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!

Vinyl Day 3: Tyler, the Creator “Goblin”, BeeGees “Spirits Having Flown”, & the London Philharmonic “The Complete Recordings of Handel’s Messiah”

Welcome to Vinyl Day 3. Catch up on the other days here.


Artist: Tyler, the Creator
Album: Goblin
Year: 2011
Genre: Hip Hop
Record Origins: I bought this one.

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I have followed Tyler, the Creator for some time now. I have seen him twice (2014 and 2016), and he always puts on a very energetic show. He’s also incredibly funny. Apparently he hates this album, but there are some bangers on it that he and I agree on.


Artist: BeeGees
Album: Spirits having Flown
Year: 1979
Genre: Disco
Record Origins: me mum and paw

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This record ended the end of the BeeGees mainstream success:

 It was the group’s first album after their collaboration on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. The album’s first three tracks were released as singles and all reached No. 1 in the US, giving the Bee Gees an unbroken run of six US chart-toppers in a one-year period and equaling a feat shared by Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, and The Beatles. It was the first Bee Gees album to make the UK top 40 in ten years (not counting the soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever), as well as being their first and only UK No. 1 album.

Here is “Too Much Heaven” from that album:


Artist: The London Philharmonic Orchestra
Album: The Complete Recordings of Handel’s Messiah
Year: Sometime in the 70s or before.
Genre: Classical
Record Origins: me mum and paw

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My parents have a shit ton of orchestral and classical music in their collection. So get used to seeing this. This rendition of Handel’s Messiah is from the London Philharmonic. You can listen to it here. I’m not in the mood for this level of drama.

Spotify Wrapped 2019 + Decade

While I’ve avoided the crippling seasonal depression of 2018 thus far, I have experienced crippling writer’s block at the end of 2019. I will hopefully be back at it mid to late month.

My Spotify Wrapped 2019 + Decade is after the jump.

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Never Forget: New Zealand Banned Odd Future and All Media Outlets that Reported on The Ban Used The Best Photo of All Time

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Title says it all for the most part. Details after the jump.

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