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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 09, 2015 3 comments
When I saw that AudioStream had introduced a new feature named Lovely Recordings, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to introduce some great sounding jazz to folks who may not be big jazz fans but who may enjoy rather mainstream jazz that is both beautifully played and sounds lovely. Some of these artists are well known in jazz in the US, others are not but should be. I have also been fortunate enough to see many of these artists live, which no matter how great the recordings are, live is the best way to experience them. There's nothing like Live!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 08, 2015 7 comments
I cleaned out a long neglected drawer. I don't know why I kept just these, but they all contain lovely memories.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 07, 2015 0 comments
photo credit: Ken Micallef

Here's a candid photo from yesterday's panel discussion from the New York Audio Show titled, "Zen and the art of audio reviewing", moderated by Art Dudley of Stereophile. That's C|NET's Steve Gutteberg, The Audiophiliac, sitting to Art's left. I hope the audience enjoyed the discussion as much as I did. Art and Steve have been in this business for many decades and they very generously shared stories and experiences in response to some very thoughtful questions from the audience. I played along too.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 06, 2015 0 comments
Hermits On Holiday (Heavenly Records, 2015) is the first album from Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley (aka White Fence), together known as Drinks. Sometimes I like my music all jangly, loose, and raw with a bit of a wink. Sid Barret's Barrett being a particular favorite on that list and Hermits On Holiday joins it in sound and pleasure.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 05, 2015 2 comments
We'd be swimming in reviews? I have it set in my mind that I will write one review each week, to be published on Thursday morning. When I don't do that, I feel, well, rotten (I would also like to have pizza each Friday and pasta every Sunday but that rarely happens). This week there was just no way for me to post my review of the Melco N1A (pictured bottom right) because it's just not ready. It's not done.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 04, 2015 1 comments
let's face it, vinyl and headphones are sexy

New York is a big state. This year's New York Audio Show takes up residence in the ("lovely") Hilton Westchester Hotel in Rye Brook, New York from Friday, November 6th, through Sunday the 8th. The Show promises 26 audio-system-filled rooms plus 11 headphone'd rooms as well as Live! music which should make for a relaxing, enjoyable show. But wait! There's more!

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 02, 2015 1 comments
Moderat: II (Monkeytown Records, 2013)
This is a stunning album. I'm not sure whose voice appears, I think it's the Apparat fellow (Sascha Ring), but this is a collaboration that makes 1 + 1 = 3. Or maybe 6.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 30, 2015 3 comments
I'll just say it; Joanna Newsom is a songbird. Or maybe a fiendishly lovely automaton. Either way, you can certainly become enchanted with her sound which will leave you hopelessly lost in some Pre-Raphaelite medieval garden. Listen in to what she's singing and saying, and you may just fall in love.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 30, 2015 6 comments
A Rega Story
Back in the early '90s, I was on the hunt for a new CD player. I was intrigued by the Rega Planet for the same reason everyone else was; Rega built turntables and they waited years before entering the CD market with a player they felt sounded analog. Since CDs never really scratched my musical itch very well, this was music to my ears.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 29, 2015 3 comments
After too many problems to talk about including corrupt KeyChains, iCloud issues, jinxed Java, and your basic pull-your-hair-out idiocy (mine and more), my iMac is back. Restored, reinvigorated, and fully backed up just in case (jinx!). I've seen a few comments related to this, um, incident saying something along the lines of Macs don't crash. I'd agree. They don't crash, they fail heroically.