Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 26, 2014 0 comments
Will Oldham, aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy, is always a safe bet. A singer songwriter extraordinaire, his latest, Singer's Grave a Sea of Tongues does not disappoint with its gentle rhythms and swaying southern-tinged songs. Featuring the McCrary sisters and Chris Scruggs on mandolin and ukulele, these are slow, somewhat sad stories but they're filled with enough light to keep things luminous.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 25, 2014 2 comments
Cocktail Audio
Cocktail Audio is, to the best of my knowledge, a division of Novatron a Korean company specializing in the manufacture of "Multimedia Devices". I first came across the Cocktail Audio X30 at CES 2014 and I was intrigued by its all in oneness. The X30 incorporates a 50W digital amp, DAC, server, UPnP network player, and CD ripper all in one package. Just add speakers.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 24, 2014 4 comments
As we learned in the pending Pandora case, US Federal Copyright Law does not protect music recorded before Feb. 15, 1972, instead it's handled on a state by state basis. Flo & Eddie filed their suit in California against SiriusXM "for not seeking authorization nor paying royalties on hit songs like 'Happy Together,' 'It Ain't Me Babe' and 'She'd Rather Be With Me'" (all pre-1972 recordings) according to Hollywood Reporter. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez ruled in favor of Flo & Eddie who are seeking $100M in damages. While this case is certainly going to be appealed, the notion that licensing and associated royalty fees do in fact apply to pre-1972 recordings will surely send shivers down every streaming services spine.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 22, 2014 8 comments
A consumer audio show grows in Brooklyn! Beginning this Friday, September 26th, The Chester Group's New York Audio Show takes off for three days of hi-fi fun. There will be a "High Resolution Audio Zone in conjunction with HeadZones. Showcasing the latest technology for High Res downloads and associated gear including D/A and A/D converters, high resolution music streamers and portable players, visitors will be able to experience first-hand the pleasure and quality of their music."

See you there!

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 19, 2014 0 comments
Sister O.M. Terrell recorded eight sides while playing music for over 70 years. These recordings, every last one of hers, were recorded in the '50's mostly for Columbia. Blues and gospel, Sister O.M. Terrell wrote, sang, and played her music in the service of her religion.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 18, 2014 4 comments
Pro-Ject
Pro-Ject may be best known for their turntables, but they offer a dizzying array of products through their Box Designs line as well. From CD players to speakers and most everything in between, in multiple lines ranging from the E Line, C Line, S Line, DS Line, and RS Line (in ascending price order). Today's Stream Box is from the RS line, the top of the Pro-Ject digital heap.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 17, 2014 4 comments
From the press release:
The announcement of the first live concert recording in DSD follows an agreement between Acoustic Sounds and Warner Music Group (WMG) to provide the company’s digital download music service with more than 1,200 high-resolution, mainstream albums by some of the most dynamic names in music.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 16, 2014 12 comments
What do you need to play back high resolution audio from your computer? The answer is thankfully relatively simple and we're going to give you the down and dirty guide, your hi res to-do list, so you can enjoy the sonic benefits of better than CD-quality music.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 15, 2014 3 comments
Due to hit the European market in December, the Philips Fidelio M2L headphones will incorporate a 24-bit DAC and cost €250 EUR. This may help answer the question as to why the iPhone 6s do not support 24-bit music—because Apple plans to put the DAC in their new Beats Lightning Compatible 'phones?
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 12, 2014 4 comments
I'm pretty sure you've read about Khun Narin and you've probably seen and heard one of their super psychedelic hypnotic YouTube videos. That's how LA music producer Josh Marcy discovered them, actually on the wonderful Dangerous Minds blog, and he was so impressed he flew to their native Thailand with the help of record label Innovative Leisure, tracked them down, and recorded them in a local field. And he came away with 40-minutes of mind melting psychedelia led by Khun Narin's electrified lute.

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