22 (so far) responses to the question: Is music ever worthy of your FULL attention?

Originally published here 2014 Steve Guttenberg writes: A couple of weeks ago Geoffrey Morrison and I wrote about listening to music from totally opposite perspectives. He started with “Music multitasking: How ‘background’ listening enhances life,” and I countered with “To listen to music or not: That is the question.” Apparently, we’re not done; on Wednesday […]

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NICK CAVE: Bizarre Festival (CD)

NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS FM BROADCAST RECORDING FROM 1996 We are told: By the time of their performance at the Bizarre Festival on 17th August 1996, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds were enjoying their mostsuccessful era to date.Their latest album Murder Ballads, released in February that year, was their best-selling record yet, […]

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DELAWARE SLIDE: 4th July 1977 (3CD)

They tell us… Limited edition 3CD 1000 only. An Introductory pre-order price of £9.99 for first 100 orders. The explosive full set from Independence Day 1977 broadcast by WXDR-FM in its full incendiary glory. Disc 1. 01 Haunted House 02 C’est La Vie 03 Folsom Prison Blues 04 Madison Blues 05 Shake Your Moneymaker 06 […]

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Barb Jungr Hard Rain (Kristalyn) – a review

The Guardian writes Having established herself as one of the most imaginative of Dylan interpreters, Barb Jungr here extends her expertise to incorporate the Leonard Cohen catalogue, combining six songs from Dylan’s protest period with five of Cohen’s intriguing, compassionate reflections. It’s a masterclass in the value of interpretive liberty, with songs transformed in almost […]

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From the archives: The amplifier designer hall of fame (part #3) – Mark Levinson, Antony Michaelson, Dr. Richard Bews, Bob Stuart, Roger Modeski.

Editor McCauley in conversation with Howard Popeck: Yes. But can you expand on this a bit? Okay. In my direct personal experience many of the finest amplifier designers are first and foremost gifted in their field and are not entrepreneurs through choice. They become entrepreneurs through force of circumstance i.e. there was no other intelligent […]

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Best music streamer deals 2018

What Hi-Fi? write: If you’ve ripped your CD collection to a hard drive or prefer accessing your music from a service like Spotify or beaming over Bluetooth, then a music streamer seems the most logical piece of kit to have in your system. We’ve tracked down a handful of deals on some of our favourite machines. […]

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Ragmala.com is the broadcasting arm of the Batish Institute of Indian Music and Fine Arts

Ragmala.com is the broadcasting arm of the Batish Institute of Indian Music and Fine Arts. We will try and use this resource to broadcast our live music concerts, lessons on various Indian music instruments, informal discussions on Indian music, perhaps some lessons on voice, sitar, tabla etc. that will be taught by Pandit Shiv Dayal […]

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STEPHEN STILLS: Las Vegas 21st July 1995 (CD)

They tell us…… Stephen StillsLas Vegas 21st July 1995 (CD) Fascinating insight into a Stills live performance in the mid 90’s. Stunning versions of classics “Love The One You’re With”, “Long Time Gone”, “For What It’s Worth” and an explosive eight minute “Dark Star”. Joined by Joe Vitale on drams, Gerald Johnson on bass and […]

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Transferable warranties as a brand decision incentive?

Originally published here in 2015 Howard Popeck writes: If when considering buying a piece of new audio equipment, the maker made it unequivocally clear that the unexpired portion of the original warranty would be underwritten by them i.e. transferable to the second owner, would this have a positive influence on your decision re that brand? […]

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From our 2010 archives / McDonalds and a possible link to why people like me use the Apple i-pod when perhaps I should know better!

Howard Popeck writes:  Here I am on this hot evening earlier this week, going back to work after feeding my cats and as is usual with me, despite being on the track for fast weight loss, I feel hungry. So where do I go, in fact where does anyone go at a time like this […]

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Before The Dead (5-LP Box Set) by Jerry Garcia

We are told ….. Limited Edition of 2,500 sets. Five 180-gram LPs containing over 3.5 hours of studio & live performances culled from previously uncirculated masters and newly discovered recordings. Audio restoration and mastering by Fred Kevorkian. Lacquers cut by Ron McMaster at Capitol Studios and pressed to vinyl by Quality Record Pressings. Produced by […]

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A Live Retrospective (2CD) by Joni Mitchell

We are told: Brilliant performances live at various locations (see track listing) Includes the entire WMMR-FM special radio broadcast It’s presented here together with background notes and images. Joni Mitchell, live between 1966 and 1968 – a special program hosted and broadcast by WMMR-FM On January 29th 1974, Philadelphia’s WMMR-FM hosted a special Joni Mitchell […]

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Everybody Knows (Vinyl LP) by Stills & Collins

We are told ….. Together at last! Two folk legends of Laurel Canyon’s countercultural music scene join forces on this gorgeous album of all new recordings! Features captivating versions of classic tunes by fellow folk icons Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen plus a few of their own compositions! Handle with Care So Begins the Task […]

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My Lying Ears by The Computer Audiophile

Originally published here in 2015 As a diehard card-carrying audiophile I am interested in all things related to this wonderful hobby. I’ve published articles based solely on my subjective listening experience and I’ve published articles detailing only objective measurements and facts about products. I enjoy publishing and reading articles that cover the gamut. I also […]

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