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Purchase log picks, July 2021

[Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen a.k.a Two Wheels Good]

Kesha, Rainbow

This album has a lot of attitude, which it should given Kesha’s well-publicized legal battles. It’s fundamentally a pop album, with rock and country providing a gritty sheen.

ZZ Top, Afterburner

Eliminator has the bigger hits, but Afterburner is the better album.

Prefab Sprout, Two Wheels Good (a.k.a Steve McQueen)

Prefab Sprout is one of those bands about whom I knew without actually hearing their music. So it was nice to discover they fell somewhere between Yaz and ABC in their pursuit of a jazzy new wave sound.

TV on the Radio, Return to Cookie Mountain

I didn’t get TV on the Radio at first. The few excerpts I heard seemed unfocused and tuneless. But I picked up their albums from thrift shop to see if I could eventually understand. By then, I had listened to more hip-hop and R&B and realized the band is Black af. A decade and a half ago, my rockist collection had little room for Black voices.

Aceyalone, All Balls Don’t Bounce

I confess to sacrilege — I didn’t pay attention to the lyrics on this album. The beats are too damn distracting.

The National, Trouble Will Find Me

The National is one of those bands I like, but I would not consider myself a fan. I would seem demographically suited to be one, given the rest of my collection, but I just haven’t been convinced enough to jump in two-footed. But I do like Boxer and this album.

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Purchase log, 2021-07-13

[Ralph Vaughan Williams - The 9 Symphonies]

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
  • André Previn, A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Cocteau Twins, Head Over Heels
  • George Crumb, Works for Piano, Vol. 1 (Jeffrey Jacob)
  • George Crumb, Works for Piano, Vol. 2 (Jeffrey Jacob)
  • ISIS, In the Absence of Truth
  • Led Zeppelin, Presence
  • Lounge Lizards, No Pain for Cake
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams, The 9 Symphonies (Philharmonia Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin)

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Purchase log, 2021-07-06

[Michael Hersch - Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 / Fracta / Arrache]

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
  • Andrzej Panufnik, Sinfonia Mistica / Sinfonia di Sfere (David Atherton, London Symphony Orchestra)
  • Aretha Franklin, Who’s Zoomin’ Who
  • Christos Hatzis, awakening (St. Lawrence String Quartet)
  • Judas Priest, The Best of Judas Priest: Living After Midnight
  • Michael Hersch, Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 / Fracta / Arraché (Marin Alsop, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra)
  • Olivier Messiaen, Poèmes Pour Mi

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Purchase log, 2021-06-29

[The Modern Lovers - The Modern Lovers]

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
  • Adam and the Ants, Prince Charming
  • Bad Brains, The Youth are Getting Restless
  • Erasure, The Innocents
  • Funkadelic, Maggot Brain
  • Hüsker Dü, Warehouse: Stories and Songs
  • The Flaming Lips, Christmas on Mars
  • The Modern Lovers, The Modern Lovers
Vinyl
  • Shriekback, Care

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Purchase log picks, June 2021

[Paul Moravec - Tempest Fantasy / Mood Swings / B.A.S.S. Variations / Schrezo]

The Highwomen, The Highwomen

I picked up a Highwaymen album from the thrift shop a while back, and despite Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson all showing up on the same album, the sum of its parts fell short of a whole. The Highwomen do a far better job in that regard.

Paul Moravec, Tempest Fantasy / Mood Swings / B.A.S.S. Variations / Scherzo

My first encounter with Paul Moravec was at an internship for the label Composers Recordings Inc. (CRI). The label reissued some Moravec recordings in its catalog on CD, and I got a free copy. Most of the promos I got during my internship were starkly downtown or uptown — the distinction back in the 90s between the young-ish minimalists and their older dodecacophanists. Moravec stood out because he was tonal af and made no bones about it. I lost that disc over the course of a few moves, but I remembered his name.

The Neptunes, The Neptunes Present … Clones

I bought this compilation when it first came out because I really liked what Pharrell and Chad Hugo were doing in the studio. But I had no clue about hip-hop history, so a lot of it went over my head. I had to sell it for cash during leaner times, but I picked it up again at the thrift shop.

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Purchase log, 2021-06-15

[Tokyo Jihen - Ongaku (Music)]

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
  • Sleater-Kinney, Path of Wellness
  • Tokyo Jihen, Ongaku
Vinyl
  • Perfume Genius, Immediately Remixes
  • Tears for Fears, Live at Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada / 1985
  • The Replacements, The Pleasure’s All Yours

Catalog

CD
  • David Lang, Love Fail
  • Hoodoo Gurus, Kinky
  • Julien Baker, Turn Out the Lights
  • Mark Ronson, Here Comes the Fuzz
  • The Highwomen, The Highwomen
  • They Might Be Giants, Lincoln

Reissues

CD
  • The Shins, Oh, Inverted World (20th Anniversary Remaster)
Vinyl
  • Prince, The Truth
  • Robert Palmer, Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley
  • Rage Against the Machine, The Battle of Mexico City
  • The Fixx, Reach the Beach
  • The Flaming Lips, The Soft Bulletin Companion
  • The Police, Live! Vol. 1 Boston 1979
  • The Police, Live! Vol. 2 Atlanta 1983
  • U2, “Fire”
  • VAST, Music for People

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Purchase log, 2021-06-08

[The Neptunes - The Neptunes Present ... Clones]

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
  • Mike Cooley, Patterson Hood and Jason Isbell, Live at the Shoals Theatre

Catalog

CD
  • Aaliyah, One in a Million
  • Dilated Peoples, The Platform
  • Giacomo Puccini, Madama Butterfly
  • Martha Argerich, Chopin: The Legendary 1965 Recordings
  • Mstislav Rostropovich, Rostropovich: The Russian Years – Shostakovich Cello Concertos
  • Paul Moravec, Tempest Fantasy / Mood Swings / B.A.S.S. Variations / Scherzo (Trio Solisti)
  • Paul Moravec, The Time Gallery / Protean Fantasy / Ariel Fantasy (eighth blackbird)
  • Steven Mackey, Heavy Light (Mosaic)
  • The Neptunes, The Neptunes Present … Clones
  • The Velvet Underground, White Light / White Heat

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