Purchase log, 2021-05-11

[Yo Majesty - Return of the Martriach]

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
  • Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum, Thanks for Coming
Files
  • Death Cab for Cutie, Live at the Showbox
  • Yo Majesty, The Return of the Matriarch
Vinyl
  • Sturgill Simpson, Cuttin’ Grass, Vol. 2: The Cowboy Shoppe Sessions

Catalog

CD
  • Anne-Sophie Mutter, Berg: Violin Concerto / Rihm: Time Chant (Chicago Symphony, James Levine)
  • Aram Khachaturian, Masquerade Suite / Violin Concerto / Gayaneh Suite (Philharmonia Orchestra, Khachaturian)
  • Arthur Honneger, Symphonies 2 and 3 (Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan)
  • Béla Bartók, Violin Concerto No. 2 / Viola Concerto (Pinchas Zukerman, St. Louis Symphony, Leonard Slatkin)
  • Boogie Down Productions, Edutainment
  • Carlo Gesualdo, Il Quarto Libro di Madrigali, 1596 (La Venexiana)
  • Claudio Monteverdi, Il Combattimento di Trancerdi e Clorinda (Les Artes Florissants)
  • Don Byron, Music for Six Musicians
  • Emerson String Quartet, Meyer: Quintet / Rorem: String Quartet No. 4
  • Four Tet, Rounds
  • Frank Turner, England Keep My Bones
  • Franz Schubert, The Late Quartets and Quintet (Emerson String Quartet, Mstislav Rostropovich)
  • Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 4 (Concertgebouw Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein)
  • Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 5 (Berlin Philharmonic, Claudio Abbado)
  • Itzhak Perlman / Pinchas Zukerman, Bartók: 44 Duos / Shostakovich: Three Violin Duets / Prokofiev: Sonata for Two Violins
  • John Corigliano, Violin Sonata / Etude Fantasy / Fantasia on an Ostinato / Chiaroscuro
  • Johnny Cash, American V: Hundred Highways
  • Josquin des Pres, Motets et Chansons (Hilliard Ensemble)
  • Kansas, Point of Know Return
  • Run-D.M.C., Run-D.M.C.
  • Sergei Prokofiev, Symphonies Nos. 1 and 5 (Chicago Symphony, James Levine)
  • Sergei Prokofiev, Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Sonata for Solo Violin (Gil Shaham, London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn)
  • Thomas Tallis, Spem in Alium (Hilliard Ensemble)
  • William Bolcom, Violin Concerto / Fantasia Concertante / Fifth Symphony (American Composers Symphony, Dennis Russel Davies)
Vinyl
  • Jack Wagner, All I Need
  • Last Exit, The Noise of Trouble: Live in Tokyo
File upgrades

These albums were purchased as MP3 downloads and upgraded to FLAC.

  • Sacha Sacket, “Aim”
  • Sacha Sacket, “It’s Time”
  • Sacha Sacket, “Just Like Cream”
  • Sacha Sacket, “Low Blow”
  • Sacha Sacket, “Song for Jamey”
  • Sacha Sacket, Viscera

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Purchase log, 2021-05-04

[Laurie Anderson - Big Science]

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
  • 54-40, 54-40
  • Arditti Quartet, Arditti
  • Dmitri Shostakovich, The Symphonies (Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic, Concertgebouw)
  • Francis Poulenc, Chamber Music
  • Györgi Ligeti, The Ligeti Project IV
  • Heart, Dreamboat Annie
  • Heaven 17, Penthouse and Pavement
  • Holy Fuck, Latin
  • John Adams, Music from Nixon in China
  • John Adams, On the Transmigration of Souls
  • John Coltrane, Africa / Brass
  • Laurie Anderson, Big Science
  • Sufjan Stevens, The Age of Adz
  • The Olivia Tremor Control, Black Foliage
LP
  • The Swimming Pool Q’s, World War Two Point Five
  • XTC, Go 2

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Purchase log, 2021-04-27

[Jacob Collier - In My Room]

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
  • Dmitri Shostakovich, 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 (Vladimir Ashkenazy)
  • Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphony No. 10 (Helsinki Philharmonic, James De Priest)
  • Jacob Collier, In My Room
  • Linda Ronstadt and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, What’s New
  • Maurice Ravel, Bolero / Rhapsodie Espagnole / La Valse / Alborada del gracioso (Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit)
  • The Pretenders, The Singles
  • Tiffany Haddish, She Ready

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Purchase log, 2020-04-20

[Soundtrack - Tonari no TOTORO]

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
  • Air, Moon Safari
  • Atmosphere, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold
  • David Lanz, Cristoferi’s Dream
  • Grace Jones, Slave to the Rhythm
  • Morgan Wade, Reckless
  • Siouxsie and the Banshees, Through the Looking Glass
  • Wang Chung, Mosaic
Vinyl
  • Soundtrack, Tonari no TOTORO (My Neighbor Totoro)

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Purchase log, 2021-04-13

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
  • Sturgill Simpson, Cuttin’ Grass, Vol. 2: The Cowboy Arms Session

Catalog

CD
  • 98 Degrees, 98 Degrees
  • Carlo Gesualdo, Quarto libro di Madrigali a cinque voci 1596 (Ensemble Music D’Arte)
  • En Vogue, The Best of En Vogue
  • Franz Schubert, 21 Lieder (Dietrich Fischer-Deskau)
  • Giya Kancheli, Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 (State Symphony of Georgia, Djansug Kakhidze)
  • Glass Tiger, The Thin Red Line
  • Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 2 (San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, Herbert Blomstedt)
  • Joe Satriani, Surfing with the Alien
  • John Legend and The Roots, Wake Up!
  • Kylie Minogue, Hits+
  • Kylie Minogue, Kylie Minogue
  • Mike Mills, Concerto for Violin, String Orchestra and Rock Band (Robert McDuffie, MCS Ensemble, Wade Stare)
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven, Violin Concerto / Sonata No. 10 (Pinchas Zukerman, Zubin Mehta, Los Angeles Philharmonic)
  • Soundtrack, The Hunt for Red October

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Soundtrack, Cowboy Bebop

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Purchase log, 2021-04-06

[mass extinction event - exigence (live @ roulette)

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
  • Captain & Tennille, Captain & Tennille’s Greatest Hits
  • Journey, Escape
  • Peter Gabriel, Peter Gabriel (I: Car)
Vinyl
  • BADBADNOTGOOD, III
Files
  • Mass Extinction Event, exigence (live @ roulette)
File upgrades

These albums were purchased as MP3 downloads and upgraded to FLAC.

  • Deebs and Jarell Perry, Shift EP
  • Ivri Lider, Beketzev A’hid Batnu’ot Shell Haguf (The Steady Rhythm Of Body Movements)
  • L.A. Dream Team, Kings of the West Coast
  • Loretta Lynn, Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)
  • Software Giant, We Are Overcome

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Purchase log, 2020-03-30

[Penzias and Wilson - Rescue the Fly]

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
  • MONO, Beyond the Past: Live with the Platinum Anniversary Orchestra
Files
  • Penzias and Wilson, “Rescue the Fly” / Empty Ensemble, “String Quartet Song No. 6 (Reiwa 3 Remix)”

Catalog

CD
  • ABC, Abracadabra
  • Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited
  • Einojuhani Rautavarra, Angels and Visitations / Violin Concerto / Isle of Bliss
  • fIREHOSE, “if’n”
  • Guided By Voices, Hold on Hope EP
  • Hiroshima, Ongaku
  • Huey Lewis and the News, Huey Lewis and the News
  • Huey Lewis and the News, Small World
  • Jonathan Elias, Requiem for the Americas
  • Kelala, Take Me Apart
  • Milla, The Divine Comedy
  • Peter Gabriel, Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats
  • Richard Wagner, Die Walküre (Vienna Philharmonic, Georg Solti)
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2 / Rhapsody on a Theme By Paganini (Vladimir Ashkenazy, London Symphony Orchestra)
  • Spice Girls, Forever
  • Wolfgang Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro (James Levine, Metropolitan Opera)
  • Yo Majesty, Futuristically Speaking … Never Be Afraid
  • Soundtrack, The Saint

Reissues

CD
  • Robert Palmer, Collected

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Four questions: 98 Degrees, Revelation

[98 Degrees - Revelation]

Artist

98 Degrees

Title

Revelation

Original Release Date

Sept. 26, 2000

Purchase Date

Fall 2000

What is the memory you most associate with this title?

I don’t actually have a specific memory tied to this album. It was released before Nick Lachey became a reality TV star, and it was one of dozens of teen pop albums released in the wake of ‘NSync and Backstreet Boys. But for some inexplicable reason, I’m always kind of rooting for Lachey.

I recognize that he’s pretty, and that is probably clouding a lot of my judgment. But I bought Revelation in the interest of understanding why teen pop became so ascendant in the late 90s / early 2000s. (I failed.) When his marriage to Jessica Simpson went on the rocks, his interview with Rolling Stone actually humanized him for me. Also, he posed shirtless in the photo shoot for the article.

So, yeah, I’ll cop to buying this album because sometimes, I just like the pretty faces on the album cover.

What was happening in your life when it was released?

Earlier in 2000, I left my job with the newspaper for an even worse one with a startup. I didn’t last more than 2 months before a friend of mine recommended me for a job at her company. I would stay at that job for 18 months before getting laid off.

But it marked the pivot when I stopped being a journalist and started being a web developer. I learned on the job, but I had already trained through community college classes and self-built projects.

I developed enough of an aptitude for programming that I managed to survive a few rounds of lay-offs before getting the ax in August 2001. Getting paid to program, however, insured I would never go back to journalism.

What was happening in your life when you bought it?

Revelation was released in Sept. 2000 and by Nov. 2000, I had already posted a review of the album. That would seem to indicate I may have bought the album shortly after its release. Perhaps even on release day.

It’s also possible I had downloaded the album through the Evil Sharing Networks before committing to purchasing it.

All that to say, the previous answer applies to this answer.

I will say this time of my life was my first bout of financial security. I was earning enough of a salary that car repair expenses didn’t tank me, and I could afford to buy incredibly expensive Japanese indie rock albums from overseas.

Because of that prosperity, I started to build a home recording studio. I dropped money on Cakewalk 9.0, and bought a bass guitar and electric guitar. I went so far as to start taking guitar lessons, bringing in band scores of my favorite Japanese artists to my instructor.

Oh, and also — I registered the domain name “musicwhore.org” and consolidated all the pieces of music writing I published under other site names.

What do you think of it now?

I am less severe on teen pop today than I was at the time of the album’s release. So a lot of the things I said in the original review probably still apply, just without the rockist attitude.

I have spotted the original self-titled 98 Degrees debut album at the thrift shop a number of times, but I have so far resisted completing my collection. (The previous sentence implies that I also own the group’s comeback album, 2.0, from 2013, and you would be correct.) I did, however, finally pick up Nick Lachey’s solo debut.

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Purchase log, 2021-03-23

[Nas - God's Son]

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
  • 50 Cent, Get Rich or Die Tryin’
  • Anton Bruckner, Messe in mi mineur / Motets
  • Blur, 13
  • Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
  • Meredith Monk, Atlas
  • Nas, God’s Son
  • Nick Lachey, SoulO
  • Patton Oswalt, Finest Hour
  • Run D.M.C., King of Rock
  • Stephen Sondheim, Pacific Overtures (Original Cast Recording)
  • Sugar, Beaster
  • Soundtrack, Death Note, Vol. 2

Reissues

Boxed Set
  • Gang of Four, 77-81
Vinyl
  • TOUMING MAGAZINE, Our Soul Music (我們的靈魂樂)

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Shelf Digging: Shiva, :20 Minute Workout (The Original Music)

[Shiva - :20 Minute Workout (The Original Music)]

Kids get fascinated by the weirdest things. Don’t tell me you don’t have some souvenir to remind you of some random thing that just consumed your attention, something that Adult You just has to shrug and ask, “WTF??”

In 2019, my mom found a portion of a long-missing vinyl collection, and one of the records in that stash was the soundtrack to a television show called :20 Minute Workout.

:20 Minute Workout is exactly what the title says — a 20-minute exercise show with 10 minutes of commercials to fill out the full half-hour slot. My mom did the workouts, and we watched while she did them. At some point, we watched the show just to watch the show, workout or no.

My sci-fi geekery cottoned onto the THX-1138-style set — a featureless white set that looked like a spare room in Princess Leia’s shuttle. The workout instructors wore color-coordinated leotards, complete with the requisite 80s leg warmers. The wireless mic set worn by the lead instructor looked like a communication device used to keep contact with a mothership.

The synth-heavy music did little to dispel the futurism of the show. Disco was in its last throes, but new wave made everything sound mechanical and chic. So as the workout instructor ran through the aerobics routine, the music eventually grabbed my attention.

The show’s success meant more opportunities to monetize, and eventually ads began running during breaks hawking the soundtrack to the show.

This album was not something you could stick in your cart at the store. You had to send a check or money order to the address on the television screen and wait for it in the mail. Someone had to pester the parents to put that level of effort to get it, and that duty was gleefully mine.

The show was such a hit, the instructors actually went on tour. I know — I dragged the family down to Ala Moana Center to get an autograph.

I came to my senses eventually, and once I started junior high, I stashed the record album with my dad’s records so as not to remind myself of what a weirdo I was. I eventually forgot the show or that the record even existed.

Then my mom texted me a photo of the cover when she found the stash. Hell, yeah, I had to get that album in my possession.

I wish I could say the music album transcends its source, and that I could find deeper musical meaning of which I wasn’t aware as a pre-pre-teen. But no — this music was designed for the gymnasium, and it serves its purpose well.

But man, do I enjoy the memories this album conjures, awkward though they may be.

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