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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 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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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 04, 2013 9 comments
Luxman is an old and storied Japanese hi-fi brand having been founded in 1925. I'll admit to lusting after a number of Luxman products over the years, mainly their tube-based amplifiers, but regardless of the component, Luxman knows how to impart beautiful build quality. There's obvious and tactilely apparent care taken with each objects industrial design. And while I appreciate that aspect of the Luxman line, without matching sonic performance you may as well buy a music box. Luckily for us, the DA-06 delivers on all counts.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 04, 2013 4 comments
Have you ever tried to find a legal download of an album and included the word "FLAC" in your search? If you have, you'll have seen that the overwhelming majority of search results are file sharing sites like PirateBay who offer free downloads of copyrighted music as well as pages filled with this note (if you use Google): "In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 1 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal(s) at..." And I find that very frustrating since I'm not interested in downloading free versions of music that skirts copyright laws. I know, call me old fashioned.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jun 01, 2013 137 comments
Register to win a set of Westone 4R In-ear Headphones (MSRP $599.99) we are giving away.

According to the company:

"The Quad-Driver Westone 4R-Series with durable and removable EPIC cable take your listening experience to an entirely different level. Four symmetrically balanced armature drivers engineered into an advanced three-way crossover network deliver breathtaking clarity, realism, and imaging. Left and right earpiece responses are tested by each driver pack and matched to an extraordinarily tight +/- 2dB tolerance, delivering unparalleled balance and accuracy of sound-stage reproduction. "

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

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Ariel Bitran Posted: May 31, 2013 5 comments
Over at, a nice fella from North Carolina won the Schiit Bifrost USB and Magni DACs. His name was Tony. Who knew they had guys named Tony in the South? I know a couple Tonys. One's from Staten Island, and he has a little business on the side "selling furniture". The second is a Hammond-organ-playing priest in Jersey. We call him Father Tony.


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