A decade ago today, Santigold released her Santogold debut. We were starstruck. We named it one of the best Beats/Breaks albums of 2008, and while you’re here, read our review of her compelling third album, 99¢, too:
Two decades ago today, Fugazi released End Hits. No surprise: Still a classic. Read our Fugazi Over/Under:
50 years ago today, the Beatles-run Apple Records declined to sign an up-and-coming young musician: David Bowie. Rock ’n’ roll suicide. Read our review of the Bowie boxed set covering the period of his early music that Apple missed out on:
Three decades ago today, the Sugarcubes released debut album Life’s Too Good. Hope Björk and Co. are smoking cigars. Speaking of Björk, read our review of her great new album here.
Flashback Friday: Two decades ago today, Massive Attack released commercial-breakthrough third album Mezzanine. We’re thankful for what we’ve got. Read Cold Specks on Massive Attack in MAGNET here.
A decade ago today, Frightened Rabbit released breakthrough sophomore album The Midnight Organ Fight. In fact, we named it the seventh best LP of 2008, saying, “How did Frightened Rabbit go from U.K. indie-rock upstart to author of one of the year’s top albums? Tiny changes: simple guitar melodies distilled more than single-malt Scotch; a quivering, mouth-filling brogue cracking at the edges with naked emotion; and sexually charged songs beating strong with a bleeding heart. (Thesis couplet: ‘You won’t find love in a hole/It takes more than fucking someone to keep yourself warm.’) In lesser hands, lyrics as uneasily honest, direct and revealing as these could have been a deal-breaker. Coming from the brothers Hutchison, they are a revelation.”
Want even more of MAGNET on Frightened Rabbit and The Midnight Organ Fight? Read our initial review of the album from earlier in 2008. Even though technically it was the Year of the Rat, 2008 was also the Year of the Rabbit.
51 years ago today, the Bee Gees released their first non-Australia-only single, “New York Mining Disaster 1941.” A photograph of someone that we knew. Read Eric Matthews (Cardinal) on the brothers Gibb in MAGNET here.
A decade ago today, Titus Andronicus released debut album The Airing Of Grievances. It was a festivus for the rest of us. Read our feature from three years ago here.
45 years ago today, Bob Marley And The Wailers released the classic Catch A Fire. Kinky reggae.