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Album review: Sibelius/Ormandy/Philadelphia Orchestra – Four Legends from the Kalevala

Posted on January 1st, 2018 by Harrison Murray

A swan sings in the twilight of the Golden Age of classical records. Genre: Classical (late Romantic) Country: United States Release date: 1979 (reissued ca. 1982) Label: Angel (reissued on vinyl by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab) Format: 12” vinyl Catalog number: MFSL 1-523 Personnel: Eugene Ormandy – conductor Louis Rosenblatt – English horn (track 2) […]

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Concert Impressions: Habib Koité at Germantown Performing Arts Center, November 16, 2017

Posted on November 21st, 2017 by Harrison Murray

I don’t often get the opportunity to see music live—my tastes are far too eccentric for the sheltered, conservative Memphis music scene, awash in country music, vapid “singer-songwriters”, rock fossils, and glam hip-hop (if modern Kanye West is the Poison of hip-hop, I dread to hear what the Nirvana will be), and a pale shadow […]

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Album Review: Antibalas – Where the Gods are at Peace

Posted on November 16th, 2017 by Harrison Murray

Stands on the verge of getting it on and chokes at the last moment. Genre: Afrobeat with progressive rock and jazz fusion influences Country: United States Release date: September 15, 2017 Label: Daptone Records Format: 12” vinyl Catalog number: DAP-046 Personnel: Duke Amayo – lead vocals, vibraphone, congas, percussion Martin Perna – baritone sax Jordan […]

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Top 6 tips for DJs to keep the party going

Posted on November 10th, 2017 by admin

Top 6 tips for DJs to keep the party going.   By: Jericko Digigost It’s safe to say that a good DJ is probably one of, if not the most important element of a great party, next to alcohol and the partygoers. If you want to be the go-to DJ/host in your city, you have […]

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Album review: Metallica – Master of Puppets

Posted on October 19th, 2017 by Harrison Murray

Killing Your Idols, Vol. I: Mediocritallica Genre: Heavy/thrash metal Country: United States Release date: March 3, 1986 Label: Elektra (reissued on vinyl by Blackened Recordings) Format: 12” vinyl Catalog number: BLCKND005-1 Personnel: James Hetfield – vocals, rhythm guitar Kirk Hammett – lead guitar Cliff Burton – bass Lars Ulrich – drums 1. Battery 5:13 2. […]

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Album Review: Yes – Tales from Topographic Oceans

Posted on September 18th, 2017 by Harrison Murray

A beautiful and visionary album marred by tedious filler sections. Genre: Progressive rock Country: United Kingdom Release date: December 7, 1973 Label: Atlantic Records (reissued on Blu-Ray by Panegyric) Format: Blu-Ray Catalog number: GYRBD80001 Personnel: Jon Anderson – vocals Chris Squire – bass Steve Howe – guitar Rick Wakeman – keyboards Alan White – drums […]

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MIDIPhile: How to Get Audiophile-Quality MIDI Playback with a Hardware Synthesizer

Posted on August 22nd, 2017 by Harrison Murray

MIDIPhile: How to Get Audiophile-Quality MIDI Playback with a Hardware Synthesizer A MIDI file made for a Doom level, played on my Roland SC-55 MkII. Most computer users are familiar with the Windows GS MIDI synthesizer that comes with Windows. Perhaps you might even think that’s what “MIDI” sounds like—terrible, tinny, badly sampled instruments little […]

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Album review: Fritz Reiner/Chicago Symphony Orchestra – The Reiner Sound

Posted on August 9th, 2017 by Harrison Murray

A multi-course feast of death. Genre: Classical (late Romantic) Country: United States Release date: 1958 (reissued 2014) Label: RCA Victor (reissued on vinyl by Analogue Productions) Format: 12” vinyl Catalog number: AAPC 2183 Personnel: Fritz Reiner – conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra   1. Rapsodie espagnole I: Prelude a la nuit (Maurice Ravel) 5:30 […]

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Album review: Vaudou Game – Apiafo

Posted on May 23rd, 2017 by Harrison Murray

Solid Afro-funk, but the Vodoun influence doesn’t integrate very well.   Genre: Afrobeat/funk/traditional music crossover Country: Togo/France Release date: September 12, 2014 Label: Hot Casa Records Format: 12″ vinyl (tracks 1-10)/streamed (tracks 11-12) Catalog number: HC 32 Personnel: Peter Solo – vocals, electric guitar, composition Roger Damawuzan – vocals (tracks 2 and 7) David Kiledjian […]

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Album review: Eberhard Weber – The Colours of Chloë

Posted on April 8th, 2017 by Harrison Murray

Romantic, wistful, and melancholic—the definitive ECM record   Genre: Jazz fusion with classical influences Country: Germany Release date: 1974 Label: ECM Format: 12” vinyl Catalog number: ECM 1042 ST Personnel: Eberhard Weber – electric and acoustic bass, cello, ocarina, backing vocals Rainer Brüninghaus – keyboards and vibraphone Ack van Rooyen – flugelhorn (track 3 and […]

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