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Tom Petty, 2013
WIKIMEDIA COMMONS: Photo by Larry Philpot

Hello to WyWires; Farewell to Petty

KAPLAN’S KORNER Secret Weapon The WyWires phono cable might be the best component in my stereo and you really can’t see it. It’s like a stealth component in the war on noise. The instant I mounted it on the Ortofon 11...
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Man In The High Castle

Best of 2017

KAPLAN’S KORNER Best Soundtrack LP The Man In The High Castle I was a fan of Man In The High Castle author Philip K Dick from an early, impressionable age, I am a fan of the Amazon series as well which takes place in 1963...
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McCartney, Motown and Marley

By Jim Kaplan Spring and summer are stacking up with a plethora of concerts along with album and CD events. Paul McCartney has a May 17 release of Egypt Station-Explorer’s Edition on Capitol Records. It coincides with the sta...
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Macy, Casey and Charlie Brown

By Jim Kaplan MACY GRAY, STRIPPED I saw Macy Gray live in San Jose at the Usual nightclub in 2001, about two weeks after she won the Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “I Try.” Macy Gray showed up at that litt...
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Paul Simon, Mainz, Germany, July 25, 2008

More Mono and Other Rare Sounds

KAPLAN’S KORNER ORTOFON IN MONO I’m not done yacking about the Ortofon 2M Mono and the Ortofon Quintet Mono. Obviously the gorgeous Beatles and Stones reissues in mono sound stunning on both cartridges. But I keep disco...
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Good Equipment for Great Listening

KAPLAN’S KORNER Buying gear because of the music During this last ten years, as I approach the final third of my life (which I call the fuck-it phase), I have invested some serious time and money into my stereo equipment....
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Mark Sandman from Morphine, playing at Mississippi Nights in St. Louis, MO, April, 1997

Music Hall, Mazzolini and Morphine

KAPLAN’S KORNER Happy New Year! Hope you’re all enjoying 2017 so far. We had a season’s worth of rain this January. Rainy days working at home…I find it easy to put the Jimi Hendrix on and dream away… Which is...
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10th Anniversary— how time does fly

KAPLAN’S KORNER An old story. Tell me if you’ve heard this story before. Ten years ago, as the Great Recession was getting into high gear, I found myself unemployed — along with a ton of other people — just as the e...
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Zappa, Willapa and Christmas In April

BY JIM KAPLAN AHMET ZAPPA’S SPEARheading of The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa hologram tour is the most important thing to happen in the Zappaverse in the last 25 years. I saw a preview of this journey. Holy Shit! It’s...
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