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Purchase log, 2021-02-02

[bloodthirsty butchers - Mikansei]

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
  • Antonín Dvořák, Symphonies 7 & 8 (Christoph Von Dohnányi, Cleveland Orchestra)
  • bloom field, Sanka Sanbusaku
  • Brad Mehldau Trio, Day Is Done
  • Carpenters, The Singles 1969-1973
  • Dawn Upshaw and Richard Goode, Goethe-Lieder
  • Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 1 (Leonard Bernstein, Vienna Philharmonic)
  • Leo Imai, 6 Japanese Covers
  • Metallica, S&M (Michael Kamen, San Francisco Symphony)
  • Niccolò Paganini, 24 Caprices (Midori)
  • Ryan Adams, 1989
  • The Chemical Brothers, Dig Your Own Hole
Vinyl
  • Ali Thomson, Take a Little Rhythm
  • Billy Joel, 52nd Street
  • Gaytheist, How Long Have I Been on Fire?
  • Heaven 17, How Men Are
  • The Streets, None of Us Are Getting Out of This Life Alive
  • Soundtrack, The Sesame Street Book and Record

Reissues

Vinyl
  • bloodthirsty butchers, Mikansei

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Purchase log picks, January 2021

[Linda Ronstadt - Mad Love]

Linda Ronstadt, Mad Love

I had no idea this album was considered Ronstadt’s new wave album. Yes, three Elvis Costello songs are on this album, and “Hurt So Bad” has a scorching guitar solo more characteristic of the late Andy Gill. But it doesn’t sound like some new Romantic looking for a TV sound.

Carpenters, The Singles 1969-1973

There was a time when digging the Carpenters was an ironical act. The 90s are distant enough that I think we can sincerely dig the Carpenters now.

The Chemical Brothers, Dig Your Own Hole

I was skeptical of the whole attempt to make electronic dance the heir apparent of grunge. But that doesn’t detract from the Prodigy and the Chemical Brothers releasing some durable albums from that late-90s era.

bloodthirsty butchers, Mikansei

bloodthirsty butchers have a talent from making long songs that don’t feel as long as they are.

The Fixx, Reach the Beach

I knew the Fixx were responsible for “One Thing Leads to Another”, but I had no idea they were also behind “Saved By Zero”. To be honest, the songs sound like they’re from different bands.

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Purchase log, 2021-01-26

[Soundtrack - Batman Original Score]

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
  • Alvin Singleton, Somehow We Can
  • Berlin, Pleasure Victim
  • INXS, Shabooh Shoobah
  • Pizzicato Five, Great White Wonder
  • Pizzicato Five, Remix Album: Happy End of You
  • Pizzicato Five, Sister Freedom Tapes
  • The Fixx, Reach the Beach
  • The Knack, Get the Knack
  • Virgil Thomsom, Complete Film Scores: The River / The Plow That Broke the Plains (Philharmonia Virtuosi, Richard Knapp)
Vinyl
  • Mandy Barnett, A Nashville Songbook
  • Sampha, Process

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Spice Girls, Forever
  • Soundtrack, Batman (Original Score)

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Purchase log, 2021-01-19

[Nathan Gunn - Just Before Sunrise]

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
  • Franz Schubert, Sonata in B-Flat Major / Allegretto in C Minor / Impromptu in A-Flat Major (Richard Goode)
  • Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 3 / Rückert-Lider / Kindertotenlieder (New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein)
  • Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 7 / Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti)
  • Mouth Music, Mouth Music
  • Nathan Gunn, Just Before Sunrise
  • Soundtrack, Frozen
Vinyl
  • Pat Benatar, Precious Time
  • The Vapors, New Clear Days

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Purchase log, 2021-01-05

[J Dilla - Donuts]

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
  • Caron Wheeler, UK BLAK
  • Cowboy Junkies, The Trinity Sessions
  • Pop Will Eat Itself, Cure for Sanity
  • Sting, … Nada como el sol
Vinyl
  • Debbie Gibson, Out of the Blue
  • J Dilla, Donuts
  • The Alan Parsons Project, Turn of a Friendly Card
  • Tiffany, Tiffany

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Purchase log picks, December 2020

[Animotion - Animotion]

Animotion, Animotion

I owned this album on vinyl, but I never played Side B all that much because the two hit singles were the two first tracks of the album (“Obsession”, “Let Him Go”). This album also had to compete with Duran Duran, Tears for Fears and ABC for my attention, and it didn’t fare well. Eventually, I would sell the record for cash.

I picked it up again at the thrift store and actually gave Side B a few spins. As a whole, the album holds together incredibly well. I went so far as to find the expanded edition reissued by Cherry Red on CD.

Big Black, Songs About Fucking

The arm of Big Black stretches long.

Richard Goode, Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas

Nonesuch offered a priced-down reissue of this boxed set for $25 to celebrate Beethoven’s birthday. That same week, I spotted a used copy of the original boxed set selling for that exact amount.

Sam Hunt, SOUTHSIDE

On Twitter, I said, “I find Sam Hunt simultaneously fascinating and disappointing.” The disappointing part are the bro country lyrics. The fascinating part is the use of hip-hop beats in country, which I hear is actually a thing.

Bruce Springsteen, Letter to You

Spike Lee has been described as someone who doesn’t know how to end his films. I sometimes feel the same about Bruce Springsteen. This album does drag after a while, but the stronger moments rank up there with his most renowned works.

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Purchase log, 2020-12-22

[Big Black - Songs About Fucking]

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. 1: The Butcher Shoppe Sessions

Catalog

CD
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sunset Boulevard (Premiere American Recording)
  • Animotion, Animotion
  • Aretha Franklin, Aretha Sings the Blues
  • Big Black, Songs About Fucking
  • Justin Townes Earle, Harlem River Blues
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven, The Complete Sonatas (Richard Goode)
  • Sonic Youth, Bad Moon Rising
  • Sonic Youth, Sonic Death
  • Suzanne Ciani, Seven Waves
  • The Sisters of Mercy, First and Last and Always
  • The Sisters of Mercy, Floodland
  • Various Artists, Tom’s Album
Vinyl
  • A Taste of Honey, Twice as Sweet
  • Franz Ferdinand, Franz Ferdinand
  • The Knack, Get the Knack
  • Yes, 90125

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