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Purchase log picks, August 2020

[Charlie Puth - Voicenotes]

Charlie Puth, Voicenotes

A Subway TV ad introduced me to Charlie Puth. And I haven’t been able to stop playing this album since.

Mandy Barnett, A Nashville Songbook

Barnett released “It’s Now or Never” as a single, and I can’t say I was a fan. I even made an uncharitable prediction about whether this album would work. Then I heard it in full, and the song selection is impeccable — “The End of the World”, “Love Hurts”, “I Love a Rainy Night”. Perhaps the apex of this songbook is “The Crying Game”.

The Streets, None of Us Are Getting Out of This Life Alive

Mike Skinner’s first two albums loom large, but this return after a nearly decade absence stands up to that legacy.

The Chicks, Gaslighter

A friend of mine had an extra copy, so I took it. It’s my first ever (Dixie) Chicks album. If I get curious enough, I can pick up Fly or Wide Open Spaces from the thrift shop.

Julius Eastman, Unjust Malaise

Julius Eastman was post-minimalist at a time when his minimalist colleagues were still minimalizing.

Robyn, Robyn

Robyn > Kylie > Madonna.

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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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Purchase log, 2020-08-18

[Heart - Greatest Hits / 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
  • Dixie Chicks, Gaslighter
  • The Streets, None of Us Are Getting Out of This Life Alive

Catalog

CD
  • Astor Piazzolla, Tango: Zero Hour
  • Cause and Effect, Innermost Stations
  • Cause and Effect, The Sunrise EP
  • Living Colour, Pride
  • Marshall Crenshaw, Marshall Crenshaw
  • The Crystal Method, Vegas
  • The Sundays, Static and Silence
Vinyl
  • Heart, Greatest Hits / Live
  • Soundtrack, Avenue Q

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Purchase log, 2020-08-11

[Charlie Puth - Voicenotes]

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
  • Inventions, Continuous Portraits
Vinyl
  • Duran Duran, Diamond of the Mind Live 2011

Catalog

CD
  • Arcade Fire, Reflektor
  • Charlie Puth, Voicenotes
  • Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca
  • Don Dixon, Most Girls Love to Dance But Only Some of the Boys Like to
  • Fishbone, Set Up the Booty Right: Bonin’ in the Boneyard
  • John Zorn, Taboo and Exile
  • Ride, Carnival of Light
  • Ride, Tarantula
  • T. Rex, Electric Warrior (Special Edition)
  • The Roots, undun

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Purchase log, 2020-08-04

[Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters]

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
  • Fiona Apple, Fetch the Bolt Cutters

Catalog

CD
  • Guided By Voices, Human Amusements at Hourly Rates
  • Peter Gabriel, Passion (Remastered)
  • The Replacements, Hootenanny! (Remastered)
  • The Roots, How I Got Over

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Purchase log picks, July 2020

[Les Rythmes Digitales - Darkdancer]

Fiona Apple, Fetch the Bolt Cutters

The amount of acclaim surrounding this album made me think it might overcome my general ambivalence about Fiona Apple. And yes, I like it. Is it the weirdest album I’ve ever heard? Not by a long shot. But any artist aiming to make their own Karuki Zaamen Kuri no Hana is fine by me.

Les Rythmes Digitales, Darkdancer

At the time of its release, Darkdancer drew comparisons to’80s music. I didn’t hear it, but in retrospect, I still had a lot to learn about the decade up in which I grew. I gave up this album when cash got tight, but I welcomed it back with a purchase at the thrift shop.

Post Malone, Hollywood’s Burning

I picked up this album from Goodwill for $2. I see the youth mentioning him a lot, so I wanted to find out why. I found myself liking it more than I expected.

Nakamori Akina, AKINA BOX, 1982-1989

I downloaded this boxed set from the Evil Sharing Networks months back, but the pandemic gave me time to take a deep enough dive that I dropped a non-trivial amount of cash to own it outright. I used birthday money.

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Purchase log, 2020-07-21

[Perfume Genius - No Shape]

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
  • Perfume Genius, Set My Heart on Fire Immediately

Catalog

CD
  • Buggles, Age of Plastic
  • Don Dixon, EEE
  • MO’SOME TONEBENDER, LIGHT, SLIDE, DUMMY
  • Protomartyr, Under Color of Official Right
  • The Coup, Steal This Album
Vinyl
  • Perfume Genius, No Shape
  • Talking Heads, Speaking in Tongues

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Purchase log, 2020-07-14

[Gabby Pahinui - Best of the Gabby Band, 1972-1977]

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
  • … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, So Divided
  • Jesu, Conqueror
  • Moby, Play: The B-Sides
  • TV on the Radio, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
Vinyl
  • Gabby Pahinui, Best of the Gabby Band, 1972-1977

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