Paul

Author's details

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 — May 29, 2020
  2. Quiet Music for Unquiet Times — April 29, 2020
  3. Tioga Inn Resort proposal – Mono Basin / Lee Vining impact – Planning Commission virtual meeting this Thursday at 9am — April 14, 2020
  4. Recent Acquisitions — April 10, 2020
  5. Loscil, Ocoeur, The Cure, Be Bop Deluxe – Reviewed on Part-Time Audiophile — March 7, 2020

Most commented posts

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

Author's posts listings

funharm

In the early- to mid-80s, I had a home recording project called Funharm. It was low-fidelity instrumental dabbling, consisting of synthesizer, tapes, and sometimes guitars. Most of it was improvised; all of it was recorded to cassette. I managed overdubs by jamming a broken Q-Tip across the cassette recorder’s retractable erase head. As you can …

Continue reading »

Thinking About Ordering Vinyl From CDJapan?

I spent over $100 — not including shipping — ordering two Ryuichi Sakamoto LPs and two seven-inch singles from CDJapan. The Bernie Grundman remaster of “Left Handed Dream” — US$34, plus overseas shipping — had a significant defect. The first song wouldn’t track during the last half of the song. The stylus on my cartridge …

Continue reading »

A Winged Victory for the Sullen “The Undivided Five” review on Part-Time Audiophile

AWVFTS "Undivided" cover art

It’s been eight years since we’ve had a dedicated, non-score, non-soundtrack album from AWVFTS. This is a review I’ve been wanting to write since 2011, and now you can read it on Part-Time Audiophile.

Recent Acquistions

Dustin O'Halloran "Sundoor" album cover

Vinyl: Hollie Kenniff The Gathering Dawn LP (n5MD, US) Karma Moffett Sitting Still Within-Sitting Still Without LP (Morning Trip, Canada) Dustin O’Halloran Sundoor LP (Deutsche Grammophon, Germany) Ryuichi Sakamoto B-2 Unit LP reissue (Great Tracks/Sony, Japan) Ryuichi Sakamoto Left Handed Dream reissue LP (Great Tracks/Sony, Japan) XTC English Settlement 2xLP remaster/reissue (Ape House, UK) Digital: …

Continue reading »

Recent Vinyl Acquisitions

Aragon Aragon LP (HMV Record Shop, Japan, 2016 reissue of 1985 Invitation/JVC LP) Sheila Chandra ABoneCroneDrone ‎LP (Passat Continu, UK) reissue Danceries Danceries LP (Denon, Japan, 1981) Chihei Hatakeyama Forgotten Hill LP (Room 40, Australia, 2109) Inoyama Land Commissions: 1977-2000 2xLP (Empire of Signs, US, 2019) reissue Karma Moffett Sitting Still Within​/​Sitting Still Without LP …

Continue reading »

Heather Woods Broderick “Invitation” review on Part-Time Audiophile

Heather Woods Broderick released her third album in April. I listened to it. I still do. I like it. I wrote about it for Part-Time Audiophile.

Amazon’s New “HD” Service

I’ve been on more than one end of the Amazon, uh, experience. I worked for an independent distributor that provided physical and digital music to Amazon from 2007 through 2017. During that time, I dealt with at least 12 different account managers at Amazon. “Churn” doesn’t even begin to describe it. I had no idea …

Continue reading »

Recent Vinyl Acquisitions

James Bernard Atwater LP (A Strangely Isolated Place, US) Deaf Center Low Distance LP (Sonic Pieces, Germany) Brian Eno with Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno Apollo Atmospheres and Soundtracks 2xLP reissue (Virgin/Universal EU) The Frogs It’s Only Right And Natural LP reissue (End of All Music, US) Loscil Equivalents 2xLP (Kranky US) Hans-Joachim Roedelius and …

Continue reading »

How did YOUR Eno “Apollo” LP reissue arrive?

I never assumed one of Universal’s (excuse me, “uDiscoverMusic’s”) superpowers was adequately packaging an expensive mailorder LP for shipping via UPS. I mean, Universal didn’t get to where it is today by knowing how to ship vinyl, right? This double-LP was dropped into a too-wide 6-inch-high box along with a rolled lithograph (without a tube; …

Continue reading »

Bellying Up to a Low Bar

“If one is going to ask readers to pay attention to what one is saying, one would surely want to dazzle with form and content. We’re living in a meritocratic golden age, right? No one squanders taking his or her best shot in favor of taking a mediocre shot just because it is the easiest …

Continue reading »

Older posts «

» Newer posts