While you are waiting this autumn for Coldplay's "Mylo Xyloto," Wilco's "The Whole Love" or Red Hot Chili Peppers' "I'm with You," check out past recordings, such as "Californication" or "A Ghost Is Born" or "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends." The library also has recordings of the artists who influenced Coldplay, such as George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass." Did you know that Uncle Tupelo was an earlier version of Wilco? Give funk-master George Clinton a listen; he produced Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Freaky Styley."
Whenever I'm waiting for new music to become available or I don't know who to listen to next, I go with my top three: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Tom Waits, and Elvis Costello and the Attractions. I've been particularly enjoying "Live at Hollywood High" lately, Elvis Costello and the Attractions in fit form playing L.A. in their prime, in 1979.
--Erin, Mid-County Branch