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Speakers Corner Audiophile Reissues

Posted June 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Speakers Corner

Gourmands and oenophiles love DOC/AOC (controlled designation of origin) wines, artisanally roasted micro lot coffees, cold-pressed olive oils, and heirloom everything.
With the demand for vinyl on the rise, what about artisanal vinyl? Specialty labels such as Classic Vinyl, Impex, and Analogue Productions work hard to bring music lovers and audiophiles vinyl reissues that are of superior quality compared to the originals. They take great care to source the …

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Steve Jobs’ Hi-Fi System

Posted March 30, 2015 by | 4 Comments
Young Steve Jobs at his Woodside, California home, 1982.

I’ve written about the late Apple founder Steve Jobs opting to listen to vinyl over mp3s and CDs at home, even after inventing devices like the iPhone and iPod, which have revolutionized the way the people now consume their music.
I just started reading the new biography on him, Becoming Steve Jobs. While his love for innovation, precision, and great engineering were well-known, I was surprised to find that we …

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The Other Yoko

Posted February 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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(L–R) Nadezhda von Meck, Betty Freeman, and Nica von Koenigswarter with Thelonious Monk
Few musicians are fortunate enough to have patrons. Tchaikovsky had one, a female benefactor whom he never met. Nadezhda von Meck’s largesse stipulated that he devoted himself full-time to composing, and that they would never meet. Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, and Barry Harris had Nica von Koenigswarter, a scion of the powerful Rothschild …

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The Gestalt of Vinyl, Part 3

Posted January 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Argo Vinyl

I recently bought a new Shelter phono cartridge for my Linn Sondek turntable. It’s a nice one: low-output moving coil with the concomitant step-up transformer. I also outfitted my set-up with a new record cleaning machine—all standard accoutrements for any audiophile. I’ve since been pulling out my vinyl and enjoying it all anew.
As some of you may have seen in the photos we’ve previously posted, I’ve accumulated quite …

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Surviving Las Vegas and CES 2015

Posted January 14, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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CES stands for the Consumer Electronics Show, the largest showcase of new gadgets and gear that takes place every year around this time in Las Vegas. Techies swarmed the Strip last week for a sneak peak at the latest offerings for 2015. A friend of mine invited me to perform at CES with his jazz group, so I had the opportunity to check out some choice audiophile …

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Director David Greene on John Coltrane

Posted January 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments
David Greene

I am once again listening to a glorious reissue of my gateway jazz LP, John Coltrane‘s Impressions remastered by the great German label, Speakers Corner Records. They do a fantastic job reissuing the classics on 180 gram vinyl.
The terms, ‘virgin,” heavyweight,’ or ’180 gram’ refer to the mass of vinyl used in the pressing of the cut. Whereas most standard LPs are either 120 …

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Blue Note Records: Uncompromising Expression

Posted December 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments
Blue Note - Uncompromising Expression

Just in time for the holidays, Blue Note and Chronicle Books have published Uncompromising Expression, a gorgeous, 400-page hardcover tome celebrating the record label’s 75th anniversary. Authored by Richard Havers, this book takes readers through the evolution of Blue Note’s music-making history. It is a must-have for any jazz (or graphic design) fan, along with its companion box set of five CDs.
Blue Note Records was founded back …

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Passive vs Active (Focused) Listening

Posted November 30, 2014 by | 3 Comments
Tom Pulling Vinyl

When Frances Anderton and I visited Henry Rollins a few weeks ago at his massive man-bunker, we talked about being completely immersed in the listening experience. Henry and I are both active listeners and music fanatics…but most people aren’t as crazy as we are.
It’s like texting while someone is trying to have a conversation with you, or texting during a concert. You’re distracted and probably won’t hear …

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Audiophile Alert: Henry Rollins & Me

Posted November 19, 2014 by | 4 Comments
Henry - Outside

Awhile back, Henry Rollins wrote a feature for Stereophile, a monthly rag for hi-fi enthusiasts and nerds. Henry is hardly a nerd. To wit this statement, he wrote in his article entitled “I Am an Audiophile”: “People can hurl any epithet they want about the snobbishness they think audiophiles retain. Let them drink their wine from boxes. The sound of my Bob Ludwig-mastered pressing of Led Zeppelin’s …

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My Ode to Vinyl and CDs

Posted October 22, 2014 by | 5 Comments
Just some of the collection.

The other day I was shopping at Amoeba Records in Hollywood, which as a seasoned music buyer, I have to say is undeniably the best record store in the world. Better than many of the stores I used to frequent over the past decades: Music Odyssey, Licorice Pizza, Wherehouse, Music Plus, Penny Lane…you remember.
My record shopping obsession got off to an early start, about as …

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