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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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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 #167 - Tuning the Perfect Music Listening Room

    Episode #167 - Tuning the Perfect Music Listening Room

    Chris Connaker of Audiophile Style renovated the attic of his house and turned it into the ultimate listening room. He then tuned it using amazing speakers, acoustic treatment, and DSP (digital signal processing). He explains how he went about this, and how the room itself is perhaps the most important element in an audio system.


    Guest:



    Chris Connaker


    Show notes:



    A New Listening Room Part One
    A New Listening Room Part Two: Acoustics, Speakers, DSP
    REW (Room EQ Wizard)
    DSP - Digital Signal Processing (Wikipedia)


    Our next tracks:



    Yes: Close to the Edge
    Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
    Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
    David Bowie: Heroes
    The Clash: London Calling
    Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street
    Brian Eno: Another Green World
    The Who: Live at Leeds
    Grateful Dead: Live/Dead
    Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks


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    • 35 min
    Episode #166 - Our Year in Music

    Episode #166 - Our Year in Music

    For the first episode of the new decade - the last one recorded in the previous decade - Doug and Kirk look back on their year in music.


    Show notes:



    Honkyoku (Kirk's shakuhachi website)
    The Zen of Everything (Kirk's podcast)
    Rode Procaster microphone
    Yamaha AG03 mixer
    Episode #147 - Kirk's New Sonos Amp
    KEF Q350 speakers
    Q Acoustics 3020I speakers
    Amazon Echo Dot
    Tivoli Audio model One
    Episode #162 - Apple's New Improved macOS Media Apps
    Doug's AppleScripts
    Time Out: We Don’t Give Music Enough Time to Grow on Us Anymore
    John Cale: Music for a New Society


    Our next tracks:



    Chick Corea Trio: Trilogy
    Harry Nilsson: Pussy Cats












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    • 34 min
    Episode #165 - Christmas Is in the Air

    Episode #165 - Christmas Is in the Air

    There’s got to be a German word for this. It’s that feeling, that first second, when you heard Jingle Bells in the middle of summer.



    Show notes:



    Episode #58 – David Weigel on the History of Progressive Rock
    Trio Mediaeval: Folk Songs
    Bruce Springsteen: Santa Claus is Coming to Town
    Do They Know It’s Christmas
    We Are the World
    Bob Dylan: Christmas in the Heart
    Bob Dylan: Must Be Santa (video)
    The Jethro Tull Christmas Album
    Apple Music Christmas Playlist
    Die Hard
    It’s a Wonderful Life
    A Charlie Brown Christmas
    Vince Guaraldi Trio: A Charlie Brown Christmas
    I Wish it Could Be Christmas (article)
    The Kinks: Father Christmas
    Nat King Cole: The Christmas Song
    Emerson, Lake & Palmer: I Believe in Father Christmas
    Mannheim Steamroller: Christmas
    Ghosts of Christmas Past
    Roomful of Blues: Roomful of Christmas


    Our next tracks:



    Harold Budd: Bandits of Stature
    Frank Zappa: The Hot Rats Sessions












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    • 34 min
    Episode #164 - Sid Smith on the Life and Times of King Crimson

    Episode #164 - Sid Smith on the Life and Times of King Crimson

    Sid Smith is the official biographer of King Crimson. He recently updated his book, In The Court Of King Crimson - An Observation Over 50 Years, that tells the tale of this seminal band. We talk with Sid about everything Crimson.


    Guest:



    In The Court Of King Crimson - An Observation Over 50 Years


    Show notes:



    DGM Live
    Episode #161 - Philip Thomas on Morton Feldman's Piano Music
    Episode #97 - Jerry Ewing on Progressive Rock


    Our next tracks:



    CBGB (movie)
    Jeff Beck: Blow By Blow







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    • 39 min
    Episode #163 - Lewis Shiner on His Novel Outside the Gates of Eden

    Episode #163 - Lewis Shiner on His Novel Outside the Gates of Eden

    Lewis Shiner's latest novel Outside the Gates of Eden is a saga that begins at a Dylan concert in 1965, then follows a musician and his friends as they age, up to the present. This novel has a huge scope, with moving scenes about music, and about a generation growing up. (Apologies for the sketchy Skype audio quality.)


    Guest:



    Lewis Shiner


    Show notes:



    Outside the Gates of Eden
    Episode #28 – Music and Mystery: Author Peter Robinson on Music in His Novels
    Why Bob Dylan Matters
    Episode #67 – The Grateful Dead’s Legendary 5/8/77 Cornell Concert, with Author Peter Conners


    Our next tracks:



    Fontaines D.C.: Dogrel
    Mother's Finest: Another Mother Further












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    • 32 min
    Episode #162 - Apple's New Improved macOS Media Apps

    Episode #162 - Apple's New Improved macOS Media Apps

    Doug and Kirk spend a half hour or so discussing Apple's new apps that replace iTunes on the Mac. They rant, they praise, they shrug, they laugh, and they reminisce on what was, while imaging what could have been. It was a very good year.


    Show notes:



    The iTunes Guy column on Macworld
    CarPlay Crashes Constantly in My Car
    The iTunes and Everything Apple forum on Audiophile Style
    Kirk's new book, Take Control of macOS Media Apps
    Poll: What Do You Think of the New macOS Media Apps that Replace iTunes?
    In Praise of the iTunes Column Browser
    hierarchically /ˌhaɪəˈrɑː.kɪ.kəl.i/
    Search Results to Playlist AppleScript
    Join Together
    Most Recent AppleScript Updates


    Our next tracks:



    Dietmar Berger: The Manchester Gamba Book
    The Pretty Things: Greatest Hits












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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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.

NJ Guitarhack ,

You’re too hard on Amazon HD!

I get the marketing terminology mixup and it’s not great. But having their 50M song catalog available at CD quality at a minimum is great and well worth the upgrade. I hear artifacts in the compressed versions on a lowly iPhone that I don’t have to put up with anymore. I appreciate 24 bit files, but I’m fine with CD resolution. iPhones can do 24 bit. The benefits of higher than 48 kHz are debatable. I’m enjoying not hearing the compressed phasing on every cymbals hit!

Stevarn ,

I'm Done

I've actually been a subscriber to this show since the very beginning. Lately though I think they've gotten away from the show's original intent; to be a show about "how people listen to music today." As of late for the most part, its become a show about Doug and Kirk's love of progressive rock. In my opinion, they've turned into one-trick ponies that never do any shows on say jazz, for example.

The final straw for me came when Kirk mocked Rachmaninoff as a composer. This from a guy who is obsessed with the Grateful Dead.

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