Mike Mettler

Mike Mettler  |  Jul 06, 2023  |  First Published: Jul 06, 2023  |  2 comments

Those of us needing sturdy wall-mount options for our turntables always have to look quite carefully at shelving-gear specs to ensure these products are truly capable of accommodating the weight of our favored ’tables. To that end, Pangea Audio has upped the ante with their just-announced Turntable Wall Mounted Premier SE Shelf MKII. Read on to see if the new Premier SE Shelf MKII might suit your own particular turntable-shelving needs. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Jul 04, 2023  |  First Published: Jul 04, 2023  |  1 comments

If it’s Independence Day, it must also mean it’s independent gear news update time — and thus, we’re putting our patriotic spotlight on Hagerman Audio Labs today. To wit: The company’s fourth-generation Cornet MM phono preamp is now available. Read on to find out how the 4th-gen Cornet MM sings accordingly. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Jun 28, 2023  |  First Published: Jun 28, 2023  |  4 comments

313 is officially in the LP house. To wit: Third Man Records and Blue Note Records have just announced their new 313 Series Partnership, which will showcase five Detroit-themed albums from the Blue Note catalog — a combo of vintage and long-lost titles from Thad Jones, Donald Byrd, Elvin Jones, Kenny Cox and The Contemporary Jazz Quintet, and Grant Green — all of them specially chosen for re-release by Blue Note Records President Don Was. Read on to find out more about the content of these five fine 180g LPs that have been newly remastered from the original tapes at Third Man’s Detroit mastering and pressing facility, and when they’ll be released accordingly. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Jun 22, 2023  |  First Published: Jun 22, 2023  |  10 comments

Stewart Copeland has always followed the beat of his own drum — or, rather, he’s always been the consummate rhythmatist who’s unwaveringly laid down his own style of drumming perpetually in service of the song at hand. And now, the sonic fruit of his latest twisted muse, if you will, has manifested itself in a solo project somewhat cheekily dubbed Police Deranged for Orchestra, consisting of ten classic and deep-cut Police tracks rearranged — or “deranged,” in Copeland’s titular parlance — as released in its 1LP form by Shelter/BMG this Friday, June 23. During a recent Zoom interview with AP editor Mike Mettler, Copeland discusses how he opened up the dynamic range with all the Derangements he came up with for this album, how he shepherded the “perfect” snare, and just how meticulous he got when he wrote out the entire Deranged score for each orchestra member to follow. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Jun 21, 2023  |  First Published: Jun 21, 2023  |  1 comments

Here’s another cool turntable and tonearm combo that caught our collective eye of late: namely, The Wand 14-5 turntable — which follows in the considerable wake of the New Zealand company’s deservedly vaunted 14-4 ’table — and The Wand Dark-Light tonearm, which follows their original, notable, and standard-named Tonearm. Both new products were shown at High End Munich 2023 back in May, and they will subsequently travel across the Pond to be shown at the upcoming Pacific Audio Fest in Seattle, which is being held June 23-25. Read on to learn why the 14-5 is likely to be a worthy successor to the 14-4 as well as why the Dark-Light is a formidable follow-up to The Wand Tonearm accordingly. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Jun 20, 2023  |  First Published: Jun 20, 2023  |  8 comments

Just ahead of an official upcoming trade show unveiling, Klaudio has duly seen fit to let us know they plan on displaying their new Magnezar turntable at the Pacific Audio Fest in Seattle, which is being held June 23-25. Read on to learn more about the Magnezar and its many specs and features accordingly. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Jun 14, 2023  |  First Published: Jun 14, 2023  |  0 comments

A few months back, we reported on the availability of Michael Fidler and Classic Audio’s latest and greatest PRO Series offering, the MM PRO phono preamp. But now, Fidler and company have duly brought forth the MC PRO phono preamp equivalent. Read on to see how the MC PRO rates in terms of your own phono-stage necessities. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Jun 12, 2023  |  First Published: Jun 12, 2023  |  18 comments

A few weeks ago, we reported that Metaxas & Sins’ flagship Papillon reel-to-reel tape player was finally seeing proper North American availability, thanks to a new deal with Reel Sound Distribution. Relatively speaking, we would most certainly be quite remiss if we didn’t amend that story with a closer look at two other top-tier Metaxas & Sins products that are also now seeing North American distribution debuts — namely, the Perambulator turntable and the Combobulator tonearm — and thus, that time is now. Read on to learn more about how mind-blowing both the Perambulator and Combobulator truly are. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Jun 07, 2023  |  First Published: Jun 07, 2023  |  3 comments

After a decade-long battle with cancer, pioneering pianist/instrumentalist extraordinaire George Winston sadly passed at age 73 on June 4, 2023. For his part, Winston begat an instrumental artform initially known as “folk piano,” best exemplified by seasonally flavored LPs like 1980’s Autumn, 1982’s December, and 1982’s Winter Into Spring. In a previously unpublished interview with AP editor Mike Mettler, Winston discusses how he first came up with that folk piano playing style, how The Doors became one of his major influences in addition to his favorite New Orleans jazz players, and the key differences between what his left and right hands were charged with doing on the piano. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Jun 02, 2023  |  First Published: Jun 02, 2023  |  2 comments

Rufus Wainwright has pretty much followed the beat of his own musical drum since Day 1. Over the course of his multi-decade career, his impeccably ingrained singer/songwriter chops have often fused alt-rock proclivities with the compositional scope of George Gershwin and Franz Schubert. And now, Wainwright has returned to his other true roots with a new 2LP set dubbed Folkocracy, which was released via BMG today, June 2. The four-sided, 60-minute song cycle runs the gamut of a modern-yet-vintage blend of traditional folk and more contemporary fare alike. In a recent Zoom interview with AP editor Mike Mettler, Wainwright discusses why Folkocracy belongs on 2LPs instead of one and confirms the only song on the album he knew he had to go back and redo the vocal for, emphasizes the importance of maximizing his family connections on the second LP, and reveals his “secret dream” for how he’ll be able to thwart A.I. artistically. . .

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