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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, 2020-11-10

[Peter Gabriel - Secret World Live]

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 featuring Andy Wickett , Dreaming of Your Cars: 1979 Demos, Part 2

Catalog

CD
  • SUPERCAR, OOKeah!!
  • SUPERCAR, OOYeah!!
Vinyl
  • Marshall Crenshaw, Marshall Crenshaw
  • Rolling Stones, Emotional Rescue
  • Sheena Easton, Sheena Easton
  • Stephen Sondheim, Follies In Concert

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Peter Gabriel, Secret World Live

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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, 2020-10-27

[Skid Row - Slave to the Grind]

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
  • Liz Phair, Exile in Guyville
  • Ned Doheny, Hard Candy
  • Outkast, Idlewild
  • The Beta Band, The Three E.P.’s
  • The Dead Betties, Summer of ’93
Vinyl
  • Elliott Sharp, Carbon

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Charles Mingus, Mingus Ah Um (Record Store Day)
  • Emmylou Harris, Wrecking Ball
  • Faith No More, The Real Thing
  • Philip Glass, Koyaanisqatsi (Record Store Day)
  • Skid Row, Slave to the Grind (Record Store Day)

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Purchase log, 2020-10-20

[My Very Own Familiar - Dear Listener: Lawnchairs for the Apocalypse]

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

Files
  • My Very Own Familiar, Dear Listeners: Lawnchairs for the Apocalypse

Catalog

CD
  • Camouflage, Methods of Silence
  • Mogwai, Come On Die Young
  • Mogwai, Young Team
  • Pointer Sisters, Break Out (Deluxe Edition)
  • Rilo Kiley, The Execution of Things
  • Screaming Trees, Sweet Oblivion
  • Simply Red, Picture Book
  • The House of Love, The House of Love
  • The Notwist, Shriek
Vinyl
  • Ned Doheny, Hard Candy
Files
  • Dylan Rice, Fits and Fevers

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Purchase log, 2020-10-13

[Schoolhouse Rock - Grammar Rock]

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
  • Kronos Quartet, Long Time Passing
  • Mikami Chisako, Emergence

Catalog

CD
  • Calexico, Feast of Wire
  • Fischerspooner, #1
  • M. Ward, Post War
  • Surfer Blood, Astro Coast
  • Soundtrack, A Single Man
  • Soundtrack, Schoolhouse Rock: Grammar Rock
Vinyl
  • Alice In Chains, Facelift

Reissues

CD
  • Tears for Fears, The Seeds of Love (Deluxe Edition)

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Purchase log picks, September 2020

[Jean-Efflam Bavouzet - The Beethoven Connection]

Antoine Reicha, Reicha Rediscovered, Vols. 1 and 2 (Ivan Ilić)
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, The Beethoven Connection
Brooklyn Rider, Healing Modes

2020 marked the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, and ensembles all over the world programmed events around it. Then SARS-CoV2 spoiled the parties.

A number of artists opted to offer counterpoints to Beethoven rather than perform his works. Brooklyn Rider commissioned works by women composers on the theme of healing as a reaction to the Beethoven string quartet, op. 132. These works, interspersed with the op. 132 itself, are collected on Healing Modes.

With The Beethoven Connection, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet put together an album of Beethoven contemporaries not named Hadyn or Mozart. In a similar vein, two albums by Ivan Ilić explore the keyboard works of Antoine Reicha, a friend of Beethoven.

On all four releases, Beethoven lurks in the wings but never casts a shadow.

Flake Music, When You Land, It’s Time to Return

The Shins before they became The Shins.

Keola and Kapono Beamer, Honolulu City Lights

Any list of the best Hawaiian music albums will place Honolulu City Lights near or at the top. Before I developed my contrarian world view in high school, I had actually liked the title track. I was 5 years old.

I’ve gone on record disparaging Hawaiian music, and I do still wish there were a stronger push to strain the music’s borders. But in the last year, I’ve mellowed my stance, mostly because it takes too much energy to hold onto that much snobbery.

So my younger self may be surprised — perhaps disappointed — that I’ve joined the critical consensus on this album.

Garbage, Garbage

I had a promo copy of this album I was supposed to review for the college paper, but I had started to realize a lot of the stuff being sent by major labels really sucked. So I gave this album a half-hearted listen, then passed it onto another writer to cover. And I was a Butch Vig fan to boot.

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