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The Tuesday Morning Purchase: August 7, 2007: Bruce Hornsby, Public Enemy, Flight Of the Conchords

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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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About Mark Saleski

  • No mention of the Surfing With the Alien 20th Anniversary edition out this week?

  • hmmm…..no, but if anybody out there wants to read a ton ‘o goodness about that particular recording, there’s a really fun place on the internet that i know of.

  • Yay for Flight of the Conchords!

    and Yay for Surfing with the Alien!

  • Mat Brewster

    How’s the Hornsby jazz record?

  • good question. maybe i can extract myself from the workplace long enough to purchase it today.

    i’ll report back.