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  1. In a recent piece from the Voice of America ... <p><a href="/monthly_2013_03/gibson_women.jpg.350a8ca610d5f3a7761373815d8c0f87.jpg" class="ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image"><img data-fileid="28155" src="/monthly_2013_03/gibson_women.jpg.350a8ca610d5f3a7761373815d8c0f87.jpg" class="ipsImage ipsImage_thumbnailed" alt=""></a></p><p><a href="/monthly_2013_03/gibson_women.jpg.ca1afa29fc20953090bce7935d2fc643.jpg" class="ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image"><img data-fileid="28405" src="/monthly_2013_03/gibson_women.jpg.ca1afa29fc20953090bce7935d2fc643
  2. I'm no philatelist, but this -- featuring two of my favorite artists -- caught my attention at a trip to the post office last week. Probably won't be using these for bill payments. Guess I might have to explore the Postal Service's Music Icon series to see what else they have. <p><a href="/monthly_2013_02/miles-davis_edith-piaf_stamps.jpg.43cb6b1517f507972684ab8c72556a98.jpg" class="ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image"><img data-fileid="28142" src="/monthly_2013_02/miles-davis_edith-piaf_stamps.jpg.43cb6b1517f507972684ab8c72556a98.jpg" class="ipsImage ipsImage_thumbnailed" al
  3. [video=youtube_share;nMCDwWZXd2w]http://youtu.be/nMCDwWZXd2w
  4. <p><a href="/monthly_2012_12/DSCN1084_600x450.jpg.76cfe0e72ec9b285cf7026d638622b28.jpg" class="ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image"><img data-fileid="28136" src="/monthly_2012_12/DSCN1084_600x450.jpg.76cfe0e72ec9b285cf7026d638622b28.jpg" class="ipsImage ipsImage_thumbnailed" alt=""></a></p> In keeping with family (who else would care?) tradition, I am working up a list of my favorite artists/albums of 2012. Of course, I haven't heard it all and could never claim any of this to be the "best". Here is the list so far, in order of when they came to mind (for whatever
  5. Like many of us, my introduction to Indian music in the 1960s was via Ravi Shankar, and I have loved this stuff ever since. He died yesterday, but left us two wonderful daughters whose work are also staples in my collection: Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HsuFlxxrX8k Just one sample story here.
  6. Jazz legend Dave Brubeck has died at age 91. More details abound, like here. I started accumulating a jazz collection when I was in high school, and one of the first albums I rushed out to buy when it was first released in 1959 was Brubeck's Time Out, featuring the immortal Take Five. Already this fine tribute vid has appeared today on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZAGTjO0MJg
  7. <p><a href="/monthly_2012_08/teisha_faces.jpg.b4e756401582d8389d66f97745f093fd.jpg" class="ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image"><img data-fileid="28122" src="/monthly_2012_08/teisha_faces.jpg.b4e756401582d8389d66f97745f093fd.jpg" class="ipsImage ipsImage_thumbnailed" alt=""></a></p> When singer-songwriter Teisha Helgerson died of leukemia last year, her friends discovered unfinished work in her journals and cell phone recordings. Thus began a collaborative effort to finish and record the songs. Some are performed in part by Teisha, others by her artist friends.
  8. I don't know why the system doesn't allow me to comment on your '100 Riffs' posting - but it is MOST EXCELLENT!!!

  9. Some "doom soul" and "goth gospel" from London-based Canadian poet/singer/songwriter Al Spx (aka Cold Specks). Video: VIDEOS | Cold Specks Tracks: foobar2000 1.1.9 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.0 log date: 2012-07-26 12:48:21 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Analyzed: Cold Specks / I Predict a Graceful Expulsion -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DR Peak RMS Duration Track -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DR12
  10. Harpsichord music of Gesualdo da Venosa, Stella, Fillimarino, Montella, Lambardo, Rinaldo, Ippolito, Valente & Mayone Musicians - Paola Erdas Discography - Paola Erdas - Janas ensemble
  11. <p><a href="/monthly_2012_07/head.png.6e8572f9abd25261f3aaab8a5eebbc2d.png" class="ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image"><img data-fileid="28120" src="/monthly_2012_07/head.png.6e8572f9abd25261f3aaab8a5eebbc2d.png" class="ipsImage ipsImage_thumbnailed" alt=""></a></p> From time to time, I binge on harpsichord music (particularly Couperin, Scarlatti, Bach). Today, through the Good Graces of Google, I chanced upon a remarkable online resource. At La Sala del Cembalo del caro Sassone I found a massive repository, featuring free listening (appears to use Flash streamin
  12. foobar2000 1.1.10 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1 log date: 2012-07-24 06:57:44 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Analyzed: Ghazal / As Night Falls on the Silk Road -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DR Peak RMS Duration Track -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DR14 -0.09 dB -17.06 dB 15:12 01-My Eyes, My Heart DR14 0.00 dB -16.97 dB 21:23 02-Between Dawn and Dawn a New Truth DR13 -0.09 dB -14.87
  13. I'm definitely no expert on this, but I have tried something along these lines using Audacity, sometimes more successfully than at others. Maybe this will give you a starting point: Ripping Vinyl to 24bit 96kHz Apple Lossless — Apple News, Tips and Reviews
  14. Bob Dylan fans -- I can't be the only one around here -- will be interested to learn that a new album is due for release in September. For more details, go to Tempest Press Release | The Official Bob Dylan Site and Bob Dylan Tempest Tracklist, Release Date. <p><a href="/monthly_2012_07/tempest_album_cover_459x351.jpg.38590c21a3e02240845e6b63ad909894.jpg" class="ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image"><img data-fileid="28116" src="/monthly_2012_07/tempest_album_cover_459x351.jpg.38590c21a3e02240845e6b63ad909894.jpg" class="ipsImage ipsImage_thumbnailed" alt=""></a></p>
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