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Purchase log, 2022-01-25

[Joshua Bell - Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto / Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No. 2]

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
  • Amanda Shires, Down Fell the Doves
  • Joshua Bell, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto / Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No. 2 (Vladimir Ashkenazi, Cleveland Orchestra)
  • Soft Cell, Non-Erotic Cabaret
  • Steve Winwood, Arc of a Diver
  • Van Halen, Van Halen
  • Yo-Yo Ma, Barber: Cello Concerto / Britten: Symphony for Cello and Orchestra (David Zinman, Baltimore Symphony)
  • Various Artists, Living in Oblivion, Vol. 4
Vinyl
  • Black, Wonderful Life
  • FINNEAS, Optimist
  • Linda Ronstadt, Canciones de mi Padre
  • Soundtrack, The Crow

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Purchase log, 2022-01-11

[Soundtrack - Lost in Translation]

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
  • Bill Calahan, Apocalypse
  • Camper Van Beethoven, Camper Van Beethoven
  • The Rolling Stones, Tattoo You
Vinyl
  • KMD, Mr. Hood
  • Kraftwerk, The Man-Machine

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Soundtrack, Lost in Translation

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Looking ahead, January-February 2022

[Midnight Oil - Resist]

Midnight Oil, Resist, Feb. 22

Billed as the final Midnight Oil, Resist finds the environmentally-conscious Australian band topical as ever. And it’s been four decades since they drew attention to these issues. How much progress have we made since?

Tears for Fears, The Tipping Point, Feb. 22

I saw a lot of people online express excitement over the return of Tears for Fears, and yet, I don’t remember that much attention being drawn to their last album, 2004’s Everybody Loves a Happy Ending. I have to admit, that album is my least played of theirs.

Utada Hikaru, BAD Mode, Feb. 23

I can’t think of a more appropriate title to describe the zeitgeist of the early 2020s. A digital release on Jan. 19 precedes the physical release in February.

Vinyl

Enya, “May It Be”, Jan. 7

Enya has been around long enough for her albums to receive the deluxe reissue treatment, but I also get the sense she’s pretty ambivalent of such reissues. So this vinyl reissue seems more like the label trying to make sure people know Enya is still around. Jan. 7 is a US import release date. The single is already available in the UK.

Soundtrack, Lost in Translation, Jan. 7

This soundtrack gets occasional vinyl reissues that sell out quick and fetch exorbitant prices on Discogs. So yeah, I’m going to try to snag a copy.

PJ Harvey, Let England Shake, Jan. 28

I picked up this album and Rid of Me from the thrift store at the same time, and I like both albums. But Rid of Me monopolized more of my player time. I’ve still eagerly awaited this vinyl reissue, nonetheless.

The White Stripes, Elephant, March 25
The White Stripes, Get Behind Me Satan, March 25
The White Stripes, Icky Thump, March 25

I’d say I’m more interested in the Elephant reissue over Get Behind Me Satan. I haven’t listened to Icky Thump.

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Purchase log, 2021-11-02

[The Cars - The Cars]

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
  • Aretha Franklin, Aretha (1986)
  • Ice Cube, AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted
  • Madonna, I’m Going to Tell You a Secret
  • Philip Glass, Music in Fifths / Two Pages (Bang on a Can All-Stars)
  • Starship, Knee Deep in the Hoopla
  • The Cars, The Cars
  • Soundtrack, My Neighbor Totoro
Vinyl
  • Everything But the Girl, The Language of Life
  • Paul Young, The Secret of Association
  • Torche, Harmonicraft

Reissues

CD
  • Spice Girls, Spice (Deluxe Edition)

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Purchase log, 2021-10-19

[Res - How I Do]

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
  • Craig Armstrong, Nocturnes: Music for Two Pianos

Catalog

CD
  • Art of Noise, The Ambient Collection
  • Brothers Johnson, Light Up the Night
  • Fishbone, Fishbone 101: Nuttasaurusmeg Fossil Fuelin’ the Fonkay
  • Hirosue Ryoko, Arigato!
  • John Zorn / Yamataka Eye, John Zorn Birthday Celebration, Vol. 10
  • Muse, Showbiz
  • Muse, The Resistance
  • Spandau Ballet, True
  • Sufjan Stevens, Seven Swans
  • The B-52’s, Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation
  • Tyler the Creator, Cherry Bomb
  • Tyler the Creator, Wölf
  • ZARD, BEST ~Request Memorial~
Vinyl
  • Electric Light Orchestra, Time
  • Eurythmics, Touch Dance
  • Marvin Gaye, Here, My Dear
  • Res, How I Do
  • Styx, Kilroy Was Here
  • Soundtrack, Patty Hearst

Reissues

CD
  • Sugababes, One Touch (Deluxe Edition)
Vinyl
  • Sinéad O’Connor, So Far … The Best of Sinéad O’Connor
  • Sugababes, One Touch

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Purchase log picks, September 2021

[Ne-Yo - Year of the Gentleman]

Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers, Ramble in Music City: The Lost Concert

In addition to being an impeccable song curator, Emmylou Harris attracts top notch talent to her bands. The Nash Ramblers was one of her best groups, as evidenced by this set of Harris set list standards, refracted through a bluegrass lens.

Ne-Yo, Year of the Gentleman

Ne-Yo pops up on New York Times crossword puzzles regularly because of his vowel-friendly moniker. I picked up this disc from the thrift store based solely on that recommendation. Turns out, he’s a mighty fine singer.

Whiskeytown, Strangers Almanac

I picked up this album alongside Old 97s’ Too Far to Care when I wanted to find out what this “alt-country” thing was all about. I liked them both, but I played Too Far to Care a lot more. I eventually let Strangers Almanac go when cash got tight. I picked it up again from the thrift shop because I’ve been hankering to hear “Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart.” I’m not interested in Ryan Adams beyond this album, but Strangers Almanac did turn me into a Caitlin Cary fan.

MONO, Pilgrimage of the Soul

I couldn’t get into Nowhere Now Here, but the more extroverted sound on Pilgrimage of the Soul is a departure for the band I more than welcome.

Ensemble of the Bulgarian Republic, Music of Bulgaria

Le Mystère de Voix Bulgares was a nice gateway into Bulgarian folk music, but this Nonesuch Explorer Series album goes further. Yes, there is choir music here, but it shares space with other forms of Bulgarian folk music.

Brothers Johnson, Light Up the Night

“Stomp!” was the big hit from this album, but the rest of it is also tight.

Soundtrack, Heavy Metal

I didn’t realize how much my brother played this album in his car. I could actually hum or sing along to many of the tracks on this soundtrack compilation, and I’m not a big fan of any of these bands.

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Purchase log, 2021-09-14

[CZARFACE / MF DOOM - Super What?]

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
  • Czarface / MF Doom, Super What?
Vinyl
  • Art of Noise, Noise in the City: Live in Tokyo 1986

Catalog

CD
  • Alison Moyet, Singles
  • Can, Tago Mago
  • Cracker, Kerosene Hat
  • Funkadelic, Funkadelic
  • Grizzly Bear, Friend EP
  • John Coltrane, Crescent
  • John Coltrane, Impressions
  • Keith Jarrett, Solo Concerts: Bremen / Lausanne
  • Kraftwerk, Computer World
  • Linda Ronstadt, Greatest Hits
  • Living Colour, Live at CBGB’s
  • Nas, Illmatic
  • Robbie Williams, Life Thru a Lens
  • Slick Rick, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
  • Sugababes, One Touch
  • Whiskeytown, Strangers Almanac
  • Soundtrack, Heavy Metal
Vinyl
  • Gaudeamus String Quartet, Crumb: Black Angels / Raxach: String Quartet No. 2 / De Leeuw: String Quartet No. 2

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Purchase log, 2020-04-20

[Soundtrack - Tonari no TOTORO]

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
  • Air, Moon Safari
  • Atmosphere, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold
  • David Lanz, Cristoferi’s Dream
  • Grace Jones, Slave to the Rhythm
  • Morgan Wade, Reckless
  • Siouxsie and the Banshees, Through the Looking Glass
  • Wang Chung, Mosaic
Vinyl
  • Soundtrack, Tonari no TOTORO (My Neighbor Totoro)

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Purchase log, 2021-04-13

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. 2: The Cowboy Arms Session

Catalog

CD
  • 98 Degrees, 98 Degrees
  • Carlo Gesualdo, Quarto libro di Madrigali a cinque voci 1596 (Ensemble Music D’Arte)
  • En Vogue, The Best of En Vogue
  • Franz Schubert, 21 Lieder (Dietrich Fischer-Deskau)
  • Giya Kancheli, Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 (State Symphony of Georgia, Djansug Kakhidze)
  • Glass Tiger, The Thin Red Line
  • Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 2 (San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, Herbert Blomstedt)
  • Joe Satriani, Surfing with the Alien
  • John Legend and The Roots, Wake Up!
  • Kylie Minogue, Hits+
  • Kylie Minogue, Kylie Minogue
  • Mike Mills, Concerto for Violin, String Orchestra and Rock Band (Robert McDuffie, MCS Ensemble, Wade Stare)
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven, Violin Concerto / Sonata No. 10 (Pinchas Zukerman, Zubin Mehta, Los Angeles Philharmonic)
  • Soundtrack, The Hunt for Red October

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Soundtrack, Cowboy Bebop

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