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Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn discuss music and musicians, and how we listen to music, whether it be analog or digital, downloaded or streamed, audio, or video.

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    • 4.8 • 79 Ratings

Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn discuss music and musicians, and how we listen to music, whether it be analog or digital, downloaded or streamed, audio, or video.

    Episode #211 - Changing Music Forever

    Episode #211 - Changing Music Forever

    Apple has introduced lossless, high-resolution, and spatial audio on Apple Music, and claims that the latter will "change music forever." Will it?


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    ‌Show notes:



    About lossless audio in Apple Music - Apple Support
    Jazz in Spatial Audio playlist
    Episode #193 - Is Stereo Wrong?
    Satyagraha video on the iTunes Store


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    Glass: Satyagraha
    Clarence Williams and His Orchestra: Clarence Williams' Q.R.S. Recordings, Vol.1












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    • 37 min
    Episode #210 - Emma Swift on Her Album of Dylan Covers Blonde on the Tracks

    Episode #210 - Emma Swift on Her Album of Dylan Covers Blonde on the Tracks

    Emma Swift has recorded a beautiful album of covers of Bob Dylan songs. We spoke with her about what Dylan's music, and what it takes to record an albums of his songs, and partly in lockdown.


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    Guest:



    Emma Swift


    ‌Show notes:



    Blonde on the Tracks


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    Messiaen: Catalogue d'oiseaux, Pierre-Laurent Aimand
    Joni Mitchell: Hejira












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    Episode #209 - Sean Latham, Director of the Institute for Bob Dylan Studies, on Bob Dylan at 80

    Episode #209 - Sean Latham, Director of the Institute for Bob Dylan Studies, on Bob Dylan at 80

    Sean Latham, Director of the Institute for Bob Dylan Studies, talks about the Bob Dylan archive, the Bob Dylan Center, and about Bob Dylan at 80.


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    Guest:



    Sean Latham
    Book: The World of Bob Dylan


    ‌Show notes:



    The TU Institute for Bob Dylan Studies
    Bob Dylan Center
    The Bob Dylan Archive - The University of Tulsa : Bob Dylan Archives
    Dylan@80 Virtual Conference


    Our next tracks:



    Zappa
    Mick Fleetwood & Friends: Celebrate the Music of Peter Green and the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac







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    Episode #208 - Jeff Slate on Bob Dylan at 80

    Episode #208 - Jeff Slate on Bob Dylan at 80

    Musician and journalist Jeff Slate has written about, and for, Bob Dylan, and has recently released an album with one disc of Dylan covers. We discuss Dylan at 80, and choose our top five Dylan albums.


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    Guest:



    Jeff Slate
    Lockdown Live


    ‌Show notes:



    Episode #131 - Jeff Slate on Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks
    Bob Dylan discography
    Bob Dylan Center, Tulsa, OK.
    Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice
    Episode #194 - Pianist Simone Dinnerstein
    Episode #187 - Live Performances during Covid-19, and After
    Episode #195 - Timo Andres: Making Home Videos and the Creative Process


    Our next tracks:



    Miles Davis: Get Up with It
    Leonid & Friends: "25 or 6 to 4"












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    Special Guest: Jeff Slate.
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    Episode #207 - Yes. I mean, no, really, but Yes.

    Episode #207 - Yes. I mean, no, really, but Yes.

    Setting out to discuss the 1971 album by Yes, The Yes Album, Doug and Kirk end up discussing all of Yes's core output, released over a period of a couple of years, that the band - or what's left of it - still plays 50 years later. Sort of.


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    ‌Show notes:



    Fragile
    The Yes Album
    Close to the Edge
    Yesssongs (Album)
    Yessongs (Movie)
    Tales from Topographic Oceans
    Relayer
    And You and I (video)
    Roundabout (video)
    Yes Symphonic Live (Amazon Prime Video)
    The Ship of Theseus
    Yes in the round, 1978 (Compilation of fan footage)
    Progeny
    All 183 Yes Songs Ranked Worst to Best
    Jon Anderson on Solo Reissues and 50 Years of 'The Yes Album'
    Jon Anderson - Olias of Sunhillow
    Chris Squire - Fish out of Water
    Chris Squire's Swiss Choir
    Yes: The Steve Wilson Remixes


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    Fretwork: Johann Sebastiani's St Matthew Passion - Live at Wigmore Hall
    Ten Years After: Recorded Live












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    • 38 min
    Episode #206 - Two Guys in a Pub Rambling about Audio Gear

    Episode #206 - Two Guys in a Pub Rambling about Audio Gear

    We offer a free-form episode, where we ramble about audio equipment, music, and more.


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    ‌Show notes:



    Apple Matters
    Douk Audio U3 Mini Class A Headphone Amplifier
    Behringer Microamp HA400
    Sonos Amp
    HomePod theater Dolby Atmos
    HomePod Mini Features Dormant Temperature and Humidity Sensor That Could Be Activated in a Future Software Update
    Apple Discontinues the HomePod; Is That the End for Apple and Home Audio?


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    Nik Bärtsch: Entendre
    The Oscar Peterson Trio: Night Train












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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

DCNYer ,

Equal to my level of "audiophile" skepticism

I found this podcast after reading a Q&A from one of the hosts in an "audiophile" forum. After looking at the list of episodes, I was happy to see that they included interviews with classical music artists and journalists. The hosts evince a nice balance of "audiophile" skepticism with appreciation of quality sound reproduction. I'm working my way through back episodes and already enjoy their interviews with Andy Doe. Keep up the good work and I'm glad this podcast has maintained a consistent publication schedule, unlike other audiophile podcasts that peter out.

nrcyclist ,

Death of the Stereo?

As a single "thing" to buy, you are right that the "stereo" is dead. In my home, I have the video system setup in living room. We have streaming through the home, but single speakers. Its the new 'radio' in our home. Then I have a 2-channel system with streamer, DAC and integrated amp. There is a second input from the PC. This is a near field setup... $2,500 of components. The new stereo and the best sound in the house. Thanks for the show. Great exchanged between the two of you.

sadiecaptain ,

Authentic??

There are some very positive qualities related to this podcast. For example, the quality of the audio voices of both hosts. Now, when I first started listening, I was impressed by the apparent diverse musical interests of the hosts. However, the longer I listened, I became genuinely suspicious that your talking with enthusiasm about pop music and, for example, the music of John Cage, is a cheap marketing ploy. An attempt, perhaps, to be the “Renaissance Men Of Music” (and books, philosophy, equipment, formats, style, etc.)? I’m just not buying this. This is not, I think, authentic. As one other reviewer suggested, it is absurd to negatively portray the skills of a composer like Rachmaninoff and at the same time wet your pants about some of that entertaining pop music that you do often mention. I just can’t take you seriously any longer...finding it difficult to listen with any sense of belief or purpose. Are you just looking stuff so that you can pontificate on an episode? Often sounds like it...rather manufactured approach. Please...find a niche that is authentic to your skills, experiences, etc., and run with that versus trying to portray yourselves as the Renaissance Men that you so obviously are not. You COULD have a good show...but...

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