January 11th, 2021

    Things change with time, as my very close friend likes to say. Here’s my New Year’s wish: that things change for the better in 2021. A new year brings new possibilities.

    We’re saddened by the loss of Gerry Marsden (78) of British Invasion legends Gerry and the Pacemakers. Their first single, “How Do You Do It,” hit number one on the British charts in 1963 – before the Beatles ever accomplished that feat – and they went on to have other smash records like “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying,” You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “I Like It” and “Ferry Cross the Mersey.” These songs are woven not just into the fabric of the 1960s, but our lives.

    In this issue: Anne E. Johnson covers the career of John Legend and rediscovers 17th century composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Larry Schenbeck gets soul and takes on “what if?” Ken Sander goes Stateside with The Stranglers. J.I. Agnew locks in his lockdown music system. Tom Gibbs looks at new releases from Kraftwerk, Julia Stone and Max Richter. Adrian Wu continues his series on testing in audio. John Seetoo mines a mind-boggling mic collection.

    Jay Jay French remembers Mountain’s Leslie West. Dan Schwartz contemplates his streaming royalties. Steven Bryan Bieler ponders the new year. Ray Chelstowski notes that January’s a slow month for concerts – with a few monumental exceptions. Stuart Marvin examines how musicians and their audiences are adapting to the pandemic. I reminisce about hanging out with Les Paul. We round out the issue with single-minded listening, the world’s coolest multi-room audio system, mixed media, and a girl on a mission.

    Ballroom Blitz

    How was your New Year’s Eve? New Year’s Eve, ring…

    The Stranglers Come Stateside

    I met them as they came off the plane at…

    Mic-Boggling: Sylvia Massy’s Microphone Museum

    Producer, engineer, author and educator – these are just some…

    To Test or Not to Test, That is the Question, Part Four

    In the last two installments of this series, I discussed…

    Hanging With Les Paul

    Les Paul was a tremendous influence not only on guitar…

    When You Wish

    Dear readers: as I write this, Christmas is over, the…

    My Massive Income From Streaming

    Our Paul McGowan asked me to recount the truly massive…

    In Memory of Leslie West

    Leslie West, like Albert King, just knew how to play…

    John Legend: A Modern Twist on R&B

    It’s no surprise that John Legend wasn’t born with that…

    Vintage Tube Amplification During a Lockdown, Part Two

    In Part One, (Issue 127), J.I. told us about being…

    January’s Most Memorable Concerts

    When you run through a list of the biggest rock…

    Music and the COVID-19 Era

    In 1968 we learned about Revolution 9; in 2020 we…

    Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Italian Elegance in 17th-Century France

    Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) boasted two key requirements for a successful…

    Freedom From Choice

    A Cool Remix, and Three Interesting EPs

    This is the time of year when traditionally there aren’t…

    We Are the NuTones

    And you thought they only made intercoms! 1966 NuTone ad.…

    Transfer Function

    Mission Girl

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