A monthly look at the CDs, DVDs and vinyl (old and new) that threaten to bother my budget. Part of the HMO Challenge to cut my music spending by half.
After two “easy” months my budget for May comes crashing down to a measly £40! It’s almost the 1st anniversary of HMO and it looks like the advent of my blog had an impact my music spending early on. I imagine I’m going to be up against it from now on.
Let’s have a look at some of the most HMO-friendly new releases from the end of April through May. There’s a lot of good stuff hitting the racks so I’m going to have to make some tough choices if I want to come in under budget.
Just released on 29th April 2013
Deep Purple – Now What?! (CD/DVD)
I enjoyed the Purp’s last album, Rapture of the Deep and I like what I heard of this one so far so this is one of the more intriguing new albums this year. Having said that, I have seen this in the shops and couldn’t quite bring myself to buy it!
Cathedral – The Last Spire
Again, I really rated Cathedral’s last studio album The Guessing Game but I’m not sure if I really need more Cathedral right now. On the other hand, this is only £9 on Amazon so it’s hardly a budget breaker.
6th May 2013 (UK Release Date)
Cheap Trick – The Complete Epic Albums Collection
This great value Cheap Trick set finally gets its UK release. Unlike the BÖC box (which was stuffed with rarities) there doesn’t seem to be much, if anything, on this that I don’t have already. It’s extremely tempting because I love Cheap Trick and I would like CD copies of the albums that I only have on vinyl but buying this would take me over my budget in one fell swoop with no new music to show for it. Maybe someone might like to buy me this as a present? Hi EvaOverload!
After the 6th May there doesn’t seem to be any particularly interesting releases until…
27th May 2013 (UK Release Date)
Hawkwind – Warrior on the Edge of Time (2CD/DVD)
The Atomhenge label have been doing great service to the Hawkwind catalogue over the last few years and this reissue of Hawkwind’s 1975 album (the first time the original analogue stereo master tapes have been used for a remastered edition) is highly exciting. The last album to feature Lemmy (who got shown the door shortly after its release), its bonus tracks hint at the future with Hawkwind’s version of a little ditty called Motorhead. Sounds like a good name for a band!
The Stranglers – The Old Testament (UA Studio Recordings 77-82)
I bought a couple of these guy’s albums last year. This 5CD set features 6 studio albums plus singles, B-Sides and a rarities album. All for £12! This is such good value, I might just pre-order this right now. It’s probably all The Stranglers I’ll ever need.
Alice in Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
I was a fan of Black Gives Way to Blue so this follow-up may be difficult to resist.
And here’s some other stuff that’s of interest this month…
Satan – Life Sentence (Out Now)
Blue Öyster Cult – Imaginos (Remix) (Out Now)
Black Star Riders – All Hell Breaks Loose (27th May)
Dio – Finding the Sacred Heart Live in Philly 1986 CD and DVD (27th May)
Accept – Balls to the Wall (Reissue with bonus tracks) (27th May)
Judas Priest – Epitaph DVD (27th May)
In addition to the new releases I’m also considering buying some more Mayhem stuff, some Meads of Asphodel stuff and I’ve been thinking about getting Witchfinder General’s Death Penalty too. And there’s still the niggling leftovers from previous month’s How Tempting posts: Girlschool’s Bronze Years set manages to remain a real contender every month but just seems to always be slightly more expensive than I want it to be.
I don’t think a £40 budget is going to stretch very far this month. The bulk of the best new releases are out at the end of the month so I could maybe hold off on those until June. However, June is shaping up to be a pretty exciting month for new music too (Black Sabbath, Megadeth…) so it could get tricky. I’m basically going to have to be pretty hard-nosed if I’m going to manage from now on.