I've worked for great men, pioneers of music and high end audio. I'm honored and grateful that I learned so much from them.

I write about music and hifi for, The Daily Swarm, Positive Feedback, Part-Time Audiophile, & Enjoy The Music.

I've worked my ASS off building a solid readership over the years....

Here's part of the reason....


What is the Future of the High End, Part IV ...Outside the Box

If I see or hear about another seminar at a Hi-fi convention that’s supposedly addressing “how to attract the youth” into Hi-fi culture without involving the youth in the discussion, I’m going to puke. The answer is very simple, and one we have been addressing here at PF for quite some time. If you can’t figure out how to bring the younger demographic into the fold, then step outside this little fuckin’ niche and take a big look around! See where that demographic lives, where it congregates, shops, eats, meets their friends, goes dancing, buys records, anything that can be attributed to high fidelity. We’re living in a world where, despite how you feel about it, we’re surrounded by more music than ever before. Even our phones play music! Think about how many ring tones you hear daily, outside in the real world, where phones don’t even sound like phones anymore! Sure, there are exceptions, but most people have customized their ringer because it expresses their personality. Shit, practically every gadget in the pocket of today’s youth plays music, stores music, and creates music!


What is the Future of the High End Part IV - iFi: the New Gateway Audible Drug & Personal Audio Explosion by Michael Mercer

I can’t believe that as I sit here typing this article I’m listening to music and reacting emotionally while it streams wirelessly to my office system from my Macbook. If you told me back in 1996 that I would consider my laptop a high fidelity music source, I would have accused you of being high. But here I am. Thanks to a five hundred dollar piece: the Audioengine D2 24-bit wireless DAC, I can stream all audio from my laptop to my beloved office system (please see associated equipment on the side bar) and I don’t feel like I’m missing anything. The rate at which the sonic landscape is changing around us is staggering. The progression of personal/desktop and portable music delivery is perhaps the most exciting segment of the audio industry at the moment in terms of innovation (analog playback is evolving as well, no doubt). I remember addressing a crowd, at the request of Harry Pearson, at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in 2009 regarding iPods and the proliferation of high end computer audio. I just wrote the second installment of my What is the Future of the High End series for PFO (check it outHERE) and Harry honored me by asking me to speak as the result of that article….


Dum Dum Girls, End of Daze EP review! by Michael Mercer

Release Date: September 25th, 2012

The Dum Dum Girls have delivered End of Daze, another outstanding EP. I’m not sure what’s behind the concept of releasing numerous EP’s as opposed to a full album, but it’s irrelevant. End of Daze is, in my opinion, their best work to date. I’ve seen their sound described as “noise pop” in more than a few webzines and blogs. While this phrase captures their sonic fingerprint I think it also sells them short. With a ton of bands releasing, and labels signing what I would refer to as noise pop these days, few of them offer up work that stirs emotions like the Dum Dum Girls do on this record. Now, with song titles like “I Got Nothing” and “Season in Hell” you might look at this and think you’re in for some early Joy Division-like darkness. That’s not far off, given that front woman Dee Dee is mourning the loss of her mother throughout this body of work. While those shadows hover over the musical landscape in End of Daze, by way of subtle guitar distortion and distant reverberating vocals, there is also a feeling of hope and discovery…