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Monday, April 24, 2017 - 1:06pm
Rhino Historic Tours
40 years ago today, the Ramones kicked off a European tour with their fellow NYC band – and fellow Sire Records labelmates – Talking Heads. In terms of spreading the gospel of both bands, the tour was a success, but insofar as the two groups getting along… Well, let’s just say that they’re very different people.
Friday, April 21, 2017 - 12:41pm
Pay Very Close Attention: Record Store Day Is THIS WEEKEND!

Yes, it’s just about that time again: we’re a day away from this year’s Record Store Day, which takes place on April 22. As ever, we’ve got a plethora of special edition releases to offer up to you fine, upstanding individuals who frequent your friendly neighborhood record store.

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 12:36pm
Happy Birthday: Iggy Pop
Today is the day that we celebrate the birth of James Newell Osterberg, Jr., but because we only have limited writing space on our “Happy Birthday” banner, we’re just going to jot down his name as “Iggy Pop.” In celebration of Iggy’s birthday, we’d like to take a moment to remind you that it hasn’t been all that long since we released the soundtrack to the top-notch Stooges documentary, GIMME DANGER, which you can stream below. For now, though, we’ve also got a six-pack of Pop for you, one which features half a dozen occasions where the world was graced with Ig on the big screen.
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 12:09pm
Happy 50th: Carmen McRae, FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE

50 years ago this month, Carmen McRae released one of the strongest albums of her lengthy career, turning in a title track which would soon become a Stevie Wonder standard even though – and this may surprise some of you – he didn’t actually write it!

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 12:07pm
Single Stories: Metallica, “Nothing Else Matters”

25 years ago today, Metallica released their third single from their 1991 self-titled album, ultimately securing themselves a top-40 hit with the track.

Composed by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich and produced by them as well, along with Bob Rock, “Nothing Else Matters” has a surprising origin story: it first came into existence when Hetfield was on the phone with his girlfriend.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 11:15am
Deep Dive: The Impressions, FOOL FOR YOU

If you’re a fan of the classic R&B group The Impressions, then the album cited in the title of this piece has probably got you scratching your head.

“Now hang on just a second,” you’re thinking. “I know The Impressions had a single called ‘Fool for You,’ but…when did they release an album called FOOL FOR YOU?”

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 10:49am
This Day In

29 years ago today, Sonny Bono officially began his political career when he was sworn in as the mayor of Palm Springs, California.

After a impressive career in music and an interesting career as an actor – hey, if you look at his filmography, you’ll see that this is absolutely an apt adjective – Bono found himself entering the political arena as a result of his frustration over the bureaucracy he had to deal with whilst trying to open a restaurant in Palms Springs.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 4:42pm
J. Geils Band

It is impossible to play a J. Geils Band record and be sad. Each is a party on a platter, full of the band’s signature amped-up takes on R&B classics and originals that sound like amped-up takes on different R&B classics. In the ‘70s, the band was one of the premier live acts in the U.S., and in 1974, they had a bona-fide hit with “Must of Got Lost,” which skirted just under the Top Ten. One might have asked at the time whether the band would follow it up with more hits.