I thought for a second there I was going to start doing these My Listening Hours posts monthly instead of quarterly, since they're so gargantuan. Well, I only managed to get through July before realizing that just wasn't going to work. Aside from it being more work rather than less, I think it also doesn't give the albums proper time to sink in. So, back to quarterly.
I acquired twenty-five albums in the last three months, thanks to the local library, eMusic, and Amoeba. Nine albums were from 2008; three from 2007; four more from the last few years; and nine musical blind spots. A fairly even ratio. If anything really defined the last few months for me, I'd say it was a move toward more instrumental music and a move away, for the time being at least, from all the country and Laurel Canyon-y stuff I've been listening to for most of this year and last. Nine of the albums here are mostly or entirely instrumental. Related, I think I'm re-entering a krautrock phase. I flirted with krautrock back when I was in college—when Tortoise and Stereolab were everywhere and the genre was being namedropped in every zine. But really "flirting" meant getting into Can. I never could find any Neu! records at the time, nor Amon Düül; I was always a little hesitant with Faust for some reason, and I was flat-out unaware of most everything beyond that. Enter emusic in 2008: a lot of this stuff is available there, so I'm restarting the journey down that road. You'll be seeing more of these albums enter my sphere in the future.
But I digress. Come back in a few and I'll begin my rundown of the last three months, starting with my favorite acquisitions.