Monthly Archives: July 2019

Purchase log picks, July 2019

[Hans Abrahamsen - Schnee]

Hans Abrahamsen, Schnee

Seattle Symphony performed this piece as part of its [untitled] series, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

Sonic Youth, Confusion Is Sex / Kill Yr. Idols

I’ve read a number of record guides, and very few of them recommend this album. They are wrong. Confusion Is Sex is probably the closest Sonic Youth has gotten to its modern classical roots, and I like it a lot.

Duffy, Rockferry

On Facebook, I posted this controversial stance: Duffy > Adele. Maybe I like Rockferry because it’s not piped into every restaurant and waiting room.

Johnny Cash, American IV: The Man Comes Around

I scored when I found a copy of this album with a DVD of the video for “Hurt” at the thrift store. Then I heard the rest of it, and … wow.

Torche, Admission

This album entered the Favorite Edition list on pretty much the first listen.

Various Artists, Living In Oblivion, Vol. 1

I had a copy of this album, but the booklet got water damaged in a refrigerator leak. So I gave it away. Welcome back.

Washed Out, Within and Without

Part of me wishes the cover of the album were homoerotic, but the music on it is great.

Anderson .Paak, Ventura

I’ve heard of Anderson .Paak but not from Anderson .Paak, so a $2 copy of this album at Goodwill, unopened, seemed like a low-risk way to find out who he is. I’m impressed.

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Purchase log, 2019-07-30

[NUMBER GIRL - Kanden no Kioku]

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
  • NUMBER GIRL, Kanden no Kioku

Catalog

CD
  • 2Pac, All Eyez on Me
  • Béla Bartók, Mikrokosmos
  • Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphonies (Complete) Vol. 1 (Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ladislav Slovak)
  • Ed Sheeran, x
  • Everything But the Girl, Adapt or Die: Ten Years of Remixes
  • Everything But the Girl, Worldwide
  • Franz Josef Haydn, String Quartets, Op. 54, Nos. 1-3 (Kodály Quartet)
  • Franz Josef Haydn, String Quartets, Op. 55, Nos. 1-3 (Kodály Quartet)
  • Franz Josef Haydn, String Quartets, Op. 64, Nos. 1-3 (Kodály Quartet)
  • Janet Jackson, Janet Jackson
  • Kalapana, Kalapana
  • Leonard Bernstein, Mass
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, In the Heights (Original Cast Recording)
  • Madonna, Rebel Heart (Deluxe Edition)
  • Missy Elliott, Da Real World
  • Neko Case and Her Boyfriends, Furnace Room Lullaby
  • Nelly, Country Grammar
  • Pavement, Slanted and Enchanted
  • Pierre Boulez, Messiaen: Et Exspecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum / Couleurs de la Cité Celeste / Stravinsky: Symphony of Wind Instruments
  • Robert Palmer, Secrets
Vinyl
  • Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Live 1975-1985
  • Franz Schubert, Die schöne Müllerin (Deitrich Fischer-Dieskau)

Reissues

CD
  • Janet Jackson, Control: The Remixes
Vinyl
  • Janet Jackson, Rhythm Nation 1814
  • Janet Jackson, The Velvet Rope

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Purchase log, 2019-07-23

[Washed Out - Within and Without]

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
  • Aaliyah, Aaliyah
  • AC/DC, Highway to Hell
  • Anderson.Paak, Ventura
  • Earl Sweatshirt, Doris
  • Hunx and His Punx, Too Young to Be in Love
  • Krzysztov Pendercki, Matrix 5
  • Ofra Haza, Kirya
  • Rick Springfield, Original Album Classics
  • Rupert Holmes, Partner in Crime
  • Swing Out Sister, Kaleidoscope World
  • The Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night
  • Washed Out, Within and Without
Vinyl
  • Beaux Arts Trio, Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 / Ives: Piano Trio (1911)
  • Charles Mingus, Mingus Mingus Minugs Mingus Mingus

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Purchase log, 2019-07-16

[Torche - Admission]

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
  • Torche, Admission

Catalog

CD
  • Alabama Shakes, Boys & Girls
  • Bangles, A Different Light
  • Clannad, Atlantic Realm
  • Elliott Smith, Figure 8
  • Fleetwood Mac, Behind the Mask
  • Front 242, Tyranny for You
  • Gabby Pahinui and Atta Isaacs, Two Slack Key Guitars
  • Grandaddy, The Sophtware Slump
  • Hapa, In the Name of Love
  • John Zorn, The Classic Guide to Strategy, Volumes One and Two
  • Johnny Cash, American IV: The Man Comes Around
  • Lorde, Pure Heroine
  • Morrissey, You Are the Quarry
  • Mumford and Sons, Babel
  • R.E.O. Speedwagon, Hi Infidelity
  • SING LIKE TALKING, DISCOVERY
  • Skrillex, Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
  • The Style Council, Confessions of a Pop Group
  • Tricky, Maxinquaye
  • Various Artists, Every Band Has a Shonen Knife Who Loves Them
Vinyl
  • ABBA, The Singles: The First 10 Years
  • Cyndi Lauper, She’s So Unusual
  • Krzysztof Penderecki, Violin Concerto (Isaac Stern, Minnesota Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewki)
  • Leonard Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein Conducts His Symphonies (New York Philharmonic)
  • New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, Percussion Music
  • Stephen Sondheim, Company (Original Cast Recording)
  • The Alarm, Strength

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Purchase log, 2019-07-09

[Everything But the Girl - Amplified Heart]

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
  • Benjamin Britten, Peter Grimes
  • Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, 101 Damnations
  • Dawn Upshaw, Angels Hide Their Faces
  • Duffy, Rockferry
  • Easterhouse, Waiting for the Redbird
  • Emma Kirkby / Anthony Rooley, Olympia’s Lament
  • Frank Zappa, Strictly Commercial: The Best of Frank Zappa
  • Hans Abrahamsen, Schnee
  • Jay-Z, The Blueprint
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven, Beethoven Sonatas: Opp. 53, 54, 57 (Richard Goode)
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven, String Quartet No. 13, Op. 130 / Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 (Fitzwilliam Quartet)
  • Natalie Merchant, The House Carpenter’s Daughter
  • Olivier Messiaen, Par lui-même
  • Various Artists, Living in Oblivion: The ’80s Greatest Hits, Vol. 1
Vinyl
  • Falco, Falco 3
  • Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Liverpool
  • Harry Partch, The Bewitched
  • Taylor Swift, 1989
  • The Beatles, Abbey Road
  • Was (Not Was), What Up Dog?
  • World Saxophone Quartet, Plays Duke Ellington

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Everything But the Girl, Amplified Heart

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Looking ahead: July-August 2019

[Re-Flex - The Politics of Dancing]

Janet Jackson, Control: The Remixes, July 26

I would not have been interested in remixes when Control came out, but I bet I’ve heard them without realizing I have.

Re-Flex, Politics of Dancing (Deluxe Edition), July 26

The title track alone is probably worth the price of the entire album. It’s a collection of reliably-80s synth pop, heavy on the beats and big on melody. I found this album on CD at the thrift store, and I’m actually heartened to see it reissued.

Sleater-Kinney, The Center Won’t Hold, Aug. 16

I don’t even listen to St. Vincent, and I was excited to hear she was producing the new Sleater-Kinney album. Is that weird?

Ty Herndon, Got It Covered, Aug. 23

Herndon had already teased this album, posting short videos on Instagram of the recording process. He’s already changed the gender references on his big hit, “What Mattered Most.” I’m hoping he doesn’t stop there.

Kronos Quartet, Terry Riley: Sun Rings, Aug. 30

It’s a Terry Riley anniversary year! So of course Kronos commemorates it with a release of a piece they’ve performed in concert for at least a decade.

BBMak, Powerstation, late August

OK, guys, you’ve announced a title and a track list. What about an actual release date?? Part of me wished this album was a track-by-track cover of The Power Station, i.e. the Duran Duran site project with Robert Palmer and Tony Thompson of Chic.

Vinyl

Janet Jackson, Rhythm Nation, July 26
Janet Jackson, The Velvet Rope, July 26

I already have an original pressing of Rhythm Nation, but the length of the album doesn’t allow it to fit well on a single disc. So I would welcome a double LP with improved sound.

The Velvet Rope is Janet’s most underrated album and deserves more attention.

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Purchase log, 2019-07-02

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.

[The B-52's - Cosmic Thing]

Catalog

CD
  • Atmosphere, Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EPs
  • Bob Mould, Bob Mould
  • Branford Marsalis, Renaissance
  • Duran Duran, “Electric Barbarella”
  • Fantastic Plastic Machine, The Fantastic Plastic Machine
  • Front 242, Front by Front
  • Ingram Marshall, Three Penitential Visions / Hidden Voices
  • Jay-Z, The Black Album
  • Snoop Dogg, Doggystyle
  • Sonic Youth, Confusion Is Sex / Kill Yr. Idols
  • William Orbit, Pieces in a Modern Style

Reissues

CD
  • The B-52’s, Cosmic Thing (Anniversary Edition)
Vinyl
  • Masada, Sanhedrin: 1994-1997 Unreleased Studio Recordings

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Purchase log picks, June 2019

[Frida - Something's Going On]

Amanda Shires, To the Sunset

I gave this album a cursory preview when it first appeared in mid-2018, but I didn’t follow up till now. Shires’ husband, Jason Isbell, sang the album’s praises, and he’s right — To the Sunset is ambitious.

John Luther Adams, Become Desert

I went to the Saturday world premiere of this work in 2017, so it was pretty much guaranteed a spot on this list.

Frida, Something’s Going On

This album would be akin to Janet Jackson’s Control in the way Frida distances herself from ABBA.

Shiina Ringo, Sandokushi

No, this album won’t dislodge Shiina’s first three albums off the pedestal, but it’s her most diverse since Karuki Zaamen Kuri no Hana, and Shiina on an off-day is still many leagues interesting than most artists at their apex.

Soundtrack, Macross: Ai Oboete Imasu Ka?

My experience with anime can be divided in two: before “Do You Remember Love?” and after “Do You Remember Love?” I will always treasure Robotech for introducing me to Japanese animation, but that show really did butcher the source material.

Madonna, Madame X

The singles preceding Madame X‘s release did not do the album justice. It’s a far more ambitious work than the singles let on.

Re-Flex, The Politics of Dancing

The Politics of Dancing is a reliably 80s synth album, but that title track is an unshakable earworm. Cherry Red in the UK is giving it an expanded reissue in July 2019.

Roger Daltery, Under a Raging Moon

This album is steeped in the ’80s, which is probably why it appeals to me so much.

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