I've landed so much great vinyl lately, it's been hard to keep up. maybe one day i'll post some great pictures, but i figured i'd start getting caught up with showing yesterday's haul. Charlie and I made plans to drive over to Park Ave CDs in Orlando and each ended up with some good finds. I landed the following:
Pelican's newest album "What We All Came To Need". If you haven't heard it yet, check it out. Its the continuation of Pelican's near domination of riff driven post-metal. The vinyl press is gorgeous. It comes in thick glossy card stock with all the wording outside and inside the gatefold cover pressed in silver. The album comes pressed by Southern Lord on two clear red 180 gram LPs. It looks great all together and of course, sounds incredible. Vinyl pressings feature 3 songs not on the CD version, and this album is only pressed for 1,000 copies, all with the red LPs, with Pelican saying it will never see a repress after that. Get it while you can!
I also picked up a vinyl copy of JayLib's Champion Sound. Those not in the know need to check this album out. It's a career highlight for both contributors, MadLib and J Dilla. Both are phenomenal hip hop producers and both co produced and MC'd the tracks on this album. I've meant to pick up a copy of this for a while and i'm glad i finally grabbed one. Stones Throw pressed it on two black LPs. After listening i found it featured a vinyl album alternate mix of a great track "The Red". RIP J Dilla, you're still one of the greatest and still missed.
I mail ordered some great Blood Brothers albums on sweet vinyl colors the other day and when they arrive i'll be sure to put them up on here, but i didn't grab a copy of their last album before breaking up, "Young Machetes". Park Ave had a copy of one of the second presses on orange and black splatter double vinyl. Only 354 were ever pressed by Second Nature, so it's a cool find. A great album from a great loud and noisy band. Not their best, but still totally worth having. Comes in a beautifully constructed gatefold cover with themed artwork and a booklet of pictures of the band in makeup that matches the album artwork design. Excellent package all together.
Finally, i got a hidden gem while digging in the dollar bins. I managed to find a copy of Stetsasonic's first album, "On Fire". Stetsasonic was a groundbreaking 80's Hip Hop group that was the first to use live instruments. They were literally a Hip Hop band before The Roots could think of the idea. The group features the legendary Prince Paul on Turntables, who later went on to a solid solo career and produced incredible Hip Hop acts like De La Soul and 3rd Bass. Stetsasonic released three albums before separating, but "On Fire" has always been my favorite for it's original old school flavor. The copy i landed has a few light scratches and the sleeve's spine is a little crushed but it still plays well and was an incredible find for a dollar.
more to come soon.