Articles tagged “Essential Wax”

The National’s Top Five ‘Cincinnati Nights’ Records

The National have always seemed to be cut from the same cloth as Bruce Springsteen — the arc of critical acclaim (and modest sales) through their first three albums alongside the blue-collar determination of touring. With the release of 2007’s Boxer, The National landed in the ears of everyone on the planet with an album […]

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Jason Mantzoukas’ Top Five ‘Beach’ Records

With Independence Day in the US upon us, summer is officially in full swing. Fresh off his role in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, actor/comedian Jason Mantzoukas (The League, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, How Did This Get Made?) is here to help us get by with his favorite literal “beach” records. Little known fact: Jason is […]

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Essential Wax with Wild Child

Wild Child did something pretty interesting in their home State of Texas ahead of the release of their new album ‘Expectations’ (OUT NOW!). They played Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio – nothing out of the ordinary hitting the home turf to drum up some excitement around a new record, right? But to have FOUR […]

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Essential Wax with Jay Som

Bay Area musician Jay Som

Jay Som is the musical moniker of Melina Duterte, a brilliant singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from Oakland CA. Jay Som released an incredible debut last year with ‘Everybody Works’ catapulting Melina into a breakout moment in 2017 with ‘Everybody Works’ landing on several year-end best-of lists from Pitchfork to Billboard to Entertainment Weekly. As […]

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Essential Wax with King Garbage

King Garbage

I can argue that there’s too much music in this world. It would be hyperbole, no doubt. However, in the Discogs Database, as I write these words there are over 21,500 master releases in 2017. That’s a lot of music. I’m stating this to thank the internet. Internet, thank you for randomly providing me with an undiscovered […]

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Essential Wax with Petit Biscuit

French-Moroccan DJ Petit Biscuit, aka Mehdi Benjelloun, is keen to take on the world. Mehdi picked up the cello at 5 and entered Conservatoire de Paris soon after. Things began heating up when Mehdi received his first PC at age 11 and began editing and mixing self-produced tracks by himself, leading to his unmistakable chopped […]

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Essential Wax with Cerrone

Cerrone is a legendary multi-GRAMMY award-winning disco artist, having sold millions of records when originally signed to Atlantic Records in the 1970s & 80s. Sampled by The Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Run DMC, Nas, Action Bronson and many more over the last 40 years, Cerrone released his first new studio album in 7 years – ‘Red Lips‘ – in October 2016 via Big Beat Records. Featuring […]

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Essential Wax with Triggerfinger

Triggerfinger - Official credits DIEGO FRANSSENS

Belgian rock band Triggerfinger has been blowing the socks off audiences around the world during their live shows. Whether you see Ruben Block (vocals & guitar), Paul Van Bruystegem (bass) and Mario Goossens (drums) playing at small pubs during a UK tour, performing at the biggest European festivals around, or supporting The Rolling Stones at the British […]

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Essential Wax with Jennifer Otter Bickerdike


Dr. Jennifer Otter Bickerdike is a familiar name in the world of pop culture and more importantly, Jennifer is enthralled by vinyl. In her new book ‘Why Vinyl Matters‘, Jennifer interviews hip-hop stars, indie legends, DJs, producers, album cover designers, photographers, label founders and record store owners. Each diving into their own experience with the […]

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Essential Wax with Zola Jesus

Zola Jesus

Nika Roza Danilova has been recording music as Zola Jesus for nearly a decade. From her Sacred Bones debut, ‘Soeur Sewer‘ to the mind-blowing Souterrain Transmissions release ‘Stridulum II,’ to her recent reunion with Sacred Bones, ‘Okovi‘, Danilova’s interpretation of lo-fi pop navigates a very noisy, industrial landscape and has been at the foundation of an […]

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