• The Beatles Get Back to Mono

    The Beatles Get Back to Mono

    In his article “The Beatles Remastered” that appeared back in Issue 198, Neil Gader reviewed the stereo and mono remixes that had recently come out on compact disc. Comparing that batch to an earlier CD ...
  • Impressed to Death

    Impressed to Death

    If, circa 1971, you and I had been hanging out in my college dorm room and you had said to me “Man, I’ll bet that, 43 years from now, you’ll be attending an academic conference ...
  • Keb' Mo': Bluesamericana

    Keb' Mo': Bluesamericana

    Three-time Grammy winner Keb' Mo’ returns with another trophy-worthy exploration of the human condition (notably his own) in various iterations of the blues as only he seems to imagine them. Consider the deftly executed archetypal ...
  • Sunday Morning Hi Fi #3

    Sunday Morning Hi Fi #3

    Welcome to Sunday Morning Hi Fi #3! Sorry about the delay this week, I had some technical issues and this one didn’t post on time. The main picture is Jack White with one of his ...
  • Sunday Morning Hi Fi #2

    Sunday Morning Hi Fi #2

    Welcome back to Sunday Morning Hi Fi, a weekly blog that celebrates high-end audio, discusses new gear, and seeks to discover great music. One of the pleasures I take on a Sunday morning is throwing ...
  • Kathleen Grace: No Place to Fall

    Kathleen Grace: No Place to Fall

    Shortly after Kathleen Grace established herself as a jazz vocalist, country music started to lure her away, and on her fourth album, No Place to Fall, this stylistic turn fits her so well that there ...
  • Download Roundup - Beck: Morning Phase

    Download Roundup - Beck: Morning Phase

    Morning Phase finds Beck, the ever-restless singer/songwriter/producer/ instrumentalist, in the same mellow, thoughtful mood he unveiled on 2002’s Sea Change. The songs unfold at unhurried tempos—there’s not an upbeat number in the batch—forcing you yourself ...
  • The Infamous Stringdusters: Let It Go

    The Infamous Stringdusters: Let It Go

    The Infamous Stringdusters have never had anything to prove as forward-thinking instrumentalists, but over time the quintet’s songwriters have become more daring too, perhaps taking a cue from the Steep Canyon Rangers in exploring existential ...
  • The Clash in High-Res

    The Clash in High-Res

    In their heyday—roughly the late-70s to early 80s—the Clash, with typical insouciant bravado, dubbed themselves “The Most Important Rock Band in the World.” They may well have been right. No doubt the band staked that ...
  • Chuck Weiss: Red Beans & Weiss

    Chuck Weiss: Red Beans & Weiss

    This is Chuck E. Weiss’ fourth album since his surprise 1999 comeback, Extremely Cool, produced by Tom Waits. That album ended an 18-year hiatus by the enigmatic musician who inspired Rickie Lee Jones’ 1979 breakthrough ...

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