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Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 10:44am
Happy 30th:  Hüsker Dü, WAREHOUSE: SONGS AND STORIES

30 years ago today,  Hüsker Dü released their sixth studio album, a double-LP affair which served as both their sophomore effort for Warner Brothers as well as the final studio album that the band would ever record.

Given the evolution of both Bob Mould and Grant Hart as songwriters, it was perhaps always inevitable that Hüsker Dü was destined to either flame out or fade away, which – in case you don’t know the history of the band – was what happened after the trio finished their touring obligations for WAREHOUSE: SONGS AND STORIES, but at least they went out on a high note.

https://open.spotify.com/album/1By3l3EcAlNZXJvSOHFJ98
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 10:26am
This Day in 1993: Fleetwood Mac play Bill Clinton’s Inaugural Ball

24 years ago today, the members of Fleetwood Mac’s classic ‘70s / ‘80s lineup put aside the differences that had led them to split in the wake of 1987’s TANGO IN THE NIGHT and reunited to perform at President William Jefferson Clinton’s inaugural ball.

https://open.spotify.com/album/70MrKoi2AdCFBxKqeXDPHZ
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 1:04pm
Happy 45th: Bread, BABY I’M-A WANT YOU

45 years ago this month, Bread released their fourth LP, which proved to be the highest-charting studio album of the band’s career and provided them with four top-40 hits.

Produced by frontman David Gates, who also served as the band’s predominant songwriter, BABY I’M-A WANT YOU was a transitional album for Bread, as it was their first LP without founding member Robb Royer in their ranks. Although his departure was due to increasing tensions between him and Gates, Royer continued to write songs with Jimmy Griffin, who remained in the band, hence Royer’s name still turning up in the credits as the co-composer of “Dream Lady” and “Games of Magic.” From a musical standpoint, however, keyboard duties were handed over to new member Larry Knechtel, who arrived with an impressive résumé, having played on The Beach Boys’ PET SOUNDS, The Doors’ self-titled album, and Chet Baker’s BLOOD, CHET, AND TEARS.

https://open.spotify.com/user/breadvip/playlist/1jjxrIWBPRf2f4lDRuGhid
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 12:57pm
Happy Anniversary: Warren Zevon, EXCITABLE BOY

39 years ago today, Warren Zevon released his third studio album, and while it featured a decidedly dark title track, it also offered up a tune about British lycanthropes which remains Zevon’s signature song.

Recorded at The Sound Factory in Los Angeles and produced by Jackson Browne and Waddy Wachtel, EXCITABLE BOY was the first time that Zevon found legitimate commercial success: it hit #8 on the Billboard 200. What was different about this album that led it to rise so high in the charts when its predecessors had not? For one thing, it was loaded with notable musicians, including Browne, Karla Bonoff, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Linda Ronstadt, J.D. Souther, and Jennifer Warnes. More importantly, though, it featured a little ditty called “Werewolves of London.”

https://open.spotify.com/album/03WJAI8NnJHvCNqnlLw8kg
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 3:32pm
Start Your Ear Off Right

Last Tuesday kicked off our annual Start Your Ear Off Right reissue campaign, and if this is the first you’re hearing of it, then allow us to steer you toward what we wrote about it a week ago today. Go ahead and read it now. We’ll wait.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 2:03pm
GIMME DANGER: MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE

When it comes to The Stooges’ place in rock history, there’s more or less a consensus among rock critics – or as close to a consensus as you’re ever going to get with rock critics, anyway – that they’re among the greatest rock bands of all time.

https://open.spotify.com/album/7AGQSH5ulkFUYlBHh1aezh
Friday, January 13, 2017 - 11:44am
Happy 40th: David Bowie, LOW

Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the first chapter in David Bowie’s so-called “Berlin Trilogy,” a series of LPs which, although they threw many listeners at the time, have since gone on to become some of the most critically acclaimed albums in his discography.

https://open.spotify.com/album/0Oqi3Mm316FRX5H9mHjF0b
Friday, January 13, 2017 - 11:39am
Remembering Donny Hathaway
Today marks the day that R&B legend Donny Hathaway departed this veil of tears, but his legacy lives on, thanks to his solo career as well as his noted collaborators with his longtime friend Roberta Flack. But there was more to Hathaway’s career than the releases that emerged under his own name, and we’ve got a six-pack of them for your listening enjoyment.
https://open.spotify.com/album/4kINvyMdIqyuXAtpoCKGIO