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This venerable member of vinyl aristocracy, Sgt Pepper, turned 50 last week. I was a late discoverer of The Beatles master piece, but like many, had a fairly thin sounding CD stereo version from the 1990’s. I actually never listened to it much, the sound quality was so mediocre. Then in 2014 I bought a new record deck, and shortly after, the Beatles Mono box Set. As all Beatles devotees know, the mono mixes were the ones that the Beatles and George…

The Charisma MC1 Cartridge My Funk Firm Little Superdeck, which I’ve owned for over a year now, has been a gem of a turntable, and has brought me hours of pleasure (see here for a full review).  On delivery I had it fitted out with a Clear Audio MM Performance cartridge, and this combined with the Whest 2 phono amp, has given a great performance, with a warm, open sound. Recently however, the curse of all audiophiles, Upgraditis, or the nagging curiosity to…

Laneway 2015 In the four or so years that the Laneway Australian event has been running in Singapore, its reputation has grown and grown.  This year all 13k tickets sold out for the first time, making for a vibrant, busy atmosphere at its present location at the Meadow, part of Gardens by the Bay. It’s by far the biggest music event of the year in Singapore. Thank God for the support it gets, as it’s one of the few chances Singaporean get to see…

One of the best things about the way Singapore does the F1, is the supporting entertainment , arranged at locations around the track. This year it’s Robbie Williams who takes the headline spot at the post race Padang, but I’m far more interested in finally getting to see the Pet Shop Boys.  I say finally, as they are one of the few acts that I was really into during the `80’s that I’ve never seen.  Somehow I managed to miss them the…

Taking a spin with the Funk Firm Little Super Deck The enduring allure of Vinyl While I’m a big fan of the convenience of digital (and with a good DAC  and a hi-res file it can sound great too), a digital file just doesn’t carry the romance of vinyl.  Stripped of their iconic sleeves, classic albums are reduced to a binary file listing on a database of song titles, an intangible contraction of music into bits and bytes. Digital also doesn’t have the…

British Indie band White Lies, stopped off in Singapore last night for a one off gig at the intimate Tab venue.  Holding probably not more than a couple of thousand, it was great opportunity to see them close up.  The last time I saw them was in the larger surroundings of the main tent at Australia’s ‘Splendour in the Grass’ festival in 2009 White Lies have been a bit neglected by the media since their excellent 2009 debut album, “To Lose my Life”,…

From Genesis publications, comes a new book, shortly completed before his death in October 2013, that documents Lou Reed’s long standing collaboration with English rock photographer, Mick Rock Lou Reed was one of the great figures of my formative years of discovering music. Like a first love,  music discovered at a young age seems to embed itself deeper in the heart than those that follow.  While not the first to discover Lou Reed’s music in my group of friends, as soon as I heard…

The growing popularity of Bluetooth speakers The Bose Soundlink Mini joins an ever growing category of the Bluetooth connected wireless speakers. The consumer gadgets stores have been awash with Bluetooth speakers over the last six months, and according to CNET,  at the CES 2014 show there seemed to be hundreds more, including one dressed up as a full sized Dalek It’s easy to see the appeal, the mix of easy to use wireless connectivity together with instant sounds that can be shared with…

Suede, what a band they have turned out to be.   Not content with already possessing a swag of bone fide classic songs in their catalogue, they stormed back this year with new album “Bloodsports”, a rousing and wonderful return to their glory days. A run of critically lauded gigs in the UK, has seen them rise from half forgotten heroes from the Blur/Oasis era, to something approaching national treasures. So it’s against this background, that tonight’s gig is eagerly anticipated. They don’t disappoint.…

Despite the similarities between the hot, gambling town of their hometown of Las Vegas, and the hot humid city of Singapore, it’s taken over ten years for The Killers to finally make it here. While not perhaps in the upper ranks of pop stadium acts of last years F1 headliner Katy Perry, or Sunday night’s Rhianna, there is a warm if not quite hysterical welcome as they take to their stage, and launch into a 90 minute set of confident, glam tinged rock,…