what is a “record album” and where did the term come from?

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THE WORLD TURNS, WORDS EVOLVE. Some­times the evo­lu­tion of a word is gradual and log­ical and few no­tice the change. Some­times it hap­pens quickly—often through ig­no­rance and misuse—and the change is jar­ring. In the 21st cen­tury, a word can go through a tremen­dous up­heaval if one in­flu­en­tial person mis­uses it one time on the internet. [Continue reading]

michael sowa ain’t never caught a rabbit and he ain’t no friend of mine

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WHILE I WAS PLAYING with count­less themes in search of a new look for Rather Rare Records over the past few weeks, I posted a page with a note of apology and ex­pla­na­tion for all to see.

To make the post eye-catching, I found this killer painting by Michael Sowa ti­tled “Frohe Os­tern” (“Happy Easter”), and used it as the page’s fea­tured image. [Continue reading]

what exactly was a “rock & roll album” in those days?

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WHAT EXACTLY IS A ROCK & ROLL ALBUM? To an­swer that ques­tion, we need to an­swer an­other: What is rock & roll music? After sixty years, we still don’t have a de­f­i­n­i­tion that everyone agrees with! Ar­gu­ments about its de­f­i­n­i­tion and its origin in the early ’50s—no wait, was it the late ’40s?—have [Continue reading]