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Best Of The Decade: Lana Del Rey

Editor’s Note: Shining a light on the more prominent artists of the passing decade; we’ll be taking a look at the artists who made a monumental impact on the 2010s and landed several albums in our 200 Best Albums Of The 2010s list in a series of pieces through the end of 2019. Today we’re […]

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Unearthing OG Boogie, Melodies Meets Don Blackman


Queens native, pianist, singer, songwriter and 80s soul hero Don Blackman created arguably one of the greatest soul LPs of his generation in the self-titled, Blackman. 2019 has thankfully seen, by a domino of chance, his slept on 2002 boogie cut “Just Can’t Stay Away” re-emerge via London reissuers Melodies International. Cutting his teeth as […]

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How Quentin Tarantino Thinks About Music And Film

The day after his Once Upon A Time In Hollywood premiere, I spoke with Quentin Tarantino about his record collection, mixtapes, and his carefully-constructed and extremely fun soundtrack for OUATIH. But guess what? There’s more. A whole lot more. In part two of this conversation, Tarantino thinks out loud about music, film, and the intersection […]

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Quentin Tarantino Is As Proud Of His Soundtracks As He Is Of His Films

My phone rang the evening after the Los Angeles premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Tarantino himself was calling to talk about his latest album: a very special approach to the film’s soundtrack. But first, some context: Tarantino’s latest film is an ode to Los Angeles in 1969, when […]

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Timeless Tracks Of 1985: Feeling Those Stranger Things 3 Vibes

Stranger Things 3 Soundtrack

Once upon a time, going back to 1985 required a souped-up DeLorean and a bolt of lightning. This month, all you have to do is queue up the third season of Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning Stranger Things. This time, it’s summer in Hawkins, and the band of plucky kids from the series are dealing with more […]

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Crate Diggers NYC Profile: Panagiotis Boutsikakis

Panagiotis Boutsikakis at Crate Diggers NYC

On Saturday, July 27 Crate Diggers touches down in New York City at the PlayStation Theater. In the build up to the event, we’ll be speaking to some of the sellers you can find there – starting with Panagiotis Boutsikakis of Motion FM. How long have you lived in New York? I’ve been here for […]

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Crate Minds: Gary Dennis Of Crazy Beat Records

Crazy Beat’s doors have been open for many moons and have seen firsthand the record buying evolution, with Gary Dennis at the helm since day one. Crazy Beat is on the surface a brick and mortar record shop, bursting at the seams with vinyl — but a step into the back room opens up to […]

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Totem Acoustic’s KIN Play Powered Speakers Present Big Sound And Value

Totem Acoustic KIN Play speaker

Sometimes I like to amuse myself — and I use that term lightly — by imagining various scenarios in which I find myself stuffed into a small living space, maybe a two-room apartment or tiny house, living like a recluse. Perhaps the economy has collapsed or everyone has abandoned me for having unpopular opinions, but […]

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New AT-LP120XUSB Has More Going For It Than Extra Letters

For a decade, the Audio-Technica LP120 has been among the world’s most popular entry-level turntables, enticing freshly-addicted vinyl users with its classic looks and appealing features. But it has been put to sleep — mercifully, some cranks would argue — and replaced by the AT-LP120XUSB. The new model is meant to be strictly for home […]

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Experience Unlimited Freed Themselves

Free Yourself by Experience Unlimited is the Record Of The Month at Vinyl Me, Please for a few more days. Get it now! Magical, mystical, Afrocentric, progressive — words that could be used to describe any number of musical compositions by Sun Ra or his cosmic brothers and sisters, from John to Alice Coltrane, early […]

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