Jess Thompson

Articles by Jess Thompson

Belt-Drive Or Direct-Drive Turntables: Which Is Better?

Pro-ject Elemental belt-drive turntable

The age old question that’s stumped philosophers, thinkers, and audiophiles for many a generation. Belt-drive or direct-drive turntables – which is better? Friends, I don’t have all the answers, but what I do have is the facts to empower you to make up your own mind. Belt-drive or direct-drive refers to the motor that powers […]

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The Best Halloween Records: Staff Picks

The Best Halloween records: Ghostbusters Original Soundtrack Album

Whether you’re celebrating Halloween with a big party this year or just haunting your own house, nothing sets the tone like the perfect Halloween record. What makes the perfect Halloween record is a highly subjective and debatable topic. Some prefer spooky scores, others need some menacing lyrics, while some will settle for a few blood-curdling […]

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SPIN On The Sister-Sites: Submission Stats

Filmogs VHS collection

Discogs September Pledge Initiative is an annual submission drive to document and catalog as many music releases throughout month as possible, ultimately pushing towards Discogs goal to catalog every release in the world (you can read more about Discogs’ SPIN results here). This goal also extends to all of Discogs’ newer sister-sites: Bookogs, Gearogs, Comicogs, […]

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Banned Book Week: Revisit These Iconic Banned Books

Famous Banned Book: Brave New World

Banned Books Week was founded by the ALA (American Library Association) in 1982 in response to a sudden surge of challenges against books. It started as a way to highlight and protest book censorship and supporting the freedom to read. Every year, the OIF (Office of Intellectual Freedom) compiles the most challenged books to inform the […]

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Why A Real Collection Is Still Better Than All The Digital Content In The World

Giovanni's Collection

Living in the age of the internet is awesome. We have an endless supply of music, films, articles, ebooks, comic strips – whatever you heart could possibly desire, there it is at the click or tap of a screen. Having everything handed to us on a silver platter is so easy and convenient, but of […]

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Weird Formats: What Is UMD And Why Haven’t You Heard Of It?

Ghost In The Shell promo UMD

Happening upon a something in the database that’s familiar in title, yet foreign in format is still a great source of joy for many of us in the database communities. You get so used dropping the needle on a record, or a DVD into the drive, you kind of forget about the history and stories of […]

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The Different Types Of Turntable Styli (And Which Is Right For You)

out of focus photo of a turntable playing a vinyl record, with the cartridge and stylus in focus

If you thought a stylus was a stylus was a stylus, think again. There are several different types of turntable styli. We’ve already talked over the finer points (no pun intended) of stylus cleaning and care, as well as knowing when it’s time to change your stylus and how often you should be replacing it. […]

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How To Clean And Care For Your Turntable Stylus

close up image of a turntable stylus after being cleaned

Your stylus works hard. Really hard. It’s tracing the grooves, encountering dust and micro-debris each time you play a record. While stylus wear and the need to replace your stylus over time is inevitable, there are a few things you can do to help prolong the life of your stylus, protect your records from needless […]

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Duncan Jones Takes On 2000 A.D.: 10 Fast-Facts About Rogue Trooper

Rogue trooper vol. 2 #14

Word’s out that Duncan Jones is gearing up to take on a film adaptation of beloved comic series, 2000 A.D. Namely, Rogue Trooper. Best known for his directorial work on Moon, Source Code and  Warcraft: The Beginning (oh, and being David Bowie’s son), Jones is no stranger to the comic/gaming genre and fantastical worlds. If […]

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The Collectors’ Hub Mid-Year Review: Most Wanted & Collected

Gearogs' second most wanted item, Roland TR-808 drum machine

Remember the start of 2018? So many resolutions – we were going to start eating right, working out, cataloging our whole collections… A few of these have gone out the window, but adding stuff to the database is infinitely easier than eating salad and donning trainers. So now that we’re officially past the mid-point of […]

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