Wednesday, 19 Sep 2018

Question: Are Streaming Services Good or Bad?

My friend (and one of my favorite writers on all things hifi) Art Dudley voices his views on streaming in this month’s Stereophile. I quote, “Then again, maybe it’s time to heave ourselves up out of our Lay-Z-Boys, find the switch that controls the sodastream of abundant everything, and turn it the fuck off.”

SiriusXM vs. Everyone

We know that technological progress can outpace the law. The music industry is one such poster child where existing copyright law is as old as the hills, with some legislation dating back to 1909. The last major re-visit occurred in 1998, which is still B.S. (Before Streaming), so we are long overdue for a big catch-up. The Music Modernization Act

Marc Ribot and Tom Waits Team Up Against Fascism

Tom Waits has been quiet these past few years. Thanks to Marc Ribot, Waits has broken his 2-year song silence by appearing on Songs of Resistance 1948 – 2018, Ribot’s new album of protest songs. “Bella Ciao”  is as Italian anti-Fascist folk ballad and Waits brings his best gravel to the mix.

Album of the Week: Ipek Gorgun

Ecce homo, “behold the man”, are the words spoken by Pontius Pilate as he presented a bound and crowned Jesus Christ to the angry masses before the Crucifixion. It has been referenced throughout history by painters, writers, poets, and philosophers. I owned a copy of the work by Nietzsche, a first printing from 1908 with decorations by Henry van de

Review: Ayre EX-8 Integrated Hub

Last year, I reviewed and compared six streaming integrated amplifiers as Editor of AudioStream. I find value in these types of comparisons both as a doer and as a reader because comparative listening to like-components allows us to readily hear the sonic flavors baked into each one. From there, we can decide which matches our preferred sonic pallet and coupled

Where Were You?

I was commuting into Brooklyn on my way to work on September 11, 2001. Our train stopped about 250′ shy of the Hoboken station, which was not an unusual occurrence. I buried my head back into my book, Haruki Murakami’s Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, but my reading was interrupted when a man in our car yelled

Lovely Music Hosted By Darren Henley

I wonder if many of you, like me, run into this issue when making a list: there is simply too much music to share. Add to this the desire to deliver something of interest to a larger group of readers, and (for me) this effort inevitably results in a too long list of disparate selections, and/or a playlist so deep

Free Music: Cecilia “Charity Whore”

“Cecilia is the dissociative metamorphosis of dj/producer BABI AUDI (NYC, Montreal) known for unsettling yet cinematic Club Dead LTD (Hoss Records), Mommy Dust (self-released), 6 page letter ( DIS magazine). Her new EP “Charity Whore” is out now on the new Imprint GROOMING Label. “Charity Whore” is a continuous 21 minute recording which progresses through four distinct acts ; the

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day: “From the very beginning of her career, Paula [Cooper] recognized the ways that all the visual and performing arts were becoming intertwined, speaking to one another. And when she started hosting happenings and performances in her gallery, she helped elevate some of the most visionary composers to the world of cutting-edge contemporary art.”