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Best happy hour in recent memory: Spending the first few minutes of my Friday night purchasing records at Red Onion. What did I buy? The Flaming LipsEmbryonic LP (colored vinyl) and Alex Bleeker and the Freaks‘ debut LP on the local Underwater Peoples label [you can listen to an officially leaked Bleeker track here]. Both are more than worth your time and money. Besides, Underwater Peoples deserves your respect. I can’t think of a better local label at the moment.

Other new LPs at the shop include the new Sex Workers album, the Ghana Special box (amazing), some krautrock reissus, and the stunning, thumping Pyramids reissues (containing some of the best outsider soul-jazz freakouts ever made).

Used vinyl list after the jump.


rock: leonard cohen: songs of blind faith: self-titled (band cover) rolling stones: between the buttons (later pressing) them: the collection (2LP) ruthann friedman: constant companion go-betweens: 16 lovers lane nico: drama of exile novalis: wer schmetterlinge lachen hort (sky records) ramses: light fantastic (sky records) renaissance: illusion (w. keith relf) bruce springsteen: greetings from asbury park paul simon: rhythm of the saints pacheco & alexander: self-titled noah: peaceman’s farm flying island: self-titled dusty chaps: domino joe dd smash: the optimist skeletal family: futile combat pierce turner: the sky and the ground mandalaband: self-titled bruce mann: the ormstown fair affair pete kennedy: bound for glory elliott murphy: affairs l.a. express: shadow play (joni mitchell’s backing band, on brother records) judy & david: friends sudden sway: ’76 kids forever yukihiro takahashi: wild & moody (YMO & sadistic mika band) 23 skinner: stretchheads 12″ (blast first, 23 skidoo related??) jeff thornley: locked inside howdy moon: self-titled (lowell george) matthew herbert big band: goodbye swingtime jennifer o’connor: over the mountain, across the valler and back to the stars tommy roe: it’s now winters day (c. boettcher, perfect wintertime album) pezband: laughing in the dark ohio express: self-titled kenny o’dell: beautiful people (sunshine pop on white whale) crackpot: the wrong party vitapup: an hour with… (candy-ass records) three johns: never and always 12″ (adrian sherwood) three johns: brainbox 12″ telex: neurovision trio: trio and error slow children: self-titled (w. spring in fialta) sonny & cher and friends: baby don’t go (with the blendells) kimberley rew: the bible of bob (w. soft boys, dbs, waves) darkel: self-titled (jb dunckel of air) apple pie motherhood band: self-titled elo: out of the blue holy cow: suggested reading/apocolypse wow nazz: III (rhino pressing) jimi hendrix: my best friend (german bootleg) jimi hendrix: welcom home (german bootleg) jimi hendrix: early (live from ’65) material: american songs steve howe: self-titled brian auger’s oblivion express: self-titled brian auger’s oblivion express: reinforcements brian auger’s oblivion express: live oblivion vol. 2 dan hicks: it happened one bite (music from an unreleased ralph bakshi film) masha qrella: unsolved remained the third eye foundation: little lost soul david santo: silver currents

jazz: herbie hancock: the prisoner (liberty pressing) ivan boogallo jones: snake rhythm rock (prestige, WLP) johnny hammond: storm warning dexter gordon: one flight up (70’s pressing) art pepper: omega man world saxophone quartet: rhythm & blues world saxophone quartet: dances & ballads freddie hubbard: ready for freddie (liberty pressing) ornette coleman: crisis (impulse) ornette coleman: dancing in your head lucky thompson: i offer you neal creque: creque (cobblestone) ramsey lewis trio: upendo ni pamoja mahavishnu orchestra: birds of fire airto: i’m fine how are you? pete jolly: give a damn stanley turrentine: nightwings paul horn: inside II (he plays flute to a killer whale!) chuck mangione quartet: self-titled cannonball adderley: the price you got to pay to be free joe castro: groove funk soul (mono, atlantic black label) henry threadgill sextet: you know the number sil austin: sil and the silver screen

funk/soul/disco: moe koffman: moe’s curried soul mandrill: just outside mandrill: solid andy bey: experience and judgement dramatics: dramatically yours harvey mason: marchin’ aretha franklin: live at the fillmore east delegation: promise of love various artists: new orleans ladies marvin gaye: i want you quazar: self-titled willie mitchell: hold it!!! nino tempo & 5th avenue band: come up and see… lenny white: astral pirates bloodstone: unreal temptations: in a mellow mood stevie wonder: music of my mind minne riperton: young willing and able/stick together 12″ roy ayers: running away promo 12″ war: all day music brick: dusic/fun 12″ kelly marie: run to me 12″ (vanguard) marvin hamlisch: bond ’77/james bond theme 12″ pete brown: do you wanna get funky with me 12″ lowrell: overdose of love/smooth and wild 12″ (avi) earthquire: self-titled (natural resources) dennis coffey: back home space: magic fly don armando’s 2nd ave. rhumba band: self-titled apollonia 6: self-titled (with poster!) bt express: greatest hits instant funk: self-titled instant funk: looks so fine various artists: steppin’ out (chakachas, bionic boogie, roy ayers, fatback band, trax…) nikki giovanni: the way i feel john valenti: anything you want funk factory: self-titled meters: cissy strut (super nice copy) mike nock: magic mansions

world: joao gilberto: brazil’s brilliant… (capitol rainbow) egberto gismonti & academia de dancas: sanfona mireille mathieu: self-titled missa luba: a mass sung in pure congolese style (i love this album) bob marley & the wailers: legend luis bonfa: jucaranda ken boothe: let’s get it on

male/female vocalists: claudine longet: we’ve only just begun ray charles: invites you to listen ray charles: a man and his soul (2LP) sammy davis and sam butera & the witnesses: when the feeling hits you! frank sinatra & duke ellington: francis a. & edward k. (3 color label) bonnie koloc: you’re gonna love yourself in the morning

folk/blues/country: cleanliness and godliness skiffle band: greatest hits (vanguard) william ackerman: turtle’s navel hank williams jr. (golden archive series) don nix: hobos, heroes and street corner clowns bb king: better than ever

xian/religous: the unknown quatity: self-titled spirit in the flesh: self-titled lorraine louvat: love is a magic feeling lorraine louvat: i could have been a bumblebee blue aquarius: self-titled (sealed)

classical/avant-garde: henry brant: kingdom come george crumb: ancient voices of children william bolcom/william albright: new music for organ milton babbitt/mel powell: a solo requiem/haiku settings

miscellaneous: how to plan the perfect dinner party here history began (son et lumiere pyramids and sphinx) neighborhood rhythms (2LP spoken word/soundscapes with rollins/mike watt/exene/jeffrey lee pierce/kid congo/kim fowley…)