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Rewind: Rage Against the Machine, Renegades

[Rage Against the Machine - Renegades]

Oh, shit — the racism in this 20-year-old old review of Rage Against the Machine’s Renegades is barely contained. At the time I wrote it, I hadn’t been exposed to much hip-hop, so I took uninformed digs at the genre.

I have to cringe at the scare quote dis of Cypress Hill. My ignorant mid-20s ass would be surprised to learn I would eventually own the group’s first three albums.

And what the fuck is up with calling Afrika Bambaata’s drum machines “cheesy”? There were no other types of drum machines at the time!

See? Ignorant.

Perhaps the most egregiously racist comment in that review was the suggestion that Zach de la Rocha do something other than rap. Yes, he could be a very good punk singer, but he’s renowned for his flow. The value judgment underpinning the remark was just uncalled for.

I try to be self-deprecating these days about having rockist tendencies, but boy did I take it seriously 20 years ago. It’s appalling how seriously I took it.

Now that I own some Cypress Hill, Devo, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Minor Threat albums, I can tell I downloaded the source material for Renegades and did some half-assed A/B comparisons. I had zero appreciation for the creative license Rage took with this cover album.

Back then, I was trying to meet a self-imposed publishing schedule, and sometimes, you end up with a turd.

That review was definitely filler, and I knew I had no expertise to tackle it. But I gave it a shot anyway.

As Adam Savage said often on Mythbusters, failure is always an option.

Rewind takes a look at past Musicwhore.org reviews to see how they hold up today. The albums featured on Rewind were part of my collection, then sold for cash only to be reacquired later.

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Purchase log, 2020-01-28

[Change - The Glow of Love]

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
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber, Song and Dance: The Songs (Original Broadway Cast)
  • Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago
  • Cee-Lo Green, Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections
  • Michael Jackson, Bad (Special Edition)
  • Musical Youth, Anthology
  • Olivier Messiaen, Quartet for the End of Time (Tashi)
  • Philip Glass, North Star
  • Rage Against the Machine, Renegades
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff, Preludes (Complete) (Alexis Weissenberg)
  • The Flaming Lips, Fight Test
  • World Saxophone Quartet, Dances and Ballads
  • Soundtrack, Friday Night Lights
  • Soundtrack, Kill Bill, Vol. 1
  • Soundtrack, Strictly Ballroom
Vinyl
  • Change, The Glow of Love
  • Lounge Lizards, No Pain for Cakes
  • William Orbit, Strange Cargo

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Purchase log, 2019-05-07

[Easterhouse - Waiting for the Redbird]

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.

My London trip two weeks ago kept away from the neighborhood thrift shops.

New releases

Vinyl
  • eX-Girl, “The Crown of Dr. Keroninstein”

Catalog

CD
  • Alison Moyet, Alf
  • Alison Moyet, Hoodoo
  • Bleachers, Strange Desire
  • Bob Mould, Modulate.
  • Calexico, The Black Light
  • Drivin’ n Cryin’, Mystery Road
  • Gabby Pahinui, Pure Gabby
  • Iron and Wine, Our Endless Numbered Days
  • Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin
  • Massive Attack, Heligoland
  • Mr. Mister, Welcome to the Real World
  • Nightnoise, Shadows of Time
  • Paul Motian, Bill Evans
  • Rodney Crowell, The Houston Kid
  • Shakespeare’s Sister, Hormonally Yours
  • The Go-Betweens, 16 Lovers Lane
  • The Xx, The Xx
  • XTC, Upsy Daisy Assortment
  • Yo La Tengo, I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One
  • Soundtrack, The Descendants
  • Soundtrack, The Remains of the Day
Vinyl
  • Easterhouse, Waiting for the Redbird
  • Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  • Rage Against the Machine, Rage Against the Machine
  • Willie Nelson, Stardust

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Purchase log, 2018-04-24

[Duran Duran - Budokan]

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.

It’s the Record Store Day 2018 entry!

New Releases

Vinyl
  • Brian Eno with Kevin Shields, The Weight of History / Only Once Away My Son
  • Cypress Hill, Black Sunday Remixes
  • David Bowie, Let’s Dance Demo
  • Duran Duran, Budokan
  • Jason Isbell and 400 Unit, Live at Twist & Shout 11.16.07
  • John Luther Adams, Canticles of the Sky (Oliver Coates)
  • Living Colour, “Live at CBGB’s” Tuesday 12/19/89
  • Rage Against the Machine, Democratic National Convention 2000
  • Sufjan Stevens, Mystery of Love
  • The Streets, Remixes + B-Sides
  • Wilco, Live at the Troubador L.A. 1996

Catalog

CD
  • Culture Club, Colour By Numbers
  • Elvis Costello, This Year’s Model
  • Frank Zappa, Ship Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch
  • Heart, Heart
  • Lee Morgan, The Sidewinder
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced? (Remastered)
  • The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses

Reissues

 Vinyl
  • Florian Fricke, Florian Fricke Spielt Mozart
  • Prince, 1999 (1983 single disc version)
  • Uncle Tupelo, No Depression — Demos

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Purchase log, 2018-03-20

[Roxy Music - Avalon]

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.

This past weekend was the annual Big Book Sale by the Friends of the Seattle Public Library, so I should have enough music to last me for weeks, right? Right.

Catalog

CDs
  • Anita Baker, Giving You the Best That I Got
  • Beastie Boys, Check Your Head
  • Victor Borge, Live(!)
  • Glenn Branca, Symphony No. 2: Peak of the Sacred
  • Cameo, Word Up!
  • Capercaillie, Secret People
  • John Coltrane, Giant Steps
  • John Coltrane, Meditations
  • John Coltrane, My Favorite Things
  • John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman
  • Eazy-E, Eazy-Duz-It
  • Bill Evans Trio, Waltz for Debby
  • Fugazi, End Hits
  • Peter Gabriel, Shaking the Tree
  • Guns N’ Roses, G N’ R Lies
  • Heart, Bad Animals
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced?
  • Ketsumeshi, Ketsunopolis 4
  • LL Cool J, Mama Said Knock You Out
  • Milt Jackson and John Coltrane, Bags and Trane
  • Joni Mitchell, Court and Spark
  • Morrissey, The Best of Morrissey
  • Mother Love Bone, Mother Love Bone
  • Nirvana, Incesticide
  • Robert Palmer, Clues
  • Prince, Musicology
  • R.E.M., Dead Letter Office
  • Radiohead, The Bends
  • Rage Against the Machine, Rage Against the Machine
  • Einojuhani Rautvaara, Symphony No. 7: Angel of Light / Annunciations
  • Sonny Rollins, Saxophone Colossus
  • Roxy Music, Avalon (Remastered)
  • Soundgarden, Ultramega OK
  • Bruce Springsteen, The Rising
  • They Might Be Giants, Flood
  • TLC, Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip
  • Värttinä, Seleniko
  • Soundtrack, Pride and Prejudice
DVD
  • Tokyo Jihen, Dynamite Out

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