Newly acquired objects of sound: April to June

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.

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. deKE says:

    Nice to see a post from ya Sir!
    Good luck on moving…..pack those albums up carefully!
    But I don’t think I need to tell u that!

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    1. J. says:

      Thanks, Deke – and yeah, you can be sure I’ll be taking good care of the records!!

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  2. Aphoristical says:

    I like My Morning Jacket a lot, but haven’t kept up with the most recent stuff. Sounds like a pretty good haul of stuff.

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    1. J. says:

      I’m not a big fan of Evil Urges, but Circuital and this one really good. This one especially.

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  3. Hey J, Congrats on your acquisitions! I’m not much a vinyl collector but that Sleep LP and the Earthless’es have all been must-haves for me. My The Sciences — also the black vinyl — was picked up at a live show when Sleep came through my town in early June. (Awesome!) I took delivery just yesterday of From the Ages, which was the final Earthless studio album I lacked (also got a CD copy of Live at Roadburn in the same box).

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    1. J. says:

      Man, I’d love to see Sleep… those guys and Earthless are top of my list to see (though I’m gonna miss Earthless here in a few weeks – bah!). From The Ages is an exceptional album… I’ve been obsessing over those guys for a few months now and a day doesn’t go by that I don’t get something of there’s blaring… Violence of the Red Sea and the title-track are current favourites.

      JH over at Complex Distractions had said to me that the Live at Roadburn album is a beauty, so I still need to pick that one and Sonic Prayer up.

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  4. keepsmealive says:

    Ohhhhhh man ALL of those look awesome! You buy with discriminating taste, my friend! Well done!

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    1. J. says:

      Thanks, man… naturally all of them come with a huge recommendation!

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  5. good haul! bit tempted by the Sleep LP.
    funny, i’ve picked up two etched side 4s this week. odd choice – i’d rather have music but some of them look nice; good for those days when you sit with a record in your lap, I guess.

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    1. J. says:

      Sleep LP is definitely worth having, I reckon. A heavy rotation album here.

      And yeah, I have a few etched sides and I would also rather have a bonus track or something.

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  6. stephen1001 says:

    I enjoy looking at photos of shelves containing objects of sound!
    Hope the move goes smoothly J – and I hope the new place has plenty of shelving for these & future LP investments!

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    1. J. says:

      Thanks, Geoff! I can see the potential for many, many rows of LP investments. I’m not sure my wife would agree, but there’s time to work on that, I reckon…

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  7. Lots of exciting stuff. Sleep is ace but glad I just picked up the CD. Vinyl way too steep for my liking. Does look purty though. Good luck with the house move!

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    1. J. says:

      Yes indeed. All the excitement you can throw a fistful of cashpennies at.

      If I didn’t get a good deal on Sleep I think I would have opted for CD, too. £30 is just daft.

      And thanks, man… the weeks are flying in, but we’ll be fine. Just looking forward to getting moved and settled!

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  8. Jay says:

    My Morning Jacket – the only thing better than vinyl is hearing them live.

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    1. J. says:

      Yes! Phenomenal band live… absolutely one of my favourite ever gigs.

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  9. 1537 says:

    Buying houses when there’s more records to be bought! I have to question your commitment to the whole vinyl thing J.

    Some great finds/purchases there.

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    1. J. says:

      Well, I figured buying a bigger house would mean more space to fill with records.

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  10. Chris says:

    Haven’t heard those albums (how is Grinderman different from Nick Cave & Bad Seeds?)
    Perhaps eventually I’ll become a chap who collects vinyls. In the meantime, I’ll keep my cd’s as I often consume music in the car. I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never listened to Wu-Tang Clan
    And finally, good luck with moving, is it a bigger or smaller house you are looking for?

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    1. J. says:

      Grinderman is a more visceral and outlandish version of their day job. Really worth a listen (both albums, but I’m a huge fan of the second).

      We-Tang Clan have got a lot of great stuff, too. I’d recommend having a listen to 8 Diagrams, as its very accessible (very slick, loads of hooks, lyrically pretty great).

      And thanks! We’re getting a bigger place… more space for the family and, fingers crossed, records! Ha!

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