American Masters: Jimi Hendrix – Hear My Train A Comin’ airs tonight at 9:00PM (EST) on PBS (check local listings). Contains previously unseen live footage...Hendrix fans don't really need to read anything more.
I encourage anyone interested in this discussion to head on over to InnerFidelity and read Tyll's response to my piece The Trouble with Listening. I think he does a wonderful job of unraveling this potentially complex and contentious subject. Bravo Tyll!
I'm still loving Lucrecia Dalt's last album Commotus (see review) so I've been looking forward to her next release, Syzygy coming October 15th on HEM, with bated breath. While she has released just two tracks for preview, I found this message on her website heart warming and worth sharing:
wait, try not to listen to this in your computer speakers because you will definitely lose half of the song, not only it has low frequency drones but I sing at almost the low end of my register. Play it loud, ask a neighbour to use his stereo, borrow some headphones, i guarantee a better experience!
"I guarantee a better experience!". I couldn't have said it better myself and isn't that what hi-fi is all about? (consider that a rhetorical question since the answer is most definitely a big yes)
I reported on my outing, along with my friend Stephen Mejias (see his show report), to the Jenny Hval concert at the Mercury Lounge. Stephen sent me a link to this video of one song that was recorded at that show by a guy standing about two feet to my left. And its interesting because there's something missing from this video.
Last night Jenny Hval and her two bandmates lit up NYC's Mercury Lounge. Some performers during some performances have the ability to capture the room, making everything around you recede into the distance while the music becomes your every breath. Jenny Hval offered up an intimate and moving show filled with such moments featuring some of her older music, some from her recent and highly recommended Innocence is Kinky release on Rune Grammofon, and even a new song. Live, her fragile and forceful voice is even more infectious than on record (which is pretty impressive) and watching her perform is a special and moving treat. I highly recommend catching her if you can.
It all started yesterday with a comment from philipjohnwright on the NPR Music app post, "My particular favourites are the Tiny Desk concerts where you get pared back performances from a very eclectic range of artists." Which reminded me of the wonderful Tiny Desk Concert featuring Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal (do yourself a favor and click that arrow, sit back, and enjoy). Which led me to look for it in download form (no success but that's OK since I own the LP) but I did find another interesting record featuring Ballaké Sissoko and Stranded Horse called Thee. Which led me to post on Facebook, a rare occurrence, "Is there such a thing as bad kora music?".
In his article for the NY Times, Steven Kurutz presents an interesting case for the future of high-end audio. He essentially offers up two distinct listening options; one representing convenience and poor sound quality, i.e. lossy compressed download and streaming music formats, and the other the "scratchy joys of vinyl". What Mr. Kurutz obviously misses is the growing number of CD or better quality downloads being offered by non-audiophile sites including Boomkat, Bleep.com, and Soundcloud. And if you want to find music-loving audio geeks, what better place than computer audio!
On Saturday June 22, "...the corporate IT department will be performing a number of server and network upgrades in the production data center" which means AudioStream will be down for a few hours beginning 3:00PM (EST). See you again later!
On Saturday night La Poisson Rouge played host to a trio of powerful personalities: John Zorn, Bill Laswell, and Milford Graves. While the opening band Abraxas tore through some Zorn compositions that lit up the stage with manic energy, in my experience, and this show only served to cement this impression, Milford Graves is capable of putting out enough positive vibrations to heal any army.
I hadn't been to Beatport in a while but one of the searches I tried in the FLACme search engine was "Joy Division" (I just heard a song of theirs on the radio so they were stuck nicely in my head) and the results led to Beatport. While the "Joy Division" results didn't make for as clear an image as James Blake, Beatport offers Unknown Pleasures (Collector's Edition) in .WAV or .AIFF format for $49.28! So I checked around for the CD and found a copy at Insound for $24.98 and you can pick up a copy on eBay for as low as $14.25 including shipping. Hell-o?
If you follow any of the audio forums online, you will inevitably encounter the point of view that states—auditory memory is short-lived and/or faulty at best. While I tend to agree with this point of view in terms of trying to recall the sound of a given piece of hi-fi gear, I don't think we're dealing with the entire story.