Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 24, 2015 0 comments
THEESatisfaction – [th ee sat is fak shuh n] – noun, verb
1. Queens of the Stoned Age
2. Empresses of time
3. Pre-Egyptian Dynasty
4. Self written
5. Self produced
6. Stasia Irons & Catherine Harris-White
Imagine Sun Ra's Space Is the Place sent through the musical influence time machine grabbing bits and pieces of electronica, neo-soul, funk, R&B, and hip hop until it lands in today fully formed. That'll get you close to THEESatisfaction's groovacious album EarthEE on Sub Pop. I've been listening to this record since its release way back in February and it keeps getting better with age. Mine or its.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 23, 2015 3 comments
My first review of the Auralic Aries network player was written back in October 2014 (see review). Since that time, Auralic has been busy improving the Aries mainly in terms of functionality and improved stability through a series of firmware updates. My initial review was based on firmware v1.7. The associated Lightning DS app has also seen steady improvement over this same period. With the recent release of firmware v2.4, I think it's a good time for a re-visit.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 22, 2015 24 comments
all image credits: Ajay Kalia

Ajay Kalia who works "building the future of the future of music at The Echo Nest and Spotify" has offered up some interesting data related to how we relate to popular music as we age. The short story? The older we get, the less adventurous we get.

"After sixty years of research, it’s conventional wisdom: as people get older, they stop keeping up with popular music. Whether the demands of parenthood and careers mean devoting less time to pop culture, or just because they’ve succumbed to good old-fashioned taste freeze, music fans beyond a certain age seem to reach a point where their tastes have 'matured'."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 21, 2015 6 comments

I really don't have much to add other than to say this video from DEQX describes and illustrates some important concepts about sound reproduction in a very understandable manner. Bravo.

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 20, 2015 50 comments
One of the main reactions we've seen regarding Tidal's new ownership is based on the new owner's level of wealth. "We’ve got uber-rich artists complaining they’re just not making enough." says Bob Leftsez in his Newsletter from April 9th. Does this criticism make sense?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 18, 2015 2 comments
What a prefect day to go to your favorite record shop and buy some tangibles! Check out the Record Store Day website for a complete list of participating stores. Happy hunting!
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 17, 2015 0 comments
Milford Graves taught at Bennington College during my time there. I had the great pleasure of hearing him perform a number of times on campus and afterward in NYC. Most recently in June of 2013 as part of a trio including Bill Laswell and John Zorn. But it was Milford's solo performances that had the greatest impact on me both musically and physically. Let me explain.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2015 2 comments
I spent yesterday afternoon, and a lovely afternoon it was, in NYC's lower east side at the posh, yes posh, SIXTY LES hotel checking out the Raumfeld line of wireless high-res ready devices. I have to say the setting, speakers, and other devices certainly look the part of fine German design. I also have to say that since the Raumfeld line will be sold direct, available in the USA in September, the prices are rather friendly.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2015 23 comments
When I tell people what I do for a living, one response I get is, "So you listen to music for a living? Nice." And it is, nice. Of course there's a bit more to it than that but in essence I spend a lot of my time listening to music. But this all started when I was a teenager and got my ears on Are You Experienced, the first record I ever bought, which set me on a path of musical discovery that continues today.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 14, 2015 26 comments
If you ever read an article about sound quality and music and it includes "On my laptop's speakers I could not tell the difference...", I'd recommend taking everything said related to sound quality as being relevant only under those same conditions. After all, it's important to realize that any test is only as valid as the conditions under which the test was performed.

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