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Vinyl Cave: Dollar-bin diving with Soundsville, Monkey Business, The Surfsiders Sing the Beach Boys Songbook

Back in the day, a segment of the record industry used cover bands to mimic, or just vaguely approximate, current hits. Sometimes the LP cover art was dressed up to mimic the real album, maybe to fool grandparents into thinking they were buying what little Jimmy or Susie asked them for. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Bing: A Musical Autobiography by Bing Crosby

Due to general musical omnivorousness, I've dabbled in listening to Bing Crosby, one of the most commercially successful -- and possibly most influential -- male vocalists of the 20th century. But so far, I've never been sufficiently struck to spin anything more than once. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Going Up? by The Bama Lamas

Going Up?, the new LP by The Bama Lamas, sounds as if it were being beamed direct to your turntable from AM radio circa 1963 ... at least, if one were within range of a radio station that played a lot of frat rock. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Aerial Ballet by Nilsson

Along with the resurgence of vinyl reissues overwhelming the market in recent years has come a surprising amount of LPs featuring mono mixes, and not just for albums that don't have a good (or any) stereo mix. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Dollar bin diving with Racey, Jeffrey Cain, Dan Sorkin

Believe it or not, I haven't been going too bonkers picking up weird bargain bin LPs lately. It's partly because I still have a pile of past purchases that weren't keepers and need to find new homes, and partly because the pickings have been somewhat slim in recent months. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Heavy by Iron Butterfly

Another autumn mini-edition of Record Store Day came and went this past Black Friday. It must be said: Like many other LPs in the current "vinyl revival," the pricing on some of the special releases is getting pretty ridiculous. >More
 Isthmus Indie Awards 2014: Patrick DePula of Salvatore's Tomato Pies

Patrick and Nicole DePula opened Salvatore's Tomato Pies in October 2011 with the goal of creating handcrafted pizzas and other dishes with locally sourced ingredients. The original Sun Prairie location has been a booming success, and a Madison location is scheduled to open in November at the former Madtown Pizza spot on Johnson Street. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Back Door Men by The Shadows of Knight

One of many children of the Stones to emerge in 1966, The Shadows of Knight blasted out of the suburbs of Chicago via radios across the nation with their cover of Them's "Gloria." Though Them and Van Morrison's original version actually did scrape into the Billboard charts in the summer of 1965, it was just a bit too risque to gain much traction with wary radio programmers. Early the following year, in stepped these Midwesterners to ride to the Top Ten with a slightly lyrically-cleansed version. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Love it to Death by Alice Cooper

Dedicated music listeners probably all have fond memories of the records which sent him or her down the rabbit hole of collecting favorite artists or genres. One disc that warped me as a child was a pretty good-sized hit in 1971: Love it to Death by Alice Cooper. >More
 Vinyl Cave: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren by Runt

Todd Rundgren has been confounding the expectations of both his hardcore fans and detractors alike since appearing on the national music scene as a member of Nazz in the late 1960s. Nazz's debut album positioned them as UK-influenced hard rockers, but by the second disc the band had morphed into a more piano-based sound, largely due to Rundgren's songwriting. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Milwaukee is in the reissue spotlight with Vic Pitts & The Cheaters, The Shivvers, and Radio Ready Wisconsin

Brewtown has always had a healthy pop music scene, a tradition that continues today with bands such as The Sugar Stems, Jaill, Kings Go Forth and numerous others making waves with well-regarded releases on national labels. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Land of 1000 Dances by Chris Kenner

For a certain type of collector, vintage record label stock advertising sleeves can inspire a search for albums it can take years to locate. One prime example is Atlantic/Atco and its associated labels, which maintained company sleeves well into the 1970s. >More
 Vinyl Cave: After Bathing at Baxter's by Jefferson Airplane

Jefferson Airplane was among the vanguard of rock bands exploding out of the San Francisco folk scene onto the national stage in the 1960s. Though the size of their following has perhaps been eclipsed in modern times by fellow travelers The Grateful Dead, for years the Airplane remained the biggest band in the city's scene. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Catch and release with Red Simpson, Joyce Everson, Vi Velasco, Foghat, Jill Williams, Van Morrison

Some major crate digging went down this past weekend, resulting in a pile of intriguing platters getting an initial spin this week -- from the obscure to a couple Top 40 hits you may have forgotten. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Roots by The Everly Brothers

The Everly Brothers should be regarded as the first country-rock act. After growing up in Iowa and Tennessee during the 1940s and early '50s as performing country musicians in the Everly family band with their parents, the brothers eventually broke away as a duo and, being teenagers, gravitated toward rock 'n roll. >More
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