- Deee-Lite, Infinity Within
- George Antheil, Ballet Mecanique (Maurice Peress, New Palais Royale Orchestra)
- Perfume, Triangle
- T. Rex, Electric Warrior
- The Pointer Sisters, Break Out
- Buffalo Daughter, New Rock
- Robert Palmer, Secrets
A decade ago, I wrote a series of entries ranking my favorite albums from 1985 to 2004. My collection has expanded greatly since then, particularly in the last five years. So I wanted to see what has changed in 10 years.
1990 has always felt more like 1989 v.2.0 than 1990 v.1.0. It was clearly the start of a pivot that wouldn’t really end till 1992, but the ’80s held its grip on that first year of the decade (if you’re using a 0-based system.)
Other favorites from the year:
1990-me would have protested the inclusion of Uncle Tupelo on this list. 1995-me would have had to slap some sense into him.
1990-me would have also questioned the addition of Lisa Stansfield, and 2008-me would have had to confront him about how he secretly loved “All Around the World.”
1990-me would have also wondered why 2008-me didn’t include Jane’s Addiction the first time around. 2008-me would have shrugged.
I would like to think 2008-me relished introducing 1990-me to Fugazi. 1990-me would not have been prepared for them, however.
All of us are still wondering how I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got manages to stay on the list.
Tags: bjork, deee-lite, depeche mode, duran duran, enigma, favorite edition, fugazi, geinoh yamashirogumi, information society, jane's addiction, joan tower, john zorn, kronos quartet, lisa stansfield, living colour, madonna, meredith monk, midnight oil, naked city, rewind, robin holcomb, sinead o'connor, sonic youth, the sundays, the waitresses, uncle tupelo, wendy and lisa
2017 marked the largest year-over-year increase in my CD collection, and the biggest recipient of that largesse is the Lifelong Thrift Shop.
I crunched the numbers, and the store provided 168 of the 458 items bought in 2017. At an average of $0.73 per CD and $1.46 per record, I contributed more than $130 to Lifelong coffers. I wouldn’t have made a charitable payroll deduction that large.
The Friends of the Seattle Public Library Book Sale is another source for discount music, and I parted with $75 of my cash to them.
Essentially, weekly visits to the thrift shop has crowded out my interest in new releases. That, and being old.
Tags: charles mingus, deee-lite, emmylou harris, favorite edition, geinoh yamashirogumi, kd lang, loretta lynn, low, midnight oil, moondog, nakamori akina, new york dolls, perfume, prince, shawn colvin, the art of noise, the revolution, the roots, the smiths, the streets, weezer, wendy and lisa
The moment I announced I’m taking a break, a whole bunch of new releases appear on the schedule. I’d be remiss not to preview them.
Ghost Light was released in Canada back in April 2016, but an international release had to wait till now. The cover for this edition — Wood in silhouette — matches the title, but I prefer the Canadian cover because Wood looks hotter in a t-shirt.
I’m still kicking myself for missing the band’s three-night run in Seattle.
I haven’t paid much attention to Onitsuka Chihiro since her lackluster cover album FAMOUS MICROPHONE. So it was a surprise to find out she’s on yet another new label, and she released an independent album with a band in 2014.
Yeah, it’s about time this album got the reissue treatment.
I’ll deal with George Michael’s untimely death in a future entry. I didn’t pick up this album till after I heard the news, and I can understand both the initial underwhelming reception and its subsequent critical acclaim.
What? I’ve been listening to Cocco for 20 years now?
When I first started buying up vinyl in 2013, I considered getting the reissue of Too Far to Care. I decided against it because I wanted to track down titles preceding the CD era first. By the time I was ready to get it, all the copies had been snatched up. I snagged a used copy two weeks before I saw Music on Vinyl would reissue the original album without the bonus tracks. *sigh*
I don’t think MONO really topped this debut album till Hymn to the Immortal Wind.
Am I really going to drop cash on a compilation where I have most of the tracks on other vinyl releases? Evidently.
I still have all the Eurythmics albums I bought back in the ’80s. I only had to flesh out my collection with In the Garden and We Too Are One.
This album was really welcome after a pair of back-to-back disappointments with Music and American Life.
I would be so on board with a reissue of An Accidental Memory in Case of Death.
Let’s see if this release date sticks. I think it’ll have been nearly a year since this reissue popped up on the schedule.
I found an original Nonesuch pressing of this album many months back, but it’s a definite recommendation for anyone who loves Naked City.