THE SOPRANOS (HBO, above - left). Jersey mafia don Tony Soprano: bigger than your average bear, and ten times as deadly. These movie-quality transfers set the standard, with excellent contrast, rich colors, and crisp, atmospherically lit images.
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.
On The Ricky Gervais Show (audible.com and itunes.com), Gervais (right, center) and Stephen Merchant (in glasses) - cocreators of the brilliant BBC series The Office and Extras - are joined by offbeat comedian Karl Pilkington for one of the most irreverent half hours you'll ever spend.
I have a ritual when it comes to watching The Sopranos. Before the debut of each season, I rewatch every prior season on DVD so that I'm immersed in all the nuances that remind me why it's one of the best TV shows ever.
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.