Interview: Recording Artist Naeem

Formerly known as Spank Rock, Naeem Juwan sees his newest record as an opportunity to reflect and grow

Baltimore-born Naeem Juwan (who began as part of the duo Spank Rock, then retained the name Spank Rock as a solo artist, and now records as Naeem) never intended to shed his initial moniker. Spank Rock albums released in 2006 and 2011 and EPs in 2007, 2012, and 2014 established a specific style: raucous, club-influenced party rap. But, Naeem grew, and his interests shifted. Public perception, however, …

Thee Sacred Souls: Can I Call You Rose?

San Diego-based band Thee Sacred Souls (aka Alex Garcia, Sal Samano and Josh Lane) participates in the debut of Penrose Records, an imprint under Daptone Records, with the smooth single “Call I Call You Rose?” To match their vintage soul sound, Thee Sacred Souls record their tracks on vinyl, debut them in their physical form, and then release the singles on music-streaming platforms and YouTube. …

An Affordable At-Home Record-Cutting Machine

Designed by Pentagram’s Yuri Suzuki, the Easy Record Maker can capture audio from any source (connected by an aux cord or USB) and cut it onto five-inch 33 or 45 records. Right now, Japanese publisher and toymaker Gakken produces the machines, which retail for approximately $80 USD. The kit comes with 10 blank records and everything needed to create and play your signature recordings. “Vinyl …