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LowEnd91 Discogs Mix 79 – Marcel Vogel

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Discogs Mix 79 comes from Marcel Vogel – DJ, producer, and head of the Amsterdam-based Lumberjacks In Hell and Intimate Friends labels. Click play in the player above to listen to the expertly crafted live mix, and peep his story and the tracklist below:

One of my earliest influences as a DJ and record collector was Journeys By DJ: Coldcut – 70 Minutes Of Madness. Naturally, that led to digging into the early DJ Food Jazz Breaks. That was over 20 years ago. From there, I have delved into House and later into Disco and Funk. Around 2004, Madvillainy re-sparked my interest in Hip Hop and Rap. I suppose living in Berlin from 2003 to 2007 and being exposed to Jazzanova and their extended circles exposed me to somewhat of a more eclectic approach of Djing, combining Nu Jazz and breaks and everything that’s available from the palette of dance music. To round it out, my relocation to Amsterdam in 2010 was my most recent step of evolution as a collector and DJ.

Now is a time where every DJ seems to be able to bang it out and play every aspect of rare leftfield music at the same time. The development of the Internet, the availability of music without limits, and the possibilities of CDJs and USB sticks made it so much more interesting and rewarding to be part of the nightlife and share musical stories with the world. In 2019 every Doner Kebab vendor, every shoe store, and every bar has access to the coolest Spotify list and the craziest mixes on SoundCloud and Mixcloud. The unheard is being unearthed at a much faster pace. Common nerd-knowledge is shared on a global level like viruses in 12 Monkeys. Youtube and Boiler Room and online radio stations can’t keep any secrets for long. It’s wonderful, it’s competitive, and it creates forms of unity and belonging.

I suppose we have been dreaming of this; to be pulled down a rabbit hole of music that doesn’t know any limits or borders. That was the promise when I started to buy records and it has been fulfilled beyond my wildest dreams. Maybe we’ll encounter a sort of hangover at some point, but at the moment it looks like we’ll just keep rediscovering only madder and madder forgotten tunes from all corners of the world. And this is what this mix is about. Heritage, belonging, unity.

My family and my bonds have been created in our common passion for this sort of music. Call it freestyle if you want. Call it Disco. Or rare groove. Most days I don’t have a name for it. But it is still exciting and it makes me get up every day and do my research. Online and in the record stores. Who knew there was seemingly no end to it?

This is a live recording from Marcel Vogel’s all nighter with Stevie Wonderland in December 2018. A healthy mix between House and Disco to keep the dance floor moving.

Marcel Vogel Mix Tracklist:

1. Kolja Gerstenberg – How I Feel (unreleased Lumberjacks In Hell) [0:00]
2. Unknown To The Unknown [3:08]
3. Oliver Dollar & Crazy P – Loose Beat [7:08]
4. Dondolo – Dragon (Shit Robot ‘Firebreathing’ Remix) [10:36]
5. AmFlow featuring Koffee – Raw Uncut (Louie Vega Remix) [16:45]
6. Apparel Wax – 005 [21:40]
7. Jad & The – Dance To The Funk [26:30]
8. Yta Jourias – Adome Nyueto (Bosq Rework) [30:21]
9. Cotonete Vs Dimitri From Paris ‎- Paribbean Disco [36:20]
10. Debbie Jacobs ‎- Hot Hot (Give It All You Got) [41:47]
11. Debbie Jacobs – Don’t You Want My Love [47:44]
12. Pierre Perpall – U-Turn [51:50]
13. Rulefinn – Let The Ok Music Play [57:30]
14. Puff – In The Mood (Re-Edit) [1:00:00]

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Moon_Ray Discogs Database In Review: December 2018

As expected, December was a little slower than November, with Submissions down 4%. However that doesn’t seem to capture the hard work a lot of Contributors have been putting into the various ‘cleaning projects’ floating around in the Database Forums (see the From The Database Forum section below for more details).

After a very successful first attempt at translating a small section of the Submission Guidelines into Spanish, we’re ready to kick off a large scale project to translate them, in full, into Spanish, French, Italian, German and Japanese. Stay tuned for details on how you can help if you’d like participate, details will be coming within the next month.

Overview

Daily Submissions

Top Contributors In December

From The Database Forum

New To The Database

There were no additions to the Guidelines in December.

 


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Sean Cannon Keith Richards Partners With Fender For 30th Anniversary Of Life-Changing Record

Talk Is Cheap didn’t just recharge my batteries,” Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards said back in 1997 when reflecting on his 1988 solo debut. “It brought me back to life.”

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of that resuscitation, the iconic guitarist is reissuing Talk Is Cheap in style. The campaign features previously-unreleased material from the original sessions as well as an exclusive partnership with the Fender Custom Shop.

The release caters to every level of fanhood. In addition to the standard CD and LP versions, there are two box sets. The limited-edition deluxe box includes two LPs, two seven-inch singles, two CDs, a hardback book, six unreleased tracks, and plenty of extra goodies, all wrapped in a faux-tweed folio. Compared to most reissues, that would already be a lot — but the “super deluxe” box changes the game altogether.

In addition to everything from the deluxe edition, you get a hand-built box directly from the Fender Custom Shop using the same materials as Keith’s signature Telecaster. It’s like having your own little little Micawber. And for 250 special fans, you can get it autographed by the man himself.

Keith Richards - Talk Is Cheap deluxe box set

In typical Keith Richards fashion, this package is all about giving that extra touch. “When I put out a product, I want everybody to know that it’s been handmade, well-made, and it’s got a stamp of approval on it,” he said. “I can’t fool about.”

Three decades later, that quality goes beyond the packaging for Richards. “I think it was as fresh as the day it was made, really,” he said. “It’s a great record. I was listening to a couple of tracks the other day, and they could’ve been recorded anytime.”

Talk Is Cheap began at a precarious time for The Rolling Stones. The band had never been quiet about interpersonal issues, but in 1987 it really looked like the Stones might not get back together. So Richards corralled a band of high-grade hired guns he worked with in the past, named them the X-Pensive Winos, and made a record.

The experience was invigorating. “You’re working with a team and you feel like you’re all working in the same direction,” he reminisced. “You can’t buy that. It’s basically rock and roll heaven. … Everybody could play three or four instruments, and that makes it a different feel. There’s a lot of experimenting going on.”

In addition to the band — which featured co-producer Steve Jordan, Waddy Wachtel, Ivan Neville, and Charley Drayton — Richards called in favors from heavy-hitters like Bootsie Collins, Bernie Worrell, Willie Mitchell, Mick Taylor, and Chuck Leavell, among others.  

Just like the Winos themselves, the guest appearances came about in an organic fashion — albeit the kind of organic that only happens when you’re a legend making a record. “When we were jamming, coming up with ‘Big Enough,’ it became clear to me that it would be great if we had Bootsie Collins playing bass on it,” Jordan recalled. “We thought OK, it’s Keith Richards. You can get anybody you want. Why not call Bootsie?”

That’s right, when a Rolling Stone wants someone to sound like Bootsie Collins, why settle for an impersonation? As Jordan said, “I was like, ‘Really what I’m hearing is the stuff you used to play with James Brown,’ and [Bootsie] said, ‘Oh, you want the tip-toe funk, baby.’”

“The ingredient,” Richards said, imparting his central takeaway from Talk Is Cheap, “is a certain joy, a certain fun of putting something together that you couldn’t do by yourself. It’s brotherhood.”

Now you have a chance you own a little piece of the brotherhood in a way you couldn’t before.

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Diognes_The_Fox The Discogs Top 50 Best Selling Records Of November 2018

I tried to make a post that was just a wall of potato but I’m being censored and have to write something real. I will work tirelessly to ensure proper potato posting, peeps. I shall fight tirelessly night and day to make content that truly reaches the potato respecting audiences at the core of my very being. Unlike most of the RSD Black Friday exclusive reissues that grace this list, potatoes are edible. Although the Weezer Africa shaped picture disc is vaguely potato-shaped, it is not a potato and therefore inferior to the real bonafide thing. While sales of vinyl records and potatoes do increase during the holiday season, IMO, “Now That’s What I Call Christmas” is far less useful throughout the year.

Amongst these major label reissues and novelties are a few gems that are truly not small potatoes. The new releases by Rosalía, Citizen Kane, and Daughters look pretty decent. Until next month, check these out and let us know what you think!🥔

Phish - Slip Stitch And Pass

#2 – Phish – Slip Stitch And Pass

2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num, Blue and Purple Splatter

Queen - A Night At The Opera

#3 – Queen – A Night At The Opera

LP, Album, Embossed Gatefold

Type O Negative - Bloody Kisses

#4 – Type O Negative – Bloody Kisses

3xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Green and Black Swirl

Weezer - Africa

#5 – Weezer – Africa

7″, Shape, Ltd, Pic

Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band - Almost Acoustic

#8 – Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band – Almost Acoustic

2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Green Marbled, 180 Gram

Garbage - Destroying Angels

#12 – Garbage – Destroying Angels

7″, Single, Ltd, Magenta/White

Queen - Greatest Hits

#13 – Queen – Greatest Hits

LP, Comp, No Barcode, Round Cornered Innersleeve

Madonna - Erotica

#14 – Madonna – Erotica

2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, White, Gatefold

The Wailers - Catch A Fire

#17 – The Wailers – Catch A Fire

LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Smoke Swirl, 180g

Taylor Swift - Red

#23 – Taylor Swift – Red

2xLP, Ltd, Num, Crystal Clear

José González - Veneer

#24 – José González – Veneer

2xLP, Olive/Light Grey, 180g, Compilation, Deluxe Edition, Reissue, 15th Anniversary Edition

Madonna - Music

#26 – Madonna – Music

LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Blue

Madonna - Ray Of Light

#28 – Madonna – Ray Of Light

2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Clear, 180gram

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are The Days Of Our Lives

#30 – Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are The Days Of Our Lives

7″, Single, Solid Centre Silver Injection Labels

Nu Guinea - Nuova Napoli

#32 – Nu Guinea – Nuova Napoli

LP, Album, RP, 3rd & 4th Repress

Jim Morrison Music By The Doors - An American Prayer

#37 – Jim Morrison Music By The Doors – An American Prayer

LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, Gatefold, Red

Type O Negative - Bloody Kisses

#39 – Type O Negative – Bloody Kisses

2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Silver

Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want

#41 – Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want

2xLP, Album, Clear w/ White Smoke “London Fog”

Khruangbin - Christmas Time Is Here

#43 – Khruangbin – Christmas Time Is Here

7″, Ltd, Green, Americas Edition

The Prodigy - No Tourists

#45 – The Prodigy – No Tourists

2xLP, Album, Ltd, Violet Clear

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Discogs Staff New Rules (For Third-Party Distributors And Shippers) on Discogs

As of today, there will be some changes to our Sales & Transaction Policy regarding third-party distributors and shippers. As Discogs grows, the complexity of our Marketplace grows as well. These new rules will help us to guarantee the accuracy of the listings and avoid disappointment from the buyers.

Before we run you through these new rules, we wanted to thank the Discogs community for all your feedback. It’s been really helpful while creating these new regulations.

With that being said, these are the changes that will apply to all the sellers on Discogs from now on:

If you are using Discogs to facilitate shipping on behalf of another seller, and if you are listing the item(s) for sale on your account, you must:

  • Ensure that the seller is not listing the same items for sale on their account;
  • Have all items listed for sale available for immediate purchase and part of a confirmed inventory;
  • Be the seller of record for the transaction;
  • Be responsible for all returns, refunds and customer communication;
  • All purchased items must be shipped via the seller who lists the item for sale. Having a different retailer ship directly to customers is not allowed.

These changes are immediate and firm. We hope these new rules can facilitate a better experience for the whole community in our Marketplace. If you have any questions, make sure to let us know in the comments.

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loquearde Crate Minds: Neves Records

As most of our readers know, Crate Minds is a recurring series where we highlight Sellers from all over the world with a spotless trajectory at Discogs. Today we have the pleasure of introducing you to Neves Records. With almost 2,500 items for sale, Neves Records specializes in Heavy Metal and Hard Rock, and is a well-known Discogs seller from Brazil. Here’s what went down in our conversation with Neves Records:

What’s the name of your shop?

Neves Records.

How long have you been selling as Neves Records on Discogs?

We’ve been selling on Discogs since 2013, so… more than five years now!

How did you get into selling records?

It was the lack of money and the desire to have more items in my collection. In the 80s, I traveled to other bigger cities here in Brazil and I bought promotion discs in big centers (I bought records of that time like Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and Pop music in general), arriving in my city I exchanged them in stores for records of my interest (usually Heavy Metal and Punk).

What is your favorite record store right now? Why?

Nowadays, I don’t think I have a favorite store. I have a small (around 700 items) Wantlist (who doesn’t have a Wantlist?) and I track those items on sites here in Brazil, on Discogs, Ebay and in big fair records in Brazil!

Neves Records items for sale

Do you have a story that you’d like to share about record selling? Please tell us!

The good thing about selling records is that you inevitably know several people with the most bizarre quirks possible. An interesting case is a customer who buys only underground Heavy Metal from the 80s-90s. If the band is or becomes a little better known, he sells it all. He just wants to have what’s really underground! In this way, I end up meeting several artists who have released records, several are great people and others I would have preferred to never meet!

What is your favorite record of all-time?

This question is impossible to answer! But today, my top 10 for international and Brazilian albums would look like this:

International
1. Dust – Hard Attack
2. Benediction – Dark Is The Season
3. Böhse Onkelz ‎– Mexico
4. Hermética – Hermética
5. Running Wild – Pile Of Skulls
6. Rata Blanca – Magos, Espadas Y Rosas
7. Avenger – Prayers Of Steel
8. Exciter – Kill After Kill
9. Cock Sparrer ‎– Live And Loud!!
10. Batmobile ‎– Bail Was Set At $6,000,000

Brazil
1. The Mist – The Hangman Tree
2. Sarcófago – The Laws Of Scourge
3. Sepultura – Schizophrenia
4. Skate Aranha – Evil & Dead
5. Os Replicantes – Histórias De Sexo E Violência
6. Cólera / Ratos De Porão – Ao Vivo No Lira Paulistana
7. Made in Brazil – Made In Brazil
8. Zenith – Zenith
9. Os Catalepticos ‎– Zombification
10. Arnaldo Baptista – Loki?

What is the most valuable item you’ve ever sold?

There were several over the years. But if I have to think about one… Well, about two, those would be the two CDs of Michael JacksonThe Love Songs” and “The Medleys” for $3,500 both.

What does your own record collection look like?

Something around 4,000 LPs, 3,000 CDs, 1,000 7 “singles, 50 tapes and one 8-track (Kiss – Creatures Of The Night) that I’m slowly putting into my Discogs Collection – one day I’ll make it!

Neves Records Slayer in Record Collection

What has been your best record find?

Slayer – Haunting The Chapel autographed by the four members and with the poster of the show (Possessed opened for them that day). I found it in a garage sale for a couple of bucks!

What is your number one tip for buyers and/or sellers on Discogs?

Patience. Search as much as you can, records always come at a great price on Discogs.

Find your new favorite record among Neves Records’ Inventory on Discogs.

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Moon_Ray Bizarre Releases On Discogs, December 2018

In April 2018 Earjerk started a thread in the Discogs Database Forum asking Contributors to list they’re noteworthy or curious additions to the database: “Post your interesting new additions to the database here…” Here’s the best of the bunch from December 2018. Next time you add something weird, wonderful, rare or noteworthy in any way, share it in that forum thread for all to see


Unknown Artist - LegWork: An Introduction To Fitness Walking For Patients With Osteoporosis After Menopause album cover

Unknown Artist – LegWork: An Introduction To Fitness Walking For Patients With Osteoporosis After Menopause

Cass – US

  • Year: 1997
  • Styles: Promotional, Health-Fitness
  • Submitted By: ahr2nd
  • “Brought to you by Bone Matters™—an educational support program for patients receiving MIACALCIN® (calcitonin-salmon) Nasal Spray Therapy.” I agree with ahr2nd that tapes have the greatest potential for non-conventional releases like this. It would be ludicrous to press it to vinyl, and if made in the internet age this would just be another hour long YouTube video, devoid of all that extra package design that makes this such a trip. Long live the cassette tape.

The Collective (16) - Sounds From The 59th Zoo album cover

The Collective (16) – Sounds From The 59th Zoo

LP – US

  • Year: 1998
  • Styles: Drum n Bass, Techno, Downtempo
  • Submitted By: Diognes_The_Fox
  • It’s a pretty incredible feat to find DnB/Techno (let alone anything Electronic) that’s not already in the Database these days. Props! Does anyone own this? I would to hear it. Mark Garcia, Writer and Producer on this album, wrote some super fun electro-breaks-hip-hop tracks that got rinsed on the San Jo airwaves waaaay back in the mid 90s.

Various - On Dört Eser On Dört Duygu album cover

Various – On Dört Eser On Dört Duygu

CD, Comp – Turkey

  • Year: Unknown
  • Styles: Classical, Romantic, Baroque
  • Submitted By: Vortexsurfer75
  • A compilation promoting the anti-depressant Roche Aurorix Moklobemid. Launched in 1992, Moclobemide was the first reversible MAO-A inhibitor. This releases includes a 20-page Turkish booklet about the promoted drug. And the composers’ biographies. Wait, what?

Hubert J. Bernhard - The UFOs album cover

Hubert J. Bernhard – The UFOs

LP, Mono – US

  • Year: 1967
  • Styles: Education, Spoken Word
  • Submitted By: trailoff
  • Working as a lecturer at San Francisco’s Morrison Planetarium, Bernhard made The Planetarium Lecture Series to educate and popularise astrology. Other Releases in the series include The Christmas Star and Mysteries Of Mars. The cover photo is an official U.S. Coast Guard photo taken at the Salem, Mass., Air Station at 9:35 a.m. on July 16, 1952.

Various - Stereo Demonstration Tape album cover

Various – Stereo Demonstration Tape

Reel, 4tr Stereo, 5 Reel, Comp –

  • Year: 1964
  • Styles: Special Effects, Easy Listening
  • Submitted By: narcisco
  • Back in the 60s, as part of their aggressive new business expansion, Sony was working hard to sell the next big thing: stereophonic sound. They recorded various sounds (from trains to music) in stereo for demonstrative purposes.

Various - Iriodin® (Pearlpigments The Attractive Eye-catch) album cover

Various – Iriodin® (Pearlpigments The Attractive Eye-catch)

LP, Comp, Whi – Brazil

  • Year: 1982
  • Styles: MPB, Easy Listening
  • Submitted By: popcrimes
  • Most likely released to promote some paint (by Merck company) with a pigment to create a pearl colour effect. Both the sleeve and vinyl have a white/pearl finish, and the vinyl is also marbled. Classy.

Heinz Meynhardt - Das Jahr Des Schwarzwildes album cover

Heinz Meynhardt – Das Jahr Des Schwarzwildes

Cass – Germany

  • Year: Unknown
  • Styles: Field Recording, Education
  • Submitted By: teninchfan
  • Your guess is as good as mine as to what’s going on in the cover photo, but according to Wikipedia, Heinz was “an internationally acclaimed wild boar expert…He has published numerous books and 32 films about the life of the wild boar”.

No Artist - New Orthophonic Frequency Test Record album cover

No Artist – New Orthophonic Frequency Test Record

10, S/Sided – US

  • Year: Unknown
  • Styles: Technical
  • Submitted By: Diognes_The_Fox
  • These are quite rare today. It demonstrates the exact tones on each frequency response and is the kind of record you would put on if you wanted people to leave the room.

Unknown Artist - Untitled album cover

Unknown Artist – Untitled

LP – US

  • Year: 1997
  • Styles: Conscious
  • Submitted By: Diognes_The_Fox
  • The chat around this submission was (and will continue to be) really fun to watch unfold. How do you submit a record without knowing what language the label is written in…? Someone joked the text might be Egyptian hieroglyphs, until one Contributor with a little more ancient nous picked it as Persian cuneiform. A full English translation is still pending but currently we’re at “ru-earth-king-[first logogram of ‘Ahuramazda’]-ru-du-sa”. Anyone out there got any clues? We’re looking to translate the Database Guidelines into Persian cuneiform by the end of the month.

Franz Xaver Josef Conrad von Hötzendorf - Rede Über Den Unauflöslichen Zusammenhalt Aller Völker Österreich-Ungarns In Unserer Armee Und Flotte Als Bleibende Frucht Des Weltkrieges album cover

Franz Xaver Josef Conrad von Hötzendorf – Rede Über Den Unauflöslichen Zusammenhalt Aller Völker Österreich-Ungarns In Unserer Armee Und Flotte Als Bleibende Frucht Des Weltkrieges

Shellac, 12, S/Sided – Austria-Hungary

  • Year: 1916
  • Styles: Speech
  • Submitted By: syke
  • This incredibly rare, 100-year-old shellac record is a speech by Feldmarschall Franz Xaver Joseph Graf Conrad von Hötzendorf (born in 1852), an Austrian general who played a pretty key role in world history: he was in charge of the Austro-Hungarian Army and Navy when all hell broke loose AKA the July Crisis AKA the start of of WWI.

DJ Didgeridoo - DJ Didgeridoo album cover

DJ Didgeridoo – DJ Didgeridoo

CD – Switzerland

  • Year: Unknown
  • Styles: Tribal, Trance
  • Submitted By: teninchfan
  • Indigenous Australian music is alive and well in the Swiss Alps.

Unknown Artist - Tiger Fever: Ode To The Paws And Claws album cover

Unknown Artist – Tiger Fever: Ode To The Paws And Claws

LP – US

  • Year: 1981
  • Styles: Country
  • Submitted By: Diognes_The_Fox
  • According to the member forums on TigerNet there are some classic Clemson Tiger tailgate party starters on this one. It was distributed by Napa Distribution Center who were shamelessly team agnostic. Probably because they’re an auto parts distributor, not a music distributor.

Rev. O.L. Holliday - The Assassination Of President Kennedy And The Crucifixion Of Jesus album cover

Rev. O.L. Holliday – The Assassination Of President Kennedy And The Crucifixion Of Jesus

LP, Album – US

  • Year: 1965
  • Styles: Gospel, Sermon
  • Submitted By: Diognes_The_Fox
  • According to Rev. O.L. Holliday the assassination of JFK, thirty-fifth President of the United States, at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (18:30 UTC) on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas was felt by many African-American communities as a loss of hope for better days, and is thus comparable to the crucifixion of Christ.

Benton & Bowles - Benton & Bowles Creative Review Jingle Jam: February 26, 1957 album cover

Benton & Bowles – Benton & Bowles Creative Review Jingle Jam: February 26, 1957

LP, Red – US

  • Year: 1957
  • Styles: Promotional
  • Submitted By: Diognes_The_Fox
  • Benton & Bowles was a NYC advertising agency, founded in 1929, that pushed the boundaries of marketing and advertising through the early adoption of coupons, adapting copy to local demographics and employing celebrities for endorsement. But they owe most of their success to the rapid rise in popularity of radio. Mr. Bowles wrote and produced many soap operas, and is often credited as the first to use cue cards to generate laughter and applause from studio audiences, and the first to employ branded sound effects and jingles in shows.

Sean Cannon Fact: Flying Lotus Has More Diverse Fans Than Aphex Twin

In light of the fresh Cosmogramma reissue from Vinyl Me, Please, I was having a conversation with VMP’s Matt Hessler about Flying Lotus, his legacy as a genre-straddling producer/composer, and how he helped shape a very particular corner of the music world with the Brainfeeder label (hello Kamasi Washington and Thundercat).

During the course of things, Hessler observed that FlyLo’s fanbase seems more diverse than most electronic artists when it comes to the styles of music they consume. While totally anecdotal, that idea sounded right to me for a host of reasons. Then I realized we didn’t have to rely on inference and informal reasoning, thanks to the the massive amount of collection data at my fingertips in the Discogs database.

I’m always jazzed to figure out new and interesting angles for using Discogs’ data, so coming up with a strategy for definitively proving whether Flying Lotus has a more heterogeneous fanbase than his electronic peers seemed like a ridiculous and perfect project. This would be like sabermetrics for baseball nerds, except for music nerds. Discographies Specialist Brent Greissle and I set out to make it happen.

Warning: If you get bored easily by numbers and math talk, skip to the “What We Found” section right now. You should, for real. It won’t hurt my feelings. Promise. But if you’re interested in the nuts and bolts of how we chose the lineup for this experiment or how we developed the shiny new metric of “Total Diversity Index,” then hunker down.

Picking The Players

To make everything manageable, we settled on four other artists for comparison. All but one had roughly the same “popularity,” which we defined that as a combination of wants and haves among users. Since massively-collected artists might skew the numbers (after all, everyone of a certain age owns a copy of Oxygène), this was the easiest way to make sure we were comparing apples to apples.

We chose each act for different reasons. One was a noted electronic artist with a somewhat well-defined sound (Surgeon), one had a more circuitous decades-long career (David Sylvian), one was a contemporary with some crossover success (Bonobo), and we rounded things out with Aphex Twin. He’s more popular, but his reputation as a genre-bending IDM experimentalist most closely matches Flying Lotus in essence, if not style. And since Aphex Twin has attained serious crossover success, audience diversity would seem to follow. So it made sense to see how he matched up.

Finding The Total Diversity Index

The Problem Of Genre Vs. Style

Each genre in the database can have dozens of styles within. That means diversity in genre and style hint at similar — but still distinct — implications. Let’s say Lisa and Jamal each have collections with 15 records in them, and every record is a different style. They might look equally diverse at first glance, but if Lisa has 15 genres and Jamal has one genre, are they really as diverse? Lisa’s would be more diverse, right?

By the same token, let’s say Jamal’s buddy Frank has 15 records. All of Frank’s records are the same style (ergo all from one genre). Even though Frank and Jamal’s collections have the same number of genres, Jamal still has a more diverse collection.

As you can see, this might present issues when trying to determine the relative significance and weight of what we’ll call “Genre Diversity” (GD) and “Style Diversity” (SD) from here on out. We’ll deal with that problem soon, but let’s table it for now.

Collecting Collection Numbers

We looked at user collections that contained one or more releases from an artist. Since larger collections will be more variegated by default — and so we could look at data on a more granular level later on — that needed to be accounted for. To accomplish this, all collections were broken down into size segments: Small (1-9), Medium (11-99), Large (100-999), and Huge (1000+).

We averaged every collection in each segment to come up with GD and SD for Small, Medium, Large, and Huge. For example, a Small collection with at least one Surgeon record on average contains 1.36 different genres, hence a GD of 1.36. Similarly, Surgeon’s SD is 4.98 for a Small collection.

To understand the relative value of these numbers, we grabbed the average GD and SD for all user collections on Discogs. We were then able to tell how much each GD and SD deviated from the mean. This is where we came up with the concept of a “Diversity Index.” It works like this: The Genre Diversity Index (GDI) of each size segment on Discogs is 1. The higher the number, the more it deviates from the site-wide average.

Think of the difference between GD/SD and GDI/SDI as the raw number and the significance of the number. 152 styles sounds like a lot, but it’s actually the site-wide SD for a Huge collection. So if an artist’s SD is 154, that’s not a very diverse fanbase in the Huge segment. With an SDI score of 1.01, you can tell that easily.

The smaller the size segment, the more the Diversity Index is amplified (Surgeon’s Small SDI is 1.41 compared to a Huge SDI of 1.09). This allows us to deal with the issue of larger collections being more diverse by default when trying to see the overall picture of style and genre diversity, which is the next step.

All size segment GDIs are averaged together to come up with the Total Genre Diversity Index (TGDI); same thing with SDIs to arrive at TSDI. Continuing on with Surgeon as an example, we can see that his TGDI is 0.79, and his TSDI is 1.15.

Putting It All Together

Now onto the pesky problem of Genre Diversity and Style Diversity having different implications. In order to properly find total diversity, we need to reflect the significance of Genre Diversity over Style Diversity (remember, Lisa had the most diverse collection of all!).

We divided site-wide GD by site-wide SD for each size segment. We took those numbers, averaged them together, and used the mean to determine how much weight to give TGDI over TSDI. From there, we averaged the TGDI and adjusted TSDI to finally come up with an authoritative way to answer our initial question (drum roll): Total Diversity Index!

Surgeon has a TDI of 0.83, which showcases what our intuition might tell us: An artist who is decently (but not massively) popular in his chosen genre and has a relatively well-defined sound probably won’t have the most diverse audience compared to the average record collector. But now we don’t have to rely on intuition.

Before we get into our findings, I want to be clear about something that might seem obvious. TDI is not an indication of quality. And since artists in our study had roughly the same number of wants and haves in collection, but a big variance in TDI, it’s not an indication of popularity either.

What We Found

If you skipped ahead, welcome back. If you stuck it out through our methodology, big high five! It might’ve seemed like a lot, but we’re dedicated to getting data right, and we wanted to show you how dedicated. This is Discogs, for God’s sake. It’s what we do. Below are the topline results of our study:

Comparison of Total Diversity Index

It’s blatantly obvious that our initial suspicions were correct. Flying Lotus appears to have a higher Total Diversity Index than your average electronic musician. In fact, he has a higher TDI than at least one way-above-average electronic musician, beating Aphex Twin by a noticeable margin. That speaks volumes about the diversity of Flying Lotus’ fanbase. Don’t forget, the reason we included Aphex Twin was because we assumed his longevity, popularity, and mainstream success would lead to a more multifarious audience.

If for some reason you aren’t convinced by the topline numbers, digging into the granular data is eye opening as well. When comparing GDI for Medium, Large, and especially Huge collections, you can see tight competition between Flying Lotus, Bonobo, and David Sylvian.

FlyLo really flexes in the Small segment, though. As we mentioned earlier, and as you can see from the chart below showing GDI from all segments, Diversity Index is weighted to favor collections with fewer pieces.

Comparison of Total Diversity Index

This is important from a statistical standpoint, because the fewer records someone owns, the more of a commitment it is to buy new pieces. That means a collector with a small but diverse collection is making a more concerted effort to expand their horizons. In other words, it would be commonplace for someone with a collection of 3,000 to contain six genres — but a collection of six records where each one was a different genre would be surprising. Hence the weighting.

Paying special attention to Small collections also helps us glean anecdotal “common sense” ideas about an artist’s importance in broader pop culture. If an artist has a high GDI for collections of less than 10 records, it likely means their audience in that segment is choosing only “staple” records from various genres. In Flying Lotus’ case, an average small-time collector may think, “If I need to own one electronic album on vinyl, it’s probably Cosmogramma.”

It could also signify that Flying Lotus is seen as a prime gateway into electronic music, thanks to his connections and collaborations in the jazz and hip-hop worlds or his curation of Brainfeeder. It’s hard to argue against that idea. When an IDM neophyte notices him collaborating with Kendrick Lamar or realizes he put out those Thundercat albums, why wouldn’t they think, “This guy is doing all kinds of cool stuff. Maybe there’s something to this experimental dance music thing.”

While trying to figure out the why and how of it is entirely speculative, we now have a way to find out whether an artist is beloved by a deep but narrow set of rabid fans or a cross section of heads from all over the map. We can now say with some certainty that FlyLo is in the latter category.

PS: Developing this incredibly nerdy set of metrics was so much fun. We want to do more of these and continue finding new ways to cut up the treasure trove of data in the Discogs filing cabinets. If you have ideas, leave them in the comments or even tweet at me (@mrseancannon). Come on, who doesn’t want to develop a VORP or DVOA for music? Right? Right???

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Discogs Staff Top 30 Most Expensive Items Sold In Discogs Marketplace For November 2018

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It’s happening again! Just one year ago, we shared the news that a copy of Sex Pistols’ God Save The Queen went for the outrageous amount of $14,690. At the time, it set a record for the most expensive single ever sold on Discogs. Fast forward to November 2018 and here we are with another copy of the same single selling for $15,822! This marks the seventh sale on Discogs of over $10,0000 — a trend we investigated recently, which doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

That’s not all. While it falls well below the record-setting copy of The Black Album, this single is officially the most expensive 7″ ever sold on Discogs! The previous record holder was a single by Lennon and McArtney (sic) from October 2017.

With 29 more releases in the list, the God Save The Queen sale isn’t the only interesting thing that happened in November 2018. You’ll find not one, but two releases from the late punk provocateur GG Allin. Few musicians are as divisive and infamous as Allin. He made those rinky dink Sex Pistols look like The Monkees. If you don’t know why, you should probably look him up yourself. Just don’t do it at the dinner table. Pink Floid (sic) are back as well, showing once again that misprints of famous artists are sought after.

We prefer to keep it short and sweet otherwise and not tell you what you already know. Expect some black metal here and there, unique funk and soul singles, and Bob Dylan. Business as usual. Dig in!

 

  1. Axen*, Ørsted*, Rostvold* - Sketch

    Axen*, Ørsted*, Rostvold* – Sketch

    Sold for $1136.00 Label: HIT Records (19)
    Format: 7″, EP, Mono
    Country: Denmark
    Released: 1962
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Hard Bop, Contemporary Jazz

  2. Tony Clarke (2) - (No Conception) No Sense Of Direction

    Tony Clarke (2) – (No Conception) No Sense Of Direction

    Sold for $1189.00 Label: M-S Records
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1968
    Genres: Funk / Soul

  3. Trace Of Smoke - U.R. / Treasure Mind

    Trace Of Smoke – U.R. / Treasure Mind

    Sold for $1200.00 Label: B.J. Records
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1982
    Genres: Funk / Soul

  4. Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run

    Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run

    Sold for $1200.00 Label: Columbia
    Format: LP, Album, Promo, Scr
    Country: US
    Released: 1975
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Pop Rock

  5. The Spanish Boys / Buster's All Stars* - I Am Alone / Vera Cruz

    The Spanish Boys / Buster’s All Stars* – I Am Alone / Vera Cruz

    Sold for $1265.00 Label: Blue Beat
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: UK
    Released: 1965
    Genres: Reggae
    Styles: Ska

  6. Amancio D'Silva - Integration

    Amancio D’Silva – Integration

    Sold for $1265.00 Label: Columbia
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: N/A

  7. Dark Star (10) - Lady Of Mars

    Dark Star (10) – Lady Of Mars

    Sold for $1265.00 Label: Steel Strike Records
    Format: 12″
    Country: UK
    Released: 1980
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

  8. Bob Dylan - The 50th Anniversary Collection

    Bob Dylan – The 50th Anniversary Collection

    Sold for $1295.00 Label: Sony Music
    Format: 4xCDr
    Country: Europe
    Released: 2012
    Genres: Blues, Pop, Folk, World, & Country

  9. Johannes Brahms, Sir Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker - Symphonien 1 - 4

    Johannes Brahms, Sir Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker – Symphonien 1 – 4

    Sold for $1299.00 Label: Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings
    Format: 6xLP, Ltd, Box
    Country: Germany
    Released: 2016
    Genres: Classical
    Styles: Classical

  10. The Praytells (2) - Sandy / The Magician

    The Praytells (2) – Sandy / The Magician

    Sold for $1300.00 Label: Debrossard
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1971
    Genres: Funk / Soul

  11. Γεώργ. Νταράλας* / Κ. Καλαϊτζίδης - Μπ. Διαμαντοπούλου* - Προσμονή / Ο Κατατρεγμένος

    Γεώργ. Νταράλας* / Κ. Καλαϊτζίδης – Μπ. Διαμαντοπούλου* – Προσμονή / Ο Κατατρεγμένος

    Sold for $1363.00 Label: Αυλός (2)
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: Greece
    Released: 1967
    Genres: Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: Laïkó

  12. Dead Can Dance - DCD Europe 2005

    Dead Can Dance – DCD Europe 2005

    Sold for $1363.00 Label: The Show
    Format: 24xCD, Album + Ltd
    Country: US
    Released: 2005
    Genres: Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: Modern Classical, Downtempo, Ambient

  13. Moonblood - Taste Our German Steel!

    Moonblood – Taste Our German Steel!

    Sold for $1363.00 Label: End All Life Productions
    Format: LP, Album, Ltd, Num
    Country: France
    Released: 2000
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Black Metal

  14. Mayhem - Deathcrush

    Mayhem – Deathcrush

    Sold for $1366.00 Label: Posercorpse Music
    Format: 12″, EP, Ltd
    Country: Norway
    Released: 1987
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Black Metal

  15. Septic Death / Rocket From The Crypt - Two Seven Halves

    Septic Death / Rocket From The Crypt – Two Seven Halves

    Sold for $1400.00 Label: Pushead Fan Club, Pushead Fan Club
    Format: 7″, S/Sided, Yel + 7″, S/Sided, Red + Ltd, Num
    Country: US
    Released: 1992
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Rock & Roll, Hardcore, Punk

  16. Pink Floyd - The Wall

    Pink Floyd – The Wall

    Sold for $1420.00 Label: Harvest
    Format: 2xLP, Album, Promo, Ora
    Country: Italy
    Released: 1979
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock, Classic Rock

  17. Bob Dylan - The Cutting Edge 1965 – 1966: The Bootleg Series Vol.12: Collector’s Edition

    Bob Dylan – The Cutting Edge 1965 – 1966: The Bootleg Series Vol.12: Collector’s Edition

    Sold for $1495.00 Label: Columbia
    Format: 18xCD, Album + 9×7″, Mono, Mis + Box + Ltd, Num
    Country: US
    Released: 2015
    Genres: Rock, Blues, Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: Folk Rock, Blues Rock, Rhythm & Blues

  18. Miles Davis - The Complete 1963-64 Columbia Recordings

    Miles Davis – The Complete 1963-64 Columbia Recordings

    Sold for $1500.00 Label: Mosaic Records (2)
    Format: 10xLP, Comp, Ltd, Num + Box
    Country: US
    Released: 2004
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Hard Bop

  19. GG Allin - Always Was, Is And Always Shall Be

    GG Allin – Always Was, Is And Always Shall Be

    Sold for $1600.00 Label: Orange Records Ltd.
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1980
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  20. Фирюза - Фирюза

    Фирюза – Фирюза

    Sold for $1703.00 Label: Мелодия
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: USSR
    Released: 1979
    Genres: Jazz, Rock, Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: Folk Rock, Jazz-Rock

  21. Kenny Burrell - Blue Lights, Vol. 2

    Kenny Burrell – Blue Lights, Vol. 2

    Sold for $1875.00 Label: Blue Note
    Format: LP, Album, Mono, Dee
    Country: US
    Released: 1958
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Hard Bop

  22. bpNichol - Motherlove

    bpNichol – Motherlove

    Sold for $1999.00 Label: Allied Record Corporation
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Canada
    Released: 1968
    Genres: Electronic, Non-Music
    Styles: Musique Concrète, Poetry, Experimental, Spoken Word

  23. Agnostic Front - Victim In Pain

    Agnostic Front – Victim In Pain

    Sold for $2000.00 Label: Combat Core, Relativity
    Format: LP, Album, RE, TP
    Country: US
    Released: 1986
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Hardcore, Punk

  24. David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World

    David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World

    Sold for $2045.00 Label: Mercury
    Format: LP, Album, M/Print
    Country: UK
    Released: 1971
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Classic Rock, Glam

  25. GG Allin & The Jabbers - 1980's Rock 'N' Roll / Cheri Love Affair

    GG Allin & The Jabbers – 1980’s Rock ‘N’ Roll / Cheri Love Affair

    Sold for $2068.00 Label: Destiny Records (9)
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1980
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  26. Pink Floid* - Point Me To The Sky

    Pink Floid* – Point Me To The Sky

    Sold for $2159.00 Label: Columbia
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: Egypt
    Released: 1968
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock

  27. J.R. Monterose + The Joe Abodeely Trio - In Action

    J.R. Monterose + The Joe Abodeely Trio – In Action

    Sold for $2392.00 Label: Studio 4 (4)
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1964
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Hard Bop

  28. Arthur Verocai - Arthur Verocai

    Arthur Verocai – Arthur Verocai

    Sold for $2500.00 Label: Continental (3)
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Brazil
    Released: 1972
    Genres: Jazz, Latin, Funk / Soul
    Styles: MPB, Jazz-Funk

  29. Reggie Andrews And The Fellowship (4) - Mystic Beauty

    Reggie Andrews And The Fellowship (4) – Mystic Beauty

    Sold for $3000.00 Label: H.M.E.
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Soul-Jazz, Latin Jazz

  30. Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen

    Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen

    Sold for $15822.00 Label: A&M Records
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: UK
    Released: 1977
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

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