Celebrating the Go-Go's first album

August 3rd, 2020

On a whim last week, I decided to spin my copy of the Go-Go's brilliant 1980 debut album, Beauty and the Beat. I had forgotten just how terrific that album is, and it motivated me to look the band up online, at which point I learned that we were days away from the release of a brand new documentary about the Go-Go's! Though I have not yet...

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More Posts About More Songs About Buildings and Food!

July 14th, 2020

On this date in 1978, Talking Heads released their phenomenal sophomore studio album More Songs About Buildings and Food, their first of three collaborations with the great Brian Eno. (Three collaborations by Talking Heads. David Byrne as a solo artist has collaborated a number of additional times with Eno.) This brilliant LP has been analyzed...

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Let Mase turn you on to Sparks!

July 7th, 2020

  I have mentioned several times since our beloved Mase died last month that last year, he turned me on to the band Sparks. What happened was, there was some song on our playlist (I don't even remember what it was) that reminded him of Sparks, and he came up to me after a staff meeting one time and asked me if I was a Sparks fan. I got real...

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Just What We Needed: The Cars' debut album

June 5th, 2020

On June 6, 1978, a Boston band consisting of Ric Ocasek, Benjamin Orr, Elliot Easton, David Robinson, and Greg Hawkes released their self-titled debut album. By the end of 1978, The Cars had sold more than a million copies at the beginning of a chart run that would last more than two years. A massive hit on pop, rock, and college radio, the Ca...

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Bob Dylan's breakthrough

May 27th, 2020

Today marks the 57th anniversary of the release of Bob Dylan's second album, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, released May 27, 1963. Though not his first album, the album was without a doubt his breakthrough, hitting number 22 in the US charts, and it was his first album consisting of primarily self-penned songs. The album contained some of his mos...

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