Remember record stores? Each shop invariably had a "cutout bin," or a sale rack containing overstock LPs and cassettes. Manufacturers would punch a hole or cut a notch into the record cover or plastic cassette case, then send these leftovers to stores to resell at a deeply discounted price. Delving through these bins would uncover some obscure artists, or an album that failed to sell very well. Often the customer would be rewarded with a hidden gem.
Re-live those days through The Cutout Bin a column that digs through the music racks for lost treasures.
My final column recalls the Carole King-written launching pad of my musical education.
You're a Beatles fan, yet you also like holiday music. How can you enjoy both at the same time?
The British Invasion group took a huge risk with this psychedelic--and still distinctive--gem.
Among the greatest mysteries in life includes the following: why isn't Cake bigger than they are?
What is the most sampled drum solo of all time? The answer may surprise you.
A guitarist, percussionist, and gifted singer is all it takes to create quality jazz.
This 1990 album exemplifies Loose Ends' sophisticated, polished brand of 1980s and 1990s soul.
Don't miss this hidden gem in the R.E.M. catalog that best shows why this legendary band will be greatly missed.
As we mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11/01, looking back on then-popular songs reveals the country's somber mood.
Psychedelic rock and funk come together perfectly in this soulful track.
Fans of funk and acid jazz should not overlook the band's soulful albums recalling 1970s funk.
Billy Preston's second album for Apple contains positive, very human messages while incorporating foot-stomping funk, soul, and gospel.
The jazz legend's final album saluted her love of Brazilian jazz, including this underrated performance.
As rock stations continue to disappear, rock seems to be on life support. But is this true?
The former Beatle's often overlooked 1992 single exemplifies his personal and professional transformation.
Throughout his life, the artist defied labels and spoke the truth through his powerful lyrics.
Hailing from Slovenia, Perpetuum Jazzile proves that music transcends language.
Meet one of the most unique artists to emerge from the English New Wave scene of the late 1970s.
Although most famous for "Born to be Wild," Steppenwolf recorded other groundbreaking songs, such as this underrated classic.
Overlooked in 1983, Anita Baker's debut solo album set the stage for her successful career.