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Purchase log, 2020-09-01

[Robyn - Robyn]

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
  • Mandy Barnett, A Nashville Songbook
Vinyl
  • John Wesley Harding, The Man with No Shadow

Catalog

CD
  • Julius Eastman, Unjust Malaise
  • Steely Dan, Aja
Vinyl
  • Charlie Puth, Voicenotes
  • John Coltrane, Coltrane
  • L7, Bricks Are Heavy

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Ben Watt with Robert Wyatt, Summer Into Winter
  • Guided By Voices, Hold on Hope EP
  • Krzysztof Penderecki / Don Cherry, Actions
  • Robyn, Robyn
  • Throwing Muses, Purgatory / Paradise
  • Tyler, the Creator, Cherry Bomb
  • U2, 11 O’Clock Tick Tock
  • Various Artists, Studio One Rockers

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Favorite Edition 2020 Year Half

[Sam Sparro - Boombox Eternal]

I started running out of things to say just as the SARS-CoV2 spread in the US, and when the lockdown happened, I threw myself into recording a pair of cover albums. I wasn’t buying much music, nor listening to anyone other than myself. By the time I finished making the albums, stores were opening up, and my music buying eventually resumed.

But I still don’t have much to say.

That doesn’t mean I’ve run out of opinions. So here are my favorites of the year so far.

New releases

  • Sam Sparro, Boombox Eternal
  • Timo Andres / Brad Mehldau / Jeremy Denk / Randy Newman, I Still Play
  • Perfume Genius, Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
  • Jason Isbell and 400 Unit, Reunions
  • The Streets, None of Us Are Getting Out of This Life Alive
  • Fiona Apple, Fetch the Bolt Cutters
  • … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, X: The Godless Void and Other Stories
  • The Chicks, Gaslighter

Catalog

  • Charlie Puth, Voicenotes
  • Robyn, Body Talk
  • Nakamori Akina, AKINA BOX 1982-1989
  • Various Artists, Studio One Rockers
  • The Damned, Machine Gun Etiquette
  • Les Rythmes Digitales, Darkdancer

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Looking ahead, May-July 2020

Washington State is under a stay-at-home order till May 4, which means I’m not going to be shopping for music at a local record store till then — assuming the order doesn’t get extended.

Perfume Genius, Set My Heart on Fire Immediately, May 15

Prior to No Shape, I’ve been ambivalent about Perfume Genius. I would hear excerpts of previous albums and not feel much compulsion to listen to more. I picked up No Shape from the thrift store mostly because it had garnered a lot of acclaim. And I liked it enough to look forward to this next release.

Various Artists, I Still Play, May 22

Bob Hurwitz retired as president of Nonesuch in 2017, and for his send-off, a number of artists wrote piano works for him. The title piece, written by John Adams, was Hurwitz’s reply when someone asked him if he still plays piano.

Inventions, Continous Portrait, July 10

Matthew Cooper of Eluvium and Mark Smith of Explosions in the Sky reunite for their first new album since 2015.

Rescheduled

  • Rufus Wainwright, Unfollow the Rules, July 10
  • Sam Smith, TBD (formerly titled To Die For), Fall 2020

Vinyl

Everything But the Girl, Temperamental, May 8

I like this album enough to want this vinyl reissue, but I didn’t like it enough to get the deluxe edition a few years back.

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Purchase log picks, February 2020

[Robyn - Body Talk, Pt. 1]

Various Artists, Studio One Rockers

The Studio One compilations planted a notion that maybe I didn’t hate reggae music after all. My coworkers at Waterloo Records would play these compilations, and I would find myself liking what I heard. Dawn Penn’s “No No No” left a particular impression, but many years would pass before I learned the song’s title. The only reggae music I heard growing up was sifted through a Hawaiian music filter, and I didn’t like it.

Robyn, Body Talk, Pt. 1

OK, fellow gays, I understand why you all love Robyn now.

The Faint, Danse Macabre

I stocked so many copies of this album during my Waterloo shifts, I got sick of it, having never heard a single note. If it’s that popular, it had to suck, right? Maybe in my more judgmental days …

Tyler, the Creator, IGOR

Another 2019 release up to which I am catching.

Soundtrack, This Is Spinal Tap

It’s not satire. Fight me. (It’s totally satire.)

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Purchase log, 2020-02-25

[John Coltrane - Giant Steps]

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
  • Jean Sibelius, Humoresques (Nicolas Dautricourt)
  • John Coltrane, Giant Steps
  • Tyler, the Creator, IGOR
  • Various Artists, Studio One Disco Mix
  • Various Artists, Studio One Story
Vinyl
  • Philip Glass, Solo Piano

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Purchase log, 2020-02-11

[Various Artists - Studio One Rockers]

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
  • Dub Specialist, Studio One Dub
  • Huey Lewis and the News, Fore!
  • Robyn, Body Talk, Pt. 1
  • Roger Sessions / John Harbison, Sessions: Symphony No. 2 / Harbison: Symphony No. 2, Oboe Concerto (San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt)
  • Sun Ra, Space is the Place
  • Soundtrack, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
  • Various Artists, Studio One Rockers
  • Various Artists, Studio One Soul
Vinyl
  • KC and the Sunshine Band, Part 3
  • Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
  • Run-D.M.C., Run-D.M.C.
  • Starship, Knee Deep in the Hoopla

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Purchase log, 2019-12-24

[Anton Bruckner - Symphonies Nos. 1-9]

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
  • Anton Bruckner, Symphonies Nos. 1-9
  • John Zorn, 50 Birthday Celebration, Vol. 6: Hemopliliac
  • John Zorn, 50th Birthday Celebration, Vol. 12: Painkiller
  • Kate Bush, Aspects of the Sensual World
  • The Dismemberment Plan, Change
  • Various Artists, Kimus #4
Vinyl
  • Cameo, Word Up!
  • Deltron 3030, Deltron 3030
  • Prince, Dirty Mind
  • Torche, Torche

Unofficial

Vinyl
  • Frank Ocean, nostalgia, ULTRA

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Purchase log, 2019-12-17

[Various Artists - Rubáiyát]

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
  • Shiina Ringo, Sandokushi
Blu Ray
  • Shiina Ringo, Seiteki Healing Sono Go~Nana

Catalog

CD
  • Bob Mould, The Last Dog and Pony Show
  • Digital Underground, Sex Packets
  • Lana Del Rey, Norman Fucking Rockwell!
  • Midnight Oil, Earth and Sun and Moon
  • Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More
  • Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto (New York Chamber Symphony, Gerard Schwarz)
  • Old 97s, Satellite Rides
  • Philip Glass, Low Symphony (Brooklyn Philharmonic, Dennis Russell Davies)
  • Roxette, Look Sharp!
  • Stephen Sondheim, Sweeney Todd (2005 Broadway Cast)
  • Sting, If On a Winter’s Night …
  • Tag Team, Whoomp! (There It Is)
  • Taylor Swift, Speak Now
  • Technotronic, Trip on This: The Remixes
  • Various Artists, Living In Oblivion, Vol. 2
  • Various Artists, Rubáiyát: The Originals
Vinyl
  • Chic, Risqué
  • Conlon Nancarrow, Complete Studies for Player Piano, Vol. 2
  • Conlon Nancarrow, Complete Studies for Player Piano, Vol. 4
  • Foreigner, Agent Provocateur
  • Hüsker Dü, Land Speed Record
  • Sonic Youth, Confusion Is Sex
  • Soundtrack, This Is Spinal Tap

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Purchase log, 2019-10-15

[Kim Gordon - No Home Record]

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
  • Kim Gordon, No Home Record

Catalog

CD
  • Annie Lennox, The Annie Lennox Collection
  • Anton Reicha, Sämtliche Bläserquintette Vol. 1 (Albert Schweitzer Quintet)
  • Anton Reicha, Sämtliche Bläserquintette Vol. 2 (Albert Schweitzer Quintet)
  • BABYMETAL, BABYMETAL
  • Cocteau Twins, Victorialand
  • Cursive, The Ugly Organ
  • John Coltrane, Ascension
  • Kahimi Karie, Kahimi Kaire
  • Kahimi Kaire, K.K.K.K.K.
  • My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Confessions of a Knife
  • Patsy Cline, 12 Greatest Hits
  • Thelonious Monk Quartet, Monk’s Dream
  • Various Artists, The Romantics: A Windham Hill Sampler
Vinyl
  • Janelle Monáe, Electric Lady

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Purchase log picks, July 2019

[Hans Abrahamsen - Schnee]

Hans Abrahamsen, Schnee

Seattle Symphony performed this piece as part of its [untitled] series, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

Sonic Youth, Confusion Is Sex / Kill Yr. Idols

I’ve read a number of record guides, and very few of them recommend this album. They are wrong. Confusion Is Sex is probably the closest Sonic Youth has gotten to its modern classical roots, and I like it a lot.

Duffy, Rockferry

On Facebook, I posted this controversial stance: Duffy > Adele. Maybe I like Rockferry because it’s not piped into every restaurant and waiting room.

Johnny Cash, American IV: The Man Comes Around

I scored when I found a copy of this album with a DVD of the video for “Hurt” at the thrift store. Then I heard the rest of it, and … wow.

Torche, Admission

This album entered the Favorite Edition list on pretty much the first listen.

Various Artists, Living In Oblivion, Vol. 1

I had a copy of this album, but the booklet got water damaged in a refrigerator leak. So I gave it away. Welcome back.

Washed Out, Within and Without

Part of me wishes the cover of the album were homoerotic, but the music on it is great.

Anderson .Paak, Ventura

I’ve heard of Anderson .Paak but not from Anderson .Paak, so a $2 copy of this album at Goodwill, unopened, seemed like a low-risk way to find out who he is. I’m impressed.

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