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Purchase log, 2023-11-28

[The Donnas - Get Skintight]

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
  • Gram Parsons and the Fallen Angels, The Last Roundup: Life from the Bijou Cafe in Philadelphia, 3/16/73
  • INXS, Shabooh Shoobah Rarities
  • Joni Mitchell, Court and Spark Demos
  • Linkin Park, Lost Demos
  • Olivia Rodrigo, GUTS: The Secret Tracks

Catalog

CD
  • Alice in Chains, Sap
  • Huey Lewis and the News, Hard at Play
  • Tracey Thorn, Out of the Woods
Vinyl
  • Grace Jones, Island Life
  • Hüsker Dü, Metal Circus

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Justin Townes Earle, Yuma
  • Meat Puppets, Forbidden Places
  • The Donnas, Get Skintight
  • The Jesus Lizard, Blue

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Purchase log, 2023-10-31

[Bruce Springsteen - Japanese Singles Collection]

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
  • Duran Duran, Danse Macabre
  • Jamila Woods, Water Made Us
  • Taylor Swift, 1989 (Taylor’s Version)
  • The Streets, The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light
Vinyl
  • Duran Duran, Danse Macabre
Files
  • Eponymous 4, Kenboushou

Catalog

CD
  • Lucinda Willians, Ramblin’
  • Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint
  • The Donnas, Bitchin’
Vinyl
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Yanqui X.O.
  • Slint, Tweez

Reissues

CD
  • Bruce Springsteen, Japanese Singles Collection
  • Prince and the New Power Generation, Diamonds and Pearls (Deluxe Edition)
Vinyl
  • Prince and the New Power Generation, Diamonds and Pearls

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Purchase log, 2023-08-01

[Sinéad O'Connor - Gospel Oak 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.

Catalog

CD
  • Don Caballero, World Class Listening Problem
  • Lina, Stranger on Earth
  • Sinėad O’Connor, Gospel Oak EP
  • The Donnas, Gold Medal
  • Tiësto, In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza
  • Soundtrack, Star Trek Voyager: The Caretaker
  • Various Artists, Hal Wilner Presents Weird Nightmare: Meditations on Mingus

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Rufus Wainwright, Want One

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Purchase log picks, second quarter 2023

[Thomas Frank - Burn the Sails]

Thomas Frank featuring Airplane Mode, “Burn the Sails”

I don’t usually pay attention to singles, and Thomas Frank is more known for his YouTube videos about productivity and the web app Notion than for music. But Frank, who previously released guitar instrumentals, took singing lessons and applied them to this single. And it’s impressive. I hope he has the gumption for an EP, at least.

Eluvium, (whirring marvels in) Consensus Reality

The last few Eluvium albums felt like they could be interchangeable, but this one? Not so much. Matthew Cooper has expanded his sonic vocabulary to include bona fide string arrangements. This albums feels uncharacteristic of the Eluvium M.O., but in very welcome ways.

SYML, The Day My Father Died

When I was younger, I would spend more time with albums, playing them weeks on end, even the ones for which I felt ambivalence. I don’t do that any more. So it’s rare that an album dominates my media devices the way this album has. Brian Fennell has a gorgeous voice, but he also knows how to tailor his songs for his voice. And they’re really good songs. They kept playing in my head long after the playback stopped. I can’t remember the last time an artist did that for me.

Natalie Merchant, Keep Your Courage

I think Merchant took her own advice with this album title because I don’t think I’ve heard her so confident.

NUMBER GIRL, Mujo no Hi

I didn’t realize NUMBER GIRL’s influence would have enough staying power to bring the band back together for fans who never saw them live in the first place. It was weird enough coming across a video of ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION covering “Toumei Shoujo,” which NUMBER GIRL played four times on this final concert of their reunion tour. And they sound every bit as fierce as they did nearly 20 years ago. Paint me a little disappointed that a new album didn’t result from this reunion, but I’m glad the newer generations of fans got to see NUMBER GIRL in their element.

Kesha, Gag Order

Good on Kesha. Drag them.

Danish String Quartet, Prism V

Danish String Quartet’s Prism series paired works of Beethoven and Bach with composers who came in their wake, ranging from Felix Mendelssohn to Alfred Schnittke. Do I totally buy the connections Danish sees between the two B’s and Bartok or Shostakovich? I like the fact the Danish even tried to forge one. The final installment of this series pairs an early string quartet by Anton Webern with Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 16, Op. 135. The Webern quartet is a post-Romantic work with an unstable tonality but still fairly lush compared to the austerity his later works took on. Here, the connection with Beethoven is much more apparent.

Sufjan Stevens / Timo Andres / Conor Hanick, Reflections

I read user reviews complaining this album as nothing but modern classical garbage, so I took a listen myself, and no, it’s not garbage. But it is definitely modern classical, perhaps even post-modern. I have a few of Stevens’ indie rock albums, and I find them unoffensive. But this side of Stevens? I can get behind it.

Jake Shears, Last Man Dancing

Shears’ solo debut left not a single impression with me. But this follow-up is — what is that term the youngs use today? Oh, yes: FIRE.

Sugababes, Angels with Dirty Faces

I remember not having enough savvy about pop music to give this album an ambivalent review when it came out. Now that I’ve had a number of decades to reflect on this album and its predecessor One Touch, I have to say it’s a solid work. And it’s an essential album for anyone who wants to get a sense of Sugababes at their finest.

The Donnas, Early Singles 1995-1999

I learned of the Donnas right on the cusp of their signing to Atlantic Records, so I was unaware of their punk bonafides, which these early singles definitively establish.

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Purchase log, 2023-06-27

[Jim Brickman - Picture This]

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
  • Hüsker Dü, Tonite Longhorn
  • The Donnas, Early Singles 1995-1999
Vinyl
  • Everything but the Girl, Fuse
  • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Weathervanes

Catalog

CD
  • Audioslave, Audioslave
  • Guided By Voices, Do the Collapse
  • Jim Brickman, Picture This
Vinyl
  • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Live from the Ryman

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Purchase log, 2023-04-25

[Carlos Ponce - Carlos Ponce]

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
  • Everything But the Girl, Fuse
Vinyl
  • Amanda Shires, Live from Columbia Studio A
  • Hüsker Dü, Tonite Longhorn
  • Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires, The Sound Emporium EP
  • Taylor Swift, folklore: the long pond studio session

Catalog

CD
  • Carlos Ponce, Carlos Ponce
  • Maná, ¿Dónde Jugarán los Niños?
  • Moya Brennan, Two Horizons
Vinyl
  • Anderson .Paak, Venice
  • Outkast, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
  • Radiohead, OK Computer

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Craig Armstrong, As If to Nothing
  • Duran Duran, Rio Carnival
  • M, “Pop Muzik”
  • Nena, 99 Luftballons (40th Anniversary EP)
  • The Donnas, Early Singles 1995-1999
  • The Magnetic Fields, I
  • Tom Tom Club, Tom Tom Club (Expanded Edition)
  • TV Mania, Bored with Prozac and the Internet?
  • Wilco, Crosseyed Strangers: An Alternate Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

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Purchase log, 2022-05-31

[Death Cab for Cutie with the Magik*Magik Orchestra - Live 2012]

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
  • MONO. My Story, The Buraku Story

Catalog

CD
  • Modest Mouse, The Moon and Antarctica
  • Rush, 2112
  • Shonen Knife, Let’s Knife
  • Shudder to Think, Funeral at the Movies / Ten Spot
  • The Cult, Electric
  • The Donnas, Spend the Night
Vinyl
  • Blondie, Autoamerican

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Death Cab for Cutie with the Magick*Magick, Orchestra, Live 2012

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Purchase log, 2022-04-26

[Bell Biv Devoe - Poison]

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
  • Electronic, Remixes 1989-1992
  • Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Altered Reels

Catalog

CD
  • Giya Kancheli, Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 (Jansug Kakhidze, Tsibilsi Symphony Orchestra)
  • Glenn Gould, Bach: Concertos for Piano and Orchestra Nos. 1-5 and 7
  • Glenn Gould, Consort of Musicke by William Byrd and Orlando Gibbons
  • Glenn Gould, Bach: English Suites, BMV 806-811
  • Glenn Gould, Bach: French Suites, BMV 812-817 / Overture in French Style, BMV 831
  • Glenn Gould, Bach: Goldberg Variations, BMV 988
  • Glenn Goud, Gould / Shostakovich / Poulenc
  • Glenn Gould, Gould Plays and Conducts Wagner
  • Glenn Gould, Live in Leningrad
  • Glenn Gould, Live in Salzburg and Moscow
  • Glenn Gould, Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. I
  • Glenn Gould, Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. II
  • Glenn Gould, Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Op. 78 and Op. 106
  • Glenn Gould, Handel: Suites for Harpsichord / Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier II
  • Glenn Gould, Bach: Toccatas, BMV 910-916
  • Glenn Gould, Bach: Two- and Three-Part Inventions
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Luciferan Towers
  • Glenn Gould, Gould Meets Menuhin
  • MC Solaar, Qui sème le vent récolte le tempo
  • Paul Hindemith, Mathis der Maler / Symphonic Metamorphoses (Karl Anton Rickenbacher, Bamberger Symphony)
  • Rhiannon Giddens, Tomorrow Is My Turn
  • Thelonious Monk, The Complete Blue Note Recordings
  • The Donnas, Get Skintight
  • The Pretenders, Pretenders II
Vinyl
  • Norah Jones, Come Away with Me
  • Outkast, Aquemini

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Bel Biv Devoe, Poison
  • Childish Gambino, Kauai
  • Dillinger Escape Plan, Dissociation
  • Everlast, Whitey Ford Sings the Blues
  • Everything But the Girl, Night and Day
  • Handsome Boy Modeling School, So … How’s Your Girl?
  • James Blake, Covers
  • Maria Callas, Pure
  • Melanie C, Northern Star
  • U2, A Celebration

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