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5 Must-Own Reggae Records ❤️ 💛 💚

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5 Must-Own Reggae Records ❤️ 💛 💚

Sometimes, reggae gets a bad rap in hipster circles. This is often less about the music itself and more about the culture surrounding it. More specifically, it has to do with misgivings over white Westerners misappropriating reggae music and Rastafarian culture. However you feel about that particular debate, there’s a lot of terrific reggae out there. If you’re looking to add some reggae to your record collection, here are five must-have reggae albums to start your journey with. Israelites by Desmond Dekker (1969) Dekker probably isn’t as well-known today as the other artists mentioned below, but he helped make them...

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5 Must-Have Records from Around the World 🗺

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5 Must-Have Records from Around the World 🗺

“World Music.” Just say those two words and you’ll make some people go all glassy-eyed. It’s not that these folks are against obscure foreign-made music. There’s just something off-putting about the category. For some people, it may call to mind deathly dull New Age meditation stuff. For others, it could suggest something like homework or brussels sprouts (i.e. stuff you’re obligated to appreciate). And admittedly, it can be a little hard to get into music you don’t know the words to (though this never seems to bother hardcore or death metal fanatics). Anyway, the point is that there’s plenty of...

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6 Reasons Why Millennials Buy Vinyl Records: The Definitive Guide 🤣

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6 Reasons Why Millennials Buy Vinyl Records: The Definitive Guide 🤣

Millennials may not have some things—decent job opportunities and pay, reliable social safety nets, a non-screwed-up ecosystem—but they do have plenty of options for consuming music. For the more technologically savvy, there are digital downloads and streaming. For the Luddites, there are CDs and cassettes (though finding machines that play the latter can be a bit problematic). With all of these choices, why would a Millennial buy vinyl? As someone who qualifies as a Millennial—I’m on the older end of the spectrum—here are six reasons I can think of. Status We should probably get this one out of the way...

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5 of the Most Unusual Album Covers Ever Designed

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5 of the Most Unusual Album Covers Ever Designed

If you ask most record collectors why they buy vinyl, they’d probably give two reasons. First, vinyl sounds better than CDs or digital files do. Second, they like having the album covers. Album covers can be works of art unto themselves. Sgt. Pepper, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Sketches of Spain, Born to Run, Nevermind—as soon as you say their names, the album cover flashes through your mind. However, certain record covers stand in a category all their own. Their designers put an extra little bit of creativity into them, making the albums genuine collector’s items. Here are some of the...

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5 Essential Grateful Dead Albums To Own On Vinyl

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5 Essential Grateful Dead Albums To Own On Vinyl

When contemplating the vastness of the Grateful Dead catalog, one might think of this line from Dante’s Inferno: “Abandon all hope, ye who enter.” No one would blame you for thinking this. Well, maybe the upper echelon of modern Deadheads would (i.e. the ones who snatch up every single official or bootleg release regardless of price). They’re probably too mellow to hassle you very much, though.✌️ Anyway, here’s the point: The Dead have put out a notoriously huge amount of recordings over the past 50 years, in addition to all the taped shows (they allowed Deadheads to tape their live concerts and...

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