March 23rd, 2020

Cover: violinist Jascha Heifetz (1901 - 1987). Many consider him to be the greatest violinist ever. He was one of the most influential performing artists of all time and in his later years became a teacher and an advocate of causes he believed in, including clean air and the establishment of 911 as an emergency phone number.

 

Stay safe. Be careful out there. Maintain social distancing. Wash your hands frequently. Familiar phrases in these tough times.

To those I’d add: listen to music. Read a book or magazine. Watch a movie. Play your instrument. Surf the web. Don’t let the endless barrage of TV news make you crazy. Ignore (except to debunk) misinformation on Facebook and social media. Call or video chat with a family member, friend or loved one. Though we may be temporarily separated, we’re all in this together and we’ll help each other stay strong.

In this issue: Anne E. Johnson gives us incisive looks into two of the modern era’s greatest artists: Frank Sinatra and the Kinks! John Seetoo contributes his CanJam NYC 2020 Part Two report. J.I. Agnew continues his series on linearity in audio, with clear explanations of this technical topic. Tom Gibbs gives unrestrained opinions on Brandy Clark, King Crimson, Charlie Parker and Tame Impala. Professor Larry Schenbeck enthuses about Sanctuary Road, a new oratorio. Dan Schwartz asks: why don’t musicians use audiophile speakers?

Veteran broadcaster Bob Wood shakes his head over the state of today’s commercial radio. Wayne Robins provides a step by step operating manual for Miss Anthropocene by Grimes. Ivan Berger peers into the state of the audio art – 80 years ago. I say the audio shows must go on. Rich Isaacs looks at unusual cover versions of well-known songs. Rudy Radelic takes us through a journey to electrostatic ecstacy. Finally, our A/V department asks if ewes are listening, contemplates a silent audio partner and toasts a former music landmark.

Are Ewes Listening?

Silent Partner

This guy likes to relax while listening. From Audio, November…

Station Break

Toward the end of my tenure in radio, which happened…

Operating Manual for Reviewing Miss Anthropocene by Grimes

1. Go to YouTube. Watch video for “Delete Forever.” Grimes’…

The Shows Must Go On

I never thought I’d have to write a piece like…

A New American Oratorio

It’s been a while since we featured any oratorios in…

Why Don’t Musicians Use Audiophile Speakers?

Well, actually, they do – sometimes. I’m writing this in…

Audio Minus 80

Books on audio weren’t plentiful 80 years ago, but the…

The Kinks: Well Respected Men

In suburban North London circa 1960, two talented brothers, Ray…

Linearity in Audio, Part Two

Another common usage of the term “linearity” in electronics refers…

He Sang It His Way: Frank Sinatra

In Hoboken, New Jersey, in the year 1915, two Italian…

Three Winners and One Clear Loser

Brandy Clark – Your Life is a Record Brandy Clark…

CanJam NYC 2020 Show Report, Part Two

Part One of this report appeared in Issue 106. CanJam…

Complete Recovery: Unusual Takes on Others’ Songs

Sometimes an artist is so taken with another artist’s song…

Audio System Revelations: Electrostatic Ecstacy

I can trace my audiophile roots back to a certain…

Last Call

Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis. Once a vibrant music venue, it…
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