2018 Music Log


Whoa time sure flies. Also any album listed by itself means its from the public library. Although I will probably lean more on YouTube and Barnes & Noble this year, plus Half-Priced Books.

January:

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1. Morrison Hotel, The Doors-9.5 *Barnes & Noble
2. Workin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet, Miles Davis-9.5 *YouTube
3. Relaxin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet, Miles Davis-9.0 *YouTube
4. Cookin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet, Miles Davis-9.5 *YouTube
5. Steamin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet, Miles Davis-9.5 *YouTube
6. Communiqué, Dire Straits-10.0 *Barnes and Noble
7. Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, Courtney Barnett-10.0
8. Sea Change, Beck-8.0

February

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9. Wheels Of Fire, Cream-9.0
10. Lust For Life, Lana Del Rey-9.5
11. Ben Folds Five, Ben Folds Five-9.0 *Half-Priced Books
12. Whatever and Ever Amen, Ben Folds Five-9.5 *Half-Priced Books
13. Ride The Lightning, Metallica-9.5 *Half-Priced Books
14. Colors, Beck-7.0

March:

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15. Before These Crowded Streets, Dave Matthews Band-10.0
16. Time Out of Mind, Bob Dylan-9.5
17. Fitz and the Tantrums, Fitz and the Tantrums-8.0
18. Standing On The Verge of Getting It On, Funkadelic-10.0
19. Foo Fighters, Foo Fighters *Half-Price Books-8.5
20. Humanz, Gorillaz-9.0 *Barnes & Noble

April:

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21. Gish, The Smashing Pumpkins-8.0 *Half-Price Books
22. Batman Motion Picture Soundtrack, Prince-8.0, Half-Price Books
23. Cults, Cults-9.0, Half-Price Books
24. Sacred Hearts Club, Foster The People-8.5 *Half-Price Books
25. I Told You I Was Freaky, Flight of the Concords-9.0 *Half-Price Books
26. Bad Music For Bad People, The Cramps-8.0
27. Days Are Gone, Haim-8.0
28. American Dream, LCD Soundsystem-9.5

May:

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29. Mothership Connection, Parliament-9.0
30. Brats in Battalions, Adolescents-5.5
31. Mature Themes, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti-7.0
32. Waiting on a Song, Dan Auerbach-8.0
33. Since I Left You, The Avalanches-10.0
34. IV, Black Mountain-9.0
35. #1 Record, Big Star-9.5

June:

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36. Bleach, Nirvana-9.0 *Half-Price Books
37. Reckoning, R.E.M.-9.5 *Half-Price Books
38. Long Distance, Ivy-9.0 *Half-Price Books
39. Movement, New Order-9.0, *YouTube
40. The Psychedelic Furs-Greatest Hits, The Psychedelic Furs-9.0, *YouTube
41. Gorillaz, Gorillaz-9.0 *Half-Price Books
42. Electric Warrior, T.Rex-10.0 *Half-Price Books
43. Meat Is Murder, The Smiths-9.0 *Half-Price Books

July:

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44. Stankonia, OutKast-9.0
45. Sailing On The Seas Of Cheese, Primus-8.0
46. The Idiot, Iggy Pop-8.0
47. Villains, Queens of the Stone Age-9.0
48. Leave Home, The Ramones-9.5
49. Rio, Duran Duran-9.5 *Barnes & Noble
50. Underneath the Rainbow, The Black Lips-8.0
51. Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses), The Grateful Dead-8.0
52. Private Eyes, Hall & Oates-9.0
53. Rickie Lee Jones, Rickie Lee Jones-8.5
54. Lonesome Dreams, Lord Huron-9.0
55. Melodrama, Lorde-9.0 *Barnes & Noble

August:

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56. Axomoxoa, The Grateful Dead-8.5
57. Rocket To Russia, The Ramones-9.0
58. Old World Romance, Sea Wolf-7.5
59. Hot Thoughts, Spoon-8.0
60. A Greater Understanding, The War On Drugs-8.5

September:

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61. We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, Foxygen-8.0
62. The Score, Fugees-9.0
63. Wake of the Flood, The Greatful Dead-10.0
64. Grand National, John Butler Trio-8.0
65. In A Silent Way, Miles Davis-10.0 *YouTube
66. Flowers, The Rolling Stones-8.0

October:

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67. Fables of the Reconstruction, R.E.M.-9.0 *Half-Price Books
68. America’s Greatest Hits, America-9.0 *Half-Price Books
69. Relationship of Command, At The Drive In-8.0 *Half-Price Books
70. Duran Duran, Duran Duran-9.5 *Half-Price Books
71. Reach The Beach, The Fixx-8.5 *Half-Price Books

November:

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72. From The Mars Hotel, The Greatful Dead-9.5
73. New York Dolls, New York Dolls-8.0
74. Wide Awake!, Parquet Courts-9.0
75. Full Moon Fever, Tom Petty-8.0
76. Around the World in a Day, Prince and the Revolution-8.5
77. Fun House, The Stooges-9.0
78. Aftermath, The Rolling Stones-10.0
79. St. Vincent, St. Vincent-8.0
80. Sublime, Sublime-8.5

December:

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81. Piano Man, Billy Joel-9.0
82. Hummingbird, Local Natives-6.0
83. Into The Great Wide Open, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers-8.5
84. Against The Wind, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band-9.0
85. My Generation, The Who-9.0
86. A Night At The Opera, Queen-10.0 *YouTube
87. 154, Wire-9.5 *YouTube
88. Eat a Peach, The Allman Brothers-9.0
89. Baby Driver OST, Various-9.5
90. Night Drive, Chromatics-9.0 *YouTube
91. The Smiths, The Smiths-8.5 *YouTube
92. Strangeways, Here We Come, The Smiths-9.5 *YouTube

It’s Hammer Time Presents: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959, Terence Fisher)


Look Peter Cushing is great as Sherlock Holmes and this adaptation is true to the book. Having Christopher Lee staring with him in a non Frankenstein or Dracula movie is a bit amusing and cool. Yet this film was too dry and not interesting enough, despite a good opener that sets up the film’s atmosphere. Also André Morell who plays Watson is rather dull, not properly serving as a foil to Sherlock. Considering that other actors have better embodied Watson its a bit disappointing, although I fault the writing in this film for not properly utilizing him. I suppose after the BBC Sherlock and the 1980s Adventures of Sherlock Holmes not to mention even the Guy Ritchie Holmes films I expect more from Watson. Then again though the original source material didn’t have him being this dull, either.

There is one thing I always like about Hammer Studios films though and that is how they often insert subtitle thoughts about class. Most of their films were set in the late 1800s, yet the fact that often it was lower or middle class people against rich upper class villains is an interesting contrast. Although I admit that many of the heroes were of high standing, too.

Still not all the movie is a complete waste, as its still entertaining and watchable despite its flaws. I liked the mine scene because its suspenseful and interesting. Too bad that Hounds is not more than an okay take on a classic novel. Especially with Fisher, Lee and Cushing involved; however this does not change the fact that Fisher was the most talented director out of all the ones who worked for Hammer Studios, and he was responsible for many of their best works. Also I will admit this is not really a horror movie at all, even though there are a number of scenes that come straight out of the best of Hammer Studios style Gothic horror.

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