Record Store Day came and went this year with neither a whimper nor a bang. I suppose it was kind of a “wang.” I cobbled together four titles that I knew I wanted from the list, then chose a fifth from a wildcard menu of about six potential buys.
I just had the good fortune to review a system comprising two cutting-edge Mark Levinson products – the No515 turntable and the No585.5 integrated amp. The No515 was fitted with an Ortofon Cadenza Bronze MC cartridge on its 3D-printed, Gimbaled tonearm. The high torque AC motor drives three belts that provide precise speed control. The deck also has excellent isolation properties and a full set of calibration controls.
Gram Parsons, the nominal frontman of the early Flying Burrito Brothers band, was the living personification of a Cautionary Rock ’n Roll Tale.
Dr. John Gris-Gris Jackpot Records Performance: Sound: Mac Rebennack introduced the world to his alter ego, Dr. John, via his debut album...
The version of Bob Dylan’s iconic Blood on the Tracks that the general public is most familiar with, originally released in 1975, took a circuitous route to the stage.
As a long-time fan of Ron Sutherland’s superb 20/20 phono preamp ($2200), I was anxious to find out how much Sutherland performance Ron could squeeze out of his most affordable design, the new $895 KC Vibe.
I’ve missed My Morning Jacket during their 2018 hiatus, although the members haven’t been too hard to spot. One is playing keyboards in Roger Waters’ touring band. Others are taking the time off to explore their own musical visions, presumably enjoying the freedom of not having to worry about whether their inclinations fit the Jacket.
I recently picked up Chopin’s Last Waltz, featuring Robert Silverman on piano, in my never-ending quest to find the right music to help quiet my mind.
Music Matters Jazz (MMJ) closed their operations a while back, and although much of their work is still available online, the price has been juiced on titles that are presumably endangered.
High-End tube design phono preamplifier inspired by its successful but pricier predecessor, the EAT E-Glo S revealed everything in my system’s potential. Switching from moving magnet (MM) to moving coil (MC) cartridges is simply accommodated while providing flexibility for any system.
SHIRT Pure Beauty Third Man Records Performance: Sound: The first thing I noticed after unwrapping Pure Beauty by NYC rapper SHIRT was the...
This is a bit of a personal story, but I think it reflects a wider trend among some audiophiles. It’s a story of how I re-engaged with reel-to-reel tape, and why increasing numbers of other audiophiles are sniffing around the edges and increasingly, buying reel-to-reel tape decks...
I never got into Pearl Jam, but a co-worker turned me on to an album of theirs in 2006 shortly after I arrived in San Francisco that I liked a lot. It’s a self-titled release, but the Pearl Jammers call it The Avocado Album because of the cover artwork.
It’s been a rough go for vinyl releases recently. I only have a small handful of trusted reissue labels, and they haven’t done much to interest me of late.