1. Brian Eno, "1971-77 – The Man Who Fell To Earth"
The first-ever documentary film covering Eno's game-changing contributions to popular music is playing now on Amazon Prime, and it's awesome.
2. Can, "Tago Mago"
The German outfit's 1971 album still sounds like music from the future. It is best enjoyed on vinyl, but can be found now on Spotify.
3. Janelle Monae, "Dirty Computer"
Monae is making one of the most significant statements in modern R&B with her latest, which posits her as someone who understands that songwriting and musicianship need to come first, and showmanship a distant second.
4. Tom Waits, "Bad As Me" Digital Remaster
I've been playing this, loud and often, of late. It's brutally good. Hear Buffalo musicians pay tribute to the man and his music during "Beautiful Maladies: A Tribute to Tom Waits" at Buffalo Iron Works on Saturday.
5. Dr. Dog, "Critical Equation"
Manages to be hook-heavy without trading in clichés. Pop music that sruprises, breathes, moves like a living being.