June 29th, 2020

We are thrilled to announce the return of Patti, Louie and Nipper!

While we’ve been digging the artistic covers over the last several issues, readers have missed Copper’s mascots (named for Patti Smith, Lou Reed and, well...Nipper) and we confess, so have we. That charming canine, his fun-loving owners and Bob D’Amico aka Cartoon Bob, the artist who brings them to life, lend Copper a distinctive identity. Well, they're back and here to stay. Just like the rest of us, who knows what further musical and audio adventures the tenacious trio might encounter?

[caption id="attachment_143182" align="aligncenter" width="420"] Cartoon Bob in his native habitat.[/caption]

In this issue: Professor Larry Schenbeck remembers Mahler, and asks: why collect physical media anymore? Anne E. Johnson covers Mendelssohn’s piano and violin concertos and the Strokes, including their latest, The New Abnormal. Bob Wood takes 50 years to get an audio system he’s satisfied with. WL Woodward traces the career of bassist and studio cat extraordinaire Lee Sklar. John Seetoo concludes his series, Songs of Praise from Unlikely Artists. J.I. Agnew tells us how not to fix things.

Tom Gibbs checks out new releases from Norah Jones, John Scofield, Steve Hackett and Brad Mehldau. In Confessions of a Setup Man I encounter some sinister stairways. Wayne Robins digs Dion’s new Blues with Friends album. Rudy Radelic wraps up his Tales of an Audio Forum Administrator series. Don Kaplan appreciates women composers of early music. Jay Jay French goes from hippie to glam rocker, and Ken Sander hangs with War and Wet Willie during a landmark event. We conclude with the new normal, a music-loving butterfly and an audio love supreme.

The New Normal

Confessions of a Setup Man, Part Six: Sinister Stairways

What Goes Up, Must Come Down When I worked at…

More Time with War: Lasting Impact

I am watching Midnight Blue on leased-access cable channel J. It is…

Dion: Blues With Friends

The first album I ever bought with my own money…

Elusive Butterfly

That butterfly isn’t giving up the sweet spot. From Audio,…

A Stereo Journey

I was a kid about seven when I refused to…

Tales of an Audio Forum Administrator, Part Four

The final installment in Rudy’s behind-the-scenes series on what it’s…

Why Collect?

Part 1: Adventures in Time Travel Last week I unboxed…

Me and the Dead: The Rocky Road To Unlimited Devotion

My first book, Twisted Business will be published in the…

The Strokes: Indie Rock from The Big Apple

Plenty of major groups have made their name in New…

How Not To Fix Things (Especially Things That Turn)

There are few things more frustrating than having trusted an…

Leland Sklar: The Bearded One

In the 1970s I was in a record shop in…

Mendelssohn Piano and Violin Concertos

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847) was one of the great…

Three Great Records and a “Good” One

Norah Jones – Pick Me Up Off the Floor Norah…

Women Composers of Early Music

If you ask people to name a famous classical music…

Songs of Praise from Unlikely Artists, Part Three

In Part One and Part Two of this series (Issues…

A Love Supreme

Members of the San Diego Music and Audio Guild visit…
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