Purchase log, 2019-01-22

[The West Wing - Original TV Soundtrack]

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
  • Soundtrack, The West Wing

Catalog

CD
  • Beck, Mellow Gold
  • Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon
  • Talking Heads, Speaking in Tongues
  • Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Hearts of Oak
  • Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Shake the Sheets
Vinyl
  • Glass Tiger, The Thin Red Line

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Purchase log, 2019-01-15

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
  • 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
Vinyl
  • Buffalo Daughter, New Rock
  • Robert Palmer, Secrets

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Purchase log, 2019-01-08

[SUPER JUNKY MONKEY - AIETOH]

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
  • Corey Hart, First Offense
  • Dead Can Dance, Dead Can Dance / Garden of the Arcane Delights
  • Nakamori Akina, NEW AKINA Etranger
  • SUPER JUNKY MONKEY, AITEOH
Vinyl
  • LOVE PSYCHEDELICO, LOVE PSYCHEDELIC ORCHESTRA

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Looking ahead, January-February 2019

[Jeremy Denk - c.1300-c.2000]

The site will take its usual January break starting next week, so this entry is my last chance to point out some upcoming releases.

Jeremy Denk, c.1300-c.2000, Feb. 8

I’ll be seeing Jeremy Denk in concert in a few weeks, but he won’t be performing the sprawling program of this two-disc set spanning seven centuries of music.

Vinyl

Mindy Smith, One Moment More, Jan. 29

Mindy Smith is so far the only country music singer whose voice reminds me of Harriet Wheeler of the Sundays.

Prince, Musicology, Feb. 8
Prince, 3121, Feb. 8

Musicology was heralded as a return to form, but I found it less interesting than 3121. But even 3121 was less interesting than The Gold Experience, which I would consider getting on vinyl. But really, when is the Love Symbol album getting reissued?

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Purchase log, 2019-01-01

[Yaz - Upstairs at Eric's]

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
  • Danish String Quartet, Wood Works
  • DJ Krush, Meiso
  • Guadalcanal Diary, 2×4
  • Laurie Anderson, Mister Heartbreak
  • Laurie Anderson, Strange Angels
  • Lou Reed, New York
  • Perfume Genius, No Shape
  • Sinéad O’Connor, Am I Not Your Girl?
  • Styx, Paradise Theatre
  • Van Halen, 1984
Vinyl
  • Aphex Twin, Richard D. James Album
  • Yaz, Upstaris at Eric’s
  • Yaz, You and Me Both

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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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Purchase log, 2018-12-25

[Ofra Haza - Fifty Gates of Wisdom: Yemenite Songs]

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
  • Damien Rice, O
  • Orlande de Lassus, Requiem for Four Voices
  • The Pointer Sisters, Greatest Hits
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, The Last 5 Symphonies
Vinyl
  • Ofra Haza, Fifty Gates of Wisdom: Yemenite Songs
  • The Blow Monkeys, Animal Magic

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Favorite Edition 2018 Year Final

[Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!]

Last year, new releases made up 7 percent of my music purchases. This year, that number ticks up to … 8 percent. For a while there, I didn’t know if I would find enough titles to make a Favorite 10, but I did.

  1. Parquet Courts, Wide Awake!: When you visit multiple record stores and ask what is playing, you probably ought to buy that album if the answer is the same at each store.
  2. Janelle Monáe, Dirty Computer: I also liked the Emotion Picture that accompanied the release of this album.
  3. Christine and the Queens, Chris: Those dance moves!
  4. Various Artists, Adam to Eve no Ringo: I didn’t realize the cover of “Sid to Hakuchuumu” was by MIKA, the singer “discovered” by Perez Hilton. MIKA’s circumspection about his sexuality drew a lot of attention and some controversy. I checked out his music as a result of the brouhaha and found little that was remarkable. That said, he nails the French interpretation of this very Ringo track.
  5. Steve Grand, Not the End of Me: I don’t know if it’s intentional, but I hear a bit of Matt Alber’s swoon on some of the quieter moments on this album.
  6. Kronos Quartet and Laurie Anderson, Landfall: Take all the swagger and posturing out of hip-hop, and it would probably sound a lot like Laurie Anderson.
  7. Seattle Symphony with Roomful of Teeth, Berio: Sinfonia: This piece was awesome to hear live.
  8. Nico Muhly & Thomas Bartlett, Peter Pears: Ceremonial Balinese Music: Oddly enough, I found a recording of Colin McPhee performing his gamelan transcriptions with Benjamin Britten, and I kind of wish Muhly and Bartlett had also done the unpublished scores.
  9. Yore, EP1: Recent press seems to obscure the fact Yore released music under his own name, so we’ll stick with that preference and just mention this EP finds him moving in a direction more akin to Cocteau Twins or even Utada Hikaru.
  10. Utada Hikaru, Hatsukoi:Her sound has gotten darker since her comeback.

Other favorites from the year:

  • John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once
  • Leo Imai, VLP
  • Mikami Chisako, I AM Ready!
  • Craig Armstrong, Sun on You
  • Tracey Thorn, Record
  • Renee Fleming, Broadway
  • Igor Stravisnky, Chant Funebre / Le Sacre du Printemps
  • Eponymous 4, Travis

OK, I’m being a bit cheeky including my own album, Travis, on this list. I finished recording it in 2016, so I’d been sitting on it for more than a year. In all that time, I’ve not gotten sick of hearing it day in and day out, and when I compare it with other albums I’ve recorded, it sounds like a proper, professional work.

So yeah, I think my album is one of the best to be released in 2018. You can check it out at the Eponymous 4 Bandcamp store.

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Purchase log, 2018-12-18

[James Ehnes - Howard, Kernis: Violin Concertos / Tovey: Stream of Limelight]

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
  • Bruce Springsteen, Springsteen on Broadway
  • James Ehnes, Howard, Kernis: Violin Concertos / Tovey: Stream of Limelight

Catalog

CD
  • A Flock of Seagulls, A Flock of Seagulls
  • Hole, Celebrity Skin
  • Hole, Live Through This
  • Meat Puppets, Too High to Die
  • Morrissey, Viva Hate
  • Mudhoney, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
  • Public Enemy, Apocalypse 91 … The Enemy Strikes Back
  • Rabbits, Lower Forms
  • Rolf Lislevand, Diminuito
  • The Doors, The Doors
  • The Smashing Pumpkins, Pisces Iscariot
  • The Who, Tommy
  • Torche, Torche
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fever to Tell
  • Soundtrack, Good Night, and Good Luck. (Dianne Reeves)

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