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Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 07, 2017
Back in the '80s, Joe (Surdna) and I would make the shortish downhill trip from Bennington, VT to Williamstown, MA and Toonerville Trolley Records where we would discover new things.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 30, 2017
We were listening to my gold vinyl limited edition copy of The Heliocentrics A World Of Masks at a Monkeyhaus recently and I was thinking, "Damn. This is one fine record. I wish I had more records like this." That thought didn't stay in the forefront for long and I went about my day-to-days. Then, just the other day, I was rummaging around my digital music collection and tapped "Play Now" on Massive Attack's Mezzanine and within a few seconds thought, "Damn! Here's one."
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 23, 2017
It's motivational poetry with a message I wholeheartedly endorse (from "Intro"):
I don't give a fuck what you do, just do whatever.
Don't fucking make excuses just do what you know how to do
and don't fucking make excuses, just do it.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 16, 2017
I searched high and low for the album of music from the films of Jacques Tati that had the most music from his films. This search took me to France, of course it did, and to Tati Sonorama ! which is 39 tracks and 01:19:25 of bubbles.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 09, 2017
Iona Fortune's Tao Of I, released on Optimo Music last month, is the first in a series of eight releases exploring the symbols of the I Ching, the oldest Chinese divination text (the core text dates somewhere between the 10th and 4th centuries BC) and still heavyweight champion.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 02, 2017
I had a dream that I lived in a world where I could listen to darn near any music of my choosing, watch darn near any movie I wanted, buy things from darn near anywhere in the world and look at darn near any art all without ever leaving my Aeron Chair.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 12, 2017
World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda. You had me at "Spirituality Classics", "Ecstatic Music", and "Alice Coltrane".
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 28, 2017
Sometimes it takes me some time. You know, to get it. And that's OK.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 21, 2017
I didn't know what to expect from Arca's new self-titled album so when I hit Play in Roon, I was taken by surprise by its sheer overwhelming bruised beauty.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 14, 2017
Have you ever been driving and listening to the radio when a song comes on that you knew you needed to hear but had never heard before? I love it when that happens.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 07, 2017
Have you ever heard someone say something like, "'80's music sucked"? Or "'70's", or "'90's", etc...? How about "Today's music sucks"? If you have, and you're anything like me, you may have felt a mild sense of pity for the fool. Or anger. Great music is made, always. Just because it wasn't made when we were teenagers doesn't discount it from being great (sorry).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 31, 2017
One of my favorite book titles, and books, is Peter Handke's The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick. I was reminded of the goalie when thinking about how best to describe the feeling I get when a friend sends over a music recommendation.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 24, 2017
Free Your Mind...And Your Ass Will Follow, originally released in 1970, is a stone cold classic. George Clinton & Co. are in top form and when Funkadelic are in top form, there's no higher high.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 17, 2017
"West Africa’s most iconic dance-band". Sunnier days. I first found Orchestra Baobab through their 2015 release Pirates Choice. Digging that, and digging back into their catalog, Bamba (Sterns, 1993) rung my bell the mostest. This is beautiful soulful dance music that makes me want to close my eyes and imagine other sunnier climes.

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