Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 16, 2012  |  1 comments
Talking Heads, Remain in Light

[Gordon Rankin of Wavelength Audio hands us a bevy of musical delights with a focus on live!]

The biggest problem with a request like this is taste. Mine silly as it may sound is found in 80's pop, new wave, punk! Yea XTC, Clash, B52's, Talking Heads, Cranberries, Devo, Costello, Joe Jackson and of course Gang of Four. Not much of this is available as even red book downloads so here goes with what I could find that I would like, in order top to bottom. Yes I do have all of these on my server. While some of these obscure titles are available from Pirate Bay and other illegal sites...I really suggest if you cannot download them legally that you purchase and rip the disks.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 16, 2012  |  0 comments
Copyright infringement is serious business and it just got a kick in the enforcement. As spotted on Ars Technica:
The 70,000 daily visitors to popular music site were met with a purposely terrifying message on Tuesday and part of Wednesday. The UK's Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) took the site down, arrested its operator, and threw up a splash page that warned downloaders of "up to 10 years imprisonment." Thought statutory damages of up to $150,000 per infringement in the US were ludicrous? SOCA warns that downloaders from the site could face an "unlimited fine under UK law."
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 15, 2012  |  13 comments
Getting High (definition) Without Wires
The Audioengine D2 DAC is one of a new and few breed of wireless DACs capable of sending, receiving, and playing high definition music up to 24-bit/96kHz. As a matter of fact, I know of no other wireless DAC that'll do the same, today. Of course there are loads of UPnP streamers out there that include wireless capabilities but I'm talking about just-a-DAC with 24/96 wireless capabilities built-in (i.e. no dongle needed). One basic difference is wireless DACs are file format agnostic whereas streamers are not. They're more picky. And most streamers piggyback on your existing wi-fi network whereas the D2 provides its own.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 14, 2012  |  3 comments
This just in from an Antelope Audio Press Release:
Santa Monica, February 14, 2012 — Antelope Audio’s Zodiac D/A converters are now compatible with iPad, allowing music lovers to enjoy pristine audio of up to 384 kHz [OS X only], played and controlled from their iPad through the Zodiac DAC.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 10, 2012  |  7 comments
chart/analysis Michael DeGusta

Before we leave the music industry alone for the weekend, I thought I'd leave you with 2 pictures from the article "The REAL Death Of The Music Industry" by Michael DeGusta. As you can see, traditionally the album floated the music industry's financial boat making up a large % of overall music sales. The trend is obviously shifting.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 08, 2012  |  4 comments
Sir Paul McCartney has joined Adele, The Black Keys, and Tom Waits by blocking his new album Kisses On The Bottom from being played on any of the streaming services like MOG, or Rhapsody. The Black Keys have been the most vocal about the reason behind this decision—from an interview with VH1:
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.