Fair Hedon Give Away! The Folksinger’s Guitar Guide Volume Two LP

Hello readers: This month were are giving away an original vinyl LP of The Folksinger’s Guitar Guide. Volume Two. It was originally put out by Folkways Records in 1965. This early pressing is in Mint condition, and even looks to have barely, if ever, been played. Included is the very nice original booklet. All you have to do is leave a comment below, with the following: -Your top 5 “Winter” albums- A poster will be chosen totally at random in the first week of January. Good luck to all!  

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The Garden Of Musical Delights (Now & Then) – Kamasi Washington and Cannonball Adderley

Now: Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference Kamasi Washington is a  Los Angeles based powerhouse musician who has  been helping to revive avant garde, cosmic/spiritual jazz. He previous album, the sprawling, two and a half hour, aptly titled, The Epic, is a mind blowing melange of jazz, soul, funk, with sprinkles of several other genres that held together by Washington’s sax, and a host of sympathetic arrangements and players. Alice Coltrane and Pharoh Sanders are clear inspirations. His current release, labeled as an EP, Harmony in Difference, should be considered not so much a follow up, but a strong, and …

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An Interview With Mastering Engineer Brian Lucey

Brian Lucey is one of the most in demand mastering engineers working today, bar none. His Magic Garden Mastering studio is based in Los Angeles. Just a quick glance at the featured discography tells you not only does he work on projects from established icons like Lucinda Williams, Marylin Manson, Depeche Mode, The Pretenders and Dr. John, but also with the most relevant artists of today including Royal Blood, The Kills, Arctic Monkeys, Ryan Bingham, Ray Lamontagne, Cage The Elephant, and of course The Black Keys last three records beginning with ‘Brothers’.   Metal band Ghost’s track Cirice and Cage The …

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The Garden Of Musical Delights (Now & Then) –Mark Lanegan and Tim Hardin

Now: Mark Lanegan – Gargoyle Seattle legend Mark Lanegan first career, as lead singer of the overlooked Screaming Trees, would have been enough for most. Their last few studio albums helped define the 90’s alternative sound along with Soundgarden, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Mother Love Bone. Lanegan’s solo career began with a string of outstanding psychedelic folk albums, and then interestingly, he slowly but surely began incorporating electronica, and heavy rhythms, but still maintaining his signature dark, folky feel. Gargoyle, his latest, builds on a string of stunning albums dating back to 2012 that use electronics as a foundation. Blues …

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Q&A With Graham Nalty of Black Rhodium Cables

U.K. based audiophile cable maker Black Rhodium has had numerous positive reviews across the globe, and has been a great resource for those in shopping for high performance cabling at all price points. The cables are designed solid engineering behind them, a bit of trial and error, and, yes, listening.  Black Rhodium now has a dedicated North American importer and distributor in Robert Meeks, proprietor of engulfaudio: HI-FI PUBLIC HOUSE. Lead designer Graham Nalty graciously agreed to answer a few questions: 1)  Can you tell us a bit about your background and how Black Rhodium came to be? My background is electrical engineering …

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An Interview With Experienced Digital and Analog Designer Richard Dudley

1) Can you give us an overview of your background, how it relates to audio reproduction, and where your greatest interest currently lies? I got interested in electronics as a child (I think around 10 years old) when I had a class teacher who had an electronics set in the corner of the room. There was one time a week when we could all choose which of the class ‘toys’ to play with, the electronics set was the one which grabbed me, not sure why. I can remember trying to work out, with a transistor, how the current could ‘decide’ …

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The Garden Of Musical Delights (Now & Then) – Kacy & Clayton and Ian & Sylvia

Now: Kacy & Clayton – The Siren’s Song The duo of Kacy & Clayton just released their 3rd album, The Siren’s Song, produced by Jeff Tweedy, and it a stunning work, even considering their first two releases, which were brilliant. The Canadian duo mines classic folk rock, but with a highly original focus. At times one can hear Beatleseque melodies, a bit of Fairport Convention, and even The Strawbs. It is an intoxicating stew, and Kacy’s sultry voice is a sound for sore eyes. The incredibly tasteful arrangements and guitar leads fit to together like a perfect puzzle. Bandcamp Download Then: Ian & Sylvia – …

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Follow Up: Black Cat Cables..Some Eye Candy..

Follow up: Black Cat Cables….Some Eye Candy.. Interview with Chris Sommovigo here- In Conversation: Chris Sommovigo of Black Cat Cable INDIGO XLR Interconnects : Pure Art • Zoltán Matrix Conductor• InterPole Matrix shield• Low Density Microporous ePTFE Insulator• Nylon Multifilament Jacket• OYAIDE XLRs Handcrafted by Chris Sommovigo in his Yoshihama workshop in Yugawara, JAPAN Let’s unwrap…..    

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