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Jaan Uhelszki Posted: Feb 28, 2011 0 comments
 
Interscope
Music ••½ Sound ••••

Call me naive, but I think album titles should mean something. When the Black Eyed Peas unleashed their poptastic The E.N.D.

Mike Mettler Posted: Jan 20, 2011 0 comments

So I've been basking in the sounds of Cake's new chart-topping album Showroom of Compassion (Upbeat Records; cakemusic.com), and have to say that I'm really loving it.
Oh good. That would be horrible if it was a nightmare for you. [chuckles]

And it's a great album to listen to on vinyl. The bass lines on "Got to Move" and "What's Now Is Now" have real impact.

Mike Mettler Posted: Dec 07, 2010 0 comments

And in an instant, lo, a hole in the sky appeared, and then it hit me like (bang bang) Maxwell's Silver Hammer when "Get Back," the Beatles? 1969 classic song to roller-coast by, cued up on my iPod during one morning's commute. As Paul McCartney's lead vocal embraced the song's galloping melody line, a great revelation emerged: I can sing Black Sabbath?s "Paranoid" to the same tune! Black Sabbath, the dark lords of melody . . . revealed!

Posted: Nov 08, 2010 0 comments

The holidays are approaching, which means big box electronics stores are starting to dangle mostly-awful iPod dock speaker systems in front of would-be consumers like bait. Thankfully, Onkyo isn't taking that approach, instead they have announced two new stereo systems designed for small spaces or even your shelves.

Mike Mettler Posted: Oct 29, 2010 0 comments

To borrow Mick Jagger’s growl from the Rolling Stones’ feisty Tattoo You track “Neighbours”: labels, labels, labels, labels, LABELS! People feel like they have to label just about everything, especially when it comes to music. So whenever I’m asked to describe what Carlos Santana’s music sounds like, my answer is quite simple: “It sounds like Carlos Santana.” In the case of the 63-year-old guitar guru, his name defines his sound. “The majority of the music I play is still African music,” Carlos explains. “I honor that. And it comes through the Delta, and Mississippi.

James K. Willcox Posted: Sep 24, 2010 0 comments

If YouTube page-views were currency, the members of OK Go would be very rich men.

Brent Butterworth Posted: Jul 02, 2010 0 comments

In the heyday of Blockbuster, music documentaries and concert videos were tough to find unless you were willing to settle for musty oldies like the Three Tenors or musty newbies like Britney Spears. But the rise of video-streaming technology - and in particular, Netflix's Watch Instantly streaming service - has made music-video content of all types easier to access.

Grant Clauser Posted: Jun 18, 2010 0 comments

Logitech's latest addition to its Squeezebox family of network music players is the Touch, a small LCD touchpad that taps into your wired Ethernet or 802.11b/g Wi-Fi network and connects to your audio receiver. It resembles the company's Harmony 1100 remote and, like the remote, brings multiple systems, or in this case multiple services, easily under your control. 

Mike Mettler Posted: May 31, 2010 0 comments

Here's the thing about Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' stunning new album, Mojo: While you've never quite heard the band play this way before on record, the songs sound like you've known them all your life.

Rob O'Connor Posted: Jan 07, 2010 0 comments
Embryonic (Warner Bros.)
Music •••• Sound •••••

Wayne Coyne envisioned Embryonic as an old-fashioned double album whose 70 minutes would meande

Mike Mettler Posted: Jan 02, 2010 0 comments

Jaan Uhelszki Posted: Dec 17, 2009 0 comments
paramore
(Fueled by Ramen)
Brand New Eyes Music •••• Sound ••••½

Ken Richardson Posted: Nov 03, 2009 0 comments
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THE BEATLES IN MONO 13 discs, $300 • Includes every remastered CD from Please Please Me to The White A

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