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Billy Altman Posted: May 05, 2011 0 comments

Back in 2004, when the Beastie Boys released their NYC-saluting To the 5 Boroughs, Adam "MCA" Yauch noted in an interview that "what makes New York special is definitely the

water. . . . We got the best pizza, the best bagels, the best hip-hop. It's the fluid that runs through our bodies."

Rob O'Connor Posted: Apr 28, 2011 0 comments

Hard Bargain features the trio of Emmylou Harris, producer Jay Joyce, and multi-instrumentalist Giles Reaves alone in the studio. However, this isn’t a rustic, back-to-basics album. Rather, it has a pleasantly lush sound, made with the complete understanding that people come to hear Harris sing.

Rob O'Connor Posted: Apr 27, 2011 0 comments

Named after the last single that Hank Williams released before his death, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive is swamped in Steve Earle’s contemplations of mortality. His father died weeks after Earle began writing the album.

Mike Mettler Posted: Apr 25, 2011 0 comments

How much do I love reissues? Let me count the ways. Well, let me NOT do that, else I’ll never get around to the subject at hand…

Anyway, this is the first in a regular series of postings about cool reissues that are coming down the pike — or ones that have already come down the pike and may have passed you by.

Parke Puterbaugh Posted: Apr 21, 2011 0 comments

For Richard X. Heyman, a pop savant rooted in the fertile loam of the Sixties, the first disc of his new double album is quite literally a labor of love. He takes pains to note that Tiers isn’t a rock opera, but rather a pop opera — or “popera,” for short. 

Jeff Perlah Posted: Apr 19, 2011 0 comments

Sure, it’s great when one musician can collaborate with another in a faraway country and end up with something impressive — even when the two never spend any time together in a studio. The wonders of the digital age have made it easy to carry on long-distance recording relationships.

Mike Mettler Posted: Apr 05, 2011 0 comments

“It’s a timeless record with so much detail,” says surround-sound remix guru Richard Chycki about Rush’s 1981 masterpiece, Moving Pictures. “I’m glad you’ve clued into all of the nuances.” Chycki is referring to what I said to him last week about the PCM 5.1 and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mixes he did for MP’s 30th anniversary reissue. Today marks the release of the CD+DVD version, something certainly worth getting if you’re not equipped for Blu-ray — but the much preferred Holy Grail CD+BD version won’t be out until May 3.

Mike Mettler Posted: Apr 04, 2011 0 comments

In anticipation of the 30th anniversary reissue of Rush’s truly seminal Moving Pictures as both CD+DVD (April 5) and CD+BD (May 3) deluxe editions, with PCM 5.1 and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround-sound mixes by Richard Chycki, I’m dipping into my personal Rush interview archive to present a truly exclusive, incremental look at how the band’s attitude toward bringing its vaunted studio material into the surround-sound arena has literally changed from “no” to “go” over the last decade.

Ken Richardson Posted: Mar 03, 2011 0 comments
 
Ape House
Music ••••½ Sound ••••

Funny thing about this 1986 album: Despite its Pepper-y production by Todd Rundgren, it has always sounded . . . what, exactly? Thin?

Parke Puterbaugh Posted: Mar 03, 2011 0 comments
 
Discipline
Music •••½ DVD-Audio Mix •••••Extras •••••

Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson's multichannel mix of Islands detangles some of their album In the Wake of Poseidon's

Stan Horaczek Posted: Mar 03, 2011 0 comments

It was kind of a big deal with The Beatles finally made their way onto the ever-growing digital music behemoth that is iTunes, but we find this news just as, um, satisfying. Starting this week, 27 Stones records will be finding their way onto the audiophile music service, HDTracks.com. The tracks have been pulled from remasters that were originally created for and released on SACD in the early 2000s.

Parke Puterbaugh Posted: Mar 02, 2011 0 comments
 
Discipline
Music •••½ DVD-Audio Mix ••••½ Extras ••••

The latest reissues in King Crimson’s 40th Anniversary Series capture the band at difficult junctures in Phase 1 of its quixotic history.

Brett Milano Posted: Mar 02, 2011 0 comments
 
Mercury
Music ••1/2 Sound ••

 

Jeff Perlah Posted: Mar 02, 2011 0 comments
 
Top Dog/Atlantic
Music •••1/2 Sound ••••

 

Brett Milano Posted: Mar 02, 2011 0 comments
 
Yep Roc
Music •••• Sound •••1/2

 

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