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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In Conversation: Chris Sommovigo of Black Cat Cable

In the first of our series “In Conversation“, we are fortunate enough to feature Chris Sommovigo, legendary cable designer, free thinker, and artisan. Sommovigo several years ago moved his family and business overseas, and we got up to speed on his current state of affairs. Fair Hedon: Chris, I understand you have been living in Japan for the past several years, and you have continued to pursue the art of cable design relentlessly. What are your current projects?” Chris Sommovigo: This year I took on some major expenses in order to have two custom machines built for me here in …

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The Garden Of Musical Delights (Now & Then) – Mark McDowell & John Martyn

Now: Mark McDowell – Dark Weave Bristol, U.K. based Mark McDowell casts a troubadour’s spell with his amazing use of psychedelia, sunshine pop, baroque elements, all mixed with a thoroughly modern vibe. His latest release, Dark Weave, is entrancing, and as a matter of fact, his entire discography, available on Bandcamp, is highly recommended. He has a series of EPs that are very engaging, and bring to mind a traveling minstrel with a fuzz box.  Add a dose of cinematic touches, like string flourishes, and you have seriously addicting ear candy.  There is also an element of spacey, early Pink Floyd …

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Interview: John Kenny of Ciunas Audio

John Kenny, based out of Dublin, Ireland, has been producing audiophile grade computer audio products that are affordable, feature proprietary power schemes, and sold direct to consumer. In this interview, we discuss many topics including his design philosophy, his new line of ISO products, and USB audio. 1) Can you tell us a bit about your background and how Ciúnas Audio came to be? At an early age I was building crystal radio sets, taking transistor radios apart and building/improving amplifiers, constructing new types of kites, model rockets and model hovercraft. Later, at University, I completed a science degree but …

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The Garden Of Musical Delights (Now & Then) – James Elkington & Terry Callier

Now: James Elkington – Wintres Woma British born Chicago native James Elkington this year released an album of unimaginable  pastoral delight, Wintres Woma, on the Paradise Of Bachelors label. It features his hypnotic guitar playing and pristine vocals on material that ranges from classic sounding progressive folk rock, to impressionist Nick Drake like excursions. Elkington is one of the most in demand musicians in the Chicago scene and beyond having spent extensive time working with Jeff Tweedy, Steve Gunn, Joan Shelly, Richard Thompson, Michael Chapman and others. I recently had the privilege of seeing Elkington on a triple bill with …

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