Wide Open Road: The Best of is The Triffids' latest, out now in the UK on Domino. An 18-track compilation, it is surely smaller and less costly than the 10-disc Come Ride With Me… Wide Open Road, which features said ten CDs spanning the band's entire career. Now if you don't know what a Triffid is, I can't help ya. (Out now.)
I'm starting to wonder how Black Francis comes up with so much music. He's got yet another new one out, Nonstoperotik. I'd guess the Pixies aren't playing any of these cuts on their current tour (down under in Australia right now), but I'll bet the quality level here has got to be better than a lot of stuff coming out these days. And yet, I'm not that bastard next door that doesn't listen to anything released after 1972. (Out now.)
Sundazed has a 2LP/CD live Moby Grape compilation coming out. Inventively titled Moby Grape Live, the release has cuts from '66 through '69 and is a great way to find out if all the kudos the Grapes earned for their live shows is deserved or not. Of course, if you're one of the old curs who actually gets to say you saw them back in the day, then I'd like to squash you like a, errrrrr…. grape. BTW, there's a limited batch of the vinyl on purple wax (only 200), but you'll have to pay $20 more for it.
A Moby Grape 7" single is also available, featuring one track not on the LP/CD release ("Sitting by the Window"); it is being released in conjunction with Record Store Day (4/17) and appears to be on colored vinyl, too.
A 2LP mono set called Singles Collection '61-65 by Dick Dale & His Del-Tones is also out on Sundazed (now). The set features tunes from both the Deltone and Capitol labels, including "Let's Go Trippin'," "Miserlou," and some rare 45-only cuts. There's also a vinyl-only reissue of Rock Out with Dick Dale and His Del-Tones, which was recorded live at Ciro's in Hollywood back in '65.