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Some of Mark's friends have threatened to call TV's "Hoarders" show if he keeps on buying more records. Catching the music bug early, Mark began collecting at 5 and has amassed many thousands of recordings. Also a songwriter, musician, producer with some film and TV credits under his belt, Mark is known by many in the tech world as a go-to PR guy for entertainment technologies. Follow Mark on Twitter @smotroff

Proto Playlists (Pt. 2): More Compilations Explored

Back in the day — and by “the day” I mean the days before the Internet even existed, and before “playlist” had anything to do with Apple devices — a number of entrepreneurial record labels large and small had the wise idea to assemble a bunch of music by their most popular artists onto single- more »

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16-Bit Records, Frozen in Time

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you probably know that the Compact Disc is a 16-bit audio playback medium.  But did you ever consider that some of the actual recording devices used for making digital music (especially during the 1980s) were also 16-bit? Thus, in theory, no matter what remastering and remixing is done, the more »

Getting Hip to HEPA

“Sometimes, all I need is the air that I breathe…” That line from the old Hollies hit has resonated a lot with me in recent years. And it gives me a springboard to draw your attention to some technology that may improve your daily life just a little bit.  My guess is that if I asked you more »

Lost and Found Pt. II – Meet Wally, Randy, and Bob

Go figure, I keep finding interesting music worth keeping on your radar that got lost in the sauce for whatever reason.  You might have seen my piece  last week on this topic (if not, click here to catch up). Here are some “new” finds from recent crate digs. Wally – I first saw this album more »

Proto Playlists (Pt. 1): Fun Finds on LP Compilations

Playlists are cool. But you know what? Back in the day before the Internet or digital music even existed — remember that? — a number of entrepreneurially-minded LP record labels had the wise idea to compile a bunch of music by their most popular (and some less popular but often equally good) artists onto single more »

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Lost and Found: Early ’70s Rock Gems Rediscovered

We “crate diggers” (as we’re known) — obsessive collectors of obscure vinyl albums that end up in old milk crates in someone’s garage sale or a flea market or thrift shop — often come across some seriously unusual and rare finds. We buy these discs because of a curious album cover design, or a label more »

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Close to the Grail: Will Yes Get This One Right?

Of all the progressive rock bands out there in the music universe, few have been more disjointed in their product release marketing than England’s pioneering group, Yes.  I am hoping that a just-announced restoration and reissue of their classic 1972 opus Close to the Edge will mark the beginning of a major change in how the more »

Wine, Whining & Rock ‘n Roll Greatness

It’s pretty obvious that I like music. A lot. What many of you probably don’t know is that I’m a bit of a foodie. Not one of the snobby ones, but I do discern between a good burger and a mediocre one, a great French meal and one that is doing things wrong or by more »

Lost Treasures: The Glitterhouse Shines On

I recently picked up a copy of the soundtrack to Jane Fonda’s ’60s camp sci-fi cult film , which has been reissued at an affordable price on spiffy red vinyl. It’s nothing special, but neat to have, because I’m a fan of the group that sang on the movie’s theme song, The Glitterhouse. And it gives me more »

What a Difference a Disc Makes: Lost Clapton Album Shines in DTS Surround

I recently was given an early DTS surround sound disc of a pretty much overlooked Eric Clapton album – There’s One In Every Crowd from 1975 — which turned out to be shockingly good. The album, Clapton’s third official solo effort, was not a smash hit, and following so closely on the heels of Clapton’s previous hit , more »

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What a Difference a Disc Makes: Big Star on Vinyl

I’ve got a confession to make: I just listened to Big Star’s first two albums on vinyl for the first time today.  I’ve had the music on CD for years, but never came across an affordable original pressing of the LPs. These albums are the holy grail of all things power pop for some people, more »

Happy Pasts Preserved on Vintage Children’s Records

I’m a big kid at heart. I admit it. And when it comes to collecting records, there are some touchstones of my childhood that have made cool additions to my archive, some for the vintage art, and others for the actual music contained within.  It all started with wanting to find a good condition copy more »