Stephen Mejias

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Stephen Mejias Posted: Nov 20, 2008 1 comments
Vol.20 No.9 (September 1997)
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Nov 20, 2008 1 comments
Vol.22 No.12 (December 1999)
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Nov 20, 2008 0 comments
Vol.27 No.1 (January 2004)
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Sep 12, 2013 2 comments
Volcano Choir’s sophomore record, Repave, was released by Jagjaguwar on September 3rd. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver returns as lead vocalist.

I was disappointed by the band’s 2009 debut, Unmap, which felt more like a Bon Iver side project, made of fragments and sketches that promised greatness—and had some great moments—but rarely delivered the kind of focused and resolved songs that I had hope for. I liked Unmap, but I wanted to love it—and I didn’t.

Repave, though, is something different. If Unmap was the sound of a band finding its way, Repave is a band that has arrived, fully formed and full of joy. There’s an interesting story behind the making of Repave, which you can hear in this ten-minute documentary.

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Stephen Mejias Posted: Feb 21, 2006 10 comments
I'm not even sure what holiday it was that kept us out of the office yesterday, but I am thankful for it. We can call it Tweak Day.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Feb 28, 2013 8 comments
London-based Vondelpark is Lewis Rainsbury (vocals, production, bass, guitar, keys), Alex Bailey (bass), and Matt Law (keys). Their debut album, Seabed, will be released by R&S Records (In Order to Dance) on April 2nd.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: May 15, 2008 6 comments
And so, I turn back to the VPI. Or the Nitty Gritty.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Jun 08, 2011 1 comments
Charms swiped from Jersey City's Kanibal Home

Here’s the new video for Gaslight Anthem’s “Bring It On,” from last year’s American Slang. Gaslight Anthem is a New Jersey band who’ve done pretty well for themselves, and that’s just about all I know about them. I’ve listened to this song a few times now, and my feelings remain the same:

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Stephen Mejias Posted: Dec 19, 2007 2 comments
I spent a part of this morning sitting in the warm lobby of 10 Exchange Place in downtown Jersey City, waiting for FedEx to open. I had some gear to return. While I waited, I decided to listen to music. I undid the two front latches on my black canvas bag. From one pocket, I pulled out the Red Wine Audio iMod, from the other I removed the Shure SE310 earphones.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Aug 12, 2010 4 comments
Sort of like a drunk wandering around the East Village in search of companionship or something, I stumbled upon this outstanding article by Stereophile’s former senior contributing editor, Jonathan Scull. The piece, “All Sales Are Vinyl,” which appeared in the December 1997 issue of The Atlantic Monthly, takes the reader on a brisk tour of Greenwich Village record shops. Though many of the shops mentioned are long gone, others such as A-1, the Jazz Record Center, Academy Records, and Other Music are still going strong, and Jonathan’s writing is at its best. Not only does he capture the joy of the vinyl hunt, he illuminates this unreal city, and does so with his unique, charming wit—his comic timing is brilliant.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: May 05, 2008 3 comments
I am a lucky guy. The Stereophile team is always looking out for me. Today I received this e-mail from Bob Deutsch.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Feb 09, 2006 2 comments
You should see Elizabeth right now, in blue sweater and black jeans, hair obscuring her sharp eyes as she preys over hundreds of black & white photocopied pages of equipment reports, columns, and, of course, "Recommended Components."
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Dec 22, 2008 5 comments
In his essay, "Can We Agree to Disagree," Peter W. Mitchell states:
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Sep 05, 2006 0 comments
I'd have to agree with Tom Warren. My current favorite indie record label is also Drag City — home of Smog, Silver Jews, Joanna Newsom, The Fucking Champs, Espers, Jim O'Rourke, The Red Krayola, I could go on.

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