Independent Music & Equipment Reviews & Music Label

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I REVIEW ONLY PHYSICAL RELEASES (CDs or LPs).  I understand that this represents more of a financial commitment on the part of the artist/record label, but I invest a great deal of time listening to the music and writing the reviews.

PLEASE: DO NOT SEND LINKS TO DIGITAL DOWNLOAD FILES FOR REVIEW, I WILL NOT REVIEW THEM, AND WILL NOT REPLY TO YOUR E-MAIL FOR A REVIEW REQUEST.

If you would like to send a review or promotional copy of your music, please contact me at: wajobu [at] hotmail [dot] com with more information on your release and I will let you know if I’m interested and able to prepare a review to meet your schedule.  If I write a solicited review, the artist/record label will have a chance to preview it for factual content and respond with comments before it is published here.  You can also contact me at my Facebook,  SoundcloudTumblr, Ello pages or follow me on Twitter: 

Thanks for stopping by.  I enjoy sharing my thoughts on all sorts of music and like to learn about new music and artists.  I also support independent musicians, artists and filmmakers.  I’ve been a listener and music appreciator for many years and figured it was time to write about an art form that is so important to me.  Unless noted otherwise, music reviewed is unsolicited.  Recordings have been purchased by me through legal channels, to support artists (direct from record label, artist, retail or online shop), and if a review is solicited, and involves auditioning an advance or promotional copy of a recording, this will be noted.  I receive no financial compensation from artists or their PR representatives of any kind.  This is a non-profit venture.  This is an archive of my music reviews at various locations around the internets and related topics.  I have published reviews at HiFi Zine and Affordable Audio.

Primary Listening EquipmentManley Mahi-Mahi Mono Amplifiers, Manley Jumbo Shrimp Preamplifier, Manley Chinook Phono Preamplifier, Garrard 401 w/ custom aluminum block plinth (wajobu design) with Thomas Schick Arm w/ Benz Ace S Cartridge, Bel Canto CD2 with onboard DAC and ADS L-910 Studio Monitors.

Alternate Listening Equipment: Yamaha A-1 Integrated Amplifier (restored), Transcriptors Hydraulic Reference (Droog) TT w/ Grado Gold cartridge, Rega Apollo CD Player, Yamaha T-1 AM & FM Tuner.  Speaker rotation: Blumenhofer FJ Oms, ADS L-520s, System Audio SA505s, B&W DM 602 S2s and Yamaha NS-1000M Monitors.

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Music Equipment:  After decades of having a guitar traveling with me and sitting in its case, I finally took it and a couple of others out of the cases and started relearning my way around a fretboard.  On the electric side, I have a US Fender Telecaster (2008) and a Fernandes Sustainer Monterey (basically a Les Paul clone), I built a Stratocaster clone from a kit, and a Fender [clone] amp (a modded 5F1 Mojotone Tweed Champ with many mods and upgrades, with NOS valves from my stash I’ve gathered over the years).  I’ve bought and sold many effects and audio equipment to fund a search for certain sounds bouncing around in my head, and here’s a current list of what I have (it changes often)–signal chain currently has: Caroline Guitar Co. Olympia fuzz (Shigeharu graphics) > Rockett Blue Note OD > Digitech LuxeLovepedal Beardsman Dual Chorus > Dunlop GCB80 High Gain Volume Pedal > Earthquaker Devices Dispatch Master > Flux Effects Liquid Ambience > Hotone Wally Looper.  I have various options for recording and processing music and sounds.  If you’re interested in hearing some samples, I now have a page here that links to things I have posted up at SoundCloud: http://wajobu.com/sounds/

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If I have some equipment up for sale, you’ll find it here: http://wajobu.com/equipment-fs/

The masthead photo was taken on the Connecticut River, in New England in October of 2011.

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