Paul

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I’m selling components

I’ve slowly come to the realization that my ears don’t hear all that hot anymore, and my speakers and amplifier (especially) are far too large and powerful for my living room — and my ears. I’m selling my Pass Labs X250.8 power amp and my Acoustic Zen Crescendo MkII speakers. The latter appears to be …

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I can’t recommend buying physical formats from Deepchord / Echospace

I’ve been a fan of the Echospace collective for at least ten years. Its music kept me semi-sane during frequent BART trips into SF, especially the portion when the trains clattered and screeched under the bay. In mid-May of this year, the label offered a DVD packed with .wav files entitled Sequential Space. It promised …

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The Emperor Has No Pajamas

I haven’t written or edited a onesheet in years — and it’s not something I particularly miss — but this one stands out. I must also declare I haven’t heard the LP in question. However, a onesheet is supposed to make one curious. This onesheet makes me… well, the opposite. (Additional disclosure: I used to …

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Things I Liked During 2021

Poppy Ackroyd "Pause"

Poppy Ackroyd Pause LP/FLAC (Fatcat, UK) Maya Beiser Maya Beiser x Philip Glass FLAC (Islandia Music, US) Jacek Doroszenko Infinite Values 2×10″ lathe cut/FLAC (Time Released Sound, US) Dreissk Seiche mp3 advance (n5MD, US) Hawthonn Earth Mirror LP/FLAC (Ba Da Bing! US) Haruomi Hosono Medicine Compilation From the Quiet Lodge 2xLP (Epic, EU) Cassandra Jenkins …

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An open letter to my ol’ bong buddies at Darla Records Mailorder

Dear Dudes, Salutations and felicitations from N. Cal. Sending only the choicest of vibes to my pals nigh unto Oceanside. I hope you’re getting some time away from the distribution grind this weekend to hop some mackable swells? Gotta say, you and me been through some seriously tribulational life experience in this biz we call …

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One Year

In early March 2020, I traveled to the Mono Basin for a solo retreat. As I drove east, then south, news stories on the radio about COVID were reaching what seemed like a crescendo. The rental was offgrid. No TV, and only satellite internet. I’d download (slowly) news-update podcasts, and periodically sit in my truck …

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Recent Acquisitions

17 Pygmies Jedda By the Sea LP (Resistance Records, US) used, 2nd pressing Marc Barreca The Empty Bridge CD (Palace of Lights, US) Biosphere Angel’s Flight LP (AD 93, UK) William S. Burroughs Curse Go Back LP (Aloes Books/Paradigm Discs, EU) Sarah Mary Chadwick Me And Ennui Are Friends, Baby LP colored vinyl (Rice Is …

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Things I Liked During 2020

Kate Burkart “Twisted Wind” FLAC (Luckystar, US) Svengali/conflict-of-interest alert: Kate‘s my partner. Like all musicians, she misses practicing with her band, and playing live. Being homebound, however, just means you have to get creative — both with your art, and ways to go about ensuring it’s heard. This song was born on acoustic guitar via …

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Harold Budd (1936 – 2020)

Harold Budd died yesterday from complications due to contracting COVID-19 during his recovery from a stroke in early November. He was 84. I was entranced by Pavilion of Dreams when I first heard it in 1980, a couple years after its release. Later, his two collaborative albums with Eno were an awakening, and his solo …

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Kate Burkart “Twisted Wind”

My partner is Kate Burkart. She’s a musician and a mom. She’s many other things, including my sweetheart. Together, we try to make sense of the world, and our lives, since March 2020. COVID-19 has affected so many, in so many different ways. We feel fortunate that we and our loved ones are healthy, and …

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