All I Want for Christmas...

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 3:10 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Good tidings to you and yours this week of Christmas! And if you're feeling particularly in the giving spirit, why not get for your favorite humble rock scribe (ahem) any or all of the following items? The Beatles Stereo Vinyl Box Set $319 at Amazon.com Excuse me while I wipe up my drool. All 14 Beatles albums - including Past Masters - are crammed into this beaut of a presentation. It also comes with a 250-page... READ MORE

A-grade B-side albums

Monday, October 22, 2012 at 3:15 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music It's a miracle enough when a regular album flows cohesively and tells a story. But when a collection of rarities and b-sides from an artist's entire career gels like the "real" thing, it's utterly divine. Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie is the latest bard to pull off this feat with Former Lives (Barsuk). Though compiled from scraps of unfinished works not suitable for his main gig or his lauded side project,... READ MORE