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October 12, 2022 Freddy Alva

📷: Recon Sign, photo by Manabu Okamoto Reconstruction was an all-volunteer run hardcore – punk records store in the East Village that was open from 1991 to 1993. Taking a cue from San Francisco’s Epicenter Zone collective and referencing earlier NYC hardcore emporiums like Ratcage and Some Records, coincidentally Recon being located on the same […]

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October 4, 2022 Miss Rosen

📷: (L) Slick Rick by Sophie Bramly (R) Slick Rick by Janette Beckman | Courtesy of TASCHEN Picture it: Detroit, the late 1980s. High school student Vikki Tobak awaited her turn to speak as the teacher asked the class:  “What do you want to do when you grow up?” The teen, who first arrived in […]

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August 15, 2022 Bucky Turco

Above: Tony Hawk’s first skateboard. (📷: National Museum of American History) In the newish Tony Hawk documentary, the often-spotted but identity-mistaken skater casually mentions how he donated his first skateboard to the Smithsonian. It was a “Bahne skateboard with red Stoker urethane wheels on metal trucks” according to its listing in the government’s colossal collection […]

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August 1, 2022 Bucky Turco

📷: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Decades ago, when American kids started engaging in wildly interesting and fun new activities such as skateboarding, graffiti, rapping, breakdancing and gaming, the media struggled in its attempt to define these emerging subcultures. Many of the vintage articles on these subjects share some common threads: they’re typically condescending, alarmist, and […]

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July 22, 2015 Aymann Ismail

For “Listen In,” we ask musicians to curate a mixtape-length playlist of songs they’re currently digging. Click the big play button above to hear the whole playlist or scroll down to see and hear individual tracks. When rapper Your Old Droog‘s first mixtape dropped in June 2014, it stirred up a flurry of conspiracy theories […]

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July 20, 2015 Aymann Ismail

For “Listen In,” we ask musicians to curate a mixtape-length playlist of songs they’re currently digging. Click the big play button above to hear the whole playlist or scroll down to see and hear individual tracks. Cayucas is a West Coast answer to Vampire Weekend. The Santa Monica-based indie band uses Ezra Koening & co’s […]

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July 14, 2015 Liam Mathews

When I get ahold of Alec Reinstein late on Monday night he sounds tired. It’s been a big couple of days for him. Reinstein, better known as Despot, the rapper from Queens who signed to El-P’s Def Jux label in 2004 and has yet to release an album due to his crippling perfectionism, put out […]

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July 13, 2015 Aymann Ismail

For “Listen In,” we ask musicians to curate a mixtape-length playlist of songs they’re currently digging. Click the big play button above to hear the whole playlist or scroll down to see and hear individual tracks. Orenda Fink has been part of Omaha’s tight-knit Saddle Creek Records community for years. Both solo and with groups […]

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July 10, 2015 Liam Mathews

“Listen In” is a feature in which we ask musicians to curate a mixtape-length playlist of songs they’re currently digging. Click the big play button above to hear the whole playlist or scroll down to see and hear individual tracks. Brooklyn indie-pop crew Fort Lean makes hooky songs that are as slick as they are […]

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July 6, 2015 Prachi Gupta

“Listen In” is a feature in which we ask musicians to curate a mixtape-length playlist of songs they’re currently digging. Click the big play button above to hear the whole playlist or scroll down to see and hear individual tracks. With the release of her fourth album, Illusion of You, New York-based artist and musician […]

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