Purchase log, 2020-03-17

[Andy Gibb - Shadow Dancing]

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
  • Andy Gibb, Shadow Dancing
  • Bauhaus, Burning from the Inside
  • Caifanes, La Historia
  • Camouflage, Greyscale
  • Camper Van Beethoven, II & III
  • Camper Van Beethoven, Camper Vantiquities
  • Henry Kaiser, Those Who Learn History Are Doomed to Repeat It
  • Hercules and Love Affair, Hercules and Love Affair
  • Jay Som, Anak Ko
  • Meat Puppets, Meat Puppets II
  • Melveen Leed, Melveen’s Hawaiian Country Hits
  • Mindy Smith, Long Island Shores
  • Post Malone, Hollywood’s Bleeding
  • Shakira, Pies Descalzo
  • Talking Heads, True Stories
  • The B-52’s, Party Mix / Mesopotamia
  • The Damned, Machine Gun Etiquette
  • The Dismemberment Plan, A People’s History of the Dismemberment Plan

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Spice Girls, Spiceworld

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Purchase log, 2020-03-10

[The National - Boxer]

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
  • Björk, Selmasongs
  • Bill Frisell, The Intercontinentals
  • Herbie Hancock, Future Shock
  • Herbie Hancock, Head Hunters
  • Julieta Venegas, MTV Unplugged
  • Taylor Swift, Taylor Swift
  • Teresa Stratas, The Unknown Weill
  • XTC, Mummer
  • Soundtrack, The Book of Mormon (Original Broadway Cast)
Vinyl
  • Michael Kiwanuka, Home Again
  • The National, Boxer

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Purchase log, 2020-03-03

[Sam Sparro - Boombox Eternal]

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
  • Sam Sparro, Boombox Eternal
Vinyl
  • Eluvium, Virga I

Catalog

CD
  • Ciccone Youth, The Whitey Album
  • DJ Krush, Kakusei
  • Gabby Pahinui, Gabby
  • Soundtrack, This Is Spinal Tap (Remastered)
Vinyl
  • Kendrick Lamar, untitled unmastered.
  • The Roots, Phrenology

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Purchase log picks, February 2020

[Robyn - Body Talk, Pt. 1]

Various Artists, Studio One Rockers

The Studio One compilations planted a notion that maybe I didn’t hate reggae music after all. My coworkers at Waterloo Records would play these compilations, and I would find myself liking what I heard. Dawn Penn’s “No No No” left a particular impression, but many years would pass before I learned the song’s title. The only reggae music I heard growing up was sifted through a Hawaiian music filter, and I didn’t like it.

Robyn, Body Talk, Pt. 1

OK, fellow gays, I understand why you all love Robyn now.

The Faint, Danse Macabre

I stocked so many copies of this album during my Waterloo shifts, I got sick of it, having never heard a single note. If it’s that popular, it had to suck, right? Maybe in my more judgmental days …

Tyler, the Creator, IGOR

Another 2019 release up to which I am catching.

Soundtrack, This Is Spinal Tap

It’s not satire. Fight me. (It’s totally satire.)

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Purchase log, 2020-02-25

[John Coltrane - Giant Steps]

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
  • Jean Sibelius, Humoresques (Nicolas Dautricourt)
  • John Coltrane, Giant Steps
  • Tyler, the Creator, IGOR
  • Various Artists, Studio One Disco Mix
  • Various Artists, Studio One Story
Vinyl
  • Philip Glass, Solo Piano

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Four Questions: Kronos Quartet, Short Stories

[Kronos Quartet - Short Stories]

Artist

Kronos Quartet

Title

Short Stories

Original Release Date

March 9, 1993

Purchase Date

March 9, 1993

What is the memory you most associate with this title?

I was living in New York City at the time this album was released. That season, Kronos performed twice at Alice Tully Hall. Most of the pieces on those programs would eventually make their way to the Night Prayers album. So I was a bit disappointed they didn’t end up on Short Stories.

I sat a few seats away from Osvaldo Golijov at one of those concerts. He stood up when Kronos acknowledged him after starting the concert with a premiere of his work. I congratulated him as he passed me on the way out to intermission.

What was happening in your life when it was released?

I had adjusted to life in New York City. I had a rough bout of homesickness the preceding autumn, which I found disappointing because I had waited what felt like an eternity to escape Hawaii.

But I wasn’t totally at ease. I still was in denial about being gay, and I hadn’t learned how to be comfortable with solitude. I did lay the groundwork for what would eventually pivot me away from music and into journalism by writing for the campus newspaper. I had also started to enjoy reading fiction, which was handy because that winter was actually rough.

What was happening in your life when you bought it?

I bought the album on release day, so same answer as above. I’m pretty sure I took a crosstown bus from Hunter College to the Tower Records at Lincoln Center, which had an entire floor dedicated to classical music.

What do you think of it now?

I do not like Short Stories.

Up to that point, Kronos crafted their albums well, threading diverse pieces into a thematic whole. Short Stories felt like a compilation with uninteresting B-sides.

Perhaps the lack of a thread was the point of the album. I just remember feeling impatience with a number of longer pieces on the album.

If I were to rank Kronos’ Nonesuch albums, Short Stories would anchor it.

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Purchase log, 2020-02-18

[Freedy Johnston - This Perfect World]

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
  • BABYMETAL, Metal Galaxy
  • Bronski Beat, The Age of Consent
  • Eluvium, Talk Amongst the Trees
  • Gossip, Movement
  • MC Solaar, Prose Combat
  • Philip Glass, Solo Piano
  • Solange, Sol-Angel and the Handley St. Dreams
  • The Alarm, Strength
  • The Album Leaf, In a Safe Place
  • The Faint, Danse Macabre
Vinyl
  • Freedy Johnston, This Perfect World
  • Roberta Flack, First Take
Files
  • Andrew Norman, Sustain (Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel)

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Looking ahead, March-May 2020

[Tokyo Jihen - News]

I usually wait until concrete release dates are announced before listing an album in these previews, but in the last few days, a number of artists have made announcements worth noting.

Tokyo Jihen, News, April 8

I didn’t think I would miss Tokyo Jihen, but I realized I did when their reunion was announced.

Gaytheist, How Long Have I Been on Fire, April 10

I like Gaytheist, but I don’t follow them as closely as I do other bands. So it’s an automated announcement from Bandcamp that informed me of this release.

Roberta Flack, First Take (Deluxe Edition), April 10

Roberta Flack’s debut album turns 50. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” was No. 1 on the week I was born.

Rufus Wainwright, Unfollow the Rules, April 24

When was the last time Rufus Wainwright did a rock album? Right around the time I moved to Seattle in 2012.

Sam Smith, To Die For, May 1

I enjoyed The Thrill of It All more than In the Lonely Hour, so I’m hoping this next album continues that trajectory.

Jason Isbell and 400 Unit, Reunions, May 15

The Nashville Sound was good, but it didn’t monopolize my attention the way Southeastern or Something More than Free did. So my anticipation for this album is a bit on the cool side.

Midnight Oil, The Markarrata Project, Summer 2020
Midnight Oil, TBD, Late 2020

I think I’m more excited over another tour than I am about the new album and EP. At the same time, things are so fucked up that Midnight Oil is the right band for these times.

Janet Jackson, Black Diamond, TBD

Aside from the title, details are scant about the next Janet album, but she’s already announced a tour.

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Purchase log, 2020-02-11

[Various Artists - Studio One Rockers]

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
  • Dub Specialist, Studio One Dub
  • Huey Lewis and the News, Fore!
  • Robyn, Body Talk, Pt. 1
  • Roger Sessions / John Harbison, Sessions: Symphony No. 2 / Harbison: Symphony No. 2, Oboe Concerto (San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt)
  • Sun Ra, Space is the Place
  • Soundtrack, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
  • Various Artists, Studio One Rockers
  • Various Artists, Studio One Soul
Vinyl
  • KC and the Sunshine Band, Part 3
  • Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
  • Run-D.M.C., Run-D.M.C.
  • Starship, Knee Deep in the Hoopla

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