Paul

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Name: Paul
Date registered: March 13, 2013

Biography

More about me, me, me: I’ve been working in music retail and wholesale — buying, writing and selling — since 1980. This does not necessarily make me a smart person, I know. Among my hobbies are vinyl, computer audio, high-fidelity audio equipment, and Macintosh futzing, plus digital photography, cat herding, DIY landscaping and trying to keep orchids and tropical plants alive. I live in the eastern realm of the San Francisco Bay area with my girlfriend Kate, our cat Punker, and far too many external hard drives, LPs, CDs and plants. I work full-time for an independent music distributor. I buy and sell music on Discogs. Occasionally I contribute to PS Tracks. About this site: I will be obsessing over the minutiae of LPs – mastering quality, surface noise, packaging…and sometimes — are you sitting down? — even the music. Despite the title of this blog, I occasionally list links to MP3s, AACs and streaming media. I would always prefer to link to high-resolution digital files (he said, his nose in the air) but these formats are, unfortunately, not always available for recordings I love. I figure the most important thing is to share information about music that appeals to me and get the word out, rather than proselytize and evangelize (not that I won’t still do those things, mind you). I try not to get too hung up on transcribing artist’s biographical info into blog posts; I’ve seen far too many onesheet regurgitations from the music press over the past 30 years to want to participate in that kind of monotony. If you need additional historical background on an artist, there’s always the internet, right? Regarding “buy” links: I urge you, discerning consumer, to please buy as directly from the artist as you can. For this reason I’ll only post Amazon links as a last resort. Giving your money to the top of the music food chain doesn’t always mean that your hard-earned nickels and dimes are going to drop down through the gears of the machine to the source of the music you love, mixed-metaphorically speaking. A portion of a few dollars for, say a A Wizard/A True Star CD on Amazon isn’t necessarily going to mean even 25 cents for Todd Rundgren. I suppose myself and my music-biz and creative brethren should just be content to have music lovers pay ANY money at all for recordings, but please remember that your dollar (or quarter. or dime. or nickel) is a vote. Consider the concept of buying direct from an artist analogous to buying locally-grown fresh food. It matters. —————————————————————————————————————————- Labels/artists: I like to review recordings sent to me when I feel they fit in with the general spirit of my blog. I tend towards the modern classical/electronic/Americana portions of the genre spectrum, but I’ve been known to be open-minded about other pigeonholes, as well. I can be reached at paul at limahuli dot net. Thanks!

Latest posts

  1. Recent Acquisitions — March 3, 2021
  2. Things I Liked During 2020 — December 28, 2020
  3. Harold Budd (1936 – 2020) — December 9, 2020
  4. Kate Burkart “Twisted Wind” — December 7, 2020
  5. Recent Acquisitions — November 17, 2020

Most commented posts

  1. Review: Acoustic Zen Crescendo Mark II speakers — 2 comments
  2. Pono – Part Two: PonoMusic World software — 2 comments
  3. Daniel Lanois “Acadie” 2xLP (Record Store Day reissue, Diverse Records UK) — 2 comments
  4. PonoPlayer Cometh – with JRiver as an Interface — 1 comment
  5. Pono – Part Three: The PonoPlayer — 1 comment

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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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Recent Acquisitions

100 Flowers Drawing Fire (expanded) 12″ clear vinyl (In The Red, US) Aix Em Klemm Aix Em Klemm LP (Kranky, US) Autistici Volume Objects FLAC (12k, US) Damm Nautical Dawn 2xLP orange vinyl (A Strangely Isolated Place, US) Brian Eno Rams – Original Soundtrack LP white vinyl (Opal, Germany) Robert Fripp Exposure 2xLP (Panegyric, UK) …

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An Occurrence at Lee Vining Creek (with apologies to Ambrose Bierce)

Paul, Our editorial team has reviewed your Lee Vining Creek story and we regret to inform you that we did not select it for inclusion in an upcoming issue of Overland Journal. While running into unappreciative recipients to our help on the trail can be an unfortunate reality, we prefer to stay on a positive …

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Don’t You Ever Learn?

Foolishly, I decided to throw all reason to the wind, and ordered an LP from Amazon. This is how it was shipped — in an 18 x 18-inch box, four inches deep, with no padding. Miraculously, it wasn’t warped, or damaged. I hereby resolve to NEVER order music from Amazon ever again. If I lapse, …

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Recent Acquisitions

Dewa Alit & Gamelan Salukat Genetic LP (Black Truffle, Australia) Robbie Basho ‎Songs Of The Great Mystery 2xLP, clear vinyl (Real Gone Music, US) Robbie Basho Venus In Cancer LP (Traffic Entertainment Group, US) Roger Eno and Brian Eno Luminous 45 RPM EP black vinyl (Deutsche Grammophon, Germany) Roger Eno and Brian Eno Luminous 45 …

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Taylor Swift “folklore”

This past Saturday night around 10:30 I was scrolling on Facebook, and a post by Clarice Jensen came up. She mentioned playing on the new Taylor Swift album. I did a double take. Jensen linked to an Instagram post by The National’s Aaron Dessner, who mentioned some other guest players, including his brother, Bryce. I …

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Recent Acquisitions

Vinyl: Gastón Arévalo Terrain 2xLP (A Strangely Isolated Place, US) Cowboys International The Original Sin LP (Virgin, UK) (poly cover, used, replacement copy) Erik Hall Music for 18 Musicians LP (Western Vinyl, US) Motohiko Hamase Technodrome LP (We Release Whatever the Fuck We Want Records, Switzerland) Clarice Jensen Drone Studies CASS (Geographic North) Clarice Jensen …

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