It’s been quite a year. The last few months have just whizzed past … a blur, you could say. Brilliant, though. Truly brilliant. I still haven’t done too much of the crate digging shenanigans, but browsing eBay and Discogs at lunchtimes and in the wee small hours has made up for it. I did also stretch the legs a few times, resulting in a brief lunchtime flick through the racks of Fopp. And I kinda broke the ‘not before Christmas’ rule by buying a couple of records. But, I’m fairly certain that breaking the rule was a necessity.
eBay – £12.02 (inc. postage)
This EP has been on my list a while. Ever since I missed the opportunity to get my hands on a copy via the Merge and Vagrant websites. I had to make do with a digital copy and kept an eye on Discogs and eBay for a reasonably priced copy appearing. Never did, though. Until now. I like Phantom Radio loads, but this is a great companion piece. The first side is brilliant, and Sad Lover is one of my favourite recent Lanegan Band tunes – a mash of early Trees and Laneganonica. Smokestack Magic is right awesome, too.
I Am What I Am: Celebrating 15 Years of Yep Roc (2012)
Fopp – £5
This really is a tremendous compilation. There’s some great folks on here and a bunch of tracks I already know really well. The line-up includes Robyn Robyn Hitchcock, Nick Lowe, Chuck Prophet and Tift Merrit, as well as Fountains of Wayne, Minus 5, Dave Alvin, John Doe & The Sadies. Also, I know some of my friends here will appreciate the addition of Sloan (Who Taught You To Live Like That?). Anyhoo, as well as being a nice double LP, it comes with a download code for the album as well as 20 bonus cuts! Bargain!
Discogs – £11.49 (inc. postage)
One of my absolute favourites this one. I’d been looking at the recent plain reissue, but spotted this on Discogs and I swiftly clicked all the buttons required to make the purchase. Honestly delighted with this, too. It sounds wonderful, a nice glossy inner sleeve and both the record and cover are in excellent condition.
So, that’s it. The last ‘Record Round-Up’ of the year. I’ll be having a wee think about my year end list shenanigans. I’ve previously done two lists – one comprising of my top albums of the year and the other my favourite albums that I’ve added to the collection, but I’m gonna change it up this year and just combine those two lists.
In the meantime, Happy Holidays! Hope you all have a ball wherever you are and whatever you’re doing. See you in the New Year!