I remember buying Live/Dead at an old bookstore on E. 7th St. around the corner from the Fillmore East, run by a grizzled lower–East Side bouquiniste called Max. When I got home, my parents were out, so I put it on the old Magnavox console in the living room, which was used to play show tunes, Andy Williams, and Sinatra. Here it was, the Dead in all their glory, four sides of music that sounded like it belonged together and some of the most exciting guitar work I’d ever heard.
I’ve since listened to Live/Dead many times. Every note is burned into my brain. So, I looked forward to hearing this new pressing. After I got past the brilliantly colored vinyl, the first thing I noticed was that side one was backed by side two; side three by side four, instead of the sides being organized for a record-changer.
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The magnificent eight
The Story of the Grateful Dead, a 14-LP, 8-album collection of Grateful Dead recordings with booklet and deluxe packaging, from Vinyl Me, Please (VMP-A006, 2020), is intended as a curated sampling of the high points in the Dead’s extensive catalog. The first seven albums were cut from analog tape, while Without a Net comes from the original digital master. The sound is breathtaking.
T+A Solitaire P headphones and HA 200 DACheadphone amplifier
What I categorize as mainstream, dealer-based, fancy-pants stream-ers and big-speakers audio is actually only the gold-plated tip of a gigantic asteroid-like monolith that extends (underground) from New York to Hong Kong, from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica. This immense audio-social mass is mostly invisible to the Madison Avenue mainstream, but simple Google searches expose millions of proletarian audio-gear constructers (DIY’ers) working in shops, basements, and garages, scratch-building everything from turntables to tonearms to phono cartridges, to capacitors and vacuum tubes, to amplifiers, headphones, ribbon and electrostatic speakers.
MAKE MORE NOISE!
The title of this set—4 CDs and a book—comes from British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst’s call to arms for women to fight for their rights: “You have to make more noise than anybody else,” said Pankhurst, who died in 1928.
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Landscape into music
It says something about the power of music that some individuals fading into dementia can still recognize the music they knew earlier in their lives. Not to denigrate new music, or music one hasn’t heard before, but our mental jukeboxes award top chart numbers to music that we have lived with over time. Those DJs making their playlists in our brain are the toughest of critics. They don’t care what anyone else might think, “Close to You” is staying in the rotation. Music and memory are linked.
Some great new reissues
For jazz fans, a new batch of releases in Blue Note’s Tone Poet series—vinyl reissues remastered with care and cut from the original analog tapes—is the reason for celebration.
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Pop Forms: Jason Garcia / Okuu Pín (Santa Clara/Tewa)
Now open at Hecho a Mano in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is Songs For My Muse, a new solo show for Santa Clara/Tewa artist Jason Garcia (Okuu Pín).
ONE PLUS ONE EQUALS BILLIONS
Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson’s career was stalling. Then Dany Garcia stepped in to help change everything.
THE ART OF SEXY
Fernando Garcia, co-creative director at both Monse and Oscar de la Renta, designs for two industry opposites.
Zapata une a 100 caricaturistas
Este miércoles 10 de abril se conmemora el asesinato de Emiliano Zapata. Para el acontecimiento, el monero Kemchs convocó a un centenar de sus colegas de las más diversas tendencias a realizar una muestra en el Museo de la Caricatura del Metro Zapata y un libro. De acuerdo al dibujante, el gremio jamás había estado tan polarizado políticamente como ahora, pero el revolucionario “nos permitió ser un tema muy noble para todos”. En la compilación 100 años, 100 Zapatas hay trabajos de lo más representativo de nuestros artistas de la caricatura, como Posada, Rius, Naranjo, García Cabral…
Pacquiao's conditioning coach says Garcia will fall
Justin Fortune, the strength and conditioning coach of Manny Pacquiao, believed that the Filipino legend still has what it takes to knock out American welterweight contender Mikey Garcia.
Four advocates of holistic and sustainable living give us a silver lining for what the Manila Metropolis can aspire to be in a post-pandemic 21st Century world
THE PAEDOPHILE HUNTERS
Every day they witness crimes against children more horrifying than most of us could cope with. Meet the warrior women on the frontline of the war against child exploitation.
THE 12 GREATEST MASTERS SHOTS
Over the years, we have been treated to many spectacular shots at The Masters. We name our greatest dozen, in no particular order...
U-turn slots closure: Brace for traffic jams
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) yesterday advised motorists and commuters to brace for traffic jams due to the closure of U-turn slots along EDSA until the end of the year.