Sean Cannon

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These Facts About Electronic Godfather Jean-Michel Jarre Might Surprise You

Jean-Michel Jarre is a pioneer in electronic music. No surprise there. From Oxygène to Équinoxe to Rendez-Vous and beyond, Jarre has sold over 80 million records. His status is common knowledge among pretty much everyone who’s touched a synthesizer, as well as huge swaths of the music-loving public. However, there are a few things about […]

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Crippled Inside: A Survey of John Lennon’s Post-Beatles Albums

Few musicians have inspired more devotion than John Lennon, whether with The Beatles or through his work after the band split. But like any mortal, Lennon left a complicated legacy. His was filled with moral failings — which his music laid bare — buttressed against anthems that inspired millions and changed the landscape of pop […]

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The Best Records of 1998

When you look at big records from 1998, there’s something you immediately notice among their ranks: Soundtracks were huge. Whether you’re talking about blockbuster stinkers with horrible soundtracks (like Armageddon, Godzilla, and City of Angels) or more under-the-radar joints with banging collections (The Big Lebowski, Bulworth, and He Got Game come to mind), they captured […]

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Feist On New ‘Let It Die’ Album Artwork: I Wanted To ‘Let It Live’

Vinyl Me, Please is celebrating the 15th anniversary of Feist’s sophomore LP, Let It Die, by reissuing the album as their Record of the Month for September. There’s a lot to love about the release, what with 180 gram seafoam green vinyl and an original art print by Santiago Carrasquilla. However, the most striking component […]

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Isle of Wight Festival’s Influence, On The Big Screen

When you talk about the influence of music festivals — especially in the US — Woodstock is usually where the conversation begins. But if you look at the current musical landscape, there’s no festival more influential than Isle of Wight. That’s not because it happened in 1968, a year earlier than Woodstock, or because the […]

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On The Record: Amos Lee

Before he released the acclaimed album My New Moon last month, before he opened for Bob Dylan in 2005, before he was signed to Blue Note in 2003, and before he picked up a guitar, folk-soul luminary Amos Lee was just a little kid with no clue what was going on. “I have a spotty […]

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The Discogs Top 50 Best Selling Records Of July 2018

After spending just one month outside the top spot thanks to Ghost, Pink Floyd is back. Hardly a surprise. What might be surprising, however, is that a cassette made it into the top 50 in July. And it’s a new cassette, at that! There’s been a lot of talk — and a lot of balk […]

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A Beginner’s Guide To Vinyl: Classic Rock Records You Should Own

By Kat Bein So, you’ve decided you’re into classic rock. It’s a great place to start for any vinyl collection, mostly because classic albums were released on vinyl in huge numbers and are therefore usually pretty cheap grabs. They sound solid as ever, because vinyl is a miracle medium and the ’70s were a golden […]

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More Than ‘Good Enough’: A Survey Of Mudhoney’s Albums

It’s been 30 years since Mudhoney hacked their way into our hearts with the single Touch Me I’m Sick. In the ensuing decades, a lot has changed — yet frontman Mark Arm’s band of garage-grunge weirdos remain. To mark the milestone, the band is readying album number 10, Digital Garbage. It’s out Sept. 28. To […]

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Bob Seger’s Rarest Records

If you’re of a certain age, Bob Seger was omnipresent in your life. The main cause, of course, was Chevrolet’s 13-year Like A Rock ad campaign. Thousands upon thousands of TV spots turned Seger into a legitimate cultural institution. We played that song at my dad’s funeral, but not because he liked it. My family played it […]

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