Happy Record Store Day! Itunes, CD's, Spotify, Tidal, Cassette tapes, and Vinyl are all apart of the ways we consume music in today's generation. With all these platforms out, one thing connecting them has remained constant throughout the time of its creation, Record Stores. Record stores have been around since the late 19th century, and since then they have continued to be a hub for all things music. From Country to Gospel, Record Stores got it all. No matter what year it is, Vinyl still hold a level of value that can't be defeated. A lot of people assume that artist don't put their music on Vinyl anymore; however, I'm pretty sure your favorite artist has released their project on a Vinyl as well. In my opinion, real music lovers should always hold physical copies of the albums they truly adore. Record Store day was created to pay homage to all the independently own records stores around the world. Since 2007, this day has served as a center of unity for artist, musicians, shops, and music enthusiast. With the headquaters being in the United States, since its creation, Record Store Day has spread as far as the UK. Stores create contest, special releases, and music events that promotes the holiday as a whole.

Check out their link below as well as some record stores located in Atlanta:

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Criminal Records 1154-A Euclid Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30307, United States of America

MOODS MUSIC/LITTLE 5 SOUL 1131 Euclid Ave Atlanta, GA 30316, United States of America

WUXTRY 2096 N. Decatur Rd. Decatur, GA 30030, United States of America

DECATUR CD 356 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. Decatur, GA 30030, United States of America

MOJO VINYL 26 Webb St. #2 Roswell, GA 30075, United States of America

If you haven't heard, Atlanta is the Hollywood of the South. Atlanta has become a hub for all things entertainment, but more importantly, the music that derives from the city creates a musical fortress for the South. Festivals play a huge part in establishing a permanent foothold in the music industry. Atlanta has over 50 music festivals a year and being that everybody enjoys an excellent concert, it can be a great tactic for some artist to gain exposure.

Kodak Black recently released a highly anticipated song named “Tunnel Vision”. “Tunnel vision”, Kodak’s latest single, was produced by one of the hottest producers blazing through Atlanta, Metro Boomin. The title of the song gives a great insight into what the focal point of the song will be.

The wait is finally over! Kehlani dropped her album around 11 pm on Jan. 27, and the world came to a halt. All you could see on social media was screenshots of each individual's favorite song. After two years since her last release, her fans were patiently waiting for the arrival of her first album. The wait was worth it; her fans were gifted with a story of heartbreak, growth, love, and life. It's no secret that Kehlani is just like us and goes through everyday problems and just like a real artist she exemplified her flaws in her music.

The monthly contest designed for hip hop producers and emcees took place Thursday, November 17th at the legendary Patchwerk Recording Studios. 12 emcees signed up and only a few were able to complete the task of spitting 32 bars within the 15 minute time frame. The winner of our producer portion  Kangaroo809 was the selected winner of the month beating out 12 other producers for the monthly title. This is actually Kangaroo's second time winning this year. Each emcee took a different approach and delivered heat. We want you to check out the verses and let us know who was the best out of the group. Simply leave comments below. 

 

Rico Brooks, manager for super producers Sonny Digital and Metro Boomin stopped by Patchwerk Recording Studios to drop some knowledge on being a manager in the music industry. He spent years working his way up the rankings from being a clerk at a Greenbriar Mall Record store and working at Block Entertainment to being the CEO of Adella Thomas Management.

Although my month long free trial of Tidal just ended, I'm committed to maintaining a subscription to the premium music streaming service headed by industry favorites including Jay-Z, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Madonna and Kanye West. I will be the first to admit, I was very hesitant to literally buying into a streaming service knowing that there is so much music that's legally available online for free. Ultimately, it took the respect and love I have for the consistent genius artistry of Kanye West to give the highly publicized platform a shot once he announced that his new album, The Life of Pablo, would only be released via Tidal. Not only did TLOP live up to my expectations, I fell in love with all of the other great music I had been missing.

 

Being that it's been reported that Pablo's exclusive release helped double Tidal subscriptions, it's no surprise that right when the free trial period came to an end, Yeezy made multiple tweaks to his latest project including altered vocal arrangements on 'Famous', new vocals from Sia and Vic Mensa on 'Wolves', and a new track called 'Frank's Track' featuring Frank Ocean. Although other streaming services such as Apple Music, Spotify, Rhapsody, and Google Play are all doing well, and perform in many areas better, Tidal continues to show promise as a work in progress with many powerful artists with ownership stakes. That makes room for a lot of new exclusive music and video releases, where loyal subscribers can get first dibs on spontaneous releases.

Registration has officially opened for Patchwerk Recording Studio's IdOMUSIC® 5k Run/Walk this week. This will be the 2nd year of the run celebrating the 21st anniversary of the studio in business. What better way to showcase Running The Streets!

The course starts and ends at Patchwerk Recording Studios located at 1094 Hemphill Avenue.

We have wrapped up our second month of 'That Tight Thirty Two On Thurzdayz' Contest and the verses are all in. You can review the artist entries below and decide for yourself who brought the heat. Remember it is all about the bars. Either you bring it or you don't! Shout out to everyone who stepped up and gave it a shot. Leave your comments and chime in on the hottest contest taking over the city.

 

We all like to receive gifts, and it's an added bonus when it's something we like or want! Yes, it's the thought that counts and all that good stuff but it's  really really cool to get something awesome! So here are some fun and creative gift ideas that every musician or music lover will open with great delight and with an expression that truly means it.

 

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A great gift idea that is perfect for any aspiring or veteran musician is education. Give the gift of singing, dancing,or music lessons. The cost of breaking into the music business can be steep and every entertainer knows the benefits of training so ease the pockets of your talented peeps and give them lessons in their favorite speciality.  They will truly thank you.

 

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Another great gift idea is the Music Speaker Showerhead! Yes, this is a must have for any music lover. Now you can sing, dance, and well basically perform for the Gawds all in the comfort of your tub! Hot water and hot music, now you will really have a reason to be late....for everything!!

 

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Give the gift of time...studio time. Every artist needs a place to record the next big hit and you don't have to do it in your mama's basement...unless that's where you want to record. Patchwerk Recording Studio in Atlanta, offers gift certificates for sessions which is a fantastic way to give the next big star a jump start.

 

These gift ideas will surely leave a lasting impression for any musician or music lover looking to take their talents to the next level. These ideas will show your thoughtfulness, creativity, and appreciation, which is what everyone truly wants in a gift.

 

 

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