Mannkind: The Eccentric Album Art of Herbie Mann

Jazz flautist Herbie Mann’s 1971 album Push Push is widely considered one of the worst examples of album cover art ever, noted online and in books on the medium. (In fact, The Art of the LP, by Morgan and Wardle, devotes a lengthy paragraph to the cover which starts out with a response to the…

The Sea and Cake – “Any Day”

Any  word or combination of words can be the name of a band. Take “The Sea and Cake” for instance: a band name made up of two words that have nothing to do with each other. When the long-running group operating under that moniker chose the name, it was based on a mishearing of the…

Records on Vacation

If you’re like me (and there’s a good chance you’re not, but bear with me), the call of record stores or anyplace that might sell records rings loud and clear when you’re in a new town. The allure of the unexpected, the hunt for obscure treasures, the inherent possibilities of a browse through the racks…

Josh Rouse’s “Love in the Modern Age”

Josh Rouse is no stranger to nostalgia. He’s covered numerous songs by 1980s bands in concert and he did a whole album inspired by the sounds of the early 1970s called 1972. On his latest, Love in the Modern Age, he revisits the 80s. More specifically, the synthesizer driven introspective pop of that decade exemplified…

Phil Collins, Anthony Phillips and the Song That Wouldn’t Die

It could have been the single to launch Phil Collins’ multi-platinum solo career, but it was way back when he was still a long-haired and bearded progressive rock drummer with Genesis. The song’s author, original Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips – who had quit Genesis years before due to stage fright and exhaustion – would have…

Cabinet of Obscurities: The Hilltops – “Holler”

An occasional feature showcasing excellent music by little-known artists who (generally) only put out one or two albums. This one is unique, as I’ve never owned the actual album or even seen the cover. I’ve never seen it for sale on ebay, or anywhere else on the Internet. So, yeah, it’s pretty obscure – but Holler,…