Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 09, 2013
I'm still loving Lucrecia Dalt's last album Commotus (see review) so I've been looking forward to her next release, Syzygy coming October 15th on HEM, with bated breath. While she has released just two tracks for preview, I found this message on her website heart warming and worth sharing:
wait, try not to listen to this in your computer speakers because you will definitely lose half of the song, not only it has low frequency drones but I sing at almost the low end of my register. Play it loud, ask a neighbour to use his stereo, borrow some headphones, i guarantee a better experience!
"I guarantee a better experience!". I couldn't have said it better myself and isn't that what hi-fi is all about? (consider that a rhetorical question since the answer is most definitely a big yes)
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 03, 2013

I reported on my outing, along with my friend Stephen Mejias (see his show report), to the Jenny Hval concert at the Mercury Lounge. Stephen sent me a link to this video of one song that was recorded at that show by a guy standing about two feet to my left. And its interesting because there's something missing from this video.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 02, 2013
Last night Jenny Hval and her two bandmates lit up NYC's Mercury Lounge. Some performers during some performances have the ability to capture the room, making everything around you recede into the distance while the music becomes your every breath. Jenny Hval offered up an intimate and moving show filled with such moments featuring some of her older music, some from her recent and highly recommended Innocence is Kinky release on Rune Grammofon, and even a new song. Live, her fragile and forceful voice is even more infectious than on record (which is pretty impressive) and watching her perform is a special and moving treat. I highly recommend catching her if you can.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 24, 2013

It all started yesterday with a comment from philipjohnwright on the NPR Music app post, "My particular favourites are the Tiny Desk concerts where you get pared back performances from a very eclectic range of artists." Which reminded me of the wonderful Tiny Desk Concert featuring Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal (do yourself a favor and click that arrow, sit back, and enjoy). Which led me to look for it in download form (no success but that's OK since I own the LP) but I did find another interesting record featuring Ballaké Sissoko and Stranded Horse called Thee. Which led me to post on Facebook, a rare occurrence, "Is there such a thing as bad kora music?".

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 25, 2013
In his article for the NY Times, Steven Kurutz presents an interesting case for the future of high-end audio. He essentially offers up two distinct listening options; one representing convenience and poor sound quality, i.e. lossy compressed download and streaming music formats, and the other the "scratchy joys of vinyl". What Mr. Kurutz obviously misses is the growing number of CD or better quality downloads being offered by non-audiophile sites including Boomkat, Bleep.com, and Soundcloud. And if you want to find music-loving audio geeks, what better place than computer audio!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 22, 2013
On Saturday June 22, "...the corporate IT department will be performing a number of server and network upgrades in the production data center" which means AudioStream will be down for a few hours beginning 3:00PM (EST). See you again later!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 10, 2013
On Saturday night La Poisson Rouge played host to a trio of powerful personalities: John Zorn, Bill Laswell, and Milford Graves. While the opening band Abraxas tore through some Zorn compositions that lit up the stage with manic energy, in my experience, and this show only served to cement this impression, Milford Graves is capable of putting out enough positive vibrations to heal any army.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 04, 2013
I hadn't been to Beatport in a while but one of the searches I tried in the FLACme search engine was "Joy Division" (I just heard a song of theirs on the radio so they were stuck nicely in my head) and the results led to Beatport. While the "Joy Division" results didn't make for as clear an image as James Blake, Beatport offers Unknown Pleasures (Collector's Edition) in .WAV or .AIFF format for $49.28! So I checked around for the CD and found a copy at Insound for $24.98 and you can pick up a copy on eBay for as low as $14.25 including shipping. Hell-o?
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 30, 2013
If you follow any of the audio forums online, you will inevitably encounter the point of view that states—auditory memory is short-lived and/or faulty at best. While I tend to agree with this point of view in terms of trying to recall the sound of a given piece of hi-fi gear, I don't think we're dealing with the entire story.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 07, 2013
Last night The Breeders, Kim Deal, Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs, Jim Macpherson, and violinist Carrie Bradley splashed down at Webster Hall in NYC and played their platinum-selling album Last Splash before a sold out crowd. This tour represents the first time this band has played together since 1994 and its hard to believe 20 years have past since we were first treated to "Cannonball" which opens with Josephine Wiggs unforgettable bass line. The band and their songs were as tight as ever and as loose as can be, playing their hook-laden music that had the crowd singing along and some thrashing about like it was 1993.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 17, 2013
from Wikipedia: The Birkin bag is a handbag by Hermès, handmade in leather and named after actress and singer Jane Birkin. The bag is a symbol of wealth due to its high price and elusiveness to the public. Its price ranges from $9,000 to $150,000. Costs escalate according to the type of materials.

"Eighteen thousand?" The curious show goer asked. "No, eighteen hundred." The exhibitor answered.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 30, 2013
I saw and heard Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds on Thursday night at the Beacon Theater in NYC. For an added treat, Sharon Van Etten opened the show and later joined the Bad Seeds and the Harlem Voices as background singer. Cave opened with a few tunes from his newest LP, Push The Sky Away which is a wonderful record if somewhat lyrically superficial. As a show, the show was first-rate. When Cave started in on his older heavier material, the audience stood up and many remained so for the duration. At one point Cave encouraged as many people as could to squeeze down the isles toward the stage, much to the chagrin of the security forces on hand. "It's OK" Cave told them and added, "Don't worry, it's a union thing".

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