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Author: Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn

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Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn discuss music and musicians, and how we listen to music, whether it be analog or digital, downloaded or streamed, audio, or video.
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We welcome back Chris Connaker, who tells us about the latest trends in hi-fi at the Munich High End audio show. Guest:Chris Connaker: Audiophile Style (https://audiophilestyle.com/), Superphonica (https://superphonica.com/)Show notes:High End Munich (https://www.highendsociety.de/index.php/en/home.html)Josh (https://www.josh.ai)Qobuz (https://www.qobuz.com)Episode #147 - Kirk's New Sonos Amp (https://www.thenexttrack.com/150)Focal Maestro Utopia Evo speakers (https://www.focal.com/en/home-audio/high-fidelity-speakers/utopia-iii-evo/floorstanding-speakers/maestro-utopia-evo)Warwick Acoustics (https://warwickacoustics.com)DCS Bartók DAC (https://www.dcsltd.co.uk/products/bartok-headphone-dac-amplifier/)Burmester Audiosysteme (https://www.burmester.de/en/)Tech Das (https://techdas.jp)Our next tracks:Tangerine Dream: Official Bootleg Series Volume Three (https://amzn.to/2WqgjfG)BR5-49: The Best of BR5-49 (https://amzn.to/2KugGyG)If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast. Special Guest: Chris Connaker.
The problem with the genre of ambient music is that most of it is not ambient music. No one really agrees on what exactly ambient music is. We discuss the genre, and the music, and how we feel about this type of music.Show notes:Brian Eno: Music for Airports, Bang on the Can (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eno-wyatt-davies-bang-on-a-can-music-for-airports/389889337): Music for Airports](https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eno-wyatt-davies-bang-on-a-can-music-for-airports/389889337)Ambient Essentials (Apple Music) (https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/ambient-essentials/pl.472dc0c5efe548bb9846e484378aa47b)Morton Subotnick: SIlver Apples of the Moon (https://music.apple.com/us/album/morton-subotnick-silver-apples-of-the-moon-the-wild-bull/472279905)Brian Eno: Ambient 1: Music for Airports (https://music.apple.com/us/album/ambient-1-music-for-airports/724435863)Brian Eno: Discreet Music (https://music.apple.com/us/album/discreet-music/724643909)Brian Eno: Music for Installations (https://music.apple.com/us/album/music-for-installations/1355781373)Morton Feldman: Triadic Memories (https://music.apple.com/us/album/feldman-triadic-memories/1401568259)Terry Riley: In C (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_C)Lester Bangs interviews Eno (http://music.hyperreal.org/artists/brian_eno/interviews/musn79.html)George Winston: December (https://music.apple.com/us/album/december/418470064)Ludovico Einaudi: Seven Days Walking: Day 3 (https://music.apple.com/us/album/seven-days-walking-day-3/1458597198)Harold Budd: Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror (https://music.apple.com/us/album/ambient-2-the-plateaux-of-mirror/724653175)Miles Davis: The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions (https://music.apple.com/us/album/the-complete-in-a-silent-way-sessions/833082788)List of ambient music artists (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ambient_music_artists)Our next tracks:Ryuichi Sakamoto: Playing The Piano 2013 In Yokohama (https://amzn.to/2WgOoOl)David Bowie: Stage (https://amzn.to/2HvcQTR)If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
We discuss the potential breakup of iTunes yet again, because there is some new information about what the future of iTunes will be. Show notes:Steve Troughton-Smith (https://twitter.com/stroughtonsmith)Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes (https://dougscripts.com)Episode #136 - Breaking Up with iTunes? (https://www.thenexttrack.com/139)Episode #145 - The Future of iTunes Redux (https://www.thenexttrack.com/148)Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes (https://dougscripts.com)Remove n Characters from Front or Back (https://dougscripts.com/itunes/scripts/ss.php?sp=removenchars)Grateful Dead - Set 1 - 10/31/80 - Radio City Music Hall (YouTube) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKsKOpNq7og)Our next tracks:Grateful Dead: The Warfield, San Francisco, CA 10/9/80 & 10/10/80 (https://amzn.to/30pBnkP)Little Feat: Waiting for Columbus (https://amzn.to/2VJoWkZ)If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Episode #148 - Spoilers

Episode #148 - Spoilers

2019-05-1000:23:36

We don't often talk about TV, but this week we discuss some TV series, how people watch TV, and in particular the disappearing experience of appointment TV. And we link this all with iTunes, at least a bit. Show notes:Line of Duty (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00yzlr0)Line of Duty season finale is UK's most watched TV show of 2019 (https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/may/06/line-of-duty-season-finale-uk-most-watched-tv-show-2019)Goodbye, Farewell and Amen (MAS*H) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodbye,_Farewell_and_Amen)Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80221016)The Twilight Zone (complete series) (https://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/the-twilight-zone-the-complete-series/id1362191621?uo=4&at=11l6om)Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (https://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/studio-60-on-the-sunset-strip-season-1/id195695521?uo=4&at=11l6om)Our next tracks:Bob Dylan: World Gone Wrong (https://amzn.to/2HaHhPb)Easy Star All-Stars: Dub Side of the Moon (https://amzn.to/2Yc9bQg)If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Kirk bought some new audio equipment: a Sonos Amp. We talk about how this amp works, and how it has allowed Kirk to minimalize the equipment in his home office. Show notes:Episode #21 – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Subwoofers (https://www.thenexttrack.com/22)Sonos Amp (https://amzn.to/2VcgV7T)Music Matters, Stratford-upon-Avon (http://www.musicmatters.co.uk/store/stratford-on-avon/) Yamaha R-N803 amplifier (https://amzn.to/2H0sdn6)dbx 286s Microphone Preamp & Channel Strip Processor (https://amzn.to/2DMiFKB)Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface (https://amzn.to/2Y50TKe)Episode #134 - Downsizing Your Audio System (https://www.thenexttrack.com/137)Marantz Melody X (M-CR612) (https://www.marantz.co.uk/uk/products/pages/productdetails.aspx?catid=wirelessmusicsystems&subcatid=0&productid=melodyxmcr612) Kirk's Audio Test Tracks (https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/kirks-audio-test-tracks/pl.u-3rZysqvY4l) (AppleMusic playlist)Tangent CD II (https://tangent-audio.com/products/9-electronics/165-tangent-cd-ii/)Cambridge Audio AZUR 651BD (https://www.richersounds.com/cambridge-651bd-blk.html)Our next tracks:J. J. Cale: Stay Around (https://amzn.to/2PMGk23)Mose Allison: The Prestige Collection - Greatest Hits (https://amzn.to/2PLqdlg)If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Episode #146 - Woodstock

Episode #146 - Woodstock

2019-04-2600:20:43

The 50th anniversary concert of Woodstock has been planned, and tickets were supposed to go on sale this week, yet have been delayed. We look back at the original Woodstock festival and how much the music influenced us. Show notes:Woodstock 50 (https://www.woodstock.com)Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodstock:_Music_from_the_Original_Soundtrack_and_More)Mad Dogs and Englishmen (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad_Dogs_%26_Englishmen_(album))Woodstock Blu-Ray (https://amzn.to/2VxxDyd)Woodstock: 40 Years On (https://amzn.to/2DzVXoH)Woodstock history (https://www.woodstock.com/history/): all the bands and setlists from the original festivalOur next tracks:[Santana: Soul Sacrifice (from Woodstock); edited version from the movie (YouTube) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqZceAQSJvc)Ten Years After: Ssssh (https://amzn.to/2DzWmaH)If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
It’s time to have a brief discussion of the future of iTunes again. Some news has been circulating suggesting that Apple will be including separate apps for music, TV, podcasts, and books later this year. We discuss this, and how we predicted this a few months ago.Show notes:Episode #136 - Breaking Up with iTunes? (https://www.thenexttrack.com/139)Is Apple Splitting Up iTunes? Here’s How They’ll Do It (https://www.intego.com/mac-security-blog/is-apple-splitting-up-itunes-heres-how-theyll-do-it/)Our next tracks:Jon Savage: This searing light, the sun and everything else - Joy Division: The Oral History (https://amzn.to/2IGFyCd)Jo Jo Gunne: Bite Down Hard (https://amzn.to/2ICEMpY)If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Cornelius Boots is a bad-ass shakuhachi player, and Kirk's second shakuhachi teacher. Cornelius is a composer, performer, and teachers, and has just released his third album of original compositions. Guest:Cornelius Boots (https://corneliusboots.com)Sacred Root: Kung Fu Flute & Buddhist Blues (Shakuhachi Unleashed, Vol. III) (https://corneliusboots.bandcamp.com/album/sacred-root-kung-fu-flute-buddhist-blues-shakuhachi-unleashed-vol-iii)Green Swampy Water (https://youtu.be/gXROBTZz-vo) (video)Show notes:Episode #96 - Kiku Day Explains the Shakuhachi (https://www.thenexttrack.com/99)Taimu shakuhachi by Ken LaCosse (http://mujitsu.com/taimu.html)Ney flute (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ney)Bansuri flute (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bansuri)Our next tracks:Chiku Za: Take To Iki (https://origin.cdbaby.com/cd/chikuza)T. Rex: The Slider (https://amzn.to/2X97lPV)If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast. Special Guest: Cornelius Boots.
Lots of big rock stars are getting old. How much longer will these musicians be able to perform and tour? Show notes:Since we recorded this episode, we found out what was wrong with Mick: Mick Jagger recovers in hospital after undergoing successful heart surgery (https://www.nme.com/news/music/mick-jagger-undergoes-successful-heart-surgery-2472682)Kirk said musicians playing in arenas and studios; obviously he meant stadiums; or stadia, if you want to be pedanticCruise to the Edge (https://cruisetotheedge.com)Jam Cruise (https://www.jamcruise.com)27 Rockers Going Strong After 70 (https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/27-rockers-going-strong-after-70-14303/mick-jagger-70-207682/)Ages of Rock Stars (https://www.ranker.com/list/ages-of-rock-stars/ranker-music)Eric Clapton Crossroads Festival (http://www.crossroadsguitarfestival.com)Pete Townshend and Roger Daltry plug album + tour (https://www.reuters.com/video/2019/03/15/whos-next-daltrey-and-townshend-set-for?videoId=526074516)The Ship of Theseus (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_of_Theseus)Our next tracks:Jethro Tull: Aqualung (https://amzn.to/2WN1FL0)Reverend Gary Davis: Live in Newport (https://amzn.to/2I0kwz6)If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Most people depend on wi-fi to get data from one device to another in their home. This is the case for music and video, and having good wi-fi ensures that you can enjoy your home media without any glitches. Show notes:Kirk's review of the NetGear Orbi (https://www.kirkville.com/hardware-review-netgear-orbi-wifi-system-covers-lots-of-space-at-a-cost/)Wi-Fi SweetSpots AirPort (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AirPort); look for the photo of the first AirPort base stationNetGear Orbi outdoor unit (https://amzn.to/2OvwDEt)Our next tracks:Iron & Wine: Around the Well (https://amzn.to/2Otx2rc)The Greatest! Count Basie Plays, Joe Williams Sings Standards (https://amzn.to/2JM23b5)If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
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