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Links: Riot Fest Chicago 2015 for Noisey

I had the opportunity this past weekend to cover Riot Fest: Chicago 2015 for VICE’s wonderful Noisey publication. It was a grueling weekend with little sleep, but it also was a lot of fun. I wound up doing day-by-day coverage of the fest, so I’ve broken down the links be day below. Enjoy! Day 1 Day 2 Day 3

Links: The A.V. Club – Tim & Eric’s Zone Theory Review

I recently got the opportunity to review Tim & Eric’s Zone Theory for The A.V. Club. Had a lot of fun doing it, but it unfortunately came right in the middle of working on Daniel Bryan’s Yes! as well, so it was a little hectic getting things done. That said, I’m happy with the way it ultimately turned out, after some revisions. You can read the finished product by clicking here.

Links: The A.V. Club – Review of Daniel Bryan’s Yes!

I recently had the opportunity to review Daniel Bryan’s memoir Yes! for The A.V. Club. As a longtime wrestling fan, I was looking forward to it, but it surprised me just how good it was. On top of that, I was really happy with the way the review turned out. You can read it by clicking here.

Links: Digital Trends – ‘Alinea Project’ interview

I’ve been looking forward to being able to post this interview I did for Digital Trends for quite awhile now. Allen Hemberger was a great interview and dared to recreate of the menu of Alinea in his home kitchen, with much success. His book documents his trial and error, as well as offers some beautiful photographs of his results. You can read the interview in full by clicking here.

Links: A.V. Club – Lisa Jakub’s ‘You Look Like That Girl’ Book Review

So I recently started reviewing books for The A.V. Club. The first two I did I actually liked quite a bit. Finally, I got one I did not enjoy so much. But it was something of a tempered dislike, on account of Lisa Jakub — whose memoir “You Look Like That Girl” was reviewed — seeming like a nice enough person. She is the child actor who never fell victim to all the cliche craziness of being a child actor, but that also makes her tale kind of boring. You can read the full review by clicking here.

Links: Noisey – Primus Rank Your Records

I have now had the opportunity to interview Les Claypool of Primus twice, the first for a now-defunct magazine about his composing the Mushroom Men video game soundtrack. This time, I talked to him for the not-at-all-defunct Noisey imprint of VICE. We did a Rank Your Records focusing on Primus’ studio albums. As with the first time around, Claypool was a great interview, and I had a lot of fun putting it together. You can check it out by clicking here.

Links: A.V. Club – Review of Nick Offerman’s ‘Gumption’

I reviewed Nick Offerman’s latest book, “Gumption,” the review of which posted on Memorial Day at The A.V. Club. I liked his take on the modern stuff more than the formative figures of the United States, and it gets a little preachy at times for my tastes, but all in all, I like what he’s trying to do with it. You can read it by clicking here.

Links: The A.V. Club – Black Sabbath: Symptom Of The Universe Review

I recently started doing some book reviews for The A.V. Club. One of the early ones is this review of “Black Sabbath: Symptom of the Universe,” a new biography on Black Sabbath, obviously, written by Mick wall. You can check it out by clicking here.

Links: The A.V. Club – HateSong: Chris Jericho on Rednex’s ‘Cotton Eye Joe’

My two all-time favorite wrestlers are Chris Jericho and CM Punk. Seeing as the latter is busy training for punching and kicking people for real, I recently decided I wanted to chat with Chris Jericho. So I pitched a HateSong feature to The A.V. Club, they said OK and I did just that. Chris Jericho takes it to “Cotton Eye Joe” by Rednex in this fun Q&A, with a little bit of wrestling at the tail end. You can read it in full by clicking here.

Links: Noisey – Bayside Rank Your Records

So, I had a chance to talk to Anthony Raneri of Bayside for VICE’s Noisey. While Rank Your Records is a somewhat paint-by-numbers feature that runs itself, I was happy with some of the extra chats we got to have on most of the albums, and some of the stories that came out of it. I’m obviously biased, but I think it turned out really well, think it’s worth a read even if you’re not the biggest Bayside fan in the world. And I tend to agree with the rankings. You can read it in full by clicking here.