Have you ever stopped to notice that your high-end audio system has a personality? Mine sure does.

Paul McGowan writes: Have you ever stopped to notice that your high-end audio system has a personality?  Mine sure does. Just about everything we interact with has a story or a personality that describes the way we relate to it.  Your hi-fi system’s no different. I have two listening systems, the first is my big […]

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How to crowdsource a symphony?

Originally published 2013 Can music repair damaged tissue? Is it possible to hear it through another person’s ears? If anyone knows, it’s Tod Machover. As he prepares to create an innovative symphony for Edinburgh, Charlotte Higgins meets the music professor. The producer of 50 Nobel laureates, and the academic home of Tim Berners-Lee and Noam […]

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Music for Misfits: The Story of Indie

A look at the development of British indie music, born in the 1970s when the music industry was controlled by the major record labels and releasing a record independently seemed an impossible dream. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06g64wb?ns_mchannel=email&ns_source=inxmail_newsletter&ns_campaign=bbc4_week37&ns_linkname=2content_availablenow_right&ns_fee=0 More music like this HERE

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Tony Besgrove …… and then there were none!

I couldn’t let the passing away of the last remaining member of the original Ramones lineup go by without putting pen to paper (well, fingers to keyboard, then). On July 11th. Tommy Ramone, drummer, died from cancer. He followed in the footsteps of Joey (vocals, d.2001), Dee Dee (bass/vocals d.2002), and Johnny (guitar, d.2004) More […]

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The Animals

Details HERE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just in case you wondered. Neil McCauley  

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Sonny Rollins & Coleman Hawkins: Sonny Meets Hawk! – Pure Pleasure – 180g Vinyl LP

    “This is a memorable meeting of a pair of genial giants – Sonny Rollins, who has been called again and again the boss of the modern tenor sax, and Coleman Hawkins, who is the father of jazz saxophone playing. Each has made enormous contributions to jazz improvisation, beyond the limits of his instrument. […]

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WALTER TROUT: The Craig Hunter Ross interview

  To many, Walter Trout is a contemporary guitar legend and his guitar prowess, prolific recordings and non-stop tour schedule provide more than ample evidence to support the claim. As member of Canned Heat and having spent several years with John Mayall’s BluesBreakers, Trout has also supported numerous masterful musicians throughout his several decades on […]

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EQUIPMENT LEASING: A good idea or what?

From 2014 but still worth reading. HomeTheatreReview.com write …. I’ve been working a lot with my mother in Philadelphia lately. Her husband, an audiophile of sorts, died in 2011. Even though he was a financial planner, it turns out his plan was to die broke and leave my mom in less than an excellent spot. […]

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From the archives: Were reports of classical music’s death premature?

Stereophile: Over the last several weeks, one newspaper after another has made note of Nielsen Soundscan’s 2006 point-of-purchase data, which showed classical record sales up 22.5%, making it the “fastest growing” category for the year. Hip-hop was down (-20.7%), R&B was down (-18.4%), alternative was down (-9.2%), jazz was down (-8.3%)—soundtracks were up (+19%), but […]

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BILLY BRAGG: Barking’s Woody Guthrie on 30 years of songs and activism

John Harris (The Guardian) writes ….. From agitpop to love songs, Bragg has brought his audience through life with him, creating a soundtrack to thousands of lives Billy Bragg has a new beard, a mixture of grey and what he calls “sandy coloured: a bit grey, and a bit red”. When he grew it, he […]

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HI-FI HANGER

View the entire bargain list HERE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just in case you wondered. Neil McCauley  

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IODATA FIDATA: HFAS1 Network Audio Server From Japan

Paul Rigby writes ….. The HFAS1, utilising Twonky Server 7, incorporates two 850EVO SSDs from Samsung. These drives utilise the manufacturer’s 3D V-NAND flash memory. the idea is to minimise voltage fluctuations to increase the part’s lifespan and low the power consumption The aluminium chassis has been tweaked to lower noise while a single-point ground […]

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Were Robert Johnson’s Original 78 RPM Recordings Sped Up?

Writing the liner notes for the Columbia/Legacy single-CD anthology Robert Johnson: King of the Delta Blueswas a great pleasure, since I’ve loved and admired Johnson’s music since the 1960s. I’ve listened to Robert Johnson so much – along with his contemporaries Son House, Willie Brown, and others – that this music feels ingrained on my soul. Recently […]

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JS BACH St Matthew Passion (Rademann)

Peter Quantrill writes …. There are strong arguments for opening out the themes of the Passion by means not of a staging transplanted from church to opera house, as has been attempted in recent years, but through movement. In this choreographed Passion there are two discrete but overlapping layers of action. The musicians concentrate on […]

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