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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 3:07pm
Happy 40th: Leo Sayer, ENDLESS FLIGHT

40 years ago this month, Leo Sayer released the album that found him asking him how much love you needed, telling you when he needed you, and informing you in no uncertain terms that you made him feel like dancing.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 2:12pm
Happy Anniversary: The Jesus & Mary Chain, PSYCHOCANDY

31 years ago this month, The Jesus and Mary Chain released their debut studio album, which might well explain why the two stalwarts of the band – brothers Jim and William Reid – chose this month to announce that they’re on the verge of releasing their first new album in 18 years.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 10:41am
Happy 35th: New Order, MOVEMENT
35 years ago this month, New Order released their debut album, an LP which would go on to be viewed as one of the best album of the ‘80s. At the time of its release, however, it found the band between a rock and a hard place, trying to move forward while not dismissing the past, which proved to be a very difficult dance indeed.
Monday, November 28, 2016 - 11:20am
Happy Anniversary: Yes, RELAYER

42 years ago today, Yes released their seventh studio album, an endeavor which found them carrying on without Rick Wakeman but might well have featured a future Academy Award winner as his replacement if the winds of change had blown a different way.

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 10:01am
Happy Anniversary: The Hollies, CONFESSIONS OF THE MIND

46 years ago this month, The Hollies released their first album of the 1970s and, in doing so, returned to the UK charts.

Friday, November 25, 2016 - 11:01am
Six Pack: Percy Sledge
Today is Percy Sledge’s birthday, and it’s only the second year we’ve had to celebrate it without him: he died on April 14, 2015, succumbing to cancer while resting within the walls of his own home, which – if you’ve got to go, as we all must – is generally the best place to do it. In celebration of his life, we’ve got his official playlist available for your listening enjoyment, but we’ve also put together a six-pack of Percy tracks that aren’t currently available on Spotify. They are, however, well worth hearing, as they amply prove that those who only know Sledge’s signature song, “When a Man Loves a Woman,” are missing out by not giving his late ‘60s and early ‘70s singles a listen.
Friday, November 25, 2016 - 10:25am

If you haven’t yet fallen in love with British singer-songwriter Rumer, here’s hoping that the fourth time’s the charm: she’s just released her fourth album, THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE: A BACHARACH AND DAVID SONGBOOK, which features her take on a dozen classic compositions by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 1:10pm
On Black Friday, Get Thee to a Record Store

One of the most enjoyable holiday traditions to emerge over the course of the past few years has been the Record Store Day Black Friday event, in which labels take one of the most excruciating shopping days of the year and make it worthwhile for vinyl aficionados to brave the crowds and hit their local record retailer.