2017 Purchases

Here are the music purchases of 2017 quantified in some detail. Check the 2017 cover grid dropdown to just see a grid of the cover images.

January 2017

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  1. Brian Eno: Reflection – Warp Records ‎– WARPCD280 – UK – CD – Harvest/$15.99
  2. Martha + The Muffins: Santa’s Gift Of Love – Muffin Music – CAN – DL – Pledge Music/gift
  3. Virgin Prunes: Hérésie – Mute ‎– MUTE 9266-2 – US – CD – The Groove/$2.99
  4. Adult.: Resuscitation – Ersatz Audio ‎– EZCD-15 – US – CD – The Groove/$1.99
  5. Funkapolitan: In The Crime of Life – London Records ‎– LON 002 – UK – 7″ – The Groove/$3.99
  6. Graham Parker And The Rumour: I Want You Back (Alive)/Mercury Poisoning – Arista ‎– AS-0439 – US – Blue 7″ – The Groove/$3.99
  7. Malcolm McLaren: Carmen – Charisma ‎– MALC 612  – UK – 12″ – The Groove/$2.99
  8. Rip Rig + Panic: Storm The Reality Asylum – Virgin ‎– VS 468(12) – UK – 12″ – The Groove/$4.99
  9. Rip Rig + Panic: Bob Hope Takes Risks – Virgin ‎– VS 468(12) – UK – 12″ – The Groove/$4.99
  10. Logan Sky, Steve Jones + Lauren Duval: The Language Of Intrigues – UK – DL – Promo
  11. Martha + The Muffins: The World Is A Ball DLX RM – Muffin Music ‎– ARK 8 – CAN – CD – PledgeMusic/$21.39

Subtotal: $63.51

February 2017

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  1. Martha + the Muffins: Insect Love [1979] – Muffin Music ‎– MM 001 – CAN – 7″ – PledgeMusic/$22.78
  2. John Foxx/Harold Budd/Reuben Garcia: Nighthawks – Metamatic ‎– META55CD – UK – CD – Foxx webstore/$10.39
  3. John Foxx: 20th Century – The Noise – Metamatic Records ‎– META57CD – UK – CD = Foxx webstore/$4.16
  4. Lou Reed: Hudson River Wind Meditations – Sounds True ‎– M1117D – US – CD – Amazon/$6.74
  5. Patti Smith: Gung Ho – Arista ‎– 07822-14618-2 – US – CD – Amazon/$2.91
  6. Kishi Bashi: Sonderlust – Joyful Noise Recordings ‎– JNR197  – US – CD – Discogs/$2.99
  7. Billie Ray Martin: Imitation Of Life – Sire ‎– 66049-2 – US – CD5 – Discogs/$3.99
  8. John Foxx + The Maths: The Machine – Metamatic ‎– META62CD  – UK – CD – Foxx Webstore/$12.99
  9. Various Artists: Giant! – London Records ‎– 828 055-2 – UK – CD – Discogs/$3.17
  10. Heaven 17: Captured/Unseen – UK – 12″ – H17 Webstore/$12.51

Subtotal: $82.63

March 2017

  1. The Vels: Velocity – Mercury ‎– 422-822 401-1 M-1 – US – LP – Discogs/$8.69
  2. S.W.A.L.K. – The Way We Were – Disposable Discs ‎– DISPLP 4  – UK – LP – Discogs/$8.00
  3. Figures On A Beach: Breathless – Metro-America – MA1004 – USP – 12″ – philadelphiamusic/$2.00
  4. Shriekback: The Bastard Sons Of Enoch – World Domination Recordings ‎– SPRO-79446 – USP – 12″ – philadelphiamusic/$2.11
  5. Comateens: Don’t Come Back/Deal With It – Mercury ‎– 880 406-1 – USP – 12″ – philadelphiamusic/$1.50
  6. The Vels: The Girl Most Likely To – Mercury ‎– 888 132-1-DJ  – USP – 12″ – philadelphiamusic/$1.50
  7. The Vels: Look My Way / Tell Me Something – Mercury ‎– 880 407-1  – US – 12″ – philadelphiamusic/$1.50
  8. The Vels: Private World / Hieroglyphics – Mercury ‎– 880 138-1 DJ – USP – 12″ – philadelphiamusic/$1.50
  9. Data: Stop/Blow – Sire ‎– 0-20345 – US – 12″ – philadelphiamusic/$2.00
  10. Data: Ricocheted Love – Proto ‎– ENA(T) 133 – UK 12″ – philadelphiamusic/$5.00
  11. Was (Not Was): Robot Girl [Remix] – Mercury ‎– WASR 112 – UK – 12″ – philadelphiamusic/$2.00
  12. Yello: Call It Love – Mercury ‎– 888 994-1 – USP- 12″ – philadelphiamusic/$2.00
  13. Arlene Phillips’ Hot Gossip: I Don’t Depend On You – Dindisc ‎– DIN 39-12 – UK – 12″ – phildelphiamusic/$2.00
  14. The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir – Nonesuch ‎– 7559-79409-0 – US – 5xCD – Harvest Records/$39.95
  15. Harmonia: Musik Von Harmonia – Grönland Records ‎– CDGRON149 – GER – CD – Roedelius merch table/$15.00
  16. The Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed – ABKCO ‎– 90042 – US – CD – C.F.B.G./$5.00
  17. The Europeans: Recognition – A&M Records ‎– SP-12502 – US – EP – C.F.B.G./$5.00
  18. Lou Reed: Set The Twilight Reeling – Warner Bros. Records ‎– 9 46159-2 – US – CD – Edward McKay’s/$4.49
  19. The Psychedelic Furs: Here Came The Psychedelic Furs – B-Sides & Lost Grooves – Columbia ‎– CK 57889 – US – CD – Edward McKay’s/$5.49
  20. Groovie Ghoulies: Fun In The Dark – Lookout! Records ‎– LK220 – US – CD – Edward McKay’s/$7.99
  21. Dex Romweber: Carrboro – Bloodshot Records ‎– BS 240 – US – CD – Edward McKay’s/$7.99
  22. Saint Etienne: Places To Visit – Sub Pop ‎– SPCD 466 – US – CD – Edward McKay’s/$2.55
  23. Robert Plant: The Principle Of Moments – Es Paranza Records ‎– 7 90101-2 – US – CD – Edward McKay’s/$3.49
  24. Robert Palmer: Rhythm + Blues – Eagle Records ‎– EAGCD063 – Euro – CD – Edward McKay’s/$2.05
  25. Prince: U Got The Look – Paisley Park ‎– 9 20727-0 – US – 12″ – Hippo Records/$5.99
  26. Vivabeat: Party In The War Zone – Charisma ‎– CL-1-3102 – USP – LP – Hippo Records/$1.99
  27. The Headboys: The Headboys – RSO ‎– RS-1-3068 – US – LP – Hippo Records/$2.99
  28. Grace Jones: Pull Up To The Bumper – Island Records ‎– 12WIP 6696 – UK – 12″ – Hippo Records/$1.99
  29. Mandingo Ambassadors: Radio NYC – Live At WKCR – Completelly Nuts Records ‎– CTN-004 – US – CD – Mandingo Ambassadors merch table/$10
  30. Mandingo Ambassadors: Tougna – Engine Studios ‎– e047 – US – CD – Mandingo Ambassadors merch table/$15

Subtotal: $176.76

Lots happening this month as a big mail order shipment from philadelphiamusic injected almost a dozen things from the want list into the Record Cell! Then the trip to see The Magnetic Fields meant a Record Shopping Road Trip happened when we hit Greensboro. Happy to get that much closer to completing the run of The Vels and The Comateens. U.S. synthpop bands that I never had the pleasure with 35 years ago. real happy to get that Shriekback with a 12″ promo-only remix of the B-side of “The Bastard Sons Of Enoch,” “Below.”

The S.W.A.L.K. EP completed my “Jo Callis: The Wilderness Years” run of music that spanned the gap between The Rezillos and The Human League. Hopefully it will be a REVO CD soon. The Vels LP as well as The Headboys albums were still sealed!! More of that, please. I ended up paying what would have been 1983 full retail for The Vels, but it will be so worth it when digitizing it.

I finally got a copy of The Rolling Stones “Let It Bleed” after wanting it for about 35 years. What’s wrong with me? I guess it’s that I’m cheap. The still sealed [what is this, a theme?] deadstock CD was the right price: $5.00. I finally got that Saint Etienne Sub Pop EP for dirt cheap; good thing too because the first listen revealed the first Saint Etienne release that seemed wanting to these ears.

April 2017

  1. Shriekback: The Elated World – Shriekback – UK –CDR – Kickstarter/$19.00

April [and probably May as well] have seen me not buying anything! All of my funding is being channeled into buying concert admission! It’s been a hotbed of shows that I would like to see, and where I live, one must strike while the iron’s hot. Unfortunately, this has meant that the music I would like to be buying [particularly online at my fave dealers] has been building up, and in some cases, heavy titles that I wanted have come and gone while my hands were tied. I don’t see any relief until maybe June at the rate I’m going. I just bought Franz Ferdinand tix [not too cheap @$30+ $7.50 etix fees] and there’s The Blasters the night prior! I also want to see The Ghost Wolves on June 9th and would ideally like to buy their new album, “Texa$ Platinum” at the merch table. One week later is David J! The money to attend gets sucked out of my fortnightly stipend. It’s tough. Thank goodness the Nick Cave [June 7] tickets were paid for almost a year ago!

Subtotal: $19.00

May 2017

  1. Dire Straits: Communique – Warner Bros. Records ‎– W2 3330 – US – CD – Repo Record/$5.00
  2. Dire Straits: Brothers In Arms – Warner Bros. Records ‎– 9 25264-2  – US – CD – Repo Record/$5.00
  3. Southern Culture On The Skids: Countrypolitan Favorites – Yep Roc Records ‎– YEP 2124 – US – CD – Repo Record/$5.00
  4. Prince: New Power Generation – Paisley Park ‎– 9 21783-2 – US – CD5 – Repo Record/$6.00
  5. Prince + The New Power Generation: 7 – Paisley Park ‎– 9 40574-2 – US – CD5 – Repo Record/$4.00
  6. Prince + The New Power Generation: My Name Is Prince – US CD5 – Repo Record/$4.00
  7. Razormaid: Chapter A-2 [disc 1 only] – Razormaid Records ‎– RM-A2 – US – LP [yellow] – Repo Record/$6.00
  8. Razormaid: Edit Dump – Razormaid Records ‎– RM-002 – USP – EP – Repo Record/$6.00
  9. Joy Division: The Best Of Joy Division – Rhino Records ‎– R2 474236 – US – CD – Lunchbox Records/$6.00
  10. Franz Ferdinand: Tonight – Epic ‎– 88697372552 – US – CD – Lunchbox Records/$4.00
  11. Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits – Columbia ‎– CK 65975 – US – CD – Lunchbox Records/$1.00
  12. The Magnetic Fields: Holiday – Merge Records ‎– MRG151CD – US – CD – Lunchbox Records/$5.00
  13. Neneh Cherry + The Thing: The Cherry Thing – Smalltown Supersound ‎– STS229CD – NORWAY – CD – Lunchbox Records/$5
  14. Lou Reed: The Blue Mask – RCA ‎– 07863 54221-2  – US – CD – Lunchbox Records/$5.00
  15. Scott Walker: The Childhood Of A Leader OST – 4AD ‎– CAD3620CD – UK – CD – Lunchbox Records/$5.00
  16. Malcolm McLaren: D’ya Like Scratchin’ – Island Records ‎– 90124-1-B – US – EP – Lunchbox records/$3.00
  17. Kid Creole + The Coconuts: I’m A Wonderful Thing – Ze Records ‎– 12WIP 6756 – UK – 12″ – Lunchbox Records/$2.50
  18. Kid Creole + The Coconuts: The Lifeboat Party – Island Records ‎– 12IS 142 – UK – 12″ – Lunchbox Records/$2.50
  19. DEVO: Peek-A-Boo – Warner Bros. Records ‎– 0-29906 – US – 12″ – Lunchbox Records/$4.00
  20. Cold Cave: Life Magazine – Matador ‎– OLE -941-1 – US – 12″ – Lunchbox Records/$3.00
  21. Adam Ant: Viva Le Rock [Remix!] – CBS ‎– 49-05261 – US – 12″ – Lunchbox Records/$2.00
  22. The Boomtown Rats: House On Fire – Mercury ‎– MERX 91 – UK – 12″ – Lunchbox Records/$3.00
  23. Duran Duran: Out Of My Mind – Virgin ‎– VST 1639 – UK – 12″ – Lunchbox Records/$3.00
  24. Duran Duran: Electric Barbarella – Capitol Records ‎– SPRO 7087 6 12097 1 6 – USP – 12″ – Lunchbox Records/$3.00
  25. Nick Cave + The Bad Seeds: Skeleton Tree – Bad Seed Ltd. ‎– BS009CD – US – CD – Harvest records/$13.99

A day-trip to Charlotte brought a lovely selection of round spinning things with music in them. I went to Repo Record with more than just $20 in my pocket for once. My wife got to slake her Dire Straits thirst. Me? I got a hat trick of Prince CD singles! And some supafine Razormaid goods. Afterward, my wife suggested I visit Lunchbox Records, which I was not planning on doing, given my last visit. Good think I listened to her suggestion! The store had moved and transformed radically for the better. Packed with goodness, too! Lots of want list items but the fine selection of 12″ singles was just the sort of balm my fevered brow needed! In the Neovinyl Wars® singles of any stripe seem to be taking a back seat to even CDs; and those things are living on borrowed time! Many stores opened in the last five years have no CDs at all for sale. The first Duran Duran vinyl I’ve bought in over 20 years occurred here. Finally, with Nick Cave + The Bad Seeds coming soon, we thought we’d better hear the new album; wow! Good decision!

Subtotal: $111.99

June 2016

  1. Nick Cave + The Bad Seeds: Push The Sky Away –  Bad Seed Ltd. ‎– BS001CD – EU – CD – Harvest Records/$11.99
  2. Ghost Wolves: Texa$ Platinum – Hound Gawd! Records ‎– HGR-018CD – GER – CD – Merch table/$15

My wife fell so deep into that Nick Cave hole that “The Skeleton Tree” opened up that she immediately went out and bought his last opus. I can dig it.

Subtotal: $26.99


Half Year Subtotals: 79 releases | $480.88 | average cost – $6.09/title


July 2017

  1. David Werner: What’s Right – [from “Heard It On The Radio v. 3” comp] – US – DL – iTunes/0.69¢
  2. Pet Shop Boys: Discography – EMI America – CDP-7-97097-2 – US – CD – Brother Wolf Thrift/$1.00
  3. Hudson K: Hudson K – self-released – US – CD-R | Pledge Music/$15
  4. Dalek I Love You: Dalek I Love You DLX RM – Man In The Moon ‎– MITMCD24 – UK – CD – gift
  5. Escort: Animal Nature – Escort Records – US – DL – iTunes/$9.99

Subtotal: $26.68

August 2017

  1. China Crisis: Autumn In the Neighbourhood – Pledge Music – UK – CD – private sale/$25

…more to come