Now that the carpet is gone it's time to get to work. I'd rather paint the walls with no carpet on the floor then lay drop-cloths and risk spilling paint on new carpet. The new carpet is sitting in the garage waiting patiently while the rest of the room is remodeled. A lot of painting is being done right now. The walls, the trim, the window sills etc... I tried to order a door for my listening room only to find out it's a nonstandard size and none of the typical places will install such a door. Fortunately I stumbled into a little shop in Minneapolis called Left of Center Style. Designer Gerri Summerville is working with me to create a door that diffuses the sound similar to an RPG Skyline while at the same time looks much better than the styrofoam Skyline pieces. I'll publish photos as soon as I have them. As you can probably guess, most of my time lately has been spent working on this room and working on the CA forums. It's kind of hard to review audio components without amps and speakers in place.
While this remodeling is taking place my speakers and amps are collecting dust in another room. This is driving me crazy since I have the dCS Paganini DAC and Puccini U-Clock and an Ayre DAC sitting here on the sidelines waiting to be reviewed! Over the weekend I couldn't wait any longer to hear the dCS components so I moved them into my music server closet and connected my PS Audio GCHA headphone amp to the Paganini's analog output. This at least gave me a tiny peak into the dCS components and gave me a chance to get dual wire and external clocking working on my Mac Pro with Lynx AES16e card. If there's ever been a strong incentive to get a remodeling project completed it's the dCS components. I can't get them into my main system soon enough.
As the title of this post suggests A Little "Rage" is in order. By "Rage" I am eluding to Rage Against The Machine. One of the most talented and unique bands around. Rage members Tom Morello and Zack De La Rocha have each released separate albums with side projects recently. Tom Morello and Boots Riley have created a new band called Street Sweeper Social Club and released a self titled album this past June. I absolutely love this album and can't stop playing it via headphones and in my car as my main system is sitting on the bench during the remodel. The album sounds a bit like Rage Against The Machine with smoother, softer lyrics that are a bit less political than a typical Rage album. I highly recommend picking this one up at your local record shop.
Zack De La Rocha and Jon Theodore have collaborated on a project called One Day As Lion. This album is classic Zack and has the feeling of a Rage album from the opening note. Reading the the One Day As Lion" website it's pretty clear Zack is still full of piss and vinegar. The site says, "... it's a sonic reflection of the visceral tension between a picturesque fabricated cultural landscape and the brutal socioeconomic realities it attempts to mask." Readers familiar with Rage records will have a real good idea what they are getting with this album. So far I like the album, but I haven't been in the mood to think that heavily about its lyrical content. It's a bit heavy for my taste at the moment, but I will no doubt get into the album in due time. The album is a short five tracks, but should be available at a local shop for less than ten bucks.
Other albums I've purchased in the last week since my system has been unavailable include all the Kings of Leon albums, Adele, and The Dead Weather. All are very good. If you like Jack White's style I suggest picking up The Dead Weather. It's his latest project and was recently featured on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
Enough writing for now. It's back to work on my listening room. Here are some photos of the room's current condition.