• Johnny Cash: American VI

    Johnny Cash: American VI

    “Oh death, where is thy sting? Oh grave, where is thy victory?” Johnny Cash intones at the start of “I Corinthians 15:55.” The tune, among the last Cash ever wrote, is lovely and reflective, and ...
  • Sam Cooke: Night Beat

    Sam Cooke: Night Beat

    Back in the late fifties, when I was in grade school, my mom gave me a table radio that I promptly ensconced by my bed. Every night I listened to it—to the late-night programming on ...
  • A New Partnership in High-Resolution Music

    A New Partnership in High-Resolution Music

    March 3, 2014 - HDtracks has just announced their recent partnership with Liztic, a brand-new music management software that allows users to stream high-resolution audio through any device running iOS, Mac, Windows, or Android. Many ...
  • Vinyl Heaven

    Vinyl Heaven

    As soon as I was old enough to drive I would make regular treks from my parents’ house on the Peninsula to what for many years was one of the country’s great record stores, Tower ...
  • Woody Guthrie: American Radical Patriot

    Woody Guthrie: American Radical Patriot

    This lavish seven-disc box set gathers85 songs plus conversations between singer/songwriter Woody Guthrie and historian Alan Lomax (appearing here for the first time in their unedited form). Recorded in 1940 at the Department of the ...
  • Arcade Fire: Reflektor

    Arcade Fire: Reflektor

    While listening to Arcade Fire’s Reflektor the first time I quickly flashed back to the Talking Heads’ Remain in Light, and there was probably some rationale behind that. Both albums replaced a readily-identifiable sound with ...
  • The Roys: New Day Dawning

    The Roys: New Day Dawning

    Following their 2011 breakout bluegrass hit Lonesome Whistle, the sibling duo of Lee and Elaine Roy probe deeper into their songs on New Day Dawning, and that’s saying something. Bridging country and bluegrass, The Roys ...
  • The ABCs of DSD Downloads

    The ABCs of DSD Downloads

    It seems like there’s always some hot-button issue for audiophiles to debate. For the last couple of years, it was the ability to play high-resolution (176.4 or 192kHz/24-bit) computer-audio music files. Now it’s almost impossible ...
  • The Groove Reader

    The Groove Reader

    Did you ever think about the possibility of “reading” record grooves? Well, neither did I until my wife and I attended a New Year’s Eve party with several physician colleagues and their wives around 1980. ...

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