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The Spindle Jam: Featuring the Synthesizer

When talking about the synthesizer, what often comes to mind is the 1980s, but this uncanny instrument, made to imitate sounds and traditional instruments (or generate its own), was first introduced in pop music during the 1960s, continuing to gain popularity until present day. We have examples of early musicians like Todd Rundgren, Yellow Magic Orchestra, the Beach Boys, Hiroshi Sato, Gary Numan, and Chick Corea, all who made popular use of the synth.

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The Spindle Jam: Essential Vinyl Records from Women

This month, we feature some of our favorite records from women artists. All these come from varying backstories and influences, but what unites them is the common goal to get amazing art out there—no sexism or patriarchy; just greatness ready for your turntables.

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National Women’s Month: Women in Music Who Inspire Us

Whether you’re a cis woman or someone who identifies as a woman, being a representation of strength and individuality in this too-often backward society takes guts. This March is all about that—our annual National Women’s Month, corresponding with International Women’s Day on the eighth, is a reminder of who women are as people and how their thoughts, words, and actions have contributed to history and present day.

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Feature: Moon Mask’s “Relapse” EP is a Soundtrack for What Ifs and Could’ve Beens

There are many mysteries in life. One of them is how Manila-based dream pop band Moon Mask, out with their second EP, isn’t more well-known. What started out as a project mostly from producer/vocalist Zeon Gomez (also of U-Pistol), the now-quartet consists of him, guitarist Felipe, bassist Dean Dela Cruz, and drummer Julio Del Prado.

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Buy Two, Get 20% off on Select Records This Valentine’s

Valentine’s is just around the corner, and although a lot of folks will spend it single (or unhappy), at least there’s still music to confide in. From February 14 to 28, we’ll be running a buy two, get 20% off on select records in-stores.

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Just Released: Grow Old in Love with Niki Colet’s “I Wish”

Just in time for this month’s romantic holiday, Manila-based singer-songwriter Niki Colet releases the first single “I Wish” off her upcoming six-track EP, entitled Endless Summer, slated for release this March 23.

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Albums We’re Excited For, Part 4—My Bloody Valentine, Ariana Grande, The Cure, American Pleasure Club, The Cranberries

To cap off the month, we bring you five more acts with albums we can’t wait for.

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Some of Our Favorite Headphones

Everybody needs a good pair of headphones. Let’s face it—vinyl is incredible, but we can’t always listen to the format whenever we want. Having these portables nearby allows not only an alternative way of listening to records at home, but also a method for bringing those tunes outside.

Our stores feature a well-curated selection of headphones suited to your every need. Drop by and check out which ones match your lifestyle. Here’s some of what you’ll find.

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Up and Coming, Part 3—The Drums, Hatchie, Moon Mask, Solange, American Football

And now, for even more upcoming albums.

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The Spindle Jam: Mixed and Matched Gloom

What do you get when you combine the 80s-influenced indie pop of the Drums, the early post-punk days of the Cure, the slow-building dark moodiness of Black Sabbath’s self-titled, and the unforgiving industrial noise of Nine Inch Nails? For this season’s Spindle Jam, we feature in our stores records you’ll love if all these sing to your soul. Here’s some you’ll see up on our current walls.

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Albums We’re Excited For, Part 2—Copeland, Girlpool, The Maine, Funeral Advantage, Avril Lavigne

Here’s more albums we can’t wait to listen to this year!

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Third wave coffee: A background and our favorite 2018 brews

Coffee is a culture and experience involving more than just drinking. It involves everything related to the art form, including harvesting, roasting, and brewing the perfect cup. “Third wave coffee” is the phrase used to define this movement, one where, unlike other waves, involves a focus on important aspects, such as fair trade and a deeper appreciation for taste, not so different from wine tasting.

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Albums We’re Excited For, Part 1—Eraserheads, the Japanese House, Kanye West, the 1975, Bring Me the Horizon

2019 has just begun, and already there’s so much to look forward to. Here’s some of them!

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Satchmi Best Albums and EPs of 2018

This year was another superb one for music. Amazing albums and EPs were released left and right, making it difficult, at times, to keep focus on certain standouts. One had to dig past comfort zones to find gems, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t masterpieces from well-known places either.

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Christmas 2018: Satchmi Record Bundles

It’s that time of the year again. Depending on how you look at it, you’re excited, stressed, or plain apathetic. Thankfully, we can, to an extent, choose to celebrate the holidays in our own special ways.

For many, music plays an integral role during the season. To make record collecting and gift-giving this month easier, we’ve come up with special one-off vinyl bundles available starting on their respective release days, five days leading up to Christmas.

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The Spindle Jam: Popular and Misunderstood

There’s nothing wrong with pop music. The genre, just like everything else, can be subjectively either good or bad, depending on how you listen to it. For the people complaining about pop not having substance, they’re not looking in the right places. There are numerous examples of the genre breaking boundaries, sometimes subtly, sometimes more direct, all while sticking to conventions. That’s not an easy thing to do.

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The Spindle Jam: Back to Better Days

Folk music has been around for a long time. Since time immemorial, songs have been part of certain rituals and oral tradition. Come the 20th century, a revival, sometimes referred to as a roots revival, took place, with artists such as Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell popularizing the genre and taking it to new levels. This includes more socially and politically aware themes and modernization of old anthems.

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Protected: LOYALTY CARD EXCLUSIVE | Fresh Crate Records September 2018 Release

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The Spindle Jam: That New, Old Feeling

In our previous Spindle Jam, we featured the darkness that is post-punk music. For this season, we’re tackling the usually more upbeat new wave and synth-pop. The reason for having these two genres together is because they’re close siblings. Particularly in the latter part of new wave’s peak years, a fusion of the two wasn’t uncommon.

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RPM: Fine Time Studios

RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) is a new Satchmi series that takes a look at local revolutionary brands or lifestyle products that bring something new to the table and make the world a better place by being themselves- a unique brand with quality products that are equal to can sometimes event surpass international standards. Fine Time […]

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