Crate Digging

Record Shopping w/ Peanut Butter Wolf

Stones Throw founder Peanut Butter Wolf heads over to Amoeba Records to do a little digging. During the trip he picks up everything ranging from punk and reggae to 80’s soul and jazz. While telling personal stories of meeting Bob James, he even throws in a copy of Herb Alpert’s Rise on reel to reel, … Read more

Lord Finesse Talks Record Digging, Convention Stories

Lord Finesse talks about the meaning behind Diggin’ In The Crates, hardcore crate digging, the importance of music knowledge, and tells glorious record convention stories. Notable Quote: If you’re gonna get in this game. Do it because you genuinely love music. It’s not about the records. It’s not about the drum machine. It’s always about … Read more

2011 CHIRP Record Fair – April 9th & 10th (Chicago)


Spring is the time of year when the cold weather starts to break and even the most dedicated crate diggers finally emerge from hibernation. The 9th annual CHIRP Record Fair & Other Delights returns to Chicago on April 9th & 10th, 2011.

Head over the CHIRP Record Fair site for vendor list and pics of the event.

Note: For the next day or so The Chicago Reader is running a deal for 50% off early bird admission, which includes admission to the fair for the entire weekend.

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Diggin’ For Dummies: Hipsters, Newbies, and Tourists

What crate digger doesn’t like a video of The Thing, a thrift store in Brooklyn, NY that’s renowned for it’s dusty cavern of $2 vinyl. It’s even better when the footage is put to music. Crate Kings forum member GLF takes us on a tour through the store that features a self created backing track … Read more

50 Greatest Hip-Hop Samples of All Time w/ Kon & Amir

Kon & Amir, heroes of crate diggers and dusty fingered vinyl junkies around the world, drop their combined list of the 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Samples of All Time. The list starts off with the time honored David Axelrod and proceeds onto Monty Alexander, The Heath Brothers, Gwen McCrae, Skull Snaps, and Melvin Bliss.  Is their … Read more

Giles Peterson Vinyl Hunting In Havana, Cuba

In preparation for his upcoming June 7th release of Havana Cultura Remixed, Giles Peterson heads to Havana, Cuba and gets deep into the crates of what he declares is a vinyl “goldmine”. While in the process of digging showing off his finds, the DJ also gives strong words of wisdom to novice record hunters. “When … Read more

Secondhand Sureshots (Full Film – One Week Only)

A one week only (Update: video has expired) online screening of the Dublab film Secondhand Sureshots.  Producers Daedelus, Ras G, Nobody, and J.Rocc set out on a supreme crate digging and production mission. Four producers, five dollars, five records, strictly sampling.  Each producer lets loose some of their vinyl digging guidelines and preferences, then heads … Read more

Amir Abdullah’s NYC Record Store Tour

DJ Amir Abdullah (Kon & Amir, Wax Poetics) gives a tour of NYC record stores, including The Sound Library, Tropicalia in Furs, Good Records, and Big City Records.  While pointing out some of the other notable landmarks, Amir touches on popular trends in vinyl such as Psych Rock, Library, and Brazilian. Want more info about Tropicalia In … Read more

Afrika Bambaataa’s Amoeba Records Interview

Amoeba Records brings another segment of its “What’s In My Bag” interview series.  This time Zulu Nation founder Afrika Bambaataa runs through the store’s racks and highlights some his well and lesser-known funk favorites.

Large Professor’s Vinyl Gloves & Other Paul C Lessons

Large Professor visits Amoeba Records to browse through its vinyl collection.  While browsing the crates and reflecting on titles from Gloria Gayner, Joe Walsh, and Paul Horn, Extra P also recalls some of the lessons that he learned his mentor Paul C such as digging with gloves, special record sleeves, and the importance of meticulousness … Read more