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Purchase log picks, July 2021

[Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen a.k.a Two Wheels Good]

Kesha, Rainbow

This album has a lot of attitude, which it should given Kesha’s well-publicized legal battles. It’s fundamentally a pop album, with rock and country providing a gritty sheen.

ZZ Top, Afterburner

Eliminator has the bigger hits, but Afterburner is the better album.

Prefab Sprout, Two Wheels Good (a.k.a Steve McQueen)

Prefab Sprout is one of those bands about whom I knew without actually hearing their music. So it was nice to discover they fell somewhere between Yaz and ABC in their pursuit of a jazzy new wave sound.

TV on the Radio, Return to Cookie Mountain

I didn’t get TV on the Radio at first. The few excerpts I heard seemed unfocused and tuneless. But I picked up their albums from thrift shop to see if I could eventually understand. By then, I had listened to more hip-hop and R&B and realized the band is Black af. A decade and a half ago, my rockist collection had little room for Black voices.

Aceyalone, All Balls Don’t Bounce

I confess to sacrilege — I didn’t pay attention to the lyrics on this album. The beats are too damn distracting.

The National, Trouble Will Find Me

The National is one of those bands I like, but I would not consider myself a fan. I would seem demographically suited to be one, given the rest of my collection, but I just haven’t been convinced enough to jump in two-footed. But I do like Boxer and this album.

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Purchase log, 2019-11-05

[Michael Kiwanuka - KIWANUKA]

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
  • Michael Kiwanuka, KIWANUKA

Catalog

CD
  • Gabby Pahinui, Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band, Vol. 1
  • Kylie Minogue, Kylie
  • Ornette Coleman, Tone Dialing
  • Ornette Coleman, This Is Our Music
  • ZZ Top, Tres Hombres
Vinyl
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber / William Lloyd Webber, Variations / Aurora (London Philharmonic, Lorin Maazel)
  • Swing Out Sister, Kaleidoscope World
  • Tracey Ullman, You Broke My Heart in 17 Places

Reissues

Vinyl
  • R.E.M., Monster

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Purchase log, 2019-08-27

[Ty Herndon - Got It Covered]

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
  • Ty Herndon, Got It Covered
  • Lisa Coleman, Collage

Catalog

CD
  • Bedrich Smetana, Ma Vlast (Dresden State Orchestra, Paavo Berglund)
  • Boiled in Lead, Old Lead
  • Doctors’ Mob, Last One in the Van Drives
  • FKA twigs, LP1
  • Fugees, The Score
  • Glenn Branca, Symphony No. 6: Devil Choirs at the Gates of Heaven
  • John Adams, A Flowering Tree
  • Marvin Gaye, Midnight Love
  • Michael Gordon, Weather
  • My Bloody Valentine, EP’s 1988-1991
  • My Bloody Valentine, Isn’t Anything (Remastered)
  • Rachel’s, Systems / Layers
  • Rachel’s, The Sea and the Bell
  • Whitesnake, Whitesnake
  • Willy Mason, Where the Humans Eat
  • ZZ Top, Eliminator
  • Soundtrack, Agnes of God
Vinyl
  • Anton Webern, The Complete Works, Vol. 1 (Pierre Boulez)
  • Cornelius, Fantasma
  • Everything But the Girl, Baby, the Stars Shine Bright
  • The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Time Out
  • Thelonious Monk, Brilliant Corners
  • Wu-Tang Clan, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

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