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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. 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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Looking ahead, January-February 2021

[Cocco - Kuchinashi]

Anton Reicha, Reicha Rediscovered, Vol. 3 (Ivan Ilić), Jan. 8

I usually pose questions on the blog rhetorically, so I wasn’t expecting Ivan Ilić himself to answer a query about what’s up with the remainder of his Reicha Rediscovered series. The third volume was expected in 2020, but SARS-CoV2 had other plans.

Rhye, Home, Jan. 22

Liked Blood. Was lukewarm about Woman. So I’m approaching Home with caution.

Utada Hikaru, One Last Kiss EP, Jan. 27

Utada Hikaru’s new single — it’s called an EP, but it’s really a maxi single — serves as the theme song for a new Evangelion movie. Hikki fans will probably have the other tracks on this release, which compiles her previous theme songs for the film series.

Cocco, Kuchinashi, Feb. 17

Is it already time for a new Cocco album? [Checks calendar.] Actually, this album arrives 18 months after 2019’s Star Shank, which is 1.5 years quicker than Cocco’s usual turnaround time.

Sturgill Simpson, Cuttin’ Grass, Vol. 2, Apr. 2

Volume 1 of Cuttin’ Grass didn’t include tracks from A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, but Volume 2 does. It does not, however, include anything from Sound & Fury.

Vinyl

Soundtrack, Batman: Original Motion Picture Score (colored vinyl), Jan. 15

When Tim Burton’s Batman hit theaters in 1989, Warner Bros. tried to foist Prince’s album of songs for the movie as the official soundtrack. Fans wanting to hear Danny Elfman’s theme song were pretty miffed that they got a Prince album instead. So the label released Elfman’s score separately. I picked up an original vinyl pressing of the soundtrack a long while back, and I see it pop up in used bins from time to time. This reissue is part of Rhino’s annual Start Your Ear Off Right series.

bloodthirsty butchers, Mikansei, Jan. 20

I’m not aware of very many vinyl reissues of bloodthirsty butchers album. I wouldn’t mind seeing ones for yamane and Kouya ni Okeru bloodthirsty butchers.

Girl Talk, Feed the Animals, April 2021

Girl Talk is accepting orders for this second pressing of Feed the Animals. A recent e-mail announced orders are expected to ship at the end of April 2021 and includes packaging improvements.

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Looking ahead, November-December 2020

[Alice in Chains - Facelift]

Onitsuka Chihiro, HYSTERIA, Nov. 25

Syndrome was a return to form for Onitsuka Chihiro, and the pre-release singles seem to indicate she’s retracing those steps.

Sigur Rós, Odin Raven Magic, Dec. 4

It’s not so much a “new” album as a “new-ish” album. This orchestral collaboration premiered in 2002 and finally sees a release 18 years later.

Sturgill Simpson, Cuttin’ Grass, Dec. 11

Simpson returns to his indie roots with a survey of his early works filtered through a bluegrass lens.

Vinyl

Alice in Chains, Facelift, Nov. 13

Nirvana may have ushered in alternative rock in 1991, but Alice in Chains had softened the ground a year before with their major label debut, which turns 30 years old in 2020.

Soundtrack, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away), Nov. 20

A big vinyl reissue campaign of Joe Hisaishi scores for Miyazaki Hayao films finally reaches Spirited Away.

Spice Girls, Forever, Jan. 22

I don’t even have this album on CD, but I already have the other albums on vinyl. Might as well be consistent. I’m sure the thrift store will have a CD copy at some point.

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Purchase log, 2020-11-03

[Eponymous 4 - Shinkyoku Moratorium Nihongohan]

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
  • Midnight Oil, The Makarrata Project
  • Mr. Bungle, The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo
  • Sam Amidon, Sam Amidon
  • Sam Smith, Love Goes
Files
  • Eponymous 4, Shinkyoku Moratorium Nihongohan

Catalog

CD
  • Chanticleer, Magnificat
  • Dixie Chicks, Fly
  • Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 9 (New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein)
  • Old 97s, Wreck Your Life
  • PJ Harvey, 4-Track Demos
  • Propellerheads, Decksandrumsandrockandroll
Vinyl
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber, Song and Dance: The Songs (Bernadette Peters)
  • Roger Daltrey, Under a Raging Moon
  • Whitney Houston, Whitney Houston

Reissues

CD
  • U2, All That You Can’t Leave Behind (Deluxe Edition)
Vinyl
  • Soundtrack, The Descendants

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Purchase log picks, October 2020

[Ned Doheny - Hard Candy]

Ned Doheny, Hard Candy

Tokyo Jihen introduced me to Ned Doheny with a blistering cover of “Give It Up for Love”. Doheny’s original is far mellower but epitomizes his blue-eyed soul. This album wasn’t a success at the time, but the collector’s market all but demanded a reissue.

Soundtrack, Schoolhouse Rock: Grammar Rock

When I was a kid, I dug the Schoolhouse Rock shorts between cartoons because they were catchy. As an adult, I find the Schoolhouse Rock songs rather sophisticated. Strip the didacticism from the songs, and you get pop music every bit as durable as anything in the American songbook.

PJ Harvey, 4-Track Demos

I have a TASCAM four-track recorder from 1991 that still works, but I’ve never really perceived it as a very robust tool. Then I heard this album, and I wonder if I can push it’s capabilities. I’m nowhere near the performer of Polly Jean, though.

Mr. Bungle, The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo

My interest in Mr. Bungle pretty much started and ended with the self-titled debut, although I did own California for a brief time. But I couldn’t pass up hearing the band’s earliest work re-recorded with Slayer’s Dave Lombardo and Anthrax’s Scott Ian.

Propellerheads, Decksandrumsandrockandroll

Propellerheads was one and done, but Decksandrumsandrockandroll was good enough to garner a Mercury Prize nomination. My introduction to the band happened in a gay bar in Chicago.

Fischerspooner, #1

I don’t really care for the album cover, but it doesn’t take away from the music.

Camouflage, Methods of Silence

For some reason, I had it in my head that this album was boring compared to Voices and Images, but I was mistaken.

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Purchase log, 2020-10-13

[Schoolhouse Rock - Grammar Rock]

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
  • Kronos Quartet, Long Time Passing
  • Mikami Chisako, Emergence

Catalog

CD
  • Calexico, Feast of Wire
  • Fischerspooner, #1
  • M. Ward, Post War
  • Surfer Blood, Astro Coast
  • Soundtrack, A Single Man
  • Soundtrack, Schoolhouse Rock: Grammar Rock
Vinyl
  • Alice In Chains, Facelift

Reissues

CD
  • Tears for Fears, The Seeds of Love (Deluxe Edition)

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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, 2020-03-10

[The National - Boxer]

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
  • Björk, Selmasongs
  • Bill Frisell, The Intercontinentals
  • Herbie Hancock, Future Shock
  • Herbie Hancock, Head Hunters
  • Julieta Venegas, MTV Unplugged
  • Taylor Swift, Taylor Swift
  • Teresa Stratas, The Unknown Weill
  • XTC, Mummer
  • Soundtrack, The Book of Mormon (Original Broadway Cast)
Vinyl
  • Michael Kiwanuka, Home Again
  • The National, Boxer

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Purchase log, 2020-03-03

[Sam Sparro - Boombox Eternal]

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
  • Sam Sparro, Boombox Eternal
Vinyl
  • Eluvium, Virga I

Catalog

CD
  • Ciccone Youth, The Whitey Album
  • DJ Krush, Kakusei
  • Gabby Pahinui, Gabby
  • Soundtrack, This Is Spinal Tap (Remastered)
Vinyl
  • Kendrick Lamar, untitled unmastered.
  • The Roots, Phrenology

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