Tuesday, July 17, 2012

JICO Stylus

Jico stylus of Japan has long offered high quality replacement styluses for phonographic cartridges. In contrast to most aftermarket stylus manufacturers, Jico produces replacement styluses that not only match the quality of the original stylus, they often surpass them. I have been using their SAS [Super Analog Stylus] replacement stylus for a Shure M97xE cartridge, and the Jico stylus transformed the cartridge from a rather ordinary (even boring) sounding cart to something that competes sonically with much higher priced cartridges (sadly, I would know as I've owned some of them).

Jico has just completed a redesign of their website, and are asking their customers to pass along the word. I would be happy to do so even if they were not offering a free t-shirt as a reward. If you have a moving magnet (or moving iron) cartridge with a user replaceable stylus, I highly recommend checking Jico's website to see if they offer a replacement for your cart.

Record fanatics like me owe the dedicated craftsmen at companies like Jico a huge debt of thanks. Without their continued dedication it would no longer be possible to enjoy high quality vinyl playback.

Monday, July 09, 2012

Tame Impala - Apocalypse Dreams

I like it. Reminds me of Super Furry Animals, and maybe even some older stuff than that. Tame Impala's new album, Lonerism, will be released in October 2012 on Modular Recordings. The first single from the album, "Elephant," is set to be released later this month.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Lock Up Your Daughters

Insert from Let It Bleed LP (1969)
This insert that came with the Rolling Stones' 1969 LP Let It Bleed promoting the Rolling Stones Fan Club struck me a slight incongruous. With the possible exception of new Stone Mick Taylor, these guys just look well past the tenny-bopper/fan club phase by this point in their career. A fun artifact, nevertheless.