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Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 14, 2017
I pity the speaker buyer who doesn't spend due time setting up their speakers; finding the best-sounding spot. If you don't spend real time moving your speakers around, even on your desktop, finding the spot where they, and you, sing, you're wasting your hard-earned money.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 14, 2017
Norway's Dagens Naeringsliv has reported Tidal only has enough cash left to run for 6 months. Crap! (if true)
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 13, 2017
It's that time of year for holiday cheer; our annual Holiday Gift Guide. Chock full of treats for the young and young at heart, I hope you enjoy window shopping through 2017's picks as much as I enjoyed pickin' 'em. Ho, ho, ho!
Stephen Mejias  |  Dec 12, 2017
Photos: Stephen Mejias. Design: Todd Steponick, Nice Looking Designs

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If you listen for similarities between superficially disparate musical forms—hard bop and doom metal, for instance, or even noise and pop—you might be surprised by how suddenly you hear them. If you listen only for differences, you'll find those, too, of course.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 11, 2017
I have been thinking of authoring another installment of Lovely Recordings but have not yet had the time to sit down and do so. However, there is one recent release which is so good in terms of the music, musicianship and sound quality that it deserves a mention on its own...
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 08, 2017
Mono No Aware is the first compilation album from the folks at PAN and it's a shimmering doozy. Featuring Jeff Witscher, Helm, TCF, Yves Tumor, M.E.S.H., Pan Daijing, HVAD, Kareem Lotfy, ADR, Mya Gomez, Sky H1, James K, Oli XL, Bill Kouligas, Flora Yin-Wong, Malibu, and AYYA, there's over an hour of earthly and unearthly ambient, beautifully colored light and dark.
Stephen Mejias  |  Dec 07, 2017
Usually, I find comfort in limitations and I'm pretty good at following instructions. But, when it comes to year-end lists, I'm just not myself. So, when Michael Lavorgna asked for a list of five favorite albums, I promptly came up with 75.
Joe Surdna  |  Dec 01, 2017
And I thought the big news this month was just going to be the release of some fine music and then the ECM going all in on digital downloads info dropped on November 17th. I don't even know where to begin to open that extraordinary can of worms so I'll just stick with what we've put together for December and leave the elephant to stumble around the room. I don't mean to be coy or ambiguous because it's a good and great thing that this immense catalog of music will be available in HIFI versions. I think that I easily listened to 80 albums this month, which was about 30 more than last month. And just so you know why you're getting this normal monthly column and not the yearly Best of 2017 wrap up is because it's in the works. I'm going to be busy in the next couple of weeks (with a hernia operation for one thing) but spending until mid to late December scanning everyone else's lists because I always, always discover a couple of gems (if not a dozen) parsing through Best of 2017 lists. Last year I think that I put three things on my year end list just from Henry Rollins' KCRW list. So, enjoy. There's some beautiful, invigorating and memorable stuff on this list and I'll be back with The Best of 2017 in two weeks.

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