Friday, August 14, 2015 - 8:46am

Orbital, 1 / 2: As has so often been the case with techno-dance artists from the UK, Orbital never came anywhere near to matching their UK chart success in the US, to the point where you’d be hard pressed to find all that many Americans who even know who they are, but if you’ve got a soft spot for dance music that uses unique samples and delivers songs that are memorable enough to keep you interested even when the majority of their tracks top out well beyond the five-minute mark, you’ll want to investigate their first two albums – cleverly entitled 1 and 2 – and hear how great they sound when reissued on 180-gram vinyl.

Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 3:09pm

Everyone should have at least one Joy Division record in their arsenal, but why not aim for all four? For those keeping score, that would be the two studio albums, the (mostly) live one, and the compilation. Now that you're in the know, follow the Best of Joy Division playlist in Spotify and you could win a deluxe Joy Division 180-gram vinyl pack featuring UNKNOWN PLEASURES, CLOSER, STILL, and SUBSTANCE, complete with sleeves replicating the originals in painstaking detail. Simply follow the playlist by clicking on the button below and your name will be automatically entered to win!

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.