The musical purchases are still somewhat on the thin side recently, with only three to speak of at the moment.
Senses Fail – Pull The Thorns From Your Heart
I was looking through the discography of this band recently and found that I needed to add a few of their more recent releases to my collection. So, I bought this 2015 album used on Amazon. It is the same old Senses Fail, who pretty much tend not to change their sound much. Senses Fail are described as a “melodic hardcore” band on Wikipedia, which is reasonably accurate although I think Emo-core would be a bit more appropriate. This is another good album from them.
Green Day – Singles Box
Another band that I am working through is Green Day. I saw this in Book Off a couple of days ago and thought it would be nice to have even though I already have most of the songs on various rarity albums. Most of the songs are from the first and second albums, and have various other tracks on each CD. There are seven discs in all, and this was released in Japan only, so for 500 yen (the price of a Chicken Cheese burger set at McD’s), I thought it would be a nice addition to my collection. And indeed it is. Unfortunately the Green Day mobile phone strap that was originally included in the box was not there, but that is to be expected when buying used. I don’t use mobile phone straps anyway, and besides smartphones these days are not strapable.
Burial – Subtemple
Before writing this post I thought that only two music purchases just wasn’t enough, so I bought this EP from my fave dubstep/ambient artist on Bandcamp to beef up the post a bit and to get some choice music in the process. I have not listened to it yet, but the samples I heard on Bandcamp were pure Burial, that is to say sublime atmospheric sounds that somehow pass off as music.
Album count 2018: 24
I have not added much to the music collection recently, but here is what I have purchased recently…
Sugar Ray – 14:59
I have been a closet Sugar Ray fan for some time, not a huge fan I declare, but nonetheless I appreciate their upbeat songs and sense of humour. This album starts off with a short and amusing track called “New Direction” which is basically a death metal song with Mark McGrath (he was funny in Sharknado) attempting to do metal growls but ends up coughing. The rest of the album is a mixture of pop, rock, and ballads that will make you feel like getting into a convertible car with your mates, turn up the tunes and wave your arms about as you drive along a beach road on a hot day, stopping for an ice cream with your loved one, then having a huge water fight.
Burial – Rodent
Burial is a one man band from London who makes some of the finest ambient dubstep you will ever hear. He decided a few years ago to only release singles instead of making full albums, which I think is a good idea. I hadn’t checked up on his work for a while, so I went to Bandcamp last week and found a few new releases and bought this one. Like all of his work it is atmospheric and very chill stuff. I like a lot. Best listened to in the dark with headphones.
Emapea – Zoning Out Volume 1
I did a search on Bandcamp for “dubstep” and chanced upon this release. I had never heard of Emapea (from Poland) before, but as Bandcamp made this available as a pre-release for only one dollar I thought I may as well order it. It was released two days ago and I am now listening to it. It is a mixture of hip hop and chill, mostly instrumental. Worth much more than a dollar I must say, and is now $10 as a normal release.
And that is all for now, not much, but all good stuff.
Album count 2018: 21
It has been a slow start to the year as far as new sounds go, so far I have purchased only four used CDs. I did place an order on Second Spin a few weeks back, but the package won’t arrive for at least another week yet.
Last week I went to Mandai as Hana wanted to go there to try out the UFO catchers. She got a quite nice Mickey Mouse watch and necklace set recently, and also an el cheapo mp3 player, so she is hooked on UFO catcher gambling. So I did the usual while waiting and scoped out the CD section. I ended up buying Editors’ The Back Room album as well as The Cranberries’ Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t We album. The Editors album is average, and I have not listened to the Cranberries yet.
Today James and Hana aksed me to take them out, and one of the places was Mandai again so I headed straight up to the used CD section while they did their business. I spent ages looking for something but couldn’t find much, eventually settling on U2’s Pop album for only 210 yen. It turns out though that I already have it, and had not entered it on my CD collection spreadsheet on Google Docs, which I always check before buying a CD. Dangit! James and Hana tried the UFO catchers, and they were hooked on one machine where they had 30 seconds to try and scoop up as many chocolate bar things as they could. It was of course hard to do, and they tried it a couple of times spending more than the chocolates were worth. Terrible machines.
But the day is not a complete loss music-wise, as I went to the Hyperdub website and bought a Burial EP for two pounds fifty. It is called Distant Lights, and it more of the same from Burial, but that is a good thing because I like Burial a lot.
You can listen to it here.
*I am listening to U2’s Pop album now. Frikkin’ boring.
Music count 2015: 5
After hearing Burial on Songpop I thought I would check them out. Actually, as is usual with dubstep it is just one guy. So I went to Burial’s record label and downloaded the first album as a download which was 6.49 pounds, not bad. It is pretty good too, not your usual dubstep, more atmospheric and chill. It was named album of the year by Wire magazine in 2006.
And today the 20th Anniversary edition of Generation Terrorists arrived from Amazon. It has 2 CDs and a DVD of rare movies. AT the moment I am listening to the album proper. The second CD has various demos. It comes in a sleeve cover, and has a couple of booklets inside, quite a nice package but nothing everly special. Still, it didn’t cost too much and is a nice addition to my Manics collection.
I ordered the new Black Sabbath album on Amazon a couple of days ago, it will arrive on it’s release day, June 11th, looking forward to it.
Album count 2013: 48