Reverb Unit Radio

This new travel radio looks like a slightly smaller tweed-covered version of an early sixties Fender Reverb unit. Spring reverbs like the Fender are very popular to achieve the wet, splashy surf sound. They are in fact the only way to create that sound, like on classics Pipeline by The Chantays or Baja by The Astronauts.

Nomad Traveler Speaker

found at BoingBoing Gadget

Find more info on spring reverb units here.

Spectacular Exotica Special at Lux

From Luxuriamusic:

Monday, July 21st from 7 – 10 pm PST
Aloha!!! Strike brings yet another spectacular Exotica special to the Kitsch Niche! 3 hours of luscious, undulating, mysterious music from the Pacific rim. They’ll be lots of favorites along with plenty of rarities, too (like unheard Tiki Room music)!

Be sure to tune in right at 7:00 as Strike has concocted an Exotic cocktail of an intro unlike anything you have ever heard!

And, Strike will be announcing the winner of the Arthur Lyman 9 cd set courtesy of Collector’s Choice Music. Each CD contains 2 amazing Arthur Lyman albums!

There’s still time to enter to win. All you have to do is donate $5 or more anytime between now and 6:00 pm Monday, July 21st. Go to for more details. Aloha!!

Raffle: 9 Lyman CDs @ Luxuriamusic

News from the best radio station on the planet:

Pledge Drive News
It took a little bit longer than we wanted, but the pledge drive was a success thanks to all of you that made a donation. If you made a donation and haven’t received your premium yet, hold tight for just a little bit longer, as we have a few premiums that haven’t gone out yet.

Though the pledge drive is over, we are still trying to drum up money to pay the bills. So this month we’re holding a raffle to win 9 Arthur Lyman CD’s that were give to us by Collectors Choice Music. Anyone that donates $5 or more between June 23 and July 21 will be immediately entered into the raffle. Everyone that donates $5 or more will receive a Shag designed LuxuriaMusic sticker. For more information on the raffle, go here. Or go to our donations page.

Thank you!!


Programming schedule for Wednesday July 9, 2008.
3-4 PM: Thrifting For Tunes Lee Hazlewood Birthday Special.
4-6 PM: Chuck Kelley Goes Latin
6-7 PM: Atomic Cocktail with Vic Trip.
7-8 PM: Between The Sheets w/ Angel Baby.
8-10 PM: The Ian Whitcomb Show

*all time are Pacific Standard Time.

Loudness Wars Explained

What a great find! Somebody on a audio recording board posted this link.

It’s an animated movie explaining “loudness”. It’s a high average volume level. Meaning there’s less softer parts in the music. If you read this you probably have a chance of enjoying old music. You probably think about the old recordings as being played by real musicians, on real instruments, projecting real emotions and so forth. All fine an dandy with me. But that’s not all there is to it. They recorded it differently! The guys at the record companies enjoyed loud parts coming after quieter parts. A scary movie is most scary when nothing is really happening, but your senses tell you that something could and probably will happen. Then when all the screams come on, its not scary anymore. You are scared in the fracture of a second actually, the transition from quiet to loud.

With modern music it’s like horror screams all of the time. No wonder most people eventually turn away from it. At first (your early teens) you think “cool – it’s really loud”. But as an adult you will find that the dimensions offered in music are richer for your enjoyment.

Many professionals in the recording industry think that this loudness war is one thing that is hurting the music business of today. Also consider the fact that an artist will sound wimpy on stage by comparison to his recordings. You didn’t read about booed off the stage superstars in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Or even the 80s. It’s fans robbed off another illusion. And they start realizing they have one voice.