Nicole Raney

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Everything You Need to Know About Prog Rock

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From the musical gymnastics of King Crimson to the extended banquets of Yes, progressive rock is about musical indulgence. Drums, bass, guitar, flute, saxophone, banks of keyboards, a mellotron, and the occasional symphony orchestra mean that nothing is off the table, from the 22-minute suite of Genesis’s “Supper’s Ready” to Big Big Train’s musical reconstruction […]

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Record Store Day 2021 Was Big for Online Sales and Bigger for Record Stores

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Record Store Day launched 14 years ago as a way to bring the vinyl community together, celebrating the impact that record stores have on music fans and diehard collectors alike. RSD is traditionally a single in-store drop in April. However, the 2021 edition was split into two separate events on June 12 and July 17. […]

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7 DJs Share the Weirdest Records in Their Crates

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Record collectors adore rarities. Whether we have 20 curated records on our shelves or 2,000 in our stacks, we are all proud when we can share a little-known deep cut with a fellow fan or score a unique release digging in bargain crates. Discogs originated as an online database of electronic music over 20 years […]

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How to Make the Most of Record Store Day 2021 Online

Record Store Day is a celebration of the independent record store and its cultural impact, from the shop clerk showcasing the best local releases to hardcore collectors digging for rarities to the vinyl newbie just starting their journey. When is Record Store Day? Record Store Day 2021 was split into two Saturdays this summer. The […]

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The Most Coveted Record Store Day Releases of All Time

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When Record Store Day rolls around each year, collectors prepare for a drop of limited-edition albums, exclusive vinyl, and impressive box sets. The annual event can generate massive lines in front of record shops. Discogs is the largest online music database in the world, so the Community can see which releases have the highest ratings […]

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How to Make the Most of Record Store Day 2021 Online

Record Store Day is a celebration of the independent record store and its cultural impact, from the shop clerk showcasing the best local releases to hardcore collectors digging for rarities to the vinyl newbie just starting their journey. When is Record Store Day? Record Store Day 2021 was split into two Saturdays this summer. The […]

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Top 30 Most Expensive Items Sold on Discogs in May 2021

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Discogs is back with another monthly breakdown of the most expensive vinyl, cassettes, and CDs sold in the Discogs Marketplace. The rankings regularly feature classic bands such as Led Zeppelin, Sex Pistols, The Velvet Underground, Mötley Crüe, and AC/DC. However, the May edition boasts several classical acts like Leonid Kogan performing Édouard Lalo, Nathan Milstein […]

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The Most Popular New Albums in June 2021 by Genre

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Our regular roundup of the most popular new albums is determined by how many Discogs users added the release to their Collections throughout each month. To be featured on the genre-specific lists, the album must have been released in 2021 in a physical format (vinyl, CD, or cassette), so it won’t take into consideration digital streams. […]

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Top 50 Best-Selling Records on Discogs in April 2021

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The best-selling records on Discogs explore trends in music the Community is collecting. The regular roundup is determined by how many purchases were made by Discogs users in the Marketplace each month. Following the announcement of Daft Punk’s break-up in early 2021, Discogs witnessed a surge in their record sales. The robotic duo remains popular […]

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How Do I Archive and Preserve Rare Physical Media?

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So, you’ve plunked down the money for a vinyl record. What should be your relationship with said object? Should it be like a worn-in T-shirt, played and replayed until the crackles and pops become one with the music? Or should it be treated gingerly, stowed away for safekeeping? There’s no all-encompassing answer; it depends on […]

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