Acoustic Sounds

September 22nd, 2022

David Blue's "Stories" Tells Mournful Tales Not as Sad as the Singer/Songwriter's Own

Gets an AAA Limited Edition Reissue

By: Michael Fremer

There was a time when you could buy a label's output and be confident you'd made a quality record purchase without hearing the music. Labels that managed this late '60s/early '70's feat included Elektra, Warner Brothers/Reprise, Island and David Geffen's Asylum Records. You could buy with confidence Love's debut, The Doors, Jackson Browne's Saturate Before Using, Traffic's Mr. Fantasy, Cat Stevens' Mona Bone Jakon, for... Read More

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September 22nd, 2022

Another "Paved Paradise" Traveling Record Label Expo October 12-23

Nashville, Atlanta, Asheville, Durham, Richmond, D.C. Pittsburgh, Detroit and Cincinnati

By: Michael Fremer

Dead Oceans, Ghostly International, Jagjaguwar, Numero Group and Secretly Canadian—key indie labels— welcome Colemine Records and Sacred Bones to the lineup. "Equal parts pop-up shop, block party and Roadside fruit stand, each event will celebrate music and community through thousands of LPs , cassettes, and CDs plus hi-res listening stations from Qobuz and more", says the press release about the almost two week traveling merch show/block party. How about... Read More

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September 22nd, 2022

Numero Group Five Day London Takeover October 5-9 2022

1000s of LPs and "decades of lost sounds" at Shoreditch Pop-up

By: Michael Fremer

Attn U.K TrackingAngle readers:Deluxe reissue label Numero Group recently announced its return to London for a five-day takeover. From October 5th-9th, for the first time in three years, the Chicago-based record label and rights management organization will bring thousands of LPs, 45s, cassettes and CDs, exclusive t-shirts and hats, test pressings, lavishly packaged box sets and decades' worth of precious lost sounds to a pop-up shop in the Shoreditch... Read More

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September 21st, 2022

Pro-Ject's Evolution X8 Turntable Throws A Monkeywrench Into the Marketplace

So much turntable for such an agreeable price (video review on TA YouTube channel)

By: Michael Fremer

A rough definition of “economies of scale” is the cost advantages produced by increased production. The more you produce, the lower the cost per unit, measured by the amount of output per unit of time. Usually this results in either the same product costing less, or a better product for the same cost as a not as good previous one.It's not clear how long it takes to assemble, box and package Pro-Ject’s new X8 Evolution turntable, or how economies of scale work at... Read More

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September 21st, 2022

The Influences Of The Grateful Dead

From the archives: Even if this fascinating, eclectic set had nothing whatsoever to do with The Grateful Dead, it's worth picking up

By: Michael Fremer

(This review originally appeared in Issue 7, Spring 1996.)Even if this fascinating, eclectic set had nothing whatsoever to do with The Grateful Dead, in fact even if you’re not a “Deadhead” it’s worth picking up both for the mix of music and the outstanding sound from Paul Stubblebine, not to mention R. Crumb’s cover art. If you are a Grateful Dead fan, you don’t want to be without this compilation.Long time Dead writer Blair Jackson twists these seemingly disparate... Read More

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September 20th, 2022

Can Mobile Fidelity Still Cut It?

Mo-Fi's Anadisc 200 Return—What We Were Thinking in 1994

By: Michael Fremer

After making an impressive musical and sonic splash at last winterʼs C.E.S. (1994) with the superlative 200 gram vinyl edition of Muddy Waters Folk Singer (MFSL 1-201) and three less inspired choices: (ELPʼs Tarkus [feh!], Manhattan Transferʼs Extensions [yawn!] and Pink Floydʼs Atom Heart Mother [snooze]), Mobile Fidelityʼs vinyl reissue program sort of dribbled to a stop. In fact, the Pink Floyd didnʼt appear at the show due to a problem MoFi wouldnʼt identify. The... Read More

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September 17th, 2022

Supergrass' Ambitious And Likeable 'I Should Coco'

From the archives: Michael Fremer's original review of Supergrass' 'I Should Coco'

By: Michael Fremer

(This review originally appeared in Issue 7, Spring 1996.)It was only a matter of time before an alternative to “alternative” music’s dreary sound would emerge, and over the past few months it has—in the form of Britpop, with bands like Oasis, Pulp and Supergrass gaining not just “underground” popularity, but major chart action—something the last British wave, the “Manchester sound,” never achieved.Of all the bands leading the new British pop invasion, the one I find... Read More

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