Wes Phillips  |  Jan 24, 2006  |  1 comments
I link to this review of David Crystal's How Language Works not so much because it is deeply informative—I'm pretty sure I want to read it, but the review doesn't make that compelling a case—but rather because of my admiration at the way John Humphrys manages to work one of my favorite grammar jokes into the review.
Stephen Mejias  |  Jan 23, 2006  |  6 comments
Funny thing about carting a $1600 amplifier down these New York City streets during the evening rush: People just don't give a crap; they'll run you over. No problem. In fact, I was almost shown to that great, big listening room in the sky by an SUV (with Jersey plates, of course) just outside Herald Square. And try getting a $1600 CD player through the PATH station turnstiles; there's no special "Hi-Fi Entrance" down there. You're left to your own devices. I employed the lift and twirl method, but only after realizing that the push and shove method wasn't going to work.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 23, 2006  |  2 comments
Over in the Stereophile Forums, we've been having a conversation about the differences between music lovers and collectors—a conversation that has been considerably enlivened by the participation of my friend Jeff Wong, who is both.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 23, 2006  |  0 comments
No, it isn't a joke. Hey, if you're here, it's not like you're using the one you've got.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 23, 2006  |  0 comments
How could I have missed this Charles Rosen article? It was even published on my birthday. Aww, he shouldn't have.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 23, 2006  |  3 comments
Can one ever truly get enough of the spiced ham that is William Shatner?
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 23, 2006  |  0 comments
If I needed a reason to check out the Decemberists beyond Stephen Mejias' recommendation, this interview would be it.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 23, 2006  |  1 comments
Not just for cooling tweeters any more. Strangely arresting.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 22, 2006  |  0 comments
On our regular visit to the Electronic Freedom Foundation's (EFF) Deep Links website last Friday, we were alarmed to learn of proposed US Senate broadcast flag legislation that includes provisions to limit fair use to "customary historic use of broadcast content by consumers to the extent such use is consistent with applicable law."
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 22, 2006  |  0 comments
On Friday, January 20, five different friends forwarded Chris Morris' The Hollywood Reporter column on the closing of LA's Westwood Boulevard Rhino Records store. Established in 1973, the record store closed its doors on January 19 (although it staged a parking lot sale on January 21 and 22). Rhino owner Richard Foos blamed the store's demise on a number of factors, including pricing competition from national chains, the lack of demand for "a physical product," and "too many other things to do and too many ways to get your music without paying $18 for a CD."