Not much to report, but slotting the latest Sleep album in the collection (between Sinatra’s Watertown and Sons of the Pioneers) spurred this round-up of purchases from the last few months. Consider this the hugely super deluxe edition round up with bonus CD.
The exotic noir of Amore Del Tropico was an eBay find back in April. A good one, too. Have you heard it? It was actually the album that served as my introduction to The Black Heart Procession way back when. It’s a double LP with an etched D-side and a folded insert (same as the one that came with the CD). Not gatefold, though… bah.
My Morning Jacket are one of my favourite bands, but I was a bit late to The Waterfall. I guess there was just other stuff, but I was delighted when I found a sealed copy of this at the Record Fayre for £8. Easily their best since Z, I reckon. It’s a great package, too… lovely gatefold with a nice 12″ booklet. Gotta love that kinda stuff.
Speaking of booklets and items that you gotta love, Grinderman 2 has always been my favourite of the two Grinderman albums and I finally managed to grab a copy for the collection. It’s a great sounding album, too. Anyway, this one comes with the CD, poster of the lads in Centurion gear and Starbucks, and a full size booklet. The booklet is wonderful… full of the incredible illustrations of Ilinca Höpfner. Worth the purchase price alone.
I already mentioned buying Rhythms From A Cosmic Sky. Seriously, that’s a purchase I was anxious about and it was definitely more difficult to get a hold of (at a reasonable price, anyway) than I expected.
Ghostface Killah is probably my favourite member of the Wu-Tang Clan. Always has been. It was a no-brainer that I snapped up an ‘radio advance copy’ of Fishscale when I saw it on Discogs for £5. I hadn’t ever had a desire to own a radio edit hip hop album, but I have to admit it’s great playing this without having to worry about the kiddo adding a bunch of obscenities to vocabulary. As for the set, it’s pretty plain – double LP, plain white inner sleeves, housed in a generic Def Jam advance die cut sleeve.
I also received my Luke Tuchscherer CD in the mail, which was cool. Although a member of the Whybirds, I first encountered Luke’s music when I reviewed his solo debut, You Get So Alone At Times That It Makes Sense, for Americana UK (8/10) a few years ago. When I saw the Pledge for Pieces I was all in. And it’s great. Highly recommend it.
Last but not least, that Sleep album. Despite The Sciences dropping way back in April, it seemed that getting hold of a vinyl copy was pretty impossible if you weren’t in the US. Limited green vinyl and a black and green edition with alternative cover art were available via indie stores and Third Man. A wider release was penciled in for May and I duly got the pre-order in… then that was pushed back to June 22nd. My copy arrived at my office last Tuesday. When I wasn’t there. I picked it up Thursday. Anyhoo, the wait was worth it. I’ve been streaming the album since April, but the vinyl is incredible and it was genuinely like hearing it for the first time.
Mine is the black vinyl version. Like I say, it was / is available in green and a green and black (I believe) with alternative cover art (that one will set you back a fair bob or two). The two LPs come in plain white poly-lined inners, there’s a fairly plain insert with lyrics, but the gatefold sleeve is great. Real heavy card stock, too. And I love that cover.
So, that’s that , then. Record purchasing is on hold, as we’ll (hopefully) be moving house in a few short weeks and, well, that whole moving shenanigans requires money, innit.
However, I have loads of records to listen to and I’ll hopefully jot down thoughts on at least one or two before I’m internetless for a few days.
Here’s Grinderman with Kitchenette.