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Purchase log, 2023-12-05

[Hatakeyama Miyuki - Fragile]

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

Vinyl
  • Pearl Jam, Give Way

Catalog

CD
  • Adam Guettel, Floyd Collins (Original Cast Recording)
  • Lake Street Dive, Free Yourself Up
Vinyl
  • … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, The Secret of Elena’s Tomb
  • Antonio Vivaldi, The Four Seasons (Nigel Kennedy, English Chamber Orchestra)
  • Tears for Fears, “The Way You Are”

Reissues

CD
  • Violent Femmes, Violent Femmes (40th Anniversary Edition)
Vinyl
  • Duran Duran, Pop Trash
  • Hatakeyama Miyuki, Fragile

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Purchase log, 2023-10-31

[Bruce Springsteen - Japanese Singles Collection]

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
  • Duran Duran, Danse Macabre
  • Jamila Woods, Water Made Us
  • Taylor Swift, 1989 (Taylor’s Version)
  • The Streets, The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light
Vinyl
  • Duran Duran, Danse Macabre
Files
  • Eponymous 4, Kenboushou

Catalog

CD
  • Lucinda Willians, Ramblin’
  • Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint
  • The Donnas, Bitchin’
Vinyl
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Yanqui X.O.
  • Slint, Tweez

Reissues

CD
  • Bruce Springsteen, Japanese Singles Collection
  • Prince and the New Power Generation, Diamonds and Pearls (Deluxe Edition)
Vinyl
  • Prince and the New Power Generation, Diamonds and Pearls

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Purchase log, 2023-04-25

[Carlos Ponce - Carlos Ponce]

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
  • Everything But the Girl, Fuse
Vinyl
  • Amanda Shires, Live from Columbia Studio A
  • Hüsker Dü, Tonite Longhorn
  • Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires, The Sound Emporium EP
  • Taylor Swift, folklore: the long pond studio session

Catalog

CD
  • Carlos Ponce, Carlos Ponce
  • Maná, ¿Dónde Jugarán los Niños?
  • Moya Brennan, Two Horizons
Vinyl
  • Anderson .Paak, Venice
  • Outkast, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
  • Radiohead, OK Computer

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Craig Armstrong, As If to Nothing
  • Duran Duran, Rio Carnival
  • M, “Pop Muzik”
  • Nena, 99 Luftballons (40th Anniversary EP)
  • The Donnas, Early Singles 1995-1999
  • The Magnetic Fields, I
  • Tom Tom Club, Tom Tom Club (Expanded Edition)
  • TV Mania, Bored with Prozac and the Internet?
  • Wilco, Crosseyed Strangers: An Alternate Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

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Purchase log, 2023-02-28

[Neutral Milk Hotel - The Collected Works of Neutral Milk Hotel]

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

Vinyl
  • Duran Duran, “All of You” (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)

Catalog

CD
  • Hem / The Autumn Defense, Birds, Beasts & Flowers
  • Social Distortion, Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell
  • St. Vincent, Actor
  • Sudan Archives, Natural Brown Prom Queen
  • Swing Out Sister, Blue Mood, Breakout and Beyond: The Early Years, Part I
  • The Jam, Compact Snap!

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Neutral Milk Hotel, The Collected Works of Neutral Milk Hotel

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Purchase log, 2022-12-06

[Charlie Puth - CHARLIE]

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

Vinyl
  • Charlie Puth, CHARLIE

Catalog

CD
  • 3 Mustaphas 3, Heart of Uncle
  • Anton Bruckner, Mass No. 1 in D Minor / Motets (John Eliot Gardener, Vienna Philharmonic)
  • Beyoncé, B’Day
  • Beyoncé, I Am … Sasha Fierce
  • Disclosure, Caracal
  • Jamie Xx, In Colour
  • Kenny Chesney, Just Who I Am: Poets and Pirates
  • R.E.M., 20th Century Boys, Vol. 2
  • Soul II Soul, Club Classics, Vol. 1 (10th Anniversary Edition)
Vinyl
  • Guadalcanal Diary, Flip-Flop
  • Radiohead, Kid A
  • The Meters, Cissy Strut

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Duran Duran, Astronaut
  • Duran Duran, Red Carpet Massacre

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Purchase log, 2022-11-29

[Royal Wood - What Tomorrow Brings]

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
  • Royal Wood, What Tomorrow Brings
Vinyl
  • Duran Duran, FUTURE PAST (The Complete Edition)
  • Old 97s, One Last Ride: Old 97s Plays Johnny Cash

Catalog

CD
  • Boyz II Men, Cooleyhighharmony
  • Boyz II Men, II
  • Pearl Jam, Vs.
  • Pearl Jam, Yield
  • Robyn, Robyn Is Here
  • Skinny Puppy, Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse
  • System of a Down, Mezmerize
  • The Creatures, Boomerang
  • Tom Waits, Swordfishtrombones

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Duran Duran, Hammersmith Live ’82
  • Marshall Crenshaw, Marshall Crenshaw (40th Anniversary Edition)
  • Rick Springfield, “Jesse’s Girl” (40th Anniversary Edition)
  • The Dead Milkmen, Metaphysical Graffiti

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Purchase log, 2022-10-18

[Hilary Hahn - Eclipse]

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
  • Darren Hayes, Homosexual
  • Hilary Hahn, Eclipse (Andres Orozco-Estrada, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra)
Files
  • Robin Holcomb, One Way or Another, Vol. 1

Catalog

CD
  • Babyface, For the Cool in You
  • Deer Tick, Born on Flag Day
  • Echo and the Bunnymen, Crocodiles
  • Fountains of Wayne, Fountains of Wayne
  • Mötley Crüe, Greate$t Hit$
  • Prince, Welcome 2 America
  • Wire, Not About to Die
Vinyl
  • easy life, Life’s a Beach

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Duran Duran, Medazzaland
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto, Beauty

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Purchase log, 2022-09-27

[Missing Persons - Spring Session M]

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
  • Built to Spill, You in Reverse
  • Chara, Strange Fruit
  • clipping., CLPPNG
  • Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Concerto Grosso / Symbolon / Concerto For Trumpet And 5 Players / Double Quartet For Strings
  • Everything but the Girl, Adapt or Die: 10 Years of Remixes
  • Kylie Minogue, Kiss Me Once
  • Marvin Gaye, Here, My Dear
  • Missing Persons, Spring Session M
  • The Lilac Time, & Love for All
  • The Roots, Rising Down
  • Tim McGraw, Not a Moment Too Soon
Vinyl
  • Beastie Boys, Paul’s Boutique
  • R.E.M., Chronic Town EP
  • Whiskeytown, Strangers Almanac

Reissues

CD
  • Duran Duran, Pop Trash
  • Duran Duran, Red Carpet Massacre

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Looking ahead: September-November 2022

LOVE PSYCHEDELICO, A revolution, Sept. 28

It’s nice to see international artists make their catalogs available through streaming services. I don’t think I’ve had to go to the Evil Sharing Networks for active Japanese artists in a while. I haven’t really followed LOVE PSYCHEDELICO lately, but at least now, I can listen to this new album on release day.

Björk, Fossora, Sept. 30

The singles released ahead of this album seem to indicate Björk has gone back to the kind of beats she was making on Volta. I’m digging this low winds sound.

Darren Hayes, Homosexual, Oct. 7

I like the frankness of this album title.

easy life, MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE, Oct. 7

OK, I admit I got into this band because of the skeletons commercial for Kia. I’m ignoring the singles and waiting for release day to listen to the new material. I’m still enjoying the previous album, life’s a beach, way too much right now.

Robin Holcomb, One Way or Another, Vol. 1, Oct. 14

The last time Robin Holcomb recorded a singer-songwriter album was 20 years ago with her final Nonesuch album, The Big Time. This new album is just her and a piano.

Royal Wood, What Tomorrow Brings, Nov. 4

I can’t say I got into Royal Wood’s previous album, but the singles he’s released ahead of this album sound vastly different from what he’s done before. He’s gotten into beats and synths but in a way that enhances folk singer croon.

Luke Evans, A Song for You, Nov. 4

Luke Evans had some interesting song choices on his debut album. This follow-up doesn’t have many songs I immediately recognize, but given that he covers R.E.M., Donny Hathaway, Simon and Garfunkel and a traditional song in Welsh, he makes another set of bold choices. This album also contains two new songs Evans co-wrote.

Guns N’ Roses, Use Your Illusion I (Deluxe Edition), Nov. 25
Guns N’ Roses, Use Your Illusion II (Deluxe Edition), Nov. 25

Really, Use Your Illusion II is the album worth exploring, but I’m willing to throw in Use Your Illusion I out of due diligence.

Vinyl

Caitlin Cary, While You Weren’t Looking, Sept. 30

Any interest I had in Whiskeytown is all about Caitlin Cary and not one whit about Ryan Adams.

Beyoncé, RENAISSANCE, Oct. 7

I’m no acolyte of Beyoncé by any stretch of the imagination, but the queerness of this album is unmistakable.

Duran Duran, Medazzaland, Oct. 14

A loss of momentum on the heels of the highly successful The Wedding Album fated this album to obscurity. At the time, I thought the brilliance of this album would win out and prove the ambivalent mainstream audience wrong. I’m not so sure anymore. This album is so fiercely original that it may have been greeted with hostility than with a collective meh. A quarter century later, we get to revisit this album.

ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, Planet Folks, Oct. 26

How much did I not get into AKFG’s previous album Hometown? I didn’t bother to snap up the vinyl pressing before it went out of print. Planet Folks is not as good as World World World or Landmark, but I like it enough to place a preorder for this vinyl release.

Duran Duran, All You Need Is Now, Nov. 11
Duran Duran, Astronaut, Nov. 11
Duran Duran, Red Carpet Massacre, Nov. 11

In addition to CD reissues back in August, three albums from Duran Duran’s third decade get vinyl reissues under the RSD Essentials series. I’m sorry to see Pop Trash not included in this set. It’s better than Astronaut and Red Carpet Massacre but still not really the band’s best. To be honest, any album in this set other than All You Need Is Now is really stretching the “essentials” descriptor.

Duran Duran, FUTURE PAST (Complete Deluxe Edition), Nov. 25

The original vinyl release of FUTURE PAST had fewer tracks than the CD, so this reissue includes additional tracks and the non-album single “Five Years”, which is a David Bowie cover.

BONNIE PINK, Blue Jam, Nov. 3
BONNIE PINK, Heaven’s Kitchen, Nov. 3
BONNIE PINK, evil and flowers, Nov. 3
UA, Are U Romantic?, Nov. 3
Hajime Chitose, “Wadatsumi no Ki”, Dec. 3
Quruli, “WORLD’S END SUPERNOVA”, Dec. 3

To confuse matters, Japan has it’s own commercial holiday to celebrate vinyl called Record Day, which is not to be confused with Record Store Day Japan, the spring event with its own set of domestic reissues. Unlike RSD, Record Day doesn’t restrict availability to brick and mortar stores. The main event happens Nov. 3, with a spillover day on Dec. 3. I’m skipping the BONNIE PINK reissues, but I’ve already pre-ordered UA, Hajime Chitose and Quruli.

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