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Mark Smotroff  |  Oct 23, 2012  |  0 comments

Halloween's not even here yet, but Sufjan Stevens is ready for Christmas

But you can pre-order some fun Holiday albums already, including Sufjan Stevens: Silver & Gold (Ltd Ed. 5 LP, 6 EP set)

Mark Smotroff  |  Dec 18, 2012  |  0 comments
This weekend, I pulled out my SACD of Vince Guaraldi's classic soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas, marking the beginning of the holiday season for me personally.
Ken Richardson  |  Apr 19, 2013  |  0 comments

Years ago, someone told me that 1,200 high school kids were given a survey. A question was posed to them: Have you ever been to a stand-alone record shop? The number of kids that answered “yes” was . . . zero.

Philip Ryan  |  Sep 22, 2011  |  0 comments

What do good hippies do when their band's adopted home state is devastated by a natural disaster? They throw a benefit concert of course!

Philip Ryan  |  Dec 15, 2011  |  0 comments

Time sure flies. Just 16 years ago, I was a senior in college at SUNY Binghamton. In my time there I had the pleasure of seeing Phish play a few shows at the Broome County Arena. The last of those concerts occurred 16 years ago this week (12/14/1995), and was released as the first in the Live Phish series.

Mark Smotroff  |  Sep 06, 2012  |  0 comments

It Don't Mean a Thing If You Ain't Got a Stream

Michael Berk  |  Sep 13, 2012  |  0 comments

Naxos - the world's largest independent classical label - is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. While the company made its name on budget releases of recordings by Eastern European orchestras and rereleases (and occasional remastering) of out-of-print material, it's moved on to create a  strong catalog of contemporary music, and has embraced high-resolution releases, with a number of SACD and Blu-ray releases in the last few years. And, of course, they've jumped into the FLAC format. This week, HDtracks is paying homage to the label's achievements with a featured set of CD-quality and high-resolution releases from the label, spanning the 19th and 20th Centuries. 

Mark Smotroff  |  Sep 25, 2012  |  0 comments

Audiophile Pistols

When you say the words "audiophile release," people generally don't think first of the Sex Pistols. But don't forget that Never Mind The Bollocks... Here's The Sex Pistols was produced by two veterans of the golden age of British studio wizardry: Chris Thomas (who played on the White Album and recorded Pink Floyd, Badfinger, and Roxy Music, to name but a few) and Bill Price (who designed the legendary AIR Studios).

Mark Smotroff  |  Oct 16, 2012  |  0 comments

We've learned about some cool surround discs coming out (we like to keep an eye on interesting sources such as the great UK magazine Record Collector).  We'll be looking for them soon so we can review them for you.  Included are:

Josef Krebs  |  Aug 14, 2012  |  0 comments

Jaws

The arrival of a giant man-eating great white shark on the shores of a New England beach resort in 1975 and its cruise out of the universal unconsciousness and through the international zeitgeist from was a historical and game-changing event.

Josef Krebs  |  Aug 28, 2012  |  0 comments

Boardwalk Empire: Season 2

"After you get what you want you don't want what you wanted at all." A great sense of loss runs throughout Boardwalk Empire, the Terence Winter-created, Martin Scorsese-executive produced gangster series set in Atlantic City of the Roaring Twenties.

Josef Krebs  |  Aug 07, 2012  |  0 comments

Rio Grande and Johnny Guitar

This week Olive Films are releasing these two classic westerns from the early 1950s. Rio Grande (1950) is part of what is known as John Ford’s cavalry trilogy — along with Fort Apache (1948) and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) — based on stories by James Warner Bellah.

Josef Krebs  |  Dec 11, 2012  |  0 comments

The Bourne Legacy

Complex and flashback heavy, The Bourne Legacy expands on the action thriller world created by the late novelist Robert Ludlum and the previous three films based upon his books.

Josef Krebs  |  Dec 18, 2012  |  0 comments

Total Recall

As a fan of the 1990 version of the science fiction action thriller Total Recall, loosely based on the 1966 Philip K.

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