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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
barry gibb

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…

Friday, August 28, 2015 - 1:46pm
Follow & Win

First is the worst, second is the best... make those old playground chants come true when you're named the winner in our second Follow & Win: Greatest Hits Giveaway. Don't overthink it, just follow the Topsify Greatest Hits playlist on Spotify. One lucky follower will receive special edition vinyl from Led Zeppelin, Faces, and Joy Division as well as deluxe CD releases from Linda Ronstadt, Alice Cooper, and Duran Duran.

Friday, August 28, 2015 - 12:23pm
Bob Lefsetz: Welcome To My World
Talk about forgotten men. Brad Delp offs himself and years later he's just a footnote in the history of rock and roll, his crime being a member of the most successful new band of 1976/7, which burst on the scene with an album so perfect, so pristine, so hook-laden, that the cognoscenti could only lambaste it.
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 9:02am
Faces CD
Faces - Kenney Jones, Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan, Rod Stewart, and Ronnie Wood - are a bit like a certain Reckless Sleepers song: they came quick and they didn't stay long. As such, the fact that they delivered four classic albums in four years (1970-1973) cemented their reputation in such a fashion that they still remain on critics' short list of the greatest British rock 'n' roll bands of all time. At the same time, though, they're also a band which - despite their back catalog being relatively small - some younger fans have never taken the time to explore, since the subsequent years have often found their efforts overshadowed by the individual accomplishments of their members.