Ennio Morricone – Morricone Segreto

Ennio Morricone, the flying spaghetti monster responsible for some of the most memorable soundtracks of all time, is newly survived by a compilation of his truest creative works in Morricone Segreto. Morricone is such a big film scorer and composer that his works break into the mainstream, and someone who simply wears Nikes or drinks Modelo… Continue reading Ennio Morricone – Morricone Segreto

New Blues Comp Includes Rare Old Georgia Tracks

Wienerworld sounds like the name of a dystopian theme park devoted to the meat products of the Oscar Mayer company, but it’s actually a U.K.-based independent music company founded in 1981. Their catalog consists mainly of music DVD releases (along with, curiously, a lot of conspiracy theory/alien visitation documentaries), but they’ve released a bunch of… Continue reading New Blues Comp Includes Rare Old Georgia Tracks

Nancy Sinatra Reissue Series Kicks Off

The discerning archivists at Light in the Attic Records have teamed up with Nancy Sinatra to reissue many of her classic albums and singles throughout 2021, with the first key fruits of this partnership arriving Feb. 5 in the form of Start Walkin’: 1965-1976, a 23-track double-LP/single-CD collection covering her most prolific period, including her… Continue reading Nancy Sinatra Reissue Series Kicks Off

Stray Kills to Fill in the Gaps

An assortment of B-sides and rare tracks from the first ten years of The Kills are being gathered for a tidy release called Little Bastards, out Dec. 11 via the Domino Recording Company. Assembled non-chronologically, the 20 tracks are culled from debut EP Blood Pressures in 2002 up through 2011’s “Future Starts Slow” single, oddly… Continue reading Stray Kills to Fill in the Gaps

Music for Films…And Television

A wealth of Brian Eno’s recordings have appeared in films and television shows, some intentionally written for that purpose and others that were used specifically for their spatial, expressive qualities relating to specific scenes or themes. Assorted selections from Eno’s contributions to film and TV have been released over the years, both on his own… Continue reading Music for Films…And Television

Violets Highlights Picked for New Compilation

The Violets were an Athens rock band that played all over the place for a few years from the late ‘80s through early ‘90s but I don’t recall them releasing anything other than a 45 for their snarky anti-hippie tirade “I Hate the Grateful Dead,” which got some college radio airplay at the time (and… Continue reading Violets Highlights Picked for New Compilation

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ Covers Collected

NEW YORK, NY - February 10, 2015 - "Huang Yi & Kuka" presented at 3-Legged Dog. Choreographer Huang Yi and robot 'Kuka' in rehearsal.

Soul- and funk-ified cover songs are almost always a blast, because of the level of passion and energy pumped into the interpretations – think Stevie Wonder’s take on “We Can Work It Out,” or Otis Redding’s supercharged run-through of “Satisfaction,” or Aretha’s definitive version of Otis’ own “Respect,” for that matter. Sharon Jones & the… Continue reading Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ Covers Collected

Non-Offensive Folk Music “B-Sides” Boxed

It’s a given that Folkways Records’ six-album compilation Anthology of American Folk Music, compiled from the vast collection of eccentric boho Harry Smith in 1952, provided a blueprint for the similar folk, blues, gospel and country music archival collections released in recent years by Atlanta-based label Dust-to-Digital. So it’s rather appropriate that the award-winning company,… Continue reading Non-Offensive Folk Music “B-Sides” Boxed

Mastodon to Release 20 Years of Rarities

Geez, has it really been 20 years since Mastodon first trudged onto the Earth? Indeed, it has, and to commemorate the milestone Reprise Records is releasing an album of rare recordings from the Atlanta-based bombardiers on Sept. 11. Medium Rarities includes a bevy of B-sides, soundtrack contributions, cover songs and other castoffs such as instrumental… Continue reading Mastodon to Release 20 Years of Rarities

Brown Acid Compilation Series

The Eclectic Brown-Aid Acid Test: Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Record Collectors There was kind of a weird spot just a smidge past the mid ’60s when the halcyon, zombie-dance daze of the much vaunted hippie era took a dark turn. Music critics and pop culture obsessives will probably argue till the end of time… Continue reading Brown Acid Compilation Series

Wire Polishes Off a Batch of Strays

Originally intended for release on Record Store Day, now that that’s been further postponed and subdivided Wire are saying screw it and going ahead with the wide release of their new album 10:20 on June 19, via their pinkflag label. Although as is the case with several other Wire albums, “new” requires an asterisk. A… Continue reading Wire Polishes Off a Batch of Strays

Various Artists – C90

The 1990s was the rare decade that actually started on time – specifically, on April 8, 1990. That was the Sunday when everyone could go to the multiplex to see the latest John Waters comedy and get home in time to watch Matt Groening’s hit sitcom before turning the channel to ABC for a TV-movie… Continue reading Various Artists – C90

New Package Traces Paul Kelly’s Path

Unquestionably one of the world’s most gifted songwriters, Paul Kelly is revered in his native Australia. If his North American fanbase is significantly smaller, it remains steadfast. As for the rest of you, it might admittedly seem a bit daunting trying to get a good handle on an unfamiliar guy with over 35 music-making years… Continue reading New Package Traces Paul Kelly’s Path

Glen Campbell’s Legacy Grows

Glen Campbell’s 2003 box set The Legacy: 1961-2002 no longer tells a complete enough story to educate and entertain longtime fans and curious new listeners. On June 21, Capitol/UMe’s four disc, 78-song follow-up, The Legacy: 1961-2017, adds a needed addendum covering the final 15 years of Campbell’s career, a story cut short by a public battle with Alzheimer’s.… Continue reading Glen Campbell’s Legacy Grows

The Southern Soul Singles of Lee Moses Compiled

Few details are known about Atlanta native Lee Moses’s life. He fronted the Royal Peacock’s house band The Showstoppers in the late 1950s and early ‘60s. He worked as a session musician in New York City in the latter half of the ‘60s, and recorded a handful of obscure soul/R&B sides of his own. He… Continue reading The Southern Soul Singles of Lee Moses Compiled

November Magic for Kate Bush Fans

If you’re at a loss for what to get me for Christmas… all of Kate Bush’s studio albums are being re-released in remastered form in two separate batches on Nov. 16 and Nov. 30. Vinyl versions are being assembled in four chronologically arranged box sets, while CD versions are gathered in two box sets. One… Continue reading November Magic for Kate Bush Fans

Carbonas Singles, Rare Tracks Compiled

New Goner Records compilation Your Moral Superiors: Singles and Rarities tells the Carbonas story from the band’s 2001 formation until the end in 2009, when the group demoed songs that’d be recorded later by singer Greg King’s G.G. King project and guitarist Josh Martin’s New York punk trio Ex-Humans. It’s cool to have all of… Continue reading Carbonas Singles, Rare Tracks Compiled

Wolfhounds – Hands in the Till: The Complete John Peel Sessions

London’s Wolfhounds are among the most inexplicably overlooked bands of the late 1980s. When they are remembered, it’s often for a fairly uncharacteristic single included on the legendary C86 compilation, a free cassette distributed along with England’s New Musical Express. But rather than the shambling jangle pop permeating the British scene at the time, Wolfhounds… Continue reading Wolfhounds – Hands in the Till: The Complete John Peel Sessions

Rare Joe Strummer Recordings Compiled

A far-reaching compilation of Joe Strummer’s material apart from The Clash, titled Joe Strummer 001, is set to be released September 28th via Ignition Records in various LP, CD and digital configurations. The collection spans his recordings both pre- and post-Clash, including solo stuff, one-off collaborations, now-rare soundtrack contributions and tracks with The 101ers and… Continue reading Rare Joe Strummer Recordings Compiled

The Flaming Lips Pass the Catch-Up

Flaming Lips compilations – and the obscure recordings so many of them tack on for completists, and which ones are repeated where – are a dizzying thing to try and keep track of, so much so that I gave up a long time ago. But they keep on comin’. In the pipeline for a spring… Continue reading The Flaming Lips Pass the Catch-Up

David Bowie – Nothing Has Changed

Like God, David Bowie works in mysterious ways. In the last decade or so, Bowie has been a kind of Greta Garbo of rock, a reclusive sort whose absence only serves to intensify our fascination. Bowie’s silence was shattered with 2013’s remarkable The Next Day, a revelatory missive from a seasoned and hugely influential artist… Continue reading David Bowie – Nothing Has Changed

The Paley Brothers – The Complete Recordings

The Paley Brothers The Complete Recordings [Real Gone Music] Nobody believed Joey Ramone when he was declaring that he was the lead singer for a bubblegum pop act. That was mostly because of more traditional Teen Dreams trying to redeem the sound back in ’77. Rick Springfield made an important contribution with Wait For Night,… Continue reading The Paley Brothers – The Complete Recordings

Toy Love – Toy Love

Album cover Toy Love supplied for TimeOut.

Captured Tracks isn’t the first label to access the out-of-print archives of New Zealand’s Flying Nun label. In fact, Goner Records has already rifled through the same catalog, and came up with similar results: Both found a trove of forgotten Toy Love material. Goner, however, opted to release one of the embattled late-‘70s band’s final… Continue reading Toy Love – Toy Love

fIREHOSE – LowFLOWs: The Columbia Anthology

Remember The Year Punk Broke?  Once Nevermind exploded in 1991, a major label feeding frenzy ensued for alternative rock bands. (I’d argue that punk shattered in late 1985 when Minutemen guitarist D. Boon died in a van wreck, but more on that later.) Among the most eye-popping of these signings – in terms of both… Continue reading fIREHOSE – LowFLOWs: The Columbia Anthology

Primitons – Don’t Go Away: Collected Works

A restaurant in Buckhead used to have graffiti complaining that the guys in Primitons said they didn’t have influences. Whoever wrote that had a point. The Birmingham, Alabama group had plenty of obvious influences. They released their 7-track debut on the Throbbing Lobster label in 1985, so their Byrdsian jangle could just as easily have been… Continue reading Primitons – Don’t Go Away: Collected Works

Amy Winehouse – Lioness: Hidden Treasures

Amy Winehouse, "Lioness: Hidden Treasures"

As an 18-year-old, London’s Amy Winehouse could be found in Miami inspiring a veteran producer with her version of the bossa nova standard “The Girl from Ipanema.” Nine years later at 27 she was able to right her then spinning pharmaceutical compass long enough to join Tony Bennett in Abbey Road studios to record a… Continue reading Amy Winehouse – Lioness: Hidden Treasures

Human Switchboard – Who’s Landing in My Hanger? Anthology 1977-1984

Location, location, location! Even though once he used L.A.’s Gold Star Studios, Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” maintained its east coast formalism. Psychedelics fueled Austin’s music scene in the ’60s. Near-fatal confrontation found its way into power chords from the MC5 and Sonic’s Rendezvous out of Detroit. But Cleveland, Ohio has always been the cloistered… Continue reading Human Switchboard – Who’s Landing in My Hanger? Anthology 1977-1984

Finders Keepers Records

Sounds of Wonder: Finders Keepers Uncovers the World Wide Weird Back in the ’80s when I was working in record stores, aside from the “new age” section I always considered the “world music” sector (usually tucked away at the far end of a bin near the rear of the floor plan) to be the most… Continue reading Finders Keepers Records