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Robert Baird Posted: Oct 30, 2015 1 comments
It was with great pleasure that I slapped on my recently arrived LP copy of Dave and Phil Alvin’s Lost Time, which was released on September 18. Not surprisingly, given the brothers’ roots rock leanings, the sound here also has a healthy respect for the past. Dave Alvin’s guitar is drenched in reverb throughout, the mix is balanced (which is a minor miracle given lead singer Phil Alvin’s forceful voice and presence) and all the instruments—even the piano!—have great presence in the mix.
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Robert Baird Posted: Oct 23, 2015 1 comments
They live to seek the little black holy grail…with the big hole in the middle.
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Robert Baird Posted: Oct 16, 2015 17 comments
Say what you want about eBay and their fees, which are no doubt passed on to the customers, but photos do not lie.
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Robert Baird Posted: Oct 16, 2015 1 comments
While diving into the totality of Mozart, or Beethoven as was done in Immortal Beloved sounds like fun, it’s actually hard as hell.
Robert Baird Posted: Oct 15, 2015 1 comments
Playing the blues gets old fast. Since this most fundamental American popular music, stopped being the African-American party music of choice, and became a traditional music, celebrated as the precursor of rock'n'roll, blues players face a stark choice: change, or be content with playing small clubs and bars.
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Robert Baird Posted: Oct 02, 2015 1 comments
A lesser known but no less active music town is Northampton, Massachusetts.
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Robert Baird Posted: Sep 24, 2015 3 comments
The results are quite remarkable, as can be heard in this comparison between the original LP master and the 192/24 digital version archived in April of 2015.
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Robert Baird Posted: Sep 18, 2015 1 comments
It's hard to fully illustrate using just sound, the scene of a now 60-year-old man jumping, growling and working the stage like a mad man.
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Robert Baird Posted: Sep 18, 2015 8 comments
It may now be more accurate to say that Brooklyn, New York is the record shopping capital of the world.
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Robert Baird Posted: Sep 11, 2015 7 comments
A great, if not the greatest Krautrock engineer recording Duke Ellington in 1970 at Rhenus Studios in Cologne Germany?

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