Exceptional sound quality comes at an exceptional price.
Have you ever wondered just how much you could spend on a turntable? Let’s take a look at the five most expensive turntables on the planet and find out what sets them apart from the rest.
Goldmund’s Reference II - $300,000
With an astonishingly large price tag of $300,000, Goldmund’s Reference II is the ultimate in exclusive music reproduction equipment. The 20 kg platter is machined to an astounding precision of 0.01 millimeters, which is just one example of the attention to detail that goes into the creation of this equipment. The workings of this high-quality turntable are carefully shielded from electrical and mechanical noise, giving arguably the best sound quality of any turntable on the planet.
Aleks Bakman’s Onedof - $200,000
The Onedof turntable is truly one of a kind. Designed by engineer Aleks Bakman, who has won awards for his work with NASA, Onedof turntable eliminates friction and all other sources of disturbance and thus provides world's smoothest listening experience.
Graham Alexander brings a real old-time showbiz quality to his pop, even as he occasionally seems to be trying to single-handedly clone the Fab Four. At his best, Graham Alexander can put together some great rock that harkens back without quite settling down in an era.
Paralyzed sounds like a lost gem of the 80's that never got heard outside KROQ, with vocals that predict the 90s without embracing them. Alexander's song Don't Give In Tonight goes the other direction, starting with mournful 90s pre-emo vocals, passing through a chorus The Spin Doctors could have written before ending up at a blistering 80's guitar solo.
By Eric Jones
I can see my mother. She’s in her twenties standing in our kitchen in Oakville, Ontario, mixing yellow food coloring into white margarine in a Pyrex bowl. She’s telling me that some day she’ll go back to university to get the degree she gave up when she had me. I was four.
Cheyne Gallarde is too young to know that housewives used to hand-tint their margarine, but it’s the kind of detail that he would probably get right. This young Honolulu photographer has an art director’s right-brain and a cinematographer’s left.
Great photography says something about the subject and something about the photographer. Growing up engulfed in a continuum of iconic and pulpy images, one looks for cultural alignment. Am I part of that continuum? Am I too a stereotype?
Cheyne is fixated on a style that waxes nostalgic for an era when photographers made images rather than “capturing” them. Practiced lighting, wardrobe and settings researched and rehearsed, with improvisation only as a minor note.
My own Dad carried a Speed Graphic 4x5 camera as he chased down Lena Horne, back when the word Paparazzi was still Italian. He carried seven sheets of 4x5 film, flash-bulbs the size of eggs, and had an assistant who just carried the battery. No motor-drive, no wasted shots. The art was all in the premeditation and anticipation.
Just Missed the Past
Michel Delgado is a self-taught Senegalese artist now living in Key West.
Delgado paints emotionally and expressively, conjuring other-worldly narratives of memory and spirituality. His direct vision reveals an understanding of the pain and solitude of immobility and silence, as well as joy, learning and love. Like other Outsider artists, Delgado’s approach can best be described as honest, refreshingly straightforward and visionary, ever powerful.
After leaving Dakar, Delgado spent time in Paris surrounded by the world's great art. Perhaps such a worldly artist cannot be called naive but, like many brut artists, Delgado seems influenced by everything and nothing equally. Depending on the observer's frame of reference, his paintings may conjure prescient references to a number of artists. A mash-up of Picasso + De Kooning. Or perhaps Pollack + Dubuffet. An earlier series found him wandering the streets of Key West photographing chewing gum stains on the sidewalk. He drew inspiration from the graphic gum shapes, silk-screened them onto water-color paper and inked one of a kind compositions, adding surrealism to the repertoire.
Michel Delgado’s paintings have received many honors and awards since he first began exhibiting professionally fifteen years ago. In 2004, the Artist’s work was featured in a museum exhibition at the Miami Art Museum curated by MAM Curator, Lori Mertes. Delgado was awarded the prestigious 2004 South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists, where he was selected from a field of more than 350 applicants by a national panel comprised of experts from American arts institutions from the Art Institute of Chicago, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Brooklyn Museum of Art New York City, Third World Newsreel New York City, and UCLA Hammer Museum Los Angeles.
KEY WEST HISTORICAL TOUR INCLUDED
Based out of Brooklyn, NY, Zack DeZon is a fashion and portrait photographer with a background and education in theatre performance. This mixture of disciplines imbues his shoots with a sensitivity and openness that helps make his portraits stand out not only for their style, but their honesty. "I graduated from theatre school in 2009—with a nascent career in photography. The reasons I stopped pursuing acting are uninteresting, but in starting to shoot I discovered what had attracted me to the field in the first place: the actors. "To me, actors are an incredible breed—expressive, empathetic, quick to say 'yes' to any new life experience, and, for reasons that vary from person to person, driven to compete in one of the most legendarily ruthless industries in the world. "When work is slow, I keep my skills sharp by shooting my friends, many of whom are still actors. Their boundless determination keeps me motivated, their bouts with adversity keep me humble. And I'm beginning to realize these people are my artistic inspiration.
"With The Field, I hope to capture a snapshot of the performing world in 2013. Starting in January in New York, I will be shooting a series of portraits with actors and other performers under 35. In June, I plan to take a two-to-three-month trip out to L.A. to capture the West Coast's crop of young performers. By the end of the year, I will produce a 40-50 page 8"x10" hardcover book containing the best photos from the project. For sponsors who donate $750 or more, I'll print up an extra-special 12"x12" limited edition version, including outtakes and professional-grade printing. "Some will be film actors, some stage. Some will perform improv comedy, others Shakespeare. Some will be struggling, some will see their stars already rising. And I hope that in 20 years, they will all be able to look at this book and see in it page after page of huge successes in the making."
Below are some of Zack's previous portraits of actors.
The Dirty Clergy formed in Winfield, Alabama, in the heart of Bible Belt country, so they come by their rebellious streak honestly.
Co-founder and guitarist Brian Manasco says "Dirty Clergy" refers to a local preacher who sent out nasty, lie-filled emails about the band and its music.
The Dirty Clergy's catchy choruses, smooth harmonies, and pop hooks recall the youthful exuberance of the 50s and early 60s, when rock 'n' roll was synonymous with rebellion, while the punkish, grungy rhythm guitar, active drumming, and impassioned singing provide an urgent, hard edge.
Their recordings are a diverse mix. Winona (Open Your Eyes) off their 2011 album Revival, has a dreamy feel reminiscent of 60’s psychedelic garage rock, while in Mary, Mary, also from Revival, the influence of Led Zeppelin and southern rock can be detected. Revival’s Here’s to Me is a delightful tune that could be labeled 'alt-country' but, as with most music in that genre, hearkens back to the roots of rock. The title song from the band’s latest release, the EP Shake, is upbeat and poppy—a song that stays in the head. But also included is a folksy, introspective Cocaine, Nevada.
The common denominator of this eclectic approach is simple rock, played with emotion, as well as lyrics that aren’t afraid to tackle social and political issues with an outlook that's decidedly distrustful of government and big business.
In Wall Street, lyricist Manasco supports the Occupy movement and issues a challenge: “Whatever happened to you/Whatever happened to me/There's no longer a middle or in between/It's just the rich getting richer/The poor waits in line/Power to the people, it's about time/Tell me now, or we're about to have it out/Right here in the center of Wall Street.” The writing is sophomoric but earnest.
As The Dirty Clergy continue to refine their sound and songwriting—and as singer Brad White, who flashes signs of developing a distinctively charismatic style, continues to mature—the future looks bright for this bunch of rebels.
What do you get when you take smooth rasta jams and blend them with the hottest Miami sounds? Shifta.
Exploding onto the scene with a blend of styles that’s breaking out on dance floors worldwide, and with collaborations with world-class talent like Lil Wayne, Shifta could be one of the true out-of-nowhere surprises this year.
Hungover, featuring Lil Wayne, is a perfect place to start listening to the massive sound that Shifta is bringing with huge beats, grinding electronics, and sly lyrics. Lil Wayne contributes some rhymes, bouncing off of Shifta’s vocals to give extra depth as electro-dub effects wind around him. This music is as fresh as anything you’ll hear right now.
Feeling Nice takes the Miami hiphop music sound and brings it to a dub vibe, borrowing production notes from the likes of DJ Khaled and Rick Ross, but fusing it with a deep down ganja vibe. Shifta keeps the 420 flowing on Ganja Shop, a grooving little tune that sticks in the head about a shop where high-grade is all they got. He even brings in a bit of a middle eastern vibe, although the track goes on a bit long.
For the all-around standout in Shifta’s recent tunes, look to Holiday. The mix of Caribbean vibes, modern hip-hop, and outta-this-world beats come together for a song that begs for feet to stomp and heads to bob. With huge charisma, great musicianship, and a seriously hot new sound, Shifta is poised to bring big things to the Miami dance scene.
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