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Favorite Edition 2019 Catalog

[Hans Abrahamsen - Schnee]

In June 2019, I took the plunge back into music retail by volunteering at the Lifelong Thrift Store. This immediate access to the store’s CD stock has reshaped my listening habits. I bring back so many discs from my visits to the store, it’s rare that I’ll listen to something more than once. It makes finding new favorites a challenge.

Catalog

  1. Hans Abrahamsen, Schnee: Seattle Symphony performed this piece as part of its [untitled] series, and I was so fascinated by it, I had to own a recording.
  2. Ali Wong, Baby Cobra: I heard Baby Cobra was a really good comedy special, but I didn’t realize Wong had filmed the special in Seattle. And I’ve known about Wong back when Chelsea Lately was on the air. I could have seen this show live, dammit.
  3. Easterhouse, Waiting for the Redbird: The classic rock station in Honolulu back in the late ’80s would play an occasional “modern rock” track. I may have caught Easterhouse’s “Come Out Fighting” once on that station, but it was enough to make me curious about the band — a curiosity I would not explore till more than 30 years later.
  4. Kalapana, Kalapana: I didn’t realize how pervasive this album was on Hawaii pop radio when I was growing up. I was 3 years old when this album was released, but it would continue to dominate the airwaves as I grew more aware of my surroundings.
  5. Infomatik, Technologies: Sometimes, the Internet does forget.
  6. My Bloody Valentine, Isn’t Anything: I missed out on the 2018 vinyl reissue of this album, so I settled for a bootleg pressing.
  7. Robert Palmer, Secrets: This album was the pivot between the blue-eyed funk of Palmer’s early work and his embrace of a more new wave sound. It’s also one of his finest.
  8. Rick Springfield, Tao: I’m a sucker for albums that forgo gaps and fades between tracks.
  9. Boston, Boston: This album is against what punk music rebelled, but I like it anyway.
  10. Roberta Flack, First Take: Stop underrating Roberta Flack!

Reissues

This year was pretty slim on reissues. To be honest, I haven’t gotten through Massive Attack’s Mezzanine and Sigur Rós’ Ágætis byrjun.

  • Re-Flex, The Politics of Dancing: I can’t believe this album isn’t a towering classic of ’80s new wave. Cherry Pop thankfully gives it the deluxe treatment it deserves
  • The Replacements, Dead Man’s Pop: The Matt Wallace mix of Don’t Tell a Soul is ahead of its time. The drier sound would not become fashionable till after 1991, but heard today, Dead Man’s Pop feels contemporary.
  • Janet Jackson, Control: The Remixes: I didn’t realize how much I loved the mixes featured in Janet’s videos.

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Purchase log, 2019-11-19

[Everything But the Girl - Walking Wounded]

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
  • Angel Olsen, All Mirrors
  • Shiina Ringo, Newton no Ringo ~Hajimete no Best Han~
Vinyl
  • Sturgill Simpson, “The Dead Don’t Die”

Catalog

CD
  • A.A. Bondy, American Hearts
  • Bob Dylan, Nashville Skyline
  • Book of Love, Book of Love
  • Boston, Third Stage
  • Bruce Springsteen, Live / 1975-85
  • Chris Butler, The Museum of Me, Vol. 1
  • Del tha Funkee Homosapien, I Wish My Brother George Was Here
  • Electric Light Orchestra, Out of the Blue
  • Hiroshima, Third Generation
  • Janis Joplin, Pearl
  • Marvin Gaye, Let’s Get It On (Deluxe Edition)
  • Megadeth, Peace Sells … But Who’s Buying?
  • Outkast, Southernplayalisticadillacmusik
  • Radiohead, Pablo Honey
  • Ready for the World, Ready for the World
  • Slayer, Reign In Blood
  • Snoop Doggy Dogg, Doggystyle
  • The Westerlies, Wish the Children Would Come On Home: The Music of Wayne Horvitz
Vinyl
  • Carole King, Tapestry
  • Metallica, … And Justice for All
  • Rodney Crowell, Diamonds and Dirt

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Everything But the Girl, Walking Wounded

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Purchase log, 2019-10-29

[Betty Davis - They Say I'm Different]

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
  • Bad Brains, Bad Brains
  • Betty Davis, They Say I’m Different
  • Boris, Sound Track from Film Mabuta no Ura
  • Dreams Come True, Love Unlimited
  • Foreigner, 4
  • God Is My Co-Pilot, I Am Not This Body
  • God Is My Co-Pilot, Straight Not
  • Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Hits
  • Howard Jones, Dream Into Action
  • Leila Josefowicz, Solo
  • Pavement, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
  • Swing Out Sister, Get in Touch with Yourself
  • The Jets, The Jets
Vinyl
  • Boston, Boston
  • Doctors’ Mob, Headache Machine
  • Emmylou Harris, The Angel Band Interview
  • Gabby Pahinui, Gabby
  • Kalapana, Kalapana III
  • Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV
  • Miles Davis, Bitches Brew
  • Peter Moon, Cane Fire!
  • Soundgarden, Superunknown
  • The B-52’s, Whammy
  • Yvonne Elliman, Rising Sun

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Purchase log, 2019-10-22

[Ali Wong - Baby Cobra]

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
  • Ali Wong, Baby Cobra
  • Betty Davis, Betty Davis
  • Boston, Boston (Remastered)
  • Cutting Crew, Broadcast
  • Drake, Views
  • Electric Light Orchestra, ELO’s Greatest Hits
  • Heartless Bastards, The Mountain
  • Olivia Newton-John, Physical
  • Olomana, Like a Seabird in the Wind
  • Radiohead, Amnesiac
  • Rowlf the Dog, Ol’ Brown Ears Is Back
  • Sunny Day Real Estate, Diary
  • The Gaslight Anthem, The ’59 Sound
  • The Sunday Manoa, Best of the Sunday Manoa, Vol. 1
Vinyl
  • The Dead Milkmen, Metaphysical Graffiti

Reissues

CD
  • Jason Isbell and 400 Unit, Jason Isbell and 400 Unit
Vinyl
  • Geinoh Yamashirogumi, Ecophony Gaia

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Purchase log picks, February 2019

[James Blake - Assume Form]

Boston, Boston

Sometimes, you just can’t argue with conventional wisdom.

Del tha Funky Homosapien, No Need for Alarm

There’s something about beats made around 1993 that I really dig.

James Blake, Assume Form

The Colour in Anything made me approach Assume Form with caution. It turns out this album is vying for a spot on the year-end Favorite Edition list.

James Tenney, Postal Pieces

It’s amazing how much music can be generated by scores that fit on postcards.

Jeremy Denk, c.1300-c.2000

This survey of Western classical music spanning seven centuries is another album vying for a spot on the year-end Favorite Edition list.

Lou Reed, Transformer

“Satellite of Love” and “Walk on the Wild Side” are obvious choices for why this album should be in my collection, but really, it’s because it has “Perfect Day”, which Duran Duran covered on Thank You.

Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

I dismissed Phoenix back in 2009 as that band in the car commercial. Thing is, “Listzomania” is damn catchy, as is the rest of the album.

Sly and the Family Stone, Greatest Hits

Most of this collection consists of tracks from Stand! It also includes “I Wanna Take You Higher”, which Duran Duran also covered on Thank You.

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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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