Author: Rob Smith

Rob Smith is a writer, teacher, wage earner, and all-around evil genius who spends most of his time holed up in his cluttered compound in central PA. His favorite color is ultramarine blue. His imaginary band Mr. Vertigo tours every summer. You can follow Rob on Twitter, if you desire.

Music, News, The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: Dylan and Kendrick

Rob Smith reflects on the death of Kendrick Castillo, and why it hits close to home....

Music, The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: Goodbye, Tina

Rob Smith bids farewell to an old friend in his "VInyl Diaries."...

The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: Happy Birthday, Mr. Bickler

Rob Smith thanks one of the great voices of his youth in the new "Vinyl Diaries."...

The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: Old Guys Rule

Rob Smith reviews recent music from elder statesmen Ian Hunter and Willie Nelson in "The Vinyl Diaries."...

The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: 2016—The Long Rest

Rob Smith wakes up from a long, propofol-induced slumber to discuss some fine 2016 music in "The Vinyl Diaries."...

Music, News

In Memoriam: George Michael (1963-2016)

Remembering the music of George Michael (1963-2016)...

The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: Death of a Lifer

Toasting a great bartender, too soon gone, in The Vinyl Diaries....

The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: The Importance of Being Earnest and/or Jackson Browne

Rob Smith explores Jackson Browne's three finest albums in "The Vinyl Diaries."...

Music, The Vinyl Diaries, Year-End Best-Of Lists

The Vinyl Diaries: 2015—Death, Ignominy and Necessary Voices

Rob Smith reviews sounds that sustained him in 2015, in his new "Vinyl Diaries."...

CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Weather Report, “The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978-1981”

Rob Smith explores the expansive live box set by electric jazz pioneers Weather Report....

The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: David Baerwald, “Someday When You’re Young Again”

Rob Smith remembers his father, in his new "Vinyl Diaries" column....

CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Shelby Lynne, “I Can’t Imagine”

Rob Smith reviews the new Shelby Lynne album, a slice of southern country/soul deserving of a large audience....

Music, The Vinyl Diaries, Year-End Best-Of Lists

The Vinyl Diaries: Favorite Music of 2014

Rob Smith explores some fine 2014 vinyl releases....

Music, Popdose Giveaway

Popdose Giveaway: R.E.M., “7IN – 83-88” Box Set

Popdose is giving away R.E.M.'s new vinyl box set, “7IN – 83-88”!...

Music, The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: Various Artists, “American Hustle”

Rob Smith pens a love letter to indie record stores, and the "American Hustle" soundtrack....

Music, Popdose Giveaway

Popdose Giveaway: Alvin Lee Reissues

Popdose is giving away three new Alvin Lee reissues!...

Popdose Giveaway

Popdose Giveaway: Joni Mitchell, “Love Has Many Faces”

Popdose gives away the new Joni Mitchell box set....

Contests, Music

Popdose Giveaway: Neil Diamond T-Shirt & CD Bundle

Popdose gives away the greatest t-shirt ever, and a copy of Neil Diamond's new CD....

Television, TV on DVD

TV on DVD: “The Midnight Special” (Collector’s Edition Box Set)

If you dig Seventies music, you'll dig the massive DVD box set celebrating "The Midnight Special." Rob Smith reviews....

Contests

Popdose Giveaway: “The Beatles in Mono” Vinyl Box Set

Popdose is giving away "The Beatles in Mono" vinyl box set!...

Contests, TV on DVD

Popdose Giveaway: “The Midnight Special” 11-DVD Collector’s Edition Box Set

Popdose gives away a copy of The Midnight Special 11-DVD Collector's Edition!...

Music, The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: Allman Brothers Band, “At Fillmore East” and “The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings”

"The Vinyl Diaries" and Popdose GIVEAWAY: Allman Brothers's new box set!...

CD Reviews, New Artists

CD Review: Hook & Anchor, “Hook & Anchor”

Americana gets a great new voice in the debut record by Hook & Anchor...

The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: Air Supply, “The One that You Love”

Rob Smith declares his love of Air Supply in his new "Vinyl Diaries" column....

The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: Aerosmith, “Done with Mirrors”

Remember when Aerosmith’s Music from Another Dimension was supposed to be the band’s return to rockin’ form, a Seventies-style...

Year-End Best-Of Lists

Popdose 2013: Rob Smith’s Favorite Music of 2013

  If these records could talk … 1. Jason Isbell, Southeastern The last time I saw her, she was standing in a doorway, about to go...

Music, The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: Last Thoughts (for Lou Reed)

A journal entry, October 28, 2013, evening (later amended). It figured, the last sound you made for others would be a drone, 20 minutes of...

Music, Popdose Interviews

Truth & Salvage Co.: The Popdose Interview

If you were looking for me the last few months and couldn’t find me, it’s very possible that I was off somewhere, curled up inside...

The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: Jason Isbell, “Southeastern”

Since maybe late February (when it leaked online), my favorite record of the year has been the Flaming Lips’ The Terror. The...

Music, The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: U2, “The Joshua Tree”

Rob Smith ruminates on high school, time, energy, and U2....