Issue 118

Opening Salvo: I Leave My Fortune
I recently got a fortune cookie that said, “Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.” Whaaaat? I’ve...
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Masthead: Our Staff
Contributing Writers: J.I. Agnew, Ivan Berger, Ray Chelstowski, Jay Jay French, Tom Gibbs, Roy Hall, Robert Heiblim, Rich Isaacs, Anne...
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Too Much Tchaikovsky: Symphonies and Social Movements
Even when artists write manifestos, they are (hopefully) aware that their exigent tone is borrowed, only echoing and mimicking the...
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Frankly Speaking: A Visit to Audio Classics: Vintage Vibe, Modern Mojo
Founded in 1979, Audio Classics, located in Vestal, New York, is one of the world’s foremost dealers of vintage, used...
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Frankly Speaking: Rumer: Nashville Tears
Rumer has one of the most beautiful and captivating voices I’ve ever heard, a sublime mix of purity and expression....
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Twisted Systems: (Going for) The Absolute Sound...for Less
Besides being the name of the legendary high-end audio magazine, the phrase and the magazine The Absolute Sound was created...
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Off the Charts: Sonic Youth: No-Wave Wavemakers
They never had a Top 10 album, but Sonic Youth amassed legions of devoted fans during its nearly three decades...
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Revolutions Per Minute: The Long-Lost Record Label Concept, Part 2: Self-Released Album Psychodrama
In Issue 117 J.I. talked about the origin of the term “record label,” and the evolution of record companies over...
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Music to My Ears: The Music Lesson
I have found a book written by one of the best bass players on the planet about how to study...
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Deep Dive: Rolling Stone’s Super Bowl Hail Mary Pass
All of this talk about the new NFL season has me thinking back to my days as the publisher of...
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Something Old / Something New: Poet's Love: Schumann’s Dichterliebe
Completed in 1840, Robert Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe (Poet’s Love), Op. 48, sets 16 poems by Heinrich Heine for solo...
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To Be Determined: Three Outstanding New Releases...and a Couple of Pretty Great EPs
Jaga Jazzist - Pyramid Pyramid is the seventh studio album and first new release by the Norwegian eight-piece jazz-fusion group...
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True-Life Rock Tales: Peace Parade, the Protest, and J.C. Superstar
In Issue 117 Ken talked about his involvement with the LA and Broadway productions of Hair and how it led...
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The Copper Interview: Pat Quilter of QSC: Sound Reinforcement and Solid-State Amp Guru, Part One
Since Quilter Sound Company was founded in 1968 and incorporated as QSC Audio in 1973, QSC has grown to become...
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Featured: Unusual Musical Collaborations and Cameos (Part One)
It often comes as a surprise to music fans when they hear that their favorite artists, in any category, are...
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Featured: Often Snubbed, Punk Rock is Alive and Well!
In the spring of 2018, an historic event took place in Newark, New Jersey: the Misfits, a local and legendary...
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Audio Anthropology: Mirandized
It has the right to remain silent, but who'd want that? From Audio, January 1964.   Multiroom entertainment, 1956 style....
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Parting Shot: Well-Played
Busker James Anthony Johnson playing a broken-in Martin. Taken on Congress Street, Austin, Texas.