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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 14, 2013 10 comments
Maybe I should have just said, "Buy anything that's released on Analog Africa". Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou from Benin are a monster ensemble mixing lots of worldly influences including a heavy dose of psych funk into their native Afrobeat Vodoun magic for an infectious pulse-pounding poly-rhythmic musical (sex) machine. We can thank Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb for our introduction to Orchestre Poly-Rythmo and for tracking down impossible to find super rare recordings including previously unreleased music in what can only be described as a labor of love.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 13, 2013 6 comments
Bob Stuart of Meridian with Neil Young at Meridian HQ (photo credit: Meridian)

Whenever I hear Neil Young's name these days, I can't help but think Pono. Neil recently paid Meridian a visit at their Cambridgeshire headquarters and got the full tour. You can read all about it on Meridian's website but if you're anything like me you'll walk away still wondering.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 13, 2013 4 comments
rSeries
UK-based Arcam's rSeries is comprised of "computer and streaming music products". There's the rPac DAC/Headphone amp under review, the drDock iPad/iPod/iPhone dock, the rDAC, rLink S/PDIF DAC, SonLink for the Sonos system, the rCube portable iPod speaker system, and two wireless dongles that work with the rCube and rDAC. The rDAC can be viewed as a portable DAC/Headphone amp but it also works wonders as a desktop device, which is how I used it, feeding your active desktop speakers while serving double time as a headphone amp. The nice thing about the design of the rPac is it includes a volume control for the headphone amp above the associated headphone jack which is on the opposite side of its black aluminum cigarette pack-sized body from the USB input and RCA outputs making it ergonomically friendly for servicing both functions.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 12, 2013 3 comments
The NY Times recently got into the streaming music game offering up a new album each week in its entirety for free. These streaming releases are exclusive, or so they say, so Press Play is worth checking out, regularly.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 11, 2013 6 comments
Albert Ayler Trio, Spiritual Unity

For those of you who don't know ESP-DISK which was founded in NYC in 1964 by Bernard Stollman, you can count it among the most important labels for free jazz, ever. Featuring seminal artists including Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, Pharaoh Sanders, and Sun Ra while championing lessor known but equally fascinating music from Lowell Davidson, Giuseppi Logan, The New York Art Quartet, Marion Brown, Patty Waters, Milford Graves, and many many more, I've been on the lookout for CD-quality or better downloads on and off for some time and somehow I missed the fact that a huge chunk of the ESP-DISK catalog is right there for the downloading in lovely FLAC 16/44.1 quality. Hallelujah!

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jun 10, 2013 140 comments
Register to win a HRT MicroStreamer USB DAC (MSRP $189.95) we are giving away.

According to the company:

"microStreamer is a USB-connected and powered ultra high-performance dedicated  amplifier/sound card designed to seamlessly interface with computers, tablets, smart-phones and directly decode the digital audio data stream from the host’s hard drive into analog music for headphone or speaker listening. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and light enough to carry in a shirt pocket, the microStreamer is the newest and sexiest product in HRT's line of award winning DACs. "

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

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Ariel Bitran Posted: Jun 10, 2013 0 comments
Photo by Amy Ferrare

Joe Ferrare of Bel Air, Maryland is the lucky winner of our Focal XS Book Music System Sweepstakes. Per Ferrare, these slim-line powered speakers sounded "boxed-in" upon first listen but "really blossomed" over the weekend. Ferrare adds, "The sound stage opened up and the bass tightened." He loves their mixture of good looks and good sound.

Congrats Joe and keep reading Audiostream!

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 10, 2013 1 comments
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.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 07, 2013 11 comments
In honor of the sometimes outrageous prices asked for downloads, this week we have a free and legal live show sourced from the truly awesome Archive.org courtesy of the truly crazed and prophetically prolific Acid Mothers Temple. If you like hard core speed metal, acid jazz, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and extended mind bendingly heavy jams, download yee one of AMT's 93! live shows from the Archive. Hell, download 'em all! We're talking CD-quality FLAC downloads, the kind of thing that others try to get you pay nearly twenty bucks a pop for, for free! Damn!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 04, 2013 21 comments
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?

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