This being Tuesday, we’re thinking about new music arriving in stores. But we’re also looking ahead, and behind, with a couple of polls. Steve Guttenberg, who blogs as The Audiophiliac, asks: “What’s your favorite audio product of all time?” Answers include your “first hi fi,” MP3 players, speakers and a wild card answer. Go vote. Meanwhile, the gang at Stereophile asks: “Where would you like to see audio go in the next 20-30 years?” Surely a reader as smart as you has the answer.
Oh yeah, there is new music: Timothy B. Schmit’s Expando returns to his country and folk-rock roots; former Pavement guitarist Scott Kannberg has an album, Real Feel, as Spiral Stairs; feel the soul on The Best: See and Hear, Otis Redding, a CD/DVD combo set that includes Redding on the 1967 Stax/Volt tour (along with performances by Booker T. & the MG’s and Sam & Dave) shortly before his death; Natural Forces showcases Lyle Lovett performing songs from such Texas writers as Vince Bell, Robert Earl Keen, and the legendary Townes Van Zandt.