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Michael Fremer  |  Apr 24, 2019  |  5 comments
The annual WFMU Record Fair comes to the Brooklyn Expo Center this Friday through Sunday featuring 28,000 square feet of records, 45s, CDs (?), books, collectibles and the usual gang of idiots plus live bands and broadcasts. This is always a great show just like they used to make them except that with the Internet prices are more uniform (though there are still bargains from vendors who don't know certain "stuff").

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 24, 2019  |  18 comments
Let's just say I went into the TechDAS Air Force Zero's recent debut at The Audio Salon in Santa Monica with a great deal of skepticism. A big, lumbering turntable featuring an enormous and massive multi-layer platter system seemed like a prescription for over-damped, ill focused sound. What we heard those two evenings was anything but! By the way, what you see towards the bottom of the platter is not a reflection. That is the lower part of the platter!

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 06, 2019  |  13 comments
Anthony Wilson is offering AnalogPlanet readers for a limited time a 30% discount on his recent "11/11" album Songs and Photographs.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 05, 2019  |  7 comments
TechDAS's new "statement" Air Force Zero turntable makes its American debut at The Audio Salon in Santa Monica, California April 9th and 10th at an event hosted by TechDAS and Wilson Audio in The Audio Salon's brand new big system room.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 03, 2019  |  3 comments
Two recently announced Record Store Day offerings may interest you. One is from the jazz label Newvelle. The other is from Reverb LP, the online record marketplace created by reverb, a website for buying and selling musical instruments and accessories.

Malachi Lui  |  Mar 25, 2019  |  19 comments
Recently, I presented the idea to AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer that I could do my very own online radio show to post on AnalogPlanet. I could transfer most of the songs from vinyl, stitch them together, and speak in between DJ sets. MF said “try it and let’s see how it turns out.”

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 20, 2019  |  12 comments
The day before he received the L.A. & Orange County Audio Society's Founder's Award in early December of 2018, AnalogPlanet Editor Michael Fremer sat down for a lengthy interview with film maker Ben Williams (who remained off-camera). Williams calls it a "guest monologue".
Michael Fremer  |  Mar 19, 2019  |  15 comments
TechDAS debuted the Air Force Zero turntable at a recent (March 16th) event in Japan that commences a "world tour" for the 771 pound turntable (not including power supply and air pump) that will make its American debut April 9th and 10th at The Audio Salon in Santa Monica California. It will next appear at Munich High End May 9-12th.

Malachi Lui  |  Mar 18, 2019  |  23 comments
On April 13, Record Store Day is back for its 12th year with over 500 releases only available at independent record stores. This year’s list is arguably the best one since I’ve been attending RSD starting in 2014 (at age 8!), with fewer picture disc and colored vinyl re-hashings of common material and seemingly more unique items. Here are some highlights from the list:

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 02, 2019  |  20 comments
An AnalogPlanet reader let us know about a new source for Per Madsen's "Rackit" record storage units (Per retired). Portland Oregon based woodworker Ryan Tinsel manufactures the record storage racks in his "one-man shop".

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 26, 2019  |  12 comments
Talk Talk's Mark Hollis (center in photo) has died at age 64 after a "short illness". Readers unfamiliar with the group's astonishing later albums and who lump the group in with late '70s synth bands might not understand why this is news but those who know Hollis's later Talk Talk albums Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock surely do. Hollis later released a self-titled solo album recorded with two microphones that ends with two minutes of tape hiss.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 24, 2019  |  7 comments
22 February, 2019: Louisville, Colorado—Boulder Amplifiers announces the immediate release and shipment of its reference level phono preamplifier, the 2108, which is a substantially updated and "re-visited" version of the 2008 that shook up the phono preamplifier market with its versatility, high performance, and high cost.

Malachi Lui  |  Feb 21, 2019  |  2 comments
English-French avant pop band Stereolab recently announced an extensive reissue series of seven of their albums, starting with 1993’s Transient Random Noise-Bursts With Announcements and its 1994 follow-up Mars Audiac Quintet via Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks and Warp Records. Similar to last year’s reissues of Stereolab’s Switched On compilations, the albums are digitally remastered from the original ½” analog tapes by Bo Kondren at Calyx Mastering and supervised by Stereolab’s Tim Gane. These first two reissues will come out on May 2. Emperor Tomato Ketchup, Dots & Loops, and Cobra & Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night will be reissued in August while Sound-Dust and Margerine Eclipse arrive in November. Each album comes with a bonus disc of alternate takes, demos, and unreleased mixes.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 01, 2019  |  5 comments
At next week's Florida Audio Expo in Tampa, Florida (Thursday-Sunday, February 8-10th), AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer will spin records and play 96/24 files from vinyl in the VAC/The Audio Company/Von Schweikert Audio Kilgore Suite located on the second floor of the Embassy Suites by Hilton at Tampa Airport Westshore located five minutes from the airport.

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