Rob Smith remembers his father, in his new “Vinyl Diaries” column.
Legends, upstarts, and an honored but absent guest at this year’s festival.
If you had to pick only 10 albums from the entire history of jazz with which to start a collection, these would be great choices.
This week’s Popdose mixtape, presented by Chris Holmes, offers up 20 of the greatest jazz songs ever recorded.
We made a list of our favorite guitarists of all time, and this week, we count down from 50 to 36. Who made the cut?
I was a pretty confused kid in 1989. Well, not a kid, really — I was 17 going on 18. I had a couple of hundred vinyl records, and David Foster was my guiding light , but when I bought my first CD player that year, I didn’t really know which direction to take my budding CD collection. I had calculated that Lionel Richie would release his fourth solo album in 1989. That didn’t happen. I hated my old favorite band, Chicago, with a passion after they disposed of David Foster and released the Diane Warren-infused trainwreck Chicago 19 in 1988, so I couldn’t care less what they were up to. Level 42 were more or less in shambles after the departure of Boon and Phil and I didn’t expect a new Toto album until the next year. Pet Shop Boys released the glorious single “Left to My Own Devices” but I wasn’t really into singles, and their 1989 remix album (Introspective) wasn’t great. The whole New Romantic/Sophisti-Pop movement was waning, and while I was …