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Keeping a Clean Record

Keeping a Clean Record

By Tina Edwards During the first lockdown and its equally-lacklustre sequels, some of us have had the luxury of reconnecting with our record collections. Spinning a forgotten record can be gorgeously nostalgia-inducing. Sometimes however, it can remind us to take better care of our beloved investments.  Firstly, know that a few pops can simply be caused by static, especially after removing a record from its sleeve. From as little as a fiver, you can buy an anti-static cleaning brush. It’s a simple yet effective way of removing dust and debris; skim the brush across your record whilst it plays, or...

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5 Jazz and Improv picks for Bandcamp Friday

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5 Jazz and Improv picks for Bandcamp Friday

Bandcamp is one of the best platforms out there for creative musicians and independent labels to sell recorded music directly to fans. Where artists already have the channels to reach new fans, then the infrastructure Bandcamp provides is second to none. And with Bandcamp Fridays in particular - where the platform foregoes their own commission on sales for one Friday every month - few have done as much to support the wider world of independent recording musicians than they have. In fact, these were one of the main inspirations for setting up our own ethical vinyl subscription service. To celebrate this Bandcamp Friday, here are some jazz...

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We Need More Renewable Music

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We Need More Renewable Music

Sources of Music Is the music you listen to renewable, inexhaustible, or nonrenewable? Think about it. Renewable, Inexhaustible, or Nonrenewable? If we talk about generating electricity, we often talk about the future lying in renewable and inexhaustible sources of energy. I think we can apply similar understanding to our sources of music. RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES: “Wood constitutes a renewable energy source, but only if it is used at a rate that is equal to or less than its rate of regeneration. Other growing plants, such as hemp, corn and straw, can be used for biomass power creation and then grown...

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Preview: Lionel Loueke Interview

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Preview: Lionel Loueke Interview

Here is a preview of the interview we did with Lionel Loueke. It's only about 15% of the full interview, which appears in the Liner Notes magazine - included in all of our November 2020 subscription boxes. Groovalo is a monthly vinyl subscription focused on supporting creative musicians. Sign up now for any of our record clubs to receive one album every month, as well as the Liner Notes magazine. Lionel Loueke's album HH is the November 2020 selection for Groovalo Jazz. ---  How did this record HH come about? (Note: HH stands for Herbie Hancock, Loueke’s long time mentor) Well I’ve been with Herbie for...

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