YUNOREVIEW: August 2017 (Wiki, Oneohtrix Point Never, Alice Cooper, A$AP Twelvyy) theneedledrop
Published on Sep 6, 2017
The magical monthly segment where I briefly touch down on a gauntlet of albums I didn't get a chance to review this past month. These are just my short, straightforward, passionate, biased opinions.
The albums referenced in this episode (in order of appearance):
Tera Melos - Trash Generator
Ex Eye - Self-Titled
Wiki - No Mountains in Manhattan
Iron & Wine - Beast Epic
Oneohtrix Point Never - Good Time OST
Undergang - Misanthropologi
Gang of Youths - Go Farther in Lightness
Lil Debbie - OG in My System
A$AP Twelvyy - 12
Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds from Another Planet
Neck Deep - The Peace and the Panic
White Suns - Psychic Drift
Frankie Rose - Cage Tropical
The Fall - New Facts Emerge
Alice Cooper - Paranormal
Manchester Orchestra - A Black Mile to the Surface
Laurel Halo - Dust
Mogwai - Every Country's Sun
Published on Sep 13, 2017
Elvis's cover version of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water", recorded in Nashville in June 1970. Played from the digitally mastered 1989 Reader's Digest Box Set "Country Soft 'n' Mellow".
Published on Sep 18, 2017
Here's the track "The Way it Goes" from Gillian Welch's 2011 Grammy Award nominated album "The Harrow & the Harvest" just released on vinyl cut from the original analog master tape on a newly restored lathe—a project overseen by Welch's musical partner David Rawlings. Rawlings was unhappy with the results he was getting with cuts done elsewhere so he got his own lathe and had it installed at Stephen Marcussen Mastering in Los Angeles, which until 1999 was known as Precision Lacquer. That's when Mr. Marcussen sold his lathe. So, things have gone pleasingly "full-circle"! Full album review shortly on AnalogPlanet.com (track transcribed and posted with the permission of Welch and Rawlings).
Published on Sep 18, 2017
Michael Fremer, Editor of AnalogPlanet.com, and Contributing Editor to Stereophile, gives us a tour of his listening room and shares a few thoughts on the industry. Filmed September 2017 in Wyckoff, New Jersey.
Published on Sep 29, 2017
"Visit" day one of the 2017 Tokyo Audio Show. This is a "walk by" video, not a detailed one, mostly due to translation issues. There were only a few new product introductions at this show including a new TechDAS Air Force V turntable priced at about half the cost of the Air Force III. There's no Air Force IV because "4" is not a good number in Japan. Also introduced was the stand mount version of ELAC's newest and most ambitious loudspeaker shown as a floor-stander at last spring's Los Angeles Audio show. Also a new Air-Tight ATC-5 vacuum tube based preamp with built in MM phono preamp.
Technics SP 10R Direct Drive Turntable With CTO/Chief Engineer Tetsuya (Tony) Itani Analog Planet
Published on Sep 30, 2017
At the 2017 Tokyo International Audio Show, Technics' CTO/Chief Engineer Tetsuya (Tony) Itani talks with AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer about the still in the developmental stage new SP-10R Direct Drive turntable.
Published on Oct 2, 2017
A surprise encounter with Lyra cartridge designer Jonathan Carr and Osamu Nagao began day two. The rest of the day was spent walking through the show and observing from a distance.
Between the packed rooms and the language barrier, asking questions was difficult and often led to wrong answers. When I asked about the drive system of a new Yamaha turntable prototype I was first told it was "direct drive" like the older Yamaha to which it bears a striking similarity.
Fortunately that was quickly corrected: it's a belt drive design. The prototype features an arm with a straight pipe and a head shell that does not have an offset angle. Hopefully that will be corrected upon the 'table's introduction!