Purchase log, 2021-10-19

[Res - How I Do]

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.

New releases

CD
  • Craig Armstrong, Nocturnes: Music for Two Pianos

Catalog

CD
  • Art of Noise, The Ambient Collection
  • Brothers Johnson, Light Up the Night
  • Fishbone, Fishbone 101: Nuttasaurusmeg Fossil Fuelin’ the Fonkay
  • Hirosue Ryoko, Arigato!
  • John Zorn / Yamataka Eye, John Zorn Birthday Celebration, Vol. 10
  • Muse, Showbiz
  • Muse, The Resistance
  • Spandau Ballet, True
  • Sufjan Stevens, Seven Swans
  • The B-52’s, Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation
  • Tyler the Creator, Cherry Bomb
  • Tyler the Creator, Wölf
  • ZARD, BEST ~Request Memorial~
Vinyl
  • Electric Light Orchestra, Time
  • Eurythmics, Touch Dance
  • Marvin Gaye, Here, My Dear
  • Res, How I Do
  • Styx, Kilroy Was Here
  • Soundtrack, Patty Hearst

Reissues

CD
  • Sugababes, One Touch (Deluxe Edition)
Vinyl
  • Sinéad O’Connor, So Far … The Best of Sinéad O’Connor
  • Sugababes, One Touch

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Purchase log, 2021-10-12

[MONO - Pilgrimage of the Soul]

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.

New releases

Vinyl
  • MONO, Pilgrimage of the Soul

Catalog

CD
  • Béla Bartók, Piano Concertos 1-3 (Peter Donohoe, Simon Rattle, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra)
  • Luther Vandross, Give Me the Reason
  • Murray Perahia / Sir Georg Solti, Bartók: Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion / Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn
  • Pierre Henry, Messe Pour Le Temps Présent
Vinyl
  • Kesha, Rainbow
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada EP

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Purchase log, 2021-10-05

[Explosions in the Sky - Big Bend]

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.

New releases

CD
  • Explosions in the Sky, Big Bend

Catalog

CD
  • BT, Movement in Still Life
  • Dixie Chicks, Home
  • Kelly Clarkson, Stronger
  • Olivia Newton-John, 20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection
  • Paul Van Dyk, Out There and Back
  • Sasha, airdrawndagger
  • Various Artists, Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life
Vinyl
  • George Winston, December
  • Lukas Foss, Baroque Variations
  • Prince, Originals (Deluxe Edition)
  • Shadowfax, Shadowfax
  • Vanessa Williams, The Right Stuff

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Purchase log, 2021-09-28

[Robbie Williams - Life Thru a Lens]

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.

New releases

CD
  • Perfume, Polygon Wave EP

Catalog

CD
  • Britney Spears, … Baby One More Time
  • Cee-Lo Green, Cee-Lo Green … Is the Soul Machine
  • Ensemble of the Republic of Bulgaria, Music of Bulgaria
  • Jon Kimura Parker, Rite
  • m-flo, The Intergalactic Collection
  • Sarah McLachlan, Solace
  • The Replacements, All for Nothing / Nothing for All
  • The Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed
  • The Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers
Vinyl
  • Brothers Johnson, Light Up the Night

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Garbage, Garbage
  • Robbie Williams, I’ve Been Expecting You
  • Robbie Williams, Life Thru a Lens

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Looking ahead: October-November 2021

[sungazer - PERIHELION]

sungazer, PERIHELION, Oct. 11

YouTube musicians Adam Neely and Shawn Crowder finally unveil their debut album after a pair of EPs.

Olivia Newton-John, Physical (Deluxe Edition), Oct. 22

This album was wildly successful at the time, buoyed by a nascent promotional tool called the “music video.” The deluxe edition of Physical includes one of the first video albums produced by a pop artist. Sorry, Beyoncé fans.

Spice Girls, Spice (Deluxe Edition), Oct. 29

In the UK, this deluxe edition of the Girls’ debut album is accompanied by five color vinyl reissues, each featuring a member the group. I’d probably opt for the Mel C one, but I already have this album on LP.

Jason Isbell and 400 Unit, Georgia Blue, Nov. 26

Jason Isbell makes good on his promise to record a cover album of Georgia artists if the run-off election in January 2020 sent a pair of Democrats to the Senate.

Vinyl

Kylie Minogue, Fever, Oct, 15
Sinéad O’Connor, So Far … The Best of Sinéad O’Connor, Oct. 15

National Album Day in the UK looks like Record Store Day Lite from a distance, but this year’s focus on women artists has some nice reissues in the pipeline. Honestly, Fever should just be perpetually available on vinyl. Every special pressing sells out fast and fetches exorbitant prices on Discogs. I have So Far on CD from when it was first released, and it’s an excellent compilation.

Old 97s, Fight Songs, Oct. 29

I would have preferred a vinyl reissue of Satellite Rides, to be honest.

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Purchase log, 2021-09-21

[Dawn Upshaw - Knoxville: Summer of 1915]

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.

New releases

CD
  • Jeremy Denk, Mozart Concertos
  • MONO, Pilgrimage of the Soul

Catalog

CD
  • Emmylou Harris, Duets
  • Emmylou Harris, Profile
  • Emmylou Harris, Profile II
  • Imagine Dragons, Night Vision
  • Johnny Cash, Unchained
  • Joshua Bell, Romance of the Violin
  • Kesha, Warrior
  • Lady Gaga, Born This Way
  • Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg / Sergio and Odair Assad, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg / Sergio and Odair Assad
  • Ne-Yo, Year of the Gentleman
  • Sam Hunt, Montevallo
  • Suzanne Ciani, The Velocity of Love
Vinyl
  • Dawn Upshaw, Knoxville: Summer of 1915

Reissues

CD
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jesus Christ Superstar (Deluxe Edition)
  • Metallica, Metallica (Deluxe Edition)
Vinyl
  • Guided By Voices, Isolation Drills

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Purchase log, 2021-09-14

[CZARFACE / MF DOOM - Super What?]

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.

New releases

CD
  • Czarface / MF Doom, Super What?
Vinyl
  • Art of Noise, Noise in the City: Live in Tokyo 1986

Catalog

CD
  • Alison Moyet, Singles
  • Can, Tago Mago
  • Cracker, Kerosene Hat
  • Funkadelic, Funkadelic
  • Grizzly Bear, Friend EP
  • John Coltrane, Crescent
  • John Coltrane, Impressions
  • Keith Jarrett, Solo Concerts: Bremen / Lausanne
  • Kraftwerk, Computer World
  • Linda Ronstadt, Greatest Hits
  • Living Colour, Live at CBGB’s
  • Nas, Illmatic
  • Robbie Williams, Life Thru a Lens
  • Slick Rick, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
  • Sugababes, One Touch
  • Whiskeytown, Strangers Almanac
  • Soundtrack, Heavy Metal
Vinyl
  • Gaudeamus String Quartet, Crumb: Black Angels / Raxach: String Quartet No. 2 / De Leeuw: String Quartet No. 2

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Purchase log, 2021-09-07

[Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers - Ramble in Music City]

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.

New releases

CD
  • Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers, Ramble in Music City: The Lost Concert
Vinyl
  • Deafheaven, Infinite Granite
  • Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers, Ramble in Music City: The Lost Concert

Catalog

CD
  • Sister Sledge, We Are Family
  • The Rolling Stones, Some Girls
  • Tim McGraw, Live Like You Were Dying

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Looking ahead: September-November 2021

[Tomosaka Rie - Cappuccino / Escalation]

Explosions in the Sky, Big Bend, Oct. 1

I haven’t really cottoned to Explosion in the Sky’s soundtrack work, but I’m hoping this release feels more like an album than a cue sheet.

John Coltrane, A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle, Oct. 8

At first, I thought this album was just a reissue of Live in Seattle, till I took a closer look at the title.

Renée Fleming, Voice of Nature: The Anthropocene, Oct. 8

I wonder if John Green would be interested in reviewing this album.

The Replacements, Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash, Oct. 22

The Replacements had, at best, a periphery influence on my teenage listening habits, and yet I’ve bought just about every deluxe edition of their albums. Clearly, I’m making up for lost time.

R.E.M., New Adventures in Hi-Fi (Deluxe Edition), Oct. 29

I’m ambivalent about this album. I had sold it for cash a long time ago, but I picked it up again from the thrift shop. I don’t know if it holds up well.

ABBA, Voyage, Nov. 3

I can’t lie — I’m pretty damn excited about a new ABBA album in 40 years. The singles preceding the album sound like time hadn’t stopped for the quartet, and the world definitely came back around to them.

Sting, The Bridge, Nov. 19

I guess I still care because there is a part of me that fondly remembers a younger Sting in various forms of undress.

Vinyl

Robbie Williams, Life Thru a Lens, Sept. 24
Robbie Williams, I’ve Been Expecting You, Sept. 24

The Ego Has Landed was one of my most played CDs of 1999, and it collected the best bits of Robbie Williams’ first two albums. About 20 years later, I would find I’ve Been Expecting You at the thrift store. So I have to say I’m very much tempted to drop cash on these vinyl reissues, even though I haven’t heard Life Thru a Lens in its entirety.

AJICO, Fukamidori, Nov. 3
AJICO, AJICO SHOW, Nov. 3
AJICO, Setsuzoku, Nov. 3
Hatakeyama Miyuki, Diving into your mind, Nov. 3
Tomosaka Rie, “Cappuccino / Escalation”, Nov. 3

Japan actually has its own Record Store Day event that focuses on domestic releases, but it’s separate from Record Day, which happens annually in November. While Record Store Day focuses on independent retailers, Record Day in Japan looks similar to National Album Day in the UK, where larger retailers are involved with the festivities.

Past Record Days in Japan have included reissues of NUMBER GIRL, YEN TOWN BAND and a number of Studio Ghibli soundtracks. For me, AJICO is the biggest news coming out of this year’s crop, but I’m also immensely pleased to see Hatakeyama Miyuki’s Diving into your mind getting a reissue. The Tomosaka Rie 7-inch single pairs two of her biggest hits, “Cappuccino” and “Escalation”, the A-side written by Shiina Ringo.

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Purchase log, 2021-08-31

[Deafheaven - Infinite Granite]

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.

New releases

CD
  • Deafheaven, Infinite Granite
Vinyl
  • Death Cab for Cutie, The Georgia EP

Catalog

CD
  • Cyndi Lauper, True Colors
  • Danger Doom, The Mouse and the Mask
  • Jeff Mangum, Live at Jittery Joe’s
  • Neko Case, Blacklisted
  • Neko Case, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
  • Slaid Cleaves, Broke Down
  • The Pursuit of Happiness, Love Junk
Vinyl
  • Edgard Varèse, Arcana / Intégrales / Ionisation (Zubin Mehta, Los Angeles Philharmonic)
  • Elliot Carter, String Quartet No. 2 / String Quartet No. 3 (Juilliard String Quartet)

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