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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 12, 2016 19 comments
According to Nielsen Soundscan's 2016 numbers through June, total music download sales were $404.9 million, down from $531.6 in 2015. This plunge follows drops of 16% and 6.6% in 2015 and '14 respectively. Of course, streaming is booming.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 11, 2016 6 comments
I’ve been involved with music and hifi my whole life. I sang professionally for 10 years, and then transitioned to life in the real world, first selling audio at several high-end stores in DC and NYC, then at, and early classical music subscription service, and for the past 12 years saving the world from bad metadata at Gracenote.

I listen to all kinds of music, and particularly love jazz, but other genres have been well covered by previously. Opera can be difficult for the uninitiated, so I thought this might be a good theme for my own Lovely Recordings installment.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 08, 2016 4 comments
P-Funk? More like PFSN (Punk/Funk/Soul/Noise) according to Marc Ribot's website. The Young Philadelphians are Jamaaladeen Tacuma on bass, G. Calvin Weston drums, Mary Halvorson on guitar, and a three-piece string section and together with Marc Ribot's searing six-string they rip through some classic Philly soul on Live In Toyko "where deco meets disco meets decon".
Steven Plaskin Posted: Jul 07, 2016 35 comments
image credit: Wyred 4 Sound

Wyred 4 Sound, E.J. Sarmento’s California Company, has jumped into the very competitive ring of USB enhancement devices with their new Recovery USB Reclocker.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 06, 2016 7 comments
So much concern was expressed over the Tidal/Apple news, I decided to go to the source. Thus far, I can report that things go in and out. Over and over, again.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 04, 2016 8 comments
I'm not much for words but, I do have a few suggestions...
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 03, 2016 1 comments
According to Ben Sisario of The New York Times, Apple is not buying Tidal. Seeing as Sisario covers streaming, and more, for the Times, I'd imagine his highly-placed sources are, well, highly placed. Time will tell.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 01, 2016 24 comments
Not yet, but they are reportedly talking about it according to the Wall Street Journal and anonymous sources "familiar with the matter." Here's my take—this is either really good news or really bad news.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 01, 2016 5 comments
I follow Sturgill Simpson on Facebook. While that sentence kinda gives me the creeps, it's one of the more useful followings as I get concert announcements, since Ticketmonster is in the loop I never actually get tickets, and other news. Recently Sturgill, hey I follow him so I can call him Surgill, posted a link to an interview and performance with one of his heroes, John Prine. And I remembered how much I love John Prine for his humanity, his words, wit, and wisdom and of course his music which contains all these things. Humor, too.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 30, 2016 56 comments
I like simple. I appreciate uncomplicated. Yet I write about computer audio. I also listen to music every day for most of the day so I'm very much interested in the quality of that experience. I've been waiting years for these things to come together and they finally have.