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A Brief History of the 12-inch Single

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At around 1 million listings in the Discogs Database, the volume of the humble 12-inch single sits somewhere between the much less popular 10-inch at 300,000 listings and the 7-inch at 2 million. Nowadays, if you’re a casual collector, the appeal of the 12-inch may be somewhat of a mystery. They lack the portableness and […]

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A Guide to Beck’s Most Essential Albums for His 50th Birthday

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More than any artist this side of John Lennon, Beck understands the vital role of nonsense in music. “There’s power in [songs] being non-profound, throwaway,” he explained to The Guardian in 2017. “They can exist beyond the artist, beyond the genre, beyond the era. They float.” “People talk about comedy being harder to pull off […]

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The Coolest Pressings of The Stooges’ Fun House

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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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Tips for Successfully Pivoting Your Record-Selling Business, According to Other Sellers

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So far, 2020 has delivered the most unexpected of circumstances for the industry to hurdle, from artists to music lovers and everyone in between. With baby steps now being made (certainly in the EU) in the right direction to some form of new normal post-COVID 19, we wanted to shine the light on a handful […]

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Why Missy Elliott Will Always Be the Queen of Hip-Hop

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I have been a hip-hop head as long as I can remember. OK, that is a lie. It goes back to when I was about 10 years old. My cousin had brought a piece of cardboard and a pair of fingerless gloves to Thanksgiving. After we ate our meal, we went out to my grandmother’s […]

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At 20 Years Old, Jurassic 5’s Quality Control Is Still a Hip-Hop Purism Crusade

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Everything you need to know about Jurassic 5 can be found in their name. The Los Angeles-bred collective consists of four MCs (Akil, Chali 2NA, Soup, and Marc 7) and two DJs (Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist) and were more emblematic of an almost pre-historic time in hip-hop than they were representative of the present. Quality […]

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How Dave Mustaine Thrashed Metallica with Megadeth’s Debut

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When Megadeth unleashed their first LP, Killing Is My Business … and Business Is Good!, on June 12, 1985, they were the last of thrash metal’s Big Four — the platinum-selling pace-setters, completed by Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax — to debut. However, unlike other late arrivals to the thrash-metal mosh pit, such as Exodus, Overkill, […]

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How to Make Room for Records You Really Want

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As a record collector, sometimes you take a chance on a fancy cover that turns out to be dud. Other times your tastes evolve. As a result, you can find yourself with pieces that don’t necessarily touch you in the same way they previously did. There’s always someone who wants something in your collection, from […]

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Bob Dylan’s “Murder Most Foul,” JFK, and COVID-19

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Music champions truth. It allows us to navigate the boundaries of our worlds, gives us the courage to shape limitations, and pushes them beyond the scope of our imaginations into the unknown. It is there where we become a part of what makes the music so important to us, allowing it to shape our identities […]

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A Look At Blue Note Records

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Blue Note Records is arguably the definitive jazz label. It championed the style from day one, rarely straying from it over the next 80 years even while enduring the inevitable mergers and acquisitions experienced by most record companies, thus proudly standing by their slogan: “The Finest in Jazz Since 1939.” Alfred Lion was a German […]

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