Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 4:50pm

It’s not exactly a battle on the level of Beatles vs. Stones, but if you’re a fan of the legendary ska outfit known as the Specials, then you’ve likely indulged in this particular question: which is better, The Specials or More Specials? Both certainly have their merits, but for the purposes of today’s discussion, we’re just going to casually throw it out there that, if it’s been awhile since you’ve listened to the albums and you find that you’d kind of like to revisit the band’s sophomore effort, today would be a really great day for that, as it’s just been reissued on 180-gram vinyl.

Was that too blatant a plug? If so, well, what are you gonna do? We had to draw your attention to it one way or the other, because not only is it a pretty great album, but we’re really excited to be able to bring this new vinyl reissue to you.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 4:59pm

New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:

Big Wreck, In Loving Memory Of / The Pleasure and the Greed: Aficionados of Canadian rock – or at least of Canadian frontmen (stand up, please, Ian Thornley) – will be pleased to see that the first two albums by Big Wreck have been added to our digital catalog. Their debut, 1997’s In Loving Memory Of, remains the band’s most popular effort by far thanks to tracks like “The Oaf (My Luck is Wasted),” “That Song,” “Blown Wide Open,” and “Under the Lighthouse,” all of which were top-40 hits in Canada. Unfortunately, while there’s considerable merit to their 2001 sophomore effort as well, The Pleasure and Greed didn’t get much in the way of proper marketing, so sales were disappointing…but, on the other hand, that also means that you might not yet have had the good fortune of hearing songs like “Inhale,” “Ladylike,” and “Knee Deep,” so, hey, now’s your chance!

Corona, “Rhythm of the Night”: In case you’ve noticed the use of quotation marks around the title rather than the usual italics, that’s because this is a single rather than the 13-track album of the same name. It must be said, though, that this is a case where, if you only own one song by Corona, then this is the one to own. (It was their only top-40 hit.)

The Cars,Studio Album Collection: 1978-1987: Knowing that some of you may be among those folks whose Cars collection only features one of their best-of collections and nothing more, you may be interested in this offering, which compiles all six of the studio albums the band released during their tenure on Elektra in one handy, dandy, reasonably-priced package. Of course, that means you don’t get “Tonight She Comes,” which was originally exclusive to their 1985 greatest-hits album, but if you’ve already got a greatest-hits disc, anyway (and it’s turned up on every one that’s ever come out), then what’s the problem?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 3:10pm

Okay, so maybe the headline kind of says it all in this instance, but we’re still gonna spell it out for you, just in case: if you’re a Pantera fan who’s also a vinyl purist, you heard about the live album that was added to the 20th anniversary reissue of Far Beyond Driven, and you thought, “Man, I sure wish they’d release that thing on vinyl,” this is your lucky week.

Yes, Far Beyond Bootleg: Live from Donnington ’94 is now available on vinyl.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 5:33pm

Jazz singer-turned-chef Tim Hauser of The Manhattan Transfer wants you to try his premium tomato-based Italian style pasta sauces. Learn more about the singer's "I Made Sauce" pasta sauces over here. Donate and you could find yourself in swag from The Manhattan Transfer and I Made Sauce.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 4:05pm

On March 14, Morrissey’s fourth proper studio album, Vauxhall and I, celebrated its 20th anniversary... and on June 3, 2014, the celebration continues, with Rhino releasing the definitive master of the album.

When Vauxhall and I was originally released, the reviews were, for all practical purposes, just as rapturous as those doled out to its predecessor, 1992’s Your Arsenal. Q described the lyrical tone of the album as “predictably melodramatic and self-pitying” but “more resigned and even peaceful,” and handed out a five-star rating,” while the All Music Guide suggested that album contained “some of Morrissey’s best material since the Smiths,” adding that, “out of all his solo albums, Vauxhall and I sounds the most like his former band, yet the textured, ringing guitar on this record is an extension of his past, not a replication of it.” The record-buying public proved to be equally charmed, sending the album to the top of the charts in the UK and providing him with the highest-charting US album of his career up to that point (#18).