Jeffrey Smith

Articles by Jeffrey Smith

20 Years Later… The White Stripes

Late ’90s rock music is well described in deep blues and grays. The summer of 1999 was dominated by Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ introspective ballad Scar Tissue. Buckcherry and Def Leppard were grabbing No. 1s on the Billboard rock charts, while the post-grunge of Creed and Bush gained traction on radio and MTV alike. It […]

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Your Guide To Japanese Music, By Light In The Attic’s Yosuke Kitazawa

We have an incredible guest post from Yosuke Kitazawa from Light In The Attic Records. Yosuke is the Reissue Producer for LITA and is their resident Japanese music expert. He also produced and co-curated Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973. In other words, Yosuke knows of what he speaks. Yosuke […]

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Striped: The Story Of The White Stripes

When it comes to rock bands from the last quarter-century, very few had the same impact as The White Stripes. Everyone seemed to be screaming “rock is dead” in the late ’90s — until Jack and Meg White came along to resuscitate it. Their music helped change rock radio, shift the music industry back to […]

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The Best Record Stores in Tokyo

We’re heading to the Land of the Rising Sun for the best record stores in Tokyo, Japan. We asked some of our favorite writers and artists like Go Kurosawa from Kikagaku Moyo, Makato Shimizu, and Ryotaro Aoki of The Japan Times and more to chime in on The Best Record Stores In Tokyo. The Best Record […]

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We Must Be In Heaven, Man! – A Guide To Summer of ’69 – Peace, Love and Music

In celebration of Woodstock’s 50th anniversary, Rhino Records launched Summer of ’69 – Peace, Love, and Music campaign, which celebrates Woodstock and independent record stores. They’re releasing limited-edition vinyl reissues exclusively at indie shops throughout the Summer. From dreamy-eyed avant-garde folksters to Van The Man to psychedelic pioneers of the jam band universe, the offerings […]

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The National’s Top Five ‘Cincinnati Nights’ Records

The National have always seemed to be cut from the same cloth as Bruce Springsteen — the arc of critical acclaim (and modest sales) through their first three albums alongside the blue-collar determination of touring. With the release of 2007’s Boxer, The National landed in the ears of everyone on the planet with an album […]

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Jason Mantzoukas’ Top Five ‘Beach’ Records

With Independence Day in the US upon us, summer is officially in full swing. Fresh off his role in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, actor/comedian Jason Mantzoukas (The League, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, How Did This Get Made?) is here to help us get by with his favorite literal “beach” records. Little known fact: Jason is […]

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Discogs Spotlight: A Resource For Discovery And Awareness

Discogs Users may have noticed something new on their Dashboard lately. It’s a new visual feature we’re calling the Discogs Spotlight. Discogs Spotlight is our featured visual communication unit that resides on the Discogs Users dashboard designed to give our Users a resource for discovery and awareness. Discogs Users will now have the opportunity to […]

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A Beginner’s Guide To Vinyl: Electronic Records You Should Own

So, you want to collect electronic music, but you don’t know where to start? Electronic music is a wild and untamed genre. It’s the voice of experimentation and unbridled ecstasy. It’s a frontier of sound and technology. It’s the crossroads at which disco, funk, hip-hop and pop combine. Of course you’re a little confused. There […]

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Downtown Funk Mix From Straight no Chaser Magazine’s Will Page

The lead cut from Mark Ronson‘s 2015 Uptown Special LP, the Bruno Mars-fronted Uptown Funk was a huge hit and a huge point of contention. It generated lawsuit after lawsuit, resulting in what seemed to be perpetually amended songwriting credits. After the controversy died down just a little, Straight No Chaser Magazine‘s Will Page put […]

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