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Sir Christopher Lee’s Heavy Metal Christmas Album

(YouTube Link) Sir Christopher Lee wants you to have a rockin’ good Christmas, so he’s released a heavy metal holiday album that will burn those boring old Christmas songs down. Mr. Lee has been working with heavy metal artists such as Rhapsody of Fire since 2005, and his first solo metal album Charlemagne: By the Sword and [...]

Where Are These 12 Boy Bands Now?

Groups like One Direction, The Wanted, and Big Time Rush are keeping the legacy of boy bands alive, but lest we forget the previous generation of singing boys who captured our hearts. Here’s a look at what the boy bands of yesteryear are up to these days. (In keeping with this spirit, this piece was [...]

The Late Movies: The Supremes A’ Go-Go

On October 22, 1966, The Supremes became the first all-female group to reach the number one spot on the Billboard 200 album charts with their album The Supremes A’ Go-Go. The album, which was actually released on August 25, 1966, retained its number one spot for two weeks and included two Billboard Hot 100 Top [...]

Making Nirvana’s “Nevermind”

In this Classic Albums documentary, we learn how Nirvana’s Nevermind was made. It does get into the (now well-trodden) Nirvana backstory, which is fine, but the best gems here are interviews with producer Butch Vig. When we see Vig, he’s either telling stories about the making of the album (which are interesting) or [...]

Famous Album Covers Recreated with Socks

Have you ever considered socks as an art medium? The anonymous author of a Tumblr blog called Famous album covers recreated with my socks has, and apparently has quite a selection of socks to use! There are two pages of album covers now, and we hope there will be more to come. Link -via Wil [...]

The Stories Behind 15 Albums Named After Numbers, Featuring a Lot of Van Halen

When you think about it, most album titles are a little cryptic (Fiona Apple, I love you, but that’s a lot of title). But there’s something especially intriguing about a record that goes by nothing but a few digits. Those digits are usually anything but random, so here are a few of those musical mysteries, [...]

The Late Movies: The Replacements’ “Can’t Hardly Wait” Turns 25

The Replacements’ classic album Pleased to Meet Me turned 25 this week. It debuted on July 7, 1987, and featured two of my favorite songs of all time: “Can’t Hardly Wait” and “Alex Chilton.” The rest of the album isn’t bad either. The song “Can’t Hardly Wait” has stuck with me all these [...]

Build Your Own LEGO CD Case

UK band Camp America recently released a new album. While I’ve never even heard of the band, I’ve gotta say, I like their idea for a limited edition cd case. These special cases come in 125 pieces with instructions on how to put them together in order to build your own CD case. Now that’s [...]

The Late Movies: Coney Island Soundtrack

On this date in 1927, the historic Cyclone roller coaster opened at Coney Island. (You could ride it for 25 cents back then. Now it’s eight bucks a person!) The Cyclone was declared a New York City landmark on July 12, 1988, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 26, [...]

The Late Movies: The Pixies’ “Doolittle” Turns 23 Today

Today marks the 23rd anniversary of the release of Doolittle, a landmark album by the Pixies that influenced boatloads of musicians in the ensuing years (though most musicians I know pretend they liked Surfer Rosa better). Last year, in a roundup of Pixies covers, I wrote: “The Pixies have had a special place in my [...]