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Modern day female jazz recommendations
Cecile McLorin Salvant's debut LP "Woman Child" is spectacular and well recorded. Highly recommended. Really bummed that I had to work during her last visit to Seattle.http://www.mackavenue.com/artists/detail/cecile_mclorin_salvant/ 
Daedalus Audio Vs. Kef
If I may give some unsolicited advice; likely worth what you are paying for...I own Daedalus speakers and really enjoy them. I know the owner of Daedalus, Lou Hinkley, who is terrific. That said, I would be reluctant to purchase Daedalus speakers ... 
Andy Kim - Needle Clinic
Just got back my Benz LPS reconditioned by Andy. Sounds terrific. A very happy customer. 
Weird Band Names.
The Dead Kenny G'sGarage A TroisCrack SabbathAll featuring the saxophonist Skerik 
the greatest pop song ever?
"Be My Baby" by the Ronetteshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=jrVbawRPO7I 
Stylus Rake Angle
Doug Deacon (as always) offers great advice. I would allow that some people are more comfortable with measurements, and if that makes you happy and improves your listening experience; then by all means go for it. Please note the the paper cited by... 
OK, Best Folk Albums in the last 10 years...
Damien Jurado "Saint Bartlett" 
Wycliffe Gordon - Dreams Of New Orleans 24/192
Wycliffe gave a clinic to my son's high school band and really connected with the kids. Seems like a really nice man. 
Tango Music/Album - Recommendation
Anything by Astor Piazolla. His album Tango Zero Hour is wonderful!+1 
Norah Jones
Love her work with Danger Mouse on "Rome" 
Entire system cable recommendation
In my system, the Found-Music cabling has been a significant upgrade: http://www.whatsbestforum.com/showthread.php?10639-Found-Music-Cabling-A-System-wide-Upgrade The ability to home audition is a nice feature. 
Odd shaped Amps and preamps
Best part about The Experience Music gear: it sounds even better than it looks! 
The National
It took me a couple plays to warm up to this one...not quite the masterpiece of "High Violet" but ho hum, another great National LP. As Slaw noted, very good sonics. They are also very good live... 
KC Symphony Recordings
My Dad has season tickets and loves the new space. We took a tour a couple of weeks ago...it is spectacular: http://www.kauffmancenter.org/ 
Why does most new music suck?
IMO, people are forgetting that a lot of the music during the 60's also "sucked" and the rate of "suckage" is probably no greater today than in yesteryear. It's just that the better music stands the test of time and continues to be enjoyed while t...