Delta 5, Singles & Sessions 1979-81 (Kill Rock Stars 2005)
The female-fronted Leeds post-punk quintet may never have topped their fearless debut single, "Mind Your Own Business," but this compilation has enough angular riffs and shouty power to prove they're more than a footnote.
Various Artists, Life Is Dance: Plugged-In Sounds of Wonder at the Pakistani Picture House (Finders Keepers 2011)
Where to begin? The genre-movie music of seventies Lollywood (Pakistan's Lahore-based film industry) gulps up Urdu folksong, goopy film-score strings, primitive synthesizers, and unhinged psychedelia. One listen and you'll be baffled and totally hooked. (Thanks to Katy for the pick and to Eliot for his review.)
Luc Ferrari, Selected Works: Electroacoustic (KVRX? 2001)
The conservatory-trained French composer was steeped in chamber and orchestral tradition, but it's tape-based works like these, woven out of abstracted scraps of real-life noise, that make each Ferrari piece an adventure in uncharted sonic territory. (As far as I can tell, this disc was compiled by KVRX DJ Chad A., and wasn't an official release.)
Various Artists, Texas Funk 1968-1975: Black Gold from the Lone Star State (Jazzman 2005)
Surely by now they've dug up and repackaged every musty funk 45 ever made, but this collection is no barrel-scraping operation. Our fair State of Texas was once a hotbed of gritty, James Brown-inflected funk, as documented on this 21-track smorgasbord.