Download of the Week: Smerz

Smerz is Norwegian duo Catharina Stoltenberg and Henriette Motzfeldt. According to Google translate, smerz means smerz in English, which clears up a lot of the questions I had. Have fun is their new EP, released on XL Recordings earlier this month, and you can take that title as invitation or demand, depending on one's preferences in these matters.

Tellurium Q Black II Speaker Cable

As plain as day. That's what I have to say about the differences I hear between the original Tellurium Q Black speaker cable, which I own, and the new Black II. What's more, I clearly prefer the Black II. </review>?

Manufacturer's Response

En Casa Plaskin: Playback Designs MPD-8 Dream DAC

Playback Designs MPD-8 Dream DAC ($22,000).

Powerful Voices and the Vanatoo Transparent Zero

March in the United States is Women’s History Month. Complementing International Women’s Day on March 8, the month is meant to honor and recognize the many significant accomplishments of women today and throughout history. The celebration dates back to 1981, when Congress authorized the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982, as “Women’s History Week.” Then, in 1987, upon a successful petition by the National Women’s History Project, Congress agreed that a week was not nearly enough, that, instead, women would be honored throughout the entire month of March. Between 1988 and 1994, then, Congress passed additional resolutions to maintain the status. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama have issued proclamations announcing March as Women’s History Month. And, somewhat surprisingly given his own words and actions, even the current president has followed suit. You can read his proclamation here. (If you’re into it, you can compare and contrast with President Obama’s proclamation.)

Download of the Week: The Breeders

The Breeders are back and there's gonna be trouble (Hey la, hey la, The Breeder's are back).

It feels like forever ago that I got to sit in on an early listen of All Nerve, The Breeders new album, at John DeVore's place with a few members of the band. If you are under the impression we all listen for the same thing and thus hear the same thing when listening to music, just spend some time listening to musicians listening to themselves.

The Great DAC-Off!

On a lovely March evening, Herb Reichert, Alex Halberstadt, Stephen Mejias, and I met up at John DeVore's place for The Great DAC-Off!

We Are Re-Organized!

The best places keep their menu fresh. With that in mind, we have re-organized AudioStream's menu structure to, ideally, make things make more sense while keeping pace with Network Audio's shifting landscape (e.g. I think "Network" audio makes more sense than "Computer" audio).

In Barn: GigaFOILv4 – INLINE Ethernet filter

DJM GigaFOILv4 – INLINE Ethernet filter ($475.00).

Lovely Recordings Hosted by Ola Harström

"Is there anybody going to listen to my story...".

Being four (or perhaps five) years old I had absolutely had no idea what John Lennon was singing about, but I could tell it was important.

If it started with the Beatles, it continued with Elvis. And Miles—"Sketches from Spain"—I was lured by the cool cover... And piano jazz, because that's what my parents were playing.

The drive of Elvis, the patience of Miles, the urgency of John Lennon, the swing of Errol Garner and the beauty of them all, is what I look for. Pretense. Sure, but that's what I ended up with when thinking about what attracts me to a piece of music or a performance.