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Mike Mettler  |  Aug 11, 2022  |  0 comments

Mike Campbell, the consummate sideman, is now fully embracing his role as the frontman and bandleader of The Dirty Knobs, the long-running sideproject of his that has become his primary creative focus since the unfortunate passing of his lifelong friend and Heartbreakers/Mudcrutch bandmate Tom Petty in 2017. Here, Campbell tells Analog Planet exclusively why he prefers vinyl for his Dirty Knobs releases, how a somewhat inadvertent recurring mono listening situation in his youth ultimately informed his ongoing stereo proclivities, and which Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers song he feels will stand the test of time. Read on, into the great wide open. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Aug 04, 2022  |  4 comments

ZZ Top’s RAW – That Little Ol’ Band From Texas’ Original Soundtrack is a 180g 1LP release born and bred from an intimate performance that took place for the band’s June 2019 documentary. ZZ Top guitarist/vocalist Billy F Gibbons exclusively tells Analog Planet how RAW came to pass, why physical proximity can lead to better performances, and what records are never too far from his vintage Thorens turntable. Read on for the full ZZ story. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Jul 20, 2022  |  7 comments

“I’m a bit of a restless soul, and I’m interested in trying new ways and new approaches to things,” says pianist/vocalist Bruce Hornsby, quantifying the artistic scope of the even-dozen tracks that comprise his current, and quite vibrant, May 2022 studio release, ’Flicted (Zappo Productions/Thirty Tigers). ’Flicted is now available on 180g 1LP vinyl pressed by IRP in Bordentown, New Jersey, with lacquers cut by Chris Muth. Recently, Bruce Hornsby and Mike Mettler got on Zoom together to discuss why ’Flicted is perfectly suited for vinyl, why Hornsby was so meticulous about the album’s sequencing, and how he and his longtime engineer Wayne Pooley figure out what sounds work best for him in the studio.

Mike Mettler  |  May 16, 2022  |  7 comments
Graham Nash In Performance. (Photo: Ralf Louis)

“I’ve been a harmony singer most of my life. I know what to do, and where to be.”

That’s Graham Nash, 80 years young, not only defining his artistic M.O. as a tenor vocalist, but also speaking to his inherent instincts for knowing what the right tones are for the music he’s making, and, frankly, where he stands on life and society in general.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 14, 2022  |  20 comments
Larry Jaffee, Making Vinyl co-founder has written "Record Store Day" the authorized history of Record Store Day, better known as RSD. The book's subtitle is "The Most improbable Comeback of the 21st Century".

Bill Wright  |  Feb 28, 2022  |  1 comments
Everyone has that band or performer that represents in his or her life a particular time and place. Colin Hay for me is one of those artists.

It was the mid-80’s, and I was a college radio DJ at St. Mary’s College of California. These were the pre-Internet days, and in our lives music was the predominant force. CDs were slowly emerging, but vinyl was still king. We would spend long nights spinning records in the KSMC studio and discussing the artists on the air, while the rain beat quietly on the windows.

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 01, 2021  |  4 comments
Ortofon launched on a September 30th Facebook video the company's new MC Verismo cartridge. The previous day Ortofon's Leif Johannsen participated in a ZOOM interview with AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer and discussed the design and features of the new MC Verismo cartridge.

Michael Fremer  |  Jun 01, 2021  |  9 comments
The "Jay Jay French Connection Podcast" just published the Ken Kessler and Michael Fremer "Analog Wars Part 1" Interview." Ken alone is hilarious, and me alone? Pretty funny, but the two of us together can be cataclysmic. No doubt you know who Ken is, but in case you don't know, Jay Jay French is a founding member of the heavy metal band Twisted Sister and a contributor to Stereophile. He also worked at now closed Lyric Hi-Fi in New York City.
Michael Fremer  |  Jun 01, 2021  |  2 comments
I first met Brilliant Corners Artist Management Founding Partner Jordan Kurland back in 2017 at my friend David Hyman’s former home Northern California, holding in his hands a new Transfiguration Axia cartridge.
Michael Fremer  |  Jul 31, 2020  |  2 comments
Annette Funicello’s The Doors connection, Walt Disney’s role in creating famed Sunset Sound Recorders and 15 year old Ron Howard’s role in “The Haunted Mansion” Record album released when the Disneyland attraction first opened are only a few among the many fascinating items gleaned from my interview with Randy Thornton, long-time Walt Disney Records Supervising Producer and Musical Historian.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 26, 2020  |  1 comments
You never know what to expect when you call up someone to conduct an interview. In the case of Charles Lloyd, all I knew was what I heard on record over his 60 or so year vinyl and CD recorded output. That told me Lloyd was adventurous, eclectic, at one time idealistic, spiritual, and you might say over-optimistic, and someone willing and eager to mix it up within various musical genres. He's played with some of the world's greatest musicians both as a band member and as a leader. The latest release, the deluxe box 8 recorded two years ago, celebrated in concert his 80th birthday. Were it not for the Coronavirus outbreak he'd either now be on tour, or preparing to tour and too busy to talk, so getting this interview was kind of a lucky break.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 20, 2020  |  14 comments
This is the final installment of Ken Micallef's interview with me. He's a really great editor. Impeccable timing. Makes sense. He's a drummer. Plus I was on fire.
Michael Fremer  |  Mar 19, 2020  |  0 comments
I think this video wraps up Ken Micallef's interview with me. It covers more jazz LP favorites, Rudy Van Gelder's legacy and plugs my turntable set-up DVD. It includes anecdotes, humorous asides, etc.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 15, 2020  |  4 comments
Here's part 3 of Ken Micallef's interview conducted here a few weeks ago. I was on fire but not on anything....just be clear.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 13, 2020  |  2 comments
In the second video interview Ken Micallef asked me to talk about the Transco/Apollo lacquer fire and that led to a discussion about Scientology's use of metal parts to store L.Ron Hubbard's speeches. Or at least as much about it as I know.

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