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Nathan Zeller  |  Mar 19, 2021  |  1 comments
The history of recorded music is as long as it is terrific. While that may sound wonderful, I can assure you there are strings attached.

Today’s mainstream artists face an originality problem, one which many musicians feel no desire to solve— though there are some current exceptions including Jacob Collier, Kendrick Lamar, and Vulfpeck. Few lack the passion required to create something that is truly their own, but among those who do is 22 year-old Canadian Shawn Mendes—one of five under-the-age-of-18 artists in Billboard album chart history to debut at #1. On Wonder, his latest album, Mendes chases that very passion.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 19, 2021  |  23 comments
DÉJÀ VU: 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION will be available from Rhino on May 14 for $99.98. Presented in a 12 x 12 hardcover book, the collection comes illustrated with rarely seen photos from the era and annotated by writer/filmmaker Cameron Crowe, whose revealing liner notes recount the making of the album through stories told by the people who were there, including David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 19, 2021  |  6 comments
Stylus Rake Angle Webinar! On March 20th at 11am in the U.S. Pacific Time Zone, WAM Engineering / WallyTools will conduct a free one hour instructional webinar on how to accurately measure your cartridge's dynamic Stylus Rake Angle (SRA) for optimal playback results.

Joseph W. Washek  |  Mar 18, 2021  |  17 comments
On December 9, 2010 at about 11:30 pm, I was standing in front of Johnny D’s, a now defunct and demolished Somerville, Massachusetts club, alone with Bert Jansch who about an hour earlier had finished an hour plus set. It was cold, in the twenties and sleet was becoming snow. Bert was holding his guitar, uncased, by the neck in his right hand.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 17, 2021  |  3 comments
Luaka Bop releases March 26th this sensational collaboration between this collaboration between Sam Shepherd (Floating Points) and Pharoah Sanders with the London Symphony Orchestra. It's a sonically spectacular, musically beguiling continuous piece of music in nine movements for saxophone, strings, keyboards and electronics composed by Sam Shepherd. Lacquers cut by Chris Bellman, pressed at RTI, the sonics are enveloping, the music in and out of the world.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 16, 2021  |  5 comments
Munich's HIGH END trade show is fully booked weeks ahead of the end of March deadline according to a press release announcement issued today by show organizers HIGH END SOCIETY GmbH.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 11, 2021  |  1 comments
Tonight, Thursday March 11th 9PM ET/6PM PT Charles Lloyd will host an online listening party for his new Charles Lloyd and the Marvels Blue Note album Tone Poem, with special guest "Tone Poet" Joe Harley.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 11, 2021  |  61 comments
This is really unbelievable. A reader sent me to a BoingBoing video "A deep dive into the German and UK editions of The Beatles Collection BC13" by "Andrew from Parlogram Auctions". He compares in the 20 minute video, the two versions.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 08, 2021  |  15 comments
iFi’s Zen Phono preamplifier replaces the busy, but super-adjustable dip-switch laden operating system found on the company’s far more costly ($999), feature-rich iPhono 3 for a much simpler one, yet the Zen offers an impressive feature set, and high build and parts quality, all for $149.99.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 04, 2021  |  11 comments
John Lennon's raw, jarring solo debut album first released December 11, 1970 gets the 50th anniversary treatment in a multi-release series coming this April 16th. For those experiencing the album when it was first released 50 years ago, it was at first an ugly shock to hear a former Beatle (the phrase "former Beatle" was to fans shocking enough) bare his soul and express his personal anguish and pain, while simultaneously declaring "the dream" (whatever it was) "over".

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