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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Winter Motorbiking 2015


… better than audio?

Definitely so…

Last Saturday, with my bike.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Site of the Month - LondonJazzNews

Love this site, folks… it always gives an insight on jazz scene and - despite the name - not only in London…

… like above curtains-up cool pix taken few hours ago in Stuttgart, at Eberhard Weber's 75th Birthday concert...

A site to dig hands a-plenty and to follow…

BTW… learned that Ralph Towner - due to some illness - unfortunately missed the above mentioned concert, on stage with his peers… I wish Maestro Towner a prompt and safe recovery, hoping and trusting nothing serious happened to him…

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Alto Extremo Lyd 1 magnetic-suspended seismic feet

… not new, as these nice feet were already covered on Web reviews, etc.

… yet, brand-new for yours truly and many others… and my next feet for my Garrardzilla turntable!

… as soon as they'll become available again…

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Jasmine Dragon MC porcelain cartridge

I've NOT many infos on this seldom seen cartridge, folks… but it strongly reminds to me the book "Il Violino di Faenza" by Champlfleury (1877), a personal fave of mine about collecting, and related joys and sadness.

Shell:Blue and white porcelain
Stylus: :0.3x0.7mil, Gyger FG2, Natural diamond,
Cantilever:Solid Boron
Height :17.5mm
Weight :16 g
Internal Impedance
(DC resistance) :
4 ohm (DC)
Output Level :0.26mv, 1KHz@ 33 1/2
Freq. response :10-55KHz +/-1dB
Channel separation :> 30dB@1KHz
Channel balance :< 0.5dB
Recommended loading :>= 30 ohm, 4 ohm (MC step-up transformer)
Optimal Tracking Force :1.2g ~ 2.5g ( 1.85g recommended )
Optimal Tracking Angle:20 degree
Break-in Period :50 hours
Compliance:15 um/mN
Components:The cantilever with stylus come from Swiss, The rest all are made in China.

Further investigating on this porcelain beauty… a Made in China handicraft… with a claimed Swiss heart.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sunday Disc - Einstürzende Neubauten - Alles Wieder Offen (Indigo 2007)

A very, VERY rewarding monthly flea-market chase, today... my pusher just acquired some weird vinyls form a collector and... I fished for this gem and others I'll possibly share later...

I saw Blixa Bargeld live with Teho Teardo last year... a magic concert...

Thanking Enrico Merlin and "1000 records for a Century" book where he reviewed Blixa's previous group of daredevils, well... the group name is... so, so... you cannot remember and cannot forget!

WHAT A DISC... aehm, actually a 2-records-set... recording is top class: unsurprising, as the sessions were made at Hansa and Tritonus in Berlin!

Music is very european, Berliner, I'd dare... sung in German... Motorik and Kurt Weill's and Leonard Cohen's and so unique and body-shaking and mind-boggling.

I shot the 4 sides like in a trance... soundscapes are post-atomic, like a day after Wooden Ships, or something.

The disc is only 53 minutes on four sides, BUT music is so thick, beefy and "heavy" you only wish you knew this when it was issued, in 2007.

Recording is the best of the best, as I told you and worth repeating.

Music... well, your chance to find it and if it fits and - hopefully - enjoy, loosing yourself in Blixa and his cohort's world.

BTW, this disc, the here below peeing horse nugget I also bought and others are still sold in group's site shop.

Clever and easy... but the pleasure of the flea-market surprise deal is unsurpassable!

Thanking Enrico Merlin, my pal Edo who already knew the group and sort-of introduced it to yours truly and, yes, to Alessandro, the pusher.

P.S. - The group site makes a (strange?!?) statement/disclaimer - i.e. beware to do NOT shop for U.S. pressings on Thristy Ear as they're not paying any royalty to the group…

Thanking Reinhard for the painstaking proof-reading and German typos correcting...

Saturday, January 10, 2015

For freedom...

Manfred Eicher and ECM tapes vault

A seldom seen pix of Manfred Eicher and a partial view of ECM analog master-tapes vault... fortunately, not a single shitty, crappy, awful, disasterful Ampex' tapes around... only top German quality Agfa and Basf tapes... so, all this superb music will last for many decades without any fear or need to be oven-baked.


Thanking Stefano Amerio for sharing.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Je suis Charlie...

Thanks to Lucille Clerc for the drawing and R.I.P. to Charlie Hebdo's victims and condolences to their families.

Vinyl Renaissance or End of The Game?

With percentage going higher and higher, vinyl resurrection is a matter of fact, now risking a debacle due to the handful of record-pressing plants still steaming worldwide.

The Guardian dedicated a nice article to a visit at Optimal pressing facility in Germany and more...

In fact, many intriguing topics are also considered, included the Record Sundays' vinyl concerts and mr. Mancuso 's The Loft in NYC, back in the '70s, where people was also attending at audio concerts through the best ancillaries audio, like a Mitch Cotter modded SP 10 and Fidelity Research FR 66-S arm and Koetsu cart and Klipschorns' fed by Mark Levinson's Class A amps and preamp.

A much worth reading and the proof that humankind and life are highly fractal!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Disk of the Month - Sousedi - Purpura Echo (featuring Dorota Barova) / 2013

Got today a packet from Praha, Czech Republic… inside four disks and a limited edition vinyl.

I began listening randomly to the music candies which the always so kind Josef Jindrák sent to me… but more later…

I got attracted by this nice artwork cover and classy carton jewel box… then I remembered that one track - i.e. "Ranni Mlha" - on a Poli5 sampler attracted me for its freshness, interweaving guitars and cello, remotely reminding to Bat Chain Puller by Captain Beefheart, but also - at a distance - to "Reflection" by Pentangle or some early John Abercrombie's or Terje Rypdal's ECMs… all with a definite flavor of Magyar folk melodies.

Music to be cocooned with… sweet and looping, but never boring… always surprising for its sonic and musical architecture and beauty.

A nice, nice disk, indeed… the recording - like many of other Poli5 label production - is SUPERB… I mean S U P E R B, not kidding.



No comment… no need to do it:-)

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year Disk - Bugge Wesseltoft - New Conception of Jazz/FILM iNG

Thunderous bass, nice weird music… could I ask for more for the first listen of the year?

Thanking my pal Edo…

Quad ESL's high heels - a new lady's in town!

All my compliments and empathy go to the gentleman who took his time - in 2011 - to make a 1:1 drawing of the gracious heels for our beloved Quad ESL.

I also love this white finish…

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Ear

Wishing an healthy, wealthy, prosperous, musical and happy 2015 everyone…

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Miles Lives!

… and speaks, as well, like he so seldom did...

Breaking news… from Totown Communication Group of Japan, a superb 1985 documentary showing Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and… THE VOICE of BIRD aka Charlie Parker… wow!!!

A really great interview.

Soon available as a DVD… enjoy the trailer, as I did.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

ECM - What happened to Steve Eliovson?

After a seminal, one of a kind solo album for ECM in early '80s, "Dawn Dance" paired with the late, heavily missed Colin Walcott, the man… just disappeared…

The disappearing musician is almost a cliche'… mind goes to Mike Ratledge of Soft Machine… but the list is longer…

Anyway, thanking a cool Blog… voila', here are fresh news about Steve… and everything got abruptly interrupted due to a broken leg, while skiing in the Alps, shortly after the first ECM's wages, I argue…

Thanking God, as shit happens, the man is alive and still playing or so… and the album is still available, so, please do you a favor: just go, surf the net and buy it… it's marvelous music and recording… namely my very first exposure to a nose breathing from a recording… say transparency.

EMT 930st dust cover

One is available, folks... first come, first served... brand-new conditions.

Please contact me, if interested... ahem... EMT 930st and seismic base aren't for sale;-)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

ACT moment!

… no, not Moment Act…

… but ACT moment… yes, as I'm an avid collector and follower of ACT: this German jazz record label has a consistency and an unique its very own aesthetics which only ECM, Astree and Harmonia Mundi have... talking about "aesthetics" I'm talking about cover art AND music, of course. My most belived ACT discs are E.S.T. and Lars Landgen, but many others would remain hidden and unknown if... not buying by chance a sampler "ACT STORY", now out of print, containing the above and others less known performers: Bugge Wesseltoft' piano... his "Du Gronne, Glitrende Tre" from "It's snowing on my piano"... WOW!!! ... or Nguyen Le & Dhafer Youssef's Kithara from "Homescape" or Nils Landgren's "I will survive"... every track on this sampler makes you happy, feelin' groovy and swinging... and most of all wishing, I mean STRONGLY wishing to buy all the disks quoted! So, folks, I'm herewith suggesting to find your ACT moment, as well.

A must!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry christmas all!

christmas, no capital letter… if muslim, catholic, induist, buddhist, taoist, atheist, whatever… doesn't matter: christmas means to me warmness, peace, empathy, beauty, humankind rebirth as a better one, like the Holy Child every year does… ahem… or so… so, optimistically and full of hope I wish you:

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    • Afghanistan: De Christmas akhtar de bakhtawar au newai kal de mubarak sha
    • Albania: Gézuar Krishlindjet
    • Algeria: Milad Mubarak
    • Andorra: Bon Nadal
    • Angola: Boas Festas
    • Antartide: Merry Christmas, Felices Pasquas, Hristos Razdajetsja
    • Antigua e Barbuda: Merry Christmas
    • Antille Olandesi: Bon Pasco, Bon Anja
    • Arabia Saudita: I'd Miilad Said Oua Sana Saida
    • Argentina: Feliz Navidad!
    • Armenia: Shnorhavor Sourp Dzunount
    • Aruba: Bon Pasco, Bon Anja
    • Australia: Happy Christmas
    • Austria: Frohe Weihnachten
    • Azerbaijan: Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
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    • Bahamas: Happy Christmas
    • Bahrain: Milad Mubarak
    • Bangladesh: Shuvo Baro Din
    • Barbados: Merry Christmas
    • Belgio: Zalig Kerstfeest
    • Belize: Merry Christmas
    • Benin: Joyeux Noël
    • Bermuda: Merry Christmas
    • Bhutan: krist Yesu Ko Shuva Janma Utsav Ko Upalaxhma Hardik Shuva
    • Bielorussia: Winshuyu sa Svyatkami
    • Bolivia: Feliz Navidad
    • Bosnia Erzegovina: Sretam Bozic, Hristos se rodi
    • Botswana: Merry Christmas
    • Brasile: Feliz Natal
    • Brunei: Selamat Hari Natal
    • Bulgaria: Vessela Koleda
    • Burkina Faso: Joyeux Noël
    • Burundi: Noëli Nziza, Joyeux Noël
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    • Camerun: Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noël
    • Canada: Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noël, Merry Christmas
    • Capo Verde: Boas Festas
    • Ciad: Joyeux Noël, Milad Mubarak
    • Cile: Feliz Navidad #*China Sheng Tan Kuai Loh
    • Cina (Mandarino): Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
    • Cipro: Eftihismena Christougenna, Noëliniz kutlu olsun ve yeni yili
    • Colombia: Feliz Navidad para todos
    • Congo: Joyeux Noël
    • Corea del Nord: Sung Tan Chuk Ha
    • Corea del Sud: Sung Tan Chuk Ha
    • Costa d'Avorio: Joyeux Noël
    • Costa Rica: Feliz Navidad
    • Croazia: Sretan Bozic
    • Cuba: Feliz Navidad!
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    • Danimarca: Glaedelig Jul
    • Dominica: Merry Christmas
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    • Ecuador: Feliz Navidad!
    • Egitto: Milad Mubarak
    • El Salvador: Feliz Navidad!
    • Emirati Arabi Uniti: I'd Miilad Said Oua Sana Saida
    • Eritrea: Melkam Yelidet Beaal, Poket Kristmet
    • Estonia: Haid Joule, Rôômsaid Jôule
    • Etiopia: Melkam Yelidet Beaal, Poket Kristmet, Merry Christmas
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    • Fiji: Merry Christmas
    • Filippine: Maligayang Pasko
    • Finlandia: Hauskaa Joulua
    • Francia: Joyeux Noël
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    • Gabon: Joyeux Noël
    • Galles: Nadolig Llawen
    • Gambia: Merry Christmas
    • Georgia del Sud e Isole Sandwich del Sud: Happy Christmas
    • Georgia: Gilotsavt Krist'es Shobas
    • Germania: Frohliche Weihnachten
    • Ghana: Afishapa
    • Giamaica: Merry Christmas
    • Giappone: Merii Kurisumasu
    • Gibilterra: Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad
    • Gibuti: Joyeux Noël, Milad Mubarak
    • Giordania: Milad Mubarak, Merry Christmas
    • Grecia: Eftihismena Christougenna
    • Grenada: Merry Christmas
    • Groenlandia: Glædelig Jul, Juullimi Ukiortaassamilu Pilluarit
    • Guadalupa: Joyeux Noël
    • Guam: Merry Christmas, Felis Pasgua
    • Guatemala: Feliz Navidad!
    • Guinea Equatoriale: Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad
    • Guinea Francese: Joyeux Noël
    • Guinea: Joyeux Noël
    • Guinea-bissau: Boas Festas
    • Guyana: Merry Christmas
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    • Haiti: Jwaye Nwel
    • Hindi: Shubh Christmas
    • Honduras: Feliz Navidad!
    • Hong Kong: Sing dan fiy loc, Merry Christmas
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    • India: Natal Mubarak
    • Indonesia: Salamet Hari Natal
    • Iraq: Idah Saidan Wasanah Jadidah
    • Irlanda: Nollaig Shona Dhuit
    • Islanda: Gleðileg Jól
    • Isole Cayman: Merry Christmas
    • Isole Comore: Joyeux Noël, Milad Mubarak
    • Isole Cook: Merry Christmas, Kia orana e kia manuia rava i teia Kiritime
    • Isola del Natale: Merry Christmas
    • Isole Falkland (Malvinas): Merry Christmas
    • Isole Far Oer: Gledhilig jol
    • Isole Marianne del Nord: Filis Pasgua, Merry Christmas
    • Isole Marshall: Monono ilo raaneoan Nejin
    • Isole Norfolk: Merry Christmas
    • Isole Pitcairn: Merry Christmas
    • Isole Svalbard e Jan Mayen: Hristos Razdajetsja, Gledelig Jul
    • Isole Turks e Caicos: Happy Christmas
    • Isole Vergini (Inghilterra): Merry Christmas
    • Isole Vergini (Stati Uniti): Merry Christmas
    • Isole Wallis e Fortuna: Joyeux Noël
    • Israele: Mo'adim Lesimkha
    • Italia: Buon Natale
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    • Kazakistan: Hristos Razdajetsja, Rozdjestvom Hristovim
    • Kenya: Merry Christmas
    • Kirghizistan: Hristos Razdajetsja
    • Kiribati: Merry Christmas
    • Kuwait: Milad Mubarak, Merry Christmas
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    • Latino: Natale hilare et Annum Faustum!
    • Lesotho: Happy Christmas
    • Lettonia: Priecigus ziemassvetkus!
    • Libano: Milad Majeed
    • Liberia: Happy Christmas
    • Libia: Milad Mubarak, Buon Natale, Happy Christmas
    • Liechtenstein: Frohliche Weihnachten
    • Lituania: Laimingu Kaledu
    • Lussemburgo: Schéi Krëschtdeeg
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    • Macao: Boas Festas, Sing Dan Fiy Loc
    • Macedonia: Streken Bozhik
    • Madagascar: Joyeux Noël, Arahaba tratry ny Krismasy
    • Malawi: Merry Christmas, Moni Wa Chikondwelero Cha X'mas
    • Malesia: Selamat Hari Krimas
    • Mali: Joyeux Noël
    • Malta: Il-Milied it-Tajjeb, Festi t-Tajba
    • Marocco: Milad Mubarak
    • Martinica: Joyeux Noël
    • Mauritius: Merry Christmas
    • Mayotte: Krismas Njema Na Heri Za Mwaka Mpya, Joyeux Noël
    • Messico: Feliz Navidad
    • Micronesia: Merry Christmas
    • Moldavia: Craciun fericit si un An Nou fericit!
    • Monaco: Joyeux Noël
    • Montserrat: Merry Christmas
    • Mozambico: Boas Festas
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    • Namibia: Geseende Kersfees
    • Nepal: krist Yesu Ko Shuva Janma Utsav Ko Upalaxhma Hardik Shuva
    • Nicaragua: Feliz Navidad!
    • Niger: Joyeux Noël
    • Nigeria: Merry Christmas
    • Norvegia: God Jul, Gledelig Jul
    • Nuova Caledonia: Joyeux Noël
    • Nuova Zelanda: Happy Christmas
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    • Olanda: Prettige Kerstdagen, Zalig Kerstfeest, Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar
    • Oman: Milad Mubarak
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    • Pakistan: Bara Din Mubarrak Ho
    • Palau: Merry Christmas
    • Panama: Feliz Navidad!
    • Papua Nuova Guinea: Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas
    • Paraguay: Feliz Navidad!
    • Perù: Feliz Navidad!
    • Polinesia Francese: Joyeux Noël, La ora i te Noera
    • Polonia: Wesolych Swiat
    • Porto Rico: Feliz Navidad, Felices Pascuas, Felicidades
    • Portogallo: Boas Festas
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    • Qatar: Milad Mubarak
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    • Regno Unito: Merry Christmas, Happy Christmas, Nadolig Llawen
    • Repubblica Ceca: Vesele Vanoce
    • Repubblica Centrafricana: Joyeux Noël
    • Repubblica Dominicana: Feliz Navidad
    • Reunion: Joyeux Noël
    • Romania: Craciun Fericit, Sarbatori Fericite
    • Ruanda: Noheli Nziza
    • Russia: Hristos Razdajetsja, S Rozdjestvom Hristovim
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    • Saint Kitts e Nevis: Happy Christmas
    • Saint Lucia: Happy Christmas
    • Saint Vincent e Grenadines: Happy Christmas
    • Samoa Americane: - La Maunia Le Kilisimasi
    • Samoa: La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
    • San Marino: Buon Natale
    • Sao Tomè e Principe: Boas Festas
    • Senegal: Joyeux Noël
    • Serbia: Cestitamo Bozic
    • Seychelles: Happy Christmas, Joyeux Noël
    • Sierra Leone: Happy Christmas
    • Singapore: Sheng Tan Kuai Loh, Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal, Happy Christmas
    • Siria: Milad Mubarak
    • Slovacchia: Vesele Vianoce
    • Slovenia: Srecen Bozic
    • Spagna: Feliz Navidad
    • Sri Lanka: Subha nath thalak Vewa, Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
    • St. Helena: Happy Christmas
    • St. Pierre e Miquelon: Joyeux Noël
    • Stati Uniti: Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings
    • Sud Africa: Geseënde Kersfees, Happy Christmas
    • Sudan: Wilujeng Natal
    • Suriname: Zalig Kersfeest, Wang swietie Kresnetie
    • Svezia: God Jul
    • Svizzera: Fröhlichi Wiehnacht, Joyeux Noël
    • Swaziland: Happy Christmas
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    • Taiwan: Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
    • Tanzania: Krismas Njema Na Heri Za Mwaka Mpya, Happy Christmas
    • Territori Britannici dell'Oceano Indiano: Happy Christmas
    • Territori Francesi del Sud: Joyeux Noël
    • Thailandia: Merry Christmas, Sawasdee Pee Mai
    • Togo: Joyeux Noël
    • Tokelau: Merry Christmas
    • Tonga: Kilisimasi Fiefia
    • Trinidad e Tobago: Happy Christmas
    • Tunisia: Milad Mubarak
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    • Ucraina: Veseloho Vam Rizdva
    • Uganda: Webale Krismasi
    • Ungheria: Boldog Karácsonyt
    • Urdu: Naya Saal Mubarak Ho
    • Uruguay: Feliz Navidad
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    • Vanuatu: Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noël
    • Venezuela: Feliz Navidad
    • Vietnam: Chuc Mung Giang Sinh (chúc mừng giáng sinh)
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    • Yemen: Milad Mubarak
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    • Zambia: Happy Christmas
    • Zimbabwe: Happy Christmas