Sit down, kids, and let us tell you a tale of a gentleman named Jack and his mannequin…
No, no, just kidding. This is actually a story about a band called Something Corporate…or to be more specific, it's a story about Something Corporate's singer, Andrew McMahon, who decided in 2004 that the fact that his band was going on a bit of a hiatus didn't mean that he had to do the same with his career. Instead, McMahon took the money in his savings account and recorded a solo album, releasing it under the moniker Jack's Mannequin.
New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:Harry Chapin, The Elektra Collection (1971-1978): Harry Chapin didn't spend his entire career on Elektra Records, but the years during which he found his most significant commercial success were most definitely during the Elektra era, starting with his 1971 debut album, Head & Tales. This effort is, as you'd expect from its title, one of the eight albums contained within The Elektra Collection (1971-1978). The others, in case you don't know his catalog backwards and forwards - heck, you may not know anything at all beyond “Cat's in the Cradle” - are Sniper and Other Love Songs (1972), Short Stories (1973), Verities & Balderdash (1974), Portrait Gallery (1975), On the Road to Kingdom Come (1976), Dance Band on the Titanic (1977), and Living Room Suite (1978). Chapin was one of the great singer-songwriters of the '70s, and people should know him for far more than just his signature song. Now's your chance to dive in and educate yourself.
This week, our 180-gram vinyl reissue program is providing you with one of the true gems of the Britpop era: the debut album from Supergrass.
Recorded at Sawmills Studios in Cornwall, England, I Should Coco is such an exuberant pop album that it really only takes a single listen for you to correct deduce that the guys who recorded it were in their teens (Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey) or, at best, early twenties (Mick Quinn). The killer cut on the album is, of course, “Alright,” which was so undeniably catchy that it even caught the ears of American radio programmers, and that hardly ever happens.
New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:
George Carlin, Playin' with Your Head: There's a vocal chapter of the George Carlin fan club that considers this album to be the last time Carlin delivered a set that wasn't heavily political, and there's some merit to that theory. That's not to dismiss anything that may have emerged afterwards, but when AllMusic wrote that this was a fine companion piece to Carlin's classic A Place forMy Stuff, they were not wrong: it's fantastically funny from start to finish.