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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 68.0° F  A Few Clouds

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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
 Vinyl Cave: Neil Young by Neil Young

Buffalo Springfield may have had a short life as an active band, but it launched the careers of a number of musicians who have remained active in the business since the '60s. The roster included one major 20th-century legend still shaking things up in the 21st: Neil Young, who released nearly as many albums in the first decade of the new century as he did in the 1970s. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Short takes with Richard Buckner, The Greenhornes, Beachwood Sparks

Many new albums these days are being released on vinyl, for at least limited runs. Meanwhile, there's also been a major resurgence of reissue LPs hitting the racks, along with archival material being released for the first time. Frankly, there's so many it would take one heck of a budget to keep up with everything right now. Here's a trio of recent resurrections of note. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Catch and release with Andy Griffith, John Kay, Peter Yarrow

In which a trio of LPs by legendary performers results in a keeper one may not expect. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Shouting and Pointing by Mott (the Hoople)

British rockers Mott the Hoople had a somewhat confounding career arc. Best known to pop radio listeners in the U.S. for the 1972 David Bowie-produced All the Young Dudes -- their only Billboard Top 40 hit -- the group was around for a few years on both sides of that radio staple. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Mono vs. stereo with The Cowsills, The Young Rascals, The Blues Magoos

Here's some reflections on comparing another trio of albums from the late mono era. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Fly on Strangewings by Jade

It's always a treat finding a completely unheard-of record in a favorite genre. This happened recently when reading a thread on British folk rock at the Steve Hoffman Music Forums, in which an album by a group called Marian Segal with Silver Jade -- or, in its U.K. appellation, just Jade -- was mentioned enough times to get me curious. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Dollar bin diving with the Bee Gees on Life in a Tin Can, Mr. Natural and Main Course

Today I can appreciate the Bee Gees' disco era as being just as well-written pop as their earlier rock days, but I don't necessarily need to hear it. Conversely, I've really come to love just about all of their pre-disco albums. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Here to There by Frummox

The connection music listeners feel to the folks writing and singing one's favorites is a difficult thing to explain. It's not uncommon to feel sad when a musician I've listened to for many years dies, which, thinking logically, seems a bit weird. After all, it's not like I knew these folks. But it's essentially the same mystery as trying to explain why you even like a piece of music in the first place; logic ain't got nothing to do with it. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Dollar bin diving with Michael Pinder, Ray Thomas, Soupy Sales

Here's another random sampling of what's turned up in local dollar bins over the past week. >More
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