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Purchase log, 2021-08-31

[Deafheaven - Infinite Granite]

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
  • Deafheaven, Infinite Granite
Vinyl
  • Death Cab for Cutie, The Georgia EP

Catalog

CD
  • Cyndi Lauper, True Colors
  • Danger Doom, The Mouse and the Mask
  • Jeff Mangum, Live at Jittery Joe’s
  • Neko Case, Blacklisted
  • Neko Case, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
  • Slaid Cleaves, Broke Down
  • The Pursuit of Happiness, Love Junk
Vinyl
  • Edgard Varèse, Arcana / Intégrales / Ionisation (Zubin Mehta, Los Angeles Philharmonic)
  • Elliot Carter, String Quartet No. 2 / String Quartet No. 3 (Juilliard String Quartet)

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Purchase log picks, August 2021

[Ashanti - Ashanti]

Deafheaven, Infinite Granite

I bet the metal fans hate this album. Since I’m more of a post-rock / shoegazer fan, I find it brilliant. Also, gutsy. It takes bravery to risk change that alienates a portion of your fan base.

Ashanti, Ashanti

I sold this album when cash got short, but “Foolish” is one of those songs that just pop into my head for no reason. So on a recent trip to the thrift shop, I welcomed this album back in my collection and discovered how well it’s held up since its release. Yeah, it’s a bit long — as albums of the CD era are wont to do — but the best bits overshadow the filler.

Gang of Four, 77-81

This sprawling boxed set of Gang of Four’s first two albums contains a full live album, an EP of singles and a cassette tape of early demos.

I bought the vinyl version back in March, but I also wanted to pick up the CD boxed set as well. The packaging is stark but beautiful. My only objection is the digital downloads that accompany the CD set. The sides of the digitized cassette are not broken down by track. But I have to admit, that is punk as fuck.

Jam and Lewis, Volume 1

Yeah, it’s about damn time Jam and Lewis took top billing. There are singers of whom I probably would never have heard if they hadn’t worked with Jam and Lewis.

Cyndi Lauper, True Colors

Similar to ZZ Top’s Afterburner, True Colors followed an immensely popular album, and while its predecessor had more hits, this album is the better collection of songs. Despite incredibly corporate covers of the title tracks in subsequent years, the original has some daring arrangement choices, particularly the fake ending with just percussion, an underrated technique in pop production.

Jeff Mangum, Live at Jittery Joe’s

If you are a fan of On Avery Island or In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, there is little you’ll find objectionable on this solo live album.

Camper Van Beethoven / Cracker, The Virgin Years

The compilation was only made available as a promo, but it’s one that ought to get an official release. As the title indicates, it compiles tracks from two Camper Van Beethoven albums and two Cracker albums, all released by Virgin in the late ’80s and early ’90s.

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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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Favorite Edition Rewind: 1983

[Duran Duran - Seven and the Ragged Tiger]

A decade ago, I wrote a series of entries ranking my favorite albums from 1985 to 2004. My collection has expanded greatly since then, particularly in the last five years. So I wanted to see what has changed in 10 years.

The 1983 Favorite Edition list is not terribly cosmopolitan. And why should it? I would have been 11 years old at the time, and pre-teens, even precocious ones, aren’t renowned for sophistication.

  1. Eurythmics, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
  2. Clannad, Magical Ring
  3. U2, Live Under a Blood Red Sky
  4. David Bowie, Let’s Dance
  5. Duran Duran, Seven and the Ragged Tiger
  6. R.E.M., Murmur
  7. Huey Lewis and the News, Sports
  8. The Police, Synchronicity
  9. 10,000 Maniacs, Secrets of the I Ching
  10. The Waitresses, Bruiseology

Other favorites from the year:

  • Toto, IV
  • Culture Club, Colour By Numbers
  • Violent Femmes, Violent Femmes
  • Cyndi Lauper, She’s So Unusual
  • The Pointer Sisters, Break Out

MTV was the big driver of music in this era, but I wouldn’t have known it because my parents refused to subscribe to cable. The household wouldn’t welcome cable TV till well after I had moved out after college … in 1997.

So my exposure to music in 1983 was limited to American Bandstand and Solid Gold. For a short while, a syndicated TV show called Prime Time Videos aired on broadcast affiliates, but it would not last.

I was still heavily into Pac-Man, even though my parents refused to welcome a game console or computer into the house. It’s a wonder how I’ve made computer programming my career.

So if this list seems particularly safe, it’s a reflection of the limited avenues of consumption. It’s probably why I have such a voracious appetite now.

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Purchase log, 2018-10-23

[Jason Isbell and 400 Unit - Live from the Ryman]

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
  • Jason Isbell and 400 Unit, Live from the Ryman

Catalog

CD
  • Benjamin Britten, String Quartets 2 & 3 / Sinfonietta (Amadeus Quartet, Vienna Octet)
  • Cyndi Lauper, She’s So Unusual
  • Hot Hot Heat, Make Up the Breakdown
  • John Zorn, The String Quartets
  • Kahimi Karie, The Best of Trattoria Years Plus VCD
  • Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, The Heist
  • Gram Parsons and the Fallen Angels, Live 1973
  • Simon and Garfunkel, Sounds of Silence
  • Talking Heads, Little Creatures
  • Various Artists, Trojan Reggae
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Symphonies Nos. 40 and 41 (John Eliot Gardiner; English Baroque Soloists)
Vinyl
  • Boris, Pink
  • Icicle Works, Icicle Works
  • Frida, Something’s Going On
  • Painkiller, Guts of a Virgin
  • Robert Palmer, Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Kylie Minogue, Fever

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