Go Ahead and Spin It to Me: Benmont Tench Breaks Down Why He Loves Lucky on Vinyl

BY MIKE METTLER — MARCH 26, 2014

“I don’t want to stop anyone from getting the CD, but vinyl is the truest way to hear this record,” says Benmont Tench about his new solo album, You Should Be So Lucky (Blue Note). “When you have Glyn Johns [The Rolling Stones, Eagles, The Who] recording something […]

You Gotta Serve Somebody: Tony Hale on Taking Care of Veep Business, Every Day

BY MIKE METTLER

Don’t mess with a man who knows how to guard a bag with his life. In this case, that would be Gary Walsh, the body man/personal aide played by Tony Hale on HBO’s Emmy-winning Veep, which sees its second season out on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download on March 25 and its […]

Takin’ It to the Pretzel Lowdown: Fagen, McDonald & Scaggs Go Soul Deep on Blu-ray

BY MIKE METTLER

“Do you like good music?”

True, it’s a simple question with a fairly obvious answer, but when it’s posed by Michael “White Lightning” McDonald at the outset of “Sweet Soul Music,” you can’t help but wanna get up and testify a hearty “yeahhhh!” That’s but one of many call-and-response-worthy moments to be found […]

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What They’re Doing: Rush Set to Re-release Self-Titled Debut Album on 200-Gram Vinyl

BY MIKE METTLER

Call them the Re-Working Men.

On April 15, to mark Rush’s 40-year recording career, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will reissue the original Moon Records release of Rush as part of Universal’s reDISCovered vinyl series. Some history: In March 1974, Rush released their self-titled debut through the band’s own indie label, Moon Records, in Canada, and […]

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Re-Ledded and Reloaded: Led Zeppelin Soars Again With Upcoming Remasters Series

BY MIKE METTLER

Led Zeppelin soars again.

An extensive reissue program of all nine of the band’s studio albums will rollout in chronological order from Rhino/Atlantic/Swan Song, commencing with the June 3 release of deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III. Each album has been remastered by Zep founder, guitarist, and producer Jimmy Page. The series will also feature […]

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Days of SQ Surpassed: The Timeless Flight of Justin Hayward and The Moody Blues

BY MIKE METTLER

“I didn’t have the courage to go back to any of the masters and try to recreate those beautiful, real echoes,” says Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues about the surround-sound mixes he supervised for six of The Moodies’ “Classic Seven” albums: Days of Future Passed, On the Threshold of a Dream, To […]

An Amazing Journey Explained: The Who – Sensation – The Story of Tommy on Blu-ray

BY MIKE METTLER

“I felt the band, and myself as a composer, deserved one big, last splurge,” says Pete Townshend at the outset of The Who – Sensation – The Story of Tommy (Eagle Vision). And the key to getting there, he adds, was to do “an album as a piece of art.” Enter Tommy, the […]

Not Like Everybody Else Does: Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs Totally Cover the ’80s

BY MIKE METTLER

“The thing that was so interesting about the ’80s was that it was very diverse,” says Susanna Hoffs — and if anyone should know, it’s the longtime Bangles lead singer/guitarist who saw much Egyp-she-an-fueled success in that decade. “It was a smarter, cooler time, and it’s good to see that it’s more […]

Just Breathe: Kris Dirksen of Methodic Doubt on Scoring Cinemax’s Hard-Hitting Banshee

BY MIKE METTLER

“Just breathe.” That was one of the main kicker phrases for the first season of Cinemax’s hit show Banshee, and it’s an apt description for what viewers needed to remember to do in order to keep up with the show’s breakneck pace of pulse-pounding action, sex, drama, and deep character intrigue. Banshee’s […]

By |March 7th, 2014|TV Ear|1 Comment