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Dan Sartain: A Friendship in 12 Pieces of Music

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I met Dan Sartain at the merch table after his November 8, 2004 show at the Magic Bag in Ferndale, Michigan. I bought two copies of Sartain Family Legacy 1981-1998 and we made small talk. He complimented me on the suit I was wearing (I’d come straight from my grandpa’s funeral) and me saying I […]

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20 Weird Records for a Weird 2020

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I started the year in January getting a basal cell carcinoma about the size of a quarter hacked off my nose. The doctor let me listen to Alice Coltrane’s Journey in Satchidananda in the operating room, so it was appropriately chill. After two days of getting sliced and sewn back together (and using the doctor-mandated […]

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The Coolest Pressings of The Stooges’ Fun House in Honor of the 50th Anniversary

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I’m not sure if Fun House is the record I own the most variations of, but it’s got to be pretty damn close. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of this true masterpiece, it seems like as good a time as ever to go down the most unnecessary rabbit hole and break down the differences […]

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Ben Blackwell’s Thoughts on The White Stripes’ De Stijl After 20 Years

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At the time The White Stripes began the process of home-recording their second album, I just remember thinking that everything seemed to be happening so quickly. Their first album had just been released only a few months prior and the out-of-town tour dates behind that could be counted on one hand. How could you even […]

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Ben Blackwell’s Guide To The Most Memorable Releases On Third Man Records

After 11 years and six hundred-some releases, I’m shocked that I’ve not previously taken the time to pen a guide to Third Man Records. As Discogs is clearly the most comprehensive place to buy Third Man releases (and let’s be honest, ANY label’s releases) it makes sense to lay it all out here. Early on […]

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Best Of The Decade: Jack White

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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