Burnes Turns: Nov. 26, 2016-Feb. 15, 2017

My first Burnes’ Turns in months highlights some early Hip-Hop classics, joyfully pissed off Hard Rock riffing and an urgently apocalyptic message from the dearly departed David Bowie that is more pressing than ever. “Five Years” – David Bowie When I was first getting into music and reading Rolling Stone, they published a playlist issue…

Straight Outta Compton – N.W.A. (1988)

***1/2 More in vogue than any point since the late ’80s, N.W.A.’s infamous debut (and really only) LP of so-called “real rap” set the world (and the occasional police car) on fire with its back-to-back delivery of “Straight Outta Compton” and “Fuck tha Police,” two of the most controversial and important Hip-Hop records ever made.…

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs 430-421

430. “Blue Suede Shoes” – Elvis Presley Apparently this cover was never as successful as Carl Perkins’ original, but as a kid this is the version I always heard years before I even discovered who Carl Perkins is. I”m not sure which version is superior; they both sound nearly identical. But one thing’s for sure:…