For those who only know the basics of The Doors story, the band’s career might as well have begun with the success of their immortal single “Light My Fire.” But it didn’t. Even before they became chart-topping superstars, it’s hard to say that the foursome of Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, and Robby Krieger would ever have qualified as just another bar band, but they did do their time in the trenches, and one such trench was a Sunset Strip dive bar called the London Fog.
Director Mike Mills first made his mark on the silver screen with the Academy Award-winning film Beginners, but his back catalog is also filled with a number of music videos, including those for songs by Everything But The Girl (“Temperamental”), Moby (“Run On”), Air (“All I Need”), Mansun (“Legacy”), Pulp (“Party Hard”), and Air (“Sexy Boy”). His appreciation of music also extends to the soundtracks of his films, and with 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, his latest cinematic endeavor, he’s managed to put together one of the most musically diverse compilations in recent memory.
Rhino has made it a point to reissue classic albums on 180-gram vinyl on a regular basis. These are the latest to get that treatment. You’re welcome.
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.
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.