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Purchase log, 2022-10-25

[Hajime Chitose - Shima Kyora Umui]

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
  • Taylor Swift, Midnights

Catalog

CD
  • Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath
  • Brodsky Quartet, Brodsky Unlimited
  • Brothers Johnston, Greatest Hits
  • Club Nisei, Japanese Music of Hawaii
  • Hajime Chitose, Shima Kyora Umui
  • Sarah Brightman, The Songs that Got Away
  • Tim McGraw, Everywhere
Vinyl
  • Everything But the Girl, Love Not Money
  • Prefab Sprout, Two Wheels Good
  • RJD2, Deadringer
  • Queen, The Game
  • We’ve Got a Fuzzbox and We’re Going to User It, “What’s the Point (The Boisterous One)”

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Kylie Minogue, Impossible Princess

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Looking ahead: November-December 2022

[Kylie Minogue - Impossible Princess]

Spice Girls, Spiceworld (Deluxe Edition), Nov. 4

This album was definitely rushed to capitalize on the Spice Girls’ fame, so you wouldn’t be faulted for perceiving it as Spice the Sequel. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

The Flaming Lips, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Deluxe Edition), Nov. 25

For a 2002 album, Yoshimi definitely deserved its spot on critics’ year-end lists, but next to The Soft Bulletin, it didn’t quite satisfy the same itch.

Sigur Rós, () (Deluxe Edition), Nov. 25

I’m getting this deluxe edition because I’m a fan of the band, but I don’t really like this album.

Shiina Ringo, Hyakuyaku no Cho, Nov. 30

We’ve already had a tribute album, so let’s see what a remix album yields.

Vinyl

Kylie Minogue, Impossible Princess (Anniversary Edition), Oct. 21

Impossible Princess was never released in the US, but at least you can stream it now. For its 25th anniversary, the album gets a vinyl reissue. I’m hoping it’s not going to be as difficult to acquire as Fever vinyl reissues.

Death Cab for Cutie, The Photo Album (Deluxe Edition), Oct. 28

Death Cab for Cutie already released this deluxe edition digitally, and the vinyl edition is essentially the only physical version of this reissue. As a compact disc devotee, I’m disappointed, but if the enclosed download code gives me access to the Bandcamp FLAC files, I can get over it.

Duran Duran, Hammersmith Live ’82, Nov. 25
Marshall Crenshaw, Marshall Crenshaw (Deluxe Edition), Nov. 25
The Dead Milkmen, Metaphysical Graffiti, Nov. 25

For the past few years, Record Store Day Black Friday hasn’t been as financially ruinous as the main spring event, but this year, I’ll be braving the crowds for Duran Duran, Marshall Crenshaw and the Dead Milkmen.

Information Society, Peace and Love (Anniversary Edition), Dec. 2

I remember learning about the release date of this album back in 1992 and thought there would be a big push to promote it. Then I forgot about it. Evidently, so did Tommy Boy. It’s a rather underrated album.

Soundtrack, BLEACH, Dec. 14

Yes, I subscribed to Hulu just to catch BLEACH: Thousand Year Blood War. And yeah, the moment this title was announced, I put in a pre-order.

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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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Purchase log, 2021-10-26

[John Coltrane - A Love Supreme Live in Seattle]

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, FUTURE PAST (Deluxe Edition)
  • FINNEAS, Optimist
  • John Coltrane, A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle
Vinyl
  • Duran Duran, FUTURE PAST

Catalog

CD
  • A Taste of Honey, A Taste of Honey / Twice as Sweet
  • Carlos Paredes, Guitarra Potugesa
  • Goldfrapp, Felt Mountain
  • Goldfrapp, Seventh Tree
  • Goldfrapp, Supernature
  • Guns N’ Roses, The Spaghetti Incident?
  • Hugh Laurie, Let Them Talk
  • Jefferson Airplane, Surrealistic Pillow
  • Johnny Cash, Unearthed
  • Kylie Minogue, Light Years
  • Meat Puppets, Classic Puppets
  • Robbie Williams, Escapology
  • Robbie Williams, Sing When You’re Winning
  • The Pretenders, The Pretenders
  • Vanessa Williams, The Right Stuff
  • VAST, Music for People
Vinyl
  • Howard Jones, Dream Into Action
  • Jack Wagner, Lighting Up the Night
  • Makaha Sons of Ni`ihau, No Kristo
  • Michael Jackson, Bad
  • Rolling Stones, Some Girls

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Tokyo Jihen, Kyouiku (Education)
  • Tokyo Jihen, Otona (Adult)
  • Tokyo Jihen, Goraku (Variety)
  • Tokyo Jihen, Sports
  • Tokyo Jihen, Daihakken (Discovery)
  • Tokyo Jihen, Ongaku (Music)

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Looking ahead: October-November 2021

[sungazer - PERIHELION]

sungazer, PERIHELION, Oct. 11

YouTube musicians Adam Neely and Shawn Crowder finally unveil their debut album after a pair of EPs.

Olivia Newton-John, Physical (Deluxe Edition), Oct. 22

This album was wildly successful at the time, buoyed by a nascent promotional tool called the “music video.” The deluxe edition of Physical includes one of the first video albums produced by a pop artist. Sorry, Beyoncé fans.

Spice Girls, Spice (Deluxe Edition), Oct. 29

In the UK, this deluxe edition of the Girls’ debut album is accompanied by five color vinyl reissues, each featuring a member the group. I’d probably opt for the Mel C one, but I already have this album on LP.

Jason Isbell and 400 Unit, Georgia Blue, Nov. 26

Jason Isbell makes good on his promise to record a cover album of Georgia artists if the run-off election in January 2020 sent a pair of Democrats to the Senate.

Vinyl

Kylie Minogue, Fever, Oct, 15
Sinéad O’Connor, So Far … The Best of Sinéad O’Connor, Oct. 15

National Album Day in the UK looks like Record Store Day Lite from a distance, but this year’s focus on women artists has some nice reissues in the pipeline. Honestly, Fever should just be perpetually available on vinyl. Every special pressing sells out fast and fetches exorbitant prices on Discogs. I have So Far on CD from when it was first released, and it’s an excellent compilation.

Old 97s, Fight Songs, Oct. 29

I would have preferred a vinyl reissue of Satellite Rides, to be honest.

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Purchase log, 2021-04-13

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
  • Sturgill Simpson, Cuttin’ Grass, Vol. 2: The Cowboy Arms Session

Catalog

CD
  • 98 Degrees, 98 Degrees
  • Carlo Gesualdo, Quarto libro di Madrigali a cinque voci 1596 (Ensemble Music D’Arte)
  • En Vogue, The Best of En Vogue
  • Franz Schubert, 21 Lieder (Dietrich Fischer-Deskau)
  • Giya Kancheli, Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 (State Symphony of Georgia, Djansug Kakhidze)
  • Glass Tiger, The Thin Red Line
  • Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 2 (San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, Herbert Blomstedt)
  • Joe Satriani, Surfing with the Alien
  • John Legend and The Roots, Wake Up!
  • Kylie Minogue, Hits+
  • Kylie Minogue, Kylie Minogue
  • Mike Mills, Concerto for Violin, String Orchestra and Rock Band (Robert McDuffie, MCS Ensemble, Wade Stare)
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven, Violin Concerto / Sonata No. 10 (Pinchas Zukerman, Zubin Mehta, Los Angeles Philharmonic)
  • Soundtrack, The Hunt for Red October

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Soundtrack, Cowboy Bebop

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Favorite Edition 2020 Year Final

[Sam Sparro - Boombox Eternal]

Twenty years ago, I was on the receiving end of an economic slump. I’ve gone through two more slumps since then, and I’ve so far dodge the bullet in both cases.

It doesn’t mean I don’t feel skittish.

All that to say that my disposable income had not diminished this past year, despite the economic devastation SARS-CoV2 has wrought, and I’m thankful I can even compile a list.

  1. Sam Sparro, Boombox Eternal: I’m not sure why I feel nostalgic for a style of music I actually disliked when I was younger, but Sparro nailed it.
  2. My Very Own Familiar, Dear Listener: Lawnchairs for the Apocalypse: I may have a bit of a bias since a friend of mine is in this band.
  3. Timo Andres / Jeremy Denk / Brad Mehldau / Randy Newman, I Still Play: A fitting tribute to Nonesuch emeritus executive Bob Hurwitz, for whom the pieces on this album were commissioned.
  4. … And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, X: The Godless Void and Other Stories: No signs of mellowing out even after 25 years.
  5. Perfume Genius, Set My Heart on Fire Immediately: I thought it was going to be hard to top No Shape.
  6. Jason Isbell and 400 Unit, Reunions: Isbell has been on such a sustained winning streak that it seemed at some point he needed to stumble. He hasn’t.
  7. Fiona Apple, Fetch the Bolt Cutters: I’m not even a Fiona Apple fan, and I like this album.
  8. Kylie Minogue, DISCO: My first Kylie purchase since Aphrodite. I wasn’t on board for the last two albums.
  9. Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, The Beethoven Connection: I like this idea of exploring Beethoven-adjacent composers to puzzle out how they influenced Beethoven himself.
  10. Mr. Bungle, The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo: Straight up hardcore.

Other favorites of the year:

  • Brooklyn Rider, Healing Modes
  • The Streets, None of Us Are Getting Out of This Life Alive
  • Mandy Barnett, A Nashville Songbook
  • Jónsi, Shiver

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Purchase log picks, November 2020

[Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston]

SUPERCAR, OOKeah!!

SUPERCAR’s vinyl reissue campaign from 2017-2018 gave me an excuse to explore the band’s first three albums. The campaign didn’t include a pair of albums released in 1999, OOKeah!! and OOYeah!! So they’ve escaped my attention till now. I prefer OOKeah!! over OOYeah!!, although the latter include “Be”, a song with a darkly humorous video that can only come from Japan.

So, when can we get these albums reissued on vinyl?

Kylie Minogue, DISCO

Kiss Me Once was one of the last albums I downloaded from eMusic, and I skipped Golden altogether. So I approached DISCO with a fair amount of caution. Oh, she’s back.

PJ Harvey, Dry

Friends tried to get me into PJ Harvey by playing To Give You My Love. I would have gotten on board much sooner if they had played Rid of Me or Dry instead. I am, however, eagerly waiting news for a vinyl reissue of Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea.

Drive-By Truckers, Plan 9 Records, July 13, 2006

I’ve subjected myself to 3-LP live albums before, but this one is a scorcher from start to finish. I still see some copies of this Record Store Day exclusive in the wild, so you should get it if you spot it.

Whitney Houston, Whitney Houston

I disliked Whitney Houston growing up. Her songs were played to death on the radio, and just about every track on this album was released as a single. So how did I end up liking it more than 30 years later? The non-single tracks are actually pretty decent. Paired with the big showstoppers, Houston’s self-titled debut holds together exceptionally well. I didn’t even mind hearing the old singles again.

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Purchase log, 2020-11-17

[Kylie Minogue - DISCO]

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
  • Jónsi, Shiver
  • Kylie Minogue, DISCO

Catalog

CD
  • Bill Evans and Jim Hall, Undercurrent
  • Guided By Voices, Alien Lanes
  • Killing Joke, Night Time
  • Sia, 1000 Forms of Fear
  • The White Stripes, De Stijl

Reissues

CD
  • John Luther Adams, The Become Trilogy (Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot)
Vinyl
  • Alice in Chains, Facelift
  • PJ Harvey, 4-Track Demos
  • PJ Harvey, Dry

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