July 15, 2021

Heavy Rotation: Joni Mitchell – Court and Spark

Fusing neo-jazz with folk and rock, Joni Mitchell’s sixth studio album – Court and Spark – deftly weaves a sonic tapestry whose lyrical tenor plays counterpoint and asks the listener to weigh the costs of emotional commitment against the benefits of casual relationships.
July 8, 2021

Soundtrack: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Sergio Leone

Stripped of any Venerum Americana infusing typical western films of the time, The Good the Bad and the Ugly preserved cinematic focus in 1966 by remaining morally ambiguous.
July 2, 2021

The Private Pressing: Qrates Democratizes Vinyl for the People

There was nothing easy, or egalitarian about the ability to commercially sell albums before the digital era arrived. In the ’60s and ’70s if you wanted to put out an LP and didn’t have the backing of a record label, you were left with finding a way to privately press your own. Today, there's Qrates.
June 26, 2021

Review: Six Vintage Shure Cartridges

Vintage Shure moving-magnet cartridges offer considerable presence, texture and dynamic heft, playback traits the most cerebral vinyl collectors acknowledge as prerequisites for emotional connectivity.