New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:
Pearl Harbor and the Explosions, Pearl Harbor and the Explosions – Power pop fans, rejoice! This self-titled album by one of San Francisco’s greatest musical imports of the early ‘80s is likely best known for the single “You Got It (Release It),” but the whole thing is as catchy as all get-out. Plus, really, how can you go wrong with a band whose singer goes by the name Pearl E. Gates?
Andre Previn, Dead Ringer: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – No, not David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers. This one is singular: the film was released in 1964 and starts Bette Davis, Peter Lawford, and Karl Malden. Davis does play twins, though, so if you saw the title and said, “Oh, is that the one about the twins?” we’ll still give you half-credit. Anyway, this score may not have been one of Previn’s most memorable, but if you like Previn’s work at all, you’ll still want to hear it.
They say listening to Air makes you 100% sexier and we are inclined to agree. Amplify your wattage when you enter to win the vinyl reissues of Premiers Symptomes,The Virgin Suicides, 10,000 Hz Legend, Talkie Walkie, Pocket Symphony, and Moon Safari!
It seems a bit odd to say this, given how long they’ve been defunct, but it’s true: 2015 has been a big year for Joy Division. On June 27, the band’s classic single “Love Will Tear Us Apart” celebrated its 35th anniversary, a momentous occasion which inspired us to go 180-gram crazy and do vinyl reissues of four of the band’s albums. Last month, you may recall that 1979’s Unknown Pleasures and 1980’s Closer hit the LP bins of your friendly neighborhood record store, and if you pay them a visit now, you’ll be able to find the other two albums we promised you.
With all due respect to the work accomplished by the band in more recent years, most music fans generally perceive the glory days of The Doobie Brothers to be during the Warner Brothers era of their career. Why? Well, obviously, it’s because that’s when they appeared on an episode of What’s Happening!! and famously provided Rog – played by Ernest Thomas – with the excuse to call the Brothers’ hotel room and ask one of the greatest questions in both TV and rock ‘n’ roll history.