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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Disc of the Day - UB40 - Tyler (45 rpm 12")

A nice, ska/reggae disc from the '80s... superbly and fresh sounding... reportedly recorded on a tube Revox G36.

Love it!

Tapes, tapes, tapes...

... I found myself transformed into a tapes-junkie, folks!

The sound of these old relics makes my heartbeat faster and my mouth watering.

... just change the above R. Crumb's "records" with "tapes";-)

Gimme more!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Rolling Stones' trivia - Their Satanic Majesties Request 3D

... not the most perfect of The Rolling Stones' albums, yet its 3D cover made it an instant sought-after collector item.

After recently getting a 19 cm/s pre-recorded original tape on a 18 cm diam. plastic reel, whose box sports the VERY same 3D lenticular plastic gimmick as the vinyl 1st pressing in my possession.

Strange, I told myself...

I checked Wikipedia on the matter and found this:

"The original cover design called for the lenticular image to take up the entire front cover,[20] but finding this to be prohibitively expensive it was decided to reduce the size of the photo and surround it with the blue-and-white graphic design."

Put side-by-side, the tape and the vinyl plaque are the very same, so, apparently Decca/London spent an arm and a leg for this 3D plaque and decided to do not go over-budget using the same size on the 30 cm sized cover and making a clouds/sky frame to fix the 3D smallish size.

Tapes were quite expensive in the hey days also if not as expensive as they are now... this very pre-recorded tape is fetching USD 200+ price-tags... the reel to reel sold poorly, so when they weren't more in demand, out of stock, deleted, etc. Decca possibly stopped to make the 3Ds and the 2nd vinyl disc reissues had the color cover-art replaced by a cheaper pix of the 3D itself.

Such an innocent satisfaction sort-of correcting the always great, useful and supportive Wikipedia.


Meredith Monk's new disk on ECM

We are thrilled to announce the highly anticipated release of  Meredith's newest CD, On Behalf of Nature.

Digital release is available today on  iTunes.

Pre-ordering for the official release on November 4th  is available through  Amazon .

Featured on the ECM Records homepage.

"a rapturous new work...some of the finest music Monk has yet written."
- Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

For six decades, vocalist-composer Meredith Monk has explored what she calls "primordial utterance," or non-verbal vocal sounds that lay beneath and beyond language, expressing "that for which we have no words." 
This exploration has led her to create music that The New Yorker describes as simultaneously "visceral and ethereal, raw and rapt," an art that "sings, dances and meditates on timeless forces."
With her latest, multivalent ECM New Series album, Monk aimed to address ecology and climate change, she says: "Believing that music speaks more directly than words, I worked to make a piece with a fluid, perceptual field that could expand awareness of what we are in danger of losing. On Behalf of Nature is a meditation on our intimate connection to nature, its inner structures, the fragility of its ecology and our interdependence." 
Voices and instruments have equal weight: sometimes each is heard alone; sometimes they are blended to form a new, mysterious sound; sometimes they are combined to create intricate, layered, yet transparent sonic landscapes. 

We hope you will join us in celebrating the release by purchasing today!

Album cover photo: Julieta Cervantes

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Achref Chargui Trio - Tajaliyat

Great contaminations... fresh music... 

... and great cover art.

Best vinyl shops in Europe

Cool disc-boutiques list...

Cool indeed...

Here is a list of records shop in Moscow... spasiba to my pal Serge Schmidlin for the link.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence OST reissued

On Milan Records.

Bowie and Sakamoto... also containing David Sylvian sung Forbidden Colors.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Caterpillar Horn

Someone at Caterpillar is a visionary horn lover;-)))... only explanation why such a beast machine used to work-out tarmac and the like sports this handsome, Nautilus-like horn...

Honky tonkin' CAT's horn...

Monday, October 10, 2016

Vinyl boom?

Some may never play the records they buy, someone says, but own them as showpieces and statements of their musical taste. 

Many see this as a shallow way of accessing music, making vinyl little more than a passing phase, a personal statement more than an appreciated musical artefact (the Telegraph decried that “Half the people buying vinyl don’t actually bother listening to it”). 

But Mr Fukuyama is more optimistic: “The act of collecting physical objects appeals to enthusiasts in any era. As new vinyl users enter the market in these new ways, a group of these users will eventually convert to loyal customers of the format and will listen to the vinyl,” he said. 

Read full review here...

BTW: worth saying many, myself included, never stopped buying vinyl discs... in my case, proudly so since December 1970.

... and, I definitely listen to all the discs I purchase;-)

1:1 isolation transformer and filter for Garrardzilla

I've been an advocate of speed controlled stability for my Garradzilla only using massive platter, but must say, to my surprise, this humble box made by my pal Francesco further improves sound... placebo or real improvement, dunno...

Sure, detailing improved... maybe less motor (micro) vibes due to cleaner 220V?

Mysterious, doubtful uncertainties... yet, the good results are undoubtful, indeed..

Enough for me;-)

The Clamp

1330 grams bronze clamp, hommage to Ken Shindo

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Mondrian Garradzilla

High definition vinyl?


Imagine a vinyl record that has 30% more capacity, 30% greater volume, and double the audio fidelity of a typical LP sold today.

The technical specifications for High Definition Vinyl, or ‘HD Vinyl,’ have now been detailed in a European patent filing exclusively shared with Digital Music News on Tuesday.  This is a concept that could potentially be on the market within three years, according to details shared by Rebeat Digital, the company that filed the patent.

Rebeat, based in Tulln, Austria, submitted the EU-wide patent with Joanneum Research, with plans to quickly secure additional patent protections in the United States and worldwide.  The patent filing was viewed by Digital Music News in a private session, and we were not allowed to keep a copy of the filing.
Hopefully, more, MUCH more, soon...

Brooklyn's Daptone Studio - where analog is still alive and kicking!

"The sessions' analog tapes are edited by cutting them with a razor blade and spliced."

... this simple statement makes my heart beating faster;-)

Read the story here... not the only studio doing it the old way... yet, chapeau!

Thanking Steve Guttenberg.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Roscoe Mitchell & Michele Rabbia live in Padua, October 6th, 2016

What a concert, pals... what a concert!

One of my heroes, a founding member of AACM and Art Ensemble of Chicago with its infinite declinations...  Roscoe Mitchell, now 76, is an elegant, intense, soft-spoken gentleman whose playing and creativity seems endless.

The stage improviser and companion of Mr. Mitchell was Michele Rabbia, a percussionist and sparingly used live electronics musician whose skill, inventivity and sensitivity while interacting with saxello, soprano and alto saxes truly impressed me...

A deep, strong impression, an experience both aural and visual... while Mitchell was blowing his soul out of his instruments, Michele was dancing around his drums and cymbals and assorted percussions...

A showcase of human relationships - i.e among musicians and audience and venue.

I loved this concert as I loved taking some extempore pixies with my mobile.