How I Became a Rush Fan by Accident

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In 2011, I was on assignment to cover Rush’s gig at what was then Sleep Country Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Washington, a town about 20 minutes north of Portland, Oregon. I was a nascent fan of heavy rock and prog, the two genres foundational to Rush‘s sound, but largely thought the concert would be a lark—something […]

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The New Abnormal: A Guide To The Strokes

The Strokes first burst onto the consciousness of cool spotters at the start of 2001. I worked for a record label at the time and spent much of my day either in or talking to various independent records stores around the US. A friend at one of these stores gave me The Strokes EP The […]

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Remembering John Prine: Eight Covers Of “Angel from Montgomery” You Need To Hear

John Prine’s “Angel from Montgomery” may be a country-folk standard today, but back in 1969, it started as just another “song about old people.” After the songwriter — then a mailman in Maywood, Illinois — wrote the spellbinding “Hello in There” about the loneliness of senior citizens, his songwriter friend Ed Holstein asked to collaborate […]

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Weekly Top 40 Trending Releases

Week of April 11th Pearl Jam holds strong at #1 with their new album Gigaton.  Variety writes, “the angry and sometimes experimental Gigaton might be Pearl Jam’s most fully realized album since Ten.” If you haven’t read our history on Pearl Jam’s discography, check it out here! Dua Lipa moves up to #2 from #8 last week.  The Guardian calls […]

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Remembering Hal Willner: Six Of His Quintessentially Strange Tribute Albums To Hear

Hal Willner’s tribute albums were like an antimatter We Are the World. No matter how dissimilar his collaborators (Bono, John Zorn, Chuck D) or how eccentric a subject he was commemorating (Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Kurt Weill), he was able to take seemingly random points on our shared cultural map and constellate them at will. […]

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Surviving Isolation Part 2: Dance To Janet Jackson

If you are unlucky enough to have a birthday that has fallen or is about to happen during the lockdown, it is easy to get majorly bummed out about it. I am big on celebrating the day I graced this planet, and usually start prepping any and everyone, from the bartender at my local pub […]

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Top 30 Most Expensive Items Sold In Discogs Marketplace for February 2020

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Ah, February 2020 – how is it possible that we’re already feeling nostalgic for a month not that long gone? For many of us living in the Western world, it was a time when we were still free to prowl the streets at will, wander into our local record shops, and stand within a six […]

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How Madonna’s ‘Vogue’ Transformed The Dance Floor

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In spring of 1990, Madonna‘s career and creativity was on an upward trajectory. She was already an international icon and had successfully made the transition from ’80s pop star to global megabrand. The singer’s visual component played an arguably huge role in helping her become a phenomenon, as she questioned, pushed and confronted many accepted […]

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Discogs Android App: New Collection & Wantlist Filters

Get more control over how you view your music Collection with the latest version of the Discogs Android App! Music is a vitally important part of life, and especially now, it’s a lifeline to get us through this social distancing thing.  You probably didn’t realise it at the time, but your vinyl-buying habit, possibly once […]

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You Don’t Have To Have Releases To Get Involved With The Database

With many of us stuck inside for the foreseeable future, there has never been a better time to get involved with the Discogs Database. Sure, some of you are seasoned pros who don’t need tips, but if you haven’t had the opportunity to dive into the database properly, here’s a guide to help you get […]

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