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Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 2:46pm
This Day In

61 years ago today, The Coasters took their first big step toward the big time by signing a deal with Atlantic Records.

To tell the origin story of The Coasters, one must first be aware of the band that begat them: The Robins, an R&B group which had found a certain amount of success with their single “Smokey Joe’s Café.” If the name rings a bell (and it should), that’s because it was written – not to mention produced – by the legendary composing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The duo was a fan of the group, as was Atlantic Records, who offered Leiber and Stoller an independent production contract to produce The Robins. Unfortunately, only two members of the group were willing to make the jump to Atlantic, so Leiber and Stoller promptly replaced them and then went ahead and sealed the deal.

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 12:40pm
Happy 35th – Mose Allison, MIDDLE CLASS WHITE BOY

35 years ago today, Mose Allison began the recording of his 1982 album MIDDLE CLASS WHITE BOY…and 35 years ago tomorrow, he finished it.

Say what you will about the man, but you can’t say he didn’t work fast when he wanted to.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 5:04pm
Dr. Rhino's Picks

Dr. Rhino is back! While briefly abducted by a mermaid and a dachshund, he learned the ways of love and peace. He also came up with a new playlist idea: the alphabet. We’re starting with the A’s, so buckle up and hold onto yours!


Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 4:39pm
Happy Birthday: Don Everly
When it comes to heavenly harmonies throughout the history of rock ‘n’ roll, few others compare to those created by the voices of Don and Phil Everly. Not that we don’t believe this to be true on every day of the year, but today’s a particularly good day to remember it, as it’s Don Everly’s birthday. To celebrate the occasion, we’ve put together a six-pack of tracks that feature vocal contribution from Don, none of which are Everly Brothers songs. That’s not to say that Phil isn’t occasionally in the mix, but so few people are aware of the work Don did under the “Everly Brothers” banner that we thought this would be a fine time to spotlight some of it.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 12:22pm
Alt Country
We're back with a fresh set of tunes that will have you whistling all the way through your work week! Tune in for ditties from Rhiannon Giddens, The Band, Alejandro Escovedo, Old 97's, Japandroids, and many more.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 11:29am
Happy Anniversary: Depeche Mode, “Get the Balance Right!”

34 years ago today, Depeche Mode released their seventh single, a non-LP track which was also the band’s first single to feature Alan Wilder as an official member.

Recorded in December 1982 at London’s Blackwing Studios, “Get the Balance Right!” was a Martin Gore composition, one which was sung by Dave Gahan. You wouldn’t know this from the song’s video, however, as the opening lines of the song are actually lip-synched by Wilder. If you’ve ever heard the rumor that the reason for this decision wasn’t an artistic one but, rather, simply because no one in the band could bring themselves to tell director Kevin Hewitt that Wilder wasn’t actually the lead singer, you’ll be pleased to know that this is completely true.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 11:19am
Doing a 180: Madonna
Rhino has made it a point to reissue classic albums on 180-gram vinyl on a regular basis. This is the latest to get that treatment. You're welcome.
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 3:54pm
Happy Birthday: Phil Collins
Just when you thought we’d written all there was to write about Phil Collins… Actually, let’s not even pretend: we’re never going to hit a point when there’s nothing else to write about Phil Collins, and even if we did, we’d still write something on today of all days, because it’s his birthday. In celebration, we’ve put together a six-pack of tracks stretching from the late ‘60s into the early ‘80s that feature Collins on vocals in some capacity. You’ve probably heard of some of them, but only the true Phil aficionado will likely know them all.