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Purchase log, 2019-03-19

[Pop Will Eat Itself - This Is the Day ... This Is the Hour ... This Is This!]

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.

This past weekend was the Friends of the Seattle Library Book Sale, which usually provides a few weeks’ worth of listening.

Catalog

CD
  • Aretha Franklin, Aretha’s Best
  • Atmosphere, Overcast!
  • Beck, Mutations
  • Billy Idol, Idolize Yourself: The Very Best of Billy Idol
  • bis, The New Transistor Heroes
  • Björk, Drawing Restraint 9
  • Bon Jovi, Slippery When Wet
  • Branford Marsalis Quartet, Crazy People Music
  • Daniel Lanois, Acadie
  • David Bowie, Pin Ups
  • Dawn Upshaw, Voices of Light
  • Einstürzende Neubauten, 80-83 Strategies Against Architecture
  • György Ligeti, Ligeti Edition 5: Mechanical Music
  • Jane’s Addiction, Nothing’s Shocking
  • Joanna Newsom, Ys
  • John Zorn, The Gift
  • Johnny Cash, American Recordings
  • Josquin des Prez / Giovanni Palestrina, Motets / Masses
  • Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II
  • Lizz Wright, The Orchard
  • Lovage, Nathaniel Merriweather Presents … Lovage: Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By
  • Mazzy Star, So Tonight That I Might See
  • Mike Patton, Adult Themes for Voice
  • Oingo Boingo, Dead Man’s Party
  • Osvaldo Golijov, Ainadamar
  • PJ Harvey, Let England Shake
  • PJ Harvey, Rid of Me
  • Pop Will Eat Itself, This Is the Day … This Is the Hour … This Is This!
  • Queen Latifah, Nature of a Sista
  • Robert Palmer, Addictions Volume 2
  • Roberta Flack, First Take
  • Sonic Youth, Washing Machine
  • Soundgarden, Louder Than Love
  • Spice Girls, Spiceworld
  • Stephen Sondheim, Putting it Together (Original Cast Recording)
  • The Beatles, Yellow Submarine
  • The Mars Volta, De-Loused at the Comatorium
  • The White Stripes, Get Behind Me Satan
  • Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane, At Carnegie Hall
  • Tom Tom Club, Tom Tom Club
  • William Grant Still, Africa
  • XTC, Nonsuch
  • Yaz, You and Me Both
  • Various Artists, Stay Awake
  • Soundtrack, Pride and Prejudice (BBC Television serial)
  • Soundtrack, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away)
  • Soundtrack, Sense and Sensibility
Vinyl
  • Dead Or Alive, Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know
  • Eleanor Steber, Barber: Knoxville: Summer 1915 / LaMontaine: Songs of the Rose of Sharon
  • Millions Like Us, Millions Like Us
  • Olivier Messiaen, Et Exspecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum / Couleurs de la Cité Celeste
  • Olivier Messiaen, Petites Liturgies de la Présence Divine
  • Olivier Messiaen, Tashi Plays Messiaen – Quartet for the End of Time
  • Robert Palmer, Clues
  • Robert Palmer, Double Fun
  • Robert Palmer, Maybe It’s Live
  • Robert Palmer, Pride
  • Robert Palmer, Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley
  • Stephen Sondheim, Pacific Overtures (Original Broadway Cast)
  • William Schuman, Symphony No. 3 / Symphony for Strings
  • Yvonne Elliman, Yvonne
  • Soundtrack, A Room with a View

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Looking ahead: April-May 2019

[NUMBER GIRL - OMOIDE IN MY HEAD 1 ~BEST & B-SIDES~

I didn’t have a chance to update the March-April 2019 preview when these releases were announced.

Kronos Quartet with Mahsa and Marjan Vadat, Placeless, March 22

This album is already available on streaming services, which means I’ve had a chance to listen to it. Unfortunately for Kronos and the Vadats, the new Solange album has also monopolized my attention.

Henryk Górecki, Symphony No. 3 (Beth Gibbons, Krzysztov Penderecki, Polish National Radio Symphony), March 29

I don’t know about this one. Portished has never been a band I could internalize, and while I like Górecki’s third symphony, its reputation has become a bit outsize. I’m wondering how Penderecki got roped into it.

Emerson String Quartet and Evgeny Kissin, The New York Concert, April 12

The works on this program are tamer than what I normally pursue, but I like both the Emerson and Kissin.

Björk, Vespertine: A Pop Album as an Opera (Nationaltheater Mannheim), April 12

I’m willing to give this one a chance, if only because Vespertine is one of the few Björk albums I no longer own. I couldn’t get into it when it came out, so I welcome a chance to hear it in another context.

Jack Ingram, Ridin’ High … Again, April 26

I’ve been wondering what’s up with Jack Ingram. I stopped following him when he decided to make friends with country radio, but he left that behind at the end of his Big Machine contract. His 2016 album, Midnight Motel, is breezy and off-the-cuff, so I’m curious to hear what’s next.

NUMBER GIRL, OMOIDE IN MY HEAD 1 ~BEST & B-SIDES~, May 1

More time has passed since NUMBER GIRL’s break-up than the band was ever together, and a large portion of the band’s discography is out of print. So on the heels of their reunion tour, this collection of singles and b-sides gets reissued for a generation who missed out the first time.

Mikami Chisako, re:life / Utopia, May 22

Wow, she really is back.

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Purchase log, 2019-03-12

[Weezer - Weezer (Teal Album)

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
  • Weezer, Weezer (Teal Album)

Vinyl

  • Mikami Chisako, I AM Ready!
  • Utada Hikaru, “Face My Fears”

Catalog

CD
  • Aphex Twin, … I Care Because You Do
  • Arvo Pärt, Piano Music
  • Bruno Mars, Doo-Wops & Hooligans
  • Einstürzende Neubauten, Strategies Against Architecture III
  • Elliott Smith, XO
  • Jack Ingram, Midnight Motel
  • M83, Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts
  • Marc Ribot, Shoe String Symphonettes
  • MGMT, Oracular Spectacular
  • Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon
  • Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here
  • Robert Palmer, Pressure Drop
  • Stephen Sondheim, Company (Original Cast Recording Remastered)
  • Steve Earle, Guitar Town
  • The Books, Lost and Safe
  • The Pogues, Hell’s Ditch
  • The Wooden Birds, Magnolia
Vinyl
  • Fleetwood Mac, Fleetwood Mac
  • Sly and the Family Stone, Greatest Hits

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Shelf digging: The Story of TRON

TRON is not a good movie, but it’s one of my favorites.

For most of my adult life, I credited the video game for fostering that affection. I could never get past the third level, but it didn’t stop me from dropping quarters into the machine when I could.

I’ve watched TRON a number of times in the past few years, the most recent a television broadcast. The movie looks great, its art direction forward-thinking enough to overcome the dated computer graphics. The actors do their best with the dialogue, but the story from 1982 has a naivety that pales next to the future that came after it.

For all its faults, TRON holds a tight grip on my imagination. I never really examined why till my mom unearthed a vinyl record: The Story of TRON.

Before VCRs and the home theaters it would spawn, Disney understood not all families could make a night at the movie theater, so it released condensed version of its movies on record with narrators describing the action between snatches of dialogue and music from the soundtrack.

I desperately wanted to see TRON in a theater, but my parents wouldn’t budge until it played on a second run at a theater on base. So it was some months after the movie’s opening that I got to see it on the big screen. Well, kinda — I forgot my glasses, so most everything was a smudge.

Until that day, I had to content myself with The Story of TRON. That might have ultimately ruined the movie for me.

I played the record after more than 30 years and actually enjoyed hearing most of the story shaved of its cruft. In a way, listening to The Story of TRON is actually better than watching the movie.

And I think I may have realized that when I finally got to see the movie. I had hoped for a life-altering experience similar to Star Wars. It didn’t happen. TRON fell off my radar as I got older, and I wouldn’t really develop fondness for the movie till I saw it again as an adult.

At that point, I had to rib my younger self for falling for the onslaught of marketing at the time, but I had completely forgotten how The Story of TRON fueled much of that anticipation.

When I moved out of my parents’ house in 1997, I took my record collection with me, but The Story of TRON was left behind, then subsequently forgotten for 22 years.

It’s back in the collection again, its role in influencing my life full acknowledged.

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Purchase log, 2019-03-05

[Wire Train - ... in a chamber]

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
  • ABC, Alphabet City
  • Don Johnson, Let It Roll
  • Fujii Fumiya, Angel
  • Iron and Wine, The Creek Drank the Cradle
  • Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster
  • Prince, Come
  • Yazawa Eikichi, FLASH IN JAPAN
  • Various Artists, Schoolhouse Rocks! Rocks
Vinyl
  • Pop Will Eat Itself, This Is the Day … This Is the Hour … This Is This!
  • Rodney Crowell, Ain’t Living Long Like This

Reissues

CD
  • Wire Train, … in a chamber
Vinyl
  • … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Madonna

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Looking ahead, March-April 2019

[... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Madonna]

Onitsuka Chihiro, Syndrome (Premium Edition), March 20

Aside from a poster and a photo book, this premium edition of Syndrome also includes a second disc of the entire album without vocals. Karaoke! It’s also housed in an LP-sized jacket. I say, just stick a vinyl version of the album in that jacket!

Weezer, Weezer (The Teal Album), March 8

I’m usually ambivalent about Weezer, but this album is actually fun. It’s been available on streaming services for a while now.

Gang of Four, Happy Now, March 29

I might check this out when it’s released, but I have to admit I haven’t even listened to Complicit yet. The band’s previous album, What Happens Next, was one of the last I downloaded from eMusic before I canceled my subscription.

Idlewild, Interview Music, April 5 (UK)

Idlewild dropped off my radar right around the middle of the last decade, so I’m not sure if they’ve got successively safer with each album or if they reverted back to the brashness of Hope Is Important.

The Drums, Brutalism, April 5

I think I’m still following the Drums because Jonny Pierce synthesizes post-punk in a way more sophisticated than Interpol, the Killers or the Strokes ever did.

Massive Attack, Mezzanine (Deluxe Edition), April 19 (UK)

I picked this album up from the thrift store in 2018. I like it, but enough to drop money on a deluxe edition?

BBMak, TBD, April 26

Don’t judge. I’ll be in London when this album comes out. HMV will probably be shuttered by that time.

Vinyl

… And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Madonna, March 5

I missed out on the 2013 reissue of this album, so I’ve already placed my pre-order.

Mikami Chisako, I AM Ready!, March 6

I won’t lie — I would rather see fra-foa’s Chuu no Fuchi reissued on vinyl, but I AM Ready! was enjoyable. Maybe enjoyable enough to get on vinyl?

Utada Hikaru, “Face My Fears”, March 6

I’m getting this less for the new song and more for the English version of “Chikai”, going by the title “Don’t Think Twice”. “Chikai” is probably the most rhythmically confounding song Utada has written.

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Purchase log, 2019-02-26

[James Blake - Assume Form]

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
  • James Blake, Assume Form

Catalog

CD
  • Beck, Sea Change
  • Boston, Boston
  • Buffalo Daughter, Captain Vapour Athlete
  • Gidon Kremer, Glass: Violin Concerto / Schnittke: Concerto Grosso No. 5
  • MC 900Ft Jesus, Welcome to My Dream
  • Nitzer Ebb, Belief
  • Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  • Rihanna, Good Girl Gone Bad
  • William S. Burroughs, Dead City Radio
  • Yo La Tengo, And Nothing Turned Itself Inisde-Out
  • Soundtrack, Bugs Bunny on Broadway
Vinyl
  • Christine and the Queens, Chris
  • Object Collection, It’s All True

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Purchase log, 2019-02-19

[Ornette Coleman Quartet - This Is Our Music]

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
  • Extreme, Extreme II: Pornograffitti
  • Franz Ferdinand, Franz Ferdinand
  • James Tenney, Postal Pieces
  • John Zorn, Lucifer: Book of Angels, Vol. 10 (Bar Kobha)
  • Ólafur Arnalds, Found Songs
  • Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra and Tra-La-La Orchestra, Horses in the Sky
  • Thelonious Monk, Brilliant Corners (Remastered)
Vinyl
  • Art of Noise, Re-works of Art of Noise
  • Deafheaven, Sunbather
  • Johnny Cash, At San Quentin
  • Ornette Coleman Quartet, This Is Our Music

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Purchase log, 2019-02-12

[Atmostphere - God Loves Ugly]

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

Format
  • Jeremy Denk, c.1300-c.2000

Catalog

CD
  • Atmosphere, God Loves Ugly
  • Built to Spill, There’s Nothing Wrong with Love
  • Del tha Funkee Homosapien, No Need for Alarm
  • Iron and Wine, The Shepherd’s Dog
  • Lou Reed, Transformer
  • Sly and the Family Stone, Greatest Hits
  • Talking Heads, More Songs About Buildings and Food

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Purchase log, 2019-02-05

[Styx - Paradise Theatre]

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
  • Alfred Schnittke, Concerto for Choir / Two Short Pieces for Organ
  • Beck, Odelay
  • David Foster, The Symphony Sessions
  • Jean Sibelius, The Complete String Quartets (The Sibelius Academy Quartet)
  • John Coltrane, The Major Works of John Coltrane
  • Living Colour, Biscuits
  • Olivier Messiaen, Vingt regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus, Nos. 1-6 (Anton Batagov)
  • Olivier Messiaen, Vingt regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus, Nos. 7-14 (Anton Batagov)
  • The Who, Who’s Next
  • Tom Goss, Wait
Vinyl
  • Easterhouse, Contenders
  • Rick Springfield, Living in Oz
  • Styx, Paradise Theatre

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