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.

Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 5:30pm

Zia Records is the destination for pop culture enthusiasts in Phoenix, Tucson, and Las Vegas. Stocked with the Southwest’s largest selection of new and pre-owned vinyl, CDs, movies, books, comics, and toys, Zia Records hosts in-store signings and artist meet-and-greets all year long. Since 1980, Zia Records’ staff has helped customers find exactly what they’re looking for...and much more.

Head to Zia Records’ locations in Phoenix, Tucson, and Las Vegas to purchase Arizona’s own Alice Cooper’s 'The Studio Albums 1969-1983' 15 disc boxset, or order it from them online here.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 5:44pm

Like the old adage says, if you're going to play great records, you're going to need a great record player! Try that one on for size when you enter to win a Pro-ject Debut Carbon DC Turntable (provided by SoundStage Direct) and 5 classic titles - Yes' Progeny: Highlights From Seventy-Two, The Velvet Underground's Loaded, The Yardbirds' Little Games, Genesis' Wind & Wuthering, and Jethro Tull's Mintsrel In The Gallery 40th Anniversary LP Edition - on 180-gram vinyl.

Monday, August 3, 2015 - 4:02pm

New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:

Pearl Harbor and the Explosions, Pearl Harbor and the Explosions – Power pop fans, rejoice! This self-titled album by one of San Francisco’s greatest musical imports of the early ‘80s is likely best known for the single “You Got It (Release It),” but the whole thing is as catchy as all get-out. Plus, really, how can you go wrong with a band whose singer goes by the name Pearl E. Gates?

Andre Previn, Dead Ringer: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – No, not David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers. This one is singular: the film was released in 1964 and starts Bette Davis, Peter Lawford, and Karl Malden. Davis does play twins, though, so if you saw the title and said, “Oh, is that the one about the twins?” we’ll still give you half-credit. Anyway, this score may not have been one of Previn’s most memorable, but if you like Previn’s work at all, you’ll still want to hear it.