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. John Stancavage 1959-2018 — August 13, 2018
  2. Brian Eno “Music For Installations” 9LP box set on Part-Time Audiophile — May 20, 2018
  3. Taylor Deupree / K. Leimer / Pod Tune — May 13, 2018
  4. “How Radio Isn’t Done” — April 11, 2018
  5. Goodbye, Russ — March 26, 2018

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John Stancavage 1959-2018

John passed away on August 10th. His wife posted this obituary today. I knew John mainly through his posts at Part-Time Audiophile and periodic updates on his Facebook page. I admired his writing and the strength he showed while dealing with multiple serious health problems — ones that would have set anyone else back on …

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Brian Eno “Music For Installations” 9LP box set on Part-Time Audiophile

I experienced a sighting of a massive new Eno object (perhaps it was all just a dream), and a transcript of my debriefing is now up on Part-Time Audiophile.

Taylor Deupree / K. Leimer / Pod Tune

Taylor Deupree Fallen This one has has landed squarely in my best-of-2018 list. Why? Why not: minimal piano interludes are glazed with filtered reverb and stretched over a luscious space that’ll entice fans of Harold Budd’s higher-altitude flights. Sometimes there’s a bit more glitch than I’d ordinarily prefer, but Deupree’s measured (yet sometimes untethered) aesthetic …

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“How Radio Isn’t Done”

My admiration, affection and respect for the work of Don Joyce has been documented here, so I won’t go into further detail about the worth of what he accomplished before he passed away in 2015. There’s a new documentary out that honors Don Joyce’s Over The Edge and work with Negativland. It’s called How Radio …

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Goodbye, Russ

I first met Russ Solomon in West Sacramento’s Tower complex in 1984. I’d been working at the company’s TRIP division for a month or two as the chain’s import and indie buyer. Russ’s office was just across the parking lot. My boss, Earl, was married to Frannie, who was Russ’s right-hand woman. When walking into …

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Yo, Old School

Hey, the new Audio Advisor catalog arrived today! And guess what, kids? They’re still treating women like furniture in their photo layouts. It’s like the last fifty years never happened!

Recent Vinyl Intake

Joseph Allred Fire & Earth (Scissor Tail Records US) LP Blind Owl Wilson (self-titled) (Sutro Park US) LP (reissue) Cosey Fanni Tutti Time To Tell (Conspiracy International UK) (clear vinyl) LP (reissue) Julee Cruise Floating Into The Night (Music On Vinyl Netherlands) LP (reissue) CV & Jab – Zin Taylor Thoughts of a Dot as …

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CV & Jab – Zin Taylor “Thoughts of a Dot as it Travels a Surface”

My respect and admiration for the works of Christina Vantzou have been documented elsewhere, so I won’t rant in detail once more about the quality of her work. I’ll just say I was excited to hear of a new project. On Thoughts of a Dot as it Travels a Surface, Vantzou is paired with Forma …

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Kate Burkart “Moonlight” (Blaze Foley cover)

Ever since my sweetheart Kate covered this song live at a Blaze Foley tribute she put together in 2011, I’ve been nagging her — lovingly, of course — to go in to the studio and record it. She finally did so last year, and I imposed myself further by giving her production notes throughout the …

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Most Listenable (and Watchable) of 2017

‘Tis the season for year-end lists! The contributors at Part-Time Audiophile couldn’t resist, and this is the result. Mine: Lee Ann Womack “The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone” LP In Pursuit Of Silence DVD Slow Meadow “Costero” LP St. Vincent “Masseduction” LP Midori Takada “Through The Looking Glass” reissue LP

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