Not sure how many of us here on Dead.net are fans of the Legendary Pink Dots, but their "surprise album" that was released yesterday--The Curse of Marie Antoinette--is some of their finest work I've had the pleasure of listening to. I coughed up the big bucks and sprung for the limited-edition picture disc LP (1 of 299 copies pressed), which comes with a 6-track download of the album. Chances are the LPs are all sold out, but the download is still available on the band's Bandcamp page.
I think what I like most about the LPDs is how they don't make music insofar as they make emotional soundscapes. I can only imagine how amazing a movie score would be if it were written and performed by the LPDs....
Tom Waits's first record, which is a FAR cry from his work in the '80s and on. I find it funny how much the music of Waits parallels that of Capt. Beefheart, though without out all the whimsy and humor.