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Friday, May 12, 2017 - 11:21am
Single Stories: Seals & Crofts, “Diamond Girl”

40 years ago this week, the title track of Seals & Crofts’ fifth studio album made its debut on the Billboard Hot 100.

Like the majority of their material, the jazz-influenced “Diamond Girl” was written by Jim Seals and Dash Crofts. Alan Bershaw of Paste Magazine described the song as “the infectious title track” of the album, praising the way that its lyrics are “skillfully depicting the love for a woman or a commitment to God, depending on how one interprets them.” (The latter aspect is no surprise, given that the duo was famously affiliated with the Baha'i faith.)

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 11:07am
Deep Dive: George Carlin’s Best – Atlantic Years
Comedy might not have been born on this day in 1937, but one of the greatest comedians ever to walk to earth did arrive on this date: George Denis Patrick Carlin. Although he left us back in 2008, his legacy continues unabated, in no small part lately because of all the people who’ve said, “Man, can you imagine what George Carlin would have to say about Donald Trump?” We can only imagine it would’ve been glorious. In lieu of what can never be, we instead offer you a playlist featuring a collection of albums which were released on Atlantic Records. This isn’t everything, mind you: it’s only the albums that are in our catalog. It’s all funny, though, as you’ll soon be able to hear for yourself.
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 8:58am
Once Upon a Time in the Top Spot: Madonna, “Crazy for You”

32 years ago today, Madonna rose to the pinnacle of the Billboard Hot 100 for the second time in her career with a track from a film about a love story between a high-school wrestler and an older woman.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 8:51am
Afghan Whigs
Picture it: Hamilton, Ohio, 1965. What’s that? You can’t picture it because you’ve never been to Hamilton, Ohio? In that case, we’ll skip Sophia Petrillo’s stock story opening and just tell you that today’s the birthday of Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli, which is a date worthy of celebration. To do so, we’ve set up a Spotify stream of the deluxe reissue of the band’s 1996 album BLACK LOVE, and we’ve also put together a six-pack of tracks featuring guest appearances by Dulli, some of which may be new to you.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 3:23pm
Make It a Double: Joni Mitchell, DON JUAN'S RECKLESS DAUGHTER

The success Joni Mitchell achieved on her wonderful run of hit albums in the early '70s (from LADIES OF THE CANYON through COURT AND SPARK) provided her with sufficient artistic credit to explore whatever avenues she desired. She chose jazz and with 1975's THE HISSING OF THE SUMMER LAWNS, began to devote her considerable creative energies to album-length dives into non-linear melodies and story-songs with open-ended plots and streetwise characters. To pull this off, Mitchell also employed some of the cool, (mostly) young players who were then pushing electric jazz into more atmospheric spaces.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 9:44am
This Day In

47 years ago today, David Bowie performed “Space Oddity” for what was almost certainly the largest audience of his career up to that point, thanks to a little help from a satellite.

Although he wasn’t yet the superstar that he was destined to become, Bowie certainly did wonders for his profile when he appeared at the Ivor Novello Awards and – accompanied by the Les Reed Orchestra – delivered a live version of “Space Oddity.”

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 9:35am
Happy Anniversary: Prince, LOVESEXY

29 years ago today, Prince released his tenth studio album, an effort which featured nine tracks…unless you got the CD, that is, in which case it featured one really, really long track.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 10:24am