This Week’s Hit Parade

Penguin Cafe Orchestra. “Broadcasting From Home” (Editions EG, 1984): It’s one of my all-time fave go-to soundtracks that I use when I’m trying to ease myself into a serious thinking mode or into some creative corner. And even after all of these years, it still works – an instrumental, classical-folk, trance-like swirl of sounds that sucks me into another place and time.


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Kid Creole & the Coconuts.Kid Creole Redux” (Sire/Warner Bros., 1992) August Darnell can do no wrong.

Ideal Bread.Transmit: Vol 2 Of The Music Of Steve Lacy” (Cuneiform, 2010) Some massive baritone sax playing from Josh Stinton

Sigur Ros. “Takk…” (Toshiba EMI, 2005)

Andy Pratt. “Resolution” (Razor & Tie, 1996) After all these years, “Avenging Annie” is still one of the most eccentric, thrilling records of the ’70s. Roger Daltrey’s version doesn’t even come close.

Al Kooper. “Soul of a Man: Live” (Musicmakers, 1995)

Original Cast Recording of “Camelot” (Columbia, 1990) Featuring Richard Burton and Robert Goulet vying for Julie Andrews.

Eminem. “Recovery [Explicit]
” (Aftermath/Interscope, 2010). The guy’s still got style. Just wish he had some content.

Various artists.Classic Italian Soundtracks: Spaghetti Westerns, Vol. I” (DRG, 1995)

Dierks Bentley. “Up On the Ridge” (Capitol, 2010) With the Punch Brothers, Del McCoury, Kris Kristofferson, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Tim O’Brien, Miranda Lambert.

Kate Nash. “My Best Friend Is You” (Geffen/Fiction, 2010) A serious case of sophomore slump…

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