Monday, December 14, 2015 - 4:12pm
Underworld, Underneath the Radar / Change the Weather: As we close in on Christmas and the end of 2015, the number of weekly additions to our digital catalog begins to decline, but we've still got two newbies to tell you about today, and they'll be of particular interest for those of you who lived and died by everything released by Sire Records during the late '80s and early '90s. Oh, sure, Sire has always maintained a roster of considerable merit, but during the Just Say… years, i.e. when the label was regularly releasing compilations to spotlight their latest and greatest artists, it seemed as though they could do no wrong, and it was during this window when they welcomed a musical collective from Cardiff called Underworld.
Monday, December 14, 2015 - 3:55pm
Jazz musicians don't come much more legendary than the late Miles Davis, but it was the label shift heard 'round the world when, in 1985, Davis left his longstanding home of Columbia Records and made the jump to Warner Bros. Records. It wasn't just a change in label, either: it was a full-fledged change in sound, starting with his debut WB album, Tutu, which - believe it or not - actually featured a cover of Scritti Politti's “Perfect Way.”
Friday, December 11, 2015 - 12:11pm
A wise woman once sang that life is a cabaret, so it only makes sense that one of the most legendary cabaret singers in the world would be a woman. We're referring to Edith Piaf, of course, and were she still with us, this month would mark her 100th birthday. Alas, Ms. Piaf passed away in 1963 at the far-too-young age of 47, but to celebrate her centennial, we've released a limited-edition box set which is about the best possible birthday gift you could hope for if you're an Edith aficionado.
Friday, December 11, 2015 - 12:07pm
If you've kept your eyes open, you might've already read that Cyndi Lauper has been busy recording a country album, one which will be released by Sire Records (her “dream label,” if you trust the word of Rolling Stone) and is being executive-produced by living music legend Seymour Stein. Now, if you keep your ears open, you'll be able to hear a song from those sessions: Lauper's take on Carol Hall's “Hard Candy Christmas,” best known for Dolly Parton's version on the soundtrack to The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
Friday, December 4, 2015 - 1:07pm
Many a casual Fleetwood Mac fan will, if asked to cite their favorite album by the band, instantly deliver a one-word answer without thinking: “Rumours.” This answer is not wrong, because…well, everybody's got their own opinion, right? You can, however, find a strong contingent within the band's fanbase that might just as quickly offer up a different one-word response-“Tusk”-and if you're one of the folks in that camp, then this may well be the happiest Friday you've had all year, because we've just released deluxe and expanded editions of that particular album.