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Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:27pm
Ray Manzarek

It’s Ray Manzarek’s birthday, which – like most days – is a perfect day to kick back and listen to The Doors. If you’re of a mind to step a little bit outside the box, however, you might consider investigate some of the material that Manzarek had a hand in creating on the non-Doors front.

1. The Mamas & The Papas, “No Salt On Her Tail”

Manzarek didn’t step outside of his work with Morrison, Krieger, and Densmore very often during the years when The Doors were still a foursome, but he did turn up on the self-titled debut by The Mamas & the Papas, playing organ on the song that led off the album.

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 11:52am
Happy Anniversary: Jethro Tull, Songs from the Wood

39 years ago today, in the wake of declaring themselves too old to rock 'n' roll and too young to die, Jethro Tull released their 10th album and revealed that they'd decided to folk things up a bit.

Recorded in the autumn of 1976, just after the band had concluded their tour in support of the Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! album, Songs from the Wood definitely found Jethro Tull turning in a different musical direction. Indeed, upon its release, Melody Maker acknowledged that it was “definitely unlike anything they have recorded before” and subsequently theorized that “perhaps Ian Anderson has decided to put his money where his often over-sized mouth is, and really attempt to vary the formula.”

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 11:50am
Happy 20th: Moby, Animal Rights
20 years ago today, Moby went punk for the second time in his musical career, but this time he did it in the most polite way possible: when he delivered his fourth album to the masses in 1996, he pointedly included a line at the bottom of the credits which read, “Please listen to Animal Rights in its entirety at least once.”
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 3:00pm
Dr. Rhino's Picks

This week it’s Alice Cooper vs. Otis Redding! (Wait, what?!?) Don’t worry, it works.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 2:30pm
This Day in 1972: Enter Ziggy Stardust
44 years ago today, a handful of very lucky individuals in a London pub called the Toby Jug were witness to the first proper performance of a man who really sang – and with screwed-up eyes and screwed-down hair-do, no less – and, lest we forget, he also played guitar.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 2:28pm
Happy Anniversary: Van Halen, Van Halen

38 years ago today, David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony, and a pair of brothers named Eddie and Alex released their first full-length album as Van Halen.

The cover art for the band's self-titled debut consisted of four photographs - one of each member - taken at the Whiskey a Go-Go, the iconic Los Angeles nightclub that served as a regular haunt for Van Halen during their early years. But we know: you're much more interested in learning something about all of the amazing music that's going on inside that cover.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 12:18pm
Happy Anniversary: Collective Soul, Dosage

17 years ago today, Collective Soul released their fourth studio album, an effort which featured a song that was a #1 hit on the Mainstream Rock chart for an unbelievable 15 weeks.

When Collective Soul made their full-length debut with Hints, Allegations & Things Left Unsaid in 1993, there was no particular reason to expect the band to do more than thrive in the grunge era and then struggle to survive in the subsequent years. That's not to say anything against the band or their music, only to say that you never can predict the lifespan of any band that arrives just in time to fit into the latest trend on the pop charts. Collective Soul defied the odds, however, and in a ridiculously big way: they've earned a staggering seven #1 Mainstream Rock hits over the course of their career to date.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 11:37am
Happy 50th: Sammy Davis Jr., The Sammy Davis Jr. Show
50 years ago this month, the man they called Mr. Show Business released an album in conjunction with his then-new TV series, and to make sure no one missed out on the fact that they were companion pieces, they both bore the same title: The Sammy Davis Jr. Show. There's some great music on the album, make no mistake about that, but the more interesting story belongs to the TV series, owing to the weirdness tied to its premiere.