Thelonius Moog - American Standard (Grownup)/Rock
Remember those records in the 60's and 70's that featured the Moog synthesizer? Well, take some American standards (sort of) and run them through that filter. Zappa's "Peaches En Regalia" given the swingin' bachelor pad twist? Yes, please.
New Barbarians - Buried Alive: Live in Maryland (Wooden)/Rock
OK, So I wander over to the tiny new vinyl section of my store and stumble onto this. Woa, I vaguely remember somebody yammerin' on about the New Barbarians in Creem magazine back in the day. Never heard any of it. The story of this concert is kinda funny though. Keef had just been dealt a two-day community service sentence for a drug conviction. Now, can you imagine Mr. Richards picking up trash in the park? Or sweeping streets? How about teaming up with Ronnie Wood, Ian McLaughlin, Bobby Keys, Ziggaboo Modeliste, and monster fusion bassist Stanley Clarke? Yes, the concerts were a benefit for the Canadian Institute for the Blind. Quite an interesting mix of tunes, from the usual Chuck Berry selections to some Stones catalog to picks from Wood's Gimme Some Neck.
Elliott Smith - New Moon (Kill Rock Stars)/Rock
I'm not sure that "salivating" is the right word, but that's what Elliott Smith's infinitely loyal fan base has been doing at the prospect of this collection's release. Two full discs of unreleased and demo material, presented mostly with just an acoustic guitar and Smith's voice. Being a fan of past "demo" releases (Pete Townsend's Scoop comes to mind), I'll be interested to see the reaction to this. Sometimes, the raw power in a song can be amped up when several layers are stripped away.
Björk - Volta (One Little Indian)/Rock
I can never say "no" to this woman. Too much creativity. Too many ideas. And absolutely no sense of fear. Medulla is one of the most beautiful and intriguing recordings I've ever heard. She now has my complete devotion.