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Monday, April 27, 2015 - 3:53pm

Turning 43 today is the keyboardist for a band who delivered catchy single after catchy single throughout the Britpop era, and even though he wasn’t deemed an official member ‘til 2002, he was onstage for their very first gig and never far from their inner circle. Of course, that’s the sort of thing that tends to happen when your brother’s the lead singer and guitarist.

Monday, April 27, 2015 - 3:40pm

12 years ago today, Madonna’s ninth studio album made it to the top of the UK charts, providing the singer with another platinum record to hang on her wall.

Monday, April 27, 2015 - 10:00am
Aquarium Drunkard Presents
I got to thinking about my favorite jukeboxes -- in particular one I encountered in Memphis a few years ago. The following is a mix that plays not unlike your favorite juke in your favorite bar, meandering through genre and era from song to song.
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 6:50pm
Electric Fetus

The Electric Fetus has been a gathering place for music heads and counter-culturists in Minnesota since 1968. It began as a place to get turned on to something a little out of the ordinary, and that still holds true today. People still come together at the Fetus to talk about music and life in general, and to take in fun live performances and events.

Head on over to the Minneapolis location where you can grab a free Replacements poster with a purchase of their recently released THE COMPLETE STUDIO ALBUMS 1981-1990 boxed set, while supplies last.

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 3:05pm
Happy Birthday Billy

Although we didn’t plan it this way, the timing really couldn’t have worked out better: just as Faith No More bassist Billy Gould is turning 52, we’re releasing the details about our upcoming expanded reissues of Faith No More’s two most commercially-successful albums, The Real Thing and Angel Dust.

First things first, though: let’s talk about William David Gould, who was born in Los Angeles in 1963 and began playing bass while he was attending Loyola High School alongside future bandmate Roddy Bottom. Gould’s first band was called The Animated, and we really wish we’d gotten to hear them, given Wikipedia’s assurance that they sounded like a cross between XTC, the Buzzcocks, and Michael Jackson. Well, that and the fact that their frontman was Chuck Mosley, who – as you may already know if you’ve clicked on this link – would soon go on to front Faith No More.

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 12:51pm
Neil Young

15 years ago today, Neil Young released his 24th studio album, an effort which delivered a sonic return to his country-tinged sounds of his ‘70s material. This was not a bad thing.

Recorded at various points during the late ‘90s (between August 26, 1997 and May 28, 1999, to be more specific), Silver & Gold found Young in a more thoughtful mood than he’d often been during the ‘80s and ‘90s, a.k.a. the angry old man period which found him delivering tracks like “This Note’s for You” and “Rockin’ in the Free World.” Indeed, this tends to be a pretty peaceful album, with Young coming across as relaxed and reflective.

Rather than fumble around for various ways to say how great we think the album is, we thought instead that we’d offer Young’s own comments on the songs, which he provided for the Reprise Records press release way back when the album was originally released. Oh, and special thanks to Human Highway for reminding us this even existed, because it’s always preferable to actually get the artist’s thoughts and memories when the opportunity presents itself.

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 11:26am
Bob Lefsetz: Welcome To My World

1. "This Diamond Ring"
Gary Lewis & the Playboys

Cowritten by our Lefsetz favorite, Al Kooper. However, Al was horrified by this take until the royalty checks started piling in. Al saw it as a soul number. And I'm including Al's take from his 1977 album "Act Like Nothing's Wrong," check it out.

But Gary Lewis's version was different. Haunting, very sixties.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 4:50pm
Peter And Gordon

51 years ago today, Peter Asher and Gordon Waller landed atop the UK Singles chart with a song that’s officially credited to Lennon-McCartney but which was unquestionably composed completely by McCartney. (If you’ve never heard it, stay tuned, because once you give it a spin, you won’t question it, either.)

The origins of Peter and Gordon are pretty simple: Asher and Waller met while the two of them were attending Westminster School, they began playing together as a duo, and as a result of Asher’s sister, Jane, being in a romantic relationship with the future Sir Paul, they were fortunate enough to find themselves in a position to enter the studio with previously-unrecorded compositions by the Beatles’ predominant songwriters.