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. Amazon’s New “HD” Service — September 17, 2019
  2. Recent Vinyl Acquisitions — August 19, 2019
  3. I Contributed a Qobuz Playlist: “Post-Rock / Après-Classical” — August 16, 2019
  4. How did YOUR Eno “Apollo” LP reissue arrive? — August 5, 2019
  5. Bellying Up to a Low Bar — May 11, 2019

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

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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 1999 through 2018. During that time, I dealt with at least 20 different account managers at Amazon. “Churn” doesn’t even begin to describe it. I had no idea …

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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 …

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I Contributed a Qobuz Playlist: “Post-Rock / Après-Classical”

Qobuz is a French-owned high-resolution streaming and download service that’s now launched in the USA. I’m submitting playlists to them periodically. This is the first one of mine published. I spent a bit too much time mulling over what to call it. “Modern Classical” doesn’t cut it. “Post-Rock” makes me think of Tortiose. I briefly …

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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; …

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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 …

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Thin White Rope Reissues on Part-Time Audiophile

In 2018, Frontier Records began reissuing the Thin White Rope catalog on LP, CD and digital. I write about the series on Part-Time Audiophile.

How to wall yourself off from the “Roon Radio” cloud . . experience

With the advent of Roon’s 1.6 update, I’ve found my experience to be wanting. Suddenly, “Roon Radio,” the software’s recommendation engine, gloms onto The Cloud. It’s not necessarily a cloud I requested drift over my living room, mind you. If you have your Tidal account linked to Roon, you’re faced with an endless surplus of …

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Favorites of 2018

I managed barely a post a month this year. There always seemed to be other things to do. I apologize for this apparent lack of commitment, and will try to do better in 2019. Let’s hope our executive and legislative branches do the same. Happy holidays. AUDIO Neil Young Roxy – Tonight’s The Night Live …

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“John Cage probably found it a tad on the nose”

Part-Time Audiophile continues to print everything I send them. For this I am grateful. The latest example? My review of The Beatles White Album Super Deluxe 6CD+Blu-Ray Box Set.

Steve Tibbetts, Miles Davis reviews on Part-Time Audiophile

Part-Time Audiophile has posted my reviews of Steve Tibbetts’ Life Of and the quadraphonic SACD reissue Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew. “It’s one of the first albums I’ve liked as much as Natural Causes over the past seven years. As time works its inexorable magic, however, I’m increasingly challenged to find ways to articulate why and …

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