Top Five Essential Top Dawg Entertainment Tracks

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Top Dawg Entertainment/Black Hippy

By the time the month of October is over, each member of California's rising rap quartet that flies under the banner of Top Dawg Entertainment and Black Hippy will have performed in or around Orange County. Kendrick Lamar, Ab Soul, and Jay Rock are coming to play The Fox Theater in Pomona and Schoolboy Q is joining ASAP Rocky and Danny Brown for their sold-out tour stop at the Observatory in Santa Ana. In case you haven't kept your finger on the pulse of what's buzzing and blowing up in today's hip-hop, or can't be bothered to drift between blogs, we've compiled the five strongest representations of the new sound TDE is bringing to hip-hop. Rest easy, Californians, we can be very, very proud about the lyricists we're producing nowadays. There's a rap renaissance going on, and TDE is at the center of it.


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Top Five Hits: Factory Records

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[Editor's Note: Every Friday, our resident record store expert Michael Chin checks in with his weekly report of what the hell people who still buy records at local shops are listening to.]

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*Top Five Hits: Fingerprints in Long Beach
*Top Five Hits: Left of the Dial in Seal Beach


Hey guys! It's been real, but a few life factors have caused the cancellation of this column. Sad faces all around, I know -- but life goes on. For the last Top Five, we called Factory Records, 440 E 17th Street in Costa Mesa, (949) 722-8101. And for a fitting last top-spotter, we've got the Orange County music all star himself, the man who seems to be everywhere: Ty Segall.

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Top Five Hits: Fingerprints in Long Beach

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[Editor's Note: Every Friday, our resident record store expert Michael Chin checks in with his weekly report of what the hell people who still buy records at local shops are listening to.]

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Bring on the indie! Last time we checked in with Fingerprints, 420 E. 4th Street in 
Long Beach, (562) 433-4996, they were all about the '90s with top sellers like Fiona Apple, the Smashing Pumpkins and the Offspring. This time they've moved a decade into the future, bringing late 2000s and new indie hits to the game.



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Top Five Hits: Left of the Dial in Seal Beach

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[Editor's Note: Every Friday, our resident record store expert Michael Chin checks in with his weekly report of what the hell people who still buy records at local shops are listening to.]

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*Top Five Hits: Creme Tangerine in Costa Mesa
*Top Five Hits: TKO Records in Fountain Valley

This week we've got a lot of similar sounds coming from Left of the Dial Records, 1065 Pacific Coast Highway in Seal Beach, (562) 598-3666. Both old and new, revival and first LP, this week's top five covers a spectrum of times, linking together sounds from history and demonstrating musical influence throughout the past few decades.

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Top Five Hits: Creme Tangerine in Costa Mesa

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[Editor's Note: Every Friday, our resident record store expert Michael Chin checks in with his weekly report of what the hell people who still buy records at local shops are listening to.]
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Always a pleasure to hear from Parker Macy of Creme Tangerine at the Lab, 2930 Bristol St. in Costa Mesa, (714) 932-0552. The top spot this week yet again goes to a bunch of four nobodies from the U.K.


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Top Five Hits: TKO Records in Fountain Valley

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[Editor's Note: Every Friday, our resident record store expert Michael Chin checks in with his weekly report of what the hell people who still buy records at local shops are listening to.]

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*Top Five Hits: Second Spin in Costa Mesa
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This week we've got a lot of hardcore punk (per usual) from TKO Records, 18948 Brookhurst Street in Fountain Valley, (714) 962-0500. The top three out of five go to TKO reissues, limited edition color vinyl that you can only get from TKO themselves. Grab 'em while the grabbing's good!


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Top Five Hits: Second Spin in Costa Mesa

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*Top Five Hits: Vinyl Solution in Huntington Beach
*Top Five Hits: Pepperland Records in Orange

For this week, we got in touch with Second Spin, 1781 Newport Blvd. in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8870. This week's top seller might be the first rap album to beat out the rest... It's about damn time.


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Top Five Hits: Vinyl Solution in Huntington Beach

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*Top Five Hits: Pepperland Records in Orange
*Top Five Hits: Bionic Records in Fountain Valley


Here are the top fivers for Vinyl Solution, 18822 Beach Boulevard #104 in Huntington, (714) 963-1819. This week, Vinyl's been selling a lot of music from a certain OC music veteran, and I bet you can't guess who. (Hint: he was also on top at Vinyl the last time I called them, just about a month ago.)

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Top Five Hits: Pepperland Records in Orange

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This week, we got a top five report from Josue at Pepperland Music, 850 N. Tustin St. in Orange, (714) 639-0909. Not surprisingly, there's an overwhelming amount of '60s and '70s rock on this week's list (the store's logo should've given that away), with the lead spot going to a bunch of moptops you've probably never heard of.

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Top Five Hits: Bionic Records in Fountain Valley

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Hardcore, Canadians and Europeans, oh my! This week we've got a host of international bands from the top five selling records of Bionic Records, 6012 Ball Road in Buena Park, (714) 828-4225. Most of them are pretty hardcore, but nothing's sold more than American hardcore band Nile's latest record, At the Gates of Sethu.


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