Tom's Picks - New music finds.....

treitz3treitz3 Posts: 11,902
Hello all and good Sunday afternoon to you. Happy Mother's Day the lovely Mom's out there on this forum!

I have come across some great tunes in my time and instead of talking about gear, what's sad or getting into another cable debate? I'd like to start a discussion about the one thing we all have in common, whether you are on this forum or not. The music.

I have two albums I have ran across as of late that I would like to introduce to all of you out there.

The first is an album I heard (a couple of tracks) first from an Italian lady I met at LSAF this past weekend. Her name is Jessica A. M. Hazewinkle and she is the representative from North Star Audio design of which our very own forum member, DSkip has risen through the ranks to now be a US distributor for. (Congrat's Skip!)

Anyhoo, I had the pleasure to sit down with her and listen to some songs on an album which I am going to share with you now. EXCELLENT recording. The sound in the JWM room went from absolute nothing to her performing in front of you. Now that I am home, I'm listening to her album in it's entirety on Tidal and I'm really digging what I hear. Just some great tunes...


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Apparently, this lady died at the age of 33. What a shame as I really do enjoy her music. I would suggest you try her out. This is a LIVE album and if you like female voices, this will be right up your alley. She does a lot of cover songs (if not all cover songs) on this album, some of which I would consider better than the original. Something I rarely, if ever, say.

The second album I would like to throw your way is something I threw out there on some thread a couple of weeks back. I got no feedback on this one....of which I was surprised....unless one listened to it on their computer speakers. This album begs to be listened too on your big boy rig because it is a full range album. F1nut's system would have you throwing up outside from disorientation it digs so low.


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Yet another excellently recorded album. I first discovered this album via a song my buddy Jerry down in Hotlanta (Jerry12 here, I believe…..unfortunately he never posts here or anywhere anymore) turned me onto. He told me to look him up. While admittedly, I didn’t want too because of the strange to me name and complete unfamiliarity with said musician. Since I have Tidal now, I figured what the heck, right?

I was blown away and I am (as of late) yearning to listen to his exotic, weird, non-normal, strange, Pink Floyd on acid type music as if it were normally playing as a top 10 hit on the radio. Trust me. Just play the first 3 songs of this album on your big boy rig and if it’s your style of music? You’ll be hooked as I have been. I am really digging this one too. So much so that I bought the CD and will probably purchase the best sounding LP or release he has with this album.

Just keep in mind that it’s most likely (within a probable 99% certain percentile) music that you have NEVER listened too before. It’s fresh, new and totally out of the box. YMMV but to me? It’s completely different from anything I have ever heard before.

I invite you to check them both out. From time to time, I’ll be introducing more musical selections that I run across. Thanks for reading and have a great rest of the weekend!

Tom

Comments

  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,166
    Thanks for the recommendation. I'm going to check these out tonight after dinner.
  • LegenderLegender Posts: 263
    Yes on Eva. Been listening to her for a while now and have 2 of her albums including the live at Blues Alley. Cancer took her life at such an early age.
    Thanks for sharing the music. I'll have to look into the other artist. Always good to check out new directions.
  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 11,902
    Mark, I wasn't gonna comment about crying but you brought one song to mind. "Jacob's Dream" by Alison Krauss. I'll try to upload the song here off of You-tube but no promises as I can be computer stupid from time to time, although I am getting better. Hopefully this works....



    Listen to the words and tell me you don't get choked up in the throat. This one hit me hard when I first listened to it.

    FWIW, I also use this song as a reference song. If Allison sounds bright, shrill or annoying on your rig? You honestly have something to improve. She should sound delightful on this song and you *should* have goose bumps throughout most of it while the song is playing. This (to me) is the difference between a good great system and a stellar system. This song in particular will let you know in a heartbeat.

    Tom
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 13,889
    edited May 14
    I will listen to it (not right now, though ;)).
    Alison Krauss' is indeed the ideal voice to test for shrillness. A listen to Ghost in this House (another fine and affecting song) on the Alison Krauss and Union Station "Live" album, will reveal instantly why friends don't let friends buy Klipsch "heritage" loudspeakers ;)

    The Duplexes keep her sounding sweet.

    Come to think of it, I haven't played any of her music on the Frankenaltecs -- yet.

    Sorry for this aside! ;)


  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 7,408
    Tom---Congrats on discovering Eva. A Nightingale taking from the earth to soon. Been a fan for years.

    Another song that grabs ya' :'( , but very well done even on Tidal is:
    Mercy Now--- Mary Gauthier


  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 1,066
    I discovered Eva Cassidy on Pandora several years ago and was saddened when I went to look her up only to find she had passed away from cancer, iirc. What a wonderful voice. Like where this thread is heading...always looking for new music. Found some at LSAF. Need more.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 13,889
    edited May 15
    This probably doesn't count as "new" music -- but it did just* come out... and it is the first time I've ever "pre-ordered" a recording (yes, I tend to be a late adopter), and it is pretty darned dandy sounding, not to mention borderline legendary... so I'll succumb to the temptation to mention it here :)

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    * Brand new release, only forty years, virtually to the day, after it was recorded.
  • jayman_1975jayman_1975 Posts: 607
    Boy I'm sure digging Eva Cassidy. Wow what a beautiful voice.
  • jayman_1975jayman_1975 Posts: 607
    edited May 17
    Check this out. The song "13" is my favourite but they are all pretty cool

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  • LegenderLegender Posts: 263
    edited May 18
    For those of you who like Eva, might want to look up Katie Melua. A singer from Britain who idolized Eva and wrote a song about her after her death 'Faraway Voice'.
  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,166
    Legender wrote: »
    For those of you who like Eva, might want to look up Katie Melua. A singer from Britain who idolized Eva and wrote a song about her after her death 'Faraway Voice'.

    Katie has a great voice. And she's a babe so that's a bonus.
  • msgmsg Posts: 2,852
    Tom, I added the Yosi Horikawa Vapor album to my Tidal from the other thread and meant to post back. I like this stuff. I haven't had a chance yet to use my main system, though I can't quite classify it as bigboy until I get the 2.3TLs in operation, but it should still be better than headphones. I liked what I've heard so far. Will post back when I've had a truer experience with it.

    Good thread. Gonna check out some of this chick singer stuff. It does nice things on enjoyable systems.
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 1,012
    edited May 18
    Eva is great! I found her from a forum member on here and her voice is soo smooth.


    This guy is pretty good too, Motohiro Hata

  • LegenderLegender Posts: 263
    Another favorite is Nils Lofgren... nice acoustic version.

  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 8,942
    While I had never heard of Eva, I bought 2 of her CDs and ripped them to my Jazz folder and playlist. Now the CDs are in my car.
  • msgmsg Posts: 2,852
    Tom, I queued up Vapor on the main system. Those opening lows... niiice.

    I listen to soma.fm's Groove Salad station a good bit these days, headphones and just for general relaxing background listening. I just heard a track group called Ascendant. I hear lots of good electronic/downtempo/chill stuff on this station, and try to donate a time or two a year. I went looking for the Ascendant stuff this morning, and seems only some of it's on Tidal, and there are a few different artists with this name, apparently. Anyway, found their Bandcamp page. Pretty cool you can buy directly from the artist and get .flac downloads of their albums if you don't want physical discs.

    Check out this album, Outlets of the Sky. Just now giving the full album a listen. First two tracks so far are good.
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  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 11,902
    Legender wrote: »
    Another favorite is Nils Lofgren... nice acoustic version.



    Great album! It's in regular rotation as the years go by. If you like that one, check out "Friday Night in San Francisco", which is a 1981 live album by Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía. On a great system, they are performing in front of you and the imaging is top notch. Top notch. You can tell exactly where each of them are up on stage before you and it's just a fun performance to listen too. You can tell they were up on stage just having a blast.


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    Tom



  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,166
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    I'm really enjoying this album, and it sounds really good. Pretty sure I've listened to stars 10 times today, going on 11.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 13,889
    So -- this isn't exactly new, but it was new to me. I heard it Friday courtesy of a hifi buddy who stopped by to demo some EV "Wolverine" LT-12 coaxes (and, graciously, to take a couple of very surplus vented cabinets for same home with him!). He brought a little digital player full of stuff that he was very familiar with to listen to. I heard this song and was mesmerized by it.



    PS My friend left the house thinking Altec thoughts after listening to the Frankenaltecs. Mission accomplished :)
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 13,889
    good old youtube...

  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 1,791
    Legender wrote: »
    For those of you who like Eva, might want to look up Katie Melua. A singer from Britain who idolized Eva and wrote a song about her after her death 'Faraway Voice'.


    Here is Katie rocking a bikini

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  • HzTweakerHzTweaker Posts: 372
    edited May 21
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    So -- this isn't exactly new, but it was new to me. I heard it Friday courtesy of a hifi buddy who stopped by to demo some EV "Wolverine" LT-12 coaxes (and, graciously, to take a couple of very surplus vented cabinets for same home with him!). He brought a little digital player full of stuff that he was very familiar with to listen to. I heard this song and was mesmerized by it.



    PS My friend left the house thinking Altec thoughts after listening to the Frankenaltecs. Mission accomplished :)

    Great song for sure! I also really enjoy "Brand New Colony" from the same album.
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  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,166
    edited May 21
    HzTweaker wrote: »
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    So -- this isn't exactly new, but it was new to me. I heard it Friday courtesy of a hifi buddy who stopped by to demo some EV "Wolverine" LT-12 coaxes (and, graciously, to take a couple of very surplus vented cabinets for same home with him!). He brought a little digital player full of stuff that he was very familiar with to listen to. I heard this song and was mesmerized by it.



    PS My friend left the house thinking Altec thoughts after listening to the Frankenaltecs. Mission accomplished :)

    Great song for sure! I also really enjoy "Brand New Colony" from the same album.

    If you enjoy the postal service, check out these
    Albums by death cab for cutie (same singer as postal service).

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    Little wanderer and you've haunted me all my life, I just can't get enough of.

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  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 11,902
    Here's another one I have recently discovered. It'll bring you back to the days of ol' and is brought tou by the man commonly referred too as the "King of Soul".

    Sam Cooke, from the album, "Ain't That Good News". This is not the greatest of recordings due to the age of the album but it's no slouch either. Better than some stuff put out today and on another planet from any one of Adele's album's.

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    This album is great for a Saturday GTG with friends. If you have never been exposed to Sam Cooke, I'll invite you to check him out. Been digging him when I can lately...

    Tom
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 8,022
    Sam Cooke could croon the delicates off of a nun...... ;)
  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 1,791
    No stranger to Sam.
  • voltzvoltz Posts: 4,370
    I have Several of Sam's music on my mini/dac's HD B)
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