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Taylor Made for Profits

There has been a ton of chatter over the last several days since Taylor Swift et al decided to pull her catalog from Spotify. Some are pointing a finger at Spotify for paying out at too low a rate, others saying that Swift & Co. are simply trying to force fans to purchase more profitable downloads or CDs. But […]

600 Words on ‘Beyoncé’

1) A front line artist selling 600,000+ US albums in 72 hrs, with no album set up whatsoever, is really healthy in 2013. I don’t care if you’re Beyoncé and the bar is set really high, she reached a good number of fans. That many people opening up iTunes over the weekend to buy an album […]

The Importance of the Album

I spent the better part of my evening last night working through an August 1967 issue of Crawdaddy I’d picked up at Amoeba before meeting my wife for dinner. The cover feature was an 8 page interview with Paul Rothchild, who talks at length about recording the then just released first Doors LP*. Rothchild rambles […]

Michael Jackson’s shower bench sold for $4,480 at auction

Julien’s Auctions held a sale in December that included much of the contents of the giant Holmby Hills estate Michael Jackson had been renting at the time of his death. Included in the auction was a shower bench that had been customized by Michael with several stick figure drawings. The winning bid for the bench […]

Deadstock Mid-Century ‘Slot Loading’ Car Turntable

Never mounted or installed and allegedly in the original box, which I wish they had included photos of in the listing. Not sure what year this dates to, the seller described it as being from the ’50s/60s’. I’ve seen versions of the in-car record player where it was installed in the glove box area, but […]

Primitive Early Rap Records

I’ve been fascinated with records from the first couple years of rap for about 10 years now, which was when I first became aware of them, around 2000 I think. The first 12″ I got that really set me off was The Younger Generation’s ‘We Rap More Mellow‘ from 1979, where they were rapping over […]

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My Top 3 Nick Ashford (1942-2011) Songs

Ashford & Simpson – “Bourgie Bourgie” 1977 – Classic disco and one of my favorite Ashford and Simpson compositions. This was a big Larry Levan cut. Marlena Shaw – “California Soul” 1969 – Written in ’68 by Ashford & Simpson and originally performed by The 5th Dimension, the Marlena Shaw version is the recording I am […]

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Danny Brown – XXX

New album from Detroit weirdo Danny Brown. If you were ever a Kool Keith fan, you should probably listen to this. XXX is what I would hope Goblin might sound like if I’d never heard an Odd Future track. While most of the beats have a strong ‘modern rap’ sound (think Kanye West, No I.D., […]

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ASAP Rocky “Peso”

New video from up and coming Harlem artist ASAP Rocky for his track “Peso”. Really dig the vibe of this clip. The “hanging out in the streets shinning” concept when well executed never fails for me and as far as rappers who are associated with streetwear go, Rocky is the best out right now.