Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity

Home Media

Media

Movie Renter's Guide - July, 2009

July Movie ReviewsFriday the 13th: Part 3 in 3-D (Blu-ray), Knowing (Blu-ray), The International (Blu-ray), The Pink Panther 2 (Blu-ray), Push (Blu-ray), Echelon Conspiracy (Blu-ray)

Read more...

A Collection of New Vinyl Releases - June, 2009

Junior Kimbrough - First Recordings - Fat Possum/Big Legal MessThere are few popular recording artists that have their very own genre of music. I mean, you can probably count them on one hand. Tom Waits comes to mind. That's about it, really. There are probably others, but even someone like Neil Young can't be said to have his own genre. His music is instantly recognizable, and derivative of no one's work, but it's still rock and roll at the end of the day. Junior Kimbrough played the blues. But he didn't play the blues like anyone else played the blues. He played his own style of Hill Country Blues, and it varied so severely from his neighbors' styles that you could almost say he created something new. He created something new that sounds like it pre-dates time. It's a sound that's as complex as the region that spawned the artist. It's a place and a sound that time seems to have forgotten in a lot of ways.

Read more...

Movie Renter's Guide - May, 2009

movie-may-2009-teaserSeven Pounds (Blu-ray), Doubt (Blu-ray), Incendiary (Blu-ray), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Blu-ray), Taken (Blu-ray), The Matrix 10th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray), Driven to Kill (Blu-ray), The Uninvited (Blu-ray)

Read more...

Movie Renter's Guide - June, 2009

movie-june-2009-teaserUnderworld: Rise of the Lycans (Blu-ray), Direct Contact (Blu-ray), Ronin (Blu-ray), Defiance (Blu-ray), Confessions of a Shopaholic (Blu-ray), The Code (Blu-ray)

Read more...

A Collection of New Vinyl Releases - April, 2009

Janelle Monae - Metropolis: The Chase Suite - Bad Boy RecordsJanelle Monae doesn't lack for ambition. That much is for certain after just a cursory listen to her debut E.P. "Metropolis: The Chase Suite." Monae has some heavy hitters in her corner, and they bring a lot to the production side of the recording. It's Monae's voice, however, that carries the day on this concept record. It gives the listener the impression that she can handle any style of vocal delivery that the job calls for, and many of those styles are accounted for during this brief first offering.

Read more...

Guitarist David Russell Chats About Music and Recording Techniques

Classical guitarist David RussellClassical guitarist David Russell was born in Glasgow in 1953, and raised in the town of Minorca. Upon studying the guitar at the Royal Academy of Music, he twice won the Julian Bream Guitar Prize. Wins at the Andrés Segovia Competition, the José Ramírez Competition, and Spain's Francisco Tárrega Competition helped to further propel him to an international career, which continues strong.

Read more...

Movie Renter's Guide - April, 2009

movie-april-2009-teaserThe Wrestler (Blu-ray), Slumdog Millionaire (Blu-ray), Marley & Me (Blu-ray), The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) (Blu-ray), Valkyrie (SD DVD), Frost/Nixon (Blu-ray), Punisher: War Zone (Blu-ray), Sin City (Blu-ray), What Doesn't Kill You (Blu-ray)

Read more...

CD Reviews - May, 2009

Playing For Change: Songs Around the World - Hear Music HRM-31130-00In 2004, Grammy winning producer/engineer Mark Johnson was strolling down the streets of Santa Monica when he heard musician Roger Ridley singing “Stand by Me” from afar. Six years after he and a small, dedicated team of videographers began traveling the world to find ways to connect the world through music, Johnson heard the voice whose passion and conviction transformed his vision. He soon combined Ridley’s rendition with others from around the world, creating the extraordinary YouTube world journey video of “Stand by Me” that has generated over seven million hits.

Read more...

A Collection of New Vinyl Releases - March, 2009

March Vinyl ReviewsDan Auerbach's new album is called "Keep It Hid." It starts out quietly enough, but anyone that is familiar with Auerbach's work with the Black Keys should know that this wouldn't last. The man is capable of beautiful melody and quiet interludes, but he can groove too and this is best done loudly. All of his most obvious talents are on full display on "Keep It Hid," and the results are intoxicating.

Read more...

A Collection of New Vinyl Releases - May, 2009

Blitzen Trapper - Furr - Sub Pop Now, Blitzen Trapper is a little more my speed. From the first note of their newest album, "Furr," you know that these guys are most assuredly not traveling minstrels. These guys like to rock and have a good time. They have song titles like "Fire and Fast Bullets," and "Black River Killer." They sing about shaking it on a Saturday night and their guitars are loud and appropriately distorted. They infuse elements of folk, country, soul, and more to form an original sound that never veers too far from the rock, and keeps the listener alert and on their toes until the last acoustic notes of "Lady On The Water."

Read more...

Music Reviews - March, 2009

Music Reviews - February, 2009This is fantastic stuff. Play the first track, Horace Silver’s “Strollin’,” and you’re immediately catapulted into the bebop past, where movies are as black and white as the album cover. Mostly recorded on April 30, 2001, during the Jarrett/Peacock/DeJohnette Trio’s historic gig in Metropolitan Festival Hall in Tokyo, pianist Keith Jarrett, double bassist Gary Peacock, and drummer Jack DeJohnette are in swinging form. Listen to them cut loose for nine minutes on Charlie Parker’s “Scrapple from the Apple.” The occasional verbal exclamations are hardly gratuitous – these boys are flying. Presumably they were just high on life.

Read more...