurdly large lava lamp? I thought it was gonna be the same size as the green one when I ordered it online. Meet Gargantua The Red. She is Spinal Tap perfect.
NEW RELEASE (Reissue) Vinyl Me, Please. Essentials – E074
Coffee, Smoke, Van Morrison. I’ve never heard “Veedon Fleece” before just now. Turns out it’s a perfect Monday album, that first spin of the week that eases you in slowly. Side A is one big suite of songs, easily my favorite side. Side B is a bunch of Van Morrison songs I’ve never heard on the radio so that’s good. As great as it is, I didn’t wanna be hit with current rock radio pablum to start the week. I don’t need to hear “Brown Eyed Girl” anymore…radio killed it for me long ago.
NEW RELEASE Caetano Veloso: Caetano Veloso (1968) VMP Exclusive #148/500
The box arrived, happy dance! I’ve been wanting this Caetano Veloso album since I first started collecting psychedelic Brasilia. Third Man Records remastered this from the oriiginal mono source tapes and made sure every aspect of the vinyl experience was done right. If you like druggy 70′s music from Brasil or the idea appeals to you, you’re gonna wanna listen to the music link provided below. Those looking to own a copy can look forward to enjoying a marvelous vibe. The molecules in your listening space will expand appropriately, the vinyl will provide all that extra awesome that Spotify can’t replicate. Spotify is drive-thru, vinyl is a sit down meal.
NEW RELEASE Vinyl Me, Please Exclusive Pressing (#186/300)
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.
NEW RELEASE VMP Ltd. Ed., #180/550 Ry Cooder, Manuel Galbán – Mambo Sinuendo Nonesuch – 573095-1, Perro Verde – 573095-1 Released: (Dec 2018 Reissue)
Record Cave 3.0 DAY 3
The main sound system is up and running. The new space sounds great so far. Mambo Sinuendo is the first spin in Record Cave 3.0 from the chillout chair. Anyone remember Bill Laswell’s Axiom label? Specifically “Imaginary Cuba”? This Ry Cooder album would serve as a perfect companion piece. It’s pretty reverby and original, capturing that Cuban vibe while somehow channeling the spirits of Link Wray and Martin Denny in the process. Damn good record!
MED, Blu, Madlib – Bad Neighbor Bang Ya Head – BYH 0005 2 × LP, Black & Red Swirl Released: 2015 (2019 Reissue)
Day 2 of The Record Cave 3.0 I’ve got the station set up, minus the wall art. A pair of trusty Technics 1200′s with a new pair of Kanto YU6 powered monitors I’m still breaking in. Now I gotta dismount the main sound system, which is currently minus one turntable. PC and camera setup still needs to be figured out, that’s tomorrow’s panic attack.
This whole process makes it impossible to really dig into the stacks, so I wind up spinning whatever’s right in front of me, on a loop. The Vinyl Me, Please box arrived yesterday, so this Madlib’s already on its fifth consecutive spin. Side 4 tho…
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.
Caroline Rose – Loner New West Records – NW5230 Vinyl, LP, Album, Club Edition, Numbered, White/Red Marbled Released: Mar 2018
I love Caroline Rose. She sings about douchebags and douchebag behaviour in the most disaffected, catchy way possible. She makes me think of all those high school memories of cool kids who tried too hard.
“Put on this bikini and DANCE DANCE DANCE!”
There’s a sarcastic edge to each of these electro pop-punk ditties, delivered with as much sugar and meh as I’ve heard in awhile. She calls bullshit, while getting you to sing along. I don’t usually listen to enough of this kind of thing to draw any Pitchfork-worthy comparisons but when Blondie starts coming to mind, it’s time to add a good handful of these songs to my ever-ongoing Spofify Summer Mixtape. The thought of me and the sarcastic ladies in my life, singing “Bikini” in unison, while sipping poolside umbrella drinks. This must become a thing next year.