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Reese Wynans: A Consummate Sideman Fronts His First, Sweet Solo Release

By | March 20th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Keyboard maestro Reese Wynans called us from his homebase in Nashville to discuss how he and producer/partner Joe Bonamassa decided where his organ should appear in the final mixes of his first ever solo album Sweet Release, why he began listening to vinyl again, and how he had to instantly be on his A-game when he first joined up with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.
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Dido: A Vocal Ingenue Who’s Still on Our Minds

By | March 13th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Celebrated British chanteuse Dido called us to discuss her new album Still on My Mind and how her best song mixes are meant to draw you in as a listener, when and when not to use reverb, and why sequencing remains critical to the arc of an album.
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80 Years Strong: Legendary Canadian Songwriter Gordon Lightfoot

By | February 27th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Legendary Canadian songwriter Gordon Lightfoot called us from his homebase in northern Ontario to discuss why he personally tunes his guitars before every show, how and why he made the choices about where his vocals appear in studio mixes, and the continuing importance of historical accuracy in his songwriting.
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Eric Schenkman Puts a New Spin on the Blues

By | February 13th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Guitar maestro Eric Schenkman (of Spin Doctors fame) called us from his homebase in Toronto to discuss the creative process behind his new blues-tastic solo album Who Shot John?, his inherent audiophile tendencies when it comes to vinyl playback, and where he currently fits in on the “totem pole” of visionary musicianship.
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Steve Hackett: At the Edge of Sonic Exploration

By | January 30th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

We got on the line with iconoclast guitarist Steve Hackett to discuss the rudiments of the soundscapes that comprise his stunning new album At the Edge of Light, the importance of physical packaging in the digital age, and, of course, his plans for future solo-catalog-derived surround sound reissues.
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Meiko: Playing Favorites

By | January 11th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Meiko: Playing Favorites

The best, most affecting singers tend to meet us at the intersection of Nuance and Intimacy Street, a corner the folk-leaning vocalist Meiko has clearly made her home. For this tight-knit collection of an even-dozen covers, Meiko and her two bandmates were ensconced in the same room at the Hirsch Center, a former church in Brooklyn, New York, around a Theoretica Applied Physics’ BACCH-BM Pro in-ear binaural microphone placed in the ears of a B&K 4128-C dummy head. Breath control and subtle shifts from syllable to syllable are Meiko’s milieu, as witnessed by how she exhales at the end of …… Read the full article

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Crack The Sky Move Forward by Living in Reverse

By | December 27th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Crack The Sky guitarist/producer Rick Witkowski and vocalist/songwriter John Palumbo got on the line with us to discuss the collaborative symbiosis of their in-tandem sonic Crack attack on two concurrent new releases, Living in Reverse and Crackology, how important The Beatles remain in their respective creative DNA, and how embracing the past sets them up for a bright future.
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Richard Lloyd: The Countdown Will Be Televised

By | December 21st, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

We got on the line with iconoclast guitarist Richard Lloyd to discuss the vinyl-intended sonic template of his new laser-sharp solo album The Countdown, why Television’s seminal 1977 debut album Marquee Moon remains perpetually influential, and his take on creating sound in outer space.
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Scott Kirkland Reboots The Crystal Method

By | December 12th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Scott Kirkland of The Crystal Method got on the line with us to discuss getting back to his core electronic music values on The Trip Home after parting ways with his longtime collaborative partner Ken Jordan, his thoughts about remixing new and catalog material in Dolby Atmos, and refocusing his goals following brain surgery.
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Ted Nugent: The Music Made Me Do It

By | December 7th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

The Motor City Madman himself, Ted Nugent, got on the line with us to discuss the sonic impetus for his new album The Music Made Me Do It, the never-ending importance of capturing the right guitar tone, and the connection we all have with where and how music itself ultimately originated.
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