June 21st, 2021

    Copper’s writers and I strive for excellence, and work hard to ensure that articles are carefully proofread. But errors occasionally slip by, and when they appear, they’re typically just flat-out brain freezes. For example, “passed” instead of “past,” “flare” rather than “flair” and “peel” in place of “peal.” (What is the correct spelling of “Aaagghhh?”)

    Responsibility for any such grammatical gaffes rests squarely on the shoulders of yours truly, although I do have the following excuses: by my rough estimate Copper publishes around 150 or more pages of ad-free content every month, and that’s a lotta words to look over; my in-house staff consists of me and Gary the pug; and I’ve had rotator cuff surgery.

    In the background, for the past year Rich Isaacs has been helping me catch and fix errors post-publication, and a third set of eyes – yours – may spot things we missed. If you see something, say something – we can fix flubs after they’re published. Now you see ‘em, now you don’t!

    In this issue: audio shows are returning, and B. Jan Montana reports on California’s T.H.E. Show. Before YouTube, how did people learn stuff? Why, with self-help records, as Rich Isaacs points out! J.I. Agnew continues his series, The Giants of Tape, with a look at the MCI JH-110. Russ Welton interviews the extraordinary acoustic guitarist Gordon Giltrap, and looks at the effects of standing waves in rooms. Wayne Robins reviews Soberish, Liz Phair’s new album, and her Horror Stories memoir. Anne E. Johnson covers the careers of Elvis Costello and the all-female International Sweethearts of Rhythm. WL Woodward begins a series on Beat storyteller Tom Waits.

    Are they still relevant? Adrian Wu begins a new series on vintage (and new) Garrard turntables. I cover Octave Records’ brand-new release, The Nature of Things by rock band Foxfeather. John Seetoo reports on the recent AES Show Spring 2021. Rudy Radelic continues his series on jazz musician Cal Tjader with a look at his Verve Records years. Ken Sander finds himself between tours with Kid Creole and the Coconuts. Ray Chelstowski interviews Thierry Amsallem, producer of The Montreux Years, a new series of recordings celebrating the famed jazz festival with initial releases from Nina Simone and Etta James. Tom Gibbs continues his series on high-resolution remasters from prog-rock legends Yes. We round out the issue with James Whitworth contemplating a small eternity, Peter Xeni pondering rotational accuracy, Audio Anthropology salivating over a big MAC and a well-traveled Parting Shot.

    Staff Writers:

    J.I. Agnew, Ray Chelstowski, Cliff Chenfeld, Jay Jay French, Tom Gibbs, Roy Hall, Rich Isaacs, Anne E. Johnson, Don Kaplan, Don Lindich, Tom Methans, B. Jan Montana, Rudy Radelic, Tim Riley, Wayne Robins, Alón Sagee, Ken Sander, Larry Schenbeck, John Seetoo, Dan Schwartz, Russ Welton, WL Woodward, Adrian Wu

    Contributing Writers:
    Ivan Berger, Steven Bryan Bieler, Robert Heiblim, Ken Kessler, Stuart Marvin, Bob Wood

    “Cartoon Bob” D’Amico

    James Whitworth, Peter Xeni

    Parting Shots:
    James Schrimpf, B. Jan Montana, Rich Isaacs (and others)

    Frank Doris

    Paul McGowan

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    Between Tours

    I am sitting in Trax, a music biz hangout club…

    Octave Records’ Latest: The Nature of Things by Foxfeather

    Octave Records is honored to announce its latest release, The…

    Ancient Garrard Turntables: Still Relevant Today?

    When I first got into this hobby in the early…

    Phair Play

    Liz Phair: Soberish (Chrysalis) Liz Phair: Horror Stories (memoir 2018)…

    Cal Tjader: The Verve Era (1961 – 1968)

    In our first installment of this series, we looked at…

    The Montreux Years: Documenting The Legendary Jazz Festival

    The Montreux Jazz Festival has been home to some of…

    Standing Room Only

    Wouldn’t you hate it if you went to the theatre…

    The Return of T.H.E. Show

        Kids used to go to the carnival to…

    Pump It Up: Elvis Costello

    In the early 1970s, some young musicians in London were…

    The Giants of Tape, Part Six: the MCI JH-110, Part Two

    In the previous episode, we talked about the merits of…

    Tom Waits – Our Beat Storyteller, Part One

    He was born when lightning struck a distillery near Pomona,…

    International Sweethearts of Rhythm: Swing Is a Female Thing

    Although they are not as well remembered as their male…

    Self-Help Before YouTube

    Have you ever wondered how we learned to do things…

    Rotational Accuracy

    Classic Yes in High-Resolution Digital

    Now that my digital music system has been hitting on…

    AES Show Spring 2021, Part One

    Similarly to their AES Fall 2020 New York show, the…

    Acoustic Guitarist Extraordinaire: Gordon Giltrap, MBE

    Modern-day troubadour and acoustic-guitar pioneer since the 1960s, Gordon Giltrap,…

    Big Mac

    A MAC Audio Company MAC-1900 receiver. Made by McIntosh in…

    A Small Eternity

    Well Traveled

    These boots were made for walking. Cowgirl, Sonoita, Arizona.
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