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Favorite Edition Rewind: 2006

[BORIS - PINK]

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.

At the time, SLOTH LOVE CHUNKS edged Utada Hikaru for the top spot of 2006, but Ultra Blue has proven far more durable. This list has gone through quite a number of changes.

  1. Utada Hikaru, Ultra Blue
  2. SLOTH LOVE CHUNKS, Shikakui Vision
  3. VOLA & THE ORIENTAL MACHINE, Waiting for My Food
  4. Furukawa Miki, Mirrors
  5. Tokyo Jihen, Otona (Adult)
  6. Gnarls Barkley, St. Elsewhere
  7. Boris, Pink
  8. The Roots, Game Theory
  9. Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson, Neruda Songs
  10. Nick Lachey, What’s Left of Me

Other favorites of the year:

  • ACO, mask
  • J Dilla, Donuts
  • Hajime Chitose, Hanadairo
  • Now It’s Overhead, Dark Light Days
  • Envy, Insomniac Doze
  • The Gossip, Standing in the Way of Control
  • ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, Fan Club

I’ve known about Boris for as long as I’ve been following Japanese music, but I never made time for them until I picked up Pink at Goodwill for $2. Well, hell …

I wouldn’t have listened to the Roots or J Dilla at the time. Hip-hop had diversified to have its own underground, and that was just so much history that I wasn’t willing to unpack. I’ve only started exploring hip-hop with any seriousness in the last year.

Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson was quite the late discovery. I didn’t pick up Neruda Songs till 2008, but it quickly became a favorite, dislodging Ex-Boyfriends completely off the list.

When I was first introduced to ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, I dismissed them as “eastern youth lite”. The joke was on me — I don’t even own an eastern youth album anymore, and I’ve purchased ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION on vinyl.

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Purchase log, 2018-08-14

[Bobby Long - A Winter Tale]

I catalog my music purchases on Collectorz and Discogs, but they don’t give me a sense of change over time. So I’m noting them here weekly as well.

Catalog

CD
  • Adam Guettel, Myths and Hymns
  • Anonymous 4 / Chilingirian Quartet, Darkness Into Light / Tavener: The Bridegroom and other works
  • Beyoncé, Beyoncé
  • Dirty Three, Ocean Songs
  • envy, All the Footprints You’ve Ever Left and the Fear Expecting Ahead
  • Isis, Oceanic
  • Huck Hodge, Life Is Endless Like Our Field of Vision (Talea Ensemble; JACK Quartet)
  • Pedro the Lion, The Only Reason I Feel Secure
Vinyl
  • Ben Watt, Fever Dream
  • Bobby Long, A Winter Tale
  • Bobby Long, Wishbone
  • Eluvium, Pedals / Petals
  • Fishbone, Truth and Soul (RSD 2014)
  • Inventions, Blanket Waves
  • Inventions, Maze of Woods
  • Semi Precious Weapons, Aviation
  • Teitur, Story Music

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