Stephen Mejias

Stephen Mejias  |  Mar 11, 2020  |  2 comments
Our daughter Veronica, who turns one next week, is gaining more balance and growing more curious by the second. She likes to turn the volume knob on our Arcam A19 integrated amplifier – always up, never down.
Stephen Mejias  |  Feb 04, 2020  |  3 comments
I am an audiophile, which means I exhibit certain tendencies that might be considered compulsive. I can purchase one, three, five, or even 11 records at a time, but never two or four or 12, for instance.
Stephen Mejias  |  Jan 13, 2020  |  3 comments
2019 was the year that I stopped caring about new music. 
Stephen Mejias  |  Nov 29, 2019  |  2 comments

Only among audiophiles does the word “resolution” conjure some relationship between reproduced music and the live event, some measurable level of fidelity to the original audio signal. To the audiophile, then, resolution is another sort of promise: the promise of – of – what? 
Stephen Mejias  |  Oct 26, 2019  |  4 comments

Sometimes, on days when you’re awake at 5 a.m., you find yourself at 7:30 a.m. wondering what you should be doing next. You pour another cup of coffee and remember the lyric, “There’s nothing wrong with loving something you can’t hold in your hand.” 
Stephen Mejias  |  Sep 28, 2019  |  5 comments
In August 2000, when I started working at Stereophile as an editorial assistant, I was almost 23 years old, identified mostly as a guitarist and poet, listened to more music than anyone in the world (other than the girls I tried hopelessly to date), and knew absolutely nothing about hi-fi. I did not know that high-end audio existed. I had never even heard the word audiophile. 
Stephen Mejias  |  Mar 13, 2018  |  13 comments
March in the United States is Women’s History Month. Complementing International Women’s Day on March 8, the month is meant to honor and recognize the many significant accomplishments of women today and throughout history. The celebration dates back to 1981, when Congress authorized the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982, as “Women’s History Week.” Then, in 1987, upon a successful petition by the National Women’s History Project, Congress agreed that a week was not nearly enough, that, instead, women would be honored throughout the entire month of March. Between 1988 and 1994, then, Congress passed additional resolutions to maintain the status. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama have issued proclamations announcing March as Women’s History Month. And, somewhat surprisingly given his own words and actions, even the current president has followed suit. You can read his proclamation here. (If you’re into it, you can compare and contrast with President Obama’s proclamation.)
Stephen Mejias  |  Feb 13, 2018  |  12 comments
Meg Remy is a great driver. She’s not a New Yorker, but she navigates these busy city streets as though they are her own. She seems born to accelerate, weave, brake, and reverse. You can hear it in her music, too. It offers surprises at almost every beat and turn, shuffles and slides before it sparks and burns. Her upcoming release, In a Poem Unlimited, available Friday, is her sixth studio album as U.S. Girls, and second for the outstanding label 4AD.
Stephen Mejias  |  Jan 09, 2018  |  0 comments
Photos: Stephen Mejias. Design: Todd Steponick, Nice Looking Designs

Track 48
How did we get here, surrounded by mountains?

Stephen Mejias  |  Dec 12, 2017  |  0 comments
Photos: Stephen Mejias. Design: Todd Steponick, Nice Looking Designs

Track 41
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.