Crate Minds: An Interview With Mike Lewis (Rap & Soul / Lewis Recordings)

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One of London’s unsung music & community heroes, Mike Lewis has been purveying quality records from all corners of the globe for decades. Through the years Mike has gone from retail buying, mail order running through to record label bossing and kindly took time out last week to discuss the inner workings of Lewis Recordings, […]

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Toronto Record Store Guide

 Some cities are easier to dig for records than others, and with over 50 vinyl centric shops in the GTA, Toronto can seem pretty daunting to visitors. Some of the best stores are in remote corners of the city (and are definitely worth a visit if you have time), but fortunately, there are quite […]

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2019 Year In Review

In a year dominated by news of global worldwide protests, deep political chasms and 30-50 feral hogs, Discogs has seen relatively quiet success that reflects steady growth. We began the year with some big news from 2018, a single by The Sex Pistols became the most expensive 7” ever sold on Discogs. Later that month, […]

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The Most Desired Releases of 2019

What causes a physical release to be highly sought after? What makes it valuable? Is it the music contained on the disc? Or is it something else?   We have been thinking about this quite a bit recently at Discogs HQ. Similar to how we discovered that the most collected doesn’t necessarily represent the best […]

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The Highest Rated Releases of 2019

2019 is almost over. There are still a few days left for new albums to emerge, and though it might take a few weeks for all the new music to make its way into people’s collections, we thought it was high time we shared the Discogs Community’s favorite music of the year based on user […]
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Crate Minds: An Interview With Frank Merritt (The Carvery)

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An institution for independent artists and globe-trotting stadium fillers alike, Frank’s Carvery is held in the highest regard amongst a cross-section of musicians. From dubplate cutting, engineering, label running to mastering Grammy-nominated records, Frank kindly took time out earlier this month to lift the lid on all things Carvery. Talk us through where mastering & […]

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Looking Back At Frank Zappa’s Hot Rats

Frank Zappa’s entire career was built on audacity. His first album, made as leader of The Mothers of Invention, was 1966’s Freak Out! It was among rock and roll’s first double albums, first concept albums and was its very first two-LP debut album. The guy came out of the gate swinging hard and with plenty […]

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2019 Belonged To Women And These Are The 10 Albums That Prove It

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2019 belongs to women. I wasn’t planning to start this piece with such a bold statement but this is how this year has felt. I was trying to go for a selection of the year’s best records when I realized that almost of all my selections had something in common: they are from female artists […]

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Christmas Music Is Over (If You Want It)

It hasn’t been long enough since last Christmas to be ready to hear ‘Last Christmas‘ again.  Search the keyword ‘Christmas’ on Discogs and you’ll get over 100,000 results. Granted, that includes artists (it’s not their fault it’s their last name) and bands (that is their fault). Even when you narrow down those results to just […]

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Best of the Decade: The National

Editor’s Note: Shining a light on the more prominent artists of the passing decade; we’ll be taking a look at the artists who made a monumental impact on the 2010s and landed several albums in our 200 Best Albums Of The 2010s list in a series of pieces through the end of 2019. Josh Modell walks […]

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