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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