What Does A Tenner Get You?

Armed with a £10 note, that didn’t have David Tennant’s face on it, I popped into a couple of charity shops today and walked away with 24 CD’s. Before you do the difficult arithmetic, I’ll save you the trouble, it’s about £0.42 a CD. As ever with these things there is not a great deal of quality control and I’ll pick up anything that I find moderately interesting, but several of these I’m really very pleased to have picked up.

Ten points to Gryffindor if you can guess which was the first I played.

The Tip

I had to drop some rubbish and recycling off at the local tip yesterday. They have a portacabin there which sells things that people have thrown away so I popped in for a little look. It is organised chaos to be honest but I found three piles of records, all seemingly by Max Bygraves, and several areas where CD’s had been piled (One was in a plastic box outside and had been rained on quite extensively, so I didn’t look in there). There were probably 300 CD’s in total, many of the usual one finds in charity shops and some that you don’t see so often. I picked out 20 and then put 8 back as they had no CD’s in them.

These are what I picked up, £4 for 12 CD’s. I wasn’t necessarily desperate to get all of them but at that price why not? These would probabaly go to landfill had I not taken them and each is worth £0.33 for at least one listen, and I’ll get more than that out of them.

Return To Charity Shops II

Popped into Banbury on the way home from work the other day and picked up some decent CD’s. One shop had 5 for £1 so the below 19 CD’s worked out at about £8. I accidently bought a second copy of the Franz Ferdinand debut and Different Class by Pulp as Discogs has changed the way it updates your collection. It refreshes everything every time you open it and if you have no reception or poor reception it can take ages or not work at all. Anyway, I couldn’t check to see if I already had them and couldn’t remember. It does mean there were actually 21 CD’s of course.

1Beth OrtonDaybreaker
2GomezLiquid Skin
3Caro EmeraldDeleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor
4Belle & SebastianThe Life Pursuit
5Teenage FanclubThirteen
6The BeesFree The Bees
7VariousReservoir Dogs – Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
8SuedeDog Man Star
9The CharlatansMelting Pot
10DovesLost Sides
11AIRThe Virgin Suicides
12Lightning SeedsPure
13The Blue NileHats
14Black GrapeIt’s Great When You’re Straight…Yeah
15The Beta BandBroke / Won
16LeftfieldRhythm And Stealth
17Crowded HouseRecurring Dream:  The Very Best Of Crowded House
18StereophonicsWord Gets Around

Return to the Charity Shops

I took a quick lunchtime trip to the charity shops today and, at first, I thought it was slim pickings, but after some digging I managed to pick up some decent CD’s. They work out at £0.44 each (that’s 27 for £12). At those prices its easy to take risks and I found several albums that just looked interesting or that I had vaguely heard of, so I got them.

1Stealing Sheep – Into The Diamond Sun
2Milagres – Glowing Mouth
3Underworld – Second Toughest In The Infants
4The Ordinary Boys – Brassbound
5Jonquil – Point Of Go
6The Redwalls – De Nova
7The Black Eyed Peas – Elephunk
8The Mooney Suzuki – Alive & Amplified
9Diagrams – Black Light
10INXS – Kick
11The Horrors – Strange House
12Mercury Rev – Yerself Is Steam
13Tricky – Maxinquaye
14Manic Street Preachers – Lifeblood
15Walter Schreifels – An Open Letter To The Scene
16Kraftwerk – The Mix
17This Mortal Coil – Filigree & Shadow
18The Chemical Brothers – Exit Planet Dust
19Biosphere – Patashnik
20Pulp – This Is Hardcore
21Philip Glass – Glassworks
22R.E.M. – Monster
23Joss Stone – Introducing Joss Stone
24Faithless – The Dance
25Various – True Blood (Music From The HBO Original Series)
26The Feeling – Join With Us
27Basement Jaxx – The Singles

I’m currently listening to Biosphere – Patashnik, which is really very creepy, but I like it.

Some of the others I’ve never heard of but it looked like somebody had donated a set of rather obscure CD’s and I thought I’d give them a go, these being Stealing Sheep, Milagres, Jonquil, The Redwalls and Diagrams. It can be quite rewarding going into something cold, but it can also be the opposite.

Just after Christmas I popped into the local used record store, who don’t really do CD’s but had a box at 4 for £1 so I had a dig through that and came away with these;

1PJ Harvey – To Bring You My Love
2The The – Mind Bomb
3The The – Hanky Panky
4The Kills – Keep On Your Mean Side
5Juliette & The Licks – …Like A Bolt Of Lightning
6Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Show Your Bones
7The Fall – Code: Selfish
8Stereophonics – Language.Sex.Violence.Other?
9Supergrass – Supergrass
10Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell
11Santogold – Santogold
12Radiohead – Pablo Honey
13Blakroc – Blakroc
14Manic Street Preachers – This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
15Bent – The Everlasting Blink
16The The – Infected

For £4 I was quite pleased, an emotion enhanced by the £15.99 HMV stickers on some of the CD’s.

The week before that I visited several charity shops in Banbury and picked up these:

1Erykah Badu – Mama’s Gun
2Tori Amos – Tales Of A Librarian (A Tori Amos Collection)
3Blur – Leisure
4Radiohead – Kid A
5Blur – 13
6Catatonia – Equally Cursed And Blessed
7Plaid – Spokes
8Moloko – I Am Not A Doctor
9Seal – Soul
10Goldfrapp – Seventh Tree
11Morrissey – You Are The Quarry
12Willy Mason – Where The Humans Eat
13Dirty Vegas – Dirty Vegas
14Paul Weller – Heliocentric
15Robyn – Body Talk
16Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus
17Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3
18Mystery Jets – Making Dens
19Kate Nash – Made Of Bricks
20Justin Timberlake – Justified
21Eminem – Encore
22Editors – The Back Room
23Turin Brakes – The Optimist  LP
24The Psychedelic Furs – Heaven (The Best Of The Psychedelic Furs)
25Michael Bubl̩ РCrazy Love
26Black Eyed Peas – The E.N.D
27Gorillaz – Demon Days
28Jarvis Cocker – The Jarvis Cocker Record
29White Town – Women In Technology
30Red Hot Chili Peppers – Stadium Arcadium
31Cast – All Change
32The Hoosiers – & The Trick To Life
33Oasis (2) – Don’t Believe The Truth
34George Michael – Patience
35The Beatles – 1
36Various – Juno (Music From The Motion Picture)
37Jason Mraz – We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things
38Placebo – Sleeping With Ghosts
39Kasabian – Empire
40Suede – Singles

I can’t remember quite how much they were now, about £18 I think and there are many there I never would have picked up at full price but the album that I think I was most pleased with out of this lot was
Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus.

I think it has now become a thing that, wherever I may be, I will pop into charity shops and have a dig around to see what CD’s they have on offer, there are often a lot of surprises waiting.

The Rise and Decline and Rise of Compact Discs

Like many people I made the switch from Vinyl to CD’s when I was told that vinyl was dead, this was a mistake, however, as I played CD’s less and less and used MP3’s and eventually streaming music services as a replacement for those CD’s, I put them all away in boxes, or gave them away because I didn’t need them anymore. I hadn’t played a CD in years until a few months ago.

Like many people I made the switch from Vinyl to CD’s when I was told that vinyl was dead, this was a mistake, however, as I played CD’s less and less and used MP3’s and eventually streaming music services as a replacement for those CD’s, I put them all away in boxes, or gave them away because I didn’t need them anymore. I hadn’t played a CD in years until a few months ago.

I have a long commute to work and playing music via Bluetooth from my phone was becoming tiresome, mostly because I needed to pick my phone up while driving to do anything like select an album or skip a track, but also because Apple music hates me. The main point for me of Apple Music was not just the wide selection of music available, and there is a lot, but that I could download it for the journey and did not have to stream it and use up all my data plan. For some reason Apple Music chooses to randomly un-download albums and tracks and I have no idea why. If I download an album it will be there, but the next time I go to it, whether it is the next day or the next month, there is only a 50% chance of it still being downloaded. I’ve googled it and been to Apple support and there doesn’t seem to be a solution. As a result I opened one of those boxes of CD’s and took them with me in the car. The results surprised me.

For some reason when listening to a CD I am much more likely to listen to the whole thing without needing to skip tracks or change albums. In fact, I may very well just let it go around again, more than once. I have no idea why this is and can only offer up the possibility that this is how I used to listen to Records and CD’s and am, well, sort of trained to do it that way. 

Now I only had a moderate CD collection left, a couple of hundred or so, and soon ran out of having something I wanted to listen to which, via a circuitous route, led me to wander into a charity shop. I walked out with 30 CD’s. They were 3 for £1! That’s £10 for 30 CD’s, how could I not? At those prices I am not a very discerning buyer, if something looks even moderately interesting there’s a good chance I’ll buy it and get £0.30 of entertainment out of it. 

For the past couple of months I have been making weekly visits to charity shops near work and have been spending an average of £0.38 per CD. I made a list of some, not all of them, but some. Not all of them were for me (Buble’s Christmas Album, for example, is not mine, honestly, it’s not). So the following list of CD’s cost about £53. 

Michael BubleChristmas
Ray LamontagneTrouble
The StreetsA Grand Don’t Come For Free
Plan B (4)The Defamation Of Strickland Banks
SupertrampRetrospectacle (The Supertramp Anthology)
Sheryl CrowThe Very Best Of Sheryl Crow
EminemThe Eminem Show
EminemThe Slim Shady LP 
OutKastSpeakerboxxx / The Love Below
Whitney HoustonThe Greatest Hits
The KooksKonk
Paolo NutiniThese Streets: Festival Edition
Billy TalentBilly Talent
Phil CollinsThe Singles
OasisHeathen Chemistry
Norah JonesNot Too Late
St GermainTourist
DidoLife For Rent
Jack JohnsonTo The Sea
Jack JohnsonIn Between Dreams
Dean MartinThe Very Best Of Dean Martin (The Capitol & Reprise Years)
Red Hot Chili PeppersMother’s Milk
Fun Lovin’ CriminalsCome Find Yourself
The Ting TingsWe Started Nothing
Kula ShakerK
Primal ScreamDirty Hits
FugeesThe Score
Johnny CashThe Essential Johnny Cash
RihannaGood Girl Gone Bad
The ZutonsTired Of Hanging Around
The CoralThe Coral
Gerry RaffertyBaker Street
Franz FerdinandFranz Ferdinand
Elliott SmithXO
Charles BradleyChanges
David GrayWhite Ladder
FeederEcho Park
FeederComfort In Sound
Jet (2)Get Born
Fun Lovin’ Criminals100% Colombian
The Beach BoysThe Very Best Of The Beach Boys
BlurThe Best Of
Jack JohnsonBrushfire Fairytales
Manic Street PreachersEverything Must Go
Finley QuayeMaverick A Strike
Paloma FaithDo You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?
ElbowThe Take Off And Landing Of Everything
Jesus JonesDoubt
The Chemical BrothersPush The Button
The Chemical BrothersBrotherhood
Rufus WainwrightRelease The Stars
The Beautiful SouthCarry On Up The Charts
Kings Of LeonYouth & Young Manhood
The Magic NumbersThe Magic Numbers
Damien Rice9
Jill ScottBeautifully Human: Words And Sounds Vol. 2
The VerveUrban Hymns
The VerveUrban Hymns (yeah, I bought it twice by mistake)
David GrayA New Day At Midnight
No DoubtThe Singles 1992 – 2003
Mumford & SonsSigh No More
KeaneHopes And Fears
U2All That You Can’t Leave Behind
New OrderLow-life
MadonnaSomething To Remember
Alanis MorissetteJagged Little Pill
MadonnaRebel Heart
MadonnaRay Of Light
MadonnaGHV2 (Greatest Hits Volume 2)
Blink-182Enema Of The State
Lynyrd SkynyrdThe Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd
J.J. CaleNaturally
Judge Jules & Tall PaulThe Annual 1999 – Millennium Edition
Depeche ModeThe Singles 86>98
SuedeComing Up
AthleteVehicles & Animals
SupergrassI Should Coco
Norah JonesCome Away With Me
Jose GonzalezVeneer
Scissor SistersTa-Dah
James Morrison (2)Songs For You, Truths For Me
Ms. DynamiteA Little Deeper
Scissor SistersScissor Sisters
James Morrison (2)Undiscovered
Eagle-Eye CherryDesireless
Crash Test DummiesGod Shuffled His Feet
Foo FightersWasting Light
Lily AllenIt’s Not Me, It’s You
KT TunstallEye To The Telescope
Barenaked LadiesStunt
Ani DiFrancoReprieve
Kanye WestGraduation
Kanye WestThe College Dropout
Foo FightersThere Is Nothing Left To Lose
Foo FightersEchoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
The Long BlondesSomeone To Drive You Home
The StrokesIs This It
Bright EyesI’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning
Fatboy SlimYou’ve Come A Long Way, Baby
JamiroquaiTravelling Without Moving
AIRMoon Safari
Jack JohnsonOn And On
Graham CoxonHappiness In Magazines
Zero 7Simple Things
StereophonicsJust Enough Education To Perform
StereophonicsBest Of Stereophonics (Decade In The Sun)
George MichaelOlder
RoyksoppMelody A.M.
AIREverybody Hertz.
Professor GreenAlive Till I’m Dead
The ThrillsSo Much For The City
Soul II SoulVolume IV The Classic Singles 88-93
Manu ChaoClandestino
The KooksInside In / Inside Out
Professor GreenAt Your Inconvenience
Red Hot Chili PeppersBlood Sugar Sex Magik
Red Hot Chili PeppersOne Hot Minute
Red Hot Chili PeppersGreatest Hits
a-haGreatest Hits (Headlines And Deadlines – The Hits Of a-ha)
Red Hot Chili PeppersBy The Way + Bonus
Red Hot Chili PeppersCalifornication
Bloc PartySilent Alarm
Bloc PartyA Weekend In The City
Craig DavidSlicker Than Your Average
The White StripesGet Behind Me Satan
Basement JaxxRooty
Lemon JellyLemonjelly.ky

No need to count them, there are 140 there, many of which I would never bother with but many I’m glad I did. One example would be Suede, I’ve really never bothered with them much but these are two fabulous albums, £0.60 well invested. Also Jose Gonzalez, I really enjoyed that. So if we take an average new price of £9 that would have been a total spend of £1260.00. When I look at it that way it’s crazy. I have about another 150 charity shop purchases that aren’t in the above list so that would have been £2610.00 and I haven’t spent as much as £100.00. To be fair there are a load of albums that I just wouldn’t have bought at full price, but still, it seems like such a bargain. 

I haven’t played them all yet but the ones in Bold are the ones I have and really liked. 

I include the above by Wolfmother because I really liked it. 

The Sony Vaio is the worst laptop ever created

I’ve been away a while due to my lovely macbook being used by my son, who broke his and, as he is now attending University, had to have one. The one he had to have was mine apparently and I have had to resort to using an old Sony Vaio laptop that I replaced with the macbook due to the Vaio being appalling.  The last time I wrote anything here was back in July, not because I had nothing to write but because it take that long for the Vaio to boot up. There is much frustrated swearing occurring in my household and it is entirely Vaio related.

Anyway, I was listening to a CD in the car the other day that I’d picked up in a charity shop for 30p and remembered the first time I’d heard a track for it. I had the TV on a music channel, in the background really as I was doing something else, and a piece of music caught my attention. I won’t keep you in suspense, it was this:

I knew nothing of Kasabian at all, certainly not that they were from Leicester, I thought they were from some Eastern Block country to be truthful, which I think is fair enough, based on the video. I still really like this track, and the whole first album actually, but nothing after the debut. I’ve tried listening to the other albums and there are a few bits and pieces that are OK but it’s mostly a disappointment.

So I appear to be able too post again, subject to the Vaio not being a complete imbecile. I have much to talk about.