Airbnb Concert: The Lion King's Chondra Profit at Noho Sound

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Join The Lion King cast member, Chondra Profit at Noho Sound's Cooper Square showroom for an intimate evening in which she will share stories about making it in New York, and perform a fun mix of her favorite songs including Broadway, pop, Top 40, and well-known classics.

The event will be followed by a listening session of Broadway classics on the world's finest hi-end audio gear from McIntosh Labs and Sonus Faber.

WHEN: Thursday, June 21st - 8PM
WHERE: Noho Sound - 62 Cooper Square, NY, NY, 10003
HOW: This is a BYOB private event with limited space. You must RSVP.

Airbnb Concert: Jersey Boys' Daniel Reichard at Noho Sound

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Join original Jersey Boys cast member, Daniel Reichard at Noho Sound's Cooper Square showroom for an intimate evening in which he will share stories about making it in New York, and perform a fun mix of his favorite songs including Broadway, pop, Top 40, and well-known classics.

The event will be followed by a listening session of Broadway classics on the world's finest hi-end audio gear from McIntosh Labs and Sonus Faber.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 13th - 8PM
WHERE: Noho Sound - 62 Cooper Square, NY, NY, 10003
HOW: This is a BYOB private event with limited space. You must RSVP.

 

Noho Sound Presents: Out by 10: Bring on the Heat: Hilarious Stories & Rockin' Music

 

Do you love storytelling, comedy & music? Noho Sound and Out By 10 are proud to host a night of performances by award-winning comedians, musicians, and storytellers at Noho Sound's Cooper Square showroom.

WHEN: Friday, June 8th: 8 - 10pm Showtime, doors open at 7:30

WHERE: Noho Sound – 62 Cooper Square, New York NY 10003

HOW: This is a private BYOB event. All guests MUST present valid tickets.

Purchase tickets here.

THE PLAYERS
Negin Farsad was named both one of the Funniest Women of 2015 by Huffington Post and one of the 10 Best Feminist Comedians by Paper Magazine. She is the host of a podcast, Fake the Nation. And the director/producer of two feature films: The Muslims Are Coming! starring Jon Stewart, David Cross and Lewis Black and Nerdcore Rising starring Weird Al Yankovic. She has written for/appeared on Comedy Central, MTV, PBS, IFC, Nickelodeon and was selected as a TEDFellow for her work in social justice comedy. She’s the author of “How to Make hime People Laugh.” She also sued New York State’s MTA over the right to put up funny posters about Muslims…and WON.

Walter Parks spent a decade as the guitarist and sideman for Woodstock Legend Richie Havens. He has played Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden and the Cannes Film Festival. He composed the theme song for the Discovery Channel’s “American Guns” series and leads his own southern country/blues band, Swamp Cabbage.

Kambri Crews has performed at The Moth, Risk! SXSW Comedy, UCB Theatre and Gotham Comedy Club. She’s the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Burn Down the Ground, in which she describes growing up with her deaf parents in a tin shed in Montgomery, Texas. She now owns and operates QED, a café and co-working space by day and music and comedy club and learning center by night in Astoria, Queens.

Martin Dockery travels the US, UK, Canada and Australia performing eight different original (autobiographical and fictional) one-man shows. He has won 15 “Best of Fest” awards for his performances at such fringe festivals as The Melbourne Comedy Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and the London Storytelling Festival where he was the headliner – twice! He has written five plays which he toured nationwide with his co-star and wife Vanessa Quesnelle. He’s currently at work on a 10-episode fictional podcast to be released this fall.

THE BACKSTORY
Susan Seliger, Co-Founder/Host of Out by 10 handpicks the most talented performers whose stories and music make us laugh, cry, and connect. Out by 10 s the only nonprofit monthly performance series featuring BOTH storytellers AND musicians in NYC.

Tickets available now.

 

Noho Sound & MusicTalks Present: Cello Solo - from Bach to Flamenco

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Join us June 28th for the second event in the Noho Sound Music Series at HGU New York's Rose Hill lounge, celebrating the history of the cello with Elad Kabilio of MusicTalks, back-to-back with a vinyl listening session on the world's finest audio reproduction equipment from McIntosh Labs & Focal.

THE FORMAT
1) Hear the story of the cello through history
2) Elad Kabilio of MusicTalks performs solo cello
3) Ron Kain of Noho Sound spins the history of cello on vinyl

THE PROGRAM
Hailed by the New York Times for his "vibrant playing full of texture and nuance" Founder of MusicTalks, Cellist Elad Kabilio returns to HGU NYC's Rose Hill Lounge in this exciting Recital. Experience the beauty of the unaccompanied cello, from Bach’s music to the colorful music of Spain. Bach’s First Cello Suite, famously known and frequently used in cinema will be set along to Gaspar Cassado’s passionate and virtuosic cello suite, influenced by the Flamenco and Spanish folk music.

WHAT IS MUSICTALKS?
MusicTalks brings jazz & classical music to an intimate and informal setting. Performed by the finest young musicians, MusicTalks breaks down the barriers between musicians and audience by taking advantage of the intimacy that chamber music provides. With engaging and interactive conversation, the listener is given an experience that truly makes Music Talk.

WHAT IS HGU NYC?
HGU NYC is NoMad's coolest new boutique hotel. Located in a striking Beaux-Arts structure, it has welcomed countless guests since 1905, its ornate plaster ceilings telling of legendary parties and infamous patrons of old. HGU now hosts myriad nightlife events, and now the Noho Sound music series, showcasing NY's best live music and classic audio systems.

Get your tickets now.

Broadway Star Willis White @ Noho Sound May 17th

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Do you love Broadway? Noho Sound is proud to host Broadway Plus and Hairspray's Willis White for an intimate vocal performance and Q&A at Noho Sound's Cooper Square showroom.

The event will be followed by a listening session of Broadway classics on the world's finest hi-end audio gear from McIntosh Labs and Sonus Faber.

WHEN: Thursday, May 17th - 8PM
WHERE: Noho Sound - 62 Cooper Square, NY, NY, 10003
HOW: This is a BYOB private event with limited space. You must RSVP.

Out by 10: Stories & Music: Mothers, Lovers & Others: May 11th

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Noho Sound & Susan Seliger are thrilled to host Out by 10: Stories & Music at our Cooper Square showroom on Friday, May 11th.

THEME MothersLovers & Others

WHO 3 Hilarious Storytellers

Mike Amato: Comedian: Montreal Comedy Festival; Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2-time Andy Kaufman Awards finalist. 

Michaela Murphy: Played The White House (Clinton) NPR, The New Yorker

Mindy Raf: MTV, Comedy Network, One-Woman Show, "Not the One” Off-Broadway NOW

MUSIC 
Trina Hamlin: Late Show, Played with Taj Majal, The Indigo GirlsAni DiFrancoDar Williams

THE DEAL
$20 online; $25 at the door. BYOB: So you can sip exactly what you like best. 
Limited seating-- tix sell out fast.

WHERE
NoHo Sound Showroom at 62 Cooper Square (between Astor Place and E. 4th) in the beautiful Carl Fischer Building across from the landmark Cooper Union. (Subways W, R, Q, 1, 5, 6 and a parking garage right next door.)

WHEN
3.11.18, 8-10 PM -- every 2nd Friday of the month

BACKSTORY
Out by 10: Stories & Music is the only nonprofit monthly performance series featuring BOTH storytellers AND musicians in NYC.

Song of the Day: Experimental Aircraft — Stellar

I love this band. So does Chris. Their site appears dead and they haven't released anything in 10 years, which is a shame, because 2008's "Stellar" is a timelessly brilliant single that could have been released in any year, and should have vaulted them into the realm of Interpol's popularity.

Here's how Graveface Records described them:

Experimental Aircraft could be 2008’s version of The Pixies if they were slowed down to a crawling halt and layered in atmospheric dust. Or, at times, they sound like a more pummeling version of The Cure (how can this be?). If the band’s upcoming album “Third Transmission” were released in 1991, there is no question it would be among the most popular releases of its time. A forward thinking album for shoegaze fans everywhere, “Third Transmission” brings us back to some of the greatest bands making music in the nineties ie The Jesus and Mary Chain, All Natural Lemon and Lime Flavors, Antarctica, or Stereolab (which is to say, “Third Transmission” could have legendary status). Although their sound reminds us of an era since gone by, there is no question that their music is still more than relevant today (what’s that? My Bloody Valentine has reunited? Yes!).

Does anyone know what happened to them?

Noho Sound Presents Ella Fitzgerald Live vs Vinyl: May 16th

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Join us May 16th at the kickoff party for the Noho Sound Music Series at the HGU New York's Rose Hill lounge, celebrating Ella Fitzgerald in a special event featuring award-winning vocalist Thana Alexa and the MusicTalks Jazz Trio back-to-back with a vinyl listening session on the world's finest audio reproduction equipment from McIntosh Labs & Focal.

THE FORMAT

1) Elad Kabilio of MusicTalks tells Ella's story
2) Thana Alexa & the MusicTalks Trio perform Ella's greatest hits
3) Ron Kain of Noho Sound spins Ella on vinyl, as it was meant to be heard.

Tickets are $25, or free for hotel guests.
You may buy tickets here.

THE PROGRAM
The program features milestone standards that inspired the legendary Ella Fitzgerald and highlight her journey from debut performance at the Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night to her groundbreaking career as one of the most celebrated jazz artists of the 20th Century.

WHAT IS MUSICTALKS?
MusicTalks brings jazz & classical music to an intimate and informal setting. Performed by the finest young musicians, MusicTalks breaks down the barriers between musicians and audience by taking advantage of the intimacy that chamber music provides. With engaging and interactive conversation, the listener is given an experience that truly makes Music Talk.

Learn more: https://www.music-talks.com/

WHAT IS HGU NYC?
HGU NYC is NoMad's coolest new boutique hotel. Located in a striking Beaux-Arts structure, it has welcomed countless guests since 1905, its ornate plaster ceilings telling of legendary parties and infamous patrons of old. HGU now hosts myriad nightlife events, and now the Noho Sound music series, showcasing NY's best live music and classic audio systems.

Learn more: http://www.hgunyc.com/

We look forward to seeing you!

When Public Enemy Toured With The Sisters Of Mercy. Really.

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Yes, Public Enemy once toured with The Sisters of Mercy. And it didn't go well. Post Punk's story opens like this:

"Perhaps ill advised or way ahead of it’s time—given that Death Grips toured with Ministry recentlySisters of Mercy frontman Andrew Eldritch made his vision thing a reality by enlisting Hip Hop legends Public Enemy to go on tour together, along with post-punk legends Gang Of Four, hard rock band Warrior Soul, and rap group Young Black Teenagers for 1991’s “The Tune In, Turn On, Burn Out” tourThis combination was most likely inspired by the fact that Public Enemy’s third studio album Fear of A Black Planet released the previous year bore a similar name to The Sisters’s 1985 First And Last And Always track Black Planet."

But the really fun story is the concert review in the Chicago Tribune from 1991:

"Friday night`s incongruous matching of the Sisters of Mercy, Public Enemy, Gang of Four and Warrior Soul at Poplar Creek Music Theatre challenged fans to play 'spot the theme.'

The four groups play in jarringly different styles-gothic rock, rap, alternative guitar funk and hard rock-but all resist the mainstream.

The Sisters of Mercy wallows in the horror and illogic of the world while Public Enemy tries to make sense of it and shake things up. Gang of Four is alienated by society, while Warrior Soul wants to dismiss it with contempt.

The result was a fascinating cultural event and a frustrating concert in which the groups` disparities became more apparent than any shared bond."

If anyone has video from any of the shows they did together, we really really really want to see it. Please share any links in the comments.

Which Sounds Better, Analog or Digital Music?

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Let's #TBT to a timeless article trying to answer a timeless question:

"Record players have made a comeback over the past decade. Some of the credit probably goes to the hipster trend toward retro everything, but music lovers often claim records just sound better than digital music. I played my part in boosting record player sales after finding my mom’s old record collection in my parents’ house. The collection itself was not particularly exciting, but the possibility of listening to the exact records she had played as a teenager felt like some sort of time travel.

So we bought a record player. I distinctly remember playing The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. I had dutifully met the college student stereotype of blasting The Beatles on a regular basis, so I had heard those songs a hundred times. But when the cacophony at the end of “A Day in the Life” came on, it was not the one I had heard before. It sounded much deeper and fuller, like there were new noises in it. I was skeptical of the claim that vinyl sounded better, so I was surprised to be hearing a difference. Being a scientific-minded person, I’m not exactly swayed by one data point, but the experience did pique my curiosity.

So what’s the deal with the vinyl phenomenon? Is it really possible that records just inherently make a fuller sound? To have any hope of answering these questions, we have to start with something more basic: What is sound and how do we hear it?"

Read the rest over at The Atlantic.

Jeanna De Waal Live @ Noho Sound - Thursday May 3rd

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Do you love Broadway? Noho Sound is proud to host Broadway Plus and Jeanna de Waal (Kinky Boots, Wicked, American Idiot) for an intimate vocal performance and Q&A at Noho Sound's Cooper Square showroom.

The event will be followed by a listening session of Broadway classics on the world's finest hi-end audio gear from McIntosh Labs and Sonus Faber.

WHEN: Thursday, May 3rd - 8PM
WHERE: Noho Sound - 62 Cooper Square, NY, NY, 10003
HOW: This is a BYOB private event with limited space. You must RSVP.

Noho Sound Presents: Cinjun Tate of Remy Zero — Friday, April 27th

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Cinjun Tate of Remy Zero and Spartan Fidelity will be sharing a haunting acoustic set for an intimate performance and Q&A this Friday April 27th as part of the Noho Sound Live music series in NYC.

The event will be followed by a listening session of Cinjun's work on the world's finest hi-end audio gear from McIntosh Labs, Sonus Faber, Focal and Devore Fidelity.

Location: Lower Manhattan. Secret until the morning of.
Time: Doors open @ 730PM
This is a free private event with limited space.
BYOB.
You must RSVP.

What Is The Biggest BS In HI-End Audio?

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We at Noho Sound love music, so of course we love anything that makes music sound better. What do we hate? BS. And there's no BS like the BS being shoveled in h-end audio reviews. All of us have been Stereophile fans and readers for years, but the latest issue contains something that is seriously nuts. And this is coming from a bunch of true believers.

Read this passage from last month's issue of Stereophile for yourself:

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WTF is going on here? Even if you believe cables can make a difference — and we do — none of us have ever seen or heard anything suggesting that "bending" your cables resets a mystery clock on how electrical signals pass through them, and that your sound will suffer as a result.

There are lot of serious people doing real work engineering the best possible hardware and software intended to reproduce music at the highest possible levels, at all price points. We carry many of those brands. But we will never sell anything we don't believe in, and can't demonstrate.

Advice: Buy what you hear, not what someone claims.

Bel Canto is great brand we don't carry. Stereophile is a great publication. Stereophile's review is positive. But hi-end audio as a hobby doesn't benefit when unserious claims about "cable bending" are buried in an otherwise serious review.

If anyone can prove us wrong about this, please tell us in the comments or reach out to us so we can try to reproduce this.

What is the craziest claim you've ever heard in audio, especially hi-end audio?

Please share in the comments.

4/19 Vinyl Listening Party: iamchelseaim

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Noho Sound's Vinyl listening series continues next Thursday, April 19th at 7pm with iamchelseaiam, who many call the next Tracey Chapman, who will be presenting her newest EP "A Beautiful Mess" on vinyl EP on the world's finest hi-end audio gear from McIntosh Labs, Focal and Devore Fidelity. "It" girl Seleah Simone will wrap the night by interviewing iamchelseaim for her podcast.

Because vinyl + tubes = music the way it was meant to be.

It's BYOB and free, but space is limited for this private event, so you must RSVP.

4/13 Vinyl Listening Party: Dru Cutler

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Dru Cutler

Rock. Straight out of Bushwick.

Noho Sound's Vinyl listening series continues this Friday, April 13th at 7pm with Dru Cutler, a young rocker from Bushwick and founder of the UnitJ warehouse/event space, who will be presenting his newest vinyl live on the world's finest hi-end audio gear from McIntosh Labs, Focal and Devore Fidelity.

Because vinyl + tubes = music the way it was meant to be.

It's BYOB and free, but space is limited, so you must RSVP.

Is This The Craziest Marital Fight Video Of All Time?

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They say love is never hurting someone where they are most vulnerable. This video excerpt depicts the worst case scenario; two people striking each other where it hurts the most. Watch to the end for the coup de grace.

We at Noho Sound recommend a softer approach to resolving marital differences. For example, the traditional IKEA vase or Muji T-shirt are easily replaceable after making up, Couture and tube amplifiers are not.

Watch the video for yourself:

Have you seen or heard of a marital spat more vengeful than this?

Please share in the comments below.

McIntosh Announces MT2 Precision Turntable At $4000

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Noho Sound is thrilled to announce that McIntosh Labs has finally released their long awaited MT2 Precision Turntable. Scheduled to ship in April, the MT2 will retail for $4000.

From the official press release:

McIntosh is pleased to announce our new MT2 Precision Turntable. 

The McIntosh MT2 Precision Turntable combines the latest in turntable technology and design to deliver both superb performance and accurate playback. The MT2 is a great way to upgrade your home audio system to play vinyl albums. 

A full complement of features allows for all recordings to be reproduced with flawless realism. Its advanced electronic and mechanical design will give you many years of smooth, trouble-free operation. A subtle green glow emanates from under the platter and the outside edges of the plinth for a touch of refined ambiance and connection to the McIntosh design aesthetic. 

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The MT2 plays both 33-1/3 and 45 rpm records. It’s virtually ready to use out of the box as tracking force, anti-skate force, cartridge overhang and arm height are all preset from the factory for maximum performance. The remaining setup steps are simple and you’ll be enjoying your vinyl in no time. 

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The MT2 comes with a moving coil cartridge that has a high enough output to make it compatible with not only moving coil phono inputs but also moving magnet inputs. The cartridge’s high impedance and high output voltage ensures noise free musical reproduction. This unique cartridge design features an alloy cantilever and an elliptical diamond stylus with exceptional tracking capability. 

The tonearm is constructed from dural-aluminum with special damping materials and is light weight yet highly rigid. The noise free vertical bearings feature two precision ceramic surfaces with damping fluid; the horizontal bearing is a gimballed sapphire design. 

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The belt driven, solid black outer platter is made from a special dynamically balanced polyoxymethylene (POM) and is over 1” thick. This heftiness helps to both resist and absorb external vibrations that can cause noise during playback; its large mass also provides the perfect flywheel action for stable playback speed. The inner platter is made of CNC-precision milled aluminum. The platters rotate on a polished and tempered steel shaft in a sintered bronze bushing. 

The DC motor is driven by an external voltage-stabilized power supply and is completely decoupled from the chassis, isolating your records from any mechanical interference. Its sturdy plinth has a resonance optimized and highly compressed wood base with black lacquer finish, while the top and middle acrylic plates help absorb unwanted vibrations. 

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A clear, contoured dust cover is included. The MT2 turntable is compatible with a variety of McIntosh phono preamplifiers, stereo preamplifiers, integrated amplifiers and home theater processors with phono inputs; virtually any of our amplifiers and speakers can be used to complete your audio system. 

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Want to hear the McIntosh MT2 in downtown NYC? Call or email Noho Sound for an appointment.

Noho Sound Live Presents: A Celebration of African-American Composers 2/25

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Noho Sound is proud to host our 14th Groupmuse live music event this Sunday, February 25th @ 630pm, with a performance by MusicTalks & Diverse Concert Artists.

Where? Secret until the day of, but it's in Noho, and will sell out quickly.

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WHAT IS NOHO SOUND?
Noho Sound is a trio of hi-end audio showrooms & event spaces in NYC created by Alex Roy, Ron Kain & Chris Petranis, industry veterans and music lovers who wanted something better — space to hear the world's best audio equipment — and the live music that is the point of it all.

WHAT IS A GROUPMUSE?
Groupmuses are something in between classical/jazz music concerts and house parties. They are a chance to spend quality time with old and new friends and to lose yourself in a profound artistic experience.

WHAT IS MUSICTALKS?
MusicTalks brings classical and jazz music to an intimate and informal setting. Performed by the finest young musicians, MusicTalks breaks down the barriers between musicians and audience by taking advantage of the intimacy that chamber music provides. With engaging and interactive conversation, the listener is given an experience that truly makes Music Talk.

WHAT IS DIVERSE CONCERT ARTISTS?
Diverse Concert Artists are committed to changing the face of classical and crossover music through diversity. The musicians of DCA are highly trained professionals coming from the nation's top music conservatories and universities including Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, NYU, Mannes and more. Diverse Concert Artists perform a wide array of music from classical to the latest music on the top of the pop charts.

WHAT WILL BE PERFORMED?
In honor of Black History Month, join us for a concert by Diverse Concert Artists celebrating the incredible life and music of composers of color from classical to pop music. The program features a string quartet highlighting the life and music of notable African-American composers accompanied by anecdotes telling the stories of heritage, friendships and social justice.

As in every MusicTalks program the concert will offer introductions to the composers and their works, musical demonstrations, and fascinating anecdotes.

LOCATION
Secret until the day of, once you register below. But it's in Noho.

HOW TO ATTEND
We only have room for 50 people, including friends and community members, so there are limited spots available! You buy tickets here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Best,

Alex, Ron & Chris