Articles tagged “discover”

You’re Invited to the Telepathic Following of Bruce Haack

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When he was about 10 years old, Peter Price heard some classmates bragging that they were on an album. A far-fetched notion at any point in the history of recorded sound, but for a young man growing up near the township of West Chester, Pennsylvania in the mid-’70s, the idea seemed downright extraordinary. Price had […]

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Henry Rollins on Some of His Favorite Crate-Digging Experiences

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Henry Rollins shares his favorite (and nightmare) experiences shopping for records. The former have been in-store while the latter can be due to an unsuccessful online hunt. Read more from Rollins here. As to favorite experiences, two come to mind. In 1990-something, I finished a tour in Auckland, New Zealand. I had hours before my […]

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Mixtapes Are the Original Playlists, All Thanks to Lou Ottens

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Lou Ottens enjoyed a life that saw him turn a short temper into a major cultural milestone. Ottens was the Dutch engineer who spearheaded the 1963 invention of the cassette tape and the introduction of a portable cassette recorder/player. The moment of creation came when he got angry at his reel-to-reel recorder for shooting tape […]

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10 Daft Punk Deep Cuts to Check Out Right Now

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Move over, R2D2 and C-3PO. Daft Punk are probably the most famous robots in cultural history. Together, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo are bigger than the sum of their parts. The French electronic duo formed in 1993 and only just announced its retirement on Monday, February 22. You’d think someone had died the way […]

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What Exactly Is Alternative Rock? A Completely Opinionated Guide

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I have an on-again, off-again love-hate relationship with the genre tag of “alternative rock.” In my younger days, I loved it — I had an affinity for anything that was placed into that overflowing and rather vague bucket of alternative. Growing up in the 1980s, the thoughtful and poetic lyrics of many of the artists […]

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Amy Lee Shares Her Coolest Records on Vinyl

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Classically trained pianist. Mezzo-soprano singer. Songwriter. Rock star. All of these describe Amy Lee. Amy Lee is best known as the co-founder and lead singer of Evanescence, although she is a also frequent collaborator with everyone from Korn to the Muppets. She’s created a film soundtrack with Dave Eggar as well as a children’s album, […]

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Henry Rollins Explains His Food Groups and Seasons of Listening to Music

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Henry Rollins has often discussed how he is lining up his next listening session. This listening is usually an exploration of new music. But are there queues for relaxing? Thoughtfulness? Creativity? Rollins explains the food groups of music and the value of seasonal listening. Read more from Rollins here. I never had a good time […]

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J Dilla’s 15 Coolest Samples for the 15th Anniversary of Donuts

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It’s difficult to come to grips with the idea of J Dilla being gone for 15 years now, considering how much his creative spirit continues to prosper in his absence. February 10 marked a grim milestone in the passing of the man born James Dewitt Yancey, but 2021 is teeming with happier anniversaries to celebrate […]

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The Most Popular New Albums on Discogs in February 2021


Our regular roundup of the most popular new albums is determined by how many Discogs users added the release to their Collections during each month. To be featured on the genre-specific lists, the album must have been released in 2021 in a physical format (meaning vinyl, CD, or cassette), so it won’t take into consideration […]

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11 Essential Post-Punk and Revival Albums

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What the heck is post-punk, and why should you care? Well, it’ the most fun you’ll ever have banging a metal chair with a hammer and screaming about depression in a dark factory, but it’s also one of the most influential genres of the last 50 years. Punk was a reaction to bloated stadium rocker […]

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