I’m not entirely sure what got into me last month, but I spent more on music than I have for a very long time. This is especially vexing because I have espoused often about the evils inherent to music. You know Footloose? That town was absolutely better off before Kevin Bacon’s character came in to ruin their safe, moral society. Even more bizarre, I managed to acquire most of these albums from one of the (few) local used CD stores.
So, what kind of decadent musical product did I buy?
- Steely Dan “Aja”
- Boz Scaggs “Hits!” (Because a best of album has to be a good place to start!)
- The Replacements “Pleased to Meet Me” (their song “Alex Chilton” was played on a recent episode of Sound Opinions)
- The Replacements “Let it Be”
- R.E.M. “Automatic for the People” (with the band’s recent break up, I realized I’d never really heard any of their music and decided to pick up a couple of their classic albums.)
- R.E.M. “Murmur”
- The Postal Service “Give Up” (MP3 download from Amazon, part of their 100 albums for $5 each sale. I went with it because of its slightly electronic sound.)
- Mastodon “The Hunter” (A friend of mine is a big fan and recommended it. I bought the special edition that comes with a psychedelic visualizer.)
- Damone “Out All Night E.P.” (I was listening to my “Rock” station on Pandora and a song titled “Time and Time Again” came up. I flipped my lid because I thought I had all of Damone’s songs and yet I hadn’t heard this one so I quickly went to eBay to track down the E.P.)
- Technically a November purchase, the video game Bastion just went on sale on Steam, which features some interesting folk-sounding music. One of the purchase options included a download of the soundtrack, so I was happy to buy that.