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Purchase log picks, February 2021

[Maxi Priest - Bonafide]

Big Pig, Bonk

I read about Big Pig when I was a teen-ager, but none of the record stores in Honolulu would carry Bonk. So when I spotted the album at the thrift shop, I picked it up. Singer Sherine Abeyratne is the big draw here, but a band with up to 5 drummers makes quite a sound. The album was released in 1988, so expect a lot of post-new wave.

Control Machete, Artillería Pesada, Presenta …

When rock en Español started getting traction in the US at the start of the 2000s, the genre was nearly pigeon-holed by rap-rock groups fashionable at the time. I drove to Dallas on a whim to catch the first Watcha Tour, and the evening was dominated by hip-hop and electric guitars. By the time Control Machete took the stage, I was getting worn.

So it’s my bad to have dropped the ball on this album.

Cocco, Kuchinashi

Cocco’s music let in a lot more sunshine after the birth of her son, but on this album and its predecessor, some of the storminess from her early work is creeping back in.

Test Pattern, “This Is My Street”

I so want the entire Test Pattern concert to be released on a physical audio medium. Yeah, I have the Documtary Now Blu Ray.

Antoine Reicha, Reicha Rediscovered, Vol. 3 (Ivan Ilić)

There are 57 variations on this 86-minute album. At various points, that theme keeps pounding at you. And yet, I feel compelled to take in all 86 minutes. Reicha really interrogates this theme, as does Ilić.

Siouxsie and the Banshees, Tinderbox

I’m an opportunistic Siouxsie fan — if I can find their albums for cheap, I’ll pick them up. I’m fond of Superstition, even if I recognize it’s probably not their best. But Tinderbox has so far convinced me why Siouxsie has a loyal following.

Soundtrack, The Crow

Rhino reissued this soundtrack on colored vinyl back in October 2020, and it sold out immediately. I was curious why, so I grabbed one of many copies on CD at the thrift shop. I understand — it’s a pretty good mixed tape of the predominate music of the mid ’90s.

Maxi Priest, Bonafide

I am old enough now not to care if you judge me for totally loving “Close to You”, but the rest of the album is actually quite enjoyable. I found myself digging it even though I’m clearly not the target market for it.

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Purchase log, 2021-02-09

[Big Pig - Bonk]

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
  • Big Pig, Bonk
  • Bob Dylan, Nashville Skyline (Remastered)
  • Control Machete, Artillería Pesada, Presenta …
  • Devo, Freedom of Choice
  • Tame Impala, Lonerism
  • The Black Angels, Passover
  • The Jam, In the City
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain, Darklands (DualDisc)
  • Thomas Adès, Living Toys
  • Soundtrack, Office Space
Vinyl
  • David Lee Roth, Crazy in the Heat
  • Huey Lewis and the News, Small World
Files
  • Cause & Effect, Cause & Effect (Deluxe Edition)
  • OFFICE, Mecca (Extended Version)

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Soundtrack, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away)

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