Incubus – Morning View (2xLP)

by Sonny   ·  2 years ago  
2013 Epic Re-Issue Pressing

Here’s a “beach” record for ya’ll to spin this summer. This album marked a subtle shift in songwriting for @incubusofficial, as the follow-up to the commercially successful Make Yourself LP In 1999. It features the now classic “Wish You Were Here,” “Nice To Know You,” and “Warning” tracks – but as we discussed with @thevinyldoctoron our recent podcast episode (link in bio) – it’s tunes like “Echo” and “Aqueous Transmission” that really make Morning View a complete, top to bottom, classic. #nowspinning#morningview#beachvibes⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

311 – Soundsystem (2xLP)

by Sonny   ·  2 years ago  
2012 US Repress

Primo Rick and I were just having a conversation about 311 fans and how you’re either with it, or you’re not. Well put me in the “with it” mix. They’re a band that’s mostly self-aware and treat their slight blend of Reggae/Dancehall cuts more as fanboys vs posers. Take their cover of “Leaving Babylon,” off their 1999 SoundSystem LP, as a prime example. Cheers to the positive vibes. #311day⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi – Two Against One (7″)

by Sonny   ·  2 years ago  
2011 Original US Pressing

Here’s a little 
#45rpm record to love: a 7-inch sampler from one of the best collab albums of the past decade, titled Rome. The @officialjackwhitelive and @norahjonesfeatures, respectfully, are great – and help set the tone for what to expect on the full length LP. Word on the street is that it was Saint Valentine, of Rome, who was initially responsible for the holiday some of ya’ll will be celebrating today. So by some ass-backwards transitive property – you can thank @dangermousejukebox for all the love making that’ll be going on tonight 😍😝.

The Coral – The Coral (LP)

by Sonny   ·  3 years ago  

2002 Limited Edition U.K. Pressing

Back in 2002, while most kids in the U.S. were going crazy for The Strokes, there were two bands making serious waves in the U.K.: Kings of Leon and The Coral. The former went on to finally become somewhat embraced by their home country, after the release of their sophomore album, but the latter – they were homegrown kids from Merseyside who never would quite break through in the States. It’s a damn shame too, because the Psychedelic/Indie Rock music that The Coral debuted with really was, and still is, something to behold. They were hailed by the likes of Oasis and Morrissey, for what it’s worth, and would eventually be followed by label-mates, The Zutons, and some kids who went by the name of Arctic Monkeys.

Ozomatli – Ozomatli (2xLP)

by Sonny   ·  3 years ago  

1998 Original U.K. Pressing

20 years ago today, a band/group from L.A. by the name of Ozomatli – which featured future L.A. hiphop treasures, Cut Chemist and Chali 2na – dropped their self-titled debut album. This record might not have made worldwide waves initially, but it definitely caught the L.A. music scene by storm. The make-up of the group – along with their world-blend of rock, cumbia, latin, funk, hiphop, and reggae – spoke to me, and all the other brown/black/yellow/white kids at the time. It was the kind of record you could throw on at the family backyard-party and get everyone, from your abuelita, to your crazy uncle, and your homeboys to vibe to. This cut was, and still is, the soundtrack for our cities and culture. What’s more, Ozomatli is still doing the damn thing 20 years after dropping this now iconic classic. #respect

Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare (LP)

by Sonny   ·  3 years ago  

2013 U.S. Repress

We’re still digesting the band’s latest release (and it’s fucking dope), but it makes their sophomore album feel like it was released in 1997, not 2007. It’s always interesting to study the path a band, or artist, takes during the course of their creative existence – and Favourite Worst Nightmare can be pointed to as a moment when something changed. Just go back and listen to the album closer “505”, and you’ll find the seeds for what you hear today.