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Robert Baird Posted: Dec 18, 2015 0 comments
Jones typically goes all in here...
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Robert Baird Posted: Dec 11, 2015 4 comments
This place where dudes went to get away from their wives
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Robert Baird Posted: Dec 11, 2015 0 comments
On a Thursday night out at Chickie Wah Wah on Canal Street
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Robert Baird Posted: Dec 11, 2015 1 comments
Stereophile contributing editor John Swenson and I had the good fortune to stumble upon an LP collection the store had purchased and put out in the “new arrivals” section.
Robert Baird Posted: Dec 02, 2015 22 comments
Talk dirty to me!

"I had to master this record 11 times to get it to sound the way I wanted," Joanna Newsom growled with the knowing grit of someone who's worked through a sonic ordeal.

"Instead of test pressings, we had test lacquers for this one."

"I have no way to listen to music digitally in my house."

Oooh, baby!

At a time when the future of print is troubled, Newsom can make even a magazine editor feel slightly more secure.

"I love your magazine. I love your publication."

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Robert Baird Posted: Nov 13, 2015 5 comments
Why didn’t sets like this appear when CD as a format still had a vital future?
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Robert Baird Posted: Nov 10, 2015 4 comments
For many years the centerpiece around which much of New Orleans music revolved, he was the last in a long line of New Orleans piano professors.
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Robert Baird Posted: Nov 09, 2015 0 comments
This pair of accomplished downers have a fiercely loyal following who like to get gothic.
Robert Baird Posted: Nov 04, 2015 2 comments
Tinseltown. La-La Land. Smell-A. First, of course, there's the climate. No way to hate sunshine and ocean breezes. And if you were somehow able to erase all the people in Southern California, the land itself—rising from the blue Pacific to high desert to timbered, sometimes even snowy mountaintops—is gorgeous. Then, of course, there's the unusually attractive human flora and fauna roaming SoCal. How did Brian Wilson put it . . . ? "Dolls by a palm tree in the sand."
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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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