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Mike Mettler Posted: Apr 04, 2008 0 comments

"The most interesting thing in life is change." So says Cy Curnin, singer of the perpetually shape-shifting synth-rockers the Fixx, in discussing both his creative (and personal) wanderlust and the impetus behind his second solo offering, The Returning Sun (Cy Curnin/Squirrels Eat Nuts; available at cdbaby.com).

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Mike Mettler Posted: Mar 06, 2006 0 comments

On an Island has a nice cinematic sound to it, and it gets better on repeat listens. Well, good. I'm glad you agree with me [laughs], because I think that, too. I don't know how modest one has to be these days, but I'm really, really pleased with it. There wasn't really a master plan.

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Mike Mettler Posted: May 06, 2006 0 comments

How's this for a mashup: Former Utopians Todd Rundgren (second from right in photo) and Kasim Sulton (right), together with ex-Tubes drummer Prairie Prince (left), join guitarist Elliot Easton (second from left) and keyboardist Greg Hawkes to form the New Cars.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull is quite animated when discussing the current and future state of recorded music. Back in the early months of 2000, Anderson and I sat down in a hotel restaurant in New York City to discuss similar topics. It's interesting to see how things have progressed since then - or not...

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Mike Mettler Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments

So I was just in the S&V sound room, listening to the surround mix of Gillan's Inn.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Jun 08, 2006 0 comments

You want a Renaissance man? Look no further than T Bone Burnett, the producer behind the soundtracks to O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Walk the Line. Now, after a 14-year break, Burnett re-dons his singer/songwriter and recording-artist hat to drop a gritty new album, The True False Identity (DMZ/Columbia, also available on DualDisc).

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Mike Mettler Posted: Jun 06, 2006 0 comments

In honor of Ted Nugent's role as one of the outspoken members of VH1's volatile Supergroup , I dug around in the S&V archives and found this interview I conducted with the Motor City Madman exactly 5 years ago on June 14, 2001.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Nov 04, 2006 0 comments

Before I had a chance to listen to them, I read a wonderful, telling statement in regard to the reissues of Boston and Don't Look Back: "remastered under Tom Scholz's supervision." It's true.

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As iconic as it remains a full half-century later, when Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back was being shot by director D.A. Pennebaker during the Bard’s whirlwind acoustic tour of England in May 1965, there were literally no rules to follow. “It’s the idea of the home movie, the kind of movie that was always made by one person,” says Pennebaker, still as sharp as ever at age 90. “I had gotten the notion in my head not to make a pure music film. I decided to make it about him, right at the time he was trying to figure out who he was.”

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