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Smashed Plastic Opens Chicago’s First Vinyl Pressing Plant in 20 Years

Leor Galil wrote the cover story in this week's Chicago Reader announcing the opening of Smashed Plastic, Chicago's first vinyl pressing plant in decades.

Discogs Launches an “Exclusive” Marketplace for Records You Don’t Need and...

$500 test pressings and cassette tape boxed sets are the sample fare for Discogs new "Discogs Exclusives" marketplace for high ticket and rare items.

Josey Records Buys Pressing Plant, Plans Vinyl Domination

Dallas based record store Josey Records - which has somehow managed to tie the term "mega-store" to their independent operation - has purchased A&R...

Vinyl Surges, Streaming Tops Physical Sales For First Time

Praise the DJ, because vinyl is the only thing propping up music sales right now. Sales of vinyl surge while mp3s continue their decline...

Inner Balance: Jorge Caiado Launches New Balance Sublabel

One of the most iconic labels in House Music is growing... Balance - the venerable Deep House label run out of Chicago by Chez Damier...

This is House Music. Every Day Should Be Record Store Day.

RECORD STORE DAY has caused a number of conflicting feelings for me over the past few years. As a long time record store employee,...

It’s 2015. Why Is It So Hard to Press a Record?

"SIX MONTHS?" It's on the high end of the spectrum, but that's how long a friend of 5 Mag's was told it would take to...

The Return of 12 Inches: UM Vinyl Sampler

The gradual resurgence of vinyl in the last few years, on the face of it, would seem to be nothing but good newls for...

Mark Farina: How I Play

5 Magazine welcomes Mark Farina back to Chicago this December 27 at SmartBar (Facebook page/tix here). To warm up the room, Mark agreed to sit...

Massive Vinyl Emporium Josey Records to Open in Dallas

They're counting down the days until the opening of a new 15,000 square foot record shop in Dallas, and there's a familiar face in...

When 8 Tracks Were Underground: An Early Shot In The Format...

This film is a treasure, one of the strangest, most bizarre, most fascinating music documentaries ever made. You probably haven't seen it before and...

The Grandpa of House Music: Bud Pressner and Gary Indiana’s Lost...

As a hired hand for Trax Records, Bud Pressner mastered a staggering number of classic Chicago House records in the 1980s. This is the story...

It’s a Dirty Vinyl Weekend in Chicago

Feed your milk crates: two of our favorite joints in Chicago are holding weekend sales for the heads. First off, our friends at The...

The Record Cutter: Todd Mariana

Every month 5 Magazine's Man+Machine features talks about musical machines and the men & women who love them. This month, we're going in a little...

Cure for the Summer Virus: Santonio Releases Get Up Remixes on...

Possibly the least exciting phrase in the English language is "out now on Beatport". This is especially true in the summer, when according to...

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