I threw an impromptu jam sesh at the house last night and someone rode over on a Brompton folding bike. I had to get a pic of it beside my chrome bumper Naim 42 / hiCap / 250. Both were designed by the late, great Julian Vereker.
Jim Eno has my undivided attention. As a drummer I’m blown away by his skills as drummer of Spoon. On top of that, he runs one of the best recording studios in Austin. Jim is putting out excellent recordings using old school analog 2″ tape machines, top notch mics and compressors. Not to mention the vinyl is mastered directly to acetate. It doesn’t get any more purist. The first release on the new series called “Public Hi-Fi Sessions” is with Norwegian songsmith Sondre Lerche. It’s a three piece with Josh Zarbo on bass and Jim Eno on drums. Recorded live. A limited edition 45 RPM 12″ EP pressed with nice artwork is only $12. I have a few. Hurry!
Coming in next week! The Well Tempered Labs Simplex turntable with Dynavector 20X2-L cartridge! Using the same “golf ball” technology as it’s big brother, Amadeus, but with a smaller plinth. A seriously good turntable capable of blowing away fully upgraded Linn LP12′s ($40K). Here’s a REVIEW. $1995
Percussionist and jazz legend Chico Hamilton passed away on November 26, 2013. He was ninety-two. The following ARTICLE was written for Wax Poetics Issue 23, June/July 2007.