Shane MacGowan responds to Fairytale of New York controversy: ‘I’m absolutely fine with them bleeping the word’

Shane MacGowan has issued a statement that could end the ongoing debate around The Pogues’ Christmas song “Fairytale of New York”. Controversy has rumbled on for years over the song’s use of the word “faggot”, which is sung by the late Kirsty MacColl. Many consider the use of the word offensive given its modern use […]

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ANDRAS SCIF: Why I won’t perform in Hungary – by Tim Franks

One of the world’s greatest pianists, Andras Schiff, played his 60th birthday concert on Saturday – a hugely demanding programme of the Goldberg Variations by Bach and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. Earlier he told the BBC’s Tim Franks why he gave the performance in London – and not in his homeland, Hungary. Andras Schiff takes me […]

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TODD GARFINKLE / M•A Recordings: A World Citizen

STEREOPHILE:  Todd Garfinkle, guiding light of M•A Recordings, travels the globe recording provocative music in unbelievably wonderful acoustic settings. Todd travels to exotic climes such as Macedonia and Southern Siberia to capture unique and beautiful traditional ethnic music and song. He records with only two omnidirectional microphones, the signals of which are fed into handmade […]

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LINKIN PARK: Mike Shinoda Talks Digital Audio Fidelity and Recording in Analog

Lauren Dragan writes:  Last week we talked about The Distortion of Sound, the new documentary concerning the gradual decline in audio quality that plagues the music current music industry. If you haven’t watched it yet (it’s free, incidentally) you really owe it to yourself to take the half an hour, and to share with a […]

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How To Become A Recording Engineer – Tips & Techniques

“Do you want to engineer top acts in top studios? Are you prepared to devote your entire life to music recording? In this new series, David Mellor explains how you can become a professional music recording engineer. This is the first article in a four-part series. Read Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. Project studio equipment is becoming ever more […]

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Musicians As Audiophiles: Dan Weiss

Drummer/composer Dan Weiss has wide-ranging musical tastes, superb skills, and a rocking little Rega-based system in his cozy Brooklyn, New York apartment. Dan has drummed with many jazz greats, but it’s his own projects that have generated the greatest interest. He’s a thinking musician’s musician, one who astutely assesses the pros and cons of every […]

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SEASICK STEVE: Interview

Kicked out of his family home at the age of 14, Steve became a genuine hobo, hopping freights all over America. Always travelling with his guitar – having been taught a few chords as a kid by Delta bluesman KC Douglas, an old pal of the legendary Tommy Johnson – in the ’60s he began to play at […]

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Blues music: An interview with David Grazian author of Blue Chicago: The Search for Authenticity in Urban Blues Clubs

Question: The blues weren’t invented in Chicago, but they were certainly shaped here: urbanized, electrified, and set to a danceable beat. Suppose I want to hear the real stuff, some authentic Chicago blues, and I go to a local blues club. What will I find there? David Grazian: Nowadays a lot of Chicago blues clubs […]

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