Here are the latest entries in Calendar's guide to building a terrific record collection on a $25-a-month budget. Although discounts are plentiful, we assume here a price of $8 for albums, $6 for an extended-play album or EP, $4 for a 12-inch single and $2 for a traditional seven-inch single.
Peter Gabriel's "So" (Geffen)--Gabriel's raucous, good-humored "Sledgehammer" is certainly fun, but there's a seriousness and depth in much of the remaining material, including an absorbing duet with Kate Bush on "Don't Give Up," that contributes most to making "So" an album-of-the-year candidate. CD available.
Meat Puppets' "Out My Way" (SST)--The Arizona trio, whose last two albums were big critical favorites, steps away from its spacey, prairie-punk consciousness on parts of this EP to demonstrate that the Puppets can get down and boogie on more conventional rock terrain. Selections include a dizzy remake of Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly"
Pogues' "Rum, Sodomy & the Lash" (Stiff/MCA)--On first listening, you might think this album should be filed away in a specialty bin devoted to Irish pub music or maybe even seafaring tales. But the songs offer challenging, tough-minded commentaries on social injustices and absurdities.