Eric Allen

I'm a music journalist, blogger and crate digger. I began writing about music during college and as a freelancer. Links to all of my published pieces can be found on my music blog at: and/or follow me on Twitter:@popmartzoo 

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Vinyl Rewind
2 years ago
With the contemporary renaissance of vinyl record collecting, now is the perfect time to dive into Vinyl Rewind. Not only has renewed interest in the vinyl record format become more popular since the ...
Prince: Purple Rain (Deluxe Expanded Edition)
2 years ago
In 1984, Prince became a household name when his popularity soared into the stratosphere upon the release of his film debut and its accompanying soundtrack, Purple Rain. Eventually selling over 25 mil...
Memories of Old and AM Gold (Part 3)
2 years ago
Often reflecting back upon the days when AM radio ruled the airwaves with infectious bubblegum earworms and Casey Kasem’s weekly American Top 40 countdown, I remember prime time television also provid...
Memories of Old and AM Gold (Part 2)
2 years ago
As a child during the late 1960s and 1970s, the magical world of music caught my attention immediately, but outlets to find musical sources were extremely limited. My ears were always thirsting to hea...
Memories of Old and AM Gold (Part 1)
2 years ago
Whenever summer rolls around, it annually evokes fond memories of youthful days I’d eagerly spend counting down until the school year would finally end. The anticipation of long, lazy summer days, ext...
The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper Celebrates 50 Years of Veneration with Exquisite Box Set
2 years ago
It was 50 years ago today when the Beatles unleashed what would become the band’s seminal masterpiece, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album was a sonic work of art in 1967, forever changin...