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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 06, 2015 0 comments
Hermits On Holiday (Heavenly Records, 2015) is the first album from Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley (aka White Fence), together known as Drinks. Sometimes I like my music all jangly, loose, and raw with a bit of a wink. Sid Barret's Barrett being a particular favorite on that list and Hermits On Holiday joins it in sound and pleasure.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 05, 2015 2 comments
We'd be swimming in reviews? I have it set in my mind that I will write one review each week, to be published on Thursday morning. When I don't do that, I feel, well, rotten (I would also like to have pizza each Friday and pasta every Sunday but that rarely happens). This week there was just no way for me to post my review of the Melco N1A (pictured bottom right) because it's just not ready. It's not done.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 04, 2015 1 comments
let's face it, vinyl and headphones are sexy

New York is a big state. This year's New York Audio Show takes up residence in the ("lovely") Hilton Westchester Hotel in Rye Brook, New York from Friday, November 6th, through Sunday the 8th. The Show promises 26 audio-system-filled rooms plus 11 headphone'd rooms as well as Live! music which should make for a relaxing, enjoyable show. But wait! There's more!

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 02, 2015 1 comments
Moderat: II (Monkeytown Records, 2013)
This is a stunning album. I'm not sure whose voice appears, I think it's the Apparat fellow (Sascha Ring), but this is a collaboration that makes 1 + 1 = 3. Or maybe 6.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 30, 2015 3 comments
I'll just say it; Joanna Newsom is a songbird. Or maybe a fiendishly lovely automaton. Either way, you can certainly become enchanted with her sound which will leave you hopelessly lost in some Pre-Raphaelite medieval garden. Listen in to what she's singing and saying, and you may just fall in love.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 30, 2015 6 comments
A Rega Story
Back in the early '90s, I was on the hunt for a new CD player. I was intrigued by the Rega Planet for the same reason everyone else was; Rega built turntables and they waited years before entering the CD market with a player they felt sounded analog. Since CDs never really scratched my musical itch very well, this was music to my ears.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 29, 2015 3 comments
After too many problems to talk about including corrupt KeyChains, iCloud issues, jinxed Java, and your basic pull-your-hair-out idiocy (mine and more), my iMac is back. Restored, reinvigorated, and fully backed up just in case (jinx!). I've seen a few comments related to this, um, incident saying something along the lines of Macs don't crash. I'd agree. They don't crash, they fail heroically.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 29, 2015 7 comments
My schedule was delayed this week due to...wait for problems. That's my iMac, which I use for all manner of work, rebuilding itself after the dreaded flashing question mark told me it was not happy. I ended up having to reformat the iMac and reload everything. No big deal [footnote 1] except my external drive also failed so I had to run a recovery utility that did its job but left me with every file moved into folders called "Group X" X being a number from 1 to over 300 and all file names had also been changed to numbers. Nice.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 27, 2015 2 comments
"Beware of any dealer who tries to tell you what sounds best; you are the only judge of that and can best decide by making several trips to the store, listening carefully each time."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 26, 2015 4 comments
Lovely recordings can be old or not so old, well-known or not, and by the famous or obscure. Classic to an audiophile may not be the same as classic to a music scholar or to a hipster. Mostly, classic depends on the shared consensus of a certain population. (Doesn’t any definition?) Yeah, there’s more to it, but the purpose of this feature, as far as I'm concerned, is less about linguistics and more about sharing superlative musical recordings whose long-term worthiness can be agreed upon by most who encounter them. How’s that? Rather than defend my choices about what I’ve recognized as classics below, I’ll just say that I like them for the gestalt of their particular lyrical, instrumental, technical, and engineering merits, and predict that most of you will, too. These eight albums are some of my go-tos when I need to scratch a musical itch and don’t want to spend much time searching. May you enjoy and profit from them as much as I do.