Standing Waves, A Short History of Standing Waves Part 1 (Classified 2003)
Austin's post-punk/new wave scene had a rich, still under-documented history. Standing Waves, regulars at Raul's, ably infused the jerky punk-funk of early Talking Heads (an obvious influence) with a loose-limbed Austin amiability. These guys were good, even if their sound quality wasn't. Read up here.
Rachel's, Systems/Layers (Quarterstuck 2003)
The Louisville chamber pop trio's soundtrack for a collaborative dance piece overlays delicate string and piano arrangements with urban found sounds, with results that range from lush harmony to frantic dissonance.
Scientist, Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires (Greensleeves 1981)
Coming after Scientist Meets the Space Invaders and before Scientist Wins the World Cup, Kingston-born dub whiz Overton Brown sends ten classic reggae tracks through a haunted house of reverb and electronic gurgles. Choice cuts include "Blood on His Lips" and "Your Teeth in My Neck." Spooky, funky, and hilarious, often all at once.
Grant Green, Green Street (Blue Note 1961, reissued 2002)
Green, long underserved by jazz critics, played bop guitar with a horn player's melodic instinct. Yes, it's great background music, but following his fluid lines closely is even more rewarding.