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. Loscil, Ocoeur, The Cure, Be Bop Deluxe – Reviewed on Part-Time Audiophile — March 7, 2020
  2. A Wizard / A True Star was released 47 years ago today — March 2, 2020
  3. Recent Acquisitions — February 11, 2020
  4. Rainbo Records – In Memoriam — January 28, 2020
  5. Deutsche Grammophon is Signing Everyone Worth Listening To, Apparently — January 27, 2020

Most commented posts

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Author's posts listings

Loscil, Ocoeur, The Cure, Be Bop Deluxe – Reviewed on Part-Time Audiophile

As far as I’m confused, those Cure guys put out a couple okay albums, but a certain Be Bop Deluxe album must’ve left somewhat of an impression on my sixteen-year-old self. I also write about new releases from Loscil and Ocoeur, as well as two older vinyl reissues by The Cure.

A Wizard / A True Star was released 47 years ago today

… and Patti Smith’s review (Creem, 1973) still hits all the right notes.

Recent Acquisitions

Vinyl: BGM Back Ground Music LP (Studio Mule, Japan) William Basinski On Time Out of Time (Temporary Residence, USA) The Cure Faith 2xLP (Vinyl Lovers/Lilith, Russia/EU) The Cure Seventeen Seconds 2xLP (Vinyl Lovers/Lilith, Russia/EU) The Durutti Column Fidelity clear and blue vinyl 2xLP (Les Disques Du Crepesule, Belgium) Midori Hirano Invisible Island LP (Sonic Pieces, …

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Rainbo Records – In Memoriam

Regarding a certain LA Times article: I’ve seen this touching eulogy concerning Rainbo Records’ closing posted by at least five of my Facebook friends. I figured it was time to chime in once again. I realize this might come across as ungracious. Rainbo’s pressing quality and, especially, customer service were among the worst. Rainbo closed …

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Deutsche Grammophon is Signing Everyone Worth Listening To, Apparently

Not content with signings of the late Jóhann Jóhannsson, Max Richter, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Dustin O’Halloran (can Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie be far behind?), and Rachel Grimes (Rachel’s), Deutsche Grammophon’s drive to world domination continues with the scheduled March 20 release of a new album by Brian Eno and Roger Eno.

That’s So 2019: Favorite Books, Music and Video

A Winged Victory for the Sullen The Undivided Five FLAC (Ninja Tune, UK) Heather Woods Broderick Invitation FLAC (Western Vinyl, US) Dustin O’Halloran Sundoor EP (Deutsche Grammaphon, Germany) K. Leimer Irrational Overcast LP (First Terrace, UK) Loscil Lifelike FLAC (Frond, Canada) Craig Leon The Canon – Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2 LP (RVNG …

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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 …

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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 …

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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: …

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