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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 22, 2016 4 comments
Beginning in the late 1960s and 1970s a wave of new traditional music spread over the world. Spurred in part by The Band, musicians that were originally more rock oriented embraced trad and trad musicians played with a different kind of drive. This was not fusion -- the point was not to fuse different elements but rather to use the drive of rock (or another radical reorientation – see Kirk and Dilla below) to get back to the essence of traditional forms and to make them forceful for audiences who thought of the music as old fashioned. Here are a few of my favorites, as well as a few others that I think fit into this mold even if the musicians would never admit it! I’ve definitely expanded the category a bit, but they are all lovely recordings.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 19, 2016 2 comments
It has been a while since we've heard from Gonjasufi, born Sumach Ecks. His last full-length MU.ZZ.LE (2012) made it onto Stephen Mejias' Pick 6 list and I've been digging his music since his first LP, Sufi and a Killer, arrived way back in 2010. Callus, released today on WARP, is nastier, badder, and good-er.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 18, 2016 5 comments
"Timing is everything." Tommy Shaw
The Ravenna IP technology allows for syncing of multiple audio devices over Ethernet using the Precision Time Protocol (PPT) achieving clock accuracy "in the sub-microsecond range". This comes in handy in recording studios where Merging Technologies got its start, and earned its reputation, back in 1990 in Chexbres, Switzerland. As we all know, timing is everything in home audio, too, so Merging Technologies (MT) imbued its NADAC with, among other things, the Ravenna IP technology.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 16, 2016 39 comments
Already? Yes, already. Someone, let's call him the Noise Whisperer, put this thought in my head, "Move the switch to before the TP-Link." So I did.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 15, 2016 4 comments
I hope there is something new for you to listen to in this list.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 12, 2016 7 comments
I was listening to the new Merzbow / Keiji Haino / Balazs Pandi album An Untroublesome Defencelessness which led me to the more wondrous Cuts of Guilt, Cut Deeper featuring Merzbow, Mats Gustafsson, Balazs Pandi and Thurston Moore and I thought; maybe I should write about one of these fine records for this week's Download of the Week.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 11, 2016 41 comments
Stereophile has just published "MQA: Questions and Answers" authored by J. Robert Stuart, the co-creator of MQA. I consider this essential reading, and I'm not even done reading it!, for anyone interested in learning.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 11, 2016 17 comments
Sometimes I need more time and this is one of those times. While I try to make every effort to produce one review per week, sometimes...I need more time.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 10, 2016 11 comments
photo credit: Scott Clark for Crate and Barrel

It took a while for this news to sink into someplace comfy and cozy but it finally has:

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/-- Leading home furnishings destination Crate and Barrel introduces The Listening Room, featuring exclusive furniture and accessories, cutting edge audio equipment and a curated collection of iconic vinyl recordings through the brand's new partnership with Capitol Records. Celebrating music as it was meant to be heard, The Listening Room is the perfect setting to enjoy the Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Collection, a limited release of 75 remastered vinyl recordings. The Listening Room collection will be offered in U.S. stores and online starting this September.