Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 1:42pm
Ornette Coleman would’ve been 86 today, and he’s particularly missed this year because it’s the first time we’ve had to celebrate the day without him. When Coleman passed away on June 11, 2015, there was an outpouring from his fans, many of whom – as you might reasonably expect – were fellow musicians, about how much he meant to them both as a musician and as a person. Below you’ll see remarks from five of those folks, and you can tell that each remark, no matter how long or short it may be, is filled with love of the man and his music.
Friday, March 4, 2016 - 12:21pm
Fleetwood Mac fans had their minds blown in late 2015 – or at least that’s the reaction we were going for, anyway – when Rhino reissued Tusk in a deluxe edition digitally and on CD that included 22 previously-unreleased live tracks from the band’s 1979-80 tour. For those who didn’t want to buy their umpteenth copy of Tusk, not even for nearly two dozen heretofore-unavailable concert performances, it was also a very frustrating release, especially when those folks were additionally annoyed by the fact that the material wasn’t available on vinyl.
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 12:31pm

Last month, Phil Collins began the process of giving his fans a gift that’s been 35 years in the making: the deluxe reissuing and remastering of his back catalog of solo albums. Inevitably, the first round of reissues kicked off with the album that’s hitting the big 3-5 this year, 1981’s Face Value, but it was released simultaneously with one of Collins’ more underrated efforts, 1993’s Both Sides.

Today, round two begins, and the offerings will be just as exciting for fans as the first bunch proved to be.

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 12:17pm

The stars have looked very different since January 10, and even though it’s been almost two months since David Bowie left the capsule and stepped through the door, as it were, the sensation of loss still remains significant. (For proof, you need look no farther than the speeches given by Annie Lennox and Gary Oldman during the BRIT Awards’ tribute to Bowie on February 24. Both of them sounded very much like they were on the verge of tears at various points.) Thankfully, if there’s one way that mourning Bowie fans can consistently find solace, it’s by listening to the music he left behind. Even in those moments where we’re stricken by the awareness that there’s to be no more of it, it generally only takes a moment more to be caught up in the feeling of gratitude that he left us as much of it to enjoy as he did.

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 3:31pm
If you've been a fan of Todd Rundgren since the '70s, then you know all about Bearsville Records, but for those of you who aren't in the know, here's a quick history lesson: it was a label that was started by Albert Grossman, and in addition to our man Todd, the roster also featured folks like Paul Butterfield, Bobby Charles, the dB's, Foghat, NRBQ, Sparks, Randy VanWarmer, and Jesse Winchester. On the whole, Foghat may have been the biggest commercial success on the label, but when it comes to the Bearsville artist with the most rabid following, we'd pick Mr. Rundgren every time, and if you're not part of that particular following, now's the perfect time to join up, as we're only a day away from releasing The Complete Bearsville Albums Collection, a 13-disc set which includes the 11 albums released by Rundgren during his time on the label.