I sometimes have a vague idea of what I'm looking for when I walk through the doors of a record store. Maybe I'm feeling oddball jazzy, or perhaps some violently loud guitar is in order.
But just when I think I know what's gonna happen, another kind of oddball takes over. That's exactly what happened this week. It's the oddball-of-eclectic winning the day. Bluegrass, rap, jazz with a twist, quirky pop, and gorgeous voices. A nice way to spend a Tuesday morning.
Billy Burnette – The Bluegrass Elvises, Vol. 1 (American Roots Publishing)/Country
Yes, I know. There are a bazillion "Pickin' On…" records out there. I can't help it, I want to hear The King given this treatment. Plus, the opening of "2007: A Bluegrass Oddity" is just plain funny.
Public Enemy – How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul??? (Slam Jamz)/Rap
These guys have been around for 20 years. I thought rap was dead! Bomb Squad member G-Wiz is back, but is any of the magic? I'll have to see.
Bruce Hornsby – Camp Meeting (Sony Legacy)/Jazz
Hornsby has chops to burn and an unlimited idea pool to draw from. Christian McBride is on bass and Jack DeJohnette is on drums. There's no way I'm not taking this home.
Flight of the Conchords – The Distant Future (EP) (Sub Pop)/Rock
A friend of mine turned me on to this hilarious HBO comedy. The joke was that it might be the first musical that I would voluntarily sit through. He was right.
Zap Mama – Supermoon (Heads Up)/World
Voices from god. High praise from an atheist. I'm not kidding.
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