I am finding solace in my latest discovery of Bard’s Shakespeer database. Oh my god. Well, it’s pretty good. I couldn’t find a lot of what I was looking for (Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin, Bikini Kill), but I did get a lot. And FAST. What a nice change. I just added to my collection: Joy Division: Peel Sessions; Charlie Parker: Masterworks 1946-1947; The Mummies: You Must Fight to Live on the Planet of the Apes 7”; The Who: Tommy (I… admit, I didn’t have this yet); The Vaselines: The Way of the Vaselines (I had this at home, but somehow not on my laptop); Starfucker: The Arctic Sausage; The Kinks: Something Else by the Kinks (not sure why I missed this one up to now; they’re one of my favorite bands at this point); and finally, Autolux: Transit Transit, their latest album that I am very excited to listen to a lot (I have been waiting six years). Favorites?
My goal is to eventually be able to look at a photo or advertisement or watch a film and estimate the year of its creation, accurate within 3-5 years (maybe 3 years if it’s post-1960, 5 if it’s before).