Archive for March, 2013

Riverside

19th March 2013

Riverside were mentioned to me by a fellow fan of music (you know who you are) and although I had checked out their previous efforts, I hadn’t really connected with what they were doing. Until now. This music fan mentioned during an exchange of e-mails that he was spinning their new record (yes, the actual 12 inch black plastic version), and it was enough to make me fire it up for a quick listen. I soon found it on repeat for the next couple of days. And playing regularly after that.

I couldn’t agree more with a comment someone made regarding this album, saying that it was like ‘the same band but in a different mood’. And although it seems like a contradiction, they sound more mature and yet more playful at the same time. It’s a combination that really suits them.

Long-time fans of some bands can have a tendency to feel alienated due to even the smallest change in direction (Opeth anyone?) but I can’t help but think that if you don’t like it, then there’s usually a whole back catalogue (4 albums with extras, a couple of EP’s and a live DVD in this case) for you to go back to. That’s how they’ve earned the right to try something new. And also why it’s called ‘Progressive’ rock.

See you down by the river at http://riversideband.pl/en

p.s. Not that it matters but theses guys are (surprisingly) Polish.

p.p.s. I saw them in Glasgow on Saturday night on their first ever visit to Scotland. And they ROCKED IT!

 

 

Naim NAC-N 172 XS Preamplifier / Streamer

15th March 2013

Naim have been involved in some serious product development over the last couple of years. They have embraced the digital streaming revolution with gusto, no more so than on the rather clever preamplifier / streamer – the NAC-N 172 XS. This is one of our favourite new products in the Glasgow shop at the moment.

We’ll leave it up to Naim to explain:

“The NAC-N 172 XS defines a point at which worlds collide – the traditional world of separate pre and power amplifiers, and the new world of network streaming. It’s a conventional preamplifier, perfectly at home in a Naim separates environment where, partnered by a Naim NAP 155 XS power amplifier perhaps, it can reproduce music from CD or vinyl in a way that stirs the soul and quickens the pulse. But the NAC-N 172 XS also opens the door onto the new sphere of high resolution audio, internet radio and streamed music. It’s a sphere that has just the same soul stirring potential as conventional audio sources, but that’s effectively limitless in scope and content.”

Retailing at £1650 or £1,900 with an FM/DAB module it can handle high-resolution files right up to 24bit/192kHz. This packs a serious punch for the money and was recently awarded the What Hi-Fi? Streamer of the Year 2012 for products between £1,000 and £2,000.

For more information, or to book at demonstration, get in touch with Ian or John in the Glasgow store.

See the Naim website for more information >>

 

Quest For Fire

12th March 2013

Forming from the remnants of other bands might be how Quest for Fire came by their ‘stoner rock’ tag. It’s a bit of a lazy generalisation and not all that accurate as far as I’m concerned. However, second album ‘Lights from Paradise’ could be labelled as stoned rock. With a psychedelic chaser and a side order of indie.

The band themselves say that it’s an homage to all their favourite music thrown into one big melting pot and if I didn’t know otherwise, I would almost swear that they were from the UK. Sure they can do the whole heavy guitar, big drums thing but they also excel on some of the lengthier, mellower pieces such as opening track “The Greatest Hits by God’ and central track ‘Confusion’s Home’ (which I was caught in a 10 minute swirling ball of when I saw them).

So I was sad to hear recently that they had decided to call it a day and played their last ever show on the 15th February on their home turf in Toronto, Canada. It does however, make me doubly delighted that we made the effort to see them at last year’s Austin Psych Fest and I wish them every success in their chosen future projects…

Quest for crazy Canadians at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Quest-for-Fire

 

Celebrate Linn's 40th Anniversary at the Glasgow Store – March and April

9th March 2013

To celebrate Linn’s 40th anniversary and the Glasgow store’s 10th year as a Linn dealer; we’re hosting a number of special Linn events throughout March and April.

Linn Factory Visit
Thursday 21st March, 2013

We’re hosting a factory tour at Linn’s HQ in Eaglesham, Glasgow.

Starting at 10am, the event will include a guided factory tour, and a range of product and system listening sessions.

Everything bearing the Linn name is designed and manufactured under one roof, so you can see every stage of the process.

Places are limited, to check availability and book, email john morrison: john.m@loud-clear.co.uk

Linn at Loud & Clear Glasgow
Friday 12th April, 2013

Friday focuses on digital; with listening sessions on Linn’s range of DS network music players – from the brand new Sneaky DSM to the awesome Klimax DS.

Saturday 13th April, 2013

Saturday is all about vinyl. Our very own turntable wizard, John Nilsen, will be on hand to help you get the most from your record collection. Half price turntable servicing* will be available on the day, please book in advance.

Click for more information on Linn >>

We look forward to seeing you at some of these events.

 

*Excluding parts. Subject to availability.

 

Classic Album Replay – Prince and the Revolution "Purple Rain", Thursday 28th March, Glasgow Store

7th March 2013

This month’s Classic Album Replay is Prince and the Revolution “Purple Rain”

A total classic that we’ve had lots of requests for, so it would be rude not to!

Please don’t feel intimidated in coming to the shop!! There is no sales pressure. Simply come along, grab a glass of wine, and listen to this classic on a fabulous hi-fi system – taking you closer to the performance!

If you could get here 10 minutes before that would be great!

Inspired by Cosmo’s Classic Album Sundays:
http://classicalbumsundays.com/

And Greg Wilson’s Living To Music:
http://www.gregwilson.co.uk/2010/06/living-to-music/

I Am Kloot

5th March 2013

The Kloot might not ever rock your world. They’re more likely to buy you a pint and tell you a bad joke. But that’s the point. They sound like the kind of guys that you could easily spend a Saturday night down the pub with. That’s not to say that their music isn’t top quality stuff though.

Last album ‘Sky at Night’ got them some well deserved coverage via their 2010 Mercury prize nomination but by then they had already been plugging away at it since 1999, gathering a legion of fans along the way.

It’s all very well being catapulted to ‘next big thing’ status by the music industry, but there’s a lot more merit in doing it the hard way. Not to mention the work, experience and the ‘never getting too big for your boots’ lessons that it teaches you. It’s hard to imagine anything otherwise from these guys.

Latest album ‘Let It All In’ is no exception. Beautifully crafted and worded, you can tell it comes from the heart. And one with a great sense of humour too.

Mine’s a pint at http://iamkloot.com

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