Jess Thompson

Articles by Jess Thompson

Where Poetry and Music Meet: Songs Inspired By Poetry

It’s hard to deny the huge influence that poetry has on songwriting. In 2016, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Patti Smith has come to be known as the “punk poet laureate”. Performance poet, John Cooper Clarke was buoyed by […]

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Celebrating International Women’s Day: Top 10 Best Selling Female Artists On Discogs

In celebration of International Woman’s Day, we decided to do a top 10 list of most collected records from solo female musicians. Digging through the most collected records on Discogs looking for female artists is quite a depressing exercise. With the exception of Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac and Nico with The Velvet […]

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Worried About Disc Rot? Here’s How To Look After Your CDs

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Disc rot affects CDs, DVDs or LaserDiscs in different ways depending on how they’re manufactured and structured. Generally speaking, disc rot occurs due to chemical reactions with the reflective layer of the disc, ultraviolet light damage, scratches that expose the delicate and corrosive layer to environmental factors, or the deterioration of manufacturing materials. CDs are […]

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

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

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

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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 Often Should You Change Your Turntable’s Stylus?

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No one said collecting vinyl records was gonna be an easy hobby. There’s a lot to consider — how to store your records, clean them, check off items in your Wantlist without breaking the bank, etc. Let me throw another consideration onto this quickly mounting pile of vinyl concerns: Does your turntable’s stylus need replacing? […]

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Prince’s Best Soundtrack Moments

Prince’s filmography never quite lived up to the lofty heights of his music-output. With the exception perhaps of Purple Rain, his ventures in to the film world often felt uninspired or laborious. Though he had charisma in buckets as a filmstar, sadly it didn’t quite translate to directorial skill. However, Prince’s flirtations with the silver […]

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Wax Poetic: Poetry Books By Your Favorite Musicians

Poetry books by musicians: Hard Ground by Tom Waits

If you thought poetry was just for the wine-swilling, name-dropping, Ivy-League elites, think again – it’s for plebs like us too! Poring over Eliot, Pound, and Milton might not be for everyone, but music and lyrics sure are. Music and poetry have always been deeply entwined. Have you ever heard a song that didn’t really […]

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