Kate Bush cover of the Day # 1: Wuthering Heights by Pat Benatar

To fill the time while waiting for The Director’s Cut, I’m gonna post a Kate Bush cover every day for a while. In the past decade, covers of Kate’s work have proliferated and I expect to be easily able to fill a month. Canadian singer Pat Benatar was probably the first person to cover a …

Review backlog: Richard Thompson, Alice Cooper, Fleet Foxes

Lately I’ve been reading more music blogging, both from my perennial favourite Popular and the now defunct but fully archived The War Against Silence. Popular is of course Tom Ewing’s rundown of every UK number 1 since the charts started. The War Against Silence was a deeply engaged, deeply subjective run-down of all the albums …

A standard procedure for digitizing LP’s.

I’m really happy with my USB preamp for digitizing vinyl records and kinda wish I’d bought it years earlier. It’d have saved me a lot of money in CD remasters and other forms of buying-the-same-damned-record-again. What it allows me to do is remaster the records myself according to my own requirements. I find that I …

On A/D conversion, advice and the weakest link in the chain

Reader Branko asked me privately what brand/type of USB preamp I’d bought, because he too wants to digitise his vinyl record collection. I’m really the wrong person to ask, because the entire comparison shopping process for me was to go to Okaphone, a local electronics store catering to DJ’s, and ask for the recommendation of …

Health care, Les Paul, Answers in Leviticus and the Rwandan genocide

It’s another episode of “Interesting stuff I’m reading”: Answers in Genesis refuses God’s command and Ken Ham should repent (from Answers in Leviticus Les Paul Youtube Friday an old Crooked Timber post rounding up music by Les Paul, pioneer of the electric guitar and multitracking, who died this week aged 94. One they missed, at …