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Mike Mettler  |  Apr 26, 2024  |  2 comments

We do love it when a pressing vinyl matter comes to fruition — or, in this case, the actual pressing of vinyl. Back in Q2 2022, we reported on the imminent opening of Fidelity Record Pressing in Oxnard, California, and we’re now happy to report that they’ve been up and running since January 2024. Read on to see how they’re doing what they do. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Apr 24, 2024  |  2 comments

His solo career is on an island no longer. Today, David Gilmour announced his new album Luck and Strange will be released on September 6, 2024 on Sony Music in multiple formats, including 1LP vinyl. Read on to see all that we currently know about this important LP release. . .

Julie Mullins  |  Apr 23, 2024  |  6 comments

Our in-depth AXPONA 2024 coverage continues, as we came across so many turntables at the show firsthand that we haven’t discussed yet on AP, and we want to get into as many of them as we can. Read Part 1 of Julie Mullins’ in-depth show report to find out about a myriad of table offerings from SOTA, Lenco, Cyrus Audio, AMG, Technics, Brinkmann, Rega, and Music Hall. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Apr 19, 2024  |  4 comments

Sometimes, musicians come together at a specific moment in time and capture lightning in a pop bottle. Such was the case with Tinted Windows, the unfortunately short-lived post-punk power-pop foursome that came together in 2009 and was comprised of the late, great bassist/composer Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne), guitarist James Iha (The Smashing Pumpkins), lead vocalist Taylor Hanson (Hanson), and drummer Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick). In honor of the self-titled album’s 15th anniversary, BMG is releasing Tinted Windows on vinyl for the first time on April 20, 2024, as a Record Store Day Exclusive in a limited edition of 1,800 copies. In a recent Zoom interview with AP editor Mike Mettler, Hanson discussed how rewarding it’s been to finally have Tinted Windows available on vinyl, how the “bliss” of record listening is inevitably intertwined with the vinyl experience, and how the very existence of music helps further the tenets of human connection. . .

Mark Smotroff  |  Apr 18, 2024  |  3 comments

It’s not often you get new titles from three legendary artists of yesteryear like gospel icon Sister Rosetta Tharpe, piano virtuoso Art Tatum, and soul-jazz organ pioneer Brother Jack McDuff all released on the same day. But this year, all three of them are being celebrated on Record Store Day 2024 — this year’s first installment of which happens to fall on this upcoming Saturday, April 20 — with newly unearthed, previously unreleased, multidisc live concert recordings on 180g black vinyl. Read Mark Smotroff’s review of all three of these releases to see which one, or ones, belong on your “must have” RSD 2024 shopping list. . .

Mike Mettler,  |  Apr 17, 2024  |  2 comments

Our in-depth AXPONA coverage continues! In today’s installment, AP’s chief product reviewer Ken Micallef shares video footage of as many turntables that he could get on camera, including cool new offerings from the likes of Audio Note, TriangleArt, EMT, MoFi, Garrard, and many, many more. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Apr 16, 2024  |  3 comments

Now that we’ve all pretty much returned to our respective home listening labs after having an exhilarating four-day AXPONA experience at the Schaumburg Convention Center just outside of Chicago last week, we’re ready to do some deeper-dive show coverage here on AP, starting with this Luxman PD-191A turntable and Acoustic Sounds Atlantic 75 listening session combo. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Apr 12, 2024  |  2 comments

AXPONA Day 1 is officially in the books! We’ll have our first full in-depth report up in a day or so, so stay tuned. In the meantime, here are more than a few in-the-room photos to whet your analog whistle, including cool new gear from Luxman, Thorens, Vertere, SAT, and Manley. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Apr 10, 2024  |  5 comments

We are officially on our way to AXPONA, and we’ll be bringing you a number of firsthand reports during and/or after the course of the big show, so stay tuned!

Mike Mettler  |  Apr 09, 2024  |  14 comments

One day closer to AXPONA means we still have time for at least one more product preview, and today’s subject is the noted Lithuanian company Aidas and their Mammoth Gold Tusk Limited Edition cartridge — a.k.a., the Tusk. Read on to see more about this fine-looking and truly limited edition cart. . .

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