Stephen Mejias

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Stephen Mejias  |  Dec 07, 2005  |  7 comments
"Two studs going out on the prowl. Watch out ladies, here they come," Elizabeth teased.
"Yeah," I said. "Ha-ha."
Stephen Mejias  |  Apr 28, 2009  |  5 comments
Yesterday's New York Post ran a brief story on Best Buy's decision to stock vinyl LPs.
Stephen Mejias  |  May 01, 2009  |  0 comments
During the Stereo Exchange's Spring Fever event, our own Michael Fremer demonstrated the odds and ends of turntable setup. Here he is, determining azimuth, or vertical something or other, or something.
Stephen Mejias  |  Jul 12, 2006  |  0 comments
The PATH train arrives at its 33rd Street stop. The doors slide open. People slither out. Treading up the crowded platform, we are made to pass through stainless-steel turnstiles. I hate touching skin to steel, preferring to push the mechanism over with the forward motion of my legs. Almost as though the turnstiles aren't there.
Stephen Mejias  |  Oct 21, 2009  |  0 comments
Hey. If you like Cold Cave, I think you'll like Bal Pare. It's pretty safe to judge a 7" by its cover, which is what I did when I saw this one winking at me from the racks at Other Music. How could it not be good, all masked and silvery and naked like that?
Stephen Mejias  |  Nov 19, 2009  |  0 comments
Hey, have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a Stereophile staffer? (I have.)
Stephen Mejias  |  Aug 19, 2011  |  5 comments
During the final episode of Radio Happy Hour, held at Manhattan’s Le Poisson Rouge on Friday, August 12, we were treated to performances by New York five-piece, Twin Sister. The band played a selection of songs from In Heaven, an unabashed pop album full of hooks and charms, to be released by Domino on September 27.

I was drawn to this music from its earliest moments—those celestial and far-reaching chimes, old-school synth beats, and Andrea Estella’s arresting vocal delivery, a strange and glittering coo, reaching out to “Daniel”:

Stephen Mejias  |  Dec 22, 2008  |  0 comments
Pete gave me the two fingers.
Stephen Mejias  |  Jul 28, 2009  |  2 comments
The Yardbirds' version of "Train Kept A-Rollin'" has been sharing space in my mind with Outkast's "Ms. Jackson." Makes no sense. It's like the train keeps rolling right into Ms. Jackson. Only my subconscious knows why.
Stephen Mejias  |  Dec 18, 2005  |  2 comments
1. Sonic Youth — my favorite band — is working on a new album.
Stephen Mejias  |  Oct 14, 2009  |  4 comments
I had been curious about the gorgeous releases from UK indie label, Type Recordings, but because I knew none of the artists, I held back. Invariably, however, I would be drawn to their albums, simply taken by the quiet, thoughtful cover art and album titles like I Could Not Love You More and Your Eyes The Stars and Your Hands The Sea. How could I not be attracted to this?
Stephen Mejias  |  Dec 18, 2012  |  9 comments
Back in August, we told you about the proposed $150 Orbit turntable from upstart U-Turn Audio. The company is now moving closer to making their dream a reality. And, if they can keep their promise of high-performance sound and construction, that reality will likely be a dream-come-true for many young and budget-minded music lovers.

U-Turn Audio is funding their project through Kickstarter and hopes to raise $60,000 by Monday, January 21, 2013. As I write, 90 backers have pledged $15,666. (Is that a multiple of 33.3?)

Stephen Mejias  |  Aug 10, 2012  |  20 comments
Stereophile’s editorial assistant, Ariel Bitran, directed my attention to this USA Today article on an interesting turntable from U-Turn Audio, a company founded by three close friends—Ben Carter, Bob Hertig, and Peter Maltzan—all in their early 20s, who were tired of playing records on cheap USB turntables.
Stephen Mejias  |  Jul 02, 2008  |  6 comments
I don't have to tell you that LP covers are cool. Right? You're already very much aware of all the bold colors and furious fonts and completely outrageous concepts. Photo editors back in the day must have had mad freedom. Alright, cats, here's the plan: We're going to start with a gorilla. He's dressed in a tux. Give the gorilla a gigantic banana. But it's not really a banana. The gorilla will peel the banana to reveal an extremely voluptuous bartender. In one hand, she'll have a tray of martinis, while, with her other hand, she'll be lighting the gorilla's giant cigar. Dig?