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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 02, 2017 22 comments
1.3 is big. With it comes a number (as in a lot) of new features, greater hardware compatibility, and improved performance. I'm now running 1.3 and the only hitch in my giddy-up was I had to restart my NAS in order for 1.3 to see my music files. Yes, that caused a brief moment of panic especially when Roon rebooted itself as part of the update and the first screen I saw said, "This album has been deleted." It hadn't been. Whew!

From Roon:

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Joe Surdna Posted: Feb 01, 2017 1 comments
What’s happening in February? What’s going down? Many who are involved with thinking all seem to be searching for a word, a signifier, some definition for the moment we now find ourselves inhabiting. Forget the words and definitions for now. Ambiguity is funny in the way that we so often define it as a corrosive irritant, a constant grinding away of our sense of certainty and contentment. Someone sits down with a guitar or synthesizer and tries consciously or otherwise to translate these feelings into music. So much power is found in ambiguity. There is nothing better for creativity. Great things are happening in bedrooms and studios and basements. Just keep searching for that sound and I promise you’ll hear it coming from a passing car, bleeding through a girl’s set of cans on the subway, or as background static embedded in a novel disguised as a TV show. Just listen...
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 01, 2017 8 comments
It's that time again. Lovely Recordings has become an indispensable aspect of the AudioStream genome and I want (need?) to keep it going: Sharing music being one of the loveliest things we do in this fine hobby.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 31, 2017 1 comments
This weekend, February 4th and 5th, CANJAM comes to NYC. I'll be CANJAMing on Saturday with an eye towards...boxes (and fun).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 31, 2017 3 comments
Just when you thought it wasn't safe to go back into the news, Bandcamp comes to the rescue:
And now some genuinely great news in an otherwise unremarkable week: every aspect of Bandcamp’s business was up in 2016. Digital album sales grew 20%, tracks 23%, and merch 34%. Growth in physical sales was led by vinyl, which was up 48%, and further boosted by CDs (up 14%) and cassettes (up 58%). Every single one of these numbers represents an acceleration over last year’s growth. Hundreds of thousands of artists joined Bandcamp in 2016, more than 2,000 independent labels came on board (like Dischord, Merge, and Dualtone), and the rate of fan signups tripled. Fans have now paid artists nearly $200 million using Bandcamp, and they buy a record every three seconds, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
I love Bandcamp (you should too).
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Posted: Jan 30, 2017 1 comments
I love discovering new music. My favorite holidays are traveling to music fests. Hope you like the list.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 27, 2017 7 comments
While this isn't it, it's still it. My pal John DeVore turned me onto the Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes (EIO) and boy-O-boy and man-O-man am I forever thankful he did. While this isn't it, Memory and Weather, released on Irritable Hedgehog Records in 2015, is an hour and forty six minutes of wander and wonder.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 26, 2017 28 comments
You Know Who You Are
To my mind, there will be three main types of response to this review:
  1. $16k for a computer? Are you nuts?
  2. I wonder if I can get a large % of this performance for a lot less $
  3. I'd like to listen to the SGM in my system
My guess is you know who you are before reading any further.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 25, 2017 7 comments
I recently received an email from David Chesky who you more than likely know as one of the founders of HDtracks. I did that on purpose—David is a composer, musician, producer, engineer, arranger, and co-founder of the independent, audiophile label Chesky Records, too. As audiophiles we may want to stick with the original order of introduction, HDtracks co-founder, composer, musician, etc. but I prefer to put that first part last. In any event, David shared a link to a keynote address from Jazz Connect 2017 written by composer and bandleader Maria Schneider.

David's email included, "I think it it is worth a read for all." I agree completely.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 24, 2017 17 comments
My favorite post from CES 2017 is the video compilation CES 2017: A Video Snapshot over on Stereophile put together by Jana Dagdagan. It's my favorite because it gives a good sense of the people and personalities within our industry. Too often these details go unnoticed, or worse still, purposefully ignored which can have a dehumanizing affect. While it should go without saying, the people in the hi-fi business are people, too.

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