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Michael Fremer  |  Apr 24, 2020  |  22 comments
From the Sam Records press release:

“By the late 1940s, the emergence of vinyl records created new opportunities for graphic artists to express their talent. The new 12'' square format seemed particularly suitable for experimentation and many labels became reputed for their innovative designs. Amazingly gifted artists such as David Stone Martin, Jim Flora, Pierre Merlin, Burt Goldblatt or Reid Miles, to name just a few, made a name for themselves illustrating or designing jazz record covers.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 24, 2020  |  19 comments
Amoeba Music with record stores in Hollywood, Berkeley and San Francisco says that due to the Covid-19 virus it faces an "uncertain future" as all three stores since mid-March have been shut down. Savings are running out and while the company is paying staff salaries it cannot continue much longer without help from customers and friends.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 21, 2020  |  12 comments
WAM Engineering's new universal WallyTractor is now available from the newly formed company, a partnership between the late Wally Malewicz's son Andrzej, himself a mechanical engineer and Wally's former production assistant J.R. Boisclair. They've just launched the Wallyanalog website where you will find complete details of the new $395 universal WallyTractor and the available services the Santa Rosa, CA based company provides.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 21, 2020  |  1 comments
Subscription series based Newvelle Records has opened the vaults for a limited time to help ease the missing Record Store Day pain. Now through the Sunday April 26th, selected Newvelle titles are available as single LPs priced at $60 each.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 16, 2020  |  9 comments
Alto saxophonist, improv great Lee Konitz who was associated with every style from bebop to avant-garde and especially cool jazz died today at age 92 a victim of the coronavirus.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 14, 2020  |  33 comments
The hi-fi world has lost a giant, and we at Stereophile have lost a brother.

Art Dudley passed peacefully this morning around 4am after a short illness. The cause was metastatic cancer.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 03, 2020  |  8 comments
The Vinyl Alliance Just Issued This Press Release:

The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is severe and hits the vinyl industry hard with a decreasing demand, closed stores, limited production, and transport bans. However, a quick survey amongst Vinyl Alliance members shows the commitment and resilience of the industry.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 27, 2020  |  1 comments
The recently reviewed StylusTimer, not quite ready for purchase then, is now available for sale at the StylusTimer website.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 27, 2020  |  5 comments
Grado Labs just announced a new "Timbre" series of cartridges that consolidates under one "roof" the previously separate mid-range "Reference" and "Statement" wooden bodied phono cartridges. Grado also introduced a new $275 OPUS3 cartridge. All, including the budget Prestige series, now incorporate techniques developed and incorporated into the top of the line Lineage series.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 20, 2020  |  10 comments
Not sure what's more amazing: how many recordings Alfred Lion produced for Blue Note, or how many great ones have remained in the vaults. Over the past few years, numerous unreleased Blue Notes have finally been released and none are sub-par "leftovers".

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 17, 2020  |  25 comments
Electric Recording Company announced today the forthcoming "true mono" reissue of Thelonious Monk's Brilliant Corners featuring Sonny Rollins due some time in April. ERC's costly limited edition releases usually quickly sell out. This one's still available but for how long?

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 13, 2020  |  7 comments
For obvious reasons, RSD 2020 scheduled for April 18th has been postponed until June 20th.
Michael Fremer  |  Mar 11, 2020  |  23 comments
Jazz Vinyl Audiophile and Stereophile writer/reviewer Ken Micallef recently visited and interviewed me for his YouTube channel. Thanks to snappy editing and photo insertions, he's produced a fast-paced video you might enjoy watching. This is part 1 of 2 parts.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 09, 2020  |  6 comments
Monday, March 9, 2020 AXPONA announced just now that it's moved the Western hemisphere's largest show from this coming April to August 7-9 at Chicago's Renaissance Schaumberg Hotel and Convention Center.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 03, 2020  |  12 comments
UMe will release on March 6th, 2020 a 4 CD live box set containing on 4 CDs 4 complete UK and US 1968 Cream concerts, including 19 previously unreleased tracks that include the final ever Royal Albert Hall concert—all recorded during Cream's "Farewell Tour".

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