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AnalogPlanet Jan 2020

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The 25 Best Music Projects Of 2019
I honestly suck at keeping up on new music. Sure, I'm shoving out another mostly negative Review Explosion every three weeks when some artist past their prime pushes out another hour of dreck (or when Earl releases a stupidly annoying, half-baked 15 minute "album") but I still don't feel that I spend enough time covering what actually matters.

Craft Recordings' 5 LP Chet Baker Box Sure to Please Fans
For every reason, from mastering to pressing to packaging and annotation--and pricing, Craft's 5 LP Chet Baker Riverside box scores the highest marks. The recent RSD mono release of It Could Happen to You--Chet Baker Sings signaled what this set might and turned out to be.

Tour The Archive of Contemporary Music's 3 Million Record Collection
Bob George The Archive of Contemporary Music's founder and director was scheduled to participate in a "Making Vinyl Hollywood" panel discussion I moderated last fall, so to prep for it I called Mr. George and proposed a visit to the Archive during which we'd discuss his participation.

The Recently Introduced Record Doctor VI Vacuum Record Cleaning Machine
Six years have passed since the original review here of the Record Doctor V a $199.95 manual-turn vacuum based record cleaning machine (RCM). At some point since then it went out of production but it's back now at $199.95 and there's a new upgraded 20th anniversary Model VI priced at $299.95

Neil Innes Gone Too Soon at 75
Neil Innes, Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band co-founder, Rutles member and writer of all of that group's hilarious Beatles parodies and Monty Python member/contributor died suddenly and unexpectedly Sunday night, December 29th.

Optimal Media Factory Tour
This is the final video from AnalogPlanet's Spring 2019 European "factory tour" trip that began after "Making Vinyl" Berlin. It began in Geneva, Switzerland with the CH Precision tour, followed by darTZeel and Hi Fiction (Thales) and then it was on to GZ Media in the Czech Republic, followed by this Optimal tour, which took place the day before the beginning of Munich Hi-End 2019.

"Hi-Fi" -- Gideon Schwartz's Image-Rich Coffee Table Book
Gideon Schwartz's "Hi-Fi" is a sumptuously produced "Coffee Table" style book published by Phaidon, a self-described publisher of "creative arts" books including art, photography architecture, food, travel and fashion.

Rest in Peace, Roger Modjeski
Roger Modjeski passed away December 11th 2019 at age 68 after a year long battle with cancer. He was a brilliant audio engineer who, after working at IBM and teaching at Stanford, joined Harold Beveridge in Santa Barbara, CA where he worked on that designer's electrostatic loudspeakers.

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