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Ken Richardson Posted: Jul 17, 2001 0 comments

In the same way that the Warner Music Group is spearheading DVD-Audio, Sony Music is leading the charge for Super Audio CD - though that's a little difficult to tell from Sony's first batch of surround SACDs, which number exactly two.

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Ken Richardson Posted: Oct 01, 2006 0 comments

Who says that Halloween isn't for A/V enthusiasts? In the next few pages, Sound & Vision will present an appropriate selection of ear and eye candy for trick-or-treaters.

Snakes on a Plane: The Album (Decaydance), with emo/rock tracks and Samuel L. Jackson's immortal M-line.

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Ken Richardson Posted: Mar 05, 2013 0 comments

The Replacements: Songs for Slim

New release (New West; MP3 only)

Slim is Bob “Slim” Dunlap, lead guitarist for the latter-day Replacements. A year ago, he suffered a severe stroke that has left him ailing and in need of financial help. To that end, two original ’Mats — guitarist/vocalist Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson — reunited to record most of this benefit EP (joined by guitarist Kevin Bowe and drummer Peter Anderson).

Ken Richardson Posted: Apr 16, 2007 0 comments

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Ken Richardson Posted: Jun 18, 2013 0 comments

What you are looking at above is the “cover art” for Kanye West’s new album, Yeezus (Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam). In fact, there’s no cover or CD booklet at all, just a sticker on the back of the package with the track listing. This dovetails nicely with Kanye’s mysterious anti-campaign for the album’s release today. He did perform “Black Skinhead” and “New Slaves” on Saturday Night Live in May, and if those hard-hitting, industrial-sounding tracks are any indication, then Yeezus could be a wowzer.

Still, I can’t stop thinking about that “cover art” and, paradoxically, how much it reminds me of this:

Ken Richardson Posted: Nov 04, 2007 0 comments

Coming in November, The Brit Box isn't just any old English package. It's four CDs of U.K. Indie, Shoegaze, and Brit-Pop Gems of the Last Millennium - specifically, from 1984 to 1999. Not only that, the traditional phone booth depicted on the cover is, according to Rhino's press release, "illuminated with a battery-powered flickering light bulb!"

Ken Richardson Posted: Jul 15, 2008 0 comments
Ringo Starr: 5.1 - The Surround Sound Collection


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Ken Richardson Posted: Jun 15, 2011 0 comments


"A children's book for grown-ups! I really did laugh out loud. Hilarious!"

That's none other than David Byrne singing the praises of Go the F--- to Sleep, which was published yesterday by Akashic Books.

Ken Richardson Posted: Apr 03, 2006 0 comments

In case you missed it, Dire Straits' Brothers in Arms won the Grammy for Best Surround Sound Album.

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Ken Richardson Posted: Mar 19, 2013 0 comments

Justin Timberlake: The 20/20 Experience

New release (RCA; tour dates)
Photo by Frank Micelotta/Picture Group

"If Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin can do 10-minute songs, and Queen can do 10-minute songs, then why can't we?"