All posts by Greg Bueno

Purchase log, 2021-06-01

[AJICO - Setsuzoku]

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
  • AJICO, Setsuzoku

Catalog

Format
  • Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew, The World’s Greatest Entertainer
  • Evelyn Glennie, The Music of Joseph Schwantner (St. Louis Symphony, Leonard Slatkin)
  • Floratone, Floratone
  • Hiroshima, Odori
  • Mary Jane Girls, Only Four You
  • Pat Benatar, Precious Time
  • Ratt, Out of the Cellar
  • Rolling Stones, Emotional Rescue
  • Shabazz Palaces, Black Up
  • The Vaselines, The Way of the Vaselines
  • Soundtrack, Kill Bill, Vol. 2
Vinyl
  • Brothers Johnson, Right on Time
  • Kelela, Take Me Apart
  • Laurie Anderson, Big Science
  • Melt-Banana, cell-scape

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Purchase log picks, May 2021

[Arditti Quartet - Arditti]

Alexander O’Neal, Hearsay

When this album was released, I felt a bit of Jam and Lewis fatigue. After doing right by Janet Jackson and the Human League (somewhat), the production duo seemed to be everywhere. Of course, 30 years later, I picked up this album at the thrift store because Jam and Lewis are on it.

Yo Majesty, Return of the Matriarch

It doesn’t feel like they went away.

Dmitri Shostakovich, The Symphonies (Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Bernard Haitink)

I’m incredibly familiar with the 15 string quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich, but I’ve been ambivalent about his symphonies. So I’ve been picking up Shostakovich symphony albums piecemeal when they show up at the thrift stores. I finally lucked into a box set at the now-defunct Seattle location of Everyday Music.

Of course, I have to agree with consensus about the fifth symphony. I don’t think the seventh is actually that great, but I do like the crunchiness of the eighth.

Arditti Quartet, Arditti

I’ve actually wanted to own this album for a long time, given its proximate release to Kronos Quartet’s first few major label albums. But the flow of time made me forget about this album till I saw it at Everyday Music before the store’s closure. (I do own a disc of Ligeti quartets on which Arditti performs.) I don’t want to enter the debate about which quartet is “better”, but I can understand critics who would side with Arditti.

John Adams, On the Transmigration of Souls

Wow, this piece really is mournful.

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Purchase log, 2021-05-25

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
  • Fishbone, The Essential Fishbone
  • Patti Smith Group, Wave
  • Peter Gabriel, Scratch My Back
  • Shivaree, I Oughtta Give You a Shot in the Head for Making Live in This Dump
  • Stereolab, Dots and Loops
  • The Hilliard Ensemble, Perotin
  • The Velvet Underground, Live MCMXCIII
  • Yes, Close to the Edge

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Looking ahead, May-June 2021

[Duran Duran - Future Past]

AJICO, Setsuzoku, May 25

Everyone’s back! UA, Asai Kenichi, TOKIE and Shiino Kyoichi! I’m hoping there’s a full album in the future.

Tokyo Jihen, Ongaku (Music), June 9

I’ve missed Tokyo Jihen, but the singles that have been released since the reunion haven’t really caught me.

Sleater-Kinney, Path of Wellness, June 11

It feels as if everyone who’s announcing new albums wouldn’t have been working on them had it not been for the pandemic.

Duran Duran, Future Past, Oct. 22

Giorgio Moroder did wonders on Kylie Minogue’s DISCO, and the single “Invisible” is the hardest Duran Duran has rocked since perhaps “The Wild Boys”.

Vinyl

My Bloody Valentine, Isn’t Anything, May 21
My Bloody Valentine, Loveless, May 21
My Bloody Valentine, mbv, May 21

I have an unofficial pressing of Isn’t Anything, so I made sure to order a legitimate one directly from the band themselves. I can’t say I feel much need for mbv on vinyl.

Utada Hikaru, One Last Kiss (US release), Aug. 20

I already have the Japanese pressing of this EP. Will I be getting this domestic pressing? Probably yes.

Guided By Voices, Isolation Drills, Sept. 17

Isolation Drills was reissued for Record Store Day as a single disc. This new pressing spreads the album out over two discs, which is far more prudent for its length.

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Purchase log, 2021-05-18

[Alexander O'Neal - Hearsay]

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
  • Alexander O’Neal, Hearsay
  • Arnold Schoenberg, Verklarte Nacht / Kammersymphonie Nr. 2 (Chamber Symphony of Europe, Heinz Holliger)
  • Charles Ives, Three Pieces in New England / New England Holidays / They Are There! (Baltimore Symphony, David Zinman)
  • Flesh for Lulu, Plastic Fantastic
  • Guided By Voices, Vampire on Titus / Propeller
  • Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 6 (Berlin Philarmonic, Sir John Birbirolli)
  • Hoodoo Gurus, Stoneage Romeos
  • Johannes Brahms, The Complete Symphonies (Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert van Karajan)
  • John Prine, Sweet Revenge
  • John Williams, Treesong / Violin Concerto / Three Pieces from Shindler’s List
  • Robert Schumann, The 4 Symphonies (Philadelphia Orchestra, James Levine)
  • Steely Dan, The Royal Scum
  • The English Beat, I Just Can’t Stop It
  • The English Beat, Special Beat Service

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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 picks, April 2021

Laurie Anderson, Big Science

I haven’t really understood why Laurie Anderson is so revered, even after listening to some of her other albums (Mister Heartbreak, Strange Angels.) I finally got around to listening to Big Science, and then I knew.

Grace Jones, Slave to the Rhythm

I like Warm Leatherette more, but as far as album covers go, Slave to the Rhythm has an iconic one.

Sturgill Simpson, Cuttin’ Grass, Vol. 2

I’m not sure if the first volume of Cuttin’ Grass was meant to reveal any new facets to Simpson’s early albums, but it feels like the second volume does a better job of it.

Heaven 17, Penthouse and Pavement

Heaven 17 gets thrown in with Tears for Fears, ABC and Depeche Mode in music recommendation engines, but Penthouse and Pavement shows they were a little less melodic and a bit less danceable than those bands. And that’s not a knock.

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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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