The National’s Top Five ‘Cincinnati Nights’ Records

The National have always seemed to be cut from the same cloth as Bruce Springsteen — the arc of critical acclaim (and modest sales) through their first three albums alongside the blue-collar determination of touring. With the release of 2007’s Boxer, The National landed in the ears of everyone on the planet with an album […]

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Crate Diggers NYC Profile: Panagiotis Boutsikakis

Panagiotis Boutsikakis at Crate Diggers NYC

On Saturday, July 27 Crate Diggers touches down in New York City at the PlayStation Theater. In the build up to the event, we’ll be speaking to some of the sellers you can find there – starting with Panagiotis Boutsikakis of Motion FM. How long have you lived in New York? I’ve been here for […]

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Jason Mantzoukas’ Top Five ‘Beach’ Records

With Independence Day in the US upon us, summer is officially in full swing. Fresh off his role in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, actor/comedian Jason Mantzoukas (The League, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, How Did This Get Made?) is here to help us get by with his favorite literal “beach” records. Little known fact: Jason is […]

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How ‘Magic Science Fiction’ Technology Made The Massive Woodstock 50th Box Set Possible

Woodstock 50th anniversary box set

For decades, the only way to know what it was really like at Woodstock was to have been there. Michael Wadleigh’s Oscar-winning documentary gives you a feel for the vibe, and the original companion albums showcased some tasty nugs — but at the end of the day, they were broad brush portraits of a moment […]

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Staff Picks: Our Favorite Music Biographies, Memoirs & Music Books

It probably doesn’t come as a big surprise that as huge music fans, we’re voracious readers of any and all music news, artist biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, album reviews, music criticism, analysis, and everything in between (we’ve been banging on about it all week). Our bookshelves are almost as crowded as our record crates. There are […]

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33⅓ Music Books Are the Ultimate Album Companion For Serious Music Nerds

33 1/3 book series

The 33⅓ series revolutionized the music book. If you’re not familiar with the format, it’s a pocket-sized book series (usually just a little bigger than a CD case), that gives an author free rein to crystallize their favourite albums’ spot in the canon and cut to the quick of what fans want to know: How […]

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Crate Minds: Meet Jürgen Vonbank Of djshop.de!

In our Crate Minds series, we highlight the people behind the Discogs accounts. This time we would like to introduce you to Jürgen Vonbank of djshop.de. Currently based in the stunning Bavarian village of Vachendorf, djshop.de is the perfect shop for adventurous diggers and electronic music enthusiasts alike. But we’ll let Jürgen do the talking. […]

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A New Way To Explore Discogs Lists

Explore Discogs Lists

The Discogs Database contains the entire documented history of recorded music — or at least we’re working toward that every day, getting a little closer thanks to our dedicated community. However, raw data doesn’t always tell the whole story. It can go a long way toward understanding music history, but with so much data splayed […]

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Think Your Job Is Tough? Try Writing A Music Biography

The role of the rock biographer is a multidisciplinary one. You’re not just a writer. You’re a detective, historian, networker, archaeologist, and interrogator. You’re the reader’s backstage pass. You stand between the perception of these people crafted through their music and image, and the truth. It’s not just the many hats the biographer has to […]

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Music Magazines Are Our Portal To The Past; Their Survival Is Vital

Why read an album review when you can stream it on release day and make up your own mind? Why read an interview in a magazine when you can @ pretty much anyone and ask them anything — or just scroll through their Twitter feed? Why seek out a gig guide when you can click […]

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