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Michael Fremer  |  Feb 05, 2013  |  1 comments
On March 12, 2013 Reference Recordings will release a CD version and then sometime later a double 45rpm 1/2 speed mastered 200 gram Quality Record Pressings edition of a new recording by Piedmont blues specialist Doug MacLeod.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 30, 2013  |  2 comments
Analogue Productions will have for sale on February 5th a deluxe box set edition of its six double 45rpm 180g Doors reissues. The magnetic door front opening box (there must be a tech-packaging name for it that I don't know) is beautifully and ruggedly manufactured inside and out. It feature a gray cast covering containing a ghostly iconic image of Jim Morrison on the front cover and the group on the back.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 30, 2013  |  1 comments
Atoms For Peace is a Thom Yorke side project collaboration with producer Nigel Godrich, Red Hot Chili Pepper bassist Flea, drummer Joey Waronker (son of former WB Records exec Lenny), and Brazilian percussionist Moro Rofosco.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 18, 2013  |  18 comments
Richard Thompson's new album Electric due out February 5th was recorded analog at Buddy Miller's Nashville home studio, according to Mr. Thompson in a short interview published in a Florida newspaper. (Thanks to Home Theater's other MF Mark Fleischmann, for sending to me the URL of the interview).

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 14, 2013  |  25 comments
The long awaited triple LP vinyl issue of Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day scheduled for release in December in time for Christmas gift-giving but a no-show will finally be issued January 29th according to our sources.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 12, 2013  |  6 comments
Peter Gabriel has authorized and provided the tracks for a "Music Tiles" iPhone/iPad app that allows anyone to remix tunes from his "So" album.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 03, 2013  |  0 comments
We recently reported the curious case of Omnivore's reissue of Bert Jansch's Heartbreak LP. The 1981 recording sounded "mono" on the LP but stereo on the MP3 download. We contacted the label and today got this reply:
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 02, 2013  |  16 comments
Is a fine audio system a luxury or a necessity?
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 02, 2013  |  14 comments
The Swedish Band The Shout Out Louds released a limited edition of 10 copies of a promo single in a kit that requires the receiver to use a supplied latex mold to produce a record made of ice that actually plays
Michael Fremer  |  Dec 19, 2012  |  32 comments
With all of the reissues coming from questionable sources or proudly proclaiming their "digital-ness" ala The Beatles Box, we're fortunate to have labels like Analogue Productions, Mobile Fidelity, ORG, IMPEX, Rhino and the others cutting lacquers from analog tapes.
Michael Fremer  |  Dec 17, 2012  |  19 comments
Rhino recently reissued Love's essential Forever Changes album in conjunction with last November 23rd's "Record Store Day." The album was cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering and pressed at RTI.
Michael Fremer  |  Dec 09, 2012  |  16 comments
I was invited to speak at last week's Los Angeles and Orange County Audiophile Society Annual Awards Banquet. I spoke there two years ago and did some audio stand up comedy so this time i figured I'd do something else: sing.
Michael Fremer  |  Dec 01, 2012  |  20 comments
Reader Tony Crocker emailed me with the URL for his YouTube record cleaning video. Crocker bases it in part on the one written for The Tracking Angle by Michael Wayne some years ago that you can access on this site.
Michael Fremer  |  Nov 13, 2012  |  4 comments
My apologies to Gavin Lurrsen, who did respond immediately to my email via email. Unfortunately his email got trapped in the overaggressive corporate spam filter.
Michael Fremer  |  Nov 06, 2012  |  5 comments
Jeff Camden is the lucky winner of the Music Hall MMF-7.1 Turntable Sweepstakes!