The SoundBard’s Top 21 Songs of 2015

BY MIKE METTLER — JANUARY 1, 2016

Whether you choose to digest your music via 7-inch wax, digital streaming services, high-resolution downloads, and/or full-on 5.1 surround sound, this past year served up a score of tasty individual tunes for your ears to enjoy. In reverse order, here are The SoundBard’s Top 21 songs of 2015.

21. Def Leppard: “Blind Faith” […]

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The SoundBard’s Top 31 Albums of 2015

BY MIKE METTLER — DECEMBER 31, 2015

Whether you choose to digest your music via high-resolution audio downloads, 180-gram LPs, streaming services, and/or full 5.1 surround sound, this past year delivered a spate of full-length aural goodness. In reverse order, here are The SoundBard’s Top 31 long-players of 2015.

31. The Ting Tings: Super Critical. (Finca) Spunky ‘n’ […]

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The SoundBard’s Top 31 Songs of 2014

BY MIKE METTLER — DECEMBER 31, 2014

Whether you choose to digest your music via 7-inch wax, high-resolution downloads, and/or full 5.1 surround sound, this past year served up a score of meaty individual tunes for your ears to enjoy. In reverse order, here are The SoundBard’s Top 31 songs of 2014.

31. Steve Conte NYC: “Ok DJ.” (Thunderdog) Big […]

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The SoundBard’s Top 31 Albums of 2014

BY MIKE METTLER — DECEMBER 31, 2014

Whether you choose to digest your music via 180-gram wax, high-resolution downloads, and/or full 5.1 surround sound, this past year delivered a spate of full-length aural goodness. In reverse order, here are The SoundBard’s Top 31 long-players of 2014.

31. The Dollyrots: Barefoot + Pregnant. (Hunnypot) Coolest of the cool garage-sters […]

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Sonic Sorcery, Part 1: A Peek Behind the Audio Curtain at Into the Unknown, by Roto’s Magic Act

BY JAMES ROTONDI — AUGUST 13, 2014

From The SoundBard’s desk: When my good friend James “Roto” Rotondi asked me if he could pen a series of essays about how to get great sound and what comprises great recordings for posting right here on The SoundBard, I immediately said, “Bring it on, brother!” Roto and I go […]

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Building the 5.1 Wall: Producer James Guthrie Discusses Pink Floyd and Roger Waters’ Surround Sound Plans at Academic Conference

BY MIKE METTLER

Pink Floyd and music academia don’t usually mix. But that didn’t deter Gilad Cohen and Dave Molk from organizing the amazing “Pink Floyd: Sound, Sight, and Structure — Interdisciplinary Conference,” the first ever academic conference devoted to the mighty Floyd at Princeton University on April 10-13. In addition to scholarly discussions and live music, […]

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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The SoundBard’s Top 25 Albums of 2013

BY MIKE METTLER

Damn the naysayers — I say the album format lives! With that vital declaration out of the way, it’s high time to cite the records that caught hold of my expert ear over the past 12 months — the full-length discs and/or LPs I consider most worthy of purchase, hi-res download, and/or […]

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The SoundBard’s Top 25 Songs of 2013

BY MIKE METTLER

It’s that time of year: Time to cite the tunes that caught hold of my expert ear over the past 12 months — the ones I consider most worthy of purchase, hi-res download, and/or dropping the needle on at 45 rpm! Here, in reverse order, are my favorite 25 songs of 2013. […]

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