Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 08, 2012  |  14 comments
District Judge Richard J. Sullivan said not so fast to Capital Records by denying their request to shut down start-up and pre-owned digital music site/shop ReDigi.

As reported by Ars Technica, ReDigi's founder John Ossenmacher had this to say to Capital Records:

Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 08, 2012  |  0 comments
Daphne Oram, Private Dreams and Public Nightmares (Interpretations by Andrea Parker and Daz Quayle)

[Reader Edwin Wong gives us a nice eclectic list for the adventurous listener or the young at heart]

Daphne Oram, Daphne Oram, Private Dreams and Public Nightmares (Interpretations by Andrea Parker and Daz Quayle) (Aperture)

A dark re-work of original and unheard material from the archives of Daphne Oram (co-founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop), mixed by Andrea Parker and Daz Quayle. Digital and CD only.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 07, 2012  |  1 comments
A big thank you to reader Brian R. for pointing us to three lovely and free downloads from Gimell:
Josquin - Missa De beata virgine and Missa Ave maris stella, The Tallis Scholars
Josquin - Missa Malheur me bat & Missa Fortuna desperata, The Tallis Scholars
Victoria - Lamentations of Jeremiah Victoria, The Tallis Scholars
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 06, 2012  |  4 comments
Confessions of a Happy Procrastinator
I’ll admit I dillied and dallied before writing this review. Part of the reason being the Rein Audio X-DAC doesn’t announce its presence in any overt way. Every time I went looking for it, I ended up just listening to and enjoying the music. And that’s all right by me.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 02, 2012  |  9 comments

from MTV c.1993 featuring Michael Fremer! and Neil Young!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 02, 2012  |  8 comments
Warren Zevon

[reader and frequent commenter deckeda shares an intimate recording]

My "Pick 1" is a 1976 Warren Zevon performance in a live radio studio broadcast. So it's basically a bootleg, but a sanctioned one available at (His son Jordan gave the approval.)

Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 01, 2012  |  1 comments
Sharon Van Etten

While Neil Young rightfully rails against the poor sound quality of the MP3, I still feel MP3 and other lossy formats have a use. And the best use is free access to music. Ya know, discovery. The wonderful "First Listen" series on NPR is currently streaming (at 128 kbps) the complete yet-to-be-released record Tramp from Sharon Van Etten. For free. The entire record. The idea is if you like it, you'll buy a real copy (and no, I do not mean the crappy iTunes or Amazon lossy download version—remember, do not pay for crappy quality lossy music). I've pre-ordered the Deluxe Bundle (LP + CD + more) from Jagjaguwar (official release date 02/07/12). See, it worked.

You can listen to Sharon Van Etten's "Tramp" in its entirety too. For free. You just have to click and listen before the release date (after that, NPR removes the music).

Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 01, 2012  |  8 comments
Thanks to reader Mr. T for pointing us to this more recent and more extensive interview with Neil Young on where he expands on his distaste for the MP3.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 31, 2012  |  3 comments
The PMP300 ($200) from Diamond Multimedia was among the first portable MP3 players to hit the market which it did in 1998. The diminutive PMP300 (3.5 x 2.5 x 0.625") came with 32MB of internal memory (about 1 hour of music at 128kbps) and also offered a Smart Media flash memory card slot for expansion of up to 128MB. The PMP300 housed a proprietary connector and the included cable connected it to your PC's parallel-port for copying your MP3s from PC to PMP300. Powered by a single AA battery, the PMP300 provided about 8 hours of music per battery.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 30, 2012  |  0 comments
I recently sent 5 questions to Doug Graham, Naim Audio's International Sales Manager, and he was kind enough to respond to all of them. Naim Audio, as you more than likely know, have an extensive product line that includes each piece of the hi-fi puzzle from front end to speakers and everything in between. Naim has also developed an extensive product line centered around what they prefer to call 'streaming audio' as opposed to 'computer audio'. As the Editor of AudioStream, I won't argue the point. The Naim streaming audio product line includes Hard Disk Players/Music Servers, Network Players, DACs and All-in-one Players.

Naim appears to be addressing both the audiophile community as well as trying to draw in those people looking for better sound quality from their streaming media in a simple all-in-one device. With this in mind, I focused on the broader marker and the wide net Naim is casting. Without further ado, let's get on with the Q&A: