Stephen Mejias

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Stephen Mejias  |  Apr 13, 2006  |  0 comments
We're so excited about the new Photo Gallery, and so happy with the steam it's building, we've come up with another section to the album: The History of Stereophile.
Stephen Mejias  |  Jun 22, 2006  |  0 comments
Kelli's never been too happy with my orange Ikea couch. After all, she has her opinions on what a couch should be. First and foremost, obviously, a couch should be comfortable. Aiding in the comfort of a couch, Kelli tells me, are things like arms and backrests and cushions made of soft fabric. All of these things work together to provide a soothing place for resting one's head and supporting one's legs after a long, tiring day in the office. My couch, however, lacks these things. To a certain degree, I'm proud of my couch for maintaining its individuality — its unwillingness to conform to society's standards of what a couch should offer and be. My couch is a rebel.
Stephen Mejias  |  Mar 28, 2007  |  5 comments
I've mentioned my problem with sleep. It's not that I can't fall asleep. I'm usually so tired that I'm completely gone before my head meets pillow. I could go to bed at 7pm and fall asleep, no problem. I'm half-asleep right now.
Stephen Mejias  |  Dec 22, 2008  |  0 comments
At the top of what I'd later learn to call "Arthur's Peak," I looked out onto the jagged, gray city and felt immortal.
Stephen Mejias  |  Dec 19, 2005  |  2 comments
It was a miserable description of sexy. He usually does much better.
Stephen Mejias  |  May 22, 2009  |  9 comments
At last year's Consumer Electronics Show and Festival Son & Image, British loudspeaker manufacturer KEF caught a lot of eyes and ears with their shimmering, $140,000/pair Muon. Now the company has unveiled the Blade, an artful, sleek, stealthy looking thing, poised to draw similar attention.
Stephen Mejias  |  May 09, 2011  |  2 comments
Dear weblog,
On Friday, we managed to successfully release to pre-press the final pieces of our July 2011 issue; and it was only three weeks ago that we finished shipping our June issue. On top of the pressure of such a short production cycle, we also felt the effects of attending, over the course of just two weeks, both the Salon Son et Image in Montreal and Axpona in Atlanta. It’s been a busy and exhausting month. On the positive side, it seems that the economy is taking a turn for the better. We see this in the sudden spring of hi-fi shows, but also in the increasing size of our print issues: 140 pages for May 2011 vs 116 for May 2010; 156 pages for June 2011 vs 132 for June 2010; 140 pages for July 2011 vs 124 for July 2010.

These trends, it seems, will continue.

Stephen Mejias  |  Apr 11, 2012  |  1 comments
As I’ve mentioned, I enjoy making connections between all kinds of seemingly disparate things and ideas, but I take special interest in finding connections between different musical genres or artists. I obsess over this game, as though finding common ground between Drake and Ryuichi Sakamoto—an easy example, but a valid one—will somehow make me a stronger person, make me more intelligent and attractive, allow me to better understand others, make the world a more beautiful place.

It’s in these connections that stories are made. And I love stories. Caught by the idea that everything happens for a reason, that every event is leading to someplace meaningful and magical, I’m hungry for connections, like a DJ attempting to create the perfect mixtape, one that can represent a sum of life’s experiences, wonderful and mundane.

Seems I’m not alone. (Whew.)

Through Kickstarter, director Trevor Undi and producer Sean Barney hope to fund their Kymera Project, a sort of “visual mixtape,” setting songs to images to tell a story that takes place in New York City.

Stephen Mejias  |  Dec 05, 2009  |  1 comments
I wonder if Karen, over at Other Music, has gotten around to listening to Sex Worker’s The Labor of Love. I’d like to tell her about it. I probably wouldn’t tell her like this:
Stephen Mejias  |  Jun 17, 2013  |  6 comments
"My life would be worthless without music," says one young member of the Landfill Harmonic, a music program for the children of Cateura, Paraguay.
Stephen Mejias  |  Apr 14, 2010  |  3 comments
Last January, John Atkinson wrote an enthusiastic review of Dynaudio’s 30th Anniversary Sapphire loudspeaker; impressed by its big-bottomed bass, neutral midrange, and stable stereo imaging, JA concluded:
Stephen Mejias  |  Jul 28, 2006  |  2 comments
In this City Belt interview, Tris McCall, writer and musician, discusses the relationship between work and art.
Stephen Mejias  |  Feb 29, 2008  |  0 comments
I loved the way the band worked together—how each member lifted every other, and how each member excelled during solos—but I was most impressed by the locked-in rhythm section, and especially Pedro Martinez on congas. His hands turned into light, racing across the conga heads, speeding away from everything else—the stage, the room, the cold night—while remaining right on time.
Stephen Mejias  |  May 22, 2008  |  0 comments
Dear Stephen,
You probably will be cleaning records over the long holiday weekend, as your cleaning machine was shipped today.