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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 27, 2014 4 comments
Two of my main music whisperers, Joe and Stephen, have both sent word and links to the music of Angel Olsen. I've been listening to two of her three albums, Half Way Home (2012) and the recently released Burn Your Fire for No Witness, for a while now. I also intended to see Angel Olsen at SXSW but never got there due to scheduling conflicts. I admit to feeling conflicted at SXSW almost always as there's simply too much for one person to see. In any event, it was Stephen's link to this performance of "High Five" on David Letterman that acted as the reminder I needed to include her as a DotW:
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 26, 2014 4 comments
Three For All In One
The Naim SuperUniti combines elements from three of Naim's stand alone components; the amp borrows its 80W per channel into 8Ω of power from the SUPERNAIT integrated amplifier, the UPnP network player portion comes courtesy of the NDX network player, and the DAC takes its "innovative data buffering jitter removal process" from the aptly named Naim DAC. There's also an AM/FM/DAB tuner and a headphone output in the SuperUniti making it one all around all-in-one player.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 25, 2014 13 comments
Coming soon to a streamer near you from infamous Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is his new lossless streaming service Baboom that promises to connect artists and fans. If you ever needed a sign that streaming services could be a sketchy business, here's a big one. With two recent articles decrying the future of streaming services, one on Fox Business News The Future of Streaming Music Rests with Congress and The music industry is still screwed: Why Spotify, Amazon and iTunes can’t save musical artists from Salon, we have all kinds of people tolling streaming's potential death knell while companies like YouTube, Google, and Amazon double down in the streaming game. These are confusing times, indeed.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 24, 2014 6 comments
That's right, the blue meters and all from McIntosh's new 24/7 streaming service:
To continue our renowned heritage, we’re proud to offer the McIntosh Music stream, a 24/7 audio stream dedicated to bringing you the best music from across genres and spanning the decades - all in a classic McIntosh interface. Listen from your computer or download the app. Even buy a new must have song you hear.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 24, 2014 1 comments
Bluesound has upped its streaming real estate value with the addition of Spotify Connect:
Pickering, Ontario, June 24, 2014 — Bluesound, the first wireless digital multi-room system to fully support High Res Audio, is pleased to introduce Spotify Connect to its expanding collection of digital music services. With the upcoming software release, Bluesound owners all over the world can now enjoy Spotify’s new home audio experience with simple hassle-free music control and instant access to Spotify’s curated playlists, personalized radio, and vast catalogue of music in any room of the house. Spotify Connect can also be streamed to multiple Bluesound Players simultaneously in the home, making for an even richer multi-room audio experience.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 23, 2014 5 comments
Congratulations to the Pono team—CNN has ranked Pono #3 on its list of the top 10 game-changing gadgets of 2014. Along with BAT the first commercial airborne wind turbine, the Glyph 3D headset, Virgin Galactic’s rocket plane SpaceShipTwo, and the SCiO molecular sensor, Pono made the grade even though, "A handful of high-definition music players already exist". What sets Pono apart according to CNN? "...there's very little music available" for existing players and "that, in the end, might be Pono's most practical innovation." More music!
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 20, 2014 6 comments
I feel seduced and abandoned by Lana Del Rey and that appears to be the point of her latest release Ultraviolence. As my friend Stephen Mejias pointed out, there's something David Lynch about Lana Del Rey (she did cover "Blue Velvet") and if there wasn't that touch of coying cinematic oddness, that whiff of desperate seedy fading glamorous Hollywood weirdness, I'd pretty much be inclined to pan this record. But there's something compelling behind the glitzy Dan Auerbach guitar and his big James Bond production that keeps me coming back for more.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 19, 2014 17 comments
A Direct Stream
There was a lot of information surrounding the launch of PS Audio's DirectStream DAC. The company released a series of videos on YouTube (see videos) explaining some of the technology behind their new DAC, featuring the DAC's designer Ted Smith. There was also a white paper (see paper) that went into some detail regarding how the DirectStream handles DSD which is, according to them, unusual. Essentially what we're looking at and listening to is an FPGA-based D to A design as opposed to a chip-based solution that leaves DSD in its native 1-bit format. But that's not all.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 18, 2014 3 comments
The streaming music market is hotter than a cat on a hot tin roof with Amazon's recent launch of their Premium service (see article) and now YouTube joining the pay to play game.
"We’re adding subscription-based features for music on YouTube with this in mind - to bring our music partners new revenue streams in addition to the hundreds of millions of dollars YouTube already generates for them each year," YouTube said in a statement.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 18, 2014 0 comments
Previous Download of the Week winner Julianna Barwick (see DotW) has collaborated with Dogfish Head Brewery and created a wasabi-infused Imperial Pale Ale, Rosabi, along with an accompanying FLAC EP of the same name. Being the true trooper that I am, I went out and bought one of the 750ml bottles, of only 1,000 cases in total, and drank Rosabi while listening to Rosabi. I'm happy to report it was, against my better judgement regarding infused beers, a lovely experience.

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