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01Andy Shauf paints a patchwork of perspectives in The Party, his most endearing work yet: It was of some surprise to learn that the third record from Canadian crooner Andy Shauf was to be based on a party. It seemed misfitting, given the artist’s sombre style, and the concept in general a little clichéd. – by John Bell – http://www.thelineofbestfit.com/reviews/albums/andy-shauf-the-party

First Listen: Beth Orton, ‘Kidsticks’: Between her 1996 breakthrough Trailer Park and 2012’s Sugaring Season, Beth Orton embarked on a steady but slow-moving transition from her signature «folktronica» sound to styles rooted in far more traditional rock instrumentation. – by Beth Orton – http://www.npr.org/2016/05/19/477927199/first-listen-beth-orton-kidsticks

2: As usual, Petty makes it seem easy. And with help from his fellow Mudcrutchers, the unassumingly titled is proof that even Tom Petty’s modest side projects are better and more compelling than many acts at their best. This article has been amended from its original version. – by Hal Horowitz – http://americansongwriter.com/2016/05/mudcrutch-2/

Bob Dylan: Back when the formative ’50s took off into the soaraway ’60s, the generation gap between the parental bow-tie daddy and turned-on baby boomer was a gulf, and it extended to almost everything. Each had their figureheads, bugbears 
and touchstones. – by MAT SNOW – http://www.mojo4music.com/24033/bob-dylan-fallen-angels/

Songwriter Guy Clark Passes Away at 74: It took a sinfully long time for Austin City Limits to induct Guy Clark into their esteemed hall of fame, but some artists don’t collect their due until it is too late. Last summer on the evening Clark was to finally receive his honor, he was nowhere to be found. – by Stephan Wyatt – http://www.popmatters.com/post/the-last-gunfighter-songwriter-guy-clark-passes-away-at-74/

The End of the End of the World: Two years ago, a lawyer in Indiana sent me a check for seventy-eight thousand dollars. The money was from my uncle Walt, who had died six months earlier. I hadn’t been expecting any money from Walt, still less counting on it. – by Jonathan Franzen – http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/05/23/jonathan-franzen-goes-to-antarctica

Hva vil det si å være norsk i dag? Knut Olav Åmås: Hva Norge er for meg i 2016? Her er fire små scener, ikke helt tilfeldige, men jeg kunne skissert mange flere, mange andre: Første scene: En konsertkveld i et enkelt kulturhus i Valdres, arrangert av kommunen og frivillige krefter. – https://www.e-pages.dk/aftenposten/18838/article/422123/16/1/render/

Oppsiktsvekkende stilsikkert fra debutanten Paul Henriksen: Slik går det iørefallende refrenget til «Six Foot Two», en av ti særs stilsikre sanger på Paul Henriksens debutalbum Time To Grow Wings, om den gangen han var så heldig å se Townes Van Zandt varme opp før en av de tre gangene han rakk å se ham. – by Erik – http://erikvalebrokk.no/oppsiktsvekkende-stilsikkert-debutanten-paul-henriksen/

Intervju: Band Of Horses: Solen skinner i Oslo og på The Thief sitter Band Of Horses’ frontmann Ben Bridwell og ser på båtene langs bryggen. På bordet foran ham står det et glass Bloody Mary med isbiter og to korte selleristanger. – http://gaffa.no/artikkel/106725/intervju-band-of-horses/

Cosmic American Music and the Transcendent Brotherhood of Man: There are few things in this little, old world as moving as being unified with strangers under the ethereal banner of song. – by Trey Zenker – http://read.tidal.com/article/cosmic-american-music-and-the-transcendent-brotherhood-of-man

«Vi må venne oss til at Norge muligens må bekjempe grupper i morgen som vi trener og utstyrer med våpen i dag»: Etter det Aftenposten erfarer, var Syria et oppdrag de norske spesialstyrkene ikke ønsket seg. Forsvaret aksepterer alle oppdrag de får fra landets politiske ledelse. – https://www.e-pages.dk/aftenposten/89200/article/417862/9/1/render/

Nyliberalismens realitet: Når Torbjørn Røe Isaksen rykker ut slik han gjør mot vårt essay «Nyliberalismens ektefødte barn» 22. april, minner vi om at han ikke bare er Høyre-politiker, men også master i idéhistorie, med en oppgave om den østerrikske økonomen Friedrich Hayek. – https://morgenbladet.no/ideer/2016/04/nyliberalismens-realitet

Christy Moore interview: ‘I search for the perfect word’:  Christy Moore, who was born on 7 May, 1945, was a founding member of the bands Planxty and Moving Hearts. His first solo album was recorded in 1969 and he has a new album out in 2016. In 2007 he was named as Ireland’s greatest living musician by RTE. – by Martin Chilton – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/artists/christy-moore-interview-i-search-for-the-perfect-word/

Sam Outlaw Is on a Mission to Make : Let’s get this out of the way: Sam Outlaw’s real name isn’t Sam Outlaw. The bills mailed to his Glendale apartment are addressed to “Sam Morgan.” “Outlaw” is a nom de guitar selected after he quit his ad-sales job to pursue his dream of making “country music that doesn’t suck. – by Jeff Weiss – http://www.laweekly.com/music/sam-outlaw-is-on-a-mission-to-make-country-music-that-doesn-t-suck-6868319

Paging Mr. Proust: The Jayhawks’ ninth record Paging Mr. Proust opens with one of the best songs the band has ever released, “Quiet Corners & Empty Spaces”. It’s the kind of song that, nearly 30 years into his influential career, one might presume that Gary Louris could knock out in his sleep. – by Ed Whitelock – http://www.popmatters.com/review/the-jayhawks-paging-mr.-proust/

Roon 1.2: Meet Core (and More): From the press release: – The 1.2 release of Roon marks the launch of the Roon Core partner program, which places the Roon Core software functions into partner devices so that server companies can offer a turnkey Roon experience. – by Michael Lavorgna – http://www.audiostream.com/content/roon-12-meet-core-and-more#05Sif5uFgsFH5yZU.97

Knausgaard’s Selflessness: Five volumes in, there’s still a temptation to redeem Karl Ove Knausgaard from egotism—to find, in his multi-volume autobiographical novel “My Struggle,” some subject other than Karl Ove’s life, some theme profound enough to justify these thousands of pages. – by Joshua Rothman – http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/knausgaards-selflessness

Folk blander seg for lite: Jeg husker godt innvandringsdebattene den gangen jeg var elev og student tidlig på 1980-tallet. Fremskrittspartiet var der, men da som et fremmedelement. Ingen andre var opptatt av å forholde seg kritisk til sider ved innvandringen. Sett i bakspeilet var dette en tabbe. – http://www.e-pages.dk/aftenposten/89181/article/409776/62/2/render/

Et mønster i misbruk av forskning?: Teksten har opprinnelig vært publisert på Rektors blogg på nettsidene til Universitetet i Oslo. Den samme regjeringen som fortjenstfullt har signalisert høye ambisjoner for norsk forskning, synes nå misbruke den samme forskningen. – http://www.nrk.no/ytring/et-monster-i-misbruk-av-forskning_-1.12889514

John Prine Endures, With a Half-Smile and a Song: A man in search of a pint found one in an Irish establishment in Midtown. He was short and everyday, save for his spikes of gray-white hair and a sizable indentation in his neck — the mark of something endured. He looked like a guy who’d been around, and was grateful to still be. – by DAN BARRY – http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/10/arts/music/john-prine-endures-with-a-half-smile-and-a-song.html

Er dette løsningen på alle våre energiproblemer?: Kan to karer på et lite kontor i Røyken sitte på løsningen på klimakrisen? Fusjon av ultratett hydrogen vil kunne gi oss biler og droner med ubegrenset rekkevidde. Hus kan kobles fra strømnettet. – http://www.e-pages.dk/aftenposten/89168/article/404013/32/1/render/

Zhang skal flytte én kilometer for å slippe fri fra fattigdommen: 64-åringen viser Aftenposten inn i sitt hjem, en tilsynelatende falleferdig steinhytte uten innlagt vann, med iskaldt, skittent murgulv og gamle aviser som «tapet» der de grå veggene ikke er bare. Komfyren er kullfyrt og uten skikkelig avtrekk. – http://www.e-pages.dk/aftenposten/89168/article/404013/4/1/render/

Q&A with Hugo Blick, Writer, Producer and Director of The Honourable Woman: Editor’s Note: This is an extract from a Q&A by Hugo Blick for the MIPTV event in Cannes in April 2014. What was the inspiration behind the series? – http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/writersroom/entries/cc86b976-3937-3b4e-accb-dce2e7f2e77b

Sturgill Simpson, a Genuine Alternative to Alt Country: NASHVILLE — One recent afternoon at Jack Brown’s, a burger joint in a quickly gentrifying industrial stretch known as Germantown north of this city’s downtown, Sturgill Simpson announced, “I’m grateful to all the non-risk-takers, – by JON CARAMANICA – http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/03/arts/music/sturgill-simpson-a-genuine-alternative-to-alt-country.html

The Wise Blood of Lucinda Williams: A few years ago Lucinda Williams’ tour bus pulled out of Macon, Georgia, after a show at the Cobb Theatre and then turned west from Atlanta. – by Geoffrey Himes – http://americansongwriter.com/2016/03/the-wise-blood-of-lucinda-williams/

Vill i reformkorridorene.: Offentlig sektor designes og redesignes i et forrykende tempo. Ikke før har man fått en sentralisering på plass, før det kommer krav om en desentralisering. Noen sektorer reformeres i retning av generalisering, mens andre spesialiseres. – http://www.e-pages.dk/aftenposten/89162/article/401466/40/1/render/

40 Years On: Joni Mitchell’s The Hissing Of Summer Lawns RevisitedDavid Bennun , November 23rd, 2015 12:40: Nobody has ever made an album like this. By which I do not mean, nobody other than Joni Mitchell, although that is also true. – http://thequietus.com/articles/19279-joni-mitchell-the-hissing-of-summer-lawns-review-anniversary

Hear Ryan Adams and Bob Mould Play Music And Talk About Everything Under The Sun: There’s new music from Bob Mould. His latest album, Patch The Sky, comes out March 25. One of this legendary musician’s biggest fans — from his punk days of Hüsker Dü to the land of Sugar and his prolific and exciting solo records — is musician Ryan Adams. – http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2016/03/24/471733566/hear-ryan-adams-and-bob-mould-play-music-and-talk-about-everything-under-the-sun

Ethan Hawke on Biopics, Chet Baker, and Breaking Out: When Ethan Hawke turned 40 a few years ago, he did a couple of things. «One is I got my motorcycle license,» Hawke says, splayed out in the corner booth of a Manhattan cafe. «I had it before, but I got it again. – by Josh Eells – http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/features/ethan-hawke-on-biopics-chet-baker-and-breaking-out-20160324

OPPO Digital’s BDP-105D: an HDMI DAC for the Apple TV: The BDP-105D is OPPO Digital’s flagship universal disc player. BDP = Blu-Ray Disc Player. D = Darbee video processing chip. AU = Australia. – by John H. Darko – http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2015/11/oppo-digitals-bdp-105d-an-hdmi-dac-for-the-apple-tv/

Grant-Lee Phillips – The Narrows: Folk flest husker nok Grant-Lee Phillips best som mannen som sang “Fuzzy” og “Jupiter and Teardrop” en gang tidlig på 90 tallet – den gangen han var frontmannen for Grant Lee Buffalo. – by Knut André Dale – http://www.musikkbloggen.no/2016/03/grant-lee-phillips-the-narrows/

I lived the Scandinavian dream: My wife and I moved to Norway for a year — where pregnancy is not a “pre-existing condition”: Bernie gets his ideas on healthcare and education from the Scandinavian model. We got to experience it firsthand Bernie Sanders unashamedly looks to Scandinavia for a model for healthcare, education and, well, taxes. – by Eric Dregni – http://www.salon.com/2016/03/06/i_lived_the_scandinavian_dream_my_wife_and_i_moved_to_norway_for_a_year_where_pregnancy_is_not_a_pre_existing_condition/

Wet Sounds: M. Ward Raises His Voice: Matt Ward’s most recognizable asset is his voice. It’s a warmly weathered instrument, his scratchy and soulful croon having drawn comparisons to the likes of Tom Waits and Louis Armstrong since the release of his debut album, 1999’s Duet For Guitars #2. – by Jeff Terich – http://americansongwriter.com/2016/03/wet-sounds-m-ward-raises-his-voice/

Homer’s “The Odyssey” With Cowboy Hats – en prat med Tom Russell: Tom Russell besøkte nylig Norge, og Knut André benyttet anledningen til å ta en prat med sin gamle venn. – by Knut André Dale – http://www.musikkbloggen.no/2016/02/homers-the-odyssey-with-cowboy-hats-en-prat-med-tom-russell/

Review: Americana acts salute Glenn Frey, Eagles, at Troubadour: Beyond the many individual inspired renditions of Eagles songs delivered Saturday at the Americana Music Assn.’s tribute to Glenn Frey, perhaps the biggest service the assemblage served up was the opportunity to hear those songs with fresh ears. – http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-glenn-frey-tribute-eagles-americana-troubadour-grammy-20160214-story.html

NATO møter utfordringer i alle himmelretninger: Syria, flyktningkrise, russisk aggresjon og bevaring av båndene over Atlanteren – utfordringene for NATO vokser. Sikkerhetskonferansen i München er for den sikkerhetspolitiske elite det som Davos-møtet er for den økonomiske. Den setter dagsorden for debatten. – http://www.e-pages.dk/aftenposten/89119/article/384010/3/3/render/

Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts of Highway 20 (2016): In the real world, human emotions are complex, making them difficult to truly convey in the music world. – by S. Victor Aaron – http://somethingelsereviews.com/2016/02/04/lucinda-williams-the-ghosts-of-highway-20/

Som folk flest: «Som folk flest» var tittelen på en bok av Nils Christie, som handlet om lovbrytere. Han forsøkte å formidle at skurkene var deg og meg. Du og jeg kunne ha endt i samme situasjon som de som havner på skråplanet og i fengsel. Christies prosjekt som kriminolog var dypt humanistisk. – http://www.vg.no/nyheter/meninger/flyktningkrisen-i-europa/som-folk-flest/a/23608128/

Flest mannlige migranter: – Kan skade våre samfunn: Professor Valerie M. Hudson ved Texas A&M Universitet etterlyser politikere som tar inn over seg hva den skjeve kjønnsfordelingen blant asylsøkere gjør med våre samfunn. – Verden ser til de nordiske landene som likestillingens høyborg. – http://www.vg.no/nyheter/utenriks/asyl-debatten/flest-mannlige-migranter-kan-skade-vaare-samfunn/a/23595903/

Remembering Glenn Frey: Cameron Crowe on Eagles’ Teen King: It was 1972, and «Take It Easy» was on the charts. The Eagles came to San Diego, where I was working for a local underground paper. I grabbed my photographer buddy Gary from school and made a plan. We were going to sneak backstage and grab an interview with this new group. – by Cameron Crowe – http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/remembering-glenn-frey-cameron-crowe-on-eagles-teen-king-20160121

Lucinda Williams: Nothing Is Ever Too Personal: On the back of winning Album Of The Year at the Americana Music Honors & Awards Lucinda Williams reveals to Chris Familton a new album is on the way, continuing her prolific run of the last decade. – http://nodepression.com/interview/lucinda-williams-nothing-ever-too-personal

CES 2016 Wrap-up: CES 2016 is in the can. I spent much of the four days at the high-end exhibits in the Venetian and a bit of time with manufacturer’s electing to display at the Mirage. I didn’t get over to the main convention center this year because I had too many people to meet with on the last day of the show. – http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content/678-ces-2016-wrap/

Dylan LeBlanc – Cautionary Tale: Årets første americanautgivelse som det virkelig knytter seg endel spenning til kommer fra selveste Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Stjerneskuddet Dylan LeBlanc er tilbake etter en lang og litt ufrivillig pause, men med et album som garantert vil få fram mye godord fra fans og kritikere. – by Jan Eiesland – http://www.musikkbloggen.no/2016/01/dylan-leblanc-cautionary-tale/

The New Wave of UK Folk: 5 Artists You Need to Know: There’s a new wave of UK folk artists a-rolling across the iron main who draw from the deep classics as easily as anyone: Steeleye Span, Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, Ewan McColl, Shirley Collins, et al; but they’re also building on modern influences like Scandinavian neo-trad, American ind – by Devon Leger – http://www.thebluegrasssituation.com/read/new-wave-uk-folk-5-artists-you-need-know

Sonus Faber – Sjarmeleon: Chameleon er en ganske tradisjonelt utstyrt kompakt eller stativhøyttaler, men ser du godt etter kommer Sonus Faber sine spesialiteter til syne i form av nydelig design og en finish som få andre høyttalere i prisklassen kan skilte med. – http://www.stereopluss.no/sonus-faber-sjarmeleon.5832756-356653.html

Panhandle Rambler: Joe Ely on His New Album, Townes, and Helping the Homeless: Panhandle Rambler (9/18/15, Rack’em Records) is near the top of the Americana Music Association Chart and garnered a spot on the No Depression Reader’s Poll «Top 50 Albums of 2015,» in spite of its relatively late release date. – by Hal Bogerd – http://nodepression.com/interview/panhandle-rambler-joe-ely-his-new-album-townes-and-helping-homeless

Hva er egentlig forskjellen mellom sunni- og sjiaislam?: Eksperter frykter en opptrapping i den sekteriske konflikten i Midtøsten etter at Saudi-Arabia henrettet den sjiamuslimske lederen Nimr Baqr al-Nimr. I Midtøsten kan sunni- eller sjia være forskjellen på liv og død. – http://www.aftenposten.no/nyheter/uriks/Hva-er-egentlig-forskjellen-mellom-sunni–og-sjiaislam-8303654.html

The 50 Best Movies of 2015: It’s been a strange year for film here at Paste. Several of us have felt very out of sync with the critical consensus. In fact, in our Top Fifty Movies of the Year list, below, it’s very possible that none of our top 25 will be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. – by Paste Staff – http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/12/the-50-best-movies-of-2015.html

The Best Films of 2015: Anomalisa The master of internalised anguish and bitingly funny insecurity is back with his first animated feature. – by PopMatters Staff – http://www.popmatters.com/feature/the-best-films-of-2015/

10 of the best turntables of all time: The Dual CS505 cost £75 back in 1980 and was pitched at «hitting back at cheap decks from the Far East». It was also the first of Dual’s decks to be sold in the UK without a fitted cartridge. It also boasted an «autostop and arm lift device». Not bad, eh? – by Max Langridge – http://www.whathifi.com/news/10-best-turntables-all-time

Norway Offers Migrants a Lesson in How to Treat Women: SANDNES, Norway — When he first arrived in Europe, Abdu Osman Kelifa, a Muslim asylum seeker from the Horn of Africa, was shocked to see women in skimpy clothes drinking alcohol and kissing in public. – by ANDREW HIGGINS – http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/20/world/europe/norway-offers-migrants-a-lesson-in-how-to-treat-women.html

Breathe new life into dusty vinyl by digitizing your LPs (the right way): Vinyl isn’t dead — it’s simply on the mend. Record sales are on pace to surpass the 7-million mark in the United States alone this year, quietly toppling another 20-year sales record for a fourth consecutive year. – by Brandon Widder – http://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/digitizing-your-record-collection/

The Compleat Guide to Digitizing Your LP Collection: For anyone over 40 (or maybe 30), having a music collection probably means that, in addition to racks of CDs and ridiculous piles of MP3s, you’re also sitting on bookshelves (or “borrowed” milk crates) full of vinyl LPs. Hundreds of pounds of space-consuming, damage-prone vinyl. – by shacker – http://blog.birdhouse.org/2011/02/20/digitizing-lps/comment-page-1/

JRiver Vinyl Ripper: I’ve seen the request made before on the forums, but I also believe there is a potential for new users out there. Many use Audacity to manually record, amplify, filter, split and tag. There is no single integrated solution. MC could be the first to do it properly. – https://yabb.jriver.com/interact/index.php

Guide to Converting Analog Vinyl To Digital Files Using Windows: This guide provides a step by step walkthrough of ripping audiophile vinyl to 24/192 digital audio. Included in the guide are details on how to use state of the art digital audio restoration software to remove clicks, pops, and crackles, while minimizing the impact on sound quality. – http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content/486-guide-converting-analog-vinyl-digital-files-using-windows/

Ripping Vinyl to 24bit 96kHz Apple Lossless: Those of you out there with a vinyl collection may at some point want to preserve your collection digitally. – by Andrew Flocchini – https://gigaom.com/2011/04/15/ripping-vinyl-to-24bit-96khz-apple-lossless/

How Did You Find Your Favorite Albums This Year?: Sloane’s radio show and podcast, «Country Fried Rock,” has served over 250 unique programs, focusing on Americana and roots music. If you live in an area that still has a locally owned record store, you are truly fortunate. I hope you buy music from them. – http://nodepression.com/article/how-did-you-find-your-favorite-albums-year

The Best Albums of 2015: Clockwise from top left: Kendrick Lamar, Björk, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Adele, Joanna Newsom and D’Angelo. The music critics of The New York Times share their picks for the best pop and jazz albums of the year. Jon Pareles1. – by NATE CHINEN, BEN RATLIFF, JON PARELES, JON CARAMANICA – http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/13/arts/music/best-albums-of-2015.html

Rediscover: Willie Nile: Willie Nile: The music business has fucked over… well, pretty much everyone who has ever been involved in it. – by Jeremy Winograd – http://spectrumculture.com/2015/12/07/rediscover-willie-nile-willie-nile/

Best Films of 2015: Eight years since his last feature film, Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien returns with The Assassin and it proves worth the wait. Popular actress Shu Qi and frequent Hou collaborator is transported to China of the 8th century, the Tang Dynasty’s decline, in Hou’s take on the wuxia genre. – by Spectrum Culture Staff – http://spectrumculture.com/2015/12/16/best-films-of-2015/

Sonus Faber Chameleon B Loudspeakers: The designers who work for the Italian loudspeaker maker Sonus Faber have attacked the problem of loudspeaker uniformity with creativity, ingenuity, and panache. – by Jeff Stockton – http://www.soundstageaccess.com/index.php/equipment-reviews/677-sonus-faber-chameleon-b-loudspeakers

AudioQuest JitterBug USB Noise Filter: These words, from AudioQuest’s Steve Silberman, reveal a major motivating factor in the development of the company’s JitterBug, a USB noise filter released in June of 2015 ($49 USD). – by Simaudio Neo – http://www.soundstagehifi.com/index.php/equipment-reviews/916-audioquest-jitterbug-usb-noise-filter#most-read-reviews-last-5-years

The 15 Best New TV Shows of 2015: Our picks for best new TV shows of 2015 reflect an immense and seemingly unquenchable desire for something different. Every year, it seems, that’s what we’re looking for—stories we haven’t heard, actors we didn’t know we loved and character types we didn’t know we were missing. – by Paste TV Writers – http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/12/the-15-best-new-tv-shows-of-2015.html

The Best Americana of 2015: In the introduction to last year’s Best Americana feature I noted the distinctions between Americana and country becoming blurred. – by Eric Risch – http://www.popmatters.com/feature/the-best-americana-of-2015/

Årets Album 2015: 2015 har vært nok et fantastisk musikkår. «Vår» sjanger, det som på folkemunne i dag kalles americana, blir stadig oftere anerkjent og satt pris på i flere leirer. – by Jan Eiesland – http://www.musikkbloggen.no/2015/12/arets-album-2015/

Turntable Buying Guide: Explore the wide range of Belt Drive Turntables, Direct Drive Turntables, Manual Turntables, Automatic Turntables and Turntables with USB. Learn more about the different types of turntable with our Turntable Buying Guide. A manual turntable requires some finesse. – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/browse.html/ref=pe_2340281_89084381_pe_ecg/

180 Gram Vinyl… What are the benefits? Heavyweight Vinyl Records Explained: The words «180 Gram Vinyl» have been the cause for many misunderstandings and debate among the audiophile and vinyl records community. – by Vinyl Gourmet – http://blog.vinylgourmet.com/2015/10/180-gram-vinyl-what-are-the-benefits-heavyweight-vinyl-records-explained.html

Åpenbaringen: Sentimentalt, inderlig, dramatisk: Erlend Ropstad gir seg følelsene i vold på album med svært gode låter. album Erlend Ropstad «Det beste vi får til» Later Gator/Musikkoperatørene HHHHHH I utlandet går Fanden som kjent i kloster når han føler alderen tynge. – http://www.klassekampen.no/article/20151123/ARTICLE/151129878

Erlend Ropstad – Det Beste Vi Får Til: En sørlending unnskylder nesten alltid at han er tilstede og føler ofte at han nesten ikke eksisterer når han beveger seg i andre miljøer enn i sitt naturlige habitat. Han er naturlig ydmyk og tilbakeholden og krever generelt lite oppmerksomhet, men han har en utholdenhet som overgår det meste. – by Jan Eiesland – http://www.musikkbloggen.no/2015/12/erlend-ropstad-det-beste-vi-far-til/

NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Albums Of 2015: This is how we listen: Take 12 months, a few thousand albums and pan for gold. We sift for works that are definitive and for sounds or songs that cross boundaries, make connections, teach us something new. – by Morgan Walker – http://www.npr.org/2015/12/07/458447213/npr-musics-50-favorite-albums-of-2015

The 50 Best Songs of 2015: As with our 50 best albums of 2015, arriving at a consensus for the 50 best songs is a long, demanding process. A ridiculous 302 songs were nominated by Paste editors, writers, freelancers and interns, exactly one more than last year’s 301, which feels like progress. – by Paste Staff – http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/12/the-50-best-songs-of-2015.html

PS Audio Sprout: PS Audio is an American company, specialising mainly in the production of the high-end power components and accessories. Especially its regenerating power stations enjoy good reputation. – http://www.stereolife.eu/reviews/item/1091-ps-audio-sprout

50 Best Albums of 2015: The feverish four-year wait for the follow-up to Adele’s triple-platinum blockbuster, 21, was unlike anything we’ve seen this decade – by Matt Taibbi – http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/50-best-albums-of-2015-20151201/adele-25-20151130

The 50 Best Albums of 2015: 2015 saw some highly anticipated returns by some of our favorite artists—Sleater-Kinney, Wilco, Kendrick Lamar, Father John Misty, Sufjan Stevens—but what perhaps what was most notable about this year in music was the amount of remarkable debut albums from new artists. – by Paste Staff – http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/12/the-50-best-albums-of-2015.html

Peter Case – HWY 62: Da Peter Case var tenåring pleide han å skrape sammen så mye penger han kunne få tak i, som regel var det ikke mer enn 20 dollar, trive gitarkassa og haike rundt i den nordlige delen av USA; – «Jeg ville se hvor langt jeg kunne komme», har Case uttalt i et intervju med David Ensminger. – by Jan Kristoffer Dale – http://www.musikkbloggen.no/2015/11/peter-case-hwy-62/#more-21869

Ny terror, nye harde prøver: Lørdag ettermiddag i et litt slitt gatekryss i Paris. To stengte restauranter. En gatefeier skurer i sirkler med sopelimen over en blodflekk som ligger tørr under sagflis. Ved siden av står kollegaen med høytrykksspyleren klar. – http://www.vg.no/nyheter/meninger/terrorangrepene-i-paris/ny-terror-nye-harde-proever/a/23561342/

Nærmere, høyere, tettere.: Norge endres – og boligene må reflektere befolkningens ønsker. Ta kaffe latte-effekten. Det er et urbaniseringsfenomen som innebærer at mange ønsker å bo og jobbe så sentralt at de kan møtes over en espresso – eller ta med PC-en og jobbe til en cortado. – http://www.e-pages.dk/aftenposten/89028/article/346870/63/1/render/

Har IS åpnet en ny global front?: Debattens kjerne var om hvorvidt IS bør forstås som en slags ny og mer potent utgave av Al-Qaida, eller om bevegelsen er noe fundamentalt annet. De fleste, blant dem Frankrikes egen statsminister og USAs president Barack Obama, mente det siste. – http://www.e-pages.dk/aftenposten/89028/article/346870/50/1/render/

Natalie Merchant sees right through the sexist music industry: “The patriarchy wants to dispose of women at a certain age”: Natalie Merchant joined 10,000 Maniacs in 1981 when she was just 17. Even at a young age, Merchant displayed admirable self-possession that has defined her musical career, whether solo or in the band. Raised in Jamestown, New York, Merchant grew up steeped in music. – by Erin Lyndal Martin – http://www.salon.com/2015/11/08/natalie_merchant_sees_right_through_the_sexist_music_industry_the_patriarchy_wants_to_dispose_of_women_at_a_certain_age/

Bob Dylan’s “electric trilogy” masterpieces: I played all 18 discs and 357 tracks. Here’s why you should: Over 14 months Bob Dylan changed music with three albums. He’s finally released the full story. I played every note Love Dylan, hate him, or don’t really care, one fact cannot be argued. – by Erik Nelson – http://www.salon.com/2015/11/05/bob_dylans_electric_trilogy_masterpieces_i_played_all_18_discs_and_357_tracks_heres_why_you_should/

Patty Griffin and the Pursuit of Goodness: “Diamonds, roses, I need Moses to cross this sea of loneliness, part this Red River of pain.” Those were the pleading and plaintive first words that most of us heard from singer/songwriter Patty Griffin’s debut album, Living with Ghosts. – by Kelly McCartney – http://thebluegrasssituation.com/read/patty-griffin-and-pursuit-goodness

Oppo PM-3 Headphones: You might say it’s time for Oppo’s round three of headphones. The esteemed Silicon Valley-based manufacturer—whose popularity appears to be on the rise—first offered the PM-1 headphones ($1099), which were soon followed by the PM-2 ($699). – by Steven Stone – http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/oppo-pm-3-headphones/

10 Things We Learned From Elvis Costello’s Brilliant New Memoir: It’s probably no surprise that Elvis Costello’s memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, out today, is thoroughly engrossing. – by Jeff Slate – http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/10-things-we-learned-from-elvis-costellos-brilliant-new-memoir-20151013

Kacey Musgraves: Blazing New Trails: Kacey Musgraves is riding high. – by Brittney McKenna – http://www.americansongwriter.com/2015/10/kacey-musgraves-blazing-new-trails/

American Icons: Townes Van Zandt: Long before the whole world woke up to the fact that Townes Van Zandt was a genius songwriter, other songwriters knew it. Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Jeff Walker, Mickey Newbury, Doc Watson and Waylon Jennings all knew. They recorded his songs and sang his praises. – by Paul Zollo – http://www.americansongwriter.com/2015/10/american-icons-townes-van-zandt/

Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings + Autographed Print: Nonesuch Records releases Natalie Merchant’s Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings on November 6, 2015. This collection of all-new recordings revisits Merchant’s multi-platinum solo debut, Tigerlily, originally released in 1995 following her departure from 10,000 Maniacs. – by nonesuch – http://www.nonesuch.com/albums/paradise-is-there

Odd Nordstoga: Jobber som: Musiker. Hvor: Hjemmestudio på Lambertseter i Oslo. Aktuell: Slipper platen «Dette landet» i dag. 1. Jeg har alltid vært utrolig glad i å ha mitt eget rom hvor jeg kan drive med mitt. – http://www.dn.no/d2/2015/10/08/2116/Min-arbeidsplass/odd-nordstoga

Slik blir din gamle stereo fremtidens digitale musikkanlegg:   «Det er ganske sjelden jeg får følelsen av at «dette er fremtiden», men denne uken har jeg fått nettopp det. – http://www.aftenposten.no/fakta/innsikt/Slik-blir-din-gamle-stereo-fremtidens-digitale-musikkanlegg-8196519.html#xtor=RSS-3

Mine beste restauranttips til Barcelona: Skal du til Barcelona i sommer? Eller en annen gang? I så fall trenger du min liste med gode og/eller fantastiske restauranter i den katalanske hovedstaden. Barcelona er en av mine virkelige favorittbyer, og etter at jeg kom dit første gang i 2003 har jeg vært der et tredvetalls ganger. – by Erik – http://erikvalebrokk.no/mine-beste-restauranttips-til-barcelona/

Årets spenningsroman?: The Cartel er den amerikanske badassforfatteren Don Winslows etterlengtede oppfølger til hans definitive hovedverk, 2005-utgivelsen The Power Of The Dog (norsk oversettelse, I hundenes vold) om fremveksten av den moderne narkotikakriminaliteten i Mexico, der grunnlaget for dagens hypervoldelige k – by Erik – http://erikvalebrokk.no/arets-spenningsroman/

Don Henley: Predicting the Future: It’s never easy, being a prophet in one’s own time. – by Tom Lanham – http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/09/don-henley-predicting-the-future.html

Dette er de nye bærekraftsmålene: Dette er de nye forslagene 1. Utrydde all fattigdom Innen 2030 skal fattigdom utryddes. Ingen skal leve under 1,25 dollar dagen. 2. – http://www.fn.no/Tema/FNs-tusenaarsmaal/Dette-er-de-nye-baerekraftsmaalene

Don Henley on ‘Sloppy’ Songwriting, National Values and Cultural Decay: Community has always been important to Don Henley. – by Deborah Evans Price – http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/don-henley-on-sloppy-songwriting-national-values-and-cultural-decay-20150928

Anders Bjørnvold – Drug Natt: Anders Bjørnvold er klar med oppfølgeren til utmerkede Storkar som vi anmeldte i 2013. Som på Storkar har han tatt turen til Nashville, både for å skrive låter og for å spille inn platen. Bjørnvold fortsetter i samme spor som han gikk opp med forrige plate. – by Rune Letrud – http://www.musikkbloggen.no/2015/09/anders-bjornvold-drug-natt/#more-21229

Jackson Browne interview: ‘Music lets you escape’: Many of his most memorable compositions from the Seventies were deeply personal love songs, about pain and death and desire, but since the Eighties Browne has been one of America’s most vibrant political songwriters. He talks with passion about his frustrations with the present state of affairs. – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/artists/jackson-browne-interview-music-lets-you-escape/

Vor tids folkevandring: Udgangspunktet for det følgende er en begrundet opfattelse af, at de gamle europæiske nationer er i færd med at begå kollektivt selvmord. Det lyder drastisk, og hvis nogen skulle synes, at det er udtryk for hysteri, kan de blot springe det følgende over. – http://jyllands-posten.dk/debat/kronik/ECE7955069/Vor-tids-folkevandring/

EU-krav detaljstyrer grekerne: Hellas har måttet gå med på omfattende detaljstyring fra Brussel for å få utbetalt de neste milliardlånene fra EU. Kravene som stilles, handler blant annet om størrelsen på brød, holdbarhet på melk, søndagsåpne butikker og deregulering av apotekbransjen. – http://www.dagsavisen.no/verden/eu-krav-detaljstyrer-grekerne-1.385612

Fra blind tro til blind terror: Meldingene kommer på løpende bånd fra IS-kontrollerte områder. Om bomber og selvmordsbombere, som stort sett rammer fredelige muslimer, dels tilfeldig, dels fordi de har en litt annen tro. Vi hører om barn som skilles fra sine mødre, om unge jesidi-kvinner som kiddnappes og voldtas. – http://www.e-pages.dk/aftenposten/88565/article/312789/30/1/render/

Flere land kan rammes av ressurs- forbannelsen: Det er ikke bare oljeprisen som har rast det siste året. Nikkel, kaffe, gull, sølv, bomull, aluminium, kobber, platina og jernmalm er blant råvarene som har falt mye i kurs. – http://www.e-pages.dk/aftenposten/88565/article/312789/68/1/render/

Sprout by PS Audio: Sprout is the brainchild of the young passionate audiophile Scott McGowan, the son of PS Audio CEO Paul McGowan. – by Karl Sigman – http://www.audiophilia.com/wp/?p=15790

PS Audio DirectStream DAC and Sprout NEW: PS Audio DirectStream DAC and ‘Sprout’ at Munich High End Show cutting-edge DAC and prototype lifestyle product make European debuts. – http://www.monoandstereo.com/2014/05/ps-audio-directstream-dac-and-sprout-new.html

PS Audio Sprout: Master of All Trades: I’ve been thinking a lot about digital to analog converters lately. You see I’ve been collecting CDs since the format was introduced in 1983. In my experience, two factors have a huge impact on how these silver discs sound: 1. – by Lee Scoggins – http://headphone.guru/ps-audio-sprout-master-of-all-trades-2/

PS Audio Sprout: PS Audio is an American company, specialising mainly in the production of the high-end power components and accessories. Especially its regenerating power stations enjoy good reputation. – by Tomasz Karasiński – http://www.stereolife.eu/reviews-list/1091-ps-audio-sprout

PS Audio Sprout integrated amplifier: I find small humans more beguiling than big people. My favorites are the two-footers—those little two-year-old boys with a kind of wobbly, bent-kneed stride that dips like a blues song every fourth step as they stagger ahead of their watchful parents. – by Herb Reichert – http://www.stereophile.com/content/ps-audio-sprout-integrated-amplifier

Oppo BDP-105 Blu-ray Player Review: The Universal Audiophile Dream Machine?: Oppo Digital has been producing some of the best Universal Blu-ray players for some time now. The BDP-105 is their 3rd generation “audiophile” player. – by Gene DellaSala – http://www.audioholics.com/blu-ray-and-dvd-player-reviews/oppo-bdp-105

Utydelig skille mellom journalistikk og reklame: Mens hele det norske medielandskapet står i flammer etter avsløringene av fabrikkering og plagiat, publiserer Dagens Næringsliv en sak som i bunn og grunn handler om det samme, men med en ekstra pikant vri: En svekkelse av medienes troverdighet – drevet fremover av redaktørene selv. – by Joacim Lund – http://www.aftenposten.no/meninger/kommentarer/Utydelig-skille-mellom-journalistikk-og-reklame-8115961.html#xtor=RSS-3

Oppo Digital PM-3 Headphones: Oppo Digital PM-3 measurements can be found by clicking this link. In just one year, Oppo Digital has become one of the biggest names in audiophile headphones. The new PM-3 closed-back headphones ($399 USD) follow on the impact Oppo made with its other models, the PM-1 ($1099) and PM-2 ($699). – http://www.soundstagexperience.com/index.php/equipment-menu/658-oppo-digital-pm-3-headphones

Test av Oppo PM-3: Design og byggekvalitet. De trenger ikke en rådyr forsterker, for å levere god, sammenhengende lyd. Isolerer godt. Kan bli litt klamme på øra over tid, og de er litt kostbare. – http://www.lydogbilde.no/test/hodetelefoner/oppo-pm-3

Verdens land enige om bærekraftsmål: Utkastet til utviklingsplanen ble vedtatt til stående applaus i FN-bygningen natt til mandag norsk tid, ifølge nyhetsbyrået Reuters. Målene blir formelt vedtatt av statslederne under FNs hovedforsamling neste måned. – http://www.aftenposten.no/nyheter/uriks/Verdens-land-enige-om-barekraftsmal-8113234.html#xtor=RSS-3

Album Review – Sam Outlaw’s ‘Angeleno’: What kind of name is Sam Outlaw? I imagine that’s the reaction when people first hear of this new country artist. It’s not his real name, only his artist name. His real name is Sam Morgan and he got the idea for the name “Outlaw” because his mother’s maiden name was this. – by Josh Schott – http://countryperspective.com/2015/06/22/album-review-sam-outlaws-angeleno

Robert Ellis shares his “Photographs”: Much about Robert Ellis’ new album, Photographs, suggests a pre-digital approach to making a record. It runs 10 songs, five of which play over 23 minutes. Ideally you’d flip it, then come five more songs over 19 minutes. – http://blog.chron.com/29-95/2011/06/robert-ellis-shares-his-photographs/

Uncut’s 50 best singer-songwriter albums: Either courageously or compulsively, the gifted but tormented Hardin held up a mirror to his psyche in a series of revealing songs on his first album. – by UNCUT – http://www.uncut.co.uk/features/uncuts-50-best-singer-songwriter-albums-68925

Barn utdannes til digitale pensjonister: Kjære Torbjørn Røe Isaksen: Du er i ferd med å utdanne en generasjon med digitale pensjonister. Alle familier har minst én dataekspert. Før var det gjerne den som brukte dataen mest, kanskje en onkel, eller en mor som jobbet på pc-en hele dagen. – http://www.vg.no/nyheter/meninger/data-og-nett/barn-utdannes-til-digitale-pensjonister/a/23492402/

Det bodde millioner i Amazonas før europeerne kom: Jump to navigation Annonse Annonse Annonse Se også Emneord – by NIBIO – http://forskning.no/jord-og-skog-arkeologi-sprak-naturvitenskap-biologi-samfunn/2015/07/mange-bodde-i-amazonas-tusenvis

Jason Isbell: Making the Ordinary Exceptional: Jason Isbell’s new album Something More Than Free had to be different from his last one. Southeastern, his 2013 release, was born out of the struggle for sobriety and stable romance and was necessarily autobiographical. But that’s a well you can’t go to too often without draining it dry. – by Geoffrey Himes – http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/07/jason-isbell-making-the-ordinary-exceptional.html

On the 50th Anniversary of : In a recent New York Times profile of the photographer Robert Frank, Nicholas Dawidoff describes the impact of his book The Americans—starting with its opening image—this way. – by Steven Rosen – http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/07/on-the-50th-anniversary-of-release-of-like-a-rolli.html

“True Detective” recap: After the shoot-out, nobody’s satisfied — now the real investigation begins: “Other Lives” is a really satisfying episode of “True Detective. – by Sonia Saraiya – http://www.salon.com/2015/07/20/true_detective_recap_after_the_shoot_out_nobodys_satisfied_%E2%80%94_now_the_real_investigation_begins/

Elliott Murphy, ‘Lost Generation’: Rolling Stone raved about the first two albums by the hyperverbal young New Yorker Elliott Murphy, initially predicting – by Matt Taibbi – http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/10-singer-songwriter-albums-rolling-stone-loved-in-the-1970s-youve-never-heard-20150716/elliott-murphy-lost-generation-20150715

Jason Isbell is Ready to Give Us Something More Than Free: Through the years folks have witnessed the evolution of Jason Isbell, personally and professionally. – by Chris Martin – http://nodepression.com/album-review/jason-isbell-ready-give-us-something-more-free

Roon Music Player and Streaming Software: Fly Me To The Roon Roon is big medicine for your music collection. So big, we’re going to come at it from three writer’s perspectives; Jon Iverson will provide the heavy lifting as well as comparisons to Sooloos and a touchscreen implementation, I’ll be talking about a few setup tips and comparisons to Audirvana+/iTunes, and Steve Plaskin will bring it on home with his take on Roon versus JRiver from a Windows perspective. Let’s Roon! Jon Iverson on Roon – http://www.audiostream.com/content/roon-music-player-and-streaming-software

Leger velger leger, lærere tar lærere. Slik avgjør utdanningen vår hvem vi gifter oss med.: Titanic, Sound of Music, Askepott, Jane Eyre og Pretty Woman. Fiksjonsverdenen er full av vakre historier der kjærligheten er grensesprengende og ingen klassereiser for lange. Virkeligheten er ikke like spenstig. – http://www.aftenposten.no/article/ap-8034789.html

GISKE – Carousel Magic Spell: GISKE består av Alex Rinde, Rune Berg og Ronnie MAG Larsen, som de fleste av oss kjenner som 3/5 av legendariske The Margarets. Etter at The Margarets gikk i oppløsning, fortsatte trioen, som lenge kalte seg Rune, Ronnie & Alex, å turnére med Rikskonsertene. – by Rune Letrud – http://www.musikkbloggen.no/2015/05/giske-carousel-magic-spell/

VisitMR: GPS-padling på Smøla: Anders Hermstad har tilrettelagt for GPS-padling på Smøla. Øya utenfor Kristiansund på Nordmøre er omringet av seks tusen holmer og skjær. Smøla er omkranset av nær seks tusen holmer og skjær. Nå kan du laste ned graderte GPS-turer og oppleve havgapet på Nordmøre fra sjøen. – http://www.visitmr.com/index.php

40 maps that explain the Middle East: Maps can be a powerful tool for understanding the world, particularly the Middle East, a place in many ways shaped by changing political borders and demographics. – by Max Fisher – http://www.vox.com/a/maps-explain-the-middle-east

The Best of What’s Next: Andrew Combs: Andrew Combs is a regular guy. He’ll tell you as much, mentioning that he likes to “read and hang out,” and that his life doesn’t involve any kind of wild stories or deep, dark secrets. – by Dacey Orr – http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/03/best-of-whats-next-andrew-combs.html

Ti norske tabutemaer: Selv en bred og demokratisk offentlighet som den norske har slagsider og blinde punkter. Tabutemaene er noen slike. Ingen av temaene jeg tenker på er helt borte fra offentlige dagsordener. Men de er mer eller mindre underbelyst og underreflektert både i mediene og i samfunnet generelt. – http://www.e-pages.dk/aftenposten/88351/article/245130/34/1/render/

Karl Ove Knausgaard Travels Through North America: I lost my driver’s license over a year ago. I lose stuff all the time. Credit cards, passports, car keys, cash, books, bags, laptops. It doesn’t worry me, they usually turn up eventually. The last time I was in New York, I left my backpack in a taxi. – by KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD – http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/01/magazine/karl-ove-knausgaard-travels-through-america.html

Bob Dylan: The Uncut Interview: T H E S O N G S «You have to believe what the words are saying and the words are as important as the melody. Unless you believe the song and have lived it, there’s little sense in performing it.» “I’ve always been drawn to spiritual songs,” Bob Dylan tells me. – by Robert Love – http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/style-trends/info-2015/bob-dylan-aarp-the-magazine-full-interview.html

An Oral History of Laurel Canyon, the 60s and 70s Music Mecca: When I first came out to L.A. [in 1968], my friend [photographer] Joel Bernstein found an old book in a flea market that said: Ask anyone in America where the craziest people live and they’ll tell you California. Ask anyone in California where the craziest people live and they’ll say Los Angeles. – by Lisa Robinson – http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2015/02/laurel-canyon-music-scene

Andrew Combs – All These Dreams: All These Dreams er Andrew Combs andre plate. Debuten Worried Man var en av de aller beste platene utgitt i 2012, og etter å ha fulgt Combs tett siden debut EPen Tennessee Time i 2010, så må jeg innrømme at jeg var temmelig spent foran All These Dreams. – by Rune Letrud – Tags: music – http://www.musikkbloggen.no/2015/01/andrew-combs-all-these-dreams/

Verden i 20 15: Aftenpostens korrespondenter forklarer hva som blir de viktigste hendelsene. EUROPA Året vi forlot var fylt av kriger og konflikter. Europa ble tatt på sengen da grensene igjen ble utfordret både på Krim og i Øst-Ukraina. – http://www.e-pages.dk/aftenposten/88276/article/227426/4/1/render/

American Routes ~ John Prine: ~ Join us for a two-hour visit with John Prine as he walks us through his life–from urban Illinois backwards to Muhlenberg County, Kentucky–and catalog. – http://americanroutes.wwno.org/archives/show/543/john-prine#.VKAAhftQC3Q.pocket

Favorite Singer/Songwriter Albums: On her first offering in four years, the singer, songwriter, and bassist delivers a fine, rootsy, concept record about restlessness. Jocie Adams’ new band debuts an album of brilliant, accessible songs that streak across pop, folk, jazz, classical, rock, and more. – http://www.allmusic.com/year-in-review/2014/favorite-singer-songwriter-albums

Karl Ove Knausgaard’s ‘My Struggle’ Is a Movement: Karl Ove Knausgaard, a handsome, rangy, brooding Norwegian author (and father of four young children) has held much of the literary establishment in thrall ever since his 3,600-page, six-part autobiographical novel, “My Struggle,” started appearing in English in 2012. – by LIESL SCHILLINGER – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/22/books/karl-ove-knausgaards-my-struggle-is-a-movement.html

The 50 Best Albums of 2014: Three hundred and six different albums. That’s what you get when you poll 35 Paste music writers about the best albums of 2014. We asked our staff and writers for their 25 favorites from the year, and the answers were as varied as you’d expect. – by Josh Jackson – http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2014/12/the-50-best-albums-of-2014.html

The Interview: Joni Mitchell: In a rare and wide-ranging interview spanning 90 minutes, singer-songwriter-artist Joni Mitchell spoke from her home in Los Angeles. – http://www.macleans.ca/society/the-interview-joni-mitchell/

In Lost Songs, folk-rock heavyweights tackle unheard Bob Dylan lyrics: For casual fans of Bob Dylan and The Band, the 1975 album The Basement Tapes is an essential piece of rock history: a belated document of what Dylan and some members of his touring band were up to during the spring and summer of 1967 in Woodstock, New York, while taking a break from living in p – by Noel Murray – http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/lost-songs-folk-rock-heavyweights-tackle-unheard-b-211920

Jackson Browne interview: ‘Music lets you escape’: Jackson Browne talks about politics and the need to recapture your desire as a songwriter as he tours the UK with his new album Standing in the Breach

It is 10 years since Jackson Browne was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, when his one-time sup – by Martin Chilton, Culture Editor – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/worldfolkandjazz/11240826/Jackson-Browne-interview-Music-lets-you-escape.html

Joni Mitchell’s Colourful, And Often Tragic, Life Story: Her confessional lyrics and haunting voice have inspired artists from Taylor Swift to Madonna. But it was a tragic secret that gave Joni Mitchell her voice. – by Michelle Davies – http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/blogs/547779/the-story-of-joni-mitchell-s-life.html

Rega RP40. Oppgradere til mc pickup?: Rega RP-40 framstår som et meget godt kjøp. Mye platespiller for pengene, men – etter min mening – en spiller med stort forbedringspotensiale ved utskifting av originalpickupen Elys 40. Dette gjelder for så vidt også nesten alle andre spillere som leveres med en «originalpickup». – http://www.hifisentralen.no/forumet/vinylavdelingen/73718-rega-rp40-oppgradere-til-mc-pickup-2.html

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