LL Cool J to keep hosting the Grammys until they become relevant again

Because the Grammy ladies (and gents) love Cool James, the rapper, actor, and ode-to-big-old-butts composer has been asked to host the awards show for…let’s see, now…the fifth consecutive year. That’s almost as long as NCIS: Los Angeles has been on the air, which is the CBS show that stars LL Cool J, and hey, that’s…

12 albums that deserve (but probably won’t get) anniversary reissues this year

Who doesn’t love anniversaries? The music industry sure does. So far this year, untold oodles of deluxe reissues have been released to celebrate milestones—that is, 10th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 40th, or 50th anniversaries—in an attempt to stir up nostalgia and critical reevaluation. Some of this year’s crop of deluxe…

What’s the first piece of recorded music you ever purchased?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…