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Listen to the 15 Rarest 45s We Unearthed in 2021

The Deep Digging never ends at Wax Atlas (Baltimore’s Premiere Used Record Store), and, in 2021, we uncovered and sold more than our fair share of obscure 45rpm record singles. Because we’re the caring kind, we’ve compiled the 15 most hard-to-find / expensive platters we unearthed. From doo-wop to funk, garage to obscure acid explosions, it’s a truly stunner set. Here’s to a 2022 that even more illuminating!

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2021 Daily Holiday Drops

WA ADVENT(URE) Day 9: SUN RA – picture of Infinity TODAY’S DROP: We travel deep into the cosmos today with a 70s Black Lion press by a soul/free jazz icon unlike any other. All hail the mighty Ra and may the spaceways be open to you always! WA ADVENT(URE) Day 8: SEX PISTOLS – Never Mind the Bollocks No, your eyes do not deceive!! THIS IS AN OG UK, TRUE FIRST with the delicate screen print cover and clear back

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A Note from Wax Atlas’ Owner RE RSD

This is the full text of a flyer that I gave out to my customers on RSD 6/12/21. Each was signed by me. Wax Atlas owner Andy Phillips here, adopting the first person to say what an utter dream it is to be part of such a vibrant, supportive, collaborative, and caring record community. Baltimore is a special place and every one of its record stores are run by thoughtful, caring music fans who work hard every day to bring

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Before rock; before hip-hop; there was….

By Kim Te & Andy Phillips From the back porches of Mississippi to the chilly streets of Chicago, the Blues was as much a people’s movement as a sound, one so quintessentially American that it remains at the root of every beat to come after. Whether addressing race, class or just hankering heartbreak, the Blues snatches its indomitable strength from struggle. This month Wax Atlas highlights some of the genre’s most important (and overlooked innovators).   LEADBELLY Self-styled “King of

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Lift the Spirit. Psych the Soul: Wax Atlas Celebrates Soul, Jazz, and Spirituality in the 70s

With far-reaching jazz and soul excursions, 60s artists like John Coltrane and Sun Ra laid the groundwork for a new kind of Black representation in art. They rejected European norms, creating innovative soundtracks for a more afro-positive future. By 1970 Free Jazz, Funk and Psych had become mainstays of both pop and the avant-garde underground, but some artists still weren’t satisfied. This month, Wax Atlas celebrates underappreciated African American innovators from that era, each reaching for.( and attaining) a far

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Advice to a Young Music Critic

EXCERPT FROM: “What’s the Write Word: 100 Music Writers offer advice to aspiring critics…” To make it as a music critic, you need to consume music at a psychotic pace. Not forever, but definitely for now. Being a music writer isn’t the same as being a music fan. When I was starting out, I would get on AllMusic around 10 PM every night and cross-reference bands until about 2 AM (while downloading and listening to the ones that I hadn’t

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Critical Review: Chuck Klosterman On Chinese Democracy and the Difference between Review and Criticism

Perhaps the most anticipated album of our age, Guns ‘N Roses’ long-brewing Chinese Democracy broke its 15-year gestation period with a bit of a whimper. While the media’s incredulous exhortations of the album were unrelenting in the weeks before its release, sales and radio response have been somewhat less stunning. The critical reaction is similarly mixed: Paste called the record “a bottomless pit dug by disposable income, a persecution complex, and egomania,” while Rolling Stone maintained that it was an “audacious, unhinged and uncompromising hard-rock record.” While

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Björk Plays Dirty Projectors, Live: 10 Anecdotes You Won’t Read Anywhere Else

Everyone knew last Friday’s one-off collaboration between NYC art-rock outfit Dirty Projectors and Icelandic pop institution Björk would be epic. The real question was, HOW big would it be? Brokered by Stereogum’s Brandon Stosuy, the meeting of the (very weird) minds took place after Projectors’ Dave Longstreth composed a piece — an ode to whales and Mount Wittenberg — specifically for the Icelandic singer. The six-song suite got its premiere at the home of Flavorpill friend Housing Works (a charity bookstore working to help homeless individuals

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Plastic People of the Universe: The Dissident Soul of Czech Revolution, Reborn 

Your average critic becomes a little uneasy when asked to ventue into the realm of cultural historian, but The Plastic People of the Universe leave us little choice. Founded in the ’60s and playing increasingly underground well into the ’70s, this once illegal Czech act was more than a band; it was revolution incarnate. Not in the Rage Against the Machine sense. There’s no cheesy aggrandizing here, no “Che” t-shirts to be found. These guys were at the center of

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My Rhymes Come Cold: Jurassic 5’s Marc 7 on Drugs, Meditation and Mastery 

There’s a dull click, then a soft fuzz. My ear perks as the needle meets wax. Head bowed, unassuming, a man reaches forward. Boom! With a whip of his wrist he sends a sharp stab across the audience. With a smooth lift, the man ushers in a moment of silence. Ears ringing, the crowd stands quietly, anticipating the attack to come. The pause seems minutes long, as bodies slowly lean forward toward the speakers. Crash. Five thousand heads meet 10,000 volts of pure energy.

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