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Monday, September 19, 2005 

Shopping list

The whole trip was great (well, except the actual transit, and even that wasn't bad, the plane rides weren't that long), and there were some neat little details (Alfred Soto and I kept trying to order the same things in restaurants, we always went to Thai restaurants, we got lost on the subway, etc), but most strikingly for me aside from the whole getting to see these people in person thing was the shopping. I can't remember the last time I went record shopping and wasn't incredibly frustrated. This was fun, and I'm very pleased with my haul:

Luomo - Vocalcity (yes, it's as good as they say, although I prefer the later version of "Tessio")
William Basinski - The Disintegration Loops I (it's got the first two ones, if I love it I'll get the rest)
Broadcast - The Noise Made By People (out of print, dammit! The single most expensive thing I bought and the only thing I was explicitly looking for. It's the English version with slightly cooler packaging though, so that's nice)
Spacemen 3 - Dreamweapon ("An Evening Of Contemporary Sitar Music" = maybe my favourite long form drone ever)
Coil - The Golden Hare With A Voice Of Silver (incredible 2CD Russian comp reissued on an English label)
The Mountain Goats - Tallahassee
The Avalanches - Since I Left You (these last two were used)

Times like these, I can see the appeal of living in the big city.

I don't know much of that list, but Tallahassee is killer, and that Avalanches' record is strong, too.

I believe the New Yorkers did get you to some better stores than you'll find in Guelph (or Charlottesville for that matter).

Oh, definitely. We went to Kim's (which Burns had taken me to last time I was in town) and Other Music, both of which I love.

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