This is a picture taken on the NYC subway of a stranger reading my “Closet Metalhead” article about Alekhine’s Gun singer Jessica Pimentel (who also stars as Maria Ruiz on Orange Is the New Black) in Decibel magazine (November 2013, page 14). The photographer is someone I don’t know. He/She uploaded the image to Facebook and tagged Jessica. Jessica then tagged me in a comment. The satisfaction of having published an article is not nearly as satisfying as learning that someone actually read what you published. Throughout my not-exactly-illustrious-yet-still-admirably-prolific career as a music journalist, proof of someone having read anything I’ve written has proven to be elusive—hate mail being an exception. This person doesn’t appear to hate what he’s reading, which, I can guarantee you, has less to do with my writing than with Jessica Pimentel’s existence on this planet. Still and all, a small victory—one I’m celebrating.
THE IRONY OF IT ALL is that MY BYLINE IS MISSING FROM THE ARTICLE.
In the new issue of Billboard magazine (June 8, 2013), I interviewed the very charming and unpredictable David Yow about his solo debut album Tonight You Look Like a Spider on Joyful Noise records, which completely sold out of limited-edition pre-orders. The pull quote includes the phrase “screaming boner,” a first in Billboard history. You should get this issue. UPDATE: Click through for a scan of the article. Continue reading
Beck, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Corin Tucker, CSS, Debbie Harry, Gaslight Anthem, Julie Christmas, Katzenjammer, Kills, Making Friendz, Neon Indian, No Surrender, Patty Schemel, Runaways, STRFKR, Wanda Jackson
The fine folks at Red Flag Media currently publish Decibel and Magnet, and used to publish Cowbell and in-store magazines that were nationally distributed via independent record stores. I did (and continue to do) a fair amount of cover stories, features, album reviews and Q+As for RFM. Unfortunately, not all of it is available online—Decibel is print-only—but here’s a decent archive.
Barbra Streisand, book review, Bruce Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper, Heart, Led Zeppelin, Leonard Cohen, Maceo Parker, Mary Wells, Michael Jackson, Neil Young, Pete Townshend, Peter Hook, Richard Hell, Shawn Colvin, Willie Nelson
Here’s a slideshow I compiled and wrote for Newsday, titled 15 Must-Read Rock Star Biographies.
I was interviewed for the column Girls Don’t Like Metal. (It’s purposely misleading, you see.) Thanks to Natalie Zina Walschots for her interest and flattery.
I interviewed Shirley twice in 2012. There’s no single human being in modern rock who is more aware, outspoken, and fearless than this lady. She’s also hilarious. I first got the assignment from SPIN, but the mag ran a print piece that kicked my Q&A to the curb. So a friend hosted the interview on her site. Unfortunately, that site is no longer up and running. After the jump, there’s the transcription. No frills, just like Ms. Manson — who liked the interview, by the way.