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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, 2023-08-01

[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, 2023-07-18

[SYML - SYML]

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
  • SYML, SYML
  • The Cranberries, No Need to Argue
  • Tim McGraw, Reflected: Greatest Hits, Vol. II
  • UNKLE, Psyence Fiction
Vinyl
  • Bright Light Bright Light, Fun City
  • David Bowie, Toy
  • Eddie Murphy, Comedian
  • Idlewild, Interview Music
  • Inventions, Continuous Portrait
  • Mastodon, Medium Rarities
  • Sufjan Stevens / Timo Andres, The Decalogue
  • Various Artists, The Problem with Leisure: A Tribute to Andy Gill and Gang of Four
Files
  • Dry Cleaning, Sweet Princess EP
  • UNKLE, The Road, Part II (Lost Highway)

Reissues

CD
  • The Dream Syndicate, The Days of Wine and Roses (40th Anniversary Edition)
Vinyl
  • Enya, A Box of Dreams

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Purchase log, 2023-05-23

[The National - The First Two Pages of Frankenstein]

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
  • The National, The First Two Pages of Frankenstein

Catalog

CD
  • Broken Social Scene, Broken Social Scene
  • Earth, Wind & Fire, The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1
  • Nena, Original Album Classics
  • Rosanne Cash, King’s Record Shop
  • Various Artists, Living In Oblivion, Vol. 5
Vinyl
  • Kylie Minogue, Kylie

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Purchase log picks, first quarter 2022

[Black - Wonderful Life]

Utada Hikaru, BAD Mode

Back at the dawn of the recorded music industry, albums did little more than collect an artist’s last few singles onto a compilation, a model Japan still follows to some extent. Most of the tracks on BAD Mode was released as singles, and I have to admit, I couldn’t see how they all worked as an album. Then Utada provided the last few tracks, and it became apparent BAD Mode just might be their best album. I’m still very much attached to Ultra Blue, DISTANCE and First Love, but BAD Mode is quickly rising up the ranks.

Black, Wonderful Life

How is this album not more popular than it is? Hatakeyama Miyuki even covered the title track. It’s actually quite popular in the UK, but the US needs to catch up.

Tears for Fears, The Tipping Point

Similar to Duran Duran, Tears for Fears has never really recorded the same album twice, and The Tipping Point follows that tradition. This album resembles Duran Duran’s FUTURE PAST in the way it tips a hat to earlier work while still sounding modern. Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith know what works for each other, and The Tipping Point reflects that ease, despite the difficulty in getting the album made.

Midnight Oil, RESIST

The modus operandi of a Midnight Oil album hasn’t changed in 40 years, but what’s unfortunate is how much dire the world has become for not heeding the band’s warnings in all that time.

Seawind, Seawind

My mom bought the single “Whatcha Doin’?” for me when I was 8 years old, so I didn’t exactly have quite the appreciation for the song that I do now. Decades later, I picked up the self-titled album from whence the single came at the Austin Record Convention, and not being an expert on late 70s funk, I really dug it. The band is tight. Pauline Wilson sounds incredible. And the songwriting? Top notch. Seawind has been reissued a number of times in Japan, which indicates this album is vastly underrated here in the States.

Various Artists, Living in Oblivion, Vol. 4

Just look at this track list and tell me this compilation isn’t crack for 80s music fans.

MF DOOM, MM FOOD?

Kate Bush sang the digits of pi and wrote a song about doing laundry. So a hip-hop album about food should not be outside the realm of plausibility.

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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 Ashkenazy, Cleveland Orchestra)
  • Soft Cell, Non-Stop 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, 2021-11-30

[Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Georgia Blue]

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
  • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Georgia Blue
Vinyl
  • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Georgia Blue

Catalog

CD
  • Maurice Ravel, Bolero / La Valse / Rapsodie Espagnole (Charles Dutoit, Montreal Symphony)
  • Nonesuch Explorer Series, Tibetan Buddhism: Tantras of Gyoto
  • Reflection Eternal (Hi-Tek and Talib Kweli), Train of Thought
  • Tobin Sprout, Carnival Boy

Reissues

Vinyl
  • U2, “Gloria”

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Purchase log, 2021-10-05

[Explosions in the Sky - Big Bend]

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
  • Explosions in the Sky, Big Bend

Catalog

CD
  • BT, Movement in Still Life
  • Dixie Chicks, Home
  • Kelly Clarkson, Stronger
  • Olivia Newton-John, 20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection
  • Paul Van Dyk, Out There and Back
  • Sasha, airdrawndagger
  • Various Artists, Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life
Vinyl
  • George Winston, December
  • Lukas Foss, Baroque Variations
  • Prince, Originals (Deluxe Edition)
  • Shadowfax, Shadowfax
  • Vanessa Williams, The Right Stuff

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Favorite Edition 2020 Catalog

[Ned Doheny - Hard Candy]

Last year, I may have complained about getting too many albums from Lifelong Thrift Shop, where I had started volunteering. SARS-CoV2 pretty much ended my volunteer work for this year, but I intend to resume once the pandemic subsides. I still make weekly visits, this time as a customer.

At least it’s afforded me to take a deeper dive into albums I do get.

Catalog

  • Ned Doheny, Hard Candy: Does anyone else get a super homoerotic vibe from the cover?
  • Charlie Puth, Voicenotes: I just found him totally adorable in the Subway ads.
  • Robyn, Body Talk: I’m a latecomer to Robyn, but I see why she is popular with the gays.
  • Anton Reicha, Reicha Rediscovered, Vol. 1 (Ivan Ilić): Two volumes of an expected five have been released, so where are the other three?
  • Nakamori Akina, AKINA BOX, 1982-1989: This purchase pretty much seals my place in the Nakamori vs. Matsuda rivalry.
  • Various Artists, Studio One Rockers: Dawn Penn’s “No No No” is one of those tracks I loved but never knew who sang till recently.
  • The Damned, Machine Gun Etiquette: I love those thrift shop purchases that turn out to be keepers.
  • Gary Numan, The Pleasure Principle: I have “Cars” on a 7-inch single, and it only took me another 40 years before listening to the entire album.
  • SUPERCAR, OOKeah!!: I thought I had caught up on owning SUPERCAR’s studio albums, but this album along with OOYeah!! slipped through the cracks. Of the simultaneously-released pair from 1999, OOKeah!! is noisier with stronger writing.
  • The Dismemberment Plan, Change: I’m waiting for Emergency & I to show up at the thrift shop.

Reissues

I actually bought more vinyl reissues this year than remasters or deluxe editions.

  • Wire Train, In a Chamber / Between Two Words / Ten Women: This 2-CD reissue of Wire Train’s Columbia albums might mark the first time Ten Women has been released on CD.
  • Tears for Fears, The Seeds of Love (Deluxe Edition): Wow, this album is longer than I remember.
  • U2, All That You Can’t Leave Behind (Deluxe Edition): I didn’t spring for the multi-disc edition with B-sides, but the inclusion of a live show did remind me of the only time I saw the band live, which was during the Elevation Tour.
  • Roberta Flack, First Take (50th Anniversary Edition): The bonus material on this expanded edition is illuminating, but it’s clear why they weren’t pursued for the album.
  • Neneh Cherry, Raw Like Sushi: This album so needed a remastering.

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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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