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Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 6:00pm
Dr. Rhino's Picks

Ok, it’s the year 2000...rolling blackouts, mad cow disease, Dubya, Survivor. I know, ‘awesome’ right? Well, here’s something listen to whilst you ponder the greener pastures of our collective memory. Viva la musica!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 2:38pm
Rod Stewart You Wear It Well

43 years ago today, a song went to #1 on the UK Singles chart that went on to be performed on an episode of The Facts of Life with Blair, Jo, Natalie, and Tootie contributing back-up vocals, and…hang on, what?!?

We're very sorry: someone in the research department didn't check their facts (and very, very clearly didn't actually listen to the song in question) because they've mistaken the 1985 Debarge single “You Wear It Well” for Rod Stewart's “You Wear It Well.” As far as we know, Stewart's single was not featured in an episode of The Facts of Life, although it can be heard playing in the camp-tastic 1978 Joan Collins film The Stud, an achievement which in some circles is viewed as a status symbol of inestimable value.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 2:24pm

15 years ago today, Madonna turned her list of #1 UK hits into a double-digit affair when “Music” became her 10th single to cross the pond and hit the top of the charts, an accomplishment which it would soon duplicate in the US.

“Music” was viewed as a comeback single of sorts in the States, due to Madonna's cover of Don McLean's “American Pie” only hitting #29 on the Billboard Hot 100, but in Great Britain she drove the Chevy to the levy and took her cover to #1, which - in case you're not enough of a fan to know when Madonna released what - means that “Music” was actually her second chart-topper of the year in the UK.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 11:52am
Soul Coughing
Only a few weeks back, we added Soul Coughing's three Warner Brothers albums to our digital catalog as part of a package called The Studio Album Collection 1994-1998. This was particularly great if you wanted to secure the band's WB trifecta in one fell swoop, but what of those youngsters - or oldsters - who prefer the crisp, clean sound of 180-gram vinyl? Well, if that's the crowd you run with, then this is a good week for you, because we've just released all three of those albums - 1994's Ruby Vroom, 1996's Irresistible Bliss, and 1998's El Oso - in that exact format.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 11:32am
Happy Birthday

He's a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors, and according to The Guinness Book of World Records, he's second only to Sir Paul McCartney as the most successful songwriter in history, but the most important thing about Barry Gibb today is that it's his birthday.

Yes, Barry Alan Crompton Gibb, eldest of the Gibb brothers and - more than a little bit sadly - the only surviving member of that particular brotherhood, turns 69 years old today.

Monday, August 31, 2015 - 4:23pm
Aquarium Drunkard

This week's playlist is a grab bag of new and old soul, r&b, funk, rare groove and scuzzy rock 'n roll. The provenance of the songs range from the deep south to Brooklyn and San Francisco stretching all the way to the south of France. Until next week...

Monday, August 31, 2015 - 4:18pm
Digital Roundup

New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:

Various Artists, Andre: Songs from the Original Soundtrack – Unless you were a kid or had kids during the 1990s, the seal-centric family film Andre may have flown under your radar, but in addition to being a sweet little story about the bond that develops between a little girl and a seal, it also has a pretty great soundtrack. The majority of it is filled with classic R&B from the late 1950s and early 1960s, including the Coasters, the Drifters (and Ben E. King), the Flamingos, and the Toys, but it opens with a track by Tyler Collins (“Thanks to You”) and closes with contributions from Morgan Heritage (“This Magic Moment”) and Craig ‘n Co (“You’re My Best Friend”).

Monday, August 31, 2015 - 12:37pm
Jesus and Mary Chain

28 years ago today, brothers Jim and William Reid released their sophomore studio album, an effort which not only confirmed that their 1985 debut, Psychocandy, wasn’t just a one-off but also made the band’s fans more comfortable in theorizing that The Jesus and Mary Chain might actually have some staying power.

Given how many additional albums the band would subsequently release, it may seem surprising that anyone might’ve actually been uncertain about the state of the J&MC, but to put things in perspective, they’d just cut ties with their manager – the legendary Alan McGee – and drummer Bobby Gillespie had decided to step out from behind his kit and leave the Reids behind in favor of making a proper go of it with his own band. Given the success that Gillespie ultimately found with Primal Scream, it was obviously the right call, but his departure left Jim and William a man down. What to do, what to do…