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May 15

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Take a peek at The Quiet Life’s Summer Lookbook shot by Katrina Dickson and check out our new arrivals here.

 

 

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May 05

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New Summer arrivals from Brixton!

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Apr 12

doomakompliceAkomplice has announced the second volume of their collaboration with MF DOOM.  Like the first, the contents will be a secret until you open it.   It will retail for $50.  We will have a limited number when the project drops in May.

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Mar 18

The Quiet Life spring lookbook shot by Dan Monick in Highland Park at 56th & Figueroa.   You can check out the new arrivals right over here.

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Feb 01

in4mationkimonoIn4mation’s FOTM drop for February is available here.

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Jan 08

hellzNew arrivals from Hellz now available here.

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Dec 17

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Aesop Rock (@aesoprockwins) worked on a vinyl figure with Galen McKamy, and the result is Whiskers, The Undead.   10.5″ limited vinyl. Box illustrations by Coro.

Check Aesop unboxing it below…

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Dec 06

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New arrivals from Akomplice (@akomplice) in the shop, featuring items from their 10 year anniversary as well as a new collaboration with Ride Snowboards.  Check their video for the collab which was filmed in Patagonia, Argentina:

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Dec 04

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We’ve known DJ Al Patterson (@vinylathletes) since the olden days of KALX, Berkeley, but we had no idea that he had such an epic record collection.  Many of the titles are instrumental versions of your favorite hip hop classics.  He’s used his vast knowledge of records to put together a book, Beats to the Rhyme, which chronicles some of the best and rarest instrumental wax.   He stopped by Peach HQ for a quick chat.

GP:   Talk a little bit about how the book came about.
AP:   The book actually started over three years ago. I was really just inspired by other books that I would find online or in specialty shops focusing mainly on things like album covers, funk 45s, Jazz, or “the best of”. But there really wasn’t a whole lot of books focusing on Hip Hop records that I was interested in.   And I would get people asking me if a certain record even exists, or questions on how to tell if the record you just found was a bootleg or an original pressing.   It’s still surprising to me that a lot of people buying and collecting records still get fooled by bootlegs.  This book will kid of help you with bootlegs vs. original copies.   I decided to write a book or records that really don’t get talked about too much.   The instrumental versions of your favorite album.

GP:  How did you get into collecting records?
AP:  I really got into records through my father. As a kid he had a huge record collection-Still does. So I was exposed to records at a young age. And I caught the bug myself.

GP:  You have a young son…is he into the music you listen to?
AP:  He’ll listen to anything.   He likes just about anything really.   My son is 2 1/2 and just always had a thing for music,  I’m happy to say.   Before he could crawl I was playing records for him, and he enjoyed it.   Still does.   Now he sings and knows lyrics to songs that I’m amazed he even knows.  I don’t even know lyrics like that.  The photo I put of him inside the book was when he was real young.   I think he just started to pull himself up using whatever was in front of him.   And that day he got excited to see the turntable when I took it out, and he pulled himself up to touch it.    I snapped that photo using my phone.
GP:  What is your favorite instrumental record?

AP:  It’s hard to say. There are so many that I like listening to for the production.   Pete Rock’s “Main Ingredient” is a good one.

GP:  Who is your favorite producer? And who do you think is the most underrated producer?
AP:  It depends on my mood really because I enjoy listening to a lot of producer’s work.   Pete Rock,  Premier, JayDee, The 45 King,  Dre,  Lord Finesse, Thes One,  Q-Tip,  Large Professor. Too many.. Most underrated would have to go to J Zone possibly or Fat Jon (Five Deez). Those two never get mentioned in best producer discussions.

GP:  What do you think should have been repressed that hasn’t been?

AP:  I don’t know. I think if anything gets repressed I think there should be a proper double LP pressing.
GP:  How do you think downloading has changed the way people listen to/discover new music? In order to hear the instrumentals before, you had to go out and find the vinyl…now you can just search around and probably download it.
AP:  I think music has become accessible more than ever before because of digital downloading. I think the only problem with that you lose the experience of seeing the finished artwork and holding an actual record in your hand as opposed to just flat image on your screen and a digital file on your iPhone.  You can practically find any instrumental online now.   But to have the actual record is an experience, I think.
We have a limited number of signed copies available here.

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Dec 01

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Wu’s new album was streaming on Thanksgiving, but in case you missed it, they have previewed  a few tracks on their Soundcloud.  The album drops tomorrow.  We’ve also just received the latest clothing drop from Wu-tang Brand Ltd.

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