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.

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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 Vinyl Intake — July 31, 2017
  2. Sara Lov “Some Kind Of Champion” review on Part-Time Audiophile — July 2, 2017
  3. Favorites of 2016 — December 27, 2016
  4. Suzanne Ciani/Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith/Don Buchla on Part-Time Audiophile — October 7, 2016
  5. Court Rules Led Zeppelin Did Not Steal The Intro to “Stairway To Heaven” from Spirit’s “Taurus” — June 23, 2016

Most commented posts

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Author's posts listings

Recent Vinyl Intake

Robbie Basho The Grail & The Lotus (Takoma C1007, indeterminate origin reissue) LP Robbie Basho Basho Sings Volume 3 (Takoma C1012, indeterminate origin reissue) LP Biosphere The Petrified Forest (Biophon Norway BIO30LP) LP Califone Sometimes Good Weather Follows Bad People (Jealous Butcher US JB 100) 2xLP Suzanne Ciani Lixiviation 1969-1985 (Finders Keepers US FKRO53LP) LP …

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Sara Lov “Some Kind Of Champion” review on Part-Time Audiophile

How did a 2015 release become my favorite album of 2016 — and why did it take me seven more months to communicate that fact? Don’t ask. Just read. My review is now up on Part-Time Audiophile.

Favorites of 2016

In order to supplement my top-five on Part-Time Audiophile, here’s ten things that came close to pulling 2016 out of the fire. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith EARS (Western Vinyl) FLAC Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie Salero (original soundtrack) (Erased Tapes) LP* Sara Lov Some Kind of Champion (Splinter/self-releasd) LP Loscil Monument Builders (Kranky) LP Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith/Suzanne Ciani …

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Suzanne Ciani/Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith/Don Buchla on Part-Time Audiophile

Where have I been? Oh, around. Doing stuff. Working. Herding cats, that sort of thing. And I’ve been working on reviews of albums by Suzanne Ciani and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. You can read the outcome at Part-Time Audiophile. As always, many thanks to PTA editor/mastermind Scot Hull for giving me space to ramble. And from …

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Court Rules Led Zeppelin Did Not Steal The Intro to “Stairway To Heaven” from Spirit’s “Taurus”

The world is once again safe for overplayed and overrated seventies power ballads with lyrics that read as though they were scribbled by a hobbit on mescaline. ———————————————————————————–

All Things Must Pass – The Rise and Fall of Tower Records – Part 2 – Continuation Dreams

Even now, nearly 25 years later, I still have these dreams. I guess they’re anxiety dreams. Continuation dreams. In more ways than one. I’m back at Tower. They’ve gone bankrupt, then reorganized. Inexplicably, I find myself employed there again. Don’t ask how. It’s a goddamned dream. It’s not supposed to make sense. The setting is …

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All Things Must Pass – The Rise and Fall of Tower Records – Part 1 – This Is About Me

Sometime in 1983 I was living near LA and killing time before attending a concert. I walked into a nearby Tower Records store. It was my first time in a Tower. I’d heard they had a good import single selection, but all I could find were top-100 and oldies 7″s. I walked to the front …

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Seymour Glass Interview

I knew I didn’t want the Bananafish reviews to explain the context or significance, or to describe what something sounds like, or to serve as a buyer’s guide. Any of the above might be a side effect, but it was more important to me to be worth reading more than once instead of churning out …

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Vinyl Hit and Run

Some recent purchases: The Durutti Column The Return of the Durutti Column (Factory Benelux LP) The original 1980 Factory UK label edition of this LP was packaged in a sandpaper cover. Some things work so much better in concept than execution, especially when we’re talking Factory sleeve design — the jacket was very unfriendly to …

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Janet Feder review on Part-Time Audiophile

My favorite recording this year was Janet Feder’s T H I S C L O S E. Read all about it on Part-Time Audiophile. “I’ve heard this album on LP, CD, FLAC and DSD, and listened to the transcoded MP3s on an iPad. I’ve played the CD on repeat in my truck’s trusty mid-fi Rockford …

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