A bunch of CDs arrived from Second Spin a couple of weeks back, and today I decided it would be the last for the time being. The exchange rate is terrible, and I can get stuff here cheaper. Second Spin was good though as I could get stuff I just can’t find here, or is over-priced.
So this is what I got:
Green Day – Awesome as F**k
Placebo – Black Market Music [Bonus Tracks]
Dinosaur Jr. – Hand It Over
Yellowcard – One for the Kids
Alkaline Trio – Maybe I’ll Catch Fire
Stereophonics – You Gotta Go There to Come Back
The Wedding Present – Search for Paradise
Pretenders – Pretenders
Most of those are old staples, bands I am trying to complete discographies of. I have not listened to most of these yet, just Green Day which is a great live album, Placebo which I like, and Wedding Present who never disappoint. I will save the rest for a rainy day.
I will just buy stuff locally from now on, it is cheaper and fun to try and scope out the good stuff from all the chaff that there is in the used CD places. There are a few places around to go to.
And a few days ago I cycled off to Mandai for the exercise and to hopefully find some gold. No real gold there, but I did pick up Imogen Heap’s first album, thought I would check her out. Not bad, but nothing overly special. I was reading about her on Wikipedia and she is quite an impressive musician. She did her own engineering and technical work on some albums, re-mortgaged her flat to fund production costs for her second album, and many other totally rad things.
In Tokyo this week I popped into Tower Records, as I always do in Shibuya, and thought about getting the new Blur and The Prodigy albums. I ended up getting the Napalm Death album Utilitarian because it was 50% off and I kind of have a soft-spot for that old band.
And I found a new HMV shop which was quite small and specialising in vinyl, but at the back in a dark and dingy corner they had a few shelves of unhip used CDs. Many were quite cheap, but as I was running out of time I had to quickly find something. I quickly settled on The Charalatans Wonderland album. I bought a The Charlatans album a while back and thought it was most decent, so hopefully this one is too.
Back in the days before iTunes there used to be three major CD stores in Japan: Tower, HMV, and Virgin. I would visit all three on my visits to Tokyo. Virgin was the first to disappear, followed by HMV, with Tower Records surviving but not doing as well as it used to. So seeing HMV return is good, but it is just a shadow of it’s former self. Japan does not have any kind of music streaming service due to the strict music licensing here, which means CD sales here are stronger compared to other countries.
So the last week or so has yielded a nice agglomeration of albums.
Album count 2015: 43