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Stoughton Printing in City of Industry, driver of the vinyl revival, makes sleeves for Southern Lord, Light in the Attic, Third Man, SST and thousands of others. My feature on them.
Thousands of old-style cardboard sleeves for Jack White 's album "Lazaretto" sit in tightly packed checkerboard rows at Stoughton Printing plant in the City of Industry, 12.3-inch squares waiting to be stuffed with 12-inch circles.

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Senior writer for the Los Angeles Times, journalist, DJ, spoilsport @liledit
Los Angeleno chasing music through the city and beyond. Writer, Instagrammer (@liledit), Tweeter, Soundcloud: http://soundcloud/randallroberts
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"On the Road to Burma: Ozomatli in Myanmar" appears in Best Music Writing 2012: Nat'l Association of Food Journalists winner 2008,
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