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Ken Richardson Posted: Nov 23, 2011 0 comments

2011 Gift Guide to Blu-ray Box Sets

Scarface or Superman? Jurassic Park or Planet Earth? Star Wars or Looney Tunes? Tom Cruise or Sophia Loren? (Hmmm.) The Lord of the Rings or Pirates of the Caribbean? Ben-Hur, Citizen Kane, Harry Potter, or Willy Wonka?! Check your list twice, or even thrice: There’s plenty to go around. (Note: Prices listed for these and all other boxes are suggested retail. Look for discounts!)

 

2011 Gift Guide to DVD Box Sets

Yes, only on DVD: 62 discs of Smallville and 104 discs of Law & Order. Plus, modest but no less enjoyable affairs for the likes of Laurel & Hardy, Tracy & Hepburn, and Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends. And more.

 

 

 

2011 Gift Guide to CD Box Sets: Expanded Pop/Rock Albums

These days, the 1970s rule — judging from the number of that decade’s classic albums getting super-duper reissues, including Layla, Aqualung, What’s Going On, Europe ’72, Quadrophenia, Some Girls, and both The Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here. But there are many more opportunities for giving, from Nirvana to Pearl Jam, and from Ozzy Osbourne to George Michael to Alicia Keys. Meanwhile, in keeping with the retro outlook, some titles include a version of the album on vinyl LP.

Ken Richardson Posted: Sep 27, 2011 0 comments

To say "The Blu Album" is not to suggest that Steven Wilson's Grace for Drowning (Kscope) is as wildly diverse as the Beatles' "White Album" - even if Wilson rightly calls his own double-disc set "more experimental and more eclectic" than his previous solo outing, 2009's Insurgentes, with jazz and classical influen

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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.

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Ken Richardson Posted: May 04, 2011 0 comments

Hot off the Lucasfilm press. Text of the complete press release follows:

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Ken Richardson Posted: May 03, 2011 0 comments

Well, not all.

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Ken Richardson Posted: Apr 29, 2011 0 comments

Loved that little ceremony? Loved the music even more?

It's online right now.

According to a press release, The Royal Wedding: The Official Album is ready for purchase from "the world's foremost download and streaming platforms."

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Ken Richardson Posted: Apr 18, 2011 0 comments

At the Princeton Record Exchange in Princeton, New Jersey, I got two of the Record Store Day exclusives, both EPs:

• The Decemberists: Live at Bull Moose (CD)

• Kate Bush: Hounds of Love (10-inch pink-marble vinyl)

In addition, I found these:

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Ken Richardson Posted: Apr 14, 2011 0 comments

[UPDATE: This year's event is over now, but the RSD Web site remains active all year.]

Since this is the fourth annual Record Store Day, you should know what to do: Go to your local store and buy lotsa "records," be they vinyl LPs, CDs, or whatever else your shop happens to carry.

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Ken Richardson Posted: Apr 07, 2011 0 comments

Songs

Another major aftershock has hit Japan - which, again, hits home the fact that the country needs our help.

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