July 27th, 2020

“Baby, there’s only two more days till tomorrow.” That’s from the Gary Wilson song, “I Wanna Take You On A Sea Cruise.” Gary, an outsider music legend, expresses what many of us are feeling these days. How many conversations have you had lately with people who ask, “what day is it?” How many times have you had to check, regardless of how busy or bored you are? Right now, I can’t tell you what the date is without looking at my Doug the Pug calendar. (I am quite aware of that big “Copper 116” note scrawled in the July 27 box though.)

My sense of time has shifted and I know I’m not alone. It’s part of the new reality and an aspect maybe few of us would have foreseen. Well, as my friend Ed likes to say, “things change with time.”

Except for the fact that every moment is precious.

In this issue: Larry Schenbeck finds comfort and adventure in his music collection. John Seetoo concludes his interview with John Grado of Grado Labs. WL Woodward tells us about Memphis guitar legend Travis Wammack. Tom Gibbs finds solid hits from Sophia Portanet, Margo Price, Gerald Clayton and Gillian Welch. Anne E. Johnson listens to a difficult instrument to play: the natural horn, and digs Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly. Ken hits the road with progressive rock masters Nektar.

Audio shows are on hold? Rudy Radelic prepares you for when they’ll come back. Roy Hall tells of four weddings and a funeral. J.I. Agnew looks at colored vinyl and asks: does it sound good? Wayne Robins enjoys new albums from Bananagun and Khruangbin. I interview Carl Marchisotto of NOLA loudspeakers. Ray Chelstowski cranks his tube-amplified car stereo. Jay Jay French tells a reader why he had to abandon Grateful Dead fandom. To close the issue, Audio Anthropology takes the plunge, James Whitworth clocks in and our parting shotgun rider clowns around.

Talking with Carl Marchisotto of NOLA Loudspeakers

Carl Marchisotto is the president of Holbrook, NY-based Accent Speaker…

Bananagun and Khruangbin Take on the World

Bananagun: The True Story of Bananagun (Full Time Hobby) Khruangbin:…

Images of the Past: On the Road with Nektar

Things work out, I’m happy, I have the job as…

Comfort and Adventure

Good: If I ever start making playlists again, or decide…

Me and the Dead, Part Two

In response to reader jeffstarr who commented on my Dead…

Let the Good Sounds Roll

When I was growing up having a real car stereo…

Four Weddings and a Funeral

The bride and groom walked down the aisle to the…

Wanda Jackson: the Queen of Rockabilly

In the tiny town of Maude, Oklahoma, Wanda Jackson came…

Colored Vinyl: Eye Candy, But is It Ear Candy?

Records, from the age of shellac to the vinyl era,…

Travis Wammack – Memphis Royalty

We’re going to visit a guy today who is known…

Audio Shows 101: What to Expect As A First-Timer

A guide for newbies to make the most of the…

The Natural Horn: Recent Recordings

French horn is a notoriously difficult instrument to play at…

Four Solid Hits!

Sophia Portanet – Freier Geist Sofia Portanet is of Spanish…

John Grado of Grado Labs, Part Two

In Part One (Issue 115), John Seetoo and John Grado…

Set It Off

I wonder how many people blew the speaker. Thanks to…

Beat the Clock

What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

“I call shotgun!” We can guess what’s on that iPod:…
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