Record Store Day 2013: Recommended Releases

As Record Store Day celebrates its 6th anniversary, with vinyl sales posting decade high numbers in 2012, there’s no reason to think the yearly event won’t continue to expand in 2013, making the dash for collectors and fans alike an even more chaotic experience if you’re looking to score the most rare or exciting vinyl. Here are some of the releases we’re most excited about. Now if only we had the bank accounts to match our wish lists.

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Maria Minerva – Bless EP Album Review & Exploring Her Artistic Framework Via Mythology And Feminist Philosophy

“Women’s imaginary is inexhaustible, like music, painting, writing: their stream of phantasms is incredible.” (sic) – Hélène Cixous

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TRIFECTA x SXSW: A Three-Way Conversational Guide To Shows & Snacks

for 2013, we’re bringing SXSW coverage into our personal lives. Rather than writing up simple show reviews, we hope to present to you an uncensored portrait of our exceptional 3-way mind-meld, as we navigate through the chaos that is SXSW in our own manic, sarcastic, and profound ways. Mostly, we talk about food, document idiosyncrasies, review music… and bring it all home with more talk about food.

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Matmos Band Interview: Psychic Sessions and Meta-Concepts Form The Marriage of True Minds

“What we end up giving to the world is really meager compared to the incredible amount of stuff that we’ve seen and heard as a result of [our experiments].” – M.C. Schmidt of Matmos

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Charitable Musicians: Doomtree Collective Rapper Dessa Says Hip-Hop and Charity Go Hand-In-Hand

“Partnering hip-hop artists with charitable causes is nothing that I made up… but they’re infrequently covered by the media, perhaps, unless they’re related to a tragedy.” – Dessa

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Midday Veil – Great Cold of the Night Music Video (w/ Director & Musician Interviews)

“The basic concept has been sort of developing for years, due to our interest in mythology, especially ancient mystery religions that involve sacrificing or dismembering a god/hero and taking him into the underworld in order to give him a secret awareness of the processes of death and resurrection.” – Emily Pothast

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2012 Album Covers of the Year

Inside this feature are 98 album covers spanning a wide array of sonic and visual styles, each selected for its own unique contribution to the world. They are not ranked; instead, they are broken down into sections based on conceptual underpinnings or artistic mediums, and then are displayed on spectrums.

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Psychoactive Soundscapes: Top 20 Mind-Bending Albums For 2012

Reach for the stars true believers, or to quote Seattle’s THEESatisfaction: “Let the musicians, be your physicians.”

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Portland Musicians To Watch: Holocene’s 2012 Year-End Picks

With diverse dance nights and boundary-pushing local shows galore, Portland nightclub Holocene really does its part to build up the music community in Portland. To close out the year 2012, Gina Altamura and Van Pham have rounded up a list of their favorite local acts that you should pay attention to in 2013.

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Albums of the Year 2012: Staff Picks

As a staff, we all have our own unique musical tastes. Sometimes those tastes overlap stylistically and sometimes they veer off into strange directions galore.

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Robert Henke Artist Interview: Engineering Artistic Solutions

“I see a lot of similarities between fascinating engineering and fascinating art. Both have to do with craftsmanship; both have to do with finding a simple solution for a complex problem. And it has to do with elegance and needs inspiration.” - Robert Henke

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Charlie Salas Humara (of Grapefruit, Regular Music, Sun Angle) Musician Interview

Charlie Salas Humara has been a fixture in the Portland music scene for over a decade now, but these days, you simply can’t avoid him, his solo project Grapefruit, or his bands Sun Angle and Regular Music.

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