What’s in a Label: A Look at Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records rose to prominence as perhaps the ultimate independent record label prototype, but it was also among the few indies to survive the leap to a major label, becoming one of history’s most successful ones at that. The History Atlantic Records was founded in October 1947 with a $10,000 loan from the family dentist […]

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The Top 30 Most Expensive Items Sold in the Discogs Marketplace for April 2020

Running through the Top 30 list of the most expensive sold on Discogs this month, everything looks in order. We’ve got regulars like The Beatles, Burzum, Pink Floyd — wait a second. Where is the iconic prism cover from The Dark Side Of The Moon? What we are seeing at No. 25 instead is a simple, monochromatic […]

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How To Care For Cassette Tapes

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Love them or loathe them, the humble audio cassette tape is having a moment. Cassette sales grew nearly 25% in 2018 after an increase of more than 50% in 2017 on the Discogs Marketplace. Let’s take a look into how to keep your cassettes sounding their best. For some cassette collectors, the thrill of finding […]

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What’s in a Label: Columbia Records

In a nutshell: Columbia was one of the very first record labels (and the greatest … if you ask its very biased employees), so its long history is also pretty much the history of the recording industry. The History: The world’s oldest surviving record label, Columbia was founded in 1889 by Edward D. Easton, a […]

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Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” At 40: Inside Ian Curtis’ Dispatch From The Brink

Ian Curtis was exuberant. His band Joy Division had the wind at their backs and were days away from their first North American tour. On the evening of May 16, 1980, they had a superb rehearsal and crammed into bassist Peter Hook’s car to drop off Curtis at his parents’ house in Failsworth, England. As […]

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Rewind: St Germain’s Tourist

Published in partnership with Resident Advisor, Rewind is a review series that dips into electronic music’s archives to dust off music from decades past. It’s the year 2000. You walk into a chic fusion restaurant, where people knock back sake-tinis at the bar while the chefs put together sushi rolls with ingredients that don’t belong […]

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How Iron Maiden Symbolically Rescued Heavy Metal From 1990s Purgatory And Decreed A Brave New World

It may be something of a stretch to state that, as Iron Maiden’s career flourished or floundered over these past 40 years, so has the overall commercial health of heavy metal music; but this certainly seemed plausible at the time of the English group’s victorious return via 2000’s Brave New World album. Iron Maiden – […]

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A Step-By-Step Guide To Setting Up Your Shipping Policies (With Video)

If you’re reading this, you probably already know about the benefits of having your Shipping Policies correctly set up. One of the best things about Shipping Policies is the convenience and time you’ll save on adding shipping prices to every order. One seller we spoke to was delighted to wake up to find orders having […]

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Database Review: Which Countries And Formats Are Dominating Discogs In 2020

So far, 2020, while a bummer in many regards, is shaping up pretty well when it comes to the archiving of music releases. As we’ve shared previously, submissions are up significantly on previous years, as well as edits, images added, YouTube clips added, and general improvements to the database by the diligent community of contributors.  […]

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Beyond Kind Of Blue: 10 Under-The-Radar Drum Performances By Jimmy Cobb You Need To Hear

Playing on Miles Davis’ 1959 touchstone Kind of Blue — which remains the best-selling jazz album of all time — would give 99.9% of drummers a swollen ego, to put it lightly. Not Jimmy Cobb. His performances on that album are understated, unshowy. Decades later, despite directing groups filled with jazz aristocracy, he shied away […]

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