Garbage 2.0 Reissue

Box came in yesterday (the release date), and did not disappoint! Well packed, safe and sound without a scratch. Therew on a few sides with my wife and the pressing sounds great. The poster is larger than I realized, not sure where I'll put it yet. Looking at the other extras, I suddenly remembered I'd... Continue Reading →

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REVIEW: The Donnas- Bitchin’

I won't lie- I love The Donnas. Are they derivative? Yes. Are the fun? Absolutely yes! On what ended up being their last all original album, The Donnas slightly shifted gears into a harder-rock/metal sound. I say slightly, because they had already shown their appreciation for the genre by covering KISS and Judas Priest. Here, they go... Continue Reading →

PRE-ORDER: Circles Around The Sun – Let It Wander

From dead.net: "Circles Around The Sun explore new horizons on the band’s upcoming double album, LET IT WANDER. It’s the first new music from the quartet since their acclaimed 2015 debut, Interludes For The Dead. Guitarist Neal Casal, keyboardist Adam MacDougall (his bandmate in the Chris Robinson Brotherhood), bassist Dan Horne and drummer Mark Levy... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Sean Lennon- Alter Egos

Sean Lennon is proving to be an interesting musician very much on his own tallents and sensibilities. Alter Egos is a soundtrack to a film which I actually haven't seen, but intend to eventually. He was apparently highly involved with the film, its soundtrack process, and even having a role in the movie. It does, however,... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Pink Floyd- A Saucerful of Secrets

Just as Pink Floyd's popularity was exploding, founder Syd Barrett was imploding. Somehow, from these opposing forces, the band in transition managed to make this oddly beautiful record. In one very real sense, A Saucerful of Secrets is actually the linchpin album of their cannon. It successfully brought to a close their early, lysergic whimsy... Continue Reading →

COMPILATION: Grateful Dead- Baked Alaska

The entire 1980 Anchorage run really is as amazing as its legend claims, and truly deserves a complete official release. For the band's only venture to the northernmost state, the beautiful surroundings and occasion (summer solstice, when the sun never really set) provided a backdrop for magic. What resulted are consistently strong performances of songs... Continue Reading →

UNCIRCULATED: Stevie Stardust & The Thunder Chiefs From Mars 2015/10/14 c- Tucson, AZ, The Flycatcher- Tribute to David Bowie

Stevie Stardust & The Thunder Chiefs From Mars 2015/10/14 c- Tucson, AZ, The Flycatcher- Tribute to David Bowie 1. Tuning 2. Ziggy Stardust 3. Golden Years 4. Starman-At the Bar 5. Marriage Shoutout-All the Young Dudes 365MM Tape #4b. Audience recording seated middle of the room. Zoom H1 and Audio Reality Binural Microphones w/High Quality... Continue Reading →

UNCIRCULATED: The Amy Mendoza Band 2015/10/14 b- Tucson, AZ, The Flycatcher- Tribute to David Bowie

The Amy Mendoza Band 2015/10/14 b- Tucson, AZ, The Flycatcher- Tribute to David Bowie 1. //Fame 2. Stay 3. "Heroes" with Introduction 4. Moonage Daydream 365MM Tape #4a. Audience recording front of slightly raised stage. Zoom H1 and Audio Reality Binural Microphones w/High Quality WAV->Audacity track divisions/labeling/dead air cut->MP3. First generation, uncirculated. My wife and... Continue Reading →

OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS…

To round out the weekend, the next enstalments of my personal tapes. This time, three different acts on the same night with a common theme. Remember the Audio Reality microphones I raved about in a recent review? My uncirculated recordings from now on utilize them. What a difference they make! Check it out!

REVIEW (Equipment): Audio Reality Microphones

After my first few recordings utilizing only the internal microphones of my Zoom H1, I understood the need for external mics not only for better audio capturing, but also inconspicuous placement. While my recordings of Guthrie, and Garfunkel were fair during softer parts, everything louder/denser peaked and became much harsher than I'd like to listen... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Jobriath- Jobriath

Jobriath is one of the best glam albums. Period. It has also been one of the most criminally unheard. Fortunately, with re-issues and a documentary, rock's self-proclaimed "truest fairy" has garnered the notoriety and appreciation he sadly never received in his lifetime. First and foremost, "Take Me I'm Yours" and "I'm a Man" are absolute... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Tennis- Cape Dory

This is a very pleasant record! Literal surf pop, this is the debut from a married couple who decided to sail around and then made an album from their experiences. Moore, the singer has a very sweet and listenable voice that flows well along with the tastefully nautical compositions. None of the songs outstay their welcome,... Continue Reading →

COMPILATION: Bob Dylan- Dylan Is Dead

Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead had an interesting relationship. While Garcia and company were playing covers of his songs since the beginning of their career, and many more that worked their way into steady rotation over the years, Dylan took a bit longer to return the favor. Most importantly, the much maligned tour of... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Until BEN- Raymixed

I try never have unrealistic expectations for remix albums. With that in mind, this doesn't disappoint, but neither does it impress. Its origin album The Ray, is far more interesting on virtually every level, but these versions are a fair listen and nice enough complement. With such great source material and good level of quality... Continue Reading →

REVIEW (Equipment): Zoom H1

When I decided to start audience recording, I didn't even own a tape recorder anymore. I needed equipment. After hours and hours of exhaustive research  and weighing options, performance, and budget, I was left with the Zoom H1! If you are considering recording concerts yourself, I suggest you start here. F.Y.I.- This is an unpaid/unsponsored... Continue Reading →

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