Jeffrey Smith

Jeffrey Smith is the Director of Communications and Partnerships at Discogs. Prior to joining Discogs in 2017, Jeffrey founded the boutique music PR firm Crash Avenue in 2004.
Articles by Jeffrey Smith

Chicago On Chicago

There’s a lot to love about Chicago: Dusty Groove,
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John Coltrane’s Rarest Records

Craft Recordings is celebrating the 70th birthday of the Prestige label with a yearlong reissue campaign. The first item on the list is Coltrane ’58: The Prestige Recordings, a chronological collection of Coltrane’s Prestige sessions from 1958. John Coltrane released a whopping 45 studio albums in his lifetime, not to mention scores of compilation albums […]

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How I Reissued My Uncle’s 1975 Free Jazz Album

By Nabil Ayers In December 2017, I wrote a blog post about my favorite musical moments of 2017. I was surprised by the amount of feedback I received about a show I’d seen by the New York multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore, my godfather who had moved with my uncle Alan Braufman from Boston to New York City in 1973. […]

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The Many Bands Of R.E.M.’s Peter Buck

Peter Buck

Peter Buck had plenty to keep him busy as a full-time member of R.E.M. from the band’s 1980 beginnings to its 2011 split. But Buck always found time to spread his musicianship around, from production work (Uncle Tupelo’s March 16-20, 1992 among many others) to guest spots (The Replacements’ Let It Be, Billy Bragg, Indigo […]

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

There may be no better genre for kicking back than reggae. Are you stuck in traffic? Reggae will temper that road rage. Need to get some cleaning done? Reggae gives you the feel-good energy to scrub and rub for hours. It’s always good for a party, and there’s no better soundtrack for smoking, whatever your […]

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10 Covers That Nearly Out “Iggy” Iggy Pop

Few men have been more influential to rock and roll’s sound, look and spirit than Iggy Pop, and yet his 50-year career has only seen one Top 40 hit. It’s astounding, and it must have been more than a little frustrating at times, but it must be even more inspiring for the singer, songwriter, and […]

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10 Amazing Lesser-Known New Order Sleeves

  Record collecting can be as much about the artwork as it is about the music itself, and few bands have done cover art with as much style and class as New Order. But beyond the iconic New Order sleeves for releases like “Substance“—with its stark black-and-white text—and “Blue Monday,” which replicated the look and […]

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On The Record: King Tuff

Kyle Thomas – aka King Tuff – describes ‘The Other’ as “basically where songs come from, it’s the hidden world, it’s the mystery. It’s the invisible hand that guides you whenever you make something. It’s the thing I had to rediscover—the sort of voice I had to follow—to bring me back to making music again […]

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A Guide To The Rarest Jack White Releases

  By Third Man Records‘ Ben Blackwell Editor’s Note: Undoubtedly, Third Man Records’ Ben Blackwell has unique access to Jack White’s release history as a witness throughout the years and as he continues to carry the designation of The White Stripes official archivist. Some of these releases on this list are so rare that Mr. […]

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A Guide To The Rarest Radiohead Releases

By Adam Gold When it comes to B-sides and non-album nuggets, Radiohead’s odds-and-ends output is nearly as potent as its albums discography. With the band having compiled many of its studio outtakes and B-sides for double-disk special-edition reissues of all its LPs, from 1993’s Pablo Honey through 2007’s In Rainbows, there’s little left in the […]

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