Stephen Mejias

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Stephen Mejias  |  Dec 12, 2017  |  0 comments
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If you listen for similarities between superficially disparate musical forms—hard bop and doom metal, for instance, or even noise and pop—you might be surprised by how suddenly you hear them. If you listen only for differences, you'll find those, too, of course.

Stephen Mejias  |  Dec 07, 2017  |  4 comments
Usually, I find comfort in limitations and I'm pretty good at following instructions. But, when it comes to year-end lists, I'm just not myself. So, when Michael Lavorgna asked for a list of five favorite albums, I promptly came up with 75.
Stephen Mejias  |  Nov 07, 2017  |  3 comments

Photos: Stephen Mejias. Design and animation: Todd Steponick, Nice Looking Designs

Track 31
"Everyone on the web forum wakes up to find a jagged crack up the length of their bathroom mirrors." —Carmen Maria Machado, "Especially Heinous," Her Body and Other Parties

Stephen Mejias  |  Oct 10, 2017  |  9 comments

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Track 26

It's true that our indignation has acquired a hollow, meaningless sameness. The high-end audio industry's interest in attracting a younger and more diverse audience is something like our government's interest in putting an end to horrific mass shootings, working toward racial equality, rebuilding Puerto Rico. If we really wanted to make a significant change, we would. Of course, the stakes couldn't be more different: In high-end audio, we're only losing customers.

Stephen Mejias  |  Sep 12, 2017  |  1 comments
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Track 21

Mrs. Little is often amused by my complete inability to understand even the simplest lyrics to even the poppiest of pop songs—lyrics that are to her, and, I assume, so many others, as clear as a September sky.

Stephen Mejias  |  Aug 14, 2017  |  0 comments
"It was an unusually fine day for a New York September," John Atkinson began his important 2001 essay, "The Restorative Power of Music."
Stephen Mejias  |  Aug 08, 2017  |  4 comments
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Track 16

How we listen goes hand in hand with how we live. For that reason alone, the act of listening to music through a hi-fi represents a certain lifestyle, and the products used to pursue that particular pleasure can be described as lifestyle products.

Stephen Mejias  |  Jul 26, 2017  |  13 comments
There is something in human nature that enjoys a bit of voyeurism, compels ordinary men and women to look into their neighbors’ windows while walking down the street at night, inventing stories of the things that live and happen inside.
Stephen Mejias  |  Jul 18, 2017  |  0 comments
On a recent Saturday afternoon at the Rough Trade record store in Brooklyn's colorful Williamsburg neighborhood, musician/author Damon Krukowski and New York Times music columnist Ben Sisario sat before a small crowd of music enthusiasts to discuss Krukowski's book, The New Analog: Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World.
Stephen Mejias  |  Jul 11, 2017  |  4 comments
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Track 11

Pop songs are almost always playing in my mind. It's happening now as I write these words. It happens while I am reading, watching television, taking a shower, even in the middle of conversation. Sometimes the music is quiet, far in the background of my consciousness, while other times it is alarmingly loud, like daytime construction work on a Jersey City street.

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