5 Korean Holy Grails Chosen by Record Collectors

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Music from all countries existed for a long time as its own original culture. While the music of a certain time may not have been special to contemporaries, it can evolve into a valuable heritage for future generations. Just like the psychedelic rock of Korea from the 1960-70s, Korean music from the golden days is […]

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Studebaker Hawk on Collecting, Spinning, and Dropping Records

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When a pair of turntables showed up in the living room of a 15-year-old Studebaker Hawk, a future of lugging heavy crates of vinyl, cleaning dusty 45s, and giving up all available wall space to record shelving came into focus. The eclectic record collection that teenage Hawk had built in his youth became tools for […]

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Is There a Business Model That Can Realistically Replace Live Music in 2021?

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I was recently hosting a Zoom webinar about the current state of the live events industry and what — if anything — would be a sufficient stand-in during these COVID-laden months, pre-vaccine and post-various lockdowns, to provide a safe alternative while we all hold our breath for things to return to (the old) normal.  One […]

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New Discogs App Updates Include Reviews and Wantlist Sharing

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Gold, frankincense, and myrrh are cool and all, but wouldn’t you prefer a gift of, say, a portal to your favorite record stores in the palm of your hand? If you need a desperate reprieve these holidays from the jingle bells, the chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, look […]

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The Most Popular Soundtracks in Christopher Nolan Movies

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Depending on whether your love of movies can match your love of vinyl, it may surprise you to know that Christopher Nolan has only directed 11 feature-length films. Considering the success of the acclaimed director, best-known for the Christian Bale-led Batman trilogy and sci-fit hits such as Interstellar and Inception, it’s hard to believe that […]

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Three Reissues That Illuminate South African Jazz During Apartheid

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There’s a South African jazz album that’s easily as important as John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, but hardly anybody in North America knows about it. And if not for a white, 37-year-old Canadian man, it might have stayed that way for years. One day, Seton Hawkins, the director of public programs and education resources at […]

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The Brave New (Old) World of Cutting Vinyl on a Lathe

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When I was younger, I always wanted to have my own record shop (or my own vintage clothing store, if truth be told). It seemed like the ultimate dream job: be around music and music lovers all day long while having the opportunity to debate and solve such long-disputed quandaries as Roth Vs. Hagar. And […]

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Guided by Voices Enjoys a Self-Contained Business Model. Can It Withstand a Global Pandemic?

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Guided by Voices routinely perform three-hour shows and slug out multiple albums per year, but last New Year’s Eve, the cult rock band pulled off a feat remarkable even for them: a 100-song, four-and-a-half-hour blowout at Los Angeles’s Teragram Ballroom. Their first gig of 2020 turned out to be their last. When COVID-19 grounded live […]

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Dave Lee’s First 7 Records: The Foundation of Z Records

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“People say I first heard Larry Levan play it. I first heard it in Boots, Colchester” A true originator and statesman of the United Kingdom’s house and disco scene for over three decades, Dave Lee celebrates 30 years of his label, Z Records, in 2020. All this time, he has been producing seminal singles, remixing, […]

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Noodle from Gorillaz Chats About Her Record Collection and Shares a Playlist

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Noodle knows a thing or two about confinement. Near the advent of the Gorillaz, she arrived at the band’s headquarters in a crate. Nowadays, the four walls of her quarantine, Kong Studios, are much larger than a simple box. Noodle and the rest of the crew — Russel, 2-D, and Murdoc (along with flesh-and-blood members […]

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