10 Classic Albums from Grand Royal, the Beastie Boys’ Record Label

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With all this talk of Beastie Boys in the context of the Spike Jonze-directed 2020 documentary, Beastie Boys Story, there isn’t a better time to revisit one of the most underrated facets of the band’s legacy. Launching with their seminal third album, Check Your Head, Grand Royal would become a full-fledged boutique label by late […]

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A Closer Look at the Relationship Between Honky-Tonky Music and the 45

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The word “honky-tonk” can be traced back to the early 1900s. It was used to describe a tawdry nightclub or dance hall, one that usually features country music. Honky-tonks were — and still are — prevalent in the South in all shapes and sizes. Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth is known as “The World’s […]

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Here’s to 30 Years of Stepping in Sonic Youth’s Goo

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The 1990s were a pretty dark time – not exactly dark in the 2020 sense of global pandemics and international demonstrations, but dark in a literal palette. I think about dirty flannel and gangster rap, about children’s cartoons that preached a healthy distrust of commercialism and radio hits that, rather than run from politics into […]

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Sleater-Kinney’s Debut Album Is the Perfect Time Capsule at 25 Years Old

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In the early 1990s, the Pacific Northwest in the United States was a hotbed for new ways of approaching traditional frameworks of culture. A generation before, punk had created and perpetuated the idea that you did not need to be a virtuoso or even vaguely proficient to start a band; one just needed the chutzpah […]

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Tips for Successfully Pivoting Your Record-Selling Business, According to Other Sellers

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So far, 2020 has delivered the most unexpected of circumstances for the industry to hurdle, from artists to music lovers and everyone in between. With baby steps now being made (certainly in the EU) in the right direction to some form of new normal post-COVID 19, we wanted to shine the light on a handful […]

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The Connection Between Bob Dylan’s Murder Most Foul, JFK, and COVID-19

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Music champions truth. It allows us to navigate the boundaries of our worlds, gives us the courage to shape limitations, and pushes them beyond the scope of our imaginations into the unknown. It is there where we become a part of what makes the music so important to us, allowing it to shape our identities […]

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The Top 100 Most Expensive Cassettes Sold on Discogs in 2019

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Cassette sales on Discogs have continued to grow steadily at quite a rapid pace over the past few years. On top of that, the Discogs community has added over 50,000 new submissions to Discogs Database in 2019 compared to the previous year. Due to the often short runs produced and (and the fact that the […]

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Beneath the Covers with Rock Album Artist Mark Wilkinson

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The album art of Mark Wilkinson is among some of the most eye-popping and colorful ever created. His kaleidoscope of colors, attention to detail, and blending of the real with the surreal have made his work stand out from his peers. From the covers of comic book icon Judge Dredd to the metal landscapes of […]

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At 20 Years Old, Jurassic 5’s Quality Control Is Still a Hip-Hop Purism Crusade

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Everything you need to know about Jurassic 5 can be found in their name. The Los Angeles-bred collective consists of four MCs (Akil, Chali 2NA, Soup, and Marc 7) and two DJs (Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist) and were more emblematic of an almost pre-historic time in hip-hop than they were representative of the present. Quality […]

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Clearer Shipping Rates Make for Better Shopping on Discogs

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No one loves an unexpected cost, least of all when you’re excited about clicking “Add to Cart” on a record you can’t live without only to be hit with an unforeseen shipping fee. That’s why we’re making shipping rates much more visible and accessible in the Discogs Marketplace. Now you can easily see all the […]

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