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MUSIC- What are we listening to?
nipper
post Posted: Sep 2 2017, 06:57 PM
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my kind of syncretism smile.gif Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughn; or, at times, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Albert King (@ 26 mins, the master applauds the student)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPcGJahjsHY

Partial to Johnny Winter at Woodstock, too. (Yes. he played Woodstock)



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Making the cut - David Rawlings and Gillian Welch are taking an old-school approach to recording.

by Neil Shah
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Folk music duo Gillian Welch and David Rawlings were frustrated by the quality of vinyl LPs being produced, so they have decided to cut their records themselves. "What people do nowadays is take a digital file and just run vinyl off that," says Rawlings, a lanky musician who plays a 1935 Epiphone Olympic guitar. "In my mind, if we were going to do it, I wanted to do it the way the records I love were made from analog tapes."

The Nashville-based singer-songwriters, who gained fame with the O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack in 2000, spent $100,000 buying their own record-cutting contraption in 2013. The cutting lathe makes the master copy of a record the one sent to a pressing plant for mass reproduction. The couple's first LP, a reissue of their 2011 Grammy-nominated The Harrow & the Harvest, has just been released.

Welch and Rawlings have gone to extreme lengths to solve a problem many music aficionados say is an open secret in the music industry: amid the resurgence of vinyl records in recent years, the quality of new LPs often leaves much to be desired.

Old LPs were cut from analog tapes that's why their sound quality is so high. But most of today's new and reissued vinyl albums 80 per cent or more, experts estimate start from digital files or even lower-quality CDs. These files are often loud and harsh-sounding, optimised for ear-buds, not living rooms. So the new vinyl LP is sometimes inferior to what a consumer hears on a CD.

Michael Fremer, editor of AnalogPlanet. com and one of the world's audio authorities, says time and money are the main factors behind the decision not to use original tapes when reissuing albums. "They have the tapes," he says. "They could take them out and have it done right by a good engineer. They don't."

As more consumers discover this disconnect, vinyl sales in the US are starting to slow. In the first half of 2015, sales of vinyl records globally had jumped 38 per cent compared with the same period the previous year, to 5.6 million units, Nielsen Music data shows. A year later, growth slowed to 12 per cent. This year, sales have risen a modest 2 per cent. It's a vastly different story in Australia, though, with sales of vinyl spiking 70 per cent in 2015-16. ARIA's most recent figures show sales here jumped from $8,910,937 in 2015 to $15,160,458 in 2016. It is the sixth consecutive year the industry has seen an increase in the demand for vinyl.

When labels advertise a reissued classic as mastered from the original analog tapes, the source can be more complicated. Sometimes they are a hotchpotch of digital and analog.

Rawlings says a Netherlands-based label, Music On Vinyl, used a CD to make vinyl copies of Welch's 2003 album Soul Journey, getting a licence from Warner Music Group. Welch and Rawlings, who didn't have rights to release the album in Britain, found out when fans saw the vinyl selling on the internet. They successfully convinced Music On Vinyl to destroy the 500 copies that had been pressed, reimbursing the firm 3300 for its costs.

Major labels say they use original analog masters when possible. Sometimes tapes are too brittle to be used for making a vinyl master. Low-quality reissues may be the result of less reputable labels that can't afford to shell out big bucks for engineering and record-pressing, says Billy Fields, a veteran vinyl expert at Warner Music Group.

Today's digital files can sound fantastic especially for hip-hop and dance music. But engineers say they need to be mastered separately for vinyl to have the right sound. To meet deadlines for releasing new albums, labels can't always cut vinyl to the absolute best audio quality, says Fields.

Another culprit for vinyl's slowdown in the US is cost: Sheldon estimates vinyl has gone up $US4 to $US6 an album in recent years. So-called "180-gram" or "audiophile" records, marketed as higher quality, can cost $US30 to $US40. Their heaviness makes them more stable during playing, Sheldon says, and such records might last longer, but any sound differences are "very marginal".

As low-quality vinyl proliferates, Welch and Rawlings are taking the high road. It took five years to get their record-cutting equipment up and running. Once they bought their lathe, they found a tech to do the job. "The scientists who developed how to cut good stereo were the brightest people in our country at that time," Rawlings says. With their trusted mastering engineer Stephen Marcussen, the team customised the lathe for Welch and Rawlings's sparse, haunting acoustic music.

Songs are generally recorded in a studio digitally today. (In the case of Welch and Rawlings, they chose to record using analog tape.) A mastering engineer then finetunes the recorded music. Using a lathe, the music is engraved on to a lacquer, the technical term for the master copy.

A cutting lathe is a rare, arcane piece of equipment. It makes a lacquer, the original copy of a record, which is sent to a pressing plant to be duplicated. Only a few technicians still know how to fix cutting lathes. Most of them have died.

The vinyl version of The Harrow & the Harvest is "mesmerising", says Fremer. This month the couple, which often records as simply Gillian Welch, will release a new album, Poor David's Almanack, under the name David Rawlings, before re-releasing more old albums. Having launched a label and souped up a derelict Nashville studio years ago, they may cut and reissue albums by other artists, they say, effectively becoming a full-service, vertically integrated if tiny old-school music company.

Welch and Rawlings, whose careers took off as the CD era crashed into the age of iTunes, feel that putting out vinyl now brings them full circle. "It's like an author who has only ever released an ebook," Rawlings says. "You see a book in print and bound, and you feel like you've finally done what you were aiming to do."

The Harrow & the Harvest on vinyl is available at Amazon; Poor David's Almanack is released on Friday by Acony Records.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL





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cooderman
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Patty Griffin, one of the great songwriters. Her sometimes country twang most likely stopped her becoming a star. Here's one of her

songs and a cover of Stolen Car, written by the Boss.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOxpvKuEruk


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myQzPRXZciM

 
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In Reply To: triage's post @ Jul 21 2017, 08:33 AM

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Also I see all the media outlets are reporting the suicide of Chester Bennington from Linkin Park. I was not totally sold on their mix of rap and metal (liked the latter, not so much the former). But Chester had a remarkable voice and they produced some dark brooding stuff in their time. Chester's voice was on full display when they went all Elton Johnish and produced movie music.


Incredibly sad, and a reminder to us all that we're all susceptible to evil inside ourselves.

I was reading something along the lines of Chester saying after his 20's he thought he'd be able to shake off the demons, and that he never thought he'd be fighting them in his 40's. Really, really sad.

The last few years have seen us loose some real talent, talent that may never be replaced.

Hopefully the rise of self publishing, you-tube etc. can spread the wealth, fame and pressure across a greater pool of artists.

What am I listening to? A little bit of pop, but more and more rock/pop from the 70-90's.

 
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In Reply To: triage's post @ Jul 21 2017, 08:33 AM

I'll put it out there, this song is CRAP and 2,763,611,360 got it wrong. Or maybe 276,361,136 watched it 10 times, and it may be

that 27,636,113 of those are under the age of 10.

 
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In Reply To: triage's post @ Jul 21 2017, 08:33 AM

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It's a turn-around jump shot
It's everybody jump start
It's every generation throws a hero up the pop charts
Medicine is magical and magical is art
Paul Simon



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"If I had even the slightest grasp upon my own faculties, I would not make essays, I would make decisions." ― Michel de Montaigne
 


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Haven't done one of these for a while. For all you fogies out there, here is the pop tune that is now the most watched youtbue clip of all time: Despacito

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJQP7kiw5Fk

It takes over from Gangnam Style and I guess uses a similar formula: catchy tune + soft porn + novelty + exotica.

Also I see all the media outlets are reporting the suicide of Chester Bennington from Linkin Park. I was not totally sold on their mix of rap and metal (liked the latter, not so much the former). But Chester had a remarkable voice and they produced some dark brooding stuff in their time. Chester's voice was on full display when they went all Elton Johnish and produced movie music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysSxxIqKNN0


But my personal favourite was this anthem to teenage angst where Chester screams personal disgust and loathing. With the Aussie touching 80 listening to this clip again was a little cathartic. In hindsight, sadly, for Chester like Kurt it was all not a performance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IqczxtWzFQ



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I always enjoy revisiting the musicianship of Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, both as a duo and as core members of Dave Rawlings Machine. They slot into the Americana stream of USA music, and basically do their own stuff (admirably). Dave Rawlings exhibits sheer virtuosity on his solos - on a 1935 Epiphone.

I find watching them on YouTube rewarding - some representative and well recorded sets are linked. Enjoy
2004 in London https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eF7gywHMxw (stiff audience)
2015 in USA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-qt7yOgbRs (with T-Bone Burnett)
and the cover of Going to California is a classic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYeq6XoOg8s



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"If I had even the slightest grasp upon my own faculties, I would not make essays, I would make decisions." ― Michel de Montaigne
 
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In Reply To: early birds's post @ Mar 15 2017, 10:35 PM

Went to see the Waifs Tuesday night.
Absolutely brilliant , and still just as good after 25 years.
Josh has obviously practiced a fair bit over those 25 years, his guitar work was sensational, as was the harmonica work of Vicki.
Crisp, professional, engaging and had the audience eating out of their hands.
Jordie lane, their support act wasn't half bad either.
Best 60 bucks invested in a long time.
Mick



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early birds
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https://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog...-10-of-the-best

i do envy his guitar skills, no one can pass him till these days . i didn't see 'voodoo child" though.

try to make someone happy for whom loves his music .



 
 


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