New season means new music

Halloween is over, with memories of ghosts and goblins fading away more quickly than those 277 “bite size” and “fun size” Snickers, Butterfingers and Reese’s that you and your family gorged themselves sick on over the past few days.


Now that Thanksgiving is only a scant 21 days away, the record biz goes into its “Full Monty” mode of fourth quarter releases, so there are tons of new CDs, DVDs, and LPs to tell you about.

Coldplay marks its15th year as a band with Mylo Xyloto, new this week. It’s hard to fathom that it’s been an even dozen years since the band’s extraordinary Parachutes was issued, and the band continues to evolve.

Of course, Paradise and Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall have already been issued as singles, with fine results. The three instrumental preludes are a nice touch on the disc, which is also available on vinyl.


SURFING OVER THE SHARK DEPT. After Brian Wilson’s masterpiece Pet Sounds was issued as a Beach Boys album in 1966, he began work on a very ambitious work called Smile. Even though the lead single was the experimental and extremely successful Good Vibrations, other band members as well as Capitol Records did not like the direction that Wilson was taking the band. The disc was never released by the Beach Boys until this week. It’s available in a variety of formats, including a pricey multi-disc edition with tons of outtakes. Hey, where’s my sandbox and shovel?


IT’S A STORY more improbable than baby-back ribs being served at a Bar Mitzvah. Would a record company these days sign Tom Waits if he were an up-and-coming artist? Waits’ 38-year career has resulted in 17 albums, including classics such as Raindogs and Mule Variations.

Considering that his gravelly voice is even less pleasing to the mainstream audience than Bob Dylan’s, it’s not a surprise that he’s had no big solo singles. However, Waits has written many hits for others, including Downtown Train (Rod Stewart, 1990), Long Way Home (Norah Jones, 2004), and Trampled Rose (Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, 2007).

Bad As Me is the latest from one of our generation’s greatest storytellers, and it’s out now on CD and vinyl.


FLUX AT THE FLIX DEPT. Gee, who was truly surprised over the astounding major marketing gaffe from Netflix? OK, since no hands were raised, you are probably aware that the DVD rental giant made a huge error when it changed its pricing structure during the summer.

How bad is it for the DVD rental giant? The company lost a whopping 810,000 subscribers last month. Says Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: “We made a couple of big mistakes this year.”


TURNER’S QUICK NOTES: The third and self-titled album from Evanescence debuted at the top spot in the Billboard Charts. It’s the first studio effort since The Open Door from Amy Lee and the band … The always-playing-somewhere Warren Haynes visits Atlanta’s Tabernacle on Nov. 10 … The final five albums from Queen (The Works, A Kind of Magic, The Miracle, Innuendo and Made in Heaven) comprise the third and final box set re-issue from the legendary rockers. Bonus and unreleased tracks abound.