APRIL 6 @ NEWBURY COMICS in PROVIDENCE, RI:
Since I started doing this series of “Don’t want my mp3″ posts, I’ve been keeping my receipts in hopes of one day working on the backlog of blogging opportunities I have. This is for starters, and I probably have another five-to-ten buys I’d like to share before I’m all caught up. (Which may never happen, considering my TECB track record.) Anyway, on this day there was 35% off the entire store. Here’s what I bought:
The White Stripes – De Stijl, vinyl, new, $14.29: Forget a sophomore slump, this is probably the best front-to-back Stripes album in their catalog. In my opinion, only White Blood Cells, their following record, even compares to this. Sounds extra crispy on vinyl. Very pleased with the purchase.
Lily Allen – Alright, Still, CD, new, $3.89: Yes, I mess with Lily Allen. I remember after “Smile” dropped I saw her featured on some MTV special talking about how she loved hot dogs. Needless to say, it had a lasting impression on me and it doesn’t hurt that I think she’s a pretty bad bitch — both musically and physically.
Oh No – The Disrupt, CD, used, $3.24: Madlib, Dilla, and Kankick assist with the production on Dr. No’s ’04 debut via Stones Throw, so there’s certainly nothing missing as far as the backdrops are concerned. The rhymes aren’t something that jumped out at me, but the album is still worth a couple of listens regardless of whether or not the man is your forte, lyric-wise. That last sentence aside, Oh No’s rhymes have improved significantly since this release. Gangrene is too good.
Beastie Boys – Check Your Head, CD, used, $5.19: This is probably my third time buying Check Your Head. I’m not positive what happened with the other copies, but I’m happy just to have the album on my shelf again. Lastly — I say this to anyone, anytime CYH is mentioned — Brian Coleman’s write-up on the making of the album in Check the Technique is one of the reasons I think the Beastie’s are so cool.
Sharon Van Etten – Tramp, CD, new, $9.74: I’ve been tripping over this chick since I heard “Magic Chords” and finally scored the album at Newbury’s anniversary sale. It’s good all of the way through, with a few standouts, and it’s an album that I’ve continued to go back to since the purchase. Hey, Sharon: Tweet.
The Replacements – Let It Be, CD, used, $7.79: ”Gary’s Got a Boner”? Yeah, and so do I over this album. It plays through so well and only gets stronger as the tracks go by. That said, I bought the remastered and expanded edition — the remaster is cool by me, but the demo cuts and remixes included on this reissue aren’t called for. Let It Be should drop off at “Answering Machine,” end of story. If the demos and edits and remixes and all that shit are truley listening neccessities, then go ahead and release a compilation album full of them. At least that’s the way I feel.
Amy Winehouse – Back to Black, CD, used, $6.49: I’ve owned a Back to Black promotional sampler since this was released, but just now picked-up the album in its entirety. What’s it to you? Dick.
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