Author: Mark Smotroff

Mark Smotroff is a freelance writer and avid music collector who has worked for many years in marketing communications for the consumer electronics, pro audio and video games industries, serving clients including DTS, Sega, Sony, Sharp, AT&T and many others. www.smotroff.com Mark has written for EQ Magazine, Mix Magazine, Goldmine/DISCoveries Magazine, BigPictureBigSound.com, Sound+Vision Magazine, HomeTechTell.com and many others. He is also a musician / composer whose songs have been used in TV shows such as Smallville and Men In Trees as well as films and documentaries. www.ingdom.com Mark is currently rolling out a new musical he's written: www.dialthemusical.com.

It’s A Big Musical World After All, Boomer…

Audiophile Music, Audiophile, Audiophile News

Mark Smotroff considers how to navigate the swirling seas of music these days…

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Why Do You Need To See Bob Marley’s 1973 Sessions on DVD?

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Mark Smotroff picks up his jaw from the ground to write this review… ...

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Four Things To Love About Durand Jones & The Indications’ New Album Private Space

Audiophile, Audiophile Music, Audiophile News, Vinyl

Mark Smotroff continues to be excited by the vintage soul music revival…...

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Can Excellence Actually Be Too Much?

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Paul Wilson wonders if audio perfection is actually a bad thing?

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Jules Leyhe: New Guitar Heroics From Oakland California

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Mark Smotroff finds a fret wizard living in his backyard…...

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Black Pumas Live Without A Net Direct-To-Disc At Capitol Records Studios

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Mark Smotroff grooves on a favorite new band’s live session…...

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Why Did I Wait So Long To Buy A Classic XTC Vinyl Reissue?

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Mark Smotroff continues to find ways to justify his record collecting actions…

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Sweet Unreleased Reggae Sounds Score On Ethiopian’s Return Of Jack Sparrow

Audiophile Music, Analog, Audiophile News, Vinyl

Mark Smotroff opens his mind to some new but familiar sounds… ...

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Did I Really Need To Buy This Classic Jazz Oliver Nelson Vinyl Re-issue?

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Mark Smotroff bares his soul about a periodic record collector’s conundrum…...

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Two New Releases From XTC’s Colin Moulding & Andy Partridge, Explored

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Mark Smotroff imagines what a new XTC album might sound like…

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Why Do Record Collectors Quest For Original Pressings?

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Mark Smotroff dreams of a taste recorder and other things…...

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Is Cat Steven’s Harold & Maude Soundtrack A Missing Link In His Vinyl Catalog?

Audiophile Music, Audiophile, Audiophile News, Vinyl

Mark Smotroff finally gets the songs from one of his all time favorite movies in one handy place…...

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Willie Nile Rocks The Day The Earth Stood Still on CD, Qobuz and Tidal

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Mark Smotroff digs into another fine rocker from Buffalo, NY’s finest…

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Record Store Day: Penrose Sampler Delivers Smooth Souldies From Los Angeles

Analog, Audiophile, Audiophile Music, Vinyl

Mark Smotroff dives deep into some of Los Angeles’ finest fresh sounds…...

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Why Aren’t You Having A Party With Jonathan Richman?

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Mark Smotroff finds the rock in a solo guitar performance…...

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How Do You Get A Power Pop Bubble Gum Earworm In 2021?

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Mark Smotroff revels in one of his not-so-secret guilty pleasures…

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