August 24th, 2020

I recently got a fortune cookie that said, “Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.” Whaaaat? I’ve read fortunes that were uplifting, meaningless, silly or even depressing, but never anything like that. I just figured it was something that got lost in translation or the product of a very stoned fortune cookie writer.

Then I Googled it and was amazed to see that it’s a 1939 quote by Anaïs Nin. I think, as music lovers, we know the feeling – total immersion to the point where you feel like your body doesn’t exist and you are at one with the music.

Staff news: our beloved Larry Schenbeck will be taking a short sabbatical. He’s in this issue but is going to lay out for a bit to relax and recharge, and will be back sometime in October.

In this issue: 118 has something of an interview focus with Tom Methans’ piece on punk label Snubbed Records’ Ron Saccoccio, John Seetoo’s conversation with Quilter Amps/QSC Audio founder Pat Quilter, and my interviews with sublime songstress Rumer and Steve Rowell of retailer Audio Classics. Larry Schenbeck speaks of symphonies and social movements. Tom Gibbs reviews new releases from Jaga Jazzist, Washed Out, Deep Purple, Isobel Campbell and Aubrie Sellers. Ken Sander relives the Peace Parade and a Superstar production.

Anne E. Johnson goes from making noise about Sonic Youth to waxing poetic about Schumann’s Dichterliebe. WL Woodward tells us about The Music Lesson, bassist Victor L. Wooten’s remarkable book. J.I. Agnew ponders self-released album psychodrama. Jay Jay French goes for the absolute sound without spending absolutely head-spinning money. John Seetoo launches a series on unusual artist collaborations and cameos. Ray Chelstowski tosses a Rolling Stone Hail Mary pass. We conclude the issue with getting Mirandized, listening to insensitive speakers, and busking for fun and profit.

Rumer: Nashville Tears

Rumer has one of the most beautiful and captivating voices…

Mirandized

It has the right to remain silent, but who’d want…

Speaker Sensitivity

Rolling Stone’s Super Bowl Hail Mary Pass

All of this talk about the new NFL season has…

A Visit to Audio Classics: Vintage Vibe, Modern Mojo

Founded in 1979, Audio Classics, located in Vestal, New York,…

Peace Parade, the Protest, and J.C. Superstar

In Issue 117 Ken talked about his involvement with the…

Symphonies and Social Movements

Even when artists write manifestos, they are (hopefully) aware that…

(Going for) The Absolute Sound…for Less

Besides being the name of the legendary high-end audio magazine,…

Sonic Youth: No-Wave Wavemakers

They never had a Top 10 album, but Sonic Youth…

The Long-Lost Record Label Concept, Part 2: Self-Released Album Psychodrama

In Issue 117 J.I. talked about the origin of the…

The Music Lesson

I have found a book written by one of the…

Poet’s Love: Schumann’s Dichterliebe

Completed in 1840, Robert Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe (Poet’s Love),…

Three Outstanding New Releases…and a Couple of Pretty Great EPs

Jaga Jazzist – Pyramid Pyramid is the seventh studio album…

Pat Quilter of QSC: Sound Reinforcement and Solid-State Amp Guru, Part One

Since Quilter Sound Company was founded in 1968 and incorporated…

Unusual Musical Collaborations and Cameos (Part One)

It often comes as a surprise to music fans when…

Often Snubbed, Punk Rock is Alive and Well!

In the spring of 2018, an historic event took place…

Well-Played

Busker James Anthony Johnson playing a broken-in Martin. Taken on…
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