Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Return of the O/CD Tally

It occurred to me that the old way of doing the official O/CD (Obsessive CD) Tally generally gets in the way of my blogging at the original CPF site. I get hung up trying to decide whether to post lists or incorporate the titles into the general commentary and wind up doing neither. So, let’s try this – a dedicated place for nothing but the listing of albums – digital or physical, purchased, gifted or promos – that I acquire in the course of writing about/loving music. I’ll list prices for what I buy, link to coverage in the blog or at my various outlets if I write about the artists, and sometimes there will be comments. But basically, it’s just what it says it is – an Obsessive CD count. I do it for my own entertainment and you’re totally free to not give a rat’s ass.

Sunday, September 11  (of course, we never forget, but this is not the place…)

Borders is going out of business, and I am sad to see it go, but avoiding the 70-90% off bargains in this last week will not save the chain, so I played Culture Vulture and went out to see what the store had to offer…

FOOLS GOLD – S/T (I Am Sound Records)  Intrigued by the sticker (“The new band including members of Foreign Born, We Are Scientists, The Fall”) and the price ($3.00 from $9.99). And just tonight I see that the band has released a new album on, so I may catch up if this is catchy first.

J P CHRISSIE & THE FAIRGROUND BOYS – Fidelity! (La Mina) Who even knew that Chrissie Hynde had a new project? It’s dated 2010 and I got the deluxe edition (“2 Bonus Songs & Bonus DVD!”) because, at the 70% discount, it meant paying only $1.20 more. ($5.10 from $16.99)

THE GHOST OF A SABER TOOTH TIGER – Acoustic Sessions (Chimera Music) Sean Lennon and his girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl released this album in late October 2010 through their own label, having recorded in their own home studio after releasing the more formal debut, “Jardin Du Luxembourg” earlier in the year. Lennon told Spinner that the album is supposed to convey to listeners the idea of hearing them alone in a living room: “It’s almost rough sounding, but hopefully in a charming way. It’s mostly acoustic guitar, some piano, some vibraphone.” I can’t say I’ve been knocked out by Lennon’s previous endeavors, but Beatlemaniatic curiosity never quite fades away. ($4.50 from $14.99)

SHELBY LYNNEJust a Little Lovin’ (Lost Highway) I have too many Shelby Lynne albums. After the spectacular not-quite-debut “I Am…” I’ve followed her pretty faithfully, hoping that maybe that musical lightning will strike twice. Even as I’m planning a rip-and-recycle binge on the last few discs, I couldn’t resist this one, on which Lynne sings the songs of Dusty Springfield, a kindred spirit in more ways than one. ($5.10 from $16.99)

HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING – 2011 Broadway Cast (Decca)  Hard to resist the bright face of Harry Potter on the cover and this one will amortize its “premium” price ($6.oo from $19.99) since my mother, brother and both daughters will most likely wind up with the tunes, too. BTW, Wikipedia just told me that Glee’s Darren Criss will succeed Daniel Radcliffe in the role of J. Pierrepont Finch for a limited three-week engagement (January 3–22, 2012) and then Nick Jonas will take on the role from Jan. 24 through July 1.

And so, the first O/CD Tally at this new site is… (drumroll, please) 5.