In Barn for Review

In Barn: Ayre EX-8 Integrated Hub

Ayre EX-8 Integrated Hub (starts at $5,990.00 /  $7,850.00 with optional network board). I like to call this type of component a Streaming Integrated Amplifier because it offers a Roon-Ready Ethernet input (and DAC)  so all you need to add is some music and a […]

Album of the Week

Album of the Week: John Prine

I love John Prine like a dear friend. His first record, John Prine, from 1971 is Master-Class, Grade A songwriting. The Tree of Forgiveness continues that tradition after a 13-year respite where Prine mines the everyday for nuggets of wisdom and beauty.


Haruki Murakami DJ

Anyone who has read anything by Haruki Murakami knows he loves music. Anyone who has dug a wee bit deeper knows he used to own a jazz bar/club/coffee house in Toyko called Peter Cat. Come August 5, he’ll be DJing a set on Tokyo FM. […]


Inspiration: Soap Bubbles

Soap Bubbles and the Forces Which Mould Them by C.V. Boys first published in 1896 caused quit a stir. In fact, its ripples of influence spread to writers and artists far and wide and helped tip the scales of the rational toward the absurdist. Amen.


John Cage: Notations

I didn’t know about Notations when I found it in the Rare Book Room at the Strand Book Store. That said, I didn’t discover Notations any more than a hiker discovers Versailles. But that didn’t stop me from feeling a deep sense of discovery (I’m […]