Brandon Burke

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  1. bye bye EMI

    all, not sure if this was already posted or not - i haven't been around much - but figured it's newsworthy if for no other reason than the future of the BN catalog on disc. (to say nothing for Beatles, classical, etc). hmm.. Brandon
  2. OK Vinyl Fanatics - Tell Me About Numark TT's

    i'm an audiophile at work, but my home system is a vintage solid state receiver and a classic Technics 1200. the issues surrounding turntables and affordability are many, but chief among them are playback and durability. Numark are cheap, feather-light turntables to me. period. i wouldn't waste my money on them. for real man, think of this purchase as you would a car or a major appliance. (i.e. how soon do you want to f*ck around with buying another one..) brand new Technics 1200-series tables are basically the Hondas/Toyotas of TT's in that they're solid performers and you'll get your money back at roughly 75% should you want to sell it on craigslist within 2-3 years. honestly, the thing can basically fall down the stairs and still playback at near-archival capacity. that, coupled with the tork (when using a slipmat), is why they've been the defacto choice of DJ's for ages. i mean imagine how often those things get lugged around...and still perform. folks with $10,000 systems are out of this discussion here, as far as i'm concerned; that's a whole 'nother ballgame. save your money for an extra few months and get a 1200. it'll last you forever and you'll never need another table unless you decide to go fancy. and then hey, more power to ya if you do..
  3. Jandek

    dudes, check the show on the 12th..
  4. My brother is a graphic designer and he always talks about the design team behind Raygun magazine. So I figure I'd try to track some down for him for the holidays. If you've got any (or a line on some) please let me know. Thanks, Brandon
  5. Stravinsky's Rite Of Spring

    I love the Charles Dutoit, Montreal Orchestra recording, but it is rare. If not the Chicago Sym Orch with Ozawa is on itunes and it nice I agree. This particular recording is more dynamic and crisp than most you'll find on the commercial marketplace. Many of the others i have on LP (Monteux conducting the Paris Conservatoire Orch on RCA Victor and Boulez conducting Orch Nat'l de la RTF on Nonsuch, for example) sound sluggish by comparison..
  6. What is the best way to clean LPs?

    Standard archival practice is to avoid any cleaning solution containing alcohol, as it is, among other things, a drying agent. Evaporates quickly, but i'm not sure that's enough to recommend it. Distilled water and a surfactant (soap) free of any additives (moisturizers, fragrances, etc) is safer than alcohol..
  7. Going to Prague: Any jazz-related recommendations?

    wow, i'm going to Prague as well. but not until the 2nd week of October. i'm assuming you saw this: and this: cheers, Brandon.
  8. speaker repair in Bay Area

    hi folks, tweeter blew on one of my monitors last week. actually it was a couple of weeks ago by now, but i've been too busy to do anything about it. regardless, i need to get the thing fixed or simply replace it altogether. can anyone recommend a place in the Bay Area to go, preferably in San Francisco? thanks, Brandon
  9. speaker repair in Bay Area

    believe me, i thought long and hard about replacing the tweeters. but these particular cabinets are somewhat mysterious in that i'm not sure how the tweeters are fixed in there and i don't want to risk stripping out where the screws go in, etc. point is: an audio hobbyist acquaintance (from three cities ago, now) put them together using old cabinets, so there's no general instruction manual or schematics to work with. who knows, i may try it out later.. anyway, just to follow-up it appears there really aren't any speaker repair shop in SF. seems crazy to me but i searched everywhere. then i called the kinds of places that would know where a speaker repair shop would be, and they couldn't tell me either. so there you go..
  10. speaker repair in Bay Area

    thanks Eric. i saw this listing though Google as well, though i must admit to being a little intimidated by his list of clientele: Neil Young, the Dead, Metallica, etc. (The Clientele itself, however, is strangely missing..) in any case, i've decided to wing it and replace the tweeters myself. i have enough engineer buddies around here to help me keep things like frequency response and such in check. can't be that hard.. p.s. gosh Donald, i guess i didn't realize we had *that* kind of a relationship. you don't still have my toothbrush do you..? Don't say I don't have your back, wayward Jayhawk (I hear she makes house calls)
  11. Modern Rock - what do you like???

    album of the year: 2007
  12. From: **************************************************************************** Rodeo in Salem gets unexpected song rendition: A man purportedly from Kazakhstan launched into a diatribe instead of "The Star-Spangled Banner." By Laurence Hammack. The Roanoke Times No one knows for sure who he was, that Middle Eastern man in an American flag shirt and a cowboy hat who was supposed to sing the national anthem at a rodeo Friday night in the Salem Civic Center. But he sure shook up this town before leaving in a hurry. Introduced as Boraq Sagdiyev from Kazakhstan, he was said to be an immigrant touring America. A film crew was with him, doing some sort of documentary. And he wanted to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" to show his appreciation, the announcer told the crowd. Speaking in broken English, the mysterious man first told the decidedly pro-American crowd - it was a rodeo, of all things, in Salem, of all places - that he supported the war on terrorism. "I hope you kill every man, woman and child in Iraq, down to the lizards," he said, according to Brett Sharp of Star Country WSLC, who was also on stage that night as a media sponsor of the rodeo. An uneasy murmur ran through the crowd. "And may George W. Bush drink the blood of every man, woman and child in Iraq," he continued, according to Robynn Jaymes, who co-hosts a morning radio show with Sharp and was also among the stunned observers. The crowd's reaction was loud enough for John Saunders, the civic center's assistant director, to hear from the front office. "It was a restless kind of booing," Saunders said. Then the man took off his hat and sang what he said was his native national anthem. He then told the crowd to be seated, put his hat back on, and launched into a butchered version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" that ended with the words "your home in the grave," Sharp said. By then, a restless crowd had turned downright nasty. "If he had been out there a minute longer, I think somebody would have shot him," Jaymes said. "People were booing him, flipping him off." Rodeo producer Bobby Rowe, who by then had figured out that he was the victim of some kind of hoax, had the man escorted out of the civic center. Rowe told him that he and his film friends had best leave right then. "Had we not gotten them out of there, there would have been a riot," said Rowe, who has been bringing his Imperial Rodeo Productions to Salem for years. As his wife, Lenore, put it: "It's a wonder one of these cowboys didn't go out there and rope him up." Saunders agreed. "I was concerned for his personal safety," he said. Once the film crew members and their star realized the severity of the situation, Bobby Rowe said, "they loaded up the van and they screeched out of there." After apologizing to the crowd for being duped, Rowe was left to wonder who pulled such a hoax, and why. Months ago, he was approached by someone from One America, a California-based film company that was reportedly doing a documentary on a Russian immigrant, Rowe said. The outfit asked if Sagdiyev could sing the national anthem at the rodeo in Salem. After listening to a tape, Rowe said sure. By Saturday afternoon, Jaymes had observed that Sagdiyev looked a lot like the title character of "Da Ali G Show," a Home Box Office production that often catches its guests and audiences unaware and then records their reaction to "shock value" material such as Friday night's performance. The show has a character named Borat from Kazakhstan, according to the HBO Web site. Jaymes said she recalls that one of the five cameras was turned on her and others on stage, as if to catch their reactions. "I looked at Brett and said, 'Why do I feel like I'm in the middle of a bad "Saturday Night Live" episode?'" Jaymes said. As Rowe prepared Saturday for a second night of the rodeo, he was playing it safe on who would sing the national anthem. "It'll be a tape," he said.
  13. Happy Birthday, Brandon Burke!

    hey dudes, thanks for the good word. and sorry to be so out of the loop. i made a conscious decision a year or so ago to cool it on TV and the Interweb. and i must say it's made the world a better, more tangible place. (cable especially. uugh..) not that i have minute-one to decicate to recreational reading, but such is life. anyway, busy day today. wrapping up three weeks of work in as many days. cheers all and thanks again, Brandon p.s. thanks Clifford..
  14. Friends, It is my pleasure to announce that the brand new issue of Wax Poetics features photos and an interview with, beloved board member, brownie! We did the interviewed last June, actually, and he was also kind enough to send a selection photos for me to digitze for inclusion in the issue. Normally, I'd shy away from this kind of self-promotion but, in all honesty, all I did was scan some images and ask some questions...this is his work I'm writing about now. For the record, issues of Wax Poetics do not remain in print for very long. The first few issues even fetch good money on eBay now. (Crazy.) That said, I recommend picking one up sooner than later. (And yes, Dusty Groove has it.) Big thanks to brownie for his kindness, cooperation, and fascinating stories! happy reading, Brandon
  15. 2005 National Recording Registry (in chronological order) 1. "Canzone del Porter" from "Martha (von Flotow)," Edouard de Reszke (1903) 2. "Listen to the Lambs," Hampton Quartette; recorded by Natalie Curtis Burlin (1917) 3. "Over There," Nora Bayes (1917) 4. "Crazy Blues," Mamie Smith (1920) 5. "My Man" and "Second Hand Rose," Fanny Brice (1921) 6. "Ory's Creole Trombone," Kid Ory (June 1922) 7. Inauguration of Calvin Coolidge (March 4, 1925) 8. "Tanec pid werbamy/Dance Under the Willows," Pawlo Huemiuk (1926) 9. "Singin' the Blues," Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra with Bix Beiderbecke (1927) 10. First official transatlantic telephone conversation (Jan. 7, 1927) 11. "El Manisero" ("The Peanut Vendor"), Rita Montaner, vocal with orchestra (1927); "El Manisero," Don Azpiazu and his orchestra (1930) 12. Light's Golden Jubilee Celebration (Oct. 21, 1929) 13. Beethoven's Egmont Overture, Op. 84, Modesto High School Band (1930) 14. "Show Boat," Helen Morgan, Paul Robeson, James Melton and others; Victor Young, conductor; Louis Alter, piano (1932) 15. "Wabash Cannonball," Roy Acuff (1936) 16. "One o'Clock Jump," Count Basie and his Orchestra (1937) 17. Archibald MacLeish's "Fall of the City," Orson Welles, narrator, Burgess Meredith, Paul Stewart (April 11, 1937) 18. "The Adventures of Robin Hood" radio broadcast of May 11, 1938 19. Joe Louis-Max Schmeling fight, Clem McCarthy, announcer (June 22,1938) 20. "John the Revelator," Golden Gate Quartet (1938) 21. "Adagio for Strings," Arturo Toscanini, conductor; NBC Symphony (1938) 22. "Command Performance" show No.21, Bob Hope, master of ceremonies (July 7, 1942) 23. "Straighten Up and Fly Right," Nat "King" Cole (1943) 24. Allen's Alley segment from "The Fred Allen Show"(Radio broadcast of Oct. 7, 1945) 25. "Jole Blon," Harry Choates (1946) 26. "Tubby the Tuba," Paul Tripp (words) and George Kleinsinger (music) (1946) 27. "Move on up a Little Higher," Mahalia Jackson (1948) 28. "Anthology of American Folk Music," edited by Harry Smith (1952) 29. "Schooner Bradley," performed by Pat Bonner (??1952-60) 30. "Damnation of Faust," Boston Symphony Orchestra with the Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society (1954) 31. "Blueberry Hill," Fats Domino (1956) 32. "Variations for Orchestra," Louisville Orchestra (1956) 33. "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," Jerry Lee Lewis (1957) 34. "That'll Be the Day," Buddy Holly (1957) 35. "Poeme Electronique," Edgard Varese (1958) 36. "Time Out," The Dave Brubeck Quartet (1959) 37. Studs Terkel interview with James Baldwin (Sept. 29, 1962) 38. William Faulkner address at West Point Military Academy (1962) 39. "Dancing in the Street," Martha and the Vandellas (1964) 40. "Live at the Regal," B.B. King (1965) 41. "Are You Experienced?" Jimi Hendrix Exerience (1967) 42. "We're Only in It for the Money," Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention (1968) 43. "Switched-On Bach," Wendy Carlos (1968) 44. "Oh Happy Day," Edwin Hawkins Singers (1969) 45. "Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers," Firesign Theatre (1970) 46. "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," Gil Scott-Heron (1970) 47. "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1972) 48. The old fog horn, Kewaunee, Wis., recorded by James A. Lipsky (1972) 49. "Songs in the Key of Life," Stevie Wonder (1976) 50. "Daydream Nation," Sonic Youth (1988) Press release to
  16. Jazz musicians who play out of tune

    to the Ron Carter point: i've never been able to tell how purposefully *off* his bowed cello was on Mal Waldron The Quest.
  17. friends, i'm moving into a new place tomorrow and am going to need to soudproof the french doors reparating my bedroom from another. i need to refrain from applying any adhesive to the door itself. was thinking about buying sheets/panels of acoustical foam but want to explore all options before i throw that kind of money down. there are several kinds of foam. i'm not interested in the kind that simply keeps sound waves from bouncing around a studio, that's an altogether different thing. i'm trying to block sound from coming in and going out of these doors. just so we're clear, this is an old turn-of-the-century row house so the doors are old and far from sealed. (tried doing a google image search now for a comparable set-up but go nothing. oh well...) thanks as always, Brandon
  18. soundproofing interior sliding doors

    movers? never heard of 'em... anyway, i think i have plan. first of all, the point of the soundproofing is not audio-related. it's a privacy issue between two respectful roommates and as it stands now, there's very little keeping sound from exiting/entering our otherwise conjoined rooms. for example, there's about an inch-or-so between the bottom of the sliding doors and the floor...hardword at that. so it's basically like trying to drink a glass of water out of a pasta strainer. the solution: i'm buying thin plywood to wedge inside the door frame on each side of the double doors, roughly 4'x7'. it will be painted the same color as the trim (which needs to be repainted anyway so...). along the outside border of the plywood, where it meets the door frame, i am going to adhere rubber edging so the plywood fits snuggly into the frame...tight enough to warrant wedging it in there with a rubber mallet. handles will be screwed into the plywood (on the outside) so that it (the plywood) can be removed easily. on the inside of the plywood, invisible from the outside, i am going to adhere acoustic sound-deadening foam. so there you go. Brandon
  19. Nikki Sudden RIP

    i made a mixtape with "International Rescue" on it not 3 days ago. bummer news indeed...
  20. Stereolab

    clem, first of all, thanks for those vids, man. very cool/kind. Gastr: no, i guess i never saw any interviews...or none that dealt specifically with the breakup, anyway. i still like those records, actually. been buying them back up again since they seem to show up at Amoeba for cheap and i went through a phase several years ago wherein i sold all of my 90's indie records. (kept Bee Thousand, thank you very much..) O'Rourke: wondering if i shouldn't be paying more attention to his solo stuff than i am (which is not at all). recently re-bought the Bad Timing LP which i remember think was waaaaaay too Fahey at the time. turns out it's good. he stayed at our place once in like '96/'97. was touring with Cindy Dall (ex-Smog) and someone else as a Drag City package. this was when he was first getting into playing entire shows like Fahey. later, at the apt, he played my roomate's Tele all night, switiching between dramatic Crookt-like octave runs and silly shit like the Metallica songs his students ask him to teach them. all said, i found him to be a really good guy. and funny too. at breakfast the next morning he feigned bumping into the restaurant door on the way in. (the old kick-the-bottom-of-the-door it sounds like you hit your head). Grubbs: never really got into his post-Gastr stuff. too much arty, not enough farty. and whatever made him think that people want to listen to narrated dramas on LP is beyond me. (like his Red Krayola contribs, though...) Lloyd: remember when it didn't take 2-and-a-half years between each Eightball? (sigh...) Zodiac: i'll look for that. seen 'em before but never pulled the trigger. Brandon
  21. Stereolab

    ....not to mention Yoko Ono's "Mindtrain"! i was a pretty big fan of Stereolab in the mid-90's. (and i don't use the word "fan" lightly.) at the time, they seemed to come out of nowhere...musically, stylistically, politically, etc. to say nothing for how cool and collected they always appeared. over time, as i began to learn about the artists that influenced them, and magic wore away somewhat...which is fine, they're just people like everyone else. (same with Gastr del Sol, i should say, once i discovered Derek Bailey, Luc Ferrari, Morton Feldman, Gyorgy Ligeti, etc.) i bought every Stereolab record up through Emperor Tomato Ketchup, which was the first one i didn't like. too much John McEntire...someone i've never particularly liked (musically). his production/engineering style -- i call it "Steely Can" -- is just too cold and detatched for me. consequently, i found the stylistic shift from Mars Audiac Quintet (my favorite) to Emperor TK to be the source of much bummage. especially the druming, since that record seemed to magically transfrom them into a band of robots. (Dots and Loops is particularly bad in this regard. i gave up completely after that one.) nice people, though. a friend of mine from college was good pals with Mary Hansen before she passed away and had nothing but great things to say about the entire group. Brandon
  22. Now reading...

    i finished Fortress of Solitude about a month or so ago, enjoyed it immensely. bought his The Dissapointment Artist over the weekend. (mostly because i found out there's an essay in there on Cassavetes...)
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  24. iTunes question

    a friend of mine told me that a mix i made her plays quieter than her other CDs. this was confirmed when another mix i made for someone went on at a party last weekend and was definitely quieter then whatever was on prior. is there a gain control for burning CDs in iTunes? i looked everywhere but couldn't find anything. thanks folks, Brandon
  25. iTunes question

    the RMS v normalization thing makes sense. no prob there. should mention that, before i started this reply, i was capturing open reel feeds in WaveLab; so i'm no stranger to these concepts. when it comes to iTunes, however, i tend to get their proprietary (i.e made up) half-assed plug-ins confused. seems that, in an attempt to keep things "simple", iTunes designers avoided the very terminology that would have otherwise explained what those fuctions are meant to accomplish. simple indeed... anyway, i'll try messing with sound check in the burning preferences to see what happens. if that doesn't work, i'll prob just cave in and get Toast w/ Jam. (i'm possibly expecting a little too much from our friend, iTunes, anyway...) thanks, Brandon