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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.
https://open.spotify.com/user/everlybrothersvip/playlist/17sHzGHVGiTS68MupmzKEB
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.

https://open.spotify.com/album/6oFsq13ql71yK5Gaar7eIy
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.
https://open.spotify.com/track/3850dYVgOFIXJh5U4BFEWH
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.
https://open.spotify.com/user/phil_collins_umc/playlist/5hltyRfMXxppPpL4xS9Ji0
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 3:46pm
Single Stories: Carla Thomas, “Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes)”

56 years ago today, Carla Thomas’s classic R&B single “Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes)” first entered the Billboard Hot 100, which seems like a perfectly good excuse to pull together a Single Stories piece about it.

https://open.spotify.com/album/4XDhPzZCGU4hmEiVlccvHT
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 12:44pm
Out Now: Chicago, CHICAGO II: STEVEN WILSON REMIX

When Chicago released their second album, the appropriately-entitled CHICAGO II, they blew their fans’ minds with the musical amalgam that they’d constructed, one which incorporated everything from orchestral music to heavy rock. As such, many have hoped for decades that the band would deliver a mix of the album that would bring out the myriad of nuances hidden within the music.

https://open.spotify.com/album/6yOTvJnhQhGkfk8xisyMSw
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 12:36pm
Now Available: Sepultura
When it comes to powerhouse thrash metal bands of the 1980s and 1990s, precious few had as much influence on their peers as Sepultura. Founded by brothers Max and Igor Cavalera, they came from Brazil, they took no prisoners, and they went on to sell millions of records around the world, but they did so while allowing their music to evolve rather than growing stagnant by being afraid to step away from the sound of their proven successes.