By the numbers: 2018

[Igor Stravinsky - Funeral Song]

In the past, I would try to write about every album I encountered. These days, I listen to a lot of stuff, but I’ll only post an entry if something sparks a memory.

As these statistics demonstrate, I’m leaving a lot out of this blog.

First and last purchases of the year

The first and last purchases of the year are determined by the date of order. Pre-ordered items not yet shipped have already been taken into account.

  • First purchase: Trio Bulgarka, The Forest Is Crying on vinyl.
  • First purchase of a 2018 release: Igor Stravinsky, Chant Funèbre / La Sacre Du Printemps on CD.
  • Last purchase of a 2018 release: Jame Ehnes, Howard, Kernis: Violin Concertos / Tovey: Stream of Limelight on CD
  • Last purchase: Yaz, You and Me Bothon vinyl.

Purchases by format

FormatNew releaseReissueCatalogTotal
7-inch0000
10-inch1012
12-inch2103
CD Single0000
CD3613485534
CD-R0000
Downloads50510
Vinyl1628131175
Total items bought6042622724

Definitions

New release
Initial release within the calendar year.
Reissue
Originally released prior to the calendar year but reissued within the calendar year.
Catalog
Initial release prior to the calendar year.

Top catalog release years

YearNumber of items purchasedYear-over-year change
199324New!
198924+5
198824+1
199223+1
200222New!
198622+3
1984210
198720-7
199019+3
198519New!
198219New!
199818+2
199118New!
200117New!
200417New!
199416New!
199616-14
200315New!

Top artists

Single titles purchased in multiple formats are counted individually.

ArtistNumber of items purchased
Soundtracks17
David Bowie11
John Coltrane10
Joni Mitchell10
Soundtracks9
Fugazi7
Miles Davis6
Fishbone6
Brian Eno6
The Jimi Hendrix Experience6
The Pogues6
Wilco6
Kate Bush6
Bruce Springsteen6

Notes

  • We’re reaching a point where the collector CD market is going to get more ridiculous as brick-and-mortar stores rid their CD inventory in favor of vinyl.
  • Twice weekly visits to thrift stores account for the increase in my physical collection. It’s tough to beat a price point if $1 if you’re not too picky about condition, which I no longer am.
  • I picked up a lot of Joni Mitchell this year, but I can’t say I’ve grown attached to most of those acquisitions.
  • I’m starting to explore classic rock, more out of academic curiosity than actual appeal. I treat the Beatles like I treat Berlioz — as something I should know but not necessarily need to like.
  • I don’t know if or when I’ll listen to the Miles Davis albums I picked up this year. Something about Miles eludes me.

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