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Brett Milano Posted: Sep 13, 2011 0 comments

This Week in Blu-rays

Gene Newman checks out the latest in high-definition releases: Orson Welles' Citizen Kane gets a deluxe 70th-anniversary edition, Thor and X-Men: First Class bring big superhero action to the small screen, Hesher tries to teach you a lesson (and just

Parke Puterbaugh Posted: Apr 04, 2006 0 comments
From a Compound Eye Merge
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The disbanding of Guided by Voices was sad but somewhat illusory, since GBV always was Robert Pollard &a
Jeff Perlah Posted: Apr 10, 2007 0 comments

Ken Richardson Posted: Sep 03, 2007 0 comments

Parke Puterbaugh Posted: Jul 21, 2008 0 comments
Def Jam
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For the second album in a row, this long-lived Philadelphia crew has branched into more strident, politically mi

Michael Berk Posted: Jul 25, 2012 0 comments

If you're a fan of Blue Note's classic releases of the '50s and '60s - and frankly, what jazz aficionado isn't? - and you're a discerning digitally inclined audiophile, you're in luck! Blue Note/EMI, through our friends at HDtracks, is releasing six classics of the period in glorious 96kHz/24bit and 192kHz/24bit remasters from the original analog masters. 

Ken Richardson Posted: Jun 09, 2006 0 comments

Don't know why anyone should be surprised that Norah Jones is loosening her shirt more and more these days. After all, growing up, the ingénue liked Mötley Crüe! "My neighbor and I would go listen to Mötley Crüe all the time," she says of the boys at right. And in her concerts, she's been known to do a gritty cover of "Ride On" by the boys Down Under, AC/DC.

Jeff Perlah Posted: May 30, 2007 0 comments

Rob O'Connor Posted: Oct 03, 2007 0 comments

Mike Mettler Posted: Oct 05, 2012 0 comments

Duke Ellington knew how to swing. Ellington (1899–1974) was one of the most prolific and influential songwriters of the 20th Century, a purveyor of what he liked to call American Music (he eschewed being labeled as “just” a jazz artist). You know him, even if you don’t think you know him: “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Mood Indigo,” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” are but slivers of his deep (and deep-felt) compositional and performing catalog.

One particular set of highly attuned ears that were influenced by Ellington’s magic happen to belong to Joe Jackson. Yes, that Joe Jackson, he of the skinny-tie New Wave scene of the late ’70s who began reinventing himself at the dawn of the ’80s and never looked back. “I was always ready to move on,” Jackson, 58, said matter-of-factly over lunch in midtown Manhattan this past spring. (Well, to clarify, I had lunch; Jackson was content with “just water.”) “It never occurred to me that listeners may not have been ready to hear it. I thought the whole idea of being an artist was to do something different than everyone else.”

Parke Puterbaugh Posted: Feb 26, 2009 0 comments
Domino/Epic
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Don't get me wrong: I have nothing against dance music, party tunes, or any other escapist entertainment.
Brett Milano Posted: Sep 04, 2006 0 comments
Loose Geffen/Mosley
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When the first two singles are called "Promiscuous" and "Ma
Richard C. Walls Posted: Oct 01, 2005 0 comments
Chávez Ravine Nonesuch/Perro Verde
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Guitarist Ry Cooder's latest project is a concept album
Ken Richardson Posted: Nov 12, 2007 0 comments

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