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Coming to the shop is a classic line from the UK called Sugden. The A21 is a Class A solid state amp with quite a long pedigree. Everything is built in house. The A21, their entry level integrated, is $2200 or $2400 with a phono pre on board. They also have the Signature, Masterclass and Sapphire Series.
Harbeth have LOWERED their prices! Not a lot, but WHO DOES THAT?
Recently, EVERY SINGLE Harbeth model won an Editor's Choice Award from The Absolute Sound!
Come by the shop and have a listen! I have all current models on the floor, minus the 40.2.
So, my Tetris skills have reached the brink. I've run out of room and some records need to go. See that wall? Most (not all, just ask) are HALF OFF!!! See the Island? Those are 10% OFF! Come Haggle, Come Barter (beer always makes me weak). That wall MUST GO!! The store will be getting revamped. I'll still carry good records, just not as many. Come git 'em!
Yep, it's that time again! The BEST party during SXSW takes place right behind the shop! Bring the kids! Here's the line up! Please visit BYOC on Facebook
Laissez les bon temps rouler
BYOC 9 final line up
12 pm Elizabeth McQueen Music
1 pm Jungles
2 pm Sonny Knight & The Lakers
3 pm The Jones Family Singers
4 pm The Hot 8 Brass Band
5 pm The Fleshtones (Official)
Check out Dave Grohl's SXSW Keynote Speech. It's great!
Everything you see in this pic (except the turntable) is available for demo at the shop. The 0/93 are coming........soon.
The Beatles first record, Please Please Me, was released.
Naim Audio added a milestone from 1985 to their timeline: Julian Vereker Joins Brompton Bicycles. Any fans of the Brompton Bicycle may be interested to hear that they owe a debt of gratitude to Naim’s late founder, Julian Vereker.
Julian’s love of music was equalled only by his passion for engineering and the spirit of invention. As a Director of Brompton, his generous contributions and guidance helped the company to expand operations and become the much loved global icon it is today.
It's that time of the year again!!! Honk TX is coming this weekend, March 22nd-24th. The BEST second line parade you'll ever see (outside NOLA)! Bands from all over the US come and play. Check out their site for more info.
HONKTX Parade Day!
Pan-Am Park, 4th and Chicon St
Parade: Sunday, 12pm-2pm
Band Revue: 2:30pm-5:30pm
We’re kicking off our annual parade from Pan-American Park in East Austin at 12 Noon sharp! The route will see 20 bands and plenty of spectacle marching their musical way through East Austin and returning to the park. Following that will be our annual all-band blowout revue where bands will have 8 minutes to strut their stuff for an adoring audience of fans and friends. Be on the lookout for one-shot appearances by the Low Brass Choir, High Wind Choir and the One-Ounce Opera!
I saw Roy Haynes, the greatest living Jazz drummer, last night.
Elvis. If you must own only one, I recommend Armed Forces. The third album from EC & The Attractions. This is some of the best power pop ever laid to tape. Here, in fact, is a cool article about recording this excellent record.
Bob Dylan recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of his first release.
I managed to catch the "Hipster Virus" again! I think I just wear myself down and by the last day of SXSW, that filthy keg tap wreaks havoc! So I've been laying in bed reading a book called The Wrecking Crew (actually they were known as "The Clique"). It's about the LA musicians who were on all the pop hits of the 60's and 70's. One musician in particular really caught my attention. Bassist Carol Kaye. She's played on over 10,000 recording sessions. You probably hear her at least once a day and don't even know it. Check out her credits and you'll be completely floored!
I sent her an email and she actually wrote back!! She said the book I was reading is awful and sent several files for me to read instead. I asked her what it was like to be a woman in the music industry back then...
"There's always been women who worked with the men since 1910, today people have no idea of that history. I had NO PROBLEM whatsoever back then, like now when they can't play well and so they assume "women are worse".....read Quincy Jones' book and you'll know more about the real truth of women in our history in the real music world."
"They were all afraid of me, I could out-play them all.....I had the chutzpah from being successful in the black jazz clubs during the 1960s and on the road with big-bands (my then-husband Al Kaye was the bass player, I was the guitar player)...also I had buck teeth and stuttered, my ego was in-check all the time...glad to make a living for my 3 kids."
Good luck with your daughter, see attachments herein, thank-you, Carol Kaye
SXSW! A week of debauchery and liver abuse! They even added a day to the music fest this year! I'm not sure what I'll run into but I am positive I'll be at the seventh annual Bring Your Own Chair fest. It will be held directly behind my shop at The Pedernales Lofts on Saturday March 17th. 12-6pm. Kid & Dog friendly! FREE!
Austin is a lot less weird today. Leslie Cochran passed away this morning.
Lots & Lots of new records in the shop! All genres. Limited Editions, adventurous & off the beaten path. Come browse before they start migrating to the NFS box (miiiine!)
A stripped back version of Naim's reference Fraim, FraimLite operates on the same principles, providing a rigid, self-levelling platform for supported hi-fi equipment that isolates hi-fi separates from each other and their environment. Its simplified design results in a more affordable and simpler-to-set-up equipment support system that still looks stunning in a modern domestic listening room.
Alternative level heights and finishes are available across both models to match the settings of the room in which the system will be situated. Uprights are available in black or natural anodised aluminium finish and come in a choice of three lengths: standard, medium and tall. Shelving panels are available in ash, black ash and cherry real wood veneers.
On the last Friday of the month for well over a year now, my friends throw a Happy Hour. In one of the only basements in Austin several bands play and the evening is wrapped up with The Box Spring Hogs, a very believable Tom Waits tribute band. You never know who will show up but it's usually excellent. All kinds of music from free jazz, country, punk and heavy metal. Their basement has had more musical legends in it than most bars!
SIERRA BLANCA The Hudspeth County Attorney is ready to make a plea deal with the Red Headed Stranger.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m gonna let him plead, pay a small fine and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gotta sing Ã¢â‚¬Å“Blue Eyes Crying in the RainÃ¢â‚¬Â with his guitar right there in the courtroom,Ã¢â‚¬Â County Attorney Kit Bramblett said this week. Ã¢â‚¬Å“You bet your ass I ainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t gonna be mean to Willie Nelson.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Nelson was arrested Nov. 26 after a Border Patrol agent smelled pot wafting from NelsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tour bus at the Sierra Blanca checkpoint. A little more than six ounces was found on the bus. Nelson was arraigned and on the road again after paying a $2,500 bond.
Thousands of vehicles roll through two Border Patrol checkpoints in Hudspeth County every day and finding pot here and there is pretty common. Bramblett handles 10 or 12 personal use cases every month. The 6.24 ounces that was found when Willie was arrested is above the amount Bramblett can handle in his jurisdiction, but after the packaging was removed, that was no longer the case.
The fine will be $100 and court costs amount to $278. Bramblett said heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s in contact with NelsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lawyer. Next time the singerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tour schedule brings the Honeysuckle Rose close to Sierra Blanca, BramblettÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s office will be notified and Willie will make a scheduled stop at the Hudspeth County courthouse.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Willie Nelson is 77 years old, and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m 78,Ã¢â‚¬Â Bramblett said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been my favorite artist all my life. We all know he smokes a little pot.Ã¢â‚¬Â
When the popular American jazz musician and bandleader vanished enroute from England to France to play for troops in recently liberated Paris, few people knew about it at the time. This is because it happened the same day the Germans launched their last major offensive against the allies in what would be known as the Battle of the Bulge, pushing such news to the back page. What happened to the single-engine Norseman he was riding in over the English Channel some 10 days before Christmas has never been explained, and no trace of Miller or the plane has ever been found. There is speculation a German fighter got it, or that the plane got hit by ordnance being dropped by British bombers on their way back from a canceled bombing mission. (Bombers couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t land with unexploded ordnance on board and had to jettison their bomb loadsÃ¢â‚¬â€preferably over the oceanÃ¢â‚¬â€before they could land.) Whatever the case, MillerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s death was a huge loss to the American musical scene and one that it never quite recovered from.
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Once again I have survived SXSW with minimal damage. I tried to pace myself this year. The secret to surviving a 4 day drinking binge is keeping hydrated. That shot of Jager was a bad idea but my judgement was quite blurred by that point of the night and it's rude to turn down a drink! So after the joy of meeting Ron Sexsmith I woke up to a new day of adventures. I brought the family to the French Ligation Museum to see Sharon Van Etten
After that we headed over to the Liberty and saw Arms from Brooklyn.... BTW It seems almost EVERY band is from Brooklyn.
Right after Arms set (which was really good) None other than Sondre Lerche did a solo set. My wife and I are big fans.
After that we headed back home. Her to watch the kids and me to get ready to go out for the night shows. I headed over to Stubbs to see TV on the Radio.
The next day I hung out until the afternoon and drug the kids to see The Hickoids and Meat Puppets
While talking to a friend I got a tap on the back." 'ello, are you Brian?" asks a nice British fellow. "I am", "I'm Paul Darwin of Rega UK". This is just another magical moment at SXSW!! We slammed a couple beers and watched the Kirkwood Bros. By now my kids are MISERABLE, so we take off back home to wait for "Mothra" (mother) to get back from seeing Mike Watt. I slam some burgers on the grill and try to sober up for the Ron Sexsmith show at midnight.
and made it after a few more beers (and that damn shot).
Next day I wake up a little green but not too bad. Saturday is the BYOC fest behind the shop and always a BLAST!! My neighbors The Butler Bros. have put it on for 6 years now and it just gets better and better! I got there in time to hear Zukunasisters, a Japanese act that belts out Tom Jones type songs. I thought they were pretty good and would fit in great at any casino in Vegas.
After they left the stage the suprise of the day came on... Sway Machinery. This band is an All Star cast from all the hip bands today. Daptones, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire. The list goes on. They were playing Afrobeat with Hebrew lyrics. IT WAS AWESOME!!! I spoke with their trumpet player after the gig. He's doing a record with Ornette Coleman!! Serious players!
Some laptop rock band played, then Matt a six year old drummer. Pretty cute watching him set up his drums until they were "just right". Matt is gonna be a huge rock star someday.
Last up and closing my weekend of debauchery... The Woggles! I played a opening gig with them at Emos a good 14 years ago. "The Professor" is still in form. This is him telling jokes to my pal (from Brooklyn!) Jack Sprat.
Charming a very hard audience
The drummer never missed a beat flicking me the bird. I was impressed!
After The Woggles it was time for some serious Mexican food at Chapala. I eat here on average of twice a week. I would DIE without Chapala!
That sums up my weekend of SXSW. I look forward to next year! It will be my 17th in a row!
"...Owsley Stanley, the prodigiously gifted applied chemist to the stars, who made LSD in quantity for the Grateful Dead, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Ken Kesey and other avatars of the psychedelic Ã¢â‚¬â„¢60s, died on Sunday in a car accident in Australia. He was 76 and lived in the bush near Cairns, in the Australian state of Queensland."
What a day!! The shop was a buzzin' and I got a email from a client. He won a pass to see the new documentary about Ron Sexsmith, Love Shines and meet the man himself. His band had a gig at the same time and he knew I'm a huge fan so he hooked me up! The film is directed by Douglas Arrowsmith and covers Ron's career and the production of his new record Long Player Late Bloomer. I was turned on to Ron's music a good 14 years ago and have faithfully bought every record since his first. If you're not familiar with his music, you're in for a cerebral treat. I know that might be a stretch for the Lady GaGme fans out there... I read somewhere that he's Elvis Costello's favorite songwriter. I would place him in the same league as Nick Drake, Graham Parsons, Nick Lowe and Richard Thompson. After the screening I got to hang out with Ron in the bar at the Hilton. We had a couple drinks and talked about different producers (Mitchell Froom, Bob Rock, T-Bone Burnett), what his songs are about, how he crafts them, his visit to Paul McCartney's home, his love of 50's doo wop, etc. There were so many questions that I had answered from one of the most prolific songwriters of our time. A dream come true. Anyone want to help me meet Keith Richards?
Just got in the A23 interconnects to connect the A23 step up to the Leben phono pre. SICK SICK SICK!!! I had a horrible hum before the A23 cables. Dead silent after they were installed. Holographic sound coming from the Rega P9 / Dynavector Te Kaitora Rua. The Leben CS600 integrated is driving the DeVore Nines also with A23 speaker cable. This is a very well balanced, insightful system! The music envelopes you like a glove!
What is that on the P9? ZZ Top!!
HONK! TX. Festival of Community Street Bands is going on this weekend. I just got back from the opening night and it was off the hook! There were bands from all over the US and Canada. They all convene on Sunday at the Pan Am park ampitheater from 2-5pm. Bring a few beers and get your freak on!
Sponsored by Butler Bros. and Trademark Media. BYOC is held right behind my shop. They ALWAYS have awesome bands. This year is no exception! The Woggles? Hells yeah! Be Here! It will be your SXSW highlight!
The concert is free and will be on Saturday, March 19th at the Pedernales Lofts Courtyard, 2401 E 6th Street, Austin 78702, from 11:30am to 6pm.
Bring your chairs, families and pooches out to enjoy the live music and great company! We will have food trailer vendors set up for food, so bring $$ if you know you'll be hungry!
12 pm- AgesandAges Portland, OR
1 pm- Sallie Ford & Sound Outside Portland, OR
2 pm- Zukunasisters Tokyo, Japan
3 pm- Sway Machinery Brooklyn, NY
4 pm - The Pauses Orlando, FL
5 pm- The Woggles Atlanta, GA
Book Signing and Presentation at Domy Books. Monday March 14, 7-9pm.
There is a severe shortage of good speaker stands available. Either they're "el cheapo" junk or way overpriced, not to mention FUGLY. I just ordered the new Quadraspire QV60 stands. They look as good as they sound.
This year is the 25th anniversary of the SXSW music, film and interactive festival. My liver is twitching in anticipation of the abuse it will endure in a couple weeks. Literally over a thousand bands from all over the World will descend upon Austin for a non-stop week long party. It's time to scour Show List Austin to start planning the FREE day parties. Ask any local Austinite and they'll tell you that the day parties are where it's at. Austin is known for having more Tattoo parlors per capita than anywhere else in the World. I think it may also be the largest mass hangover in the days following SXSW.
Tom Dowd is someone you've heard but probably never heard of. Once you know who he is, you'll see his name pop up throughout your record collection. One of the true great recording engineers, he changed the musical landscape of popular music. There is a great documentary about him called The Language Of Music. Netflix it!
Looks like a punk rock version of Ein Prosit!
I was noticing that the record selection was getting thin so I placed a nice order full of Funk, Blues, Afro Beat, Rock, etc. I have one copy to sell of the new Syl Johnson box set. I kept the other! Get in here quick before I start calling all these new records mine!
The $495 Okki Nokki record cleaning machine is now on demo. Come check it out!
Also just in, the Auditorium 23 DL103 step up transformer. Still waiting on the Well Tempered Amadeus and EMT to arrive. It will be a sweet rig! I'm going to hook it up to the Leben RS-30EQ phono pre / Rega P9 / Dynavector Te Kaitora Rua and see how that sounds. It shouldn't be a shabby front end!
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Like A.A. Allen, Osborn was a Soul Crusader who traveled the country Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the world Ã¢â‚¬â€œ healing the sick and possessed, driving out demons and performing assorted miracles. He recorded his big tent revival meetings and audience responses. This record features a boy who misfiled his fatherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s records one day, leading his father to suspect the devilÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hand and bring him to see the great and mighty Osborn. In this recording, T.L. dramatically illustrates his power of exorcism, leaving the boy cleansed, never to mistake James Brown with Clifford Brown again. True story.
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I survived another year of SXSW!!! I saw a lot of good music... and some not so good. (Kids, posturing on stage while staring at your laptop is not rock and roll.) I started off at my favorite bar, Lovejoys to see the Pierced Arrows (formally known as Dead Moon). From there, the 4 day party progressed. The only real downer was the passing of Alex Chilton two days before I got to see him with Big Star. I still tried to make the showcase as Dwight Twilley was playing, but SXSW and Antone's decided to make it a "Badge Only" show. LAME! All in all a great week though. Bill Murray was in town bar tending at various venues and a vicious rumor was circulating about U2 playing on the roof of Star Bar. You never know what can happen during SXSW! Nothing has beat the time I saw Iggy Pop with the Stooges playing for free on the street. Nobody needed a badge!
Rock took another hit in the passing of Alex Chilton. I was going to see him at SXSW, but he evidently had a heart attack mowing his lawn. He was 59. I still have a sealed copy of Big Star's #1 Record. I'm gonna crack it open on my 50th birthday. I nearly did when I heard the awful news. Not familiar with his music? You should be. Most people know him through That 70's Show theme song, In the Street... "I wish we had a joint so baaaaaad."
New to Whetstone Audio is the excellent hi-fi support company, BOX FURNITURE. While I was in NYC, I got to meet Anthony Abbate and visit his factory. It's conveniently located next to DeVore Fidelity in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Box not only builds beautiful audio racks, they also build the enclosures for DeVore's speakers. I have a four shelf rack in the gorgeous Sapele finish. Come see and hear it in action!
I just got in the A23 cables and straight from the box I had to scoop my jaw off the floor. DAMN! REALLY? These cables aren't even burned in yet and they outperform nearly anything I've ever heard at any price! I have them hooked up to the Leben CS-600 (just like in the picture) into the DeVore Super 8 speakers. Well Tempered Amadeus / Dynavector 17D3 up front extracting all that vinyl goodness! Everything you've read about these cables is true. If you're not familiar take a gander at this REVIEW and another good
I was finally feeling Human again after my week long bout of the "SXSW Crud" and was told Gary Floyd and Company were going to play Creekside Lounge for $5 bucks!! It was great seeing all the familiar faces from 20+ years ago. It actually felt like 1984 last night. Heck, I even slam danced for a song! For those of you unfamiliar with The Dicks, they are one of the best punk bands in the World who came out of the Austin scene along with the Big Boys, Scratch Acid and Butthole Surfers . Google them.
I survived, but my liver is killing me! Ã‚Â I got to meet a true icon at the Bloodshot Records party. Ã‚Â Exene Cervenka from X. Ã‚Â More escapades coming soon!
So, I'm getting over a NASTY bout of some weird virus. Ã‚Â My neck is killing me and I've been dealing with high fever. Ã‚Â Must've been a contaminated beer tap or something...
The first show I hit during SXSW was Akron / Family at the Mohawk. Ã‚Â Really cool show and nothing like their CD. Ã‚Â Better to catch them live!
Here are some old bandmates of mine from THE ACTION IS. We were called Hot Wheels Jr. until Mattel Toys sent a cease and desist letter.
This is James Harries. I'm sure he's sick of the Jeff Buckley references, but it fits. He opened for Nellie McKay who I have a small crush on.
Here's Huelyn Duvall the guy who screams "TEQUILA" on The Champs record with my pal Craig.
Here's Eli "Paperboy" Reid out back at The Continental Club going over their set with Barbara Lynn. These guys are total pros!
The Legendary ROY HEAD! From Houston Texas, he once bit Elvis on the leg so he would never forget him. He reminded me of Jerry Lee Lewis. Same insane energy!
The day after the Ponderosa Stomp Showcase, I helped Sponsor the BYOC fest in back of my shop. This is Roy Head doing shots of Makers with me.
Awesome Toyko band, The Emeralds
My friend, Eric Roach. He SHREDS on his Hello Kitty guitar. We're playing a show with his band Lick Lick next month. I've known Eric for over 20 years!
James Harries showed up to the party. I invited him after seeing him with Nellie McKay. The guy is phenomenal and I highly recommend getting his CD.
So that pretty much wraps up my SXSW. I tried to take it easy this year but still ended up sick. I'm calling it "Hipster Virus". Probably brought here by some sickly skinny white kid from Brooklyn. What-Ever!
I'm helping sponsor this excellent DAY PARTY. Ã‚Â It will be behind the shop this next Saturday, Ã‚Â March 21. Ã‚Â Bring a chair. Ã‚Â Bring the kids! Ã‚Â There will be a Bouncy Tent, BEER, food, and excellent LIVE music. Ã‚Â Legendary Rocker ROY HEAD! Ã‚Â Many special surprises. Ã‚Â Come party with me! This is my way of saying THANK YOU to all who have supported my business for the past decade.
Kelly & Bruce played a benefit for Lee Elementary where our kids go to school. Ã‚Â Kelly said, "I wanted to prove to you I wash my hair and wear make-up". Ã‚Â I told her later, "I wanted to prove I don't wear my Pajamas and slippers all day". Ã‚Â Whetstone supplied iGrado headphones for the silent auction.. Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Check out the March issue of TRIBEZA. Ã‚Â There is a great article called "Vinyl Revival" with pics of the shop. Ã‚Â The writer, Dick Holland, loved the Rega P3 / DV 10x5 so much he bought one. Ã‚Â Here's a link to the text www.tribeza.com/?q=pd/articledetail&nid=2453