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Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 3:32pm
Start Your Ear Off Right

Last Tuesday kicked off our annual Start Your Ear Off Right reissue campaign, and if this is the first you’re hearing of it, then allow us to steer you toward what we wrote about it a week ago today. Go ahead and read it now. We’ll wait.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 2:03pm
GIMME DANGER: MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE

When it comes to The Stooges’ place in rock history, there’s more or less a consensus among rock critics – or as close to a consensus as you’re ever going to get with rock critics, anyway – that they’re among the greatest rock bands of all time.

https://open.spotify.com/album/7AGQSH5ulkFUYlBHh1aezh
Friday, January 13, 2017 - 11:44am
Happy 40th: David Bowie, LOW

Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the first chapter in David Bowie’s so-called “Berlin Trilogy,” a series of LPs which, although they threw many listeners at the time, have since gone on to become some of the most critically acclaimed albums in his discography.

https://open.spotify.com/album/0Oqi3Mm316FRX5H9mHjF0b
Friday, January 13, 2017 - 11:39am
Remembering Donny Hathaway
Today marks the day that R&B legend Donny Hathaway departed this veil of tears, but his legacy lives on, thanks to his solo career as well as his noted collaborators with his longtime friend Roberta Flack. But there was more to Hathaway’s career than the releases that emerged under his own name, and we’ve got a six-pack of them for your listening enjoyment.
https://open.spotify.com/album/4kINvyMdIqyuXAtpoCKGIO
Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 11:54am
This Day in 1981: The White House Record Library Rocks
On this day in 1981, the White House issued a memo about an upcoming reception which – in longstanding political tradition – completely buried its most important fact.

The announcement in question was that they would be holding a reception the following day for the Commission for the White House Record Library, and if you didn’t realize that there even was such a thing, the memo has prepared for that contingency. It goes on to explain that “the White House Record Library is a collection of music, drama, poetry, and prose reflective of our nation’s cultural interests,” one which “was established in 1973 and is administered by a volunteer commission whose members are appointed by the First Lady.”
https://open.spotify.com/user/rhino_records/playlist/6rBFzaW0ApgYd4j3C6kvf8
Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 11:49am
Big Star
On this day in 1951, Christopher Branford Bell – but you can call him Chris – was born, and while he would go on to become one with the cosmos on December 27, 1978 at only 27 years old, he made some great music with Big Star during the all-too-short amount of time he walked among us. To celebrate his life, here are six tracks from the KEEP AN EYE ON THE SKY box set where Bell shines the brightest.
http://open.spotify.com/album/7J7sZIPRWHxt3eVPGKsfi6
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 5:15pm
mickey finn

14 years ago today, the rock world bid farewell to a musician who was almost as closely associated with T. Rex as Marc Bolan himself: Michael Norman Finn, a.k.a. Mickey Finn.

Born in Surrey, England on June 3, 1947, Finn first joined forces with Bolan in late 1969, and it was famously reported by the BBC news, “Marc Bolan was supposed to have said of Finn, ‘He can’t sing, but he looks superb.” Admittedly, Finn’s skills as a sideman for Bolan were in a different class than his predecessor, Steve Peregrin Took, but he quickly found his place within T. Rex, and having done, he remained with the band for as long as there was a band, i.e. until Bolan’s death.

http://open.spotify.com/album/6k1iylSzWOs7SgavxlJ8kt
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 1:15pm
Rhino Historic Tours
32 years ago today, the very first Rock in Rio festival kicked off in…Albuquerque. Nah, just kidding, it took place exactly where you’d expect for it to have taken place: in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
https://open.spotify.com/user/rhino_records/playlist/64ZjxYRQ9ZXZYki5E7Wsgq