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We like to talk, like a lot. Sometimes we write about things that are important to our customers. And sometimes, well we just write things because we don’t know what else to do with ourselves.

Custom Packaging Spotlight: “The Decalogue” By Sufjan Stevens

Our custom packaging projects are unique to each of our customers, and give us an opportunity to flex our creative strengths in a variety of ways. We recently had the chance to create a custom package for Asthmatic Kitty Records artist Sufjan Stevens, a singer/songwriter based in New York City. This deluxe edition of his album, “The Decalogue,” comprises a Stoughton tip-on gatefold jacket, 180-gram vinyl, a 40-page songbook, a 9×12 art print by Charlotte de Mezamat, and a download card. Package Specs: Stoughton tip-on gatefold jacket printed on 24pt board, black backside board printing, 5 PMS spot colors, and […]

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Artist Spotlight: Dan Rodriguez

Dan Rodriguez, a local Minneapolis musician, has been a frequent customer of Copycats Media over the years and we had the opportunity to sit down and ask him about his experience working with us, his background in music, and his expertise on physical media. Not familiar with Dan Rodriguez? Well here’s some must-know info direct from the man himself: “Hi, I’m Dan. I’m a whiskey & beer drinking, fishing & hunting loving, motorcycle riding, quality food eating, hippie sympathizing, people loving, husband & father who lives in Minneapolis and shares a life with my amazing wife and two adorable sons […]

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What in the World is a Vector?

What in the world is a vector? TLDR; vectors are graphic shapes created on a computer that can be scaled infinitely without affecting the quality of an image.  You might want to keep reading, don’t worry it’s not long! Vectors are graphic objects that are created in vector programs such as Adobe Illustrator or Adobe InDesign and are used for various web and print functions. The text you are currently reading is vectorized, the logo on this website was once a vector, and the shapes on your phone’s home screen were created using vectors. These vectors are specific to the […]

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Cleaning & Maintaining Your Vinyl Collection

cleaning and maintaining vinyl records

Rolling Stone recently featured an article on how to clean and maintain your vinyl collection, and it got us thinking, how important is it to regularly clean your records? What are the best methods? Whether it’s a brand new disc or your grandparents’ record collection, a solid cleaning will not only keep them in better condition, but will improve the sound quality of your favorite music. Cleaning Brushes A cleaning brush is vital to cleaning your record, but it’s important to use a brush that’s anti-static, or it could turn your record into a magnet for dust. Each time you […]

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Tips For Removing Scratches From Your Disc

We’ve all been there- your favorite CD gets scratched and suddenly songs are skipping, pausing, or not playing altogether. But contrary to popular belief, CDs are not ruined if they’re scratched! There are a variety of ways to repair scratched CDs that don’t involve throwing them away or buying a new disc. And you can find most of these options right around the house! Fixing a scratched CD is similar to fixing a scratch on your car- you want to polish the scratches out. You can use a variety of different plastic polishes, rubbing compounds, and in some cases even […]

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