Monday, September 28. 2009
Well, I have a few things I could post, but not many: eight isn't much of a week. I've also played a dozen or so records without taking time to write down first impressions -- mostly things I couldn't so easily dismiss, so they've gone straight to the replay pile. Also don't have my mail bookkeeping done. It's not that I haven't been working hard. Yesterday's Rhapsody post took a look at 34 records. Also there will be a Recycled Goods out in a day or two. It's pretty much done now except for an intro and some technical issues. A big thing I've done there is to look at Verve's 118-deep "Originals" reissue series. I got so carried away there I wound up splitting it into two installments. Still don't have a new home for Recycled Goods, so I'm sort of floating there. Don't have the clout to swing such obvious targets as the Beatles reissue box(es), the Big Star box, the Hip-O Select and Rhino Handmade completism, or dozens of other things that seem worthy of comment.
The Jazz Consumer Guide game plan looks like this: one more week of (possibly spotty) prospecting from the incoming queues, then one or two weeks to finish off the draft. I have more than enough material for that draft, so I'm mostly looking to round off what I have, tie together some related packages, decide what to do with the older entries, settle on two pick hits -- don't have obvious choices yet, although Rova and Fully Celebrated are the current front-runners -- and find some duds. Still have house work to do, and need to travel a bit in the next two weeks, so that may impact this one way or another. But I'd like to have column done mid-October, hopefully to run sometime November.