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Mike Mettler Posted: Jul 05, 2007 0 comments
Icky Thump Third Man/Warner Bros.
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Jack and Meg White continue to gather no moss.
Mike Mettler Posted: Sep 18, 2012 0 comments

It’s nice to feel that the music can be improved, and in the case of Aqualung [which saw a 40th anniversary box-set reissue in 2011 with new stereo and 5.1 mixes by Steven Wilson], that wasn’t difficult because it wasn’t a very good recording.

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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: Dec 07, 2008 0 comments
I have to borrow a line from your song "Intuition" and ask: Are you still "just a simple girl in a high-tech digital world"? A little bit, yeah [chuckles].
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.

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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: Mar 03, 2010 0 comments

To disregard the hi-fi end of what we do is wrong," says Tom Petty of his decision to include a Blu-ray Disc with 62 live tracks mixed in 5.1 as part of the Deluxe Edition of his career-spanning boxed set with the Heartbreakers, The Live Anthology (Reprise). That edition, is impressive indeed.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Dec 06, 2012 0 comments
Peter Gabriel's So Turns 25
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Mike Mettler Posted: Oct 03, 2006 0 comments

One of the very first things we saw in Season 2 of Lost was a needle dropping on the title track of Mama Cass's 1969 album, Make Your Own Kind of Music, inside "The Hatch" (a.k.a. "The Swan"), the underground locale that drove much of that season's action.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Jul 14, 2011 0 comments

In my Track One column in the print edition of S+V’s June/July/August 2011 issue, I mentioned that I would be discussing my experiences with Autonomic’s Mirage MMS-5 media server in this space. Wellll... things change. Because we’re all good friends here, I’ll give you the scoop.

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