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Purchase log, 2023-10-24

[Sampha - LAHAI]

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
  • Sampha, LAHAI

Catalog

CD
  • Beastie Boys, Hello Nasty
  • Cream, Disraeli Gears
  • fIREHOSE, fROMOHIO
  • Pharrell Williams, G I R L
  • Soul Asylum, And the Horse They Rode On
  • The Replacements, Goodbye Bozos
  • Whiskeytown, Rural Delivery Service
Vinyl
  • Beastie Boys, Licensed to Ill
  • Dmitri Shostakovich, Quartet No. 4 / Quartet No. 8 (Borodin Quartet)
  • Grace Jones, Living My Life
  • Grace Jones, Slave to the Rhythm
  • Interpol, Turn On the Bright Lights
  • Johann Sebastian Bach, Inventions and Sinfonias (Gustav Leonhardt)
  • Mr. Mister, Welcome to the Real World
  • Nonesuch Explorer Series, Golden Rain
  • Prince, Sign O the Times
  • Samuel Barber, Piano Sonata / Souvenirs / Nocturne (Ruth Laredo)
  • Talking Heads, Naked
  • The Godfathers, More Songs About Love and Hate
  • The Highwomen, The Highwomen
  • The Tourists, Luminous Basement
  • Wham!, Music from the Edge of Heaven

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Purchase log, 2023-10-03

[... And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Tao of the Dead]

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
  • Lady Gaga, Joanne
  • Lucinda Williams, Lucinda Williams (Deluxe Edition)
  • Pinback, Information Received
  • Pinback, Offcell
  • The Shins, Wincing the Night Away
  • Soundtrack, Lone Survivor
Vinyl
  • Talking Heads, Talking Heads ’77

Reissues

CD
  • Jason Isbell, Southeastern (10th Anniversary Edition)
Vinyl
  • …, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Tao of the Dead
  • TV on the Radio, Return to Cookie Mountain

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Purchase log, 2022-06-07

[UA - Are U Romantic?]

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
  • Kendrick Lamar, Mr. Morale and the Right Steppers
  • The Linda Lindas, Growing Up
  • UA, Are U Romantic?

Catalog

CDs
  • Emmanuel Pahud, Paris
  • Morrissey, Maladjusted
  • The Klezmatics, Rhythm + Jews
  • The Magnetic Fields, The Charm of the Highway Strip
  • The Magnetic Fields, Get Lost
Vinyl
  • Pauline Oliveros, Deep Listening
  • Talking Heads, True Stories

Reissues

CD
  • Neurotic Outsiders, Neurotic Outsiders
  • Prince and the Revolution, Live

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Purchase log, 2021-03-16

[Utada Hikaru - One Last Kiss EP]

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
  • Utada Hikaru, One Last Kiss EP
Vinyl
  • Utada Hikaru, One Last Kiss EP

Catalog

CD
  • Bobby Brown, Don’t Be Cruel
  • Natalie Merchant, Ophelia
  • S’Express, Original Soundtrack
  • Talking Heads, Talking Heads ’77
  • The Alarm, Eye of the Hurricane
  • Whitney Houston, Whitney
  • Yes, 90125
  • Zero 7, Simple Things
Vinyl
  • Dionne Warwick, Dionne
  • Emmylou Harris, Profile: Best of Emmylou Harris
  • The Manhattan Transfer, Extensions
  • Soundtrack, The Gospel at Colonus

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Purchase log, 2020-07-21

[Perfume Genius - No Shape]

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

Vinyl
  • Perfume Genius, Set My Heart on Fire Immediately

Catalog

CD
  • Buggles, Age of Plastic
  • Don Dixon, EEE
  • MO’SOME TONEBENDER, LIGHT, SLIDE, DUMMY
  • Protomartyr, Under Color of Official Right
  • The Coup, Steal This Album
Vinyl
  • Perfume Genius, No Shape
  • Talking Heads, Speaking in Tongues

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Purchase log, 2020-03-17

[Andy Gibb - Shadow Dancing]

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
  • Andy Gibb, Shadow Dancing
  • Bauhaus, Burning from the Inside
  • Caifanes, La Historia
  • Camouflage, Greyscale
  • Camper Van Beethoven, II & III
  • Camper Van Beethoven, Camper Vantiquities
  • Henry Kaiser, Those Who Learn History Are Doomed to Repeat It
  • Hercules and Love Affair, Hercules and Love Affair
  • Jay Som, Anak Ko
  • Meat Puppets, Meat Puppets II
  • Melveen Leed, Melveen’s Hawaiian Country Hits
  • Mindy Smith, Long Island Shores
  • Post Malone, Hollywood’s Bleeding
  • Shakira, Pies Descalzo
  • Talking Heads, True Stories
  • The B-52’s, Party Mix / Mesopotamia
  • The Damned, Machine Gun Etiquette
  • The Dismemberment Plan, A People’s History of the Dismemberment Plan

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Spice Girls, Spiceworld

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Purchase log, 2019-05-28

[Talking Heads - The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads]

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
  • Beck, Midnite Vultures
  • Cannibal Ox, The Cold Vein
  • Electronic, Release the Pressure
  • Frida, Something’s Going On
  • Sparta, Wiretap Scars
  • Talking Heads, The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads
  • The Beatles, Help!
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain, Darklands
  • The Police, Live!
  • The Temptations, All the Million-Sellers
  • Soundtrack, The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Vinyl
  • Abe Vigoda, Crush
  • Fleetwood Mac, Rumours
  • Giovanni Palestrina, Masses and Motets
  • Iannis Xenakis, Metastasis / Pithorprakta / Enota
  • Josquin Desprez, Missa La So Fa Re Mi / Motets / Chansons / Instrumental Music
  • Matsuda Seiko, Tinker Bell
  • Murray Head, Nigel Lived
  • New Order, Brotherhood
  • New Order, Low-Life
  • Santigold, Master of My Make Believe

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Purchase log, 2019-02-12

[Atmostphere - God Loves Ugly]

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
  • Jeremy Denk, c.1300-c.2000

Catalog

CD
  • Atmosphere, God Loves Ugly
  • Built to Spill, There’s Nothing Wrong with Love
  • Del tha Funkee Homosapien, No Need for Alarm
  • Iron and Wine, The Shepherd’s Dog
  • Lou Reed, Transformer
  • Sly and the Family Stone, Greatest Hits
  • Talking Heads, More Songs About Buildings and Food

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Purchase log, 2019-01-22

[The West Wing - Original TV Soundtrack]

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
  • Soundtrack, The West Wing

Catalog

CD
  • Beck, Mellow Gold
  • Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon
  • Talking Heads, Speaking in Tongues
  • Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Hearts of Oak
  • Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Shake the Sheets
Vinyl
  • Glass Tiger, The Thin Red Line

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Favorite Edition Rewind: 1979

[The Manhattan Transfer - Extensions]

A decade ago, I wrote a series of entries ranking my favorite albums from 1985 to 2004. My collection has expanded greatly since then, particularly in the last five years. So I wanted to see what has changed in 10 years.

1979 is officially the year I started collecting music. And it’s all because of a post-disco hit about the Twilight Zone theme song. This list, though, couldn’t have been compiled till 2006.

  1. Gang of Four, Entertainment!
  2. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Evita
  3. Stephen Sondheim, Sweeney Todd
  4. Philip Glass, Einstein on the Beach
  5. Midnight Oil, Head Injuries
  6. Talking Heads, Fear of Music
  7. The Clash, London Calling
  8. Michael Jackson, Off the Wall
  9. The Police, Reggatta de Blanc
  10. Emmylou Harris, Blue Kentucky Girl

Other favorites from the year:

  • The Manhattan Transfer, Extensions
  • The B-52’s, The B-52’s

The hit in question is “Twilight Tone” by the Manhattan Transfer.

Though more renowned as a jazz vocal quartet, the group wouldn’t get on my radar till “Twilight Tone” invaded the airwaves. Search YouTube for a performance of the song on a variety show — it’s amazing what people will endure for art. Or gimmickry.

My parents relented and bought the Extensions album for me. Of course, I played “Twilight Tone” to death, but I also dug the other songs on the album. Unlike “Twilight Tone”, they ranged from doo-wop to a capella. One song was a bizarre novelty with the singers voices rendered at chipmunk speed. You could say this was Manhattan Transfer’s disco album.

I’ve included it in the extended list. As fond as I am of the album, I have a better sense of what 1979 really offered as a year in music.

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