Vinyl Day 7: Tyler, the Creator “Wolf”, Country Joe & The Fish “Greatest Hits”, & Deafheaven “Roads to Judah”

Welcome to Vinyl Day 7! Catch up on the other days here.


Artist: Tyler, the Creator
Album: Wolf
Year: 2013
Genre: Alternative hip-hop
Record Origins: I bought this one.

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I highlighted Tyler, the Creator on Day 3Goblin was a fun album, and it was expressive. It was also a lot more angry. Wolf is Tyler’s step into genius. This is the rap-version of a rock opera. A rap opera if you will. It chronicles  The songs are emotional and unapologetically vulnerable– something a lot young black men aren’t often allowed by many different aspects of society. This is all balanced with some humor, and yet it all remains so relatable.

The album art is equally endearing. It shows a little baby Tyler on his bike (Slater?).

This is one of my favorite songs from the album. I was going through a difficult time with my dad, and this song was relatable at the time.

Another one of my favorite tracks on this album is “IFHY”. The video is also very interesting, and the pain is visceral.


Artist: Country Joe & The Fish
Album: Greatest Hits
Year: 1969
Genre: Psychedelic rock, folk rock
Record Origins: New Orleans- Christmas gift for my dad (that I got back!)

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I bought this album for my dad from a record shop in New Orleans. Perhaps it was a bit of a misguided attempt at me trying to connect with him because I am not even sure how he felt about Country Joe & The Fish, and I don’t even know that he listened to records. Luckily, this record came back to me.

I first learned about Country Joe & The Fish from the incredible PBS documentary Woodstock (apparently there is a new version of the doc, and I am sure it is just as good). This is the most popular song “I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag” (if you can’t tell from the song, it’s about the U.S.’s involvement in The Vietnam War and how stupid it was):

And it’s one, two, three,
What are we fighting for?
Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam;
And it’s five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain’t no time to wonder why
Whoopee! we’re all gonna die.


Artist: Deafheaven
Album: Roads to Judah
Year: 2011
Genre: Country, Americana, Indie Rock
Record Origins: One of mine, but I don’t remember where she came from.

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Here is the debut album from Deafheaven. I wrote about one of my all time favorite albums, Sunbather, on Day 5. I bought this album at the same time I bought Sunbather, and my friend was working in the record shop. He said he liked this album more. Roads to Judah is a great album, but I listened to Sunbather first and was tainted. However, both are very rich and powerful. And fuckin’ sick.

Here is “Unrequited” from Roads to Judah.


Thanks for tuning in here on Day 7!

Author: Keelin Billue

Chicago-based writer by way of Alabama, New Orleans, and Nashville. Writes primarily about music, sports (sort of), and the topics that piss people off at work and family holidays.

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