You've got a whole week before that new Radiohead album, In Rainbows (be sure and refresh that page to gain entry to the site), is available to either shell out next to nothing (you decide!) or splurge on the $82 "disc box" of the latter which has two 12" records of the music, a CD of the album-proper, and an additional CD of extra music - in addition to the box and artwork, of course. What are you going to do in the meantime? Here are some suggestions:
Miles Davis - The Complete On The Corner Sessions Box Set: Fingers crossed - come on, cross 'em - this should be out this week. Or maybe not - given how things went with the Cellar Door Sessions box, which was delayed and delayed and delayed (due to a conflict between the Davis estate and Columbia) there's really no telling when these sets will actually hit store shelves. And it always seems to come right down to release day, somehow. Given the fact that review copies are out (Pico's fantastic review attests to that,) it should seem imminent that these could be in our hands - but, again, there's no telling, as those review copies went out long before the final box was completed (it was, of course, complete in audio terms).
Regardless, when it finally sneaks through, be it this week or whenever, this set's six discs will be chock full of the studio material Davis recorded from 1972 to 1975, meaning it encompasses the tracks that made it not only to On the Corner but also to Big Fun and Get Up With It. That music is not for the faint of heart - this is not straight-up jazz but a further exploration of the elements that Davis employed during the making of Bitches Brew, and this era of Miles' music set in motion changes in jazz that couldn't be stopped, for better or for worse. If you hate all jazz-fusion on principle, you can lay much of the blame on Miles. If, however, you find there to be a sense of daring and excitement, again, Miles is the central figure.
On a side note, what is with the pricing on this set? $125?! It's six discs! I realize that the packaging is the usual amazing quality that the other sets have had, but this is getting a bit ridiculous, isn't it?