Record Machine: Oddball Flexi Discs

Flexi discs — those thin sheets of plastic or coated paper containing music and other recordings — used to be included in magazines, fan club gifts, or other giveaways. Their popularity waned once CDs took more of a market share in the ’90s, but now Pirate Press is reviving the format with releases from Deerhoof, Napalm Death, and Jack White. Recently, I unearthed a few releases from the late ‘70s hidden in my inherited collection.

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Record Machine: Hit Factory by Coolzey

Mixing hip-hop, rock, and punk, Coolzey’s 2014 album Hit Factory has the catchiness of a great summer record, lyrical smarts, and a sense of humor. Having seen him live, his recorded self captures the energy of his performances, while still allowing for additional production.

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Record Machine: Dig Me Out by Sleater-Kinney

Consistently listed as one of the best Riot Grrl albums, Dig Me Out is my favorite Sleater-Kinney album. It has been a fan favorite since its release in 1997.  Read More Record Machine: Dig Me Out by Sleater-Kinney

Record Machine: 3 New York Songs Without Frank Sinatra

Friends, when you read this, I’ll be taking my first trip to New York City as an adult, so this week’s Record Machine is as indulgent as ever. And with all due respect to Frank Sinatra, let’s listen to a few other city-centric tunes.

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Record Machine: Interview with Lady Lazarus

With an ethereal folk-pop slant, Lady Lazarus has used her intuition and personal experiences to craft minimalist piano-based songs since 2008. Having released three albums and one EP, her latest is Miracles, out this year on the label Queen’s Ransom. I had a chance to chat with her over email about the themes that fuel her songwriting and what it’s like to be a touring female musician.

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Record Machine: My Aim is True by Elvis Costello

My Aim is True is a great album, but yes, I did buy it because it’s the one with “Alison.”

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Record Machine: “She Likes” by Demosexual (Limited Edition)

This is the story of my bad influence and haphazard memory leading to multiple purchases of the same record.

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Record Machine: 3 Anticipated 2015 Albums

This week, a break in format: Rather than talk about the music I already own, let’s dedicate some space to newer music upon which I can’t wait to lay my greedy paws.

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