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2nd Edition

Vinyl Reports: Don't Believe the Hype
Hype: to promote or publicize something intensively, often exaggerating its importance or benefits." We all succumb to hype, either from others' high recommendations or our own excitement and anticipation.

Review Explosion: Coldplay, Tame Impala, Dos Monos, Gil Scott-Heron, & More
Review Explosion is a recurring AnalogPlanet feature covering recent releases for which we either don't have sufficient time to fully explore, or that are not worthy of it. Curated by AnalogPlanet contributing editor Malachi Lui.

Newvelle Records "Opens Vault" Now Through April 26th
Subscription series based Newvelle Records has opened the vaults for a limited time to help ease the missing Record Store Day pain. Now through the Sunday April 26th, selected Newvelle titles are available as single LPs priced at $60 each.

The Hacienda: How Not To Run A Club-- Peter Hook's Page-Turning Quarantine Read
Staffers stealing beer crates every night. 5000 pounds in cash misplaced and incinerated by New Years' Eve pyrotechnics. A lighting engineer stealing equipment for his own rental business. Seemingly endless tax problems.

Jazz Great Lee Konitz, R.I.P.
Alto saxophonist, improv great Lee Konitz who was associated with every style from bebop to avant-garde and especially cool jazz died today at age 92 a victim of the coronavirus.

Art Dudley, Rest In Peace
The hi-fi world has lost a giant, and we at Stereophile have lost a brother. Art Dudley passed peacefully this morning around 4am after a short illness. The cause was metastatic cancer.

1st Edition

The Vinyl Alliance Issues a Covid-19
Advisory the Vinyl Alliance Just Issued This Press Release: The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is severe and hits the vinyl industry hard with a decreasing demand, closed stores, limited production, and transport bans. However, a quick survey amongst Vinyl Alliance members shows the commitment and resilience of the industry.

When Is The Used Album You Buy Online Not the Album You Bought?
Charles Lloyd pointed me towards the Chico Hamilton album A Different Journey (Reprise RS R9-6078) on which he plays, is musical director and wrote all of the tunes. I'd never heard of it or even seen it, so I went on DISCOGS and found a copy.

High Performance, High Value Hana ML and MH Cartridges
Hana ML and MH Moving Coil Cartridges Though AnalogPlanet reviewed the low output $750 Hana SL cartridge back in 2017 in a "shootout" with the $999 Ortofon Quintet Black S, we're kind of "late to the fair" on these two newer Hana models.

Big Thief's U.F.O.F. Steals a Page From '60s era Psych-Folk Rockers
Brooklyn- based quartet Big Thief formed after all four of its members-- Adrianne Lenker (guitar, vocals), Buck Meek (guitar, backing vocals), Max Oleartchik (bass), and James Krivchenia (drums)-- had graduated from the Berklee College Of Music.

A Dream of a One Step Monk's Dream From Mo-Fi
If you're saying Monk's creative juices had begun to dry up by the time he signed with Columbia Records and released this 1963 label debut album you'll get no argument from me. But Monk, all of 46 when this was recorded, had a secret weapon: his rock'n'roll band of the hard-blowing Charlie Rouse on tenor sax, John Ore on bass and Frankie Dunlop on drums. They rocked!

Parasound Z Phono XRM MM/MC Phono Preamp Offers A lot For $595
Parasound's $595 ZPhono XRM is a compact, versatile MM/MC phono preamplifier that offers flexibility and features not usually found at this price point including gold-plated balanced XLR outputs (and gold-plated single-ended RCA outputs), a mono switch, an 18dB/octave rumble filter and for its MC input, continuously variable loading from 50ohms to 1050ohms.

StylusTimer, The Handy "Cartridge Odometer" Now For Sale
The recently reviewed StylusTimer, not quite ready for purchase then, is now available for sale at the StylusTimer website.

Cascade Record Pressing Tour
Last year (April 8th 2019) while visiting contributing editor Malachi Lui in Portland, we paid a visit to Cascade Record Pressing in nearly Milwaukie, Oregon. For one reason or another the tour video never posted, until now.

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