Michael Fremer

Michael Fremer  |  Dec 23, 2021  |  9 comments
The term “singer/songwriter” hadn’t yet been coined when the “hotter’n a depot stove” 29 year-old songwriter Willie Nelson stepped into the studio to record his debut album for Liberty Records. Back then, you were either a songwriter or a singer, though of course there were a very few who were both. Here, Nelson proves he was one of them

Malachi Lui, Michael Fremer  |  Dec 12, 2021  |  First Published: Dec 12, 2021  |  16 comments
Finding gifts for record lovers can prove difficult: the hobby is uniquely personal, often expensive, and comes with the fear of what your gift recipient does and doesn’t already own. As the holidays rapidly approach, we’ve compiled a list of recommended budget turntables, phono preamps, record accessories, LPs, and books. These products are independently selected, and we’ve personally experienced every listed item (or a very similar previous iteration) listed.
Michael Fremer  |  Dec 10, 2021  |  2 comments
This Village Vanguard Inside Straight set was recorded December 2014 a week before bassist McBride recorded with his trio another Village Vanguard engagement that became his Mack Avenue debut album.

Michael Fremer  |  Dec 07, 2021  |  First Published: Dec 07, 2021  |  12 comments
Coming January 28th: a 6 LP all-analog 180g "Tone Poet"vinyl box set containing all six 1960s Blue Note Ornette Coleman albums including his five as a leader (the two volume At The 'Golden Circle' Stockholm (1965), The Empty Foxhole (1966), New York Is Now! (1968), and Love Call (1968)—as well as Coleman's lone sideman appearances on saxophonist Jackie McLean's New And Old Gospel (1967).

Michael Fremer  |  Dec 01, 2021  |  First Published: Dec 01, 2021  |  154 comments
Okay, the photo has nothing to do with the text but I thought you might enjoy it and it's possibly good clickbait. This little dust up with Mike Esposito was really me doing what I've been doing since calling out the B.S. that was the compact disc revolution when the industry, both on the hardware and software side, was insisting that this new format sounded better than the old one when in fact it clearly did not, especially at that time. As Chad Kassem pointed out in the stream, we and others were subjected to major levels of abuse and told to "get with the program" and that we were just used to, and preferred distortion. You still get that today but it's easier to ignore.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 30, 2021  |  4 comments
The always defiant, sometimes bitter and often angry Charles Mingus had a habit of declaring more than a few of his records as his best, including this one. He might be correct about The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady recorded January, 1963, though Tijuana Moods and several others are definitely in the running.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 29, 2021  |  First Published: Nov 29, 2021  |  45 comments
You axed for it: tomorrow, November 30th at 4 PM on YouTube, Acoustic Sounds' Chad Kassem will moderate a "lively" hopefully friendly and informative discussion with "The stereo Mikes" Fremer and "The In Groove"'s Esposito. The main subject will be our two videos regarding lacquer longevity and its appropriateness as a sellable format.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 29, 2021  |  First Published: Nov 29, 2021  |  57 comments
WAM's J.R. Boisclair, who provided the microscopic images responds to some of the comments under the original story.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 28, 2021  |  First Published: Nov 28, 2021  |  4 comments
Acoustic Sounds' Chad Kassem recently hosted in Salina, Kansas an event I labeled "Y'Alta" that featured Stoughton Press's Jack Stoughton and RTI's Don MacInnis for a wide-ranging discussion about the state of the vinyl record industry in 2021. Kassem asked me to moderate from home and I gladly obliged.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 28, 2021  |  First Published: Nov 28, 2021  |  79 comments
These latest microscope photos from WAM Engineering LLC (WallyTools) offer dramatic evidence that the Onzow Zerodust leaves a stubborn, difficult to remove residue on "clean" styli as well as on cantilevers. It's a troubling discovery.