Heed CanAmp

Highly sought after by head-fi addicts, the Heed CanAmp is now on the floor! Headphone systems are a great way to get high quality audio without throwing down tons of money. A perfect solution for the office or dorm. All you need is a computer, DAC and some headphones.

Whetstone's Headphone Station

Whetstone's Headphone Station

Well Tempered DPS Power Supply

A power supply for Well Tempered turntables. The DPS (Dedicated Power Supply) features high quality components throughout to completely eradicate spurious noise for truly silent analog playback.

Along with the dedicated output for Well Tempered turntables (Amadeus & Simplex variants) the DPS also features a pair of additional 12v outputs for running other audiophile components such as phono stages.

The award winning Well Tempered Amadeus and DPS will be on the floor in about a month!

Frode Gjerstad Trio @ Carousel Lounge August 24


Drawing heavily upon the energy of the free-jazz continuum as defined by Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus and John Coltrane, alto saxophonist Frode Gjerstad is a pioneer of Norwegian improvised music. His various ensembles have served as a training ground for the current (and most vital) generation of Norwegian experimental musicians. Gjerstad first came to prominence with British percussionist John Stevens' group in the 1980s, and later played in a trio with William Parker and Hamid Drake. His career has spanned over 30 years and has included collaborations with many of the leading lights of improvised and experimental music including Peter Brötzmann, Han Bennink, Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Louis Moholo-Moholo, and noise musician Lasse Marhaug.

Powerhouse drummer Paal Nilssen-Love is no stranger to adventurous Austin music audiences. He has taken part in some of EpistrophyArts' most noted presentations including sold out performances by The Thing, The Peter Brotzmann Tentet, and Atomic. Nilssen-Love has established himself as a powerful and dynamic musician through his wide ranging collaborations with leading improvisors Ken Vandermark, Mats Gustafsson, Peter Brötzmann, Joe McPhee and left-field rock artists like Thurston Moore, Jim O'Rourke,the Ex’s Andy and Terrie, and Fugazi's Guy Picciotto.

gretchen phillips

Sometimes I get calls from musicians who just got a test pressing or 500+ records. "Dude! Can I come by with my record and hear it on one of your systems?" Sure! I got to hear Spoon's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga that way!
I got one such call the other day from Gretchen Phillips. She tore over here with her new record, a retro / neu disco affair with all the humor you'd expect from the woman who brought us the gem "I spent my last $10 on birth control and beer". The inner track was distorting at her house, but seemed fine on the P5. Whew! So we went to the pub where Ms. Phillips was quite well behaved. We spoke of the virtues of Gary Newman, how he's some kind of idiot savant, master of the Moog and how much we both dug his song , Down In The Park. I got 001/500 of her new record. Benefits!

Zu Essence, in the house!

UPS came with a dolly today! After some grunting, the Essence sat before me ready to be hooked up to the little Leben 300xs. 15 watts of silky smoothness powered the beastly Essence up to party levels. A customer was listening to them as I cleaned some of his records. I said, "not bad for 15 watts eh?" He was baffled that it wasn't much much more. Obviously they need a lot of break in but the first thing that I noticed after the first few notes was they had some bass and authority! They are definitely pushing some air! A step up from the Omen tweeters. The ribbon super tweeters on these sparkle!

scored some new records today!

In March 1975, Jim Sullivan mysteriously disappeared outside Santa Rosa, New Mexico. His VW bug was found abandoned, his motel room untouched. Some think he got lost in the desert. Some think he fell foul of a local family with alleged mafia ties. Some think he was abducted by aliens.
By coincidence – or perhaps not – Jim’s 1969 debut album was titled U.F.O. The album was a fully realised album of scope and imagination, a folk-rock record with its head in the stratosphere. Sullivan’s voice is deep and expressive like Fred Neil with a weathered and worldly Americana sound like Joe South, pop songs that aren’t happy – but with filled with despair. The album is punctuated with a string section (that recalls David Axelrod), other times a Wurlitzer piano provides the driving groove (as if Memphis great Jim Dickinson was running the show). U.F.O. is a slice of American pop music filtered from the murky depths of Los Angeles, by way of the deep south.
light in the attic
jim sullivan story
For her fourth studio record Pint Of Blood, Jolie Holland loosely credits classic influences ranging from Neil Young to The Velvet Underground to The Rolling Stones. But it’s the sound of Lucinda Williams that emerges the most on this record, as she similarly conveys a sense of raw emotion striking the deepest of chords. In particular, her voice despairingly flutters on the album’s opening track as she cries out, “I can’t believe you treated me like all those girls / all those sweet girls go home to cry” with the utmost conviction. It’s a chorus that simultaneously stuns and crushes, resonating as one of the year’s most poignant musical moments.

Well.. that was fun!

Last night I had the first of many, Vinyl Countdowns at The Dive Bar. The RP3 / Brio-R and Kudos X2 speakers amazed the masses. The comment I heard over and over all night was, "Wow, I can't believe the sound coming from that little system!" It was really fun to hear what people brought in to play. It was all over the map, the way it should be! Proof that you can "DJ" with one turntable and zero mics. Just call me DJ Uno. Next time I'll remember the 45 adapter and a frickin' flashlight. It was pretty hard finding track 3, side 2 in the dark after five vodka tonics. I'm thinking the next one I'll bring in the Triode 300B / Zu Essence system and show people how 8 watts can shake your rump.

Any day now..

I'll have the Zu Essence in. In a month or so, I'll also have the Soul Superfly. It was a hard decision as to what speakers I wanted to get in first. I have a terrible time making decisions! You should see me try to order a beer at the pub. Luckily my bartenders like me. I'll be having a Zu Night here at the shop sometime in November. Sean Casey will be here talking about all things Zu.

Another crucial slab of awesomeness!

When this record first came out I thought it was lame and boring... WTF? I just didn't have the right.... attitude. Yeah! that's it! Seriously. Get it and give it a few listens and then realize what a genius Beck is. His swan song, fo' sho. I'm blown away every time I put this on. This is The Beatles if they were still a band and kicked Paul out in the 80's. Just my skewed analogy... give it a listen, again!

One of my all time favs!

My pal Robin Ballard turned me on to many excellent records back when I went to SFA in Nacogdoches. Richard Thompson, Leonard Cohen, Big Star and Michael Hurley to name a few!! This is a classic record! Freak Folk before hipster Devandra Banhart was even born. Excellent review HERE.

New Rega RP3 in the house!

Fed Ex dropped off the new Rega RP3 turntable this morning! I slapped on a Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge and let it spin some Earl Hooker for good measure. A baptism, if you will. Come hear it tomorrow! see below..

The Vinyl Countdown

Join me at The Dive Bar, Thursday August 11th from 7-11pm. Bring a few of your favorite records to play on the new Rega Brio-R integrated and RP3 turntable! You'll be one of the first in the US to hear it!! Swill a few drinks and enjoy the relaxing bliss of analog!

On Wednesday the 10th, I'll be playing drums with my band Invisible Inks at the Mohawk. 10pm

Rega Guitar!?

Here's Rega's Roy Gandy ripping on his "Reguitar". I also just got word that the new RP3 turntable will be shipping next week! $895. The TTPSU is extra. No price hike! Gotta love the lads at Sound Org. for keepin' it real.

Whetstone Mountain!


I just returned from Colorado where it averaged 70 degrees. Here's Mount Whetstone where I got the name for the shop. When I was in my early 20's, I lived in Crested Butte for a couple years "finding myself" after college. I used to gaze upon this mountain in various mental states listening to my little Mirage bookshelf speakers, Linn Basik turntable and NAD receiver, pondering my next move. A whetstone is also a stone that sharpens knives, "sharp audio". Now you know!


On the way we stopped in Dalhart, Tx. for the night. It's in the panhandle of Texas and smells like shit thanks to the feed lots. I renamed the town Dalfart. Anyway, my wife left her beloved Pimp Chalice, that the kids blinged up for Mother's Day, in the room. She was devastated! After a frenzied call 50 miles down the road, they found it and kept it for safe keeping.

I'm glad to be back. There are about 600 people across the street from my house listening to a live Reggaeton band and I picked up the best Mexican food on the Planet feeding a family of four for $23 bucks. If Austin was 70 degrees year round I'd be in heaven. Hell, I'd be stoked it it just rained! The water coming out of the cold tap is hot. I can't even take a cold shower! All the rivers we passed on the way home in the Texas Hill Country were bone dry. Do me a favor and break out a rain dance for us here.