Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 12:53pm

As legendary as The Replacements are, never before have the albums recorded by the band during their gloriously ramshackle early years been compiled into a vinyl box set. Oh, sure, just about everything else has been compiled into some set or other, but we double-checked, and we’re relatively confident that The Twin/Tone Years is the first time that the ‘Mats’ first three LPs and the Stink EP have ever gotten this particular treatment…and if by some chance we’re wrong about this (even though we’re pretty sure we’re not), it’s definitely the first time these albums have enjoyed a vinyl pressing over two decades.

If you’re new to the Replacements’ back catalog, then you’re probably wondering, “Say, you mentioned the Stink EP, but what are those first three albums?” Well, allow us to fill you in.

Monday, August 10, 2015 - 1:54pm

New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:

King Curtis, Instant Groove: The title of this instrumental album by one of the great saxophonists of both R&B and rock ‘n’ roll really couldn’t be more apropos: it truly is an instant groove from start to finish, with Curtis delivering covers of such classics as “Hey Joe,” “Wichita Lineman,” “The Weight,” “Little Green Apples,” “Somewhere” (from West Side Story), and “Hey Jude.”

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 12:41pm

With a movie title like The Diary of a Teenage Girl, you’d be well within your rights to presume that it might not result in the sort of motion picture soundtrack that would appeal to all listeners, but we’re here to tell you that such a presumption would be very, very wrong. Indeed, this soundtrack is filled with some classic tracks that transcend age and gender in their awesomeness, and if that sounds like hyperbole – and we admit that you could perceive it that way – allow us to show you that A) it actually isn’t, and B) its contents are absolutely perfect for a limited-edition vinyl release.

Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 5:30pm

Zia Records is the destination for pop culture enthusiasts in Phoenix, Tucson, and Las Vegas. Stocked with the Southwest’s largest selection of new and pre-owned vinyl, CDs, movies, books, comics, and toys, Zia Records hosts in-store signings and artist meet-and-greets all year long. Since 1980, Zia Records’ staff has helped customers find exactly what they’re looking for...and much more.

Head to Zia Records’ locations in Phoenix, Tucson, and Las Vegas to purchase Arizona’s own Alice Cooper’s 'The Studio Albums 1969-1983' 15 disc boxset, or order it from them online here.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 5:44pm

Like the old adage says, if you're going to play great records, you're going to need a great record player! Try that one on for size when you enter to win a Pro-ject Debut Carbon DC Turntable (provided by SoundStage Direct) and 5 classic titles - Yes' Progeny: Highlights From Seventy-Two, The Velvet Underground's Loaded, The Yardbirds' Little Games, Genesis' Wind & Wuthering, and Jethro Tull's Mintsrel In The Gallery 40th Anniversary LP Edition - on 180-gram vinyl.