Kepler - various tracks (1999 - 2003). My buddy Mike Sheridan was Kepler's drummer, and this is a comp he sent me in 2003 of various album tracks from their first two full-lengths as well as a few non-album tracks. Some excellent slowcore/alt-country stuff here, pitched somewhere between Low, the Red House Painters, and Mojave Three.
Ketty Lester - Love Letters (1962) and "Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid." You may know Ms. Lester's version of "Love Letters" from Blue Velvet. It's a perfect soundtrack for that movie: lovely, creepy, stunning, majestic. Just Ms. Lester and a piano/organ/bass/drums quartet. But oh my, does this song rule. Here:
Listen to how the key changes to a minor chord, starting in the first verse right when she goes to "I'm not alone/in the night." Then it's back to the major key for the end of the verse. The second verse introduces a different minor key change at the "And, darling, then/I read again/right from the start." Third verse, same as the second, but more intense. And that song is forever lodged in my brain. The rest of the album is great, too, although not quite up to the standards of "Love Letters." She's a first-rate talent.
Kid Koala - "Fender Bender." From a comp that a friend made. Koala's a remarkable turntablist.