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6 Insanely Rare Records You Could Find Crate-Digging

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6 Insanely Rare Records You Could Find Crate-Digging

You walk into the thrift store / estate sale / yard sale and make a beeline for the dusty stack of records in the back, behind the arm chairs and yellowed out coffee makers. You’re the first one there. Awesome. But sadly, 30 minutes later, you’ve flipped through every Bing Crosby Christmas Album and Jimmy Buffett Live! and you’re yet to find anything interesting, aside from a copy of Dances with Wolves on Laserdisc somehow. Despite the Sisyphean nature of this task, the thrill of finding something rare and expensive for clearance prices makes it all worth it. These are the...

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5 of the Most Bizarre Album Covers Ever Designed 😱

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5 of the Most Bizarre Album Covers Ever Designed 😱

As we’ve mentioned elsewhere in this blog, album covers can be works of art in their own right. But for every Dark Side of the Moon or Velvet Underground and Nico, there are covers that make you wonder what the artists and/or record companies were thinking. Here are five of the strangest covers ever to grace a release by a major recording artist. Satan Is Real by the Louvin Brothers Released in 1959, Satan Is Real reflects this influential country duo’s staunch Baptist faith and features some of their finest recordings. But as beautiful as the album’s music is, its...

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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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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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