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Looking ahead, January-February 2022

[Midnight Oil - Resist]

Midnight Oil, Resist, Feb. 22

Billed as the final Midnight Oil, Resist finds the environmentally-conscious Australian band topical as ever. And it’s been four decades since they drew attention to these issues. How much progress have we made since?

Tears for Fears, The Tipping Point, Feb. 22

I saw a lot of people online express excitement over the return of Tears for Fears, and yet, I don’t remember that much attention being drawn to their last album, 2004’s Everybody Loves a Happy Ending. I have to admit, that album is my least played of theirs.

Utada Hikaru, BAD Mode, Feb. 23

I can’t think of a more appropriate title to describe the zeitgeist of the early 2020s. A digital release on Jan. 19 precedes the physical release in February.

Vinyl

Enya, “May It Be”, Jan. 7

Enya has been around long enough for her albums to receive the deluxe reissue treatment, but I also get the sense she’s pretty ambivalent of such reissues. So this vinyl reissue seems more like the label trying to make sure people know Enya is still around. Jan. 7 is a US import release date. The single is already available in the UK.

Soundtrack, Lost in Translation, Jan. 7

This soundtrack gets occasional vinyl reissues that sell out quick and fetch exorbitant prices on Discogs. So yeah, I’m going to try to snag a copy.

PJ Harvey, Let England Shake, Jan. 28

I picked up this album and Rid of Me from the thrift store at the same time, and I like both albums. But Rid of Me monopolized more of my player time. I’ve still eagerly awaited this vinyl reissue, nonetheless.

The White Stripes, Elephant, March 25
The White Stripes, Get Behind Me Satan, March 25
The White Stripes, Icky Thump, March 25

I’d say I’m more interested in the Elephant reissue over Get Behind Me Satan. I haven’t listened to Icky Thump.

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Purchase log, 2020-03-02

[Anton Reicha - Reicha Rediscovered, Vol. 3 (Ivan Ilić)]

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
  • Anton Reicha, Reicha Rediscovered, Vol. 3 (Ivan Ilić)
  • PJ Harvey, Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea Demos

Catalog

CD
  • Astor Piazzolla, The Rough Dancer and the Cyclical Night
  • Beastie Boys, Some Old Bullshit
  • Camouflage, Meanwhile
  • Phil Collins, Face Value
  • Queen, Greatest Hits
  • Sergei Prokofiev / Dmitri Shostakovich: Violin Concertos No. 1 (Maxim Vengerov, Mstislav Rostrophovich, London Symphony Orchestra)
  • Sia, Some People Have Real Problems
  • The Church, Starfish
  • The Verve, Urban Hymns
Vinyl
  • The Fixx, Reach the Beach

Reissues

Vinyl
  • PJ Harvey, Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea

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Looking ahead: February-March 2021

[PJ Harvey - Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea]

Gang of Four, 77-81, March 12 (vinyl), April 23 (CD)

I don’t need this boxed set. I already have Entertainment! and Solid Gold on vinyl. But I want this boxed set because of the ephemera that goes along with it, including an actual cassette tape of demos. I’m glad I still have my TASCAM 424 to play it.

MONO, Beyond the Past: Live in London with Platinum Anniversary Orchestra, March 19

I don’t think I ever got around to listening to Holy Ground: Live in NYC with the Wordless Music Orchestra. (NOTE: I’m listening to it now as I write this entry.) As much as the orchestra is important to MONO’s studio recordings, it’s not terribly important in a live setting. I have seen the band enough times not to miss it. Still — I’d love to see them perform with one.

Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum, Thanks for Coming, May 7

I’m usually skeptical when Hollywood actors form bands, but Michael C. Hall (Six Feet Under, Dexter) played the title role of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which is enough cred for me. Also, I’m definitely the target market for the trio’s post-new wave sound. I liked the self-titled EP enough, but I’m curious to see what they can do over the length of a full album. Thanks for Coming is already available on digital platforms.

Vinyl

PJ Harvey, Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, Feb. 26

Yeah. This reissue is the one for which I’ve been waiting. I’m even going to get the accompanying disc of demos released separately. Next target: Let England Shake.

Bad Brains, Bad Brains, April 22

Because … Bad Brains.

Death Cab for Cutie, The Georgia EP, July 30

Death Cab for Cutie made this covers EP available for one day on Bandcamp to raise money for Fair Fight. With Senators Warnock and Ossoff now sworn in, the band is making it available on vinyl.

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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, 2020-11-24

[PJ Harvey - Dry]

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
  • Dirty Vegas, Dirty Vegas
  • Dixie Chicks, Wide Open Spaces
  • Hilary Hahn, Mendelssohn and Shostakovich: Violin Concertos
  • Hiroshima, Providence
  • PJ Harvey, Dry
  • The Sugarcubes, It’s-It

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Emmylou Harris, Wrecking Ball (clear vinyl)

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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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Purchase log, 2020-11-03

[Eponymous 4 - Shinkyoku Moratorium Nihongohan]

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
  • Midnight Oil, The Makarrata Project
  • Mr. Bungle, The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo
  • Sam Amidon, Sam Amidon
  • Sam Smith, Love Goes
Files
  • Eponymous 4, Shinkyoku Moratorium Nihongohan

Catalog

CD
  • Chanticleer, Magnificat
  • Dixie Chicks, Fly
  • Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 9 (New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein)
  • Old 97s, Wreck Your Life
  • PJ Harvey, 4-Track Demos
  • Propellerheads, Decksandrumsandrockandroll
Vinyl
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber, Song and Dance: The Songs (Bernadette Peters)
  • Roger Daltrey, Under a Raging Moon
  • Whitney Houston, Whitney Houston

Reissues

CD
  • U2, All That You Can’t Leave Behind (Deluxe Edition)
Vinyl
  • Soundtrack, The Descendants

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Purchase log picks, October 2020

[Ned Doheny - Hard Candy]

Ned Doheny, Hard Candy

Tokyo Jihen introduced me to Ned Doheny with a blistering cover of “Give It Up for Love”. Doheny’s original is far mellower but epitomizes his blue-eyed soul. This album wasn’t a success at the time, but the collector’s market all but demanded a reissue.

Soundtrack, Schoolhouse Rock: Grammar Rock

When I was a kid, I dug the Schoolhouse Rock shorts between cartoons because they were catchy. As an adult, I find the Schoolhouse Rock songs rather sophisticated. Strip the didacticism from the songs, and you get pop music every bit as durable as anything in the American songbook.

PJ Harvey, 4-Track Demos

I have a TASCAM four-track recorder from 1991 that still works, but I’ve never really perceived it as a very robust tool. Then I heard this album, and I wonder if I can push it’s capabilities. I’m nowhere near the performer of Polly Jean, though.

Mr. Bungle, The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo

My interest in Mr. Bungle pretty much started and ended with the self-titled debut, although I did own California for a brief time. But I couldn’t pass up hearing the band’s earliest work re-recorded with Slayer’s Dave Lombardo and Anthrax’s Scott Ian.

Propellerheads, Decksandrumsandrockandroll

Propellerheads was one and done, but Decksandrumsandrockandroll was good enough to garner a Mercury Prize nomination. My introduction to the band happened in a gay bar in Chicago.

Fischerspooner, #1

I don’t really care for the album cover, but it doesn’t take away from the music.

Camouflage, Methods of Silence

For some reason, I had it in my head that this album was boring compared to Voices and Images, but I was mistaken.

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Purchase log, 2020-08-25

[Sinéad O'Connor - The Lion and the 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
  • Benjamin Gibbard, Former Lives
  • Cocteau Twins, Garlands
  • Communards, Red
  • INXS, The Swing
  • Madness, Madness
  • Passengers, Original Soundtracks 1
  • Robyn, Robyn
  • Robyn, Body Talk, Vol. 2
  • Sinéad O’Connor, The Lion and the Cobra
  • Throwing Muses, Throwing Muses

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Guided By Voices, Alien Lanes
  • PJ Harvey, Rid of Me

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