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Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - February, 2011

movie-february-2011-teaserBuried (Blu-ray), Saw The Final Chapter (Blu-ray), Alpha and Omega (Blu-ray), Amazing Alphabet (DVD), Numbers Ahoy (DVD), Virus X (DVD), Soul Kitten's Cabaret (DVD), Ray (Blu-ray), Piranha (Blu-ray), "My Soul to Take" (Blu-ray), Almost Famous (Blu-ray), Out of Sight (Blu-ray), Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 (Blu-ray), Alice in Wonderland 3D (Blu-ray), RED (Blu-ray), Merlin: Season Two (DVD), You Again (Blu-ray), It's Kind of a Funny Story (Blu-ray), Death Race 2 (Blu-ray), Let Me In (Blu-ray)


CD Reviews for the Audiophile - January, 2011

CD Reviews for the Audiophile-January 2011

Bi-coastal jazz saxophonist Jason Robinson, 35, an Assistant Professor of Music at Amherst College and former musician with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, seems to be blowing non-stop these days. No less that three albums that showcase the seemingly limitless range of his versatile musicianship hit the literal and virtual shelves in the fall of 2010. Each album shows Robinson on the cusp between tradition and experimentalism, with a strong emphasis on the latter.


High Definition Music Album Downloads for the Audiophile - December, 2010

hd-music-downloads-december-2010-teaserDecember's high resolution albums include jazz and classical, at 24/88 and 24/96 sampling. I burned them all to DVD+R media and listened to them with an OPPO BDP-83/NuForce universal player, Lamm LL1 preamplifier, McIntosh MC1201 power amplifiers, and Carver Mark IV ribbon speakers.


A Collection of New Vinyl Releases for the Audiophile - January, 2011

A Collection of New Vinyl Releases - January

Pat Sansone is Wilco's Swiss Army knife. He handles percussion, guitar work, vocals, and keyboards with equal dexterity. He and John Stirratt, Wilco's bassist and longest tenured member along with Jeff Tweedy, have also been doing their thing together as the Autumn Defense for a few years now.


Communing with the Great Jazz Saxophonist Charles Lloyd - An Interview

Charles Lloyd Interview

Ever since he emerged a half century ago as music director of the Chico Hamilton Quartet, saxophonist Charles Lloyd has been at the forefront of jazz innovation. One of the first jazz artists to sell a million copies of a recording, which he made with a quartet that included a young Keith Jarrett, and two other legendary artists, drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Cecil McBee, Lloyd has done everything from jam with the Doors, The Grateful Dead, and the Beach Boys to birth a new music from diverse cultural and spiritual traditions.


Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - January, 2011

movie-january-2011-teaserStrictly Ballroom (DVD), House (Blu-ray), Battlestar Galactica: Razor (Blu-ray), Cronos (Blu-ray), The American (Blu-ray), Salt (Blu-ray), Yogi Bear's All Star Comedy: Christmas Caper (DVD) , Backdraft (Blu-ray), Swat Kats The Complete Series (DVD), Catfish (Blu-ray), Battlestar Galactica: Season Four (Blu-ray), Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (DVD), The Films of Rita Hayworth (DVD), Yojimbo & Sanjuro (Blu-ray), Death Race 2 (Blu-ray), Secretariat (Blu-ray), Gone Madigan (Blu-ray), Triggerman (DVD) 


Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - December, 2010

movie-december-2010-teaserThe Town (Blu-ray), Peanuts Holiday Collection (Blu-ray), Madea Goes to Jail (Blu-ray), Scooby-Doo 1 & 2 (Blu-ray), The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Blu-ray), The Search for Santa Paws (Blu-ray), Fantasia / Fantasia 2000 (Blu-ray), Cats vs. Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (Blu-ray), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Blu-ray), Twas the Night Before Christmas (DVD), Nanny McPhee Returns (Blu-ray), Lost in Translation (Blu-ray), Inception (Blu-ray), Going the Distance (Blu-ray), A Christmas Carol (3D) (Blu-ray), Diary of a Mad Black Woman (Blu-ray), Why Did I Get Married (Blu-ray), The Wiz (Blu-ray), Meet the Parents (Blu-ray), Meet the Fockers (Blu-ray), Hunter Prey (DVD), Flipped (Blu-ray), Despicable Me (Blu-ray), The Secret Life of of the American Teenager Vol. 5 (DVD), Step Up (3D) (Blu-ray), The Legend of the Guardians (3D) (Blu-ray), Frenemy (DVD), Devil (Blu-ray), Boy Meets World: The Complete Fourth Season (DVD), Madea's Family Reunion (Blu-ray)


A Collection of New Vinyl Releases for the Audiophile - December, 2010

A Collection of New Vinyl Releases - December

I've often lamented the lack of a real rock and roll scene in San Francisco. If it's happening, I don't know where. It seems like you could go out every night for three straight months and watch a different Afro-Cuban jam band though.


CD Music Reviews for the Audiophile - November, 2010

CD Reviews for the Audiophile-November

On November 11, we learned if Clocks, a 19-minute composition on Bridge’s recent CD devoted entirely to the chamber music of Miguel del Aguila, won the Latin Recording Academy’s Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition.


Secrets 2010 Classical Holiday CD Reviews for the Audiophile

Secrets Classical Holiday CD Reviews

For its fifth release on the Harmonia Mundi label, Stile Antico brings its heavenly harmonies to Tudor music for Advent and Christmas. Beautifully recorded in DSD, and issued in high-resolution hybrid SACD format, this recording of the young English Renaissance vocal ensemble sounds wonderful on a standard CD player or laptop.


A Collection of New Vinyl Releases for the Audiophile - November, 2010

A Collection of New Vinyl Releases - November

Take a look at the artwork for the newest Grinderman album, why don't you? It'll give you a pretty good idea of what to expect when you first hear the record.