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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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How To Choose The Right Record Sleeve

Posted on April 5th, 2017 by admin

So you have bought some used records at your local record shop or on the internet, and you have carefully cleaned them.  Now you need to put your spotless record in an equally spotless record sleeve for protection.  Which sleeve is right for you?  To help direct you to the right purchase, we are offering […]

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Album review: Bolt Thrower – Those Once Loyal

Posted on February 1st, 2017 by Harrison Murray

Formula music, to be sure, but it’s a good formula well-executed. Genre: Death metal Country: United Kingdom Release date: November 14, 2005 (reissued on vinyl November 25, 2016) Label: Metal Blade Records Format: 12” vinyl Catalog number: 3984-14506-1 Personnel: Karl Willetts – vocals Gavin Ward – rhythm guitars Barry Thompson – lead and rhythm guitars […]

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