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Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 3:38pm
Rhino Factoids
There are plenty of things that would probably qualify as being more punk rock than appearing on a syndicated court show, but there was still something kind of cool when – 18 years ago today – John Lydon found himself fighting a claim of lost wages and civil battery filed against him by drummer Robert Williams on Judge Judy.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 3:34pm
Doing a 180: Sisters of Mercy, The Floodland Era Collection
Spinal Tap might've been the band that popularized the phrase “none more black,” but Sisters of Mercy have made a career out of it: they are amongst the gothiest of all the goth bands, and they've delivered some truly bleak material that has nonetheless managed to fill more than a few dance floors over the years.
Monday, November 23, 2015 - 5:11pm
Aquarium Drunkard

I grew up in Atlanta, and every Thanksgiving (as far back as I can remember) one of the local FM radio stations would play “Alice’s Restaurant” in its entirety – all 18+ minutes of it – several times throughout the day. As traditions go, it was a fine one. One that is still with me, today.

ALICE MAY BROCK, born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 28, 1941. A Pisces … Grew from a difficult child to a juvenile delinquent to a regular (irregular) person … Spent a few years in high school …. reform school … fancy school …. Moved to the Lower East Side, then to the green greener Berkshires … Married crazy Ray D. Brock (picked up in old Cedar Street Tavern) … Worked as a librarian at the Stockbridge School … Bought a church … sang songs … Fooled around … Cooked good good food with a smile and other expressions … Bought a crummy diner …. Turned it into a crazy-yummy-cozy restaurant … Got tired … Got divorced … Got famed by Arlo Guthrie, an old friend who wrote the song “Alice’s Restaurant,” which inspired Arthur Penn to direct the movie Alice’s Restaurant–about Alice and Ray and Arlo and the Scene … now in the past. Thru it all Alice is a real live human bean–Still foolin’ around and still cookin’ …

Monday, November 23, 2015 - 3:51pm
Tracy Chapman
With the caveat that it's never really all that shocking when an artist that's achieved even so much as a modicum of success is given the best-of treatment, it's actually rather remarkable that Tracy Chapman released her self-titled debut album in 1988, has put out an additional seven studio albums since then, and yet has never before been the subject of a greatest-hits collection in the US…until now.
Friday, November 20, 2015 - 3:27pm
Now Available: Carly Simon, Songs from the Trees: A Musical Memoir Collection
When a musician releases a memoir, they generally find themselves in the public eye when the time comes to promote it, so it makes sense that they'd take advantage of their increased profile by releasing some new music at the same time. As it happens, that's exactly what Carly Simon is doing: when her autobiography, Songs from the Trees, hits bookstores, so will a new 31-track compilation entitled Songs from the Trees: A Musical Memoir Collection
Friday, November 20, 2015 - 12:37pm
Now Available: The Grateful Dead, Fare Thee Well

Back in the summer, we had a good chuckle when we posted the details on how to pre-order a copy of The Grateful Dead's new live album, Fare Thee Well, and prefaced them by musing, “It takes a seriously momentous concert event for folks to start getting psyched about pre-ordering a copy of the live audio document of a show before it's even taken place.”

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 9:39am
Gig of the Week

Michelle was just starting out in 2001 - she was signed to Maverick Records in August of that year where she released her first full album THE SPIRIT ROOM. Before that though, she played at The Vanderbilt in New York to a select few, and here is her short (but sweet) setlist.

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 6:02pm
Rhino Factoids
40 years ago today, The J. Geils Band performed the second of the two shows that would soon become immortalized on their second live album, 1976's Blow Your Face Out.