Newsletter January 2012

Every time we add something new, you'll see a linked guide to it here, with our archive of past Newsletters.

If you join the Stereo Society, you will receive a monthly newsletter with direct links to everything new and announcements about fresh downloads etc. 
Please forward a copy to a friend.

Sprawl Lene Lovich: Shadows and Dust  
The Contessa's Party Mad Sprawl  
Raven Cry  
  Carnival to the

January 2012

Finally, we’re raising our heads above the parapet with the first newsletter in a while.  There’s also some music underway, of which more in the coming year.
We’ve revised the entire site, to bring commentary up to date and to make sure all the sounds play properly.  There will be things we’ve missed, so please bear with us – drop us a note if you have the time and inclination.

CBGB and Hilly Kristal image Roxy club image While all the site has had its words scoured, there are also new pages to peruse.  We’ve a new historical Club section, which is just two:  CBGB, which closed in 2006 after 33 nurturing years, and London’s short-lived Roxy (1976-April 1977 under the original owners, then staggering on for another couple of years).  There’s a brand new interview with BG Hacker, who graduated from being a band member playing there to being the first person anyone met at front of house. BG’s firm geniality helped set the tone of the place.
Another add
ition is the first of a series of Thorne’s reminiscences of the CBGB music as issued back then, in the glory days from about 1974 to 1982 (not to demean later action, but this was truly a golden age).  We illustrate with streaming audio as appropriate or allowed.  The Plasmatics, Blondie, the Shirts, Genya Ravan and Ronnie Spector are our first distinguished subjects.
There is music bubbling under around here, but as a diversionary tactic Thorne has been shooting his mouth off.  The bouncy Sounds Like Me site asked him for an interview about a major influential record.  He chose the Doors’ Strange Days, from way, way back when.  As the interview evolved through E mail, it turned into quite a careful dissection of production techniques then and now.  Along with what makes radical music then and now.

The Doors' Strangedays album artwork

As mentioned, there will be our mistakes on public display on site.  Unavoidable, though, is the streaming player issue.  First a bit of history, then apologies and explanations.
Gramophone image Gramophone imageWhen we started in 1999, music playback online was a nightmare of hiccupping connections and awful-sounding competing formats.  One of the biggest laughs we had was playing early RealAudio for the classical department.  For once, things have got better over the years, but companies are still fighting their wars across our desktops.  Same as it ever was…
At the Stereo Society site, for direct downloading of music you have a choice between mp3 and AAC.  Most players, notably QuickTime, play both.  We suggest you always choose the AAC (m4a) option, since the same file size sounds better (it’s a more recent invention).
We also offer some audio streams in mp3.  Click on one of these links, and a small new browser window, in which you can control the player.  These files can also be downloaded and saved if you wish.  With the small browser window active, simply save it and the full mp3 file will be downloaded to wherever you specify.  When playing on a computer with iTunes, it’s probably best to use QuickTime to play them, or you get all sorts of detritus landing in your iTunes library (unless you prefer to store them there, of course).
We can only offer download for music whose copyright we own.  However, in some pages we like to provide streaming audio of other tracks to illustrate the writing, such as in the CBGB music pages.  In this case, we post a Flash player, which plays back without a download option.  Unfortunately, this will not play back on an iPhone or an iPad since Apple, claiming that its processor power consumption was too high, refused to allow the format to be used on mobile devices.  We’re stuck with this for non-downloadable audio until the promised html-5 player has had the bugs and clunkiness shaken out of it, maybe by later 2012.
Wherever we post streaming audio that we didn’t originate, we provide a link to the appropriate page at Amazon (US).  There, you can ramble round any related album, and purchase if you please.
Purchase please imagePurchase please imageYou’ll also see Purchase Please buttons on some pages.  These bounce you to the appropriate page at Amazon (US).  As with the links from streaming audio, we shamelessly pocket a small finder’s fee (paid by Amazon, not you) if you buy through this link.
Finally, we have so many historical stories and interviews across our 1100+ pages that we can’t keep them all up to date.  Be tolerant and please just read them in their own lairs even though we all enthusiastically acknowledge the 21st Century.

Stereo Society animated gramophone image

Newsletter Archive
June 1999 | July 1999
August 1999 | September 1999 | October 1999 | November 1999 | December 1999

January 2000 | February 2000 | March 2000 | April 2000 | May 2000 | June 2000
August 2000 | September 2000 | October 2000 | November 2000 | December 2000

January 2001 | April 2001 | May 2001 | June 2001 | July 2001 | September 2001
November 2001

January 2002 | March 2002 | June 2002 | September 2002 | October 2002
November 2002 | December 2002

January 2003 | February 2003 | March 2003 | April 2003 | May 2003 | June 2003
July 2003 | September 2003 | October 2003 | November 2003 | December2003

February/March 2004 | April 2004 | May/June 2004 | July 2004 | August 2004
September 2004 | November 2004 | December 2004

February/March 2005 | April/May 2005 | June 2005 | July 2005 | August 2005
September/October 2005 | November 2005 | December 2005

January 2006 | March 2006 | May 2006 | June 2006 | July 2006 | September 2006
October 2006 | November 2006 (1) | November 2006 (2)
| December 2006

March 2007 | May 2007 | July 2007 | September 2007 | December 2007

January 2012 | March 2012

October 2013

March 2014

April 2015 | June 2015

July 2016