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Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 16, 2012
Talking Heads, Remain in Light

[Gordon Rankin of Wavelength Audio hands us a bevy of musical delights with a focus on live!]

The biggest problem with a request like this is taste. Mine silly as it may sound is found in 80's pop, new wave, punk! Yea XTC, Clash, B52's, Talking Heads, Cranberries, Devo, Costello, Joe Jackson and of course Gang of Four. Not much of this is available as even red book downloads so here goes with what I could find that I would like, in order top to bottom. Yes I do have all of these on my server. While some of these obscure titles are available from Pirate Bay and other illegal sites...I really suggest if you cannot download them legally that you purchase and rip the disks.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 08, 2012
Daphne Oram, Private Dreams and Public Nightmares (Interpretations by Andrea Parker and Daz Quayle)

[Reader Edwin Wong gives us a nice eclectic list for the adventurous listener or the young at heart]

Daphne Oram, Daphne Oram, Private Dreams and Public Nightmares (Interpretations by Andrea Parker and Daz Quayle) (Aperture)

A dark re-work of original and unheard material from the archives of Daphne Oram (co-founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop), mixed by Andrea Parker and Daz Quayle. Digital and CD only.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 28, 2012
Tom Waits: Bad As Me available as a 24-bit/96kHz download from HDtracks

I first became aware of Tom Waits in a car in 1976 on the way to a concert at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, NJ. My friend Artie's older brother had a few of his friends bail out at the last minute on a Rick Derringer/Foghat show (at least that's how I remember it but I can't seem to verify the accuracy of my memory or this double bill) and we happened to be in the right place at the right time to be invited. During the car ride over and back, we listened to Tom Waits' newly released Small Change while Artie's brother and his friends sang and we all drank along (Budweiser). I seem to remember them playing "The Piano Has Been Drinking" over and over and thinking—this is more than great music.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 26, 2012
Wiley: Evolve or Be Extinct

[This is part of a new series which I introduce here and I'm very happy to have my friend and colleague Stephen Mejias of Stereophile fame write the inaugural entry]

I've spent this entire week writing those little 100-word blurbs that make up Stereophile's semi-annual "Recommended Components" feature. Every day, from around nine in the morning until around eight in the evening: distilling, trimming, summarizing, finding new ways to say "this" lacked "that" but nevertheless excelled at "this."

Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 05, 2011
Iceland's Ólafur Arnalds is a multi-instrumentalist and composer and in October 2011 he sat down for his second series of 'a-song-a-day' for a week. His first foray in this format was Found Songs from 2009. This time around Arnalds and a group of musicians (piano, strings and electronics) performed a new song-a-day live via streaming video from the living room of his Reykjavík apartment. Arnalds also made each song available as a free MP3 download immediately after each performance.

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