While 8 years ago the majority of my time and money was spent on Etsy and clothing, now the majority of my time and money is spent on Discogs and vinyl. In the last couple years in particular, my record collection has grown almost exponentially, with new additions basically consisting of groups that make my mood and/or rabbit holes I’ve gone down that month quite obvious and traceable. And, since I basically missed the 80s and 90s while, let’s say, being sequestered in the east wing, my purchasing trends often reflect the recent deaths of musicians who were active during that period and who I’m unfortunately just discovering.
So, since I’m enjoying keeping track of the books I’ve been reading throughout the year, I thought I’d add this page to do the same for the vinyl I’ve recently collected and am listening to on repeat. Since the list could get embarrassingly long if I just listed everything I’ve bought in the year,* I’ll keep it to the Last 5 I’ve got and the Top 5 currently on my turntable, complete with links to their Discogs page (for the particular pressing I own). As with the books, I’ll bold any that I recommend. Just a warning that it’ll likely be all of them, as I do a lot of research before I buy. At the bottom is also a list of my Top Wanted vinyl – if you’re a digger and stumble upon copies of these, please let me know!
- Björk - Volta (One Little Indian, 2008 reissue) (Finally snagged a regularly-priced DMM reissue of this album, which is the tour we saw the magical creature that is Björk on. Some of the most interesting vinyl packaging I’ve seen too [though I totes ripped the front sticker immediately…].)
- Emma Ruth Rundle – On Dark Horses (Sargent House, 2018) (We had been hearing/seeing the name ‘Emma Ruth Rundle’ creep up so many times over the last year, somehow attached to the metal scene and yet not metal. For whatever reason though, it wasn’t until we were starting to pack up to move, mid-September I think, that we finally looked up an album and checked her out. Goodness gracious. This, her most recent album, has been played incessantly on all our devices since. All ERR’s music is brilliant, heartbreaking, and gorgeous, but this album in particular is set to go right into my top favourite albums of all time list. It’s a shame the vinyl pressing seems to have issues [my copy has a deep scratch across the whole first song], but I’m more than willing to buy multiple copies of this for a complete version.)
- Árstíðir Lífsins - Saga Á Tveim Tungum I: Vápn Ok Viðr (Ván, 2019) (The was a record I’ve been patiently waiting to get a hold of on vinyl since hearing it in April. Definitely on my top albums of the year list.)
- Lindy-Fay Hella – Seafarer (Ván, 2019) (I’ve always felt that the Wardruna albums never seem to capture the intensity, emotion, and range of Lindy-Fay, and so this, her debut solo, was one of my top-anticipated releases of the year. I still feel like this album doesn’t adequately capture her voice, but it’s great to see her explore her own musical interests outside of Wardruna.)
- mewithoutYou – [untitled] (Pine Street Records, 2019 box set) (This lavish box set took almost a full year after the album was released to be finished, but wait for anything mwY is always well worth it. Sadly they announced that 2020 will be their last year as a band. After following them basically since the beginning, having seen them at a local, tiny tiny show around 1999-2000, it’ll definitely be the end of an era. We’re so lucky to have everything they’ve created.)
- Emma Ruth Rundle – On Dark Horses (Sargent House, 2018) (See above.)
- The Appleseed Cast – The Fleeting Light of Impermanence (Graveface Records, 2019) (My #1 favourite album of the year, and the album that gifted me my first Appleseed Cast concert, after following them for 20 years. Just brilliant.)
- Agalloch – The Mantle (The End Records, 2016 remaster) (Forever one of my all-time favourite albums, the first record to be played in our new haus, and the metal record that our pupper Kira seems to love most.)
- Philip Glass – Satyagraha (CBS Masterworks, 1985 box set) (This opera is one of favourite things ever, and I’m still holding out hope that the recording of the Met Opera’s production will one day be released. The pupper seems to love this one too, which is good since I play it so often. #culturedpupper)
- YOB – Our Raw Heart (Relapse Records, 2018) (My #1 album of 2018, no contest. Yob is love.)