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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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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 23, 2017 19 comments
I bet you didn't see that coming, or maybe you did. Certainly the swell of Tidal doubters and their death knells were, shall we say, premature.
NEW YORK and OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Jan. 23, 2017 – Global music and entertainment platform TIDAL and Sprint (NYSE: S) announced today an unprecedented partnership that will soon give Sprint’s 45 million retail customers unlimited access to exclusive artist content not available anywhere else.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 23, 2017 1 comments
My parents are real characters.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 20, 2017 2 comments
A voice like sweet summer rain. I don't recall how I ended up on Julie Byrne's Bandcamp page, but I did. This was late last year, before Not Even Happiness was released, but there were a few tracks available to sample. After a few bars of "Follow My Voice", I was in, ready to follow her voice some more.
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Steven Plaskin Posted: Jan 19, 2017 9 comments
PS Audio’s new DirectStream Memory Player builds on the success of its predecessor, the PerfectWave Memory Player, with a new design that they feel is state-of-the-art in the extraction of data from multiple disc sources. PS Audio is not new to the design of disc players having introduced the PerfectWave Transport in 2009. The DirectStream Memory Player represents an evolution of technology that has resulted in a highly versatile disc player.

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