Davey Ferchow

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Top 50 Best-Selling Records on Discogs in September 2021

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If you want to discover something new, taking a look at the monthly best-selling list is a great way to get recommendations and see what the Discogs Community is collecting. By determining how many purchases were made by Discogs users in the Marketplace, it becomes clear that certain releases, labels, and artists are inspiring music […]

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How the DIY Cassette Movement of the 1970s and ‘80s Changed Music Forever

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The compact cassette was revolutionary. Its size and packaging made it ideal for on-the-go listening, but the convenience of cassettes didn’t stop there. Cassette recorders empowered artists to record and duplicate their own work, eliminating the need for expensive recording sessions and record label support. Introduced in 1963, the compact cassette was originally designed for […]

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On an Endless Loop: Tracking the Cassette Renaissance in 2021

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The cassette never went away. According to National Audio Company (the largest audio cassette manufacturer in the US), the need for cassettes continued throughout the ‘90s and 2000s as there was still a demand for spoken word tapes. As cassettes were originally produced for dictation, this is where we began to see the tape come […]

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The Art of the Mixtape: How to Make Your Own Analog Playlist

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Long before the streaming playlist rose to power, the mixtape reigned supreme. Curating the right songs, recording them to cassette, and lining them up just right was a true labor of love. For the more ambitious mixtape maker, the job was not complete until each cassette had cover art that matched the sonic brilliance within. […]

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Top 30 Most Expensive Items Sold on Discogs in August 2021

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If you’re looking to learn about the most expensive records, cassettes, and CDs sold in the Discogs Marketplace, you’ve come to the right place. The ranking for August 2021 is full of surprises as jazz classics, limited box sets with mono mixes, and a cassette demo all made the top 30 for the monthly roundup. […]

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Top 50 Best-Selling Records on Discogs in August 2021

best selling records august 2021

If you’re curious about what the Discogs Community is collecting, there’s no better way to find out than by looking at the monthly best-selling list. Determined by how many purchases were made by Discogs users in the Marketplace each month, these lists highlight music trends when particular artists and albums are creating a buzz throughout […]

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Why ‘80s Bob Dylan Deserves Your Time

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If you’re anything like me, you haven’t spent a lot of time with Bob Dylan’s 1980s material. The mixed reviews throughout the years have caused many listeners to hit pause and return to his tried and true albums from the ‘60s and ‘70s. In late 1980, Dylan himself began to reflect on his early work. […]

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Top 30 Most Expensive Items Sold on Discogs in July 2021

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It’s time once again for our monthly breakdown of the most expensive records, cassettes, and CDs sold in the Discogs Marketplace. This month’s list includes some usual suspects like The Velvet Underground, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin, but there are also quite a few box sets that have cracked the top 30.  All four box […]

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The Most Expensive Punk 7-Inch Records of All Time

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The DIY spirit of punk has inspired bands all over the world to start their own labels and release their own records. The ideal format quickly became 7-inch records because they were affordable and the shorter sides complemented the genre’s immediacy. Many bands designed their own sleeves and inserts, then put each record together by […]

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The Most Popular Album Released Every Year from 1950 to 2020

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Some said it couldn’t be done, but Discogs has managed to compile information about 70 years of popular music in a single list. After doing a deep dive in the Database, we discovered the most popular albums from every year between 1950 and 2020. The 70-album roundup reflects the most collected album across all formats. […]

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