8. Joao Gilberto, Amoroso/Brasil. For well over 30 years, Brazilian composer-singer-guitarist Joao Gilberto has made ultrasensual music without ever falling into the realm of cornball. Though he composed nary a track, they are all so personalized that you'd never guess it.
9. Mark Knopfler, Screenplaying. This is no Dire Straits album. It's even better. Never mind that you may not have seen any of the four sleeper films represented--Knopfler's haunting scores, from which these sample cuts were taken, will grab you hard, nonetheless. 10. Kip Hanrahan, Days and Nights of Blue Luck Inverted and Vertical's Currency. New York composer Kip Hanrahan has finally reissued two of his lusty, late-Eighties masterpieces on CD. Part spoken word, part sultry vocals, part solid jazz or Cuban rhythm, Hanrahan's discs are nasty and neurotic contemplations of a variety of obsessions. Troy Fuss, editor, State Press Magazine
1. Jerky Boys. Makes you want to pick up the phone and bug someone. Don't bother--these three New Yorkers, who apparently had too much time on their hands, turned the childhood prank into an art form.
2. Bettie Serveert, Palomine. These four Hollanders interpret America's greatest export with original intent.
3. William S. Burroughs, Spare Ass Annie and Other Tales. Uncle Bill's sardonic growls twist with the same pharmaceutical potency as his writing. The combination is highly addictive, and should be taken under strict supervision.
4. Various Artists, No Alternative. Goo Goo Dolls, Breeders and a secret Nirvana track lead the superb performances by some of the shrewdest players at the Nineties musical table.
5. Juliana Hatfield Three, Become What You Are. Don't let the little-girl voice fool you. Hatfield is all grown up, and can play with the big boys. 6. Breeders, Last Splash. Apparently, Kim Deal retained custody of the creativity when the Pixies split up. Fortunately, we all have visitation rights.
7. P.J. Harvey, Rid of Me. She is woman, hear her roar.
8. Tom Waits, The Black Rider. Eat your Beefheart out, Captain. Theme music for greasy diners and alibis for restless wanderers. More true Americana on every track than a full season of The Andy Griffith Show. 9. BLS Isolationist Combo, I'll Be Right Back . . . . A laid-back veneer of instrumentation covers subversive and sneaky lyrics. Listening in the car may cause you to forget where you're going.
10. Didjits, Que Sirhan Sirhan. Eleven songs in 24 minutes. More effective than coffee in the morning--and much more fun.
Lunch, manager, Zia Record Exchange
Top 10 trade-ins:
1. Milli Vanilli. No one but the brave and the very young want this one.
2. Garth Brooks, any title. No comment.
3. Guns N' Roses, any title. They sell and resell and resell; they come in and go right back out.
4. CDs You Get With Your New Car Stereo. People actually try to get rid of those. We don't take em. 5. Nirvana, Nevermind. So many sold that some are bound to come in.
6. Mariah Carey, Mariah Carey. Young, squeaky and traded.
7. Jesus Jones, Doubt. I doubt if it will ever sell again.
8. Depeche Mode, Violator. Another one you can count on showing up every half-hour and selling just as often.
9. and 10. Classic Rock Records. They're all beat.