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A Beginner’s Guide To Vinyl: Electronic Records You Should Own

By Kat Bein So, you want to collect electronic music, but you don’t know where to start? Electronic music is a wild and untamed genre. It’s the voice of experimentation and unbridled ecstasy. It’s a frontier of sound and technology. It’s the crossroads at which disco, funk, hip-hop and pop combine. Of course you’re a […]

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Downtown Funk Mix From Straight no Chaser Magazine’s Will Page

The lead cut from Mark Ronson‘s 2015 Uptown Special LP, the Bruno Mars-fronted Uptown Funk was a huge hit and a huge point of contention. It generated lawsuit after lawsuit, resulting in what seemed to be perpetually amended songwriting credits. After the controversy died down just a little, Straight No Chaser Magazine‘s Will Page put […]

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Chicago On Chicago

There’s a lot to love about Chicago: Dusty Groove,
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John Coltrane’s Rarest Records

By Morgan Enos John Coltrane released a whopping 45 studio albums in his lifetime, not to mention scores of compilation albums and live recordings. This prodigious output from the rule-shattering saxophonist has lent itself to obsessive collecting — often at a lofty price. Whether you dig the early material, Coltrane’s albums with his classic quartet, […]

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How I Reissued My Uncle’s 1975 Free Jazz Album

By Nabil Ayers In December 2017, I wrote a blog post about my favorite musical moments of 2017. I was surprised by the amount of feedback I received about a show I’d seen by the New York multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore, my godfather who had moved with my uncle Alan Braufman from Boston to New York City in 1973. […]

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The Many Bands Of R.E.M.’s Peter Buck

Peter Buck

By Josh Modell Peter Buck had plenty to keep him busy as a full-time member of R.E.M. from the band’s 1980 beginnings to its 2011 split. But Buck always found time to spread his musicianship around, from production work (Uncle Tupelo’s March 16-20, 1992 among many others) to guest spots (The Replacements’ Let It Be, […]

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A Beginner’s Guide To Vinyl: Reggae Records You Should Own

There may be no better genre for kicking back than reggae. Are you stuck in traffic? Reggae will temper that road rage. Need to get some cleaning done? Reggae gives you the feel-good energy to scrub and rub for hours. It’s always good for a party, and there’s no better soundtrack for smoking, whatever your […]

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10 Covers That Nearly Out “Iggy” Iggy Pop

  By Kat Bein Few men have been more influential to rock’n’roll’s sound, look and spirit than Iggy Pop, and yet his 50-year career has only seen one Top 40 hit. It’s astounding, and it must have been more than a little frustrating at times, but it must be even more inspiring for the singer, […]

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10 Amazing Lesser-Known New Order Sleeves

  By Josh ModellRecord collecting can be as much about the artwork as it is about the music itself, and few bands have done cover art with as much style and class as New Order. But beyond the iconic New Order sleeves for releases like “Substance“—with its stark black-and-white text—and “Blue Monday,” which replicated the […]

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On The Record: King Tuff

Kyle Thomas – aka King Tuff – describes ‘The Other’ as “basically where songs come from, it’s the hidden world, it’s the mystery. It’s the invisible hand that guides you whenever you make something. It’s the thing I had to rediscover—the sort of voice I had to follow—to bring me back to making music again […]

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