Monday, August 31, 2015 - 4:18pm

New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:

Various Artists, Andre: Songs from the Original Soundtrack – Unless you were a kid or had kids during the 1990s, the seal-centric family film Andre may have flown under your radar, but in addition to being a sweet little story about the bond that develops between a little girl and a seal, it also has a pretty great soundtrack. The majority of it is filled with classic R&B from the late 1950s and early 1960s, including the Coasters, the Drifters (and Ben E. King), the Flamingos, and the Toys, but it opens with a track by Tyler Collins (“Thanks to You”) and closes with contributions from Morgan Heritage (“This Magic Moment”) and Craig ‘n Co (“You’re My Best Friend”).

Friday, August 28, 2015 - 1:46pm

First is the worst, second is the best... make those old playground chants come true when you're named the winner in our second Follow & Win: Greatest Hits Giveaway. Don't overthink it, just follow the Topsify Greatest Hits playlist on Spotify. One lucky follower will receive special edition vinyl from Led Zeppelin, Faces, and Joy Division as well as deluxe CD releases from Linda Ronstadt, Alice Cooper, and Duran Duran.

Friday, August 28, 2015 - 9:02am
Faces - Kenney Jones, Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan, Rod Stewart, and Ronnie Wood - are a bit like a certain Reckless Sleepers song: they came quick and they didn't stay long. As such, the fact that they delivered four classic albums in four years (1970-1973) cemented their reputation in such a fashion that they still remain on critics' short list of the greatest British rock 'n' roll bands of all time. At the same time, though, they're also a band which - despite their back catalog being relatively small - some younger fans have never taken the time to explore, since the subsequent years have often found their efforts overshadowed by the individual accomplishments of their members.
Friday, August 21, 2015 - 11:29am
It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating Linda Ronstadt's birthday with a playlist spotlighting some of her most memorable moments on other people's songs, but it was actually last month. By happy coincidence, this month brings the release of a new collection featuring some of Ms. Ronstadt's most memorable moments on her own songs...or, you know, if you want to be a little less flowery, you could just say that we're releasing a new Linda Ronstadt best-of collection.
Friday, August 21, 2015 - 10:58am
Digital Underground, Sex Packets: We usually try to keep up with our reports on our 180-gram vinyl reissues and let you know about them the week that they hit stores, but we have to admit that we're a week behind on this one, which - due to some bouncing around on the schedule - actually arrived on record store shelves last Friday. If you know anything about Digital Underground at all, then you know the first song on this album, as it's their biggest hit, but beyond “The Humpty Dance,” don't forget such other singles as “Doowutchyalike” and “Packet Man.” If you're looking for a party album to help you recapture those hazy, lazy days of the early '90s, look no further.