Robert Baird

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Robert Baird  |  Mar 28, 2017  |  0 comments
If arrangers and orchestrators are the secret weapons of jazz, Evans on this new LP from Analogue Productions is revealed to be the atomic bomb.
Robert Baird  |  Mar 27, 2017  |  1 comments
Innocents waiting to be taken advantage of are few and far between on record collector sites like Discogs and eBay.
Robert Baird  |  Mar 24, 2017  |  1 comments
In 2016, the vinyl information and e-commerce site Discogs.com broke its own most-expensive LP-sale record twice. In March 2016, David Bowie's David Bowie went for $6826. That post-Bowie, death-related purchase was then topped when the next rock star fell. A month later, in April, a copy of Prince's Black Album, the grail of his catalog, went for $15,000. In recent days, however, the record was broken again when a test pressing of cult guitar hero Billy Yeager's 301 Jackson Street, one of just eight ever made, went for $18,000.
Robert Baird  |  Mar 20, 2017  |  0 comments
And finally there were the Scottish bands . . .
Robert Baird  |  Mar 19, 2017  |  10 comments
"If you tried to give rock'n'roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry.'"—John Lennon
Robert Baird  |  Mar 19, 2017  |  0 comments
Space Soul Rock in Austin. . .
Robert Baird  |  Mar 18, 2017  |  34 comments
Can high-resolution audio become "The New Cool?"
Robert Baird  |  Mar 18, 2017  |  9 comments
Women are bringing much-needed new energies to music of all kinds
Robert Baird  |  Mar 17, 2017  |  18 comments
"Crafted out of aluminum and coated with nitrocellulose lacquer, this truly fascinating object is the ultimate analog medium."
Robert Baird  |  Mar 15, 2017  |  0 comments
The Heart Collectors are an Australian band with a positive message.
Robert Baird  |  Mar 11, 2017  |  1 comments
Sun Ra recordings take time to absorb through the ears, heart, and brain. The emotional osmosis necessary to process his multi-faceted explorations, which most often fall under the heading of jazz, but are really a music unto itself, can take a while. Hence, after much listening to Modern Harmonic's 3-LP set, recorded in 1991 at the Inter-Media Arts Center in Huntington, NY and featuring the Arkestra in good form, it's time to declare this Record Day release a triumph.
Robert Baird  |  Mar 04, 2017  |  5 comments
Call me perverse, or perhaps I've just been around too many musicians for too long, but the part of Exhibitionism, The Rolling Stones traveling show that I liked best was the very opening display in which you walk into a facsimile of the apartment that the five band members once shared in London when they were starting out. You could almost smell the rotting garbage and unwashed socks and underwear.
Robert Baird  |  Feb 25, 2017  |  0 comments
The latest brave adventurer to spend his evenings running off duplicate copies on half-inch or quarter-inch tape is singer/songwriter, producer John Vanderslice, in partnership with North Carolina-based Ramseur Records, has launched a new reel-to-reel tape venture. So far Ramseur is offering three records to be put on tape: Under Branch & Thorn & Tree (2015) and You Had Me at Goodbye (2017), both from buzzworthy singer/songwriter Samantha Crain, and Fences from the group Bombadil.
Robert Baird  |  Feb 20, 2017  |  0 comments
On Moon Saloon, Rhode Island's Arc Iris, led by singer Jocie Adams, has discarded any traces of the Americana that was present on the band’s self-titled debut. The sheer amount of textures present on Moon Saloon is wonderful, an attribute abetted by an atmospheric digital recording and a decent LP pressing.
Robert Baird  |  Feb 17, 2017  |  7 comments
Does having commercial leanings make you a traitor to the purity of your art? Can you make money in music and still have integrity? These eternal questions came to mind upon the death of singer Al Jarreau. Often savaged by critics and fans for his success, Jarreau cut his own path and by the time he died, at the age of 76, of respiratory failure on Sunday, February 12, he'd had more than a few last laughs on his detractors.

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