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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 21, 2017 1 comments
I didn't know what to expect from Arca's new self-titled album so when I hit Play in Roon, I was taken by surprise by its sheer overwhelming bruised beauty.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 19, 2017 51 comments
Recently, moths have been named as having the best hearing in the world, in both the animal and human kingdoms

I think about this hobby often: A lot. Recently, the thought that captured my mind was controversy; how is it that a hobby whose purpose is enjoyment so riddled with controversy? My next thought; why not talk about some of them?

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 18, 2017 5 comments
If you've read any book Murakami has written, you'll know that he scatters music throughout, like a great filmmaker imbuing the story with greater story. I happen to love, yes love, Haruki Murakami's writing which makes me more than interested in him. Being more than interested in music, to boot, makes this 3,350 song Spotify playlist more than a playlist; it's like a thought-journey in song.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 17, 2017 6 comments
I’ve been reading (and looking forward to) Lovely Recordings since the column first appeared. All of you have introduced me to fabulous things that I likely would have never heard otherwise. I am in debt to you, and I hope I might pay back at least a little with the list below. All of this music is available on Tidal.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 14, 2017 1 comments
Have you ever been driving and listening to the radio when a song comes on that you knew you needed to hear but had never heard before? I love it when that happens.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 13, 2017 1 comments
Hegel Walks The Walk
And that walk is decidedly, and refreshingly, their own. The Röst offers 75wpc into 8 Ohms, a DAC which supports PCM-only data and maxes out at 24/96 via USB and 24/192 via S/PDIF and the unit's network connection. Octuple-rate DSD lovers and 32-bit/384kHz hunters need not apply. The real question, with apologies to the company's name, being; does this walk take us down the high or low road toward musical nirvana or does it overcome this dualism?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 12, 2017 18 comments
image credit: OraStream

From the press release:

Singapore (Newswire) April 12th, 2017 – OraStream Private Limited launches BRIO by OraStream ("BRIO"), a next-generation consumer music streaming server.

BRIO is a novel personal music server for consumers to stream music at native resolution. It lets users stream 16 bit/44kHz up to 24 bit/192kHz resolution audio, which delivers all the digital information to bring true musical reproduction.

Did I hear someone ask for hi-res streaming without the "special sauce" (see: Neil Young back in his Pono days)?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 10, 2017 6 comments
Let me start by saying that I absolutely love Bandcamp. The convenience and sheer variety of music available is mind boggling. All of the Lovely Music choices featured here are from Bandcamp. 99% of the time the music posted on Bandcamp lets you stream complete albums, so you get to hear exactly what you're buying. You are able to select the format that you are downloading in. I download in FLAC and in general the sound is excellent and often is in 24 bit. Having a 3 Terabyte USB hard drive has allowed for a lot of downloading and experimenting with music that is free to download or "Name Your Price" from Bandcamp. Another bonus is that you can click on fans or supporters of the artist and see their music libraries to get ideas of similar music and genres.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 09, 2017 7 comments
Friends invited us to a concert last week and I'll admit it was one I would not have otherwise attended.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 07, 2017 14 comments
Have you ever heard someone say something like, "'80's music sucked"? Or "'70's", or "'90's", etc...? How about "Today's music sucks"? If you have, and you're anything like me, you may have felt a mild sense of pity for the fool. Or anger. Great music is made, always. Just because it wasn't made when we were teenagers doesn't discount it from being great (sorry).

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