Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 2:57pm

New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:

The B-52’s, Live! 8-24-1979 – It may not be as good as a new studio album (or then again, maybe it it’s better), but The B-52’s have surprised their fans by issuing a previously-unreleased live album recorded on…well, you see the title, so you already know when it was recorded. As for the where, the show was at the Berklee Center in Boston, Massachusetts, and features tracks from their then-new self-titled debut album as well as from their as-yet-unreleased sophomore effort, Wild Planet. The band said of the show in an accompanying statement, “We were a little scared of the audience, so we kept our heads down and focused – and we danced like mad when there was a break! Ricky (Wilson) was so fierce on the guitar – so intense – it was all so raw, and we loved it.” If you’re a fan, we’re sure you will, too.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 2:37pm

George Benson has been recording albums under his own name since 1964, when he released the debut album that trumpeted his New Boss Guitar, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that he’s had a few best-of sets issued over the years, including – but not limited to – The George Benson Collection, Classic Love Songs, The Greatest Hits of All, The Essential Collection, and The Best of George Benson. All of these, however, pale to our latest and greatest compilation, The Ultimate George Benson, and you can tell it’s the only George Benson best-of you’ll ever need (until the next one) because, well, the word “ultimate” is right there in the title!

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 2:17pm

Given the sort of folks who frequent this site, it almost feels superfluous to offer a reminder about Record Store Day, but just to play it safe, here goes:


Actually, you know, we’re kind of glad we did that. It was pretty cathartic.

We really don’t have a whole lot else to add, beyond the reminder that you can visit to confirm the location(s) of the nearest participating store(s) in your area, but in the interest of self-promotion, here’s a list of all 30 limited-edition 12-inch, 10-inch, and 7-inch releases that we’ll be putting out on Saturday, and if you want a sampling of the material that you can find on them, we’ve also put together a playlist to accompany this helpful reminder.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 10:54am

New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:

Alas, there’s just the one addition to the digital catalog this week, but it’s a really great one that’s more than deserving of the solo spotlight.

The Dream Academy, The Morning Lasted All Day: A Retrospective – If you know anything about The Dream Academy at all, then you likely know that the title of this 24-track anthology of singles, album tracks, and rarities comes courtesy of their biggest hit of their career, the lovely pastoral single entitled “Life in a Northern Town.” But if that’s all you know, then you may be surprised to find that the group warrants an anthology at all. They do, though: they released three albums and a handful of singles during the course of their relatively brief career, but the music is truly outstanding. Of the inclusions, perhaps the most notable – and please read the following fact closely, because you’d be surprised how many people aren’t aware of it – is their second top-40 single, “The Love Parade.”

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 2:38pm

We hyped this when its impending release was first announced, but now that it’s actually here, we would be remiss if we didn’t hype it a little bit more: just in time for the Replacements’ first full-fledged U.S. tour in many moons, we’ve put together a complete package of the Mats’ studio albums from 1981 through 1990.

If you’re a big-time, old-school fan, then you’re already well aware of what this set includes, but we’ll go ahead and clarify the collection for you, just to be sure everyone’s in the know: you’ll get Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash (1981), the Stink EP (1982), Hootenanny (1983), Let It Be (1984), Tim (1985), Pleased to Meet Me (1987), Don’t Tell a Soul (1989), and All Shook Down (1990).