Kat Bein

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The Power of Listening to Joni Mitchell’s Blue 50 Years After Its Release

Joni Mitchel Blue Rhino

What do I know about Joni Mitchell? I know I don’t know enough, or I’ve been made to feel that way by the music media. Certainly, as a woman, I’ve wronged myself somehow by leaving the majority of her catalog in mystery. I know she’s regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time, […]

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Clouds Hill Recordings Is a Slice of Analog Paradise

Clouds Hill Recordings Johann Scheerer_Max Hartmann

Tucked away on the fourth floor of an otherwise unspectacular brick building in Hamburg, Germany, a small and scrappy team is producing some of modern rock’s boldest records. “It’s only 10 minutes away from Central Station, but in the wrong direction,” says Johann Scheerer, founder and owner of Clouds Hill Recordings. “No one really knows […]

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Clouds Hill Recordings Is a Slice of Analog Paradise

Clouds Hill Recordings Johann Scheerer_Max Hartmann

Tucked away on the fourth floor of an otherwise unspectacular brick building in Hamburg, Germany, a small and scrappy team is producing some of modern rock’s boldest records. “It’s only 10 minutes away from Central Station, but in the wrong direction,” says Johann Scheerer, founder and owner of Clouds Hill Recordings. “No one really knows […]

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10 Daft Punk Deep Cuts to Check Out Right Now

daft punk unmasked

Move over, R2D2 and C-3PO. Daft Punk are probably the most famous robots in cultural history. Together, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo are bigger than the sum of their parts. The French electronic duo formed in 1993 and only just announced its retirement on Monday, February 22. You’d think someone had died the way […]

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10 Daft Punk Deep Cuts to Check Out Right Now

daft punk unmasked

Move over, R2D2 and C-3PO. Daft Punk are probably the most famous robots in cultural history. Together, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo are bigger than the sum of their parts. The French electronic duo formed in 1993 and only just announced its retirement on Monday, February 22. You’d think someone had died the way […]

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How to Clean and Care for Your Turntable Stylus

turntable stylus close-up

When was the last time you cleaned the needle on your record player? If your answer is, “Hahahahahahah .. wut,” you’re not alone! I’ve been collecting vinyl since college, which is closer to 15 years than I’d like to admit, and I don’t think I’ve more than once or twice even thought about properly cleaning […]

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11 Essential Post-Punk and Revival Albums

essential post punk listening

What the heck is post-punk, and why should you care? Well, it’ the most fun you’ll ever have banging a metal chair with a hammer and screaming about depression in a dark factory, but it’s also one of the most influential genres of the last 50 years. Punk was a reaction to bloated stadium rocker […]

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11 Essential Post-Punk and Revival Albums

essential post punk listening

What the heck is post-punk, and why should you care? Well, it’ the most fun you’ll ever have banging a metal chair with a hammer and screaming about depression in a dark factory, but it’s also one of the most influential genres of the last 50 years. Punk was a reaction to bloated stadium rocker […]

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Our Favorite Vinyl Record Frames and Displays

best vinyl record frames displays

Collecting vinyl is not for the weak of heart. You have to put time, energy, and soul into this madness. You’ll spend hours crunched over crates in record stores that smell like dust and wine and promise, flipping through tattered sleeves until your thumbs grow callouses to find that near-forgotten gem. Alright, that’s a little […]

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Scott Campbell Has One of the Coolest Boombox Collections

scott campbell boombox collection

Though he grew up in Minneapolis, Scott Campbell is a pretty classic New Yorker. He’s 45, living in Brooklyn, and working as an event producer. His company handles the annual World Trade Center 9/11 memorial, installing two lights that shoot into the sky where the Twin Towers once stood. He studied music in college, and […]

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