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Craft Invites Crate Diggers to YouTube

Craft Recordings’ new YouTube series talks with the movers and shakers behind many top albums, including Scott Litt.

Scott Litt on Craft Recordings' YouTube series.
Scott Litt on Craft Recordings’ YouTube series.

Los Angeles, CA (April 21, 2020) — Craft Recordings has launched a new YouTube series featuring some of the biggest names in music discussing their favorite vinyl discoveries after raiding the record bins at the label’s Los Angeles headquarters.

The weekly series, Craft Recordings Presents: Shoplifting, kicks off with three episodes that feature alt-rockers Taking Back Sunday, jazz and fusion icon Chick Corea and producer Scott Litt. Future installments of the ongoing series will include the likes of Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire, Fran Healy of Travis, The Manhattan Transfer, The Zombies and Poncho Sanchez.

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As they go through their loot, they review their hauls and offer insight into their musical heroes and early influences, while sharing anecdotes along the way. Artists will have their pick of Craft’s vast catalog of titles — from foundational jazz and rock albums to beloved soundtracks to punk classics — from such imprints as Stax, Prestige, Fantasy, Fania, Nitro and Vanguard.

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In episode three, Scott Litt, who has worked on numerous records for R.E.M., as well as for Liz Phair, Nirvana, and Patti Smith, selects a diverse collection of titles, including Here’s Little Richard, the 1957 debut from the rock ‘n’ roll pioneer. “This guy was the real deal,” he proclaims. Litt also pulls a copy of The Pharcyde’s 1992 debut, Bizarre Ride. The single “Passin’ Me By” “was one of the first records with the sound of the needle on the groove,” he says. He also grabs a reissue of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Litt’s picks also includes a selection of titles by Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Zombies and Miles Davis.

Sig Sigworth, president of Craft Recordings, says, “When we designed our new office space, I wanted to have an area where artists could come in, hang out and experience the quality and quantity of our catalog, and what better way than crate-digging? Although, we wanted to take it a step further and capture their reactions as they discovered new releases or re-kindled affairs with lost classics, and thus Shoplifting was born.”

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