Bob Koch

Vinyl Cave writer and Isthmus calendar editor

Due to general musical omnivorousness, I've dabbled in listening to Bing Crosby, one of the most commercially successful -- and possibly most influential -- male vocalists of the 20th century. more

Jan 11, 2015 2:00 PM Vinyl Cave

"Going Up?", the new LP by The Bama Lamas, sounds as if it were being beamed direct to your turntable from AM radio circa 1963 ... at least, if one were within range of a radio station that played a lot of frat rock. more

Jan 4, 2015 2:00 PM Vinyl Cave

Along with the resurgence of vinyl reissues overwhelming the market in recent years has come a surprising amount of LPs featuring mono mixes, and not just for albums that don't have a good (or any) stereo mix. more

Dec 28, 2014 2:00 PM Vinyl Cave

Believe it or not, I haven't been going too bonkers picking up weird bargain bin LPs lately. It's partly because I still have a pile of past non-keepers that still need to find new homes, and partly due to slim pickings. more

Dec 14, 2014 2:00 PM Vinyl Cave

Another autumn mini-edition of Record Store Day came and went this past Black Friday. It must be said: Like many other LPs in the current "vinyl revival," the pricing on some of the special releases is getting pretty ridiculous. more

Dec 7, 2014 2:00 PM Vinyl Cave

One of many children of the Stones to emerge in 1966, the Shadows of Knight blasted out of the suburbs of Chicago via radios across the nation with their cover of Them's "Gloria." more

Oct 5, 2014 1:00 PM Vinyl Cave

Dedicated music listeners probably all have fond memories of the records which sent him or her down the rabbit hole of collecting favorite artists or genres. One disc that warped me as a child was "Love it to Death" by Alice Cooper. more

Sep 21, 2014 1:00 PM Vinyl Cave

Todd Rundgren has been confounding the expectations of both his hardcore fans and detractors alike since appearing on the national music scene as a member of Nazz in the late 1960s. more

Aug 31, 2014 1:00 PM Vinyl Cave

Brewtown has always had a healthy pop music scene, a tradition that continues today with bands such as The Sugar Stems, Jaill, Kings Go Forth and numerous others making waves with well-regarded releases on national labels. more

Aug 3, 2014 1:00 PM Vinyl Cave

For a certain type of collector, vintage record label stock advertising sleeves can inspire a search for albums it can take years to locate. A prime example is the company sleeves for Atlantic/Atco and its associated labels. more

Jul 27, 2014 1:00 PM Vinyl Cave

Jefferson Airplane was among the vanguard of rock bands exploding out of the San Francisco folk scene onto the national stage in the 1960s. more

Jul 6, 2014 1:00 PM Vinyl Cave

The Everly Brothers should be regarded as the first country-rock act. After growing up in Iowa and Tennessee during the 1940s and early '50s as performing country musicians in the Everly family band, the brothers as teens turned to rock. more

May 25, 2014 1:00 PM Vinyl Cave

In which a trio of LPs by legendary performers results in a keeper one may not expect. more

Mar 16, 2014 1:00 PM Vinyl Cave

British rockers Mott the Hoople had a somewhat confounding career arc. Best known to pop listeners in the U.S. for "All the Young Dudes" -- their only "Billboard" Top 40 hit -- the group was around for a few years on either side of that chart anchor. more

Mar 9, 2014 1:00 PM Vinyl Cave

Here's some reflections on comparing another trio of albums from the late mono era. more

Mar 2, 2014 2:00 PM Vinyl Cave

It's always a treat finding a completely unheard-of record in a favorite genre. Jade's lone album was recently discovered when reading a thread on British folk rock at the Steve Hoffman Music Forums. more

Feb 23, 2014 2:00 PM Vinyl Cave

Today I can appreciate the Bee Gees' disco era as being just as well-written pop as their earlier rock days, but I don't necessarily need to hear it. Conversely, I've really come to love just about all of their pre-disco albums. more

Feb 16, 2014 2:00 PM Vinyl Cave

The connection music listeners feel to the folks writing and singing one's favorites is a difficult thing to explain. It's not uncommon to feel sad when a musician I've listened to for many years dies, which, thinking logically, seems a bit weird. more

Jan 26, 2014 2:00 PM Vinyl Cave

Here's another random sampling of what's turned up in local dollar bins over the past week. more

Jan 12, 2014 2:00 PM Vinyl Cave

Thankfully, four-and-a-half decades past the release of their debut album, the critical voices are gradually catching up to the general public's assessment: Chicago is a great band, more experimental and hard rock than given credit for. more

Jan 5, 2014 2:00 PM Vinyl Cave 1 Comments


Ellie Erickson

BingBong, a Madison quartet featuring some heavy hitters, is out with a fantastic debut album. They release “Pop Restoration” Feb. 3 at Mr. Roberts. more

Jan 25, 2018 5:00 AM MUSIC 1 Comments


Bob Koch

Jones died in November 2016 after fighting cancer for several years, but she and her band the Dap-Kings worked to bring us a final statement, released a little more than a year after her passing. more

Jan 1, 2018 5:00 AM Vinyl Cave

Fox Face is a Milwaukee quartet with attitude to spare. Their just-released album "Spoil + Destroy" provides a welcome soundtrack to counter our current climate of seeming collapse of both social and political norms. more

Nov 10, 2017 2:35 PM Vinyl Cave


Bob Koch

The proprietor of Resale Records, Eric Teisberg, died earlier this week. “Vinyl Cave” author Bob Koch remembers a community of record lovers that flourished in the humble east side store. more

Oct 5, 2017 3:55 PM Vinyl Cave 2 Comments

The Madison-based punk-and-western trio hits national LP racks with a new LP on Big Neck Records. more

Aug 14, 2017 4:11 PM Vinyl Cave

Over a six-decade career, Glen Campbell recorded in about every style you can imagine. more

Aug 9, 2017 1:17 PM Vinyl Cave

The Dave Grohl-led sextet is booked to play Madison for the first time since 2006. more

Jun 20, 2017 1:51 PM MUSIC

The Majestic Theatre celebrates its 10th anniversary under the current ownership with a special edition of Live on King Street. more

May 15, 2017 9:00 AM MUSIC 2 Comments


Andrew Eccles

The Zombies were one of the most distinctive-sounding rock bands of the 1960s, and they continue to create rewarding music in the new millennium. The legendary rockers play the Barrymore on April 15. more

Apr 13, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

The Zombies were one of the most unique sounding rock bands of the 1960s. Now the band is enjoying a second life in the new millennium and continues to create rewarding music. more

Apr 7, 2017 1:22 PM Vinyl Cave

Dionne Warwick may not have had much chart success in the 1970s, but was still releasing quality material. more

Dec 31, 2016 7:00 AM Vinyl Cave

After many years of avoidance, it's time to explore some Nancy Sinatra stereo mixes. more

Dec 30, 2016 7:00 AM Vinyl Cave

2016’s bad-news vortex creates the perfect storm necessary for the importation of a Christmas LP to the Vinyl Cave. more

Dec 28, 2016 11:01 AM Vinyl Cave


Anita Sattel

As the owner of B-Side recovers from a serious bike accident, donations are pouring in to a crowdfunding campaign to keep the shoestring operation open. more

Dec 5, 2016 4:42 PM MUSIC

Madison’s concert venues will be overflowing this fall season, with everything from big-time hip-hop acts at Freakfest (Anderson .Paak) to DIY punk shows at Mickey’s Tavern. Here’s a handy guide to your music options. more

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Dylan Brogan

We are a rather flat place, but that does not mean you can’t find an awesome view from above, or an intimate space below. Here are some staff picks for both. more

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I’d seen Rod Taylor’s self-titled album listed on Asylum discographies over the years, but always assumed it was some sort of vanity project for the actor. Not so. more

May 17, 2016 10:00 AM Vinyl Cave

Maplewood Records unearths unfiltered Kenny and company live tapes. more

May 13, 2016 2:00 PM Vinyl Cave

When Jan Berry was seriously injured in a car crash, Dean Torrence went to work to keep their doo-wop/surf duo in the public eye, remixing an old album track and releasing it as a single. But when “Popsicle” became a hit, the label needed an album. more

Apr 2, 2016 12:00 AM Vinyl Cave

The Bright as Night compilation, which is being released on vinyl at Mickey’s Tavern on Feb. 13, is an entertaining peek into the more iconoclastic corners of local music. more

Feb 10, 2016 10:19 AM Vinyl Cave

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    "Soul of a Woman" by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

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    "Let's Get Together" by The Brothers Four.

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    "Top-Notch Country" by The Top-Notchmen.

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    "Jazz from the San Francisco Waterfront" by Burt Bales with Marty Marsala's Band.