When and Where?: My office

So, I’ve heard whispers about CDs going obsolete in the very near future. I can’t explain to you why I’m a CD girl, I’ve never really taken to records as I have CDs… To honour my love for CDs, I’m going to start another new series on this blog titled When and Where? Basically, the idea of this one is to document where I bought the CD and a little story to accompany it. For all the CDs I have, I can definitely identify where I got em’.

1. Cuff the Duke – Morning Comes – I bought this CD at The Beat Goes On in Guelph. One of the few CD purchases in Guelph I’ve made so far. This has to be my favourite record store in town.

2. Wanda Jackson – Wanda Jackson – I bought this CD at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles. I still haven’t gotten around to listening to her, but she’s sort of a legend. She plays Toronto a lot.

3. The Shins – Wincing the Night Away – Don’t ask me why this one over the other ones!! I bought this album in either the fall of 2006, or winter of 2007 with my good friend Sean. We bought it at the Sunrise at Yonge and Bloor, before I spent a few years working at that location. I remember buying it the Tuesday it came out and being super excited about the sticker on the inside that came with it. I still haven’t used the sticker. Sean bought this album too and put his Shins sticker on the wall of his dorm.

4. Fionn Regan – The End of History – I bought this CD at Sonic Boom probably just before I saw him for the first time at the Rivoli. I spent a year calling him FEE-ON, and in talking to my Irish pal, she laughed at me and said it was pronounced FINN. Jeez.

5. The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Time Out – This is a really slick album. I can’t get over how amazing it is. It has become an office regular when I’m studying, there’s a fierce intensity to “Blue Rondo a la Turk” that gets me going. I also really adore “Kathy’s Waltz” and of course his legendary “Take Five.” Can you believe he’s 90 and still tourin’? Just picked up a used copy of this record at a Goodwill in Williamsburg, New York, in perfect condition! Maybe you’ll be that special person who gets my double copy of it.

6. George Harrison – Brainwashed – I adore Harrison. When you listen to his  solo stuff you almost forget that this man was a Beatle. He’s just got such an effortless cool to him that doesn’t match up with the Beatlemania hype. I guess that’s who he is though. I listened to this album for the first time two days ago (in full). It’s great, but not as great as …

7. George Harrison – All Things Must Pass – This album is the King of all other albums. Double albums are a tricky thing to do right and Harrison did it. I’d argue this album, as a double, is significantly stronger than The White Album as a double set. I bought this album and Brainwashed for $20 bucks a piece new at Dixie Records in Mississauga, brand spankin’ new.

8. The Darcys – The Darcys – I was talking to Wes, the drummer of this band and he said that Arts and Crafts will not be releasing CDs come 2012. How can you break that kind of new to a CD girl? Really. So, I bought their dumb album last Saturday at their gig at Jimmy Jazz in Guelph, with a silly post-it sized paper that had a code for the digital download. Lame. So this is a burnt copy of their album in the slip case the Sandro Perri album came with for the CD.

9. Blue Valentine OST – I bought this in New York earlier this year. I had just re-watched the movie in January, the soundtrack didn’t come out until March(ish). I remember walking into a store and seeing it for $16.99 and walking away. I went back to buy it after twenty minutes of mulling to find the store had closed for the evening. Went to the store next to it and they wanted $18.99, I let off a shurg at hearing the price and the store clerk said he’d take $18 cash. I jumped at that and coughed up the money. A little steep, but it’s kind of nice to hear Grizzly Bear instrumental. AND THAT PENNY AND THE QUARTERS SONG!!!!

10. Beginners OST – I bought this one off Amazon, or Ebay. I spent forever looking for this one in stores. I don’t really like buying CDs online, it’s not the same feel as it is to buy it in store. But I guess waiting for things to come to your doorstep is always fun. This complication of tunes is really hard to track down individually, so I’m really happy to have the tunes as they were in the film. This is one of my favourite albums of the year, Mike Mills did good.

11. Rachael Yamagata – Happenstance – I bought this album at Sonic Boom and then later bought a copy off a friend at his garage sale. It has to be one of the most underrated albums. I suppose she got very mild exposure with “Be Be Your Love” and “Reason Why.” But really, not beyond that. She doesn’t tour Canada very often, perhaps that’s why.

12. The Last Kiss OST – I remember feeling so let down to listen to the soundtrack for months and then going to see the movie to find that not all the songs were included. When I watched the trailer I definitely thought this movie would be the next Garden State… It wasn’t. I however, really grew to appreciate it as the years went on. I’m still a big Braff fan. Oh, I bought this CD at the Sunrise in Dixie Mall when I used to work there. I remember burning a copy for my good pal Chelsea, because I knew she’d love it as much as I did.

13. Music From the OC: Mix 4 – I remember receiving this album at Sunrise and my co-worker Jasmine look at me and said “Nice, Beck and Modest Mouse are on this!” I’ve always adore the OC’s musical selections. They were bang on with where I was in life (and still am!). These are the ultimate mix CDs. This album was a play copy, so safe to say that I bought it at Sonic Boom, or just took the play copy from work.

14. An Education OST – This is a really, truly gorgeous album. It fuses together old ’60s pop with new pop. I can’t explain to you the elated feeling I felt leaving this film. I remember biking in shit snow to get to the Royal in Toronto on a week night evening, the snow was slushing on either end of my tires, it was kind of exciting. I’m not sure why I biked all through winter that year, but I did. This movie is all class and the soundtrack is no different. Apparently, they had to work really hard to get the old French chanteuse Juliette Greco on the soundtrack, it totally makes it. I bought this CD at Soundscapes the day after I saw the film. I think they closed shop right after the movie finished, I did try though. CBC personality, Rich Terfry was sitting in front of me at the theatre, I think we were the only ones there.

15. Sandro Perri – Impossible Spaces – I picked this up at his recent show in Guelph. I looked at two record stores in Guelph for this album, no dice. This has to be his best release yet. “Wolfman” pulls on my heartstrings!

16. The Virgin Suicides OST – I bought this album when I was in the eleventh or twelfth grade after watching the film. The soundtrack is a mash of mostly ’70s songs with a bit of Air and one fab Sloan song called “Everything You’ve Done Wrong.” It’s the kind of song that makes me get excited to call Sloan Canadian. I only paid $5 for this album as it was in the two for ten bin, clearance! I had to get it transferred from another store. This album is such a find.

17. The Hottest State OST – This album, as I’ve rambled on about before in the last few weeks, is a compilation of Jesse Harris penned tunes for fab indie artists like Bright Eyes, Feist, M. Ward, The Black Keys and Tony Scherr. I think this album is really a shining example of who I am, kind of lame but I really felt this album when it came out. This is another let down movie-soundtrack combo. I listened to the soundtrack ages before I saw the movie and I fell in love and then was completely let down by the film. I bought this at Soundscapes and I remember screaming when I saw it.

18. Music from the OC: Mix 1 – Spent forever and ever looking for the first volume. I imagine I picked it up used at Sunrise Records, when I still worked there, I think I paid three bucks! This soundtrack is amazing, the start of four or five fab compilations.

19. Aretha Franklin – Rare & Unreleased Recordings From the Gold Reign of The Queen of Soul – I bought this album after hearing it a few times at my work. I paid like $15 bucks for it with my staff discount. She does a really gorgeous cover of the Beatles “Fool on a Hill.” Because this album is off cuts, it’s not perfect, which makes it even more attractive to me.

20. Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels –  I listened to this album for the first time today. I recognised a ton of tunes off of it from watching the move One Week and the Carl Bessai film Cole (you can watch both on Netflix!!!). They are a really fab band. I had the pleasure of seeing Tony Dekker last winter at one of Collett’s basement revue gigs. He’s got such a warm, lovely, distinct voice. I bought this album at the U of T book store for a buck at one of their summer sales, brand new. For some reason they have heaps of play copies kicking around.

NOW, back to the books!

3 thoughts on “When and Where?: My office

  1. is that the spine of a lesley gore cd i spot there 2 below your shins cd and right on top of your ‘all things must pass’ in the pile between your tissue box and the can of beefaroni with the label peeled off?

  2. Awah. I love this. It makes me think that I will be extra-extra careful not to loose/break/spill upon any CDs that you lend me. They are like beautiful little 4.7″ X 4.7″ memories.

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