• Newvelle Begins Year Two

    Newvelle Begins Year Two

    The number of jazz releases on vinyl keeps growing, with recent developments including a wave of both new and reissued ECM titles receiving the wax treatment. Also, the subscription-based and vinyl-only New York/Paris label Newvelle ...
  • Long Live the Dead

    Long Live the Dead

    When Jerry Garcia passed away on August 9, 1995, it seemed to spell the end of…well, the Grateful Dead, for starters, and perhaps the spirit of a group who along with spawning countless splinter bands ...
  • UltraAnalogue Recordings

    UltraAnalogue Recordings

    Audiophiles know that minute changes in one’s stereo system (such as adjusting cartridge VTA, speaker positioning, or tube selection) can have dramatic effects on sonic performance. They can mean the difference between creating the illusion ...
  • Magico MPOD

    Magico MPOD

    In the near future I will be blogging about the Magico’s M3 loudspeaker—along with the now-discontinued MPro, simply the best-sounding dynamic floorstander I’ve yet had in my home. But for the time being I want ...
  • The Ryman Auditorium

    The Ryman Auditorium

    There are great places to hear music, and then there are the sacred spaces—the cathedrals of Europe, Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon, Barcelona’s art icon La Palau De Musica Catalanya, Manhattan’s Carnegie Hall. In the rock ...
  • The Band FAQ

    The Band FAQ

    The latest in Backbeat’s FAQ series, The Band FAQ: All That’s Left to Know about the Fathers of Americana, fills 400 pages, making it clear there’s still plenty left to learn about this iconic and ...
  • Not Your Father’s Big Band

    Not Your Father’s Big Band

    To some, big bands will always be relegated to the realms of nostalgia, defined by the swinging sounds of the vintage Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, and Benny Goodman bands of the 30s and ...
  • Tip of the Month - AC Polarity

    Tip of the Month - AC Polarity

    The power transformers integral to all of our components serve two functions: They step up (or down) the AC supplied from the wall socket, and they isolate the equipment chassis from that same AC. Because ...
  • Chasing the Dragon Records

    Chasing the Dragon Records

    The audiophile world involves a staggering amount of minutia. Everything leads, however, to an emotional payoff, as you’re constantly reminded while rubbing shoulders with people devoted to good sound. So while, if you study the ...
  • Duck Baker, Guitarist

    Duck Baker, Guitarist

    Most acoustic guitarists perfect, or become associated with, a particular genre—Delta or Piedmont blues, for instance, or Celtic, ragtime, or traditional folk (however you define that). Some, like John Fahey or Robbie Basho or Alex ...

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