Michael Fremer  |  Oct 27, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  13 comments
Lou Reed died today. Not a good day.
Michael Fremer  |  Oct 27, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  4 comments
Contrary to what at least one vinyl vendor's website claims, Chris Bellman is not involved in the new Tommy vinyl reissue.

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 26, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  4 comments
Among the many iconic records John Simon has produced: Leonard Cohen's Columbia Records debut Songs of Leonard Cohen, Blood Sweat & Tears debut album Child is Father to the Man and of course Music From Big Pink and The Band
Michael Fremer  |  Oct 25, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  3 comments
Funny thing about Consumer Electronics Shows—consumers aren't allowed to attend. That's what's great about Stereophile's annual HI-FI Show. The place is packed with real people—excited, paying customers—eager to see and hear the latest in hi-fi and home-theater gear. At least, that's what one hopes for.

Some in the industry hesitated about showing in Chicago. As far as turnout was concerned, the city and surrounding 'burbs were unknown quantities; the grand but aged Palmer House Hilton, with its boxy rooms and ancient wiring, was potentially tricky; and the strong union presence meant that moving a parcel across the hall could prove lethal to an exhibitor's checkbook.

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 24, 2013  |  8 comments
Warner Brothers put Randy Newman on a college tour in 1969 with Ry Cooder and Captain Beefheart. The idea was to familiarize college kids with the label's eclectic artistic mix.
Michael Fremer  |  Oct 24, 2013  |  12 comments
In 1972 and '73 you'd hear this classic album playing in every hippie crash pad and college dorm room in America. It was a "chick" album guys could dig. Her friend James Taylor had encouraged the veteran song writer to sing her own songs.
Michael Fremer  |  Oct 24, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  7 comments
Neil Young's annual Bridge benefit concert streams for the first time on line live from the Shoreline Amphitheatre on October 26th.
Michael Fremer  |  Oct 23, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  4 comments
I was talking with Ayre's Charlie Hansen shortly after buying my K-1 preamp when the subject of stands came up.

"Solid maple," he said to me. "That's what I'd use."

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 22, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  16 comments
This is Mallory Fleming. She is a midwestern self-absorbed teenager who dreams of being Kim Kardashian. So she finds the money to pay people to litter this website with spam containing hyperlinks to her Fecesbook page.
Michael Fremer  |  Oct 21, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  6 comments
Culled from a six night stand at Washington, D.C.'s The Cellar Door between November 30th and December 2nd 1970 a few months after the release of After The Gold Rush, Neil Young Live At The Cellar Door includes solo acoustic performances of "Tell Me Why," "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," "Birds," "Don't Let It Bring You Down" and the title track as well as Buffalo Springfield's "Expecting To Fly", "I Am A Child" and "Flying On The Ground Is Wrong."