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Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 12:16pm
Remembering Michael Hutchence
19 years ago today, the world lost Michael Hutchence, best known as the lead singer of INXS, but those who followed Hutchence’s career more closely over the decades are aware that he worked outside the band on occasion as well. To celebrate his life, we’ve got THE INXS COLLECTION: 1980-1993 set up for your streaming enjoyment, but we’ve also pulled together a six-pack of tracks featuring Hutchence from outside of the band that brought him his greatest fame.
Monday, November 21, 2016 - 1:18pm
Happy Birthday: Bjork
It’s Björk Guðmundsdóttir’s birthday today, but if the possibility of accidentally mispronouncing her last name is causing you dread, it’s okay: most people just refer to her as Bjork, anyway. In celebration, we’ve put together a massive 140-song playlist featuring the albums of both the Sugarcubes and Bjork herself, but we’ve also got a Bjork six-pack for you, so you can get a feel for some of the work that the unique Icelandic songstress has done that’s probably flown under your radar.
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 12:12pm
Now Available: Jethro Tull, STAND UP: THE ELEVATED EDITION

If you’ve read music journalism to any significant degree, then you’re well aware of the phenomenon known as the sophomore slump, wherein an artist takes everything they’ve ever learned in their life, applies the whole lot to their debut album, and then finds themselves left wanting creatively when they get around to putting together their second album. We only reference this phenomenon in order to underline the fact that Jethro Tull absolutely, positively did not succumb to it when they released their sophomore album, STAND UP.

Friday, November 18, 2016 - 12:11pm

With LITTLE EARTHQUAKES, she was a star straight out of the box, and with UNDER THE PINK she confirmed that she wasn’t just a flash in the pan, but it was BOYS FOR PELE that truly confirmed that Tori Amos was here for the long haul. From a commercial standpoint, it was a tremendous success - it remains her highest-charting studio album to date, having made it all the way to #2 on the Billboard 200 – but it was also where she found herself at full bloom creatively, producing herself for the first time in her career.

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 11:47am
Happy Birthday: Gordon Lightfoot
He might be one of the go-to names whenever anyone’s making a Canadian-content joke, but as Gordon Lightfoot was declared “a national treasure” by no less an authority of Canadian-born musicians than Robbie Robertson, we’re happy to honor the man who sang “Sundown” by spotlighting a six-pack of Lightfoot tracks sung by other artists.
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 11:39am
The Four Seasons, Big Girls Don’t Cry and 12 Other Hits

54 years ago today, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons arrived at the pinnacle of the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of five weeks with a song inspired by a John Payne movie. As far as which movie, however, it depends on who you ask.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 2:40pm

His mind is on vacation, but this time, sadly, it won’t be coming back: Mose Allison, the legendary jazz-blues singer-songwriter and pianist, died yesterday at the age of 89.

Allison kicked off his career in jazz in the mid-1950s, moving to New York City in 1956 and performing with a collection of artists that included Al Cohn, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Zoot Sims, and Phil Woods, just to name a few. Although he released his debut album, BACK COUNTRY SUITE, in 1957, it would be more than half a decade before his popularity put him in a position where he was able to release his first album featuring vocals on all tracks.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 1:34pm
Happy Anniversary: Stephen Stills, “Love The One You’re With”

46 years ago today, Stephen Stills released the song that would go on to become the biggest hit single of his entire career.

The origins of the phrase that drives “Love The One You’re With” are a bit murky, but the recurring rumor that continued to run rampant on Wikipedia is that Stills heard Billy Preston utter the words, after which he reportedly asked for and received permission to write a song around them. The only problem with this story is that there doesn’t seem to be a single interview with the late Mr. Preston wherein he says anything about it, and you’d think there would be.