Music History

James Brown in the House! Literally! 18/ 04/16
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  Do electrons have souls? I often ponder this, and other pointless questions, when I’m in the studio messing with the piles of obsolete gear I love and use every day. For example: Why do things the old-fashioned way, when the results from modern tools like plugins are so much more stable, predictable and recallable? […]

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The Carter Family, Early Tape Recording, and Nearly Everything Else 14/ 10/15
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  Even though my work doesn’t afford me the opportunity to use antique technology–vintage microphones, preamps and processors aside–I can’t imagine I will ever lose my fascination with it. With this in mind, I especially loved watching “The Winding Stream,” a superb new documentary about the Carter and Cash families, and by extension the story […]

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Who You Aren’t 01/ 09/14
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It’s safe to say that my finger has never, ever been on any kind of pulse, literally or metaphorically. So it’s only appropriate that my first “book review” concerns an autobiography published nearly two years ago. This is what passes for “cutting edge” in my life. That said, I was genuinely excited when Pete Townshend’s […]

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