Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 11:47am
Otis Redding was one of the defining voices in '60s R&B, and we're not just saying that because he released an album entitled The Dictionary of Soul, although that is actually kind of funny, now that we think about it. Really, though, all you have to do is look at a list of his top-40 hits to realize just how important he was in his day and how much he still means to music fans even now. If you really want the definition of soul, just play those hits back to back - “I've Been Loving You Too Long,” “Respect,” “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction,” “Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song),” “Try a Little Tenderness,” “Tramp,” “Knock on Wood,” “(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay,” “The Happy Song (Dum-Dum),” “Amen,” and “Papa's Got a Brand New Bag” - and then see if you don't agree with us about that whole “defining voices” thing.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 2:52pm
Once upon a time, there was a band called Uncle Tupelo. They were great. In fact, they were so great that they couldn't last: the two guys that led the band - Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy - hit a wall whilst working with each other that was simply too difficult to scale, leading them to go their separate ways…or, more specifically, Farrar left and Uncle Tupelo disintegrated. Tweedy, of course, moved on to a little band called Wilco, while Farrar followed his own muse and began a new musical outfit known as Son Volt.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 12:07pm

Rhino has made it a point to reissue classic albums on 180-gram vinyl on a regular basis. These are the latest to get that treatment. You're welcome.

Gang of Four, Solid Gold: When pop culture elitists sit around citing the most influential bands of the post-punk era, Gang of Four have a tendency to pop up in the conversation (as well they should), but while their debut album is generally the one held aloft as the reason they were so awesome, let's not praise Entertainment! at the expense of their very strong sophomore effort, Solid Gold. You may or may not know it for its semi-hit, “What We All Want,” which was a top-30 hit on Billboard's Club Play Singles chart, but when it comes down to it, you should just know it, period. As AllMusic observed, it's an album which demonstrates that the band's sonic touchstones were as much Slave and Chic as they were Sex Pistols and Stooges.

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 2:35pm
Back at the end of August, you may recall that we released a new Faces box set, 1970-1975: You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything… If you don't recall that, then it's a good thing you stopped by, so that we can steer you toward the piece we wrote about it at the time of its release - just click right here! - and you can get the full scoop on its contents.
Monday, October 19, 2015 - 10:06am
42 years ago today, David Bowie released his legendary covers album, Pin Ups, which featured his takes on 12 tracks recorded by a variety of '60s artists, but if you delve a little more deeply into the contents of the album, you'll find that three of the songs chosen by Bowie were actually the debut singles of the artists in question.