Blue Note’s Don Was on the Classic Vinyl Reissue Series and Stewarding a Record that Saved His Life

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Decades before the dark glasses and the wide-brimmed hat and the shock of black hair; before he produced Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, and the Rolling Stones; Don Was was a 19-year-old music obsessive with no clear prospects. “I dropped out of music school, but the only gig I could get was playing bass with a […]

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5 Modern K-Pop Delights, From BTS to DEUX

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Until recently, K-pop was a musical style closer to radio rather than records (and even closer to YouTube). There may be some bias involved, but there’s no reason we can’t listen to K-pop on vinyl. Here are five releases that reveal the colorful characteristics of current K-pop as modern delights. You can read this article […]

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The Top 30 Most Expensive Items Sold on Discogs in October 2020

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Discogs is back with another monthly breakdown of the most expensive vinyl, cassettes, and CDs sold in the Discogs Marketplace. As usual, we can see some of the classic acts whose records regularly rank on this roundup, such as rarities from the likes of Prince, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Minor Threat. Bucking that trend, however, is a […]

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The Best Albums of 2020

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Here we are with the final installment of Discogs’ year-long look at the albums that you, the community, have told us are the most desirable from the first year of each decade. It all started with 1970, when Led Zeppelin III was the surprise winner, and has continued until this grand finale. We have combed […]

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Scott Campbell Has One of the Coolest Boombox Collections

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Though he grew up in Minneapolis, Scott Campbell is a pretty classic New Yorker. He’s 45, living in Brooklyn, and working as an event producer. His company handles the annual World Trade Center 9/11 memorial, installing two lights that shoot into the sky where the Twin Towers once stood. He studied music in college, and […]

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What Do We Overlook About Dave Brubeck on His 100th Birthday? Authors, Musicians, and Family Members Reflect

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Dave Brubeck nearly broke down in tears in front of Ken Burns. While discussing racism on camera for Burns’ 2001 series Jazz at his Wilton, Connecticut, home, he swerved into a childhood memory about his father taking him to meet a Black cowboy by the Sacramento River. The cowboy opened his shirt to reveal a […]

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The Most Popular Albums on Discogs in November 2020

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Our regular roundup of the most popular albums is determined by how many Discogs users added it to their Collection during the month. To be included on each genre-specific list, the album must have been released in 2020 in a physical format (meaning vinyl, CD, or cassette, so it won’t take into consideration digital streams). […]

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The Most Popular Live Albums of 2020

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Like many of the things that we love, live music has taken a serious hit in 2020. Musicians have been forced to pivot from live performances, a serious source of income for many acts, to living room concerts, virtual experiences, and other alternatives. When big-name bands canceled tours at the beginning of the year, we […]

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The Cultural Impact of the Technics SL-1200 Turntable, Then and Now

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“You say … you say … you say, you say, you say, you say, you say one for the trouble …” These words, lurching forward and then pausing and rewinding, hesitant at first, as if aware that a new world awaits on the other side when this pause is resolved, form the opening seconds of […]

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What Makes Eric Clapton Such a Legendary Guitar Player?

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Editor’s note: Musicians have been deeply affected by the coronavirus pandemic, especially those that support their careers with live performances. We’re looking forward to catching concerts again in the future, but until then, we encourage music fans everywhere to be safe and follow your health officials’ recommendations. The musicians that leave the greatest impact on […]

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