Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 1:51pm

If you’re a Mike Oldfield fan who prefers LP releases to CD or digital versions and your favorite Mr. Oldfield’s back catalog is the very specific era of 1992 through 1998, boy, is this your lucky week: it just so happens that we’ve issued 180-gram vinyl editions of the four albums he released during that particular window. That’s such a nutty coincidence that we’d hit your precise sweet spot like that, right? It’s, like, what are the odds it’d play out that way? It’s such a crazy old world we live in…

Now that we’ve played this situation up to make it seem far more statistically unlikely than it really is, allow us to offer a bit more detail about these four albums.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 1:17pm

Brace yourself, Genesis fans, because the vinyl reissue campaign is rolling on, and this week you’re being presented with the opportunity to pick up five – count ‘em – five albums from the band’s back catalog on 180-gram vinyl.

You’ll remember, of course, how we excitedly told you about these particular reissues hitting CD a few weeks ago, so if you read that particular post intently, then don’t be surprised to find that there’s repetition to be found within this one. Still, just in case you were all, like, “I don’t care about the CD reissues, wake me when the vinyl comes out,” we wanted this to serve as your alarm clock…or, in other words, get your butt up and go forth to purchase the following albums:

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 6:50pm

The Electric Fetus has been a gathering place for music heads and counter-culturists in Minnesota since 1968. It began as a place to get turned on to something a little out of the ordinary, and that still holds true today. People still come together at the Fetus to talk about music and life in general, and to take in fun live performances and events.

Head on over to the Minneapolis location where you can grab a free Replacements poster with a purchase of their recently released THE COMPLETE STUDIO ALBUMS 1981-1990 boxed set, while supplies last.

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 3:05pm

Although we didn’t plan it this way, the timing really couldn’t have worked out better: just as Faith No More bassist Billy Gould is turning 52, we’re releasing the details about our upcoming expanded reissues of Faith No More’s two most commercially-successful albums, The Real Thing and Angel Dust.

First things first, though: let’s talk about William David Gould, who was born in Los Angeles in 1963 and began playing bass while he was attending Loyola High School alongside future bandmate Roddy Bottom. Gould’s first band was called The Animated, and we really wish we’d gotten to hear them, given Wikipedia’s assurance that they sounded like a cross between XTC, the Buzzcocks, and Michael Jackson. Well, that and the fact that their frontman was Chuck Mosley, who – as you may already know if you’ve clicked on this link – would soon go on to front Faith No More.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 2:57pm

New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:

The B-52’s, Live! 8-24-1979 – It may not be as good as a new studio album (or then again, maybe it it’s better), but The B-52’s have surprised their fans by issuing a previously-unreleased live album recorded on…well, you see the title, so you already know when it was recorded. As for the where, the show was at the Berklee Center in Boston, Massachusetts, and features tracks from their then-new self-titled debut album as well as from their as-yet-unreleased sophomore effort, Wild Planet. The band said of the show in an accompanying statement, “We were a little scared of the audience, so we kept our heads down and focused – and we danced like mad when there was a break! Ricky (Wilson) was so fierce on the guitar – so intense – it was all so raw, and we loved it.” If you’re a fan, we’re sure you will, too.