Robert Baird

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Robert Baird  |  Feb 10, 2017  |  1 comments
At first glance the pairing of R. Stevie Moore (right), the Nashville born/New Jersey-residing DIY legend who over the past several decades has released literally hundreds of cassettes—and, to be fair, some records he actually worked on—and Jason Falkner (left), the always brilliant, sometimes cranky, LA pop auteur behind Three O'Clock, Jellyfish and The Grays (with Jon Brion), a couple of great solo records, and contributions to records by Beck, Aimee Mann and AIR, seems fairly odd. But once you listen to Make It Be, these two triangular pegs actually fit into their own unique space that's neither round not square.
Robert Baird  |  Oct 16, 2006  |  2 comments
My apologies that this blog has been so irregular recently. A situation in my personal life, namely a wedding, has been distracting me. But now that it's over…
Robert Baird  |  Mar 21, 2008  |  4 comments
In Aural Robert in the April issue of Stereophile, Amoeba owner David Prinz and I discuss his label, Amoeba Records, and his ongoing program to reissue Gram Parsons live sets. Needless to say however, I also talked with him about the ever more bizarre situation that the record business now finds itself in. As the owner of the biggest and best independent record stores on planet Earth, his opinion carries more than a little weight. Here's a sampling of what he said about the biz and the specter of iTunes.
Robert Baird  |  Oct 08, 2014  |  1 comments
Fifty-four years after it was recorded, Hank Mobley's immortal Soul Station has become a tale of two LPs.

One, the original pressing (mono or stereo), is an artifact, an insanely valuable antique, the object of fevered jazz collectors the world over.

The other is a fresh vinyl reissue, cut from a high-resolution digital remastering of the original master tapes, that's meant to bring in younger listeners, or those interested enough in the music that they'll pay $19.95 for a new LP.

Robert Baird  |  Jan 20, 2017  |  3 comments
Even if you think you’ve heard Ray do "Georgia" one too many times, this version will surprise— it’s really something special.
Robert Baird  |  Apr 19, 2010  |  5 comments
Never did I think the day would come when I’d be standing in a line at 10:30 am on a chilly April Saturday to get into a record store. A record store mind you that is directly across the street from the now spacious, high-ceilinged NYU offices that were once the Tower Records on Broadway in downtown Manhattan.
Robert Baird  |  Apr 18, 2014  |  3 comments
A month ago, flying to South By Southwest 2014, the numbers on paper were grim.
Robert Baird  |  Apr 20, 2015  |  1 comments
Vinyl Rage! Prospect Expressway Jammed With Overamped Record Buyers Eager For Adam & The Ants, Gwar and Jethro Tull!!! It’s Record Store Day In Brooklyn!!!
Robert Baird  |  Apr 24, 2017  |  12 comments
These kids were focused and motivated. In other words, RSD works.
Robert Baird  |  Apr 21, 2017  |  7 comments
Robert Baird gets ready for the big day with a special reissue on two 180gm LPs of Elton John's live 17-11-70 album. (Photo: Jana Dagdagan)

Are record stores who have the product in hand breaking ranks and selling on eBay to the highest bidders?

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