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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. 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
  9. Harpsichord music of Gesualdo da Venosa, Stella, Fillimarino, Montella, Lambardo, Rinaldo, Ippolito, Valente & Mayone Musicians - Paola Erdas Discography - Paola Erdas - Janas ensemble
  10. <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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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>
  14. Ripped (Audacity) from original 1969 Nonesuch Explorer vinyl; DR 17
  15. We've been listening to a lot of Edith Piaf lately at Chez Curmudgeon. She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed has been reading Carolyn Burke's biography, "No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf" and tells me that Burke fine-tuned her French diction by listening to Piaf's songs. Also, as a prelude to study next year at a French university and then on to Senegal, my jazz-stricken daughter is doing immersive summer school French (at the rate of five hours a day), so I am converting all the Piaf I can find in my collection (maybe six or eight albums -- Amazon lists 343!) to 320 MP3s so she can stream the stuff to h
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    <p><a href="/monthly_2012_07/popspots_neilyoung.jpg.edccaa0be3a35c69f85e1db23207b54d.jpg" class="ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image"><img data-fileid="28115" src="/monthly_2012_07/popspots_neilyoung.jpg.edccaa0be3a35c69f85e1db23207b54d.jpg" class="ipsImage ipsImage_thumbnailed" alt=""></a></p>Appreciating music often entails, especially with vinyl, appreciating album cover art. Many covers adorn my listening room walls. As a photographer myself and former art gallery manager (as well as having an old girlfriend who made most of her living creating album covers),
  17. Another fine but somewhat long-titled (remember "When The Pawn..."? see below) album from the one-of-a-kind Fiona Apple. Tracks: foobar2000 1.1.9 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.0 log date: 2012-07-12 12:44:03 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Analyzed: Fiona Apple / The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw & Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DR Peak RMS Duration Track ---------------------------
  18. I'm guessing I'm not the only person here whose music collection includes "Getz/Gilberto": The Elusive Girl From Ipanema - WSJ.com
  19. @AudioDoctor - Best wishes for a decent recovery. I can relate just a bit; was in hospital for heart surgery in April then again for a short stint last week. Something that helped me get through this was my MacBook outputting to either my Ultimate Ears or the diminutive but surprising SoundMatters FoxL...
  20. When listening to music, I usually prefer to let my mind conjure up its own images, but sometimes a pre-determined mix of imagery and sonics work nicely. Here 18-year-old Croatian video editor Tomislav Safundzic has paired NASA images with music from The xx, one of my favorite UK ndie groups of their particular genre. Watch in either Flash (smoother) or HTML5 (more Apple-friendly).
  21. [video=youtube_share;xiC__IjCa2s] Not everyone's gonna agree that these would be the top 100 riffs, but it's a great show.
  22. Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin IV Sometimes only Black Dog and Rock and Roll (tracks 1 and 2) will do ... Analyzed: Led Zeppelin / Led Zeppelin IV -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DR Peak RMS Duration Track -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DR10 0.00 dB -12.46 dB 4:57 01-Black Dog DR10 0.00 dB -11.11 dB 3:41 02-Rock and Roll DR10 -2.08 dB -15.84 dB 5:52 03-The Battle of Evermore DR11 0.00 dB -15.45 dB 8:03 04-St
  23. Various ECM Jazz Artists: ECM 40 Years Superb 2009 collection issued by Greek magazine "Jazz & Tzaz" to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the ECM recording label. Learn more about ECM and its 40th anniversary. Track Listing: foobar2000 1.1.10 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1 log date: 2012-06-29 06:50:42 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Analyzed: ECM 40 Years (1) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DR Peak RMS Duration Track ------------------------------
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